Preventing Pests in Your Storage Unit

One of the biggest drawbacks to storing things outside of your house is that they could be damaged by the elements… and pests. No one wants to retrieve their personal possessions from storage only to find that there are cobwebs, ants crawling everywhere, and holes in the boxes caused by nibbling mice.

Here are some tips to keep pests out of your storage unit and make sure that your things are kept in tip-top shape. Continue reading “Preventing Pests in Your Storage Unit”

Tips for Packing

Packing is one of the most daunting tasks before a move. The process of taking all of your worldly possessions and stashing them in orderly boxes–without breaking or losing anything–takes forever. If you have experienced this, are dreading your next move, or are currently in the middle of one, take a deep breath. Here are a few tips to help ease your stress and get things moving a little quicker for you. Continue reading “Tips for Packing”

What to Store in Your Storage Unit

Units at a storage facility. If you’ve ever looked around your home, or business, and noticed how much space you’ve lost to stuff, you probably understand the utility of having an offsite storage unit. While there are several things that shouldn’t be kept in storage (like flammable things), the list of items that can be stored is extensive. Here are a few things you can definitely store: Continue reading “What to Store in Your Storage Unit”

What Not to Keep in Your Storage Unit

Storage sheds.Self storage can be a real life saver. It frees up space at your home or apartment, saves your business money, and gives you a place to put things during a move. Once you start storing things, the temptation to free up more space in your living area can be pretty strong. Unfortunately, sometimes people try storing things that are not appropriate or safe in their storage units. Here is a list of things to avoid: Continue reading “What Not to Keep in Your Storage Unit”

The Cost of Storage Space vs Apartment Space

Everyone is looking for ways to cut their costs in one way or another. Sometimes money gets tight, and cutting corners is an inevitable necessity. There are a lot of ways to lower your monthly costs! A lot of people automatically try to figure out ways to save on their monthly utilities and lowering the overall cost of their bills. But there are probably a few ways you haven’t considered saving money. Continue reading “The Cost of Storage Space vs Apartment Space”

Reducing Moving Stress with Storage Units

Moving is a stressful experience, by the simple nature of what it is. While living in a new place is often a dream of many people, the actual act of picking up your entire life and moving it to a new location is full of challenges and obstacles. However, there are tools that you can use to mitigate a lot of this stress and make your move a far smoother, more pleasant experience. One particular thing that can help the whole moving process is getting a storage unit before you move. A storage unit gives you a lot more options while moving, and can reduce the stress of the whole experience in a handful of ways… Continue reading “Reducing Moving Stress with Storage Units”

Your Moving Supplies Checklist

Even the smallest of moves can be a major endeavor, and that’s why it’s important to approach moving with as much planning and organization possible. Before you start packing up those boxes, here is a brief list of all the materials you will need for a seamless move.

Cardboard boxes

Of course, you’ll need plenty of cardboard boxes to get you through your move. You can always purchase these online from a moving supply company, or you might ask around for free boxes. Craigslist, local grocery stores, liquor stores, and bookstores are all great resources to look into. It’s a good idea to get many boxes of a similar size to make packing up your moving truck easier—plus some smaller boxes to nestle in otherwise unusable spaces.

As you acquire boxes for your move, don’t forget that you likely already own quite a few larger storage containers and bins (such as laundry baskets), which can serve as “moving boxes” as well.

Packing materials

You’re going to be packing fragile items such as dinner plates and flower vases, so you’ll want plenty of packing material on hand. Bubble wrap, newspaper, and packing paper all work great here. Try holding onto the packing materials that come with your delivered packages in the months before your move, and consider asking your neighbors for spare newspapers if needed.

Don’t forget that any linens you own (bedsheets, bath towels, kitchen towels, etc.) can also double as packing materials!

Colored duct tape

Colored duct tape is a great choice over clear packaging tape for sealing your boxes because you can use different colors of tape to color code your boxes. All kitchen boxes, for example, might be sealed with green tape, while all bathroom boxes are sealed with yellow tape. All boxes to be opened immediately, meanwhile, might be sealed with red tape.

Permanent markers

Along with colored duct tape, you’ll also want a permanent marker or two on hand to label your boxes with. Be sure to write “fragile” on those boxes that you want movers or friends to be careful with.

Gloves

You’d be surprised at how much damage moving can do to your hands. Light gloves will help protect your hands during moving.

Moving blankets

These will be used primarily to protect furniture, TVs, and mirrors while moving.

Felt pads

These should slide under large pieces of furniture to protect floors during moving.

Hand truck or dolly

A hand truck or dolly will make it easier to move extra large items or several boxes at once.

Bungee cords or twine

Bungee cords and twine come in handy when you want to secure boxes and furniture in place in your moving truck.

Box cutter

Because you will likely need to open some boxes fairly soon upon arrival to your new place, it’s a good idea to keep a box cutter handy.

Cleaning supplies

Keeping a few basic cleaning supplies on hand will help you clean up your old home when you leave—and your new home once you get there.

3 Simple Ways to Pay Less for Rent

Rent expenses aren’t quite as negotiable as, say, insurance or cell phone expenses, but there are still quite a few things that you can do to ensure that you end up with a more manageable rent bill. Here are 3 simple ways to save on your rent in your next home.

Get roommates.

This one may sound like common sense, but it’s worth mentioning. If you have a spare bedroom in your home, renting it out to someone—even for just a few months—will cut down on your rent expenses considerably.

If you don’t like the idea of renting out a room in your rental to someone else, you can always consider renting out spare storage space or a parking spot for your home (assuming that’s kosher with your landlord).

Decide on what you won’t spend more for.

There are a great many factors that come together to influence the cost of a home or rental property. Location is a major factor, for example, and under location you have to consider proximity to good schools, work, shopping centers, public transportation, etc. Updates and upgrades are another major factor, with upgraded kitchens typically garnering higher rent prices. So, before you look for the right home for you, take an inventory of what’s important to you in a home—and what isn’t important to you. That way, you’ll start your rental search with a firm grasp on what you’re willing to pay for—and what you can do without. If you are looking at a relatively expensive rental that is conveniently located near public transportation, for example, but you know that you never use public transportation, then it wouldn’t make sense for you to spend the extra money on that rental.

Rent a storage unit.

Many renters go about a home search with the mindset that their next home must be able to fit all of their possessions. How many of us, however, own possessions that could just as well stay in storage for months at a time? When you rent a storage unit, you can pare down the possessions you keep in your rental to only those things that you will use on a regular basis. Then, you can safely store the rest of your things, all while still maintaining easy access to those things. Keeping fewer possessions in your rental means that you can live in a rental with less square footage, helping you save on your rent.

Security Tips for Your Storage Unit

One of the most common concerns of people looking for storage space is whether their things will be secure. Whether your unