22 Oct 2016

What To Look For When Choosing A Storage Facility

Your belongings are important to you; you aren’t going to trust them to just anybody. You want to make sure that they are cared for, protected and well-maintained, especially when you are considering placing them in a self-storage facility. But not all self-storage facilities are created equally. There are certain indicators you are advised to keep an eye out for when deciding who and where to trust with your property. Below are a list of some of the things to look out for when choosing a self-storage facility. Exceptional customer service The first time you get in touch with a self-storage facility and that first interaction you have with an employee will tell you a lot about how that company values your business. Friendly, helpful and professional customer service is a good indicator that the self-storage company you are inquiring about will look after your items as if they were there own. A hands-on manager A manager who is aware…

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17 Oct 2016

The summer is over and the fun, free, limitless driving you have been enjoying over the last four months has finally come to an end. It’s time to put away the summer car and break out the strong and steady winter machine. If you are putting your summer car in storage during the colder months, below are some tips to help you prep it and ensure safe storage. Select an appropriate storage location You will want to make sure you choose a storage location that is not only secure and reputable, but one that has the appropriate climate control mechanisms in place to ensure that your car is stored in an optimal environment. Too cold or too hot and come…

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15 Oct 2016

Regardless of how seasoned a traveller, or mover you are, it is often not possible, amidst the chaos of a picking up and leaving somewhere, to be 100% effective when gathering your belongings, or putting them in storage. The overwhelming stress of the macro details – flights, rentals, money etc. – can cloud your judgment when it comes to the smaller minutiae. Below is a list of some of the most common packing mistakes and how to ensure that you avoid them. Over-packing Over-packing is probably the most common problem people face when deciding what to bring with them or what to store. Space is finite and a good way to protect yourself against packers remorse is to lay out…

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10 Oct 2016

Being burglarized can be a traumatic and expensive experience, regardless of whether you are present for it or not. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, but there are certain measures that we can to take to protect ourselves from theft. This is doubly important when we are talking about a self-storage unit, because you are not there to ensure the safety of your possessions. Most self-storage providers have measures in place to ensure the threat of theft is minimized, but there are still steps you can take to protect yourself and your belongings. Below are some of the ways to help secure your self storage unit. Select a reputable company This goes without saying, but it is surprising how often…

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7 Oct 2016

Whether you are a dedicated collector or someone who has come into possession of sports memorabilia and collectibles by chance, there are some items which are coveted by sports aficionados around the world. What’s more, you may have no idea that you have one of these rare treasures lying around your home or personal storage area. Below are some of the most valued sports collectibles. The infamous Babe Ruth “Called Shot” jersey from 1932 The classic of Babe Ruth confidently pointing into the stands from home plate is one of the most iconic images in all of sports history. Even if you are not particularly interested in baseball, there is a good chance that you know of this historic moment.…

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3 Oct 2016

Old PCs often wind up in storage. The personal computer, in the age of handheld devices and smartphones that let you take professional-grade photographs, seem positively antiquated—and they are. But, that doesn’t mean that your old PC isn’t an important—and valuable—piece of history. Below are some of the most collectible PCs, ones that you should definitely hang onto if you’ve got them. The Alto Made by Xerox in 1973, there were only a couple thousand of these units made. The computer industry is still obsessed about the technological ingenuity of the Alto, including its sophisticated graphical user interface and laser printer. The market value of this piece of history sits somewhere between five and ten thousand dollars. The Apple 1…

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26 Sep 2016

You’ve made your final decision and you’re ready to move home. But with so many belongings to pack you might be considering moving some of your precious items into a storage unit. This is not always a simple decision to make, but our experts have many years’ experience in this area. And so within this latest post, we present our three tips for choosing a storage unit.

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23 Sep 2016

As a parent, it can be difficult to keep your child’s play area tidy. It can also be challenging to maintain toy storage spaces without toys falling on the floor and becoming tripping hazards. Don’t let toys take over your home—instead, turn to our experts for the latest storage solutions! Here are some tips on the best storage solutions for toys. Use Hanging Totes Tote bags are ideal containers for children’s toys because they are easily moved by children themselves and can be hung from hooks on doors or walls throughout the play area. It’s important to label hanging totes with the toys that go inside so that the child knows which bag they have to look through to find…

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19 Sep 2016

When considering storage options, most find that there are two main types of storage option available to them: shed storage and indoor storage. But without a clear understanding on the marketplace, it can be difficult to determine which storage option is right for your requirements. We’ll provide our expertise in this area within this latest post, as we address the differences between shed storage and indoor storage. Shed Storage Often Lacks Temperature Control A leading consideration when selecting your storage unit is temperature control. You will require a temperature controlled unit if you’re going to be storing items such as precious jewelry and expensive furniture or vehicles for any length of time. That’s because humidity and other environmental elements can…

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16 Sep 2016

Many people keep important documentation such as birth certificates and medical records in their storage spaces. Some also keep information on finances in storage. It’s critical to keep the data in these documents protected. And so a storage plan should be devised. To help guide the planning process for storing important documents, here are five tips for keeping documents safe. Choose a Storage Facility with Cutting-Edge Security If you’re storing documents such as passports and birth certificates, it’s critical the storage facility has a high-level security system. Review the company’s security precautions ahead of time and then only choose a firm with a comprehensive security infrastructure in place. Choose a Company with Climate Controlled Facilities Climate control is an important…

