Moving Tips for Downsizing Seniors

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Senior Couple Facing Empty Room with Packed Moving Boxes and PotDownsizing is the process of reducing the size of your home. This requires reducing the number of items that are stored in your home.The first step to effectively downsize is to take an inventory of your household belongings. You will then identify four categories of items: Moving, Friends & Family, Donation and Self-Storage.

Moving Items

The first items to identify during the downsizing process is which items you plan to bring to your new home. This begins with furniture like beds, couches, recliners and tables. After deciding on which furniture will be moved, then begin to inventory closets, drawers and cabinets. Designate a moving box for each type of belonging and label it with the room it is going to be placed in your new home.

Friends and Family Items

The household items typically given away to friends and family include heirlooms or furniture that will not fit in your new home. This could include large dressers, dining room tables, or couches. Other items that were acquired with friends, or remind you of a time you spent with someone special, are also typically given away. When friends and family arrive to pick up these items, and remove them from the old house, this provides downsizing help for seniors by eliminating heavy items and clutter.

Donation Items

Donation centers play an often-overlooked role in helping seniors move. They provide an opportunity to help others while also improving your own living situation. In a smaller home, typically there is less closet or storage space. A condominium, for example, may also not have a basement. From furniture to clothing, donation centers would be gladly accepting these items which would be used to help someone in need. Toys that grandchildren used to play with that occupy space in your basement are another example of household items that could be donated while helping seniors move.

Self-Storage Items

Self-storage units offer effective senior downsizing services during the moving process. They can be used to store seasonal decorations, seasonal clothing, patio or deck furniture and any other items that won’t fit inside your new house. Documents like titles or deeds that are accessed infrequently could also be stored in a self-storage unit, along with print photos or albums. Those documents would be best placed in a climate-controlled self-storage unit.

Our self-storage professionals will be happy to answer any questions you have about the downsizing process. Stop by our Canal Road Self-Storage facility in Brunswick, Georgia for more information on how we can help with your transition.

Bike Storage Tips for Serious Bicycle Riders

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Sideways view of risky young professional rider in cycling clothing helmet and glasses climbing mountains in forest on electric motor-powered bicycle using pedal-assist system on sunny day at weekend

Storing your bicycles in a dry, clean and secure space is critical for preserving its condition and performance. To help with your bicycle storage, we’re offering easy bike storage tips that cycling enthusiasts can use to keep their bikes in the best condition possible. Before you place your bike into storage, however, it’s important to first clean your bicycle. Take a few minutes to wipe and polish the frame, reflectors, handle bars and seat. Use a brush to remove any mud and grit from the wheels, joints and brakes, and then you’re ready for bike storage. This will also help you prepare your bike for riding as soon as its removed from storage.

Bike Storage: Keep Out of the Elements

Bicycles are designed to handle some rain and even a little snow, but regular exposure to the elements can create defects in your bicycle. By leaving your bikes stored outside with chains, or leaning against your house, precipitation could cause rust on your bike or even potentially crack your tires. If you have no other storage option around the house, a self-storage unit for your bicycle would be best. The money you invest in a self-storage unit will help keep bike repairs and replacements at a minimum, and preserve the life of your bicycles.

Bike Storage: Beware of the Garage

Bikes, cars, snow blowers, shovels and tools could become a damaging combination of items in your garage. It only takes a simple bump from your car door to knock a nearby bicycle over, causing damage to any number of items. If you must store your bike in the garage, consider hanging them from the ceiling with manufacturer-approved bike hooks. But if this can be avoided, we recommend keeping your bicycles out of the way of everyday items, and storing them in a shed or, if the riding seasons is over, there are a variety of self-storage units that could help.

Bike Storage: Self-Storage Units

Storing your bicycles in a self-storage unit will keep the chains and tires out of the elements, preventing rust or cracking. It will also help keep your garage organized. At Canal Road Self-Storage, our storage units also offer 24/7 access to your unit. This means that you will have the ability to grab your bike for that early morning ride as well as that late-night trek after work. We have many sizes of self-storage units that will help you store several bikes in one unit. You could even pull out one bike at a time, leaving the others in storage until you need them.

Canal Road Self-Storage offers bicycle storage as well as all other household or business storage solutions. Stop by today to speak with our customer service team to find the storage unit that’s right for you and enjoy the ride this summer.

