Storage – Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Mon, 02 Jul 2018 05:17:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 How To Wrap Furniture For Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/wrap-furniture-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/wrap-furniture-storage/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:37:54 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186200 If you have furniture in your home or office that you want to get out of your hair temporarily, you want to maintain it in good condition, so that you (or somebody) can get further use out of it in the future. If you are putting your furniture into a self storage unit, below are
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If you have furniture in your home or office that you want to get out of your hair temporarily, you want to maintain it in good condition, so that you (or somebody) can get further use out of it in the future. If you are putting your furniture into a self storage unit, below are some tips on how to properly wrap and take care of it while it’s not in use.

Wrapping Furniture For Storage

Clean Before You Wrap

Before you place any furniture in storage, you have to clean it first. You should wipe down furniture with a clean cloth, and vacuum and/or shampoo the upholstery before it goes into storage. Any dirt that’s on your furniture when you place it into storage, is going to be even more ingrained into the fabric or on the wood when you take it out, because it has had that much more time to work its way in. You should then let the pieces breathe and dry in a well ventilated area before wrapping them up.

Disassemble

The easiest way to wrap furniture and ensure that everything is being covered is to disassemble it. Some pieces of furniture are just too unwieldy to be effectively wrapped, but disassembling solves this problem. Anything that can be disassembled, should be. You will be able to cover the entire surface area of the furniture that way.

Cover and Protect

After you’ve prepped your furniture, you are going to want to wrap it with a couple of different things. It is wise to avoid plastic packing materials when you can because they are known to smother wood and fabric. Smothered furniture can create the perfect environment for condensation to form. Use drop cloths, sheets and specialty furniture covers in order to keep dust and grime away while still allowing air to circulate.

Strategically Store

Once your furniture has been wrapped, the best way to organize your furniture storage unit is to place the bulkiest, heaviest items nearer to the front, so when it comes time to take something out, you aren’t stuck trying to manoeuvre something heavy and dangerous from the back of the unit to the front.

Storing furniture certainly involves some prep work. It is not as simple as just moving the pieces from your house to the unit. But, if you keep the above furniture wrapping and storing tips in mind, you can rest assured that your furniture will still be in good shape when it comes time to take it out of storage.

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How To Prepare Your Artwork For Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/prepare-artwork-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/prepare-artwork-storage/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:30:43 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185913 One of the biggest questions that people have when putting things in a self-storage unit is how to go about protecting your art. Art is something that people accumulate over a lifetime and new art replaces old art. You can’t keep all of those pieces just sitting around taking up space. Many people turn to
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One of the biggest questions that people have when putting things in a self-storage unit is how to go about protecting your art. Art is something that people accumulate over a lifetime and new art replaces old art. You can’t keep all of those pieces just sitting around taking up space. Many people turn to self-storage units to help bear the load. Below are some tips for preparing your artwork for storage.

How To Prepare Your Artwork For Storage

Don’t Roll It Up

Many people have the image of the art school student on his way to class, big tube with his painstaking work inside and think that’s how you store art. That is how you can temporarily store art while moving it from one location to another. Keeping valuable art stored like this for a long period of time is a good way to ruin it.

Polyester Film

Once you have taken a painting off the wall for storage, you will want to place a polyester film over it that is thick enough to be capable of standing up to any casual punctures, but which is not attached to the artwork itself.

Photographs

If part of your art collection includes photographs or small prints, you can pick up some acid-free (very important) cardboard boxes at most art supply stores. Do not get regular cardboard because the acid in the material can degrade and fade the photos over time.

Sculptures

It’s a good idea to keep your sculptures, and indeed, any three dimensional art in either a cardboard box, or preferably a wooden box or crate while they are in storage. Also, keep in mind rules about stacking. Delicate things always go on top, so placing artwork at the bottom of a pile (any pile) is not a good idea.

Pre-dust

Before putting your art away and sealing it up, it’s always wise to make sure that everything is thoroughly dusted. If you put a car in storage and it’s covered in grime, that grime can do incredibly damage to the paint job. The same goes for art. If your art is covered in dust and grime and you put it away for months, or years on end, you might eventually remove it to find that it doesn’t look quite the same as it did when it went it.

Storing art can be nerve racking because of its sentimental, as well as monetary value. If you just don’t have any more space for art in your home and are considering placing it in self storage, do yourself a favour and follow the above tips for keeping your art safe and sound.