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12 Sep 2016

There are those rare items that have great appeal among the general populations: Picasso’s paintings and signatures of the famous throughout history, to name a couple. But for some collectors, the items they seek are considered rare because of errors in their production, which give them unique value in the marketplace. In this article, we’ll take a look at the curious cases of mistakes that became collectibles. The Double Lincoln In one of the most famous cases of a coin becoming a collectible because of a mistake, the double die Lincoln one cent was created in 1955. This mistake was produced when dies from a master die were misaligned in forming the pennies. This led to the impression that numbers…

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9 Sep 2016

With that big move in the coming weeks, your mind is probably already focused on how you’re going to design the new space and integrate the family. But it’s also important to think about the moving process. It’s during this time that priceless belongings can be broken and even lost—so, in this post, we’ll help guide you with three tips for keeping belongings safe during a move. Commit to Smart Packing The packing process is the most important part of moving homes. It determines the safety of your belongings during transit. To begin the smart packing process, create an inventory of each of the items ready to be packed. This list can then be checked off as you pack each…

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5 Sep 2016

With the increasing popularity of shows such as Storage Wars and Antiques Roadshow, the idea that you might find a high value collectible hidden away in a basement space isn’t such a far-fetched concept. We’ve now become attuned to looking out for bargains as we scan flea markets and second-hand stores. And to help inspire you in your search for those true bargains, this post will take a look at the four most expensive collectibles in the current marketplace. Yuan Dynasty Vase This Yuan Dynasty vase measuring 34 centimeters was sold at auction for $1.2million in 1993. The item’s popularity stems from its unique history, having been a popular item between the 16 and 20th centuries and famed for its…

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2 Sep 2016

Storage facilities can help protect your most precious family heirlooms against damaging conditions. They can also offer a convenient storage option for older furniture and other items that don’t have an immediate use. But when transferring their belongings to storage facilities, many property owners make significant mistakes. In this latest post we’ll outline five mistakes to avoid when moving your things to a storage facility. Choosing the Wrong Unit When trying to quickly move their things from the home to a storage facility, many people choose the wrong unit for their needs. For example, they don’t recognize that old family heirlooms and expensive furniture require a temperature-controlled environment to avoid damage. This can mean they come back to find their…

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26 Aug 2016

The one thing that dominates most people’s lives in the 21st century is their electronics. Phones, tablets, computers, laptops, televisions, video game consoles, the list goes on. While they certainly are capable of making our lives more fun and entertaining, the constant release of new models and new technology means we are always upgrading and discarding. Many of the electronics we end up replacing are still valuable and can still be put to good use, we just don’t have anywhere to put them. If you are already familiar with the benefits of self storage and are wondering if you can place electronics in a self-storage units as well, the answer is: yes. Below are some things to keep in mind,…

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22 Aug 2016

If you are at your wits’ end with trying to find the last remaining viable storage space in your house and don’t know how to go about uncovering it, it may be time to look to outside help. A self-storage unit at your local storage facility may be your best option. They are convenient, secure and can provide you with valuable storage space, freeing up your home to house the things that are actually important to your day-to-day life. If you are considering renting a self-storage unit, but have your reservations, below are five answers to common questions that everyone has about storage units. Can I move in myself? There are many options available for offsite, DIY storage facilities where…

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19 Aug 2016

There comes a point in most people’s lives when they realize that, over the years, they have accumulated way more than they could ever possibly hope to keep in their house – at least in an organized fashion. Ultimately we look for new and creative ways to maximize the amount of space we have available and we try to tuck away things that we know we aren’t going to use, or maybe use occasionally. A self-storage unit is always a great option because it frees up space in your home for what’s really important: The things you use on a daily basis. If you find your space more cluttered than usual, have maxed-out your storage space and don’t know where…

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15 Aug 2016

Most families have at least a box-full of family heirlooms that, while important to them, simply cannot be placed around the home due to lack of space, or their inability to fit in with the rest of the decor. They either end up sitting in an attic, a closet or a basement, taking up space, perhaps even being damaged by improper storage, pests, or climatic conditions. If you are planning on storing your family heirlooms in a self-storage unit, below are some tips for doing it safely. Ensure proper packaging. If you are storing old photos or documents, it might make sense to invest in some more protection than simply a cardboard box. You can find closing plastic bins at…

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12 Aug 2016

Whether you are moving overseas temporarily, on vacation for a few months, or live in an area where the weather is only good enough to ride your motorcycle for a few months out of the year, storing your bike is likely a major concern. Many people, when they don’t personally have the space to store things like motorcycles, turn to outside storage facilities for help. Self-storage units are great places to store your motorcycle, but if you are worried about storing your motorcycle in a self storage unit, below is some information and tips to put your mind at ease. Choosing the right option. The main consideration to keep in mind when selecting a self storage location for your bike…

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