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3 Tips On Storing Furniture For The Long Term

Are you currently looking for a local self-storage company in your area? Whether you need extra space in your current home or you need somewhere to stash your stuff in between residences, many local moving companies can also provide long-term storage to meet your needs. But while these spaces are likely secure and well-maintained, you should still take steps to help protect your more expensive items, such as your furniture. Here are 3 tips you can use to help ensure that your furniture looks as good the day that it comes out of storage as when it first went in. Furniture Covers While it’s true that you can just throw an old bed sheet on top of your couch and call it a day, that’s not really ideal if you want full protection for your furniture. If you want your furniture to be sealed off from dust and other potential problems, consider investing in a furniture cover. These covers are sometimes sold by the storage facility but can also be found at various furniture or home improvement stores. Whether for your couch or chair, a good furniture cover will provide protection on all sides so that you can store your furniture with confidence. Beware Of Color Transfer If the storage space is a tight fit, be cautious about what you store next to any sofa or mattress that you do not have a full furniture cover for. Some materials can transfer color onto your mattress or sofa if left pressed hard up against it for a long period of time. Remember to stand couches and mattresses up vertically to use as much of the storage space as possible and keep your expensive furniture out of harm’s way. Easy With The Tape If you are storing a bed frame or another piece of furniture that has numerous screws and bolts with it, you may be considering taping the small parts to the frame so that they don’t get lost. But if the tape is going to be left on the furniture for a long period of time, you may find that the finish is damaged once you take it off. Instead, put small parts like nuts and bolts into a small bag in the storage facility and label it so you know what the parts are for. If you are going to put a couch, bed or other expensive items into […]

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3 Reasons To Hire A Moving Company For Your Big Move

If you are going to be making a big move in the near future, you should most definitely look into hiring a moving company to help you move. The moving company will be able to do the majority of the move for you, taking a great deal of stress off of your shoulders. This article will discuss 3 specific reasons why you should consider hiring a moving company to help you with your big move.  They Provide All Of The Boxes Trying to gather boxes that are in good condition for your move can sometimes be quite stressful and time-consuming. You have to find boxes that are not only sturdy and in good condition, but also boxes that come in all of the right sizes. If you choose to hire a moving company to help you move, they will provide you with new boxes that come in almost every size and shape that you can imagine. They also provide tape for you, as well as markers for labeling. Knowing that the boxes will be there right when you need them, can make your move go much more smoothly for you. The Process Is Much Faster Moving on your own can take so much time because it is up to you to pack, load, and unload everything. There is also a lot going on behind the scenes, such as finding something to move your items in, trying to gather enough helping hands to move the heavy stuff, etc. If you hire a moving company the process goes by so much faster because all of the help and supplies that you need are right there. You also won’t be packing, loading, or unloading by yourself. The moving company can help you pack if you would like, and they will take care of all of the loading and unloading.  They Are Held Accountable For Your Belongings Moving your items across the states or even out of the country can be quite stressful. You may worry that something will break or get lost during the move, but with a moving company you don’t have to worry about this at all. The moving company that you hire will take full responsibility for moving your items safely and carefully. If something does happen to get lost or broken during the move, they will either replace the item or give you the funds to replace the item. […]

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How Important Is The Gauge Rating For Your Heavy Duty Steel Cabinets?

When purchasing heavy-duty steel cabinets for your worksite, you’ll likely come across various makes, models, and claims. Industrial and commercial steel cabinets come in all shapes and sizes. One of the main ways to distinguish between their strengths is with their steel gauge ratings. Gauge Ratings for Steel Cabinets In general, the lower the gauge rating, the thicker the steel. However, the thicker the steel, the heavier the cabinet, and the higher the price. If you’re purchasing in bulk, such as for employee lockers or warehouse storage, then you will have to weigh the amount of protection the gauge offers against your budget. Keep in mind that a two gauge difference won’t change much, but a four gauge difference, or greater, definitely can. Another thing to remember is the cabinet, its frame, and its shelving or compartments may all have different gauge strengths. The doors too may have a different gauge from the rest of the body. For example, a 20-gauge cabinet, reinforced with a 16-gauge frame, is a strong and durable piece. But if the doors are also 20-gauge and the shelves are 22-gauge, then you have to question if it’s capable of holding your heavy equipment. That kind of configuration would work well in an office environment, but it may not stand up to heavy equipment storage. More than the Gauge While steel gauge ratings can give you an idea of the strength involved, it’s still not the only factor involved with your cabinet’s strength. The truth is that some metals are inherently stronger than others. For example, if the choice is between steel and aluminum, and the gauge rating is the same, steel would still represent the stronger of the two. The steel would stand up to impacts better, and likely fight back rust and corrosion better too. Even with steel, some grades are better than others. This is especially true when you consider that steel isn’t one material. It’s in fact a term that can stand in for any of a number of alloys, some more durable than others. Unfortunately, unless you’re buying the materials to construct the cabinet yourself, you probably won’t know much about the steel involved in the cabinet’s creation. But, there’s still a few things you can rely on. If you purchase a quality product from a quality company, then you won’t have to worry so much about the grade of the […]