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Benefits Of Storage Rentals For Parents https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/benefits-storage-rentals-parents/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/benefits-storage-rentals-parents/#respond Mon, 26 Dec 2016 15:54:15 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185863 As a parent, you’re the logistical coordinator of the home. Your kids just don’t have any idea of what goes into running and organizing it a lot of the time. The house can seem like a place of infinite space, capable of accommodating absolutely anything and everything. You know better. Often times, tough decisions have
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As a parent, you’re the logistical coordinator of the home. Your kids just don’t have any idea of what goes into running and organizing it a lot of the time. The house can seem like a place of infinite space, capable of accommodating absolutely anything and everything. You know better.

The Benefits Of Storage Rentals If You're A Parent

Often times, tough decisions have to be made about what to store, where to store it, and conversely, what to give away, recycle etc. If you are a parent, and you just don’t know what to do with the surplus of stuff you have accumulated throughout your family’s life, below are some of the benefits of storage rentals.

Kids Away at School

It’s sad to send your babies off to post-secondary, but it’s equally sad to then have to let their rooms sit idle while they are away at school. If they have gone away to university somewhere else in the country, and won’t be home for four months, or even the entire year, you will probably want to reclaim the considerable amount of space in their room for other pressing storage needs.

Lay Your Kid’s Things away

This is related to the above. When your children are away studying at university, they will probably be doing a lot of coming back and forth between semesters. They also, however, will eventually be moving out of the family home for good (you hope). They likely have some furniture, or even some personal belongings that they would like to take with them to their first house or apartment. Put bulky items in storage for them so when it comes time to finally leave the nest, they can pick and choose what they want to bring with them.

Holiday Decorations

As a parent, you are in charge of making the holidays fun, at least while the kids are little. This means having on hand an assortment of holiday decorations that you have to store for the majority of the year when they are not in use. Holiday decorations take up a considerable amount of storage space and are in fact one of the most popularly stored items in self-storage units.

Old Mattresses

As your kids grow, so to do their needs for bigger and bigger sleeping arrangements. This means that, throughout their lives, they will be graduating from mattress to mattress. You can’t store an infinite amount of mattresses, but you also never know when you might need an extra mattress, or find someone you know in need of one. Having a storage unit where you can keep things like old mattresses that are still functional is a good idea, because as anyone who has ever bought a new mattress knows, they are expensive!

Nobody has an unlimited amount of storage space to work with in their home, and if you have kids, you have even less. Keep the above benefits of self-storage spaces for parents in mind, and make sure you have explored all your storage options for when the kids head off to university, for old mattresses and for all those holiday decorations.

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How To Store Your Christmas Gifts Safely https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/store-christmas-gifts-safely/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/store-christmas-gifts-safely/#respond Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:29:51 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185851 Tis the season, and that means you are probably thinking about, or if you are an early bird, already out getting presents. It’s exciting getting gifts for people, anticipating the looks on their faces when they receive something you know they’ve always wanted, or you think they’ll love. You’ve spent hard earned money on your
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Tis the season, and that means you are probably thinking about, or if you are an early bird, already out getting presents. It’s exciting getting gifts for people, anticipating the looks on their faces when they receive something you know they’ve always wanted, or you think they’ll love. You’ve spent hard earned money on your gifts, so it would be a shame if something were to happen to them before you have a chance to give them. Below are some tips for storing your Christmas gifts safely, and keeping them secure this holiday season.

How To Keep Your Christmas Gifts Safe

In Your Car

You might not even need to think about storing them safely once you get home if you haven’t stored them safely while you are at the mall. Christmas shopping often involves driving to a couple of different stores or malls in order to find deals, and to find everything you’re looking for. Thieves love the holiday season because they can be sure that parking lots are going to be filled with cars that contain holiday loot. If you are out shopping and have items in your car, either keep them in the trunk, or, if there is no space, make sure that they are well hidden.

Stacking

Once you’ve gotten your gifts home, you will want to find somewhere safe to keep them, out of the way of prying hands and eyes. Often this means an attic, a crawl space, or an obscure closet somewhere. Make sure when you are putting gits away, you don’t accidentally place breakables at the bottom of the pile. When it comes time to wrap, you might find yourself looking at a broken set of wine glasses, or a broken piece of electronics if there is a set of new dumbbells sitting on top of them.

Keep Things in Temperature Appropriate Rooms

If your gifts include things that are temperature sensitive (perhaps electronics), make sure that they are stored in an environment where they are not going to be damaged because of extreme temperatures. This might seem like a moot point, given that everything is likely to be vacuum sealed, and in a cardboard box, but cold can penetrate cardboard and plastic, easily. Better safe than sorry.