Bedroom Spring Cleaning Ideas

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

A messy bedroomThe poor, poor bedroom. It’s where all the messes get tossed when company pops in for a surprise visit. Dirty clothes may end up on the floor here more often than the laundry room—particularly if you live with teenagers. If clumps of clothing and cluttered closets are cramping your bedroom style, we have some ideas that can help get your spring cleaning mission off to a great start.

Cleaning and Organizing Your Bedroom

It’s a good idea to set your order of operations so you don’t have to clean any areas twice. In general, start at the top and work your way down when taking on a massive cleaning project. When you clean ceiling fans and light fixtures, some of the dust will rain down, so start with the ceiling and finish with the floor. Before you get to that point, though, let’s clear out some of the clutter.

  • Empty the closet. Sort clothing and other items into a few different categories. You may want to consider storing seasonal clothing and accessories offsite. The extra space can come in handy. Are there any clothes that just don’t fit anymore (and probably won’t anytime soon)? Think about donating or selling them. If any of your threads are looking frayed, it might be time to throw them away.
  • Dust and vacuum while the closet’s clear. It will be much easier to get into the corners and other hard to reach places while the closet’s empty.
  • Organize as you go. When you start returning the clothing and accessories you’ll be keeping to the closet, think about which items you need most often. Make sure they’re easy to access.
  • Repeat with the drawers. Follow all the steps above for any drawers in your bedroom. Empty, sort, clean and reorganize.
  • Don’t forget the drapes, curtains and carpets! Window dressing often gets overlooked in the cleaning department. Take these down and wash according to the labels, or you may want to have a cleaning crew come in to help. They can also help with deep cleaning the carpet if it’s been a while since the floor has seen more than just a vacuum cleaner.
  • Check under the bed. There aren’t any monsters under there, but you may have some dust bunnies, lost socks or other things hiding beneath the bed. If this area serves as additional storage space, take the time to sort items, toss what you don’t need and reorganize the rest.

Self-Storage For Household Items

When you’re ready to move some of your belongings to a storage space away from home, give us a call at Canal Road Self Storage. Our smallest self-storage units are great for keeping seasonal clothing and a few small items out of your way. If you need something larger, we can accommodate needs up to and including entire households! The facility includes state of the art security measures and other features like climate-controlled storage units to keep your belongings safe and sound. Stop by for a tour today!

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Garage

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Happy man in organized garageAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, we’re a bunch of pack rats. While they didn’t put it in those exact terms, their statistics revealed that ¼ of the homes with 2-car garages can’t fit a car inside. 1/3 only have room for a single vehicle. If your garage is a cluttered mess, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our garage spring cleaning tips and reclaim that wasted space.

Cleaning Your Garage

The first thing you’ll want to do is empty the garage completely. You can use your driveway, lawn and porch as temporary holding areas until you get ready to sort things. Removing everything will give you a much better idea of just how much stuff is hiding in there, and you’ll be able to do a much more thorough job cleaning with nothing in the way.

Then, work your way down from the top. As you knock down cobwebs with a broom and dust, you’ll just end up dirtying the floor below. There’s no sense in cleaning it twice. If oil or something else has left stubborn stains, you can try kitty litter or sawdust to soak those up. Once you’ve swept everything away, you can mop the floor or just give it a good rinsing with the water hose.

While the floor dries, it’s time to take a proper inventory of all the stuff you cleared. If there are broken appliances, tools or other items, really consider whether or not they’re worth salvaging (and if you’ll ever get around to doing so). Sort items into keep, discard and donate/sell piles.

After you’ve trimmed the fat, start organizing the keepers. Make sure items you need frequently are more easily accessible, and group like items whenever possible. It’ll be a whole lot easier to track down a tool or lawn care item if it’s right there with all the others.

Finally, lay out a schedule for regular maintenance of your newly cleaned garage. If you stay on top of it, you’ll be able to keep big messes from mounting up again!

Self-Storage For Garage Items

As you sort and organize, you may discover there are a number of items you really don’t need lying around for months at a time. Holiday decorations and other winter items would be just fine sitting in a storage unit for most of the year. During the winter months, you probably don’t need the lawnmower, lawn chairs, patio furniture and other warmer weather things taking up precious garage space.

Canal Road Self Storage can help! With storage units available in a variety of sizes, we offer short-term and long-term solutions to fit your needs. Our facility is clean, safe, secure and at your service. Stop by for a tour and to ask any questions about your unique storage needs. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and look forward to serving you.

