The benefits of using professional movers

Dillingham Self Storage recommends using professional movers when making a big move or moving one’s things into storage in general.

“If I were gonna do it, I’d use a mover. I watch the stress level move up and down, and people accidentally break their own things because it hasn’t been wrapped or packed properly or they don’t know where they’ve packed it,” Nanette said.

It’s easier to focus your concerns on labeling boxes while someone else is packing it, and watching where it’s placed in the unit. It simplifies the unpacking process and just saves the physical strain on yourself in general. Also, professional movers have far more experience in moving and carefully packing fragile items.  

Professional movers are also skilled with efficiently packing boxes in Uhaul trucks (available for rent at Dillingham Self Storage) compared to friends or yourself who will most likely be tired or frustrated with having to make multiple trips to your storage unit because of lack of skill in packing things and boxes. Uhaul trucks are rented by the mile so reducing the number of trips to your storage unit is critical in reducing the total amount you’re investing in your move.  

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Shelving is key!

Despite the size of a unit, there are several steps a tenant can take to maximize the space of their unit and get more “bang for their buck” here at Dillingham Self Storage.

One of the ways to do this is with shelves. Shelves help tenants stack upwards and gain height in their storage unit compared to placing boxes on the floor. Shelves maximize the height of a unit in a cost-effective manner.     

Costco and City Mill sell metal shelves that are easy to apply, as well as cheap shelving with wheels that easily roll to allow for mobile accessibility.   

“You could actually put shelves right down the middle on wheels and you could pull it out when you go into the unit and then you’ve really maximized all your space, as long as that one in the middle isn’t heavily weighed down,” Nanette said.

Shelves also protect the fragile tops of cardboard packing boxes by removing the weight of stacking boxes on boxes. Shelving helps to protect cardboard boxes from falling through at the top by removing this pressure.   

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Travel Products Hawaii

Arlene has been a tenant with us since 2010. She has a business called “Travel Products Hawaii” that sells products to make traveling convenient and comfortable like anti-theft bags and phone accessories. We even sell some of her phone accessories at our front desk, and we’ve been doing so for a few years now. It’s funny how this came about because she put them on our desk one day and said “see if you can sell em!” and we’ve been doing that ever since!

She currently has two drive-up units at Dillingham Self Storage. The drive up units are outside and are much larger than our other units. Tenants with these have 24-hour accessibility. Arlene stocks her products here and also uses this as a shipping address. Sometimes she’ll leave a package with us for someone else to pick up and we’ll make the arrangements to help her with this.

Arlene is always remarking on how clean our facilities are. We try to keep our bathroom as clean as possible and sometimes when she’s on the road doing business she just stops by to use our bathroom!  

The entrepreneur stops by every week and we love having her around all the time because she has such an upbeat personality. We always end up talking story and she updates us on her family life.