You’ve gone out and put the time and effort into getting the perfect gifts for all the important people in your life, don’t have it all be for nothing with irresponsible storage. Keep your gifts safe this holiday season, and make sure to keep the above storage tips in mind.

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How To Safely Store Products From Your Retail Store https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/how-to-safely-store-products-from-your-retail-store/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/how-to-safely-store-products-from-your-retail-store/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:17:12 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185825 If you are the owner of a retail store, whether online or brick and mortar, storage space is one of the most important components of your business. Not just simply having storage space available, however. You need to be sure that your items are safely stored, ready to be shipped or sold and are in
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If you are the owner of a retail store, whether online or brick and mortar, storage space is one of the most important components of your business. Not just simply having storage space available, however. You need to be sure that your items are safely stored, ready to be shipped or sold and are in the condition that your customers expect when they receive them. This means, if you are utilizing a self-storage space to warehouse items, they must be safely and securely stored. Below are some tips on how to safely store products from your retail store.

Protecting Your Inventory In Self Storage

Invest in a high quality lock. A high quality lock utilizes not just sturdy, hard to penetrate materials, but is designed in such a way as to limit the ability of would-be thieves and burglars to cut through the metal with heavy duty bolt cutters. This means locks with short, thick necks make it difficult to get leverage on the metal, snap it off and get into your secure space.

Look for climate control. Many self-storage facilities offer climate controlled environments that take into consideration the delicacy and sensitivity of the items that many of their clients store. If you are retailer of electronics or delicate fabrics and glassware, making sure that the ambient temperature remains predictable and constant will ensure that items are protected from mould, mildew, stress breaks and other malfunctions. This is going to keep you in business and keep the writeoffs to a minimum.

Stack heavy items on bottom. This is important not only for your safety, but the integrity of everything else that you are storing. Removing heavy items from above your head is a recipe for disaster; and the constant weight from heavy, more durable items, on lighter, less delicate ones is a surefire way to suffer breakage and lost income.

Create pathways. Creating pathways, which give you easy access to items all over the unit, means less lifting, stacking and the chance that you will actually break something or hurt yourself. When placing items into storage, always keep in mind that you will someday have to remove it and you want to make that process as efficient and as safe as possible for yourself.

Place the most valuable items near the back. It’s the same concept as keeping your big bills at the centre of you bill fold and the smaller bills on the outside. You want the most valuable of your belongings to be, not only the best protected, but the hardest to reach for would-be thieves. Anything with high monetary value should be the hardest to reach, and the most inconvenient to steal for anyone who happens to unlawfully enter into your storage unit.

Using a self-storage space as part of your retail store logistics is a great way to economize on not only space, but also money. Many storage facilities offer month-to-month contracts that let you adjust the size and the duration of your storage needs, meaning you can respond to changes in your business activity and volume that other storage options, such as long-term warehousing, simply won’t allow for. Keep the above tips in mind and make sure you have your retail store’s items or products safely and securely stored at all times.

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Tips For Storing Belongings In The Winter https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/tips-for-storing-belongings-in-the-winter/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/tips-for-storing-belongings-in-the-winter/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:27:45 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185819 Self-storage facilities are great places to keep seasonal belongings when not in use — winter belongings in summer, summer belongings in the winter. Not having to keep everything you have is a huge luxury, especially if you live in an area of the country where the four seasons change drastically from one to the next.
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Self-storage facilities are great places to keep seasonal belongings when not in use — winter belongings in summer, summer belongings in the winter. Not having to keep everything you have is a huge luxury, especially if you live in an area of the country where the four seasons change drastically from one to the next. However, if you are storing things in a self-storage unit over the winter, particularly if the winters can be harsh where you live, there are some things you need to know. Below are tips to help you securely store your belongings in the winter.

Winter Self-Storage Tips

Clean your items. It is always a good idea to make sure that anything that goes into your storage unit is clean and ready to be taken out the following seasons. Not only will avoiding entering dirty items minimize the chances that you cross contaminate everything else, but letting dirt or grime sit on paint or fabric for months on end will cause the items to deteriorate over time.

Use cotton or wool as covers. Vinyl or plastic often damage items when used for storing things for long periods of time because they are trappers of water and moisture. Using moving blankets, especially during the winter when precipitation is often at its highest, are better options for long-term storage.