Spring Cleaning Ideas for the Kitchen

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

How to tackle the kitchen for spring cleaning
“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, or so the saying goes. That quote doesn’t show up in any scriptures as far as we know. However, some of the earliest known traditions of spring cleaning seem to stem from religious or spiritual practices. The Persian new year begins on the first day of spring, and they would clean everything in the house to start the year fresh. Ancient Jewish tradition involved a heavy cleaning routine just before Passover which happens in early Spring. The Catholic church typically cleans the altar and surrounding area just before Good Friday which is also in springtime.

So let’s take a look at how you can give your kitchen a heavenly glow. Roll up those sleeves, and let the spring cleaning begin!

How to Organize Your Kitchen

Hold on a second. We’re supposed to be cleaning. What’s this organization bit doing here? If you really want to get your kitchen clean and make it easier to keep it that way throughout the year, you need to start with a good plan. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan, sort and clean.

  • Store like items in the same spots. You’ll spend less time scrambling from cabinet to cabinet when cooking or setting the table if pots and pans are in one place and plates and cups are in another. Try to arrange food items the same way in the pantry, fridge and cabinets. Your smaller pots can sit inside larger ones to save on space, and we’re sure you’re already stacking those bowls and plates.
  • Stow cleaning supplies down low. Under the sink is a great place to keep your cleaning supplies. When you’re finished scrubbing the pans and dishes at the sink, your cleaning solutions for the counter are at arm’s reach. If you have small children, make sure to childproof the cabinet.
  • Make a list. Check it twice. You don’t want to forget to clean something or end up cleaning it twice because you can’t remember whether you did or not. Write down your plan of action, and refer to it as you go. Checking off items has the added bonus of helping you better visualize just how far you’ve come!

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Guide

You don’t have to follow these steps in exact order. Think about your kitchen and what works best for you. As you work, a good principle to remember is to start at the top and work your way down. If dust or debris falls on the surface below, no problem! You get another chance to catch it on the counter or sweep it off the floor. If you work the other direction, you’ll probably end up having to clean a few spots twice.

While you clean and sort, be on the lookout for any expired items or broken dishes. Take this opportunity to clean out what you can.

  1. Cabinets and Drawers: Check the tops of cabinets for any dust bunnies or other nasty surprises. Then, empty the cabinets (one section at a time), and give them a good scrubbing inside and out. Return the contents to the shelves or drawer, and check it off your list. Progress!
  2. Appliances: With the fridge, you’ll be doing the same thing. Empty an area, and then remove the shelf or drawer if possible. You can take it to the sink for a good scrub and rinse. Repeat until your refrigerator is clean from top to bottom. Then, tackle the stove, microwave and any other smaller appliances you may have in the same fashion.
  3. Finishing touches: Once you’ve finished using the counters for temporary staging areas during the cleaning and reorganizing phases above, wipe those down. By now, you’ve probably washed and rinsed everything, so clean out the sink. Finish things off by sweeping and mopping the floor. Now, check your list. Did you forget anything? Of course not, because you stuck to your plan!

Household Storage

When you were cleaning out some of the clutter, did you find some items you want to keep—just not inside the house? You’re in luck! Canal Road Self Storage has self-storage units in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. From space for a few household items all the way up to RV storage, we’ve got you covered. We also have moving supplies, so you can pick up a few boxes, packing tape and more when you tour the facility. We even offer a free truck for local moves to help you get items to and from your unit. Stop by 700 Canal Road, or give us a call at (912) 262-1999 to discuss your storage needs.

7 Ways to Keep Pet Supplies and Toys Organized

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Pet Supplies Storage and Organization

People everywhere take pride in giving their pets the very best – the right food, a nice place to rest, some toys, etc. Yet the very items that owners love giving to their pets soon become clutter as the years accumulate. Pets are a unique part of their owners family, so every situation needs to be treated uniquely. Not every organization type will apply to each of these pets. If a pet is confined to a tank or cage, keeping their supplies organized in one area is much easier than trying to keep supplies and toys organized for a cat or dog. Below is an overall list that will help get you organized with the majority of pets.

