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Storage and Moving Tips

Posted by on Friday, May 6, 2011 in College Life, General Information, Housing, Nashville, Student Life, Summer.

Yesterday, along with fellow Inside ‘Dores Blogger Ryan Higgins and a couple other friends, I spent six long hours storing everything under the sun that one can find in a dorm room. We decided to store at Amerisite which is located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Nashville. The facility is secure, climate controlled and quite spacious. This was my first experience with storage at Vanderbilt and Amerisite was a great first experience. Other popular storage facilities I have heard of in Nashville include Public Storage which is actually right down the road from Amerisite. We ended up renting a 45 square foot storage space that was enough to accommodate four people’s possessions.

Here are a couple nuggets of knowledge I learned about the ins and outs of storage yesterday:

Always, Always, ALWAYS defrost your refrigerator/freezer the day before you are planning to head to storage. If you choose not to do this, you will be chiseling ice for nearly an hour and will have to wait a long while for the inside to dry. Yep, I learned the hard way chiseling away at 2 a.m. before going to storage the next morning.

Be sure to carry a set of tools for move out. A set of screw drivers, a mallet, and a dolly will usually do the trick. You never think that you will need these tools but when it comes to dismantling objects for storage to conserve space, they may become absolute necessities.

It’s always a good idea to bring a friend with you for an extra set of hands. Having a lifting buddy can cut the time that storing dorm stuff takes practically in half. It’s also good to take turns monitoring the parking situation because it’s always quite difficult to figure out what is and isn’t fair game in terms of parking during the last few days of finals.

If you keep these things in mind while moving out and storing your belongings, hopefully the process will be pain free and efficient.

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