Climate-controlled units. Not everything can be stored during the winter without some sort of artificial temperature control. Many self-storage facilities offer climate-controlled units to help ensure that anything that could potentially be damaged if left out in the cold remains at a safe temperature while you have it in storage.

Keep electronics off the ground. If you are storing anything that has an electrical component to it, it is important to keep those items off the ground, even in a climate-controlled environment. The ground will be much colder than the ambient temperature, and electronics or batteries left sitting on cold concrete for months on end tend to have a bad habit of not working or not working as well, when they are removed the following season.

Protect your car. One of the most common items that people keep locked up in a self-storage unit over the winter is their fun summer vehicle. Whether this is a dirt bike, motorcycle, lawnmower or car, emptying the tank of gasoline, removing the battery, removing any coolants and fluids and protecting the vehicle with an appropriate tarp are all necessary steps to protecting a big investment.

Storing your belongings in a self-storage unit over the winter can be great peace of mind, and mean a lot less clutter for you, knowing that you can simply rotate seasonal items in and out of an offsite space. Keeping in mind the above storage tips will allow you to go about your life during the winter without worrying that your belongings are suffering winter’s wrath in a place you have no control over.

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5 Packing Supplies You Will Need While Moving https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/5-packing-supplies-you-will-need-while-moving/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/5-packing-supplies-you-will-need-while-moving/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:12:37 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185816 Most of us have moved — some of us several times — throughout our lives, and the amount of supplies needed just to take your stuff from one place to another is often surprising. Selecting and purchasing packing supplies is just another part of the production of moving. Knowing what to get, and why you’ll
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Most of us have moved — some of us several times — throughout our lives, and the amount of supplies needed just to take your stuff from one place to another is often surprising. Selecting and purchasing packing supplies is just another part of the production of moving. Knowing what to get, and why you’ll need it can make a move so much easier than if you are scrambling at the tail end to find the necessities. Below are five packing supplies you will need while moving.

 Important Packing Supplies For A Move

Specialty boxes. Specialty boxes are available for purchase from many different places, including packing and moving stores and shipping centres. Specialty boxes are designed with certain items in mind and come in a variety of sizes, strengths and reinforced materials for items that require extra security or are especially awkward to move. Whether the items are big, small, or in between, there is a box made just for storing and moving them.

Accessories. Having a system in place for packing a box, sealing it and labelling it means having the necessary accessories around to do so. Scissors, tape and markers should be handy at all times and preferably, you should have multiple pairs of each to make sure that you account for the inevitability that something is going to get lost amidst the chaos.

Newspaper. Using newspaper to protect items such as glassware and other delicates is a better idea than using packing peanuts because packing peanuts are made of Styrofoam, and, if you were unaware, Styrofoam is very high on the list of environmentally damaging, common household items. We all have old newspapers lying around, make use of them and minimize the ecological footprint of your move.

Box cutter. Your box cutter will be your best friend once you have arrived at the new place and need to begin setting up. Without a box cutter, getting in and out of boxes quickly and easily is nearly impossible. You can pick up sets of multiple box cutters at most stationery and hardware stores. Keep it on you at all times.

Vacuum bags. Vacuum bags are the absolute best way to economize on space when packing clothing, window treatments or any kind of fabric in general. Anyone who has ever used a vacuum bag knows just how much space air takes up in a box or suitcase. You simply place the items in the bag, and, using your vacuum, which it attached to a connector on the bag, vacuum out all of the excess air that would be taking up valuable room.

People who know how to pack complain a lot less about moving than those who do not. Knowing how to pack means knowing what accessories you will need to make packing as painless as possible. Before your upcoming move, keep the above packing supplies in mind and make packing the least stressful thing you do while taking your life from one place to another.

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Tips For Running Your eBay Business Out Of Self Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/tips-for-running-your-ebay-business-out-of-self-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/tips-for-running-your-ebay-business-out-of-self-storage/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:07:15 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185810 Online marketplaces such as eBay have created a wide range of business opportunities for those looking to buy and sell online from the convenience of their homes. The astute entrepreneur can quickly turn a profit using eBay if they understand their market, are organized and can connect buyers and sellers. Many people are choosing to
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Online marketplaces such as eBay have created a wide range of business opportunities for those looking to buy and sell online from the convenience of their homes. The astute entrepreneur can quickly turn a profit using eBay if they understand their market, are organized and can connect buyers and sellers. Many people are choosing to run their eBay businesses out of a self-storage unit for a variety of reasons. Below are some tips for running your eBay business out of your self-storage unit.