7 Ways to Organize Pet Supplies

Create a plan of action to help you stay on track with your organizational goals. To start off, purge unnecessary pet items and then split them by daily activity. Organize the supplies into use categories: food and bowls, toys, grooming needs, medication, leashes, collars and waste disposal items. Create pet storage areas to hold each category near to the area where you will be doing the activity with the pet. This will help you keep your home clutter-free, and below are the organizing and storage tips to help it remain that way:

  1. Set up a place for eating: If a pet has a regular spot in the kitchen to eat it will keep potential messes confined to one area. You could put the food bowls on a colorful mat on the floor or have custom built food dishes made.
  2. Pet Food Storage Tips: Pet food storage is one of the biggest areas of concern when organizing pet supplies. To keep food fresh, put an airtight plastic container near the pet’s feeding area. Also, don’t forget about having a space for pet treats, such as in a pantry or on a kitchen counter. Keep an eye on the expiration dates on pet food and throw out all expired food.
  3. Organize dog and cat toys and supplies: Find a place to put all the toys and other needed pet supplies such as medication. First, sort through pet supplies using the basic organization tactics: keep, donate, throw-away or sell. Toss broken toys, leashes and brushes, donate unused items to a vet hospital or to a friend with a pet, dispose expired medications. Choose a storage solution that fits into your lifestyle to keep everything you need for your pet. Hang leashes and have waste supplies by a back door for easy access when you need to take your dog out for a walk. Store dog and cat toys in a bin or basket where you play with the pet. Keep a basket for indoor play and one for outdoor play.
  4. Pet Grooming Supplies: Keep grooming supplies, such as brushes and shampoos, in a bucket where you wash the pet. Animal medicines, flea treatments and bathing supplies should be kept out of reach from pets and children. Standard pet shampoos can be toxic to children.
  5. Sleeping Spots: Create a special sleeping spot for your pets, such as a plush pet bed or custom build solutions. Pet beds can easily be tucked away out of a busy traffic areas in the home. Cats love to sit in window seats. For these situations, use a removable washable cushion cover to keep the window seats clean and pet hair free.
  6. Pet Records and Document Storage: Keep pet records together in one spot. Medical records, adoption and vet files and everything else that pertains to the pet should be compiled and organized by putting them in a binder or file folder.
  7. Litter box placement: Put a litter box in a low traffic area, so the cat can have privacy. A good suggestion is a laundry room or guest bathroom. Keep a broom, plastic bags, extra litter and a scoop near the litter box area for easier clean-up.

Self-Storage for Pet Supplies

If you own larger pet items like crates, pet transports, pet beds and other supplies you will need significant storage space. This is where a quality self-storage unit can make all the difference, especially if you live in tight living quarters. Canal Road Self Storage offers clean, high-quality storage units with top-of-the-line customer service. Check out our household and climate controlled storage solutions today!

5 Tips to Simplify Your Living Room Spring Cleaning

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Living Room Spring Cleaning in 5 Simple Steps

At long last, the warm breeze of the coming spring has melt the frost of winter. More than signaling the arrival of budding flowers and pollen-filled air, this change also signals the need for a fresh start both inside and outside the home. Spring cleaning is an essential way to get a fresh start on the year, as purging old items, dust and dirt from your home brings peace of mind that shines all summer long.

Tasks well-suited for any room of your home include: washing down walls and ceilings, cleaning windows and screens, shampooing and vacuuming rugs and changing smoke alarm batteries. From there, each individual room in a spring cleaning project will bring its own challenges and rewards.

Quickly and Effectively Clean Your Living Room

Create a spring cleaning checklist with your goals and strategy for your project. Split up the tasks by category, such as “by closets” or “furniture”. Volunteer family members to help get each room done quicker. Below are great tips on how to begin your yearly spring cleaning projects by cleaning your living room quickly and effectively:

  1. Deep clean your living room furniture: Check the furniture’s label for any specific instructions before you start cleaning. Remove the cushions, take them outside, and beat them with a broom to remove dust and dirt. Wipe down with a dry cleaning sponge to remove any excess dirt and oil. Vacuum the inside of the couch with attachments to remove crumbs, hair and dust in the crevices of the couch. Dust the feet of the couch. If you have a slip cover on your couch, remove it at least twice a year and have it dry-cleaned or washed. Don’t forget to pre-treat any stains.
  2. Declutter the room as you go: Put items that shouldn’t be in the living room back to their original locations. If you no longer have a need for items, set them in a box to be sold or donated. If you need to keep some of the belongings for future use, box them up for storage.
  3. Dust everything: Dust the ceiling, wall corners and vents. Dust all wood surfaces including book shelves, accent tables and entertainment centers. Make sure to remove the books and knickknacks and dust them individually before putting them back on the shelf. Pick up electronic equipment and dust underneath them. Clean ceiling fans with a long-handled duster or put a pillow case over a broom to dust.
  4. Clean the carpets and rugs: Steam clean and spot treat the carpets if they are lightly soiled. You can do this on your own by renting a steam cleaning machine. If the task is too big, call in the carpet cleaning professionals. Move area rugs and vacuum the floor underneath them.
  5. Window Cleaning: Take down draperies, curtains and blinds to wash or have cleaned according to manufacturer’s directions. Some window treatments can be machine-washed and others will need to be dry-cleaned. Wash the inside of the windows.