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5 Ways To Protect The Items You Have In Storage

If you have a self storage unit in a facility near you, you will want to know of some of the best ways to protect the items that you have in there, especially if you are storing valuable items. Here are five ways to help protect your belongings in storage: 1. Use Pallets on the Floor: The first thing you want to do is cover the flooring with pallets before you store any of your belongings. This will elevate your items and ensure that your items are protected in the case of a flood. You never know when a flood could potentially happen or something in the unit next door begins to leak.  2. Install a Sturdy Padlock: Storage facilities generally have sufficient security for your items. However, if you are particularly concerned about theft, then the next thing you want to be sure to use is a sturdy padlock that is really short, which will prevent thieves from being able to cut it open. You should also consider installing a battery powered alarm, especially one that is connected to your cell phone so you can be alerted whenever it is activated.  You can also contact a professional storage facility like Santa Barbara Mini Storage to see what security amenities they offer. 3. ​Keep Inventory: The next thing you want to be sure that you do is keep track of the items that you have in storage. This will help ensure that you will notice right away if something is missing and will be able to report it to the police as soon as possible. This will also help in having to make an insurance claim. You should also take pictures to keep track of how items appeared when first placed in storage compared to how they appear when any damage has occurred.  4. Visit Regularly: A common mistake that people make when using a storage facility is only visiting when they need to take something out or put something in. The problem with this is that you may not be visiting enough to check on your items. Be sure to check on your items regularly even if you have no intention of removing an item or placing an item inside. This will ensure that you can check for potentially missing or damaged items.  5. Cover Items with a Tarp: Another important thing to consider is covering the items in your storage unit with a tarp. […]

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Signs You Should Rent A Storage Unit For Your Big Move

If you are getting ready to move, you might have thought about hiring a moving company and stocking up on boxes and other packing materials. One thing that you might not have thought about, however, is renting a storage unit to help you with your big move. However, storage units can be handy in lots of moving-related situations. These are a few signs that you might need one to make things easier. You’re Moving Far Away Are you moving to a home in a different city or state? If so, the idea of moving all of your belongings to your new home can be overwhelming. In these situations, it can pay off to rent a storage unit and to store items that you won’t need right now rather than moving everything right away. Then, you can look for more affordable shipping options for some of your items; for example, you might find that shipping some items through a shipping service can be more affordable than using the services of a moving company. If you don’t have a place to put your items, you might spend more money trying to move them as quickly as possible rather than looking for the most affordable and reasonable option. Plus, you’ll have time to get settled in your new, faraway home before you have to worry about unpacking and dealing with all of your family’s stuff. There is a Gap Between Your Move-Out and Move-In Dates In some cases, you might not be able to move into your new home on the same day that you move out of your old one. For example, your lease might end on your rental, and you might want to avoid paying for another month of rent. If you are selling your home, you might find that your buyer wants to buy your home now rather than later. In either of these situations, it can be a good idea to rent a storage unit and figure out different accommodations for a few days or weeks, such as staying with friends or family members or renting a hotel room. Then, you won’t have to worry about putting off your move-out date or pushing to get a sooner move-in date, and you also won’t have to stress over what you should do with all of your belongings. As you can see, a storage unit can be extremely helpful if you […]

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Three Strategies To Cut Down On Your Self Storage Bill