Running An eBay Business Out Of Self Storage

Protect your inventory. A self-storage unit should be designed and selected based on what type of inventory you are selling. If your business is new and used electronics, then a climate-controlled unit that protects your goods from humidity and damage from the elements is a must. Check to make sure that the unit you are renting is climate controlled, and speak to your representative about how a climate-controlled unit functions.

Keep your contract flexible. The downside of working for yourself is that nothing is ever guaranteed. There will be lean months and there will be months where you have more business than you know how to handle. Ensuring that you have the ability to adjust your self-storage contract to fit your needs – whether it means month-to-month renting or being able to scale the available space up or down is an important way to control your fixed costs.

Make sure you have year-round, full access. Selling in a virtual marketplace means you are operating based on a 24-hour day. Buyers and sellers are often not in the same province, state or even country, and if you need to move an item outside of regular 9 to 5 hours, being able to access your inventory in the wee hours of the morning could mean the difference between a sale made and a sale lost.

Security. Having proper security measures in place – such as adequate locks, even surveillance equipment – is always advisable. It becomes even more important when it is not just your belongings, but your business’ livelihood and reputation on the line. If someone places an order and the item they have purchased has been stolen or damaged, people are going to call your reliability into question.

Keep it organized. A self-storage unit should always be organized and easily accessible. This becomes even more important when time is of the essence and you need to ship something. Keeping an inventory of what you have, and ensuring that your unit is easily navigated (meaning there is no clutter and there are clear pathways to each and every item in the unit) will make or break your eBay business.

Running an eBay business with the help of a self-storage unit has made a lot of people a lot of money. But it is not as simple as merely throwing your inventory into a self-storage unit and waiting for a sale to be made. Keep the above tips in mind and make sure that your costs are controlled, your items protected and your business is always running efficiently and profitably.

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5 Security Measures Your Storage Facility Should Have https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/5-security-measures-your-storage-facility-should-have/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/5-security-measures-your-storage-facility-should-have/#respond Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:41:22 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185807 A self-storage unit is a convenient way to store your personal belongings that you either don’t have room for in your home or business for, or only use temporarily throughout the year. Seasonal items, decorations and family heirlooms are some of the most commonly stored items. But a self-storage unit without adequate security measures in
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A self-storage unit is a convenient way to store your personal belongings that you either don’t have room for in your home or business for, or only use temporarily throughout the year. Seasonal items, decorations and family heirlooms are some of the most commonly stored items. But a self-storage unit without adequate security measures in place defeats the whole purpose of having the unit in the first place. Below are five security measures your storage facility should have to ensure that your belongings are properly cared for and looked after.

How To Protect Your Storage Unit

Strong locks. Having a strong lock means not only investing in quality, it also means selecting the right design. A lock with a short, thick handle is your best option because they are typically the most difficult to cut with bolt cutters and are the hardest to gain leverage on when attempting to force entry into your storage unit.

Pack your items logically. When a thief breaks in, or attempts to break into your storage unit they are going to want to get in and out as fast as possible without being caught. Their goal is going to be to grab whatever they can, and escape with your property before being caught by patrolling security or any camera systems that have been installed. Making sure that your most valuable goods are at the back of the unit often discourages thieves, because the time required to extract them is too big of a risk.

Maintain an inventory. Keeping a detailed and organized inventory of everything you have in your storage unit is not only more convenient for you, it will help you, in the event that things are stolen, to let your insurance company know exactly what needs to be replaced. It will allow you to accurately calculate the dollar value so that you can be reimbursed.

Insure your possessions. This is especially important for people storing items with particularly high monetary value. If your storage unit contains valuable electronics or collectible items with considerable market value, it is worth the investment to purchase insurance so that you can rest assured if the unthinkable happens, you are not left twisting in the wind with no recourse.

Choose a secured facility. All self-storage facilities are not created equal. This means that you need to carefully assess and select a storage facility that takes your property and its security seriously. It should have adequate security measures in place, including monitoring the people coming and going, as well as visible, functional security equipment that provides surveillance around the clock.

People choose to store their belongings in self-storage facilities for the peace of mind that their belongings are not only out of sight and no longer cluttering up storage space in their home or business, but also for the knowledge that a team of professionals is ensuring that their property is protected 24/7. That being said, making sure that you are doing your part by putting the above security measures into place will increase the odds that thieves and stolen possessions are never issues.

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What To Look For When Choosing A Storage Facility https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/look-choosing-storage-facility/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/look-choosing-storage-facility/#respond Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:41:45 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185794 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
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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.