Finding Space to Store Those Extra Living Room Items

Cleaning and organizing your living room is an ongoing process that requires both patience and persistence. Try to refresh the look of your living room at least once per year, taking advantage of organizational tools such as shelving, baskets or bins. Make sure to remove the items you no longer need as soon as possible so that the decluttered space does not revert to its original state. If you are having difficulty finding the right donation center or junk removal service for these extra items, consider taking advantage of low-cost self-storage from a company like Canal Road Self Storage. We offer a range of storage units to suit every storage need – be sure to check out our climate controlled storage units for those fragile and valuable items!

Prepare Your Bike for Spring Riding Season

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Simple Steps to Prepare Your Bike for Riding Season

With the weather warming, the time could not be more fitting to get your bikes and motorcycles out of storage and ready for the spring and summer riding season. Hopefully, you followed proper bicycle storage procedure last fall, or else these simple steps could become quite complicated.

5 Steps to Remove Your Bike From Storage

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can simply ride out of your storage unit on your bike – there are essential safety precautions you must take before hitting the road. Follow these five steps to help make sure your ride is up to standards:

  1. Bicycle Cleaning: Start off with a spring bike cleaning to make the bike look great for your first ride. Remove dust and dirt that has accumulated on the bike by rinsing the bike from top to bottom with a garden hose. Clean the bike with warm soapy water and use soft-bristled brush to clean the pedals, chain, chain ring, derailleur, and then on to the rest of the bike. Rinse again and dry with a clean cloth.
  2. Inspect the Tires: Inspect the tires and rims for damage and repair. Replace the tires if necessary. Also, at this time, make sure the wheels spin smoothly and are not catching on anything.
  3. Inflate the Tires: Look at the tires for wear and tear, fraying, cracks, holes and bald patches. Replace the tires if you see any noticeable damage. Once visual inspections are completed, check the air in the tires by squeezing them. If they are too squishy, then the tires will need to be inflated. Use a pump and tire gauge to inflate to the recommended tire pressure (the number next to the PSI on the side of the tire).
  4. Test the Brakes: Inspect the brake system and brake pads. Make sure that the brakes will allow you to slow down, be in control and be safe. The brake pads should hit the wheel rim at the same time to allow for easy braking.
  5. Check the power-train: The power-train includes including pedals, gears and the chain. Repair and replace any worn gears and parts. Chains wear out and should be replaced every 2,000 to 3,000 miles. Add lubricant to the chain for easier movement and gear shifting. Test the gears to make sure that they shift easily. If they are not shifting, then take your bike to a repair shop for replacement. Inspect the cables for the breaks and the derailleur. Replace cables that are cracked or damaged. These are important connectors to the brake system. So, replacing them is important for safety sake.

Self-Storage Units for Bicycles

Though it may be difficult to think about in spring, the bike season will eventually end. With the changing colors of autumn comes the need to prepare your bicycle for storage again. Consider renting a clean, climate-controlled storage unit from a company like Canal Road Self Storage, where first-rate storage unit cleanliness and technology is paired with top-of-the-line customer service.

After you have found the perfect storage unit to store your bike, simply reverse the process described in this post. To follow proper bicycle storing procedure, make sure to check the power-train and brakes, clean the bike thoroughly and deflate the tires.

Storage Tips for Tax Time

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Time for Taxes? Time for Storage

It is officially that time of year again – April 15th is right around the corner and we all know what that means. Tax time is not a particularly joyous part of the year for anyone, however with these tips from Canal Road you can store your tax time documents with ease. Before you do, keep in mind you can get a six-month extension as long as you file Form 4868 on or before the deadline.

What Do I Store in Tax Time Storage?

Dispose of receipts and warranties for out-of-warrenty items with peace of mind, as neither of these are essential for record keeping. Also feel free to toss receipts for non-tax deductible, minor purchases. Other items that aren’t worth hanging onto include Bank deposit slips, ATM and credit card receipts once these items have cleared on your statements.