Renting a unit at a self storage facility like Add-A-Room Self Storage provides an easy way to clear your excess items out of your home without the challenge of deciding which treasured possessions you should sell. The proliferation of storage facilities throughout the country means that you shouldn’t have trouble finding a facility in your community. If you’re concerned about having to pay another monthly bill, don’t be discouraged to the point that you skip taking advantage of the many benefits of renting storage space. Here are three ways to pay less for the rental of your self storage unit. Look For Promotions With so many self storage facilities around a number of cities, these businesses are often competing with each other — which translates into cost-saving benefits for the customer. Do a little shopping around to not only look for the best rate for the size of space you need to rent, but to also see which businesses are offering enticing promotions. Many self storage facilities offer promotions such as giving the first month for free or providing a free upgrade to a larger space. Seasonal promotions, such as a reduced rate as part of a “back to school” sale, can also help you pay less for your storage space. Pay In Advance Before you sign any paperwork at the self storage facility, talk to the rental agent to figure out how much you’ll pay over the course of the year — especially if you know that you’ll be using the space for the foreseeable future. If you have the financial flexibility, ask how much it would cost to pay for the year’s space in a lump sum when you sign the lease. While this approach does require that you have access to the necessary funds, many self storage businesses provide significant discounts for customers who can pay for the year in advance. Seek Another Renter Consult your work colleagues and friends to determine if someone has a need for extra storage space. If you can find someone trustworthy, you can often save money on the cost of your unit rental by pooling your money and splitting the bill. If the person doesn’t have enough items to account for half the space — and half the bill — even having the person pay 25 percent of the cost of the space can save you a significant amount of money over the […]

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How To Pack Up Your Dorm Room For A Storage Unit

If you live far away from your family, chances are good that, when you go home for the summer, your parents are going to ask you to get a self-storage unit (from an outlet such as Allsafe & Storaway Self Storage) for the summer, rather than drive all the way to pick you up. This way, you can take all of your necessities in a suitcase or two and fly home. However, taking all of the items that you have accumulated for two semesters or more and trying to get them into a storage unit can seem like an overwhelming task. Here are some tips for getting you started on packing up your dorm room for a storage unit.     1. Pack Up Winter Clothes First You are going to want to start packing up your dorm room as soon as possible. The first thing that you can safely pack are the clothes that you’re not going to need again until November or December. These clothes could include your winter coats, your scarves, your extra pairs of jeans, most of your sweatpants, and anything else that you wouldn’t consider wearing in 90 degree weather. When packing up your winter clothes, separate them in different boxes with outerwear in one box and sweaters and other clothes that you wear indoors in another box. Make sure that you label both boxes clearly. This will make getting everything you need immediately out of the storage unit immediately much easier. 2. Make a Donation Pile Get a few large, black trash bags and start putting in items that you don’t want anymore but don’t want to go to waste. Doing this will allow you to minimize the amount of useless stuff that you keep without contributing to a landfill. Your college should have many different areas where you can donate clothes, old school supplies, and other items. 3. Schedule a Truck Early and Pack it Correctly The easiest way to make sure that moving your stuff from your dorm room to a storage unit goes smoothly is to rent a truck that you can drive for an hour or two. Many other people are going to have the same idea, so make sure that you schedule a truck to be rented as early as possible so that you aren’t stuck with a truck that is far larger than you actually need. On the […]

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Four Things That Should Never Go Into A Self Storage Facility

Self-storage facilities are a great help when you don’t have adequate or appropriate storage facilities at home. For example, you can use such a facility to store your household items while renovating your place. However, this doesn’t mean that you can store anything in a self-storage facility. There are many things that should never go into these facilities, and they include these four: People Few people would actually seek to store another person in a self-storage unit, but you may be tempted to live in one if you are down in your luck. It may seem farfetched, but this is something that has happened in the past. Unfortunately, it isn’t legal to live, even for a few days, in a storage unit. Neither is it safe for you or any member of your household, such as children. It’s unlikely that you will get away with it either. The storage unit is meant for storing belongings. Perishables Perishable items should never go into a self-storage facility, even if it is temperature controlled. The settings may not be right for your food items, and they may go bad. Also, insects and rodents may be attracted to your stash, and they may even damage other items in the storage area. So if you are going away for some time, look for alternative storage places for your frozen fruits and bread. Hazardous Materials This concept is easy to understand; hazardous materials shouldn’t be stored in self-storage areas because of the risk they pose to the public (or even yourself). You probably wouldn’t dream of storing firearm cartridges in a self-storage box. However, there are other products that you may not think of as hazardous, but they are also dangerous. Examples include paints (that may give off flammable fumes), corrosive chemicals, or machines that utilize internal combustion engines. For the latter, you can only affect safe storage after emptying the fuel tank. The rule of thumb is to read and obey your chosen self-storage facility’s definition of hazardous materials. Plants Plants, such as flowers or seedlings, should never be stored in self-storage facilities either. For one, the environment is not right for growing plants; your plants may not get adequate sunlight. Also, plants need growing mediums (such as soil) and water to thrive, and these things can easily contaminate the storage place and its contents. Never try to sneak in a prohibited substance into a […]