How To Choose A 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 of the goings-on around the facility and who is intimately familiar with all of the protocols, technology and security procedures is important. Management sets the tone for the rest of the company’s employees and a diligent manager who knows the ins and outs of the business is a good sign that you are doing business with a meticulous company.

Cleanliness

How well-maintained the facility is says a lot about how well-kept, functional and reliable their security measures are, and how vigilant they will be while your belongings are in storage. Professional-looking staff and grounds say a lot too.

No pests

If you are checking out a storage facility and notice insects, rodents or rodent droppings, there is a good chance that the people running the business are not all that concerned with making sure your belongings are well looked after. Pests can wreak havoc on your stored items, especially rodents. Don’t settle for anything less than a pest-free environment.

Tight security

This means security personnel who look are vigilant, who monitor the people coming and going from the facility and who ask the appropriate questions of people who may not belong in the facility. Guards on their phones or constantly socializing are not going to do an adequate job of making sure your storage unit is protected.

There are a myriad of storage facilities to choose from. Whether you are storing items with high commercial and monetary value, or things you simply don’t have room for in your business or home, it is important to make sure that you are dealing with people who value your business and treat your possessions well.

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How To Prep Your Car For Winter Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/prep-car-winter-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/prep-car-winter-storage/#respond Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:32:33 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185791 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,
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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.

Preparing Your Car For Winter 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 the following spring, your car may be in need of some expensive and avoidable repairs and tune ups.

Talk to an insurance agent

Before placing your vehicle in storage, you will want to make sure that it is protected by an appropriate insurance policy. Vehicles in storage still require comprehensive coverage, but you will be able to save some money on coverage that is only necessary while you are driving on the road with other vehicles.

Wash it

Making sure that there is nothing on your car’s exterior—including insects, debris and bird droppings—will protect the paint during storage. All of the aforementioned contaminants are corrosive and will damage your car’s paint job, especially when left on for months at a time. Either take it to a wash or give it a thorough scrub before placing it in storage for the winter.

Add a fuel stabilizer

Gas breaks down over time and will end up causing damage to your carburetor and fuel injection components. The best way to mitigate this possibility is to add a quality fuel stabilizer, such as STA-BIL, to prevent deterioration and keep the fuel good for up to an entire year. Drive the car around the block once you’ve added the stabilizer to make sure it mixes properly with the gasoline.

Remove the battery

Unused batteries lose their charge over extended periods of time. Take the battery out and keep it in a safe, dry location. To ensure that your battery is still functional when it comes time to take your car out of storage, invest in a trickle charger.

You had fun with your summer car; make sure that it’s in full working condition for many more summers of fun by taking the time to do some quick prep work before putting it away for the winter. Incorporate the above tips into the storage procedure and ensure that when you remove your vehicle from storage it is in full working order.

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5 Things You’ll Wish You Thought Of Storing Before https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/5-things-youll-wish-thought-storing/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage/5-things-youll-wish-thought-storing/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:48:14 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185624 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
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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.

Maximize Space By Storing These Common Household Items In Self Storage

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 else to go, below are 5 things you’ll wish you thought of storing.

Old tax returns. Old tax returns are a great thing to store outside of your home because it keeps them safe and out of your way. Think about all of the tax return documentation that we accumulate over the course of our lives. It’s probably an entire forest worth of trees. That extra drawer, or filing cabinet space could definitely come in handy for something more immediately pressing.

Christmas decorations. Christmas decorations typically only ever move between point A (where they are stored) and point B (where they are placed during the holidays). This processes rinses and repeats throughout their useful life. Such minor usage certainly does not merit prime storage real estate in your home. Consider placing seasonal decorations in a self-storage facility and help declutter your existing storage space.

Seasonal clothing. If your family participates in a wide range of seasonal activities, particularly winter seasonal activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and the like, chances are, you have an entire storage facility worth of accessories and enormous jackets anyways. Why not place your seasonal clothing and gear in a self-storage unit and free up more space for what you use and wear everyday.

The kids bedroom furniture. This is specifically for those families whose children have gone away to college or university. Once the kids leave, their room will always be theirs when they come back, but the space is now officially yours again. This means finding somewhere to store their stuff. There will probably be things that they didn’t take with them that they will want to keep, so why not place it in a self-storage unit for them instead of having it take up space in the basement, or attic.

If you are running out of space in your home for everything that you have accumulated and are trying to figure out how to maximize what little remaining space you have, get creative with some of the above ideas and make room for the things that really matter.

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