The following list includes items worth hanging onto:

  • Receipts for any tax-deductible expense should be held onto for seven years. Keep canceled checks, W-2 forms, 1099 forms and year-end credit card statements for that same period of time. If your phone and utility bills are business-related, you should retain those for seven years, too. If they’re not, one year is safe.
  • Monthly bank, credit card and mortgage statements (up to one year)
  • Paycheck stubs should be kept until they are reconciled with W-2 or 1099 forms.
  • Home improvement records (Indefinitely)
  • Auto titles (Indefinitely)
  • Insurance policies (Indefinitely)
  • Property deeds (Indefinitely)
  • Stock and bond certificates (Indefinitely)
  • Financial service annual summaries (Indefinitely)
  • Annual tax returns (Indefinitely)

You can check the IRS website or speak with a financial consultant for more detailed guidelines.

Financial Paperwork Organization

How are your receipts currently organized? If they’re all stuffed haphazardly into an old, unused crock pot or drawer, you can make things a lot easier on yourself come tax time if you start working on a new system now. At the very least, you should separate receipts into a few categories:

  • Major purchases (for assistance with warranties, insurance claims, etc.)
  • Property, vehicles and improvements or repairs to either as you may need to record gains, losses and depreciation eventually
  • Deductible items for this year’s tax return

After you get everything in order, it’s a good idea to file any new receipts you acquire immediately according to your new system. At the very least, set aside some time weekly to deal with the new batch of documents you’ve accumulated.

Document Storage Tips

Whether you’re storing your tax (and other important) documents in your home or in a self-storage facility, it’s important to take precautions. Make sure the location is secure with limited access from outside parties. Storing your most important documents in a fire safe may keep the elements and thieves at bay.

If possible, make backups of documents and keep them in more than one location. When packing papers into boxes, don’t exceed 30-50lbs for safer lifting. Elevate whatever type of document storage solution you choose, and use airtight packaging to protect against water damage and mildew.

If you are looking to store your tax time documents in a safe place, Canal Road Self Storage is a great solution. Though these tips will work for any storage unit at our facility, we highly recommend our customers use a climate controlled storage unit when storing important paperwork. Climate controlled storage units maintain steady heat and humidity levels – minimizing the risk of weather-related damage.

Moving and Storing Your Pool Table

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

If you find yourself needing to move and store a pool table, this guide will help make your experience as smooth and painless as possible while helping to keep your pool table undamaged through the process. For those going alone in their pool table move, these steps will prove vital.

The Fundamentals of Pool Table Moving

There are two major facets to moving a pool table:

  1. Disassembly
  2. Muscle Power

We highly recommend you enlist the help of friends or hired hands to deal with the “muscle power” part of this equation. For disassembly, you will need a staple puller, a set of flathead screwdrivers, a socket wrench, power drill, and safety goggles. Always make sure to follow proper procedures as outlined by your pool table’s manual, as each brand and style of table has its own set of specifications.

First, make sure to remove all pockets from the pool table. The six side pockets will be attached with staples or screws, so use the staple puller or screwdriver to unfasten them. Make sure you are wearing your safety goggles to protect your eyes from potentially flying small parts.

Second, loosen the bolts holding in the rails to disengage them. Use a socket wrench to loosen the bolts holding in the rails, then slide them out gently with some assistance from friends, placing the rails on a moving blanket for safe transport. Keep all the bolts, screws, nuts and other small pieces sealed together in a plastic bag.

Third, (gently!) remove the felt. Removing the felt is a very delicate process, unless you’ll be replacing it after the move. The felt will either be stapled to the pool table or glued in place. Carefully remove the staples to release it, or pull the felt up very gently in a backward motion if it’s glued on. Try not to stretch it or pull on it, as it will lose its shape easily. Fold the felt carefully once you have gotten it up off the table.

Fourth, remove your table’s slate. Removing the slate is where your helpers will really come into play. The slate may be in one to three pieces and can weigh a total of around 800 pounds! The slate will be screwed down and needs to be removed with a power drill. Again, keep all the screws and pieces together in a plastic bag. Once the screws have been removed, use the combined strength of your helpers to lift the slate off the frame and set it down on a moving blanket.

Finally, remove the frame and legs from your pool table by flipping it over to remove each leg from the frame, as well as any other detachable pieces.

Once the pool table is completely disassembled, it is ready to be moved. Wrap up all the larger pieces in the moving blankets, individually wrapping each slate, rail, leg and frame and secure them with packing tape. It’s important to be very cautious when placing the slate on the moving truck, too. Use an appliance dolly to help get it up the loading ramp, and if there is more than one slate they can be stacked once on board.