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5 Ways To Recycle Your Old Moving Boxes

When it comes to used moving boxes, they can be overwhelming. As you unpack them, they seem to be everywhere all at once. It helps if you have a plan for them once the move is done. Depending on how many moving boxes you have left over, there are quite a few possibilities for ways to recycle them. Use a Box Broker Many cities have companies now that specialize in buying up and reselling used moving boxes. They need boxes that are still in good condition, so if yours are not holding up all that well, they may not be good candidates. Regardless, it never hurts to get in touch with one of these brokerage companies and to ask about their criteria. Give Them to the Kids Kids can always use boxes. Whether they decide to build a fort or to do countless other things with them, the boxes will go to good use this way. Larger boxes can become a playroom, other smaller boxes make items that they can use inside the larger boxes. With the endless creativity of children, the sky is the limit. Donate the Boxes Agencies from food banks to libraries can always use boxes that are still in usable condition. Call several of these agencies and ask whether they can use your old boxes. You might be surprised just how many agencies would jump at the chance to take your old moving boxes off your hands. Save Them If you think you’ll need them again anytime soon, it doesn’t hurt to save your boxes if you have the room. Be sure to break them down and store them somewhere that they’ll stay dry. Then, when you’re ready to use them again, simply tape them back into shape. You can also let friends and family know that you have boxes stored away in case they need them for any purpose. Compost Them Gardeners are always looking for ways to reuse materials, and cardboard boxes are incredibly useful. One really effective use for old cardboard boxes is as a compost bin. The cardboard contains the compost while it breaks down, and then the box becomes a part of the compost itself. When they’re ready for a new box, your composting friend merely needs to set out a new one. The good news is that by the time an older batch is used up, the box is likely […]

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Pack Like A Pro For An Easier Move

If you’re moving house, you may have elected to save money on moving costs by packing and unpacking your belongings yourself, rather than having professional movers do it for you. That’s a smart decision, if you know how to pack items so they won’t get damaged or broken. Here are some tips on how to pack tricky household items so they make it to your new destination safely. Lamps Use heavy-duty boxes such as those you would use for dishes and other breakable items. Line the bottom of your lampshade box with shredded paper or styrofoam peanuts. Nest lampshades inside each other if possible. Remove light bulbs, and wrap the cords around your lamp bases. Wrap any lamp bases in bubble wrap or other protective material, and label them so they wind up in the proper room. Electronics Electronics are ideally packed in the boxes they came in, assuming these were sturdy in the first place. Remove any CDs, DVDs, or video cassettes prior to packing. Try to use boxes that won’t let your electronics be mistaken for other, less important items (e.g., don’t pack your DVD player in the box your kids’ race car set came in). You should use anti-static packing materials for these items, lest they be damaged by static electricity. Fill the bottom of a heavy-duty box with crushed paper, and place the item inside. Then, fill all the gaps around it with packing material. Don’t pack multiple items in one big box to reduce the risk of the box giving way. Artwork Wrap artwork in bubble paper and secure with packing tape. This is one item you should consider asking your movers to pack for you, if you don’t think you can protect it sufficiently. You can have them shrink wrap it on the day of the move, as long as you request that in advance and agree on the fee. If you have very precious artwork that cannot be replaced, think about having a mover that specializes in art handle it for you. Books Use small to medium size boxes for books, as these can become very heavy very quickly. Fill boxes completely, so the tops won’t be crushed. Pack books on their sides, not lying flat. China China and other breakables should always be packed in heavy-duty corrugated boxes. Line the bottom of each box with crushed paper, then layer it with plates […]

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