Your Secure Storage Solution

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To store your stuff for a week, a month or a year – or more!

Assigned overseas? Inherited a house full of furniture from your maiden aunt? Regardless of why you need items stored, you can call on A-Okay Moving and Storage in Columbus, Georgia to take that stuff away and store it safely until you’re ready to have us return it.

Our Columbus, GA storage facility is secure and well-maintained, so you’ll know your household items will be well taken care of. And our storage services are provided with the same level of customer service and caring professionalism that we employ when moving your goods across town or across the country.

Forget the stress of having to arrange everything you own in your new home after a big move. Let A-Okay keep the overflow while you work out the arrangements. Your blood pressure will thank you, and you will thank the moving and storage pros at A-Okay in Columbus, Georgia.

Questions about our moving and storage services? Need a hot shot courier service to handle an across-town delivery? Call us today at 706-568-8211.

Get It Sold: 10 Tips From a Home Staging Pro

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They say you only get one chance at a first impression. So if would-be buyers have already sidestepped your bursting-at-the-seams closet or shuddered at your dreary laundry room, you can’t undo it — but you can do some strategic home staging before the next house-hunter shows up.

Barb Nazzaro, a professional house stager who runs A Simply Staged Home, in Natick, Massachusetts, insists that it’s essential to stage. “When people walk into a house, they form an opinion almost instantaneously.” There’s a knee-jerk reaction that happens, she says; within seconds, buyers either adore the place or want to flee. And while homes in hot neighborhoods may sell themselves, Nazzaro says any home can benefit from staging to bump up the asking price and help speed a sale.

“People see gorgeous homes on television and want exactly that for themselves,” Nazzaro says. And, she adds, just as you wouldn’t wear sweatpants to a job interview, your home needs to put its best foot forward. Moving represents a fresh start, and if your home isn’t clean and doesn’t evoke a peaceful feeling, potential buyers will bail.

Here’s how to make your house gorgeous for its time in the spotlight:

1. Purge the hallway closet.

2. Edit the china cabinet.

3. Liven up the laundry room.

4. Tidy the kitchen cabinets.

5. Scale back on photos and wall hangings.

6. Add a bed skirt.

7. …And while you’re at it, change your comforter or duvet.

8. Round up the kid stuff.

9. Beautify bedroom closets.

10. Don’t forget the basement and the attic.

Get moving boxes from your local liquor store

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Pay a visit to your local liquor store (that’s where you can buy the aforementioned wine) to see if they recycle their used boxes. If so, ask if you can grab a handful so you’re saving a little paper in your moving journey.

Just make sure the boxes are very gently worn and that you only use them to hold lightweight items like linens and towels. You don’t want to deal with ripped boxes and broken valuables on the big day.

Create a master moving to-do list

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When you move homes, you inevitably end up having 600 different things to do and remember. Don’t let all these tasks and important reminders, no matter how seemingly obvious, slip your mind.

Write them down somewhere. Put them in the Notes app on your phone, in the to-do list app Wunderlist that professional organizer Anna Bauer recommends, or go old-school with a giant yellow legal pad.

No detail is too insignificant. You just remembered the name of the little bookstore in town that will accept your used novels? Write it down.

Not sure which novels to donate? Here’s how to decide what books to keep or get rid of.

You stuck that extra screw from the broken drawer next to the sink? Take note.

You have to return your cable box to your provider at least one day before you leave? Jot it down.

Pick the right moving day

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Hire your movers at least a month out so you can plan accordingly. If you have a flexible schedule, play around with potential moving dates and try to find the cheapest time of month to make an appointment.

Moving companies are busiest on weekends, so if you can skip the Saturday chaos and schedule your move for a Tuesday, you might get a significant discount.

Set aside stuff to sell

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You probably have a few items you no longer want, but would love to get a little money for. If that’s the case, set these items aside and determine where you can sell them.

If it’s furniture, Craigslist or AptDeco might be your best bet. If it’s brand name clothing, you could try Poshmark or a local consignment store.

For specialty items like a gently used Coach purse or your collection of 90’s Beanie Babies, get on eBay.

Once you have everything sorted, set a date on your calendar to visit the nearest Buffalo Exchange or craft descriptions of the items you plan to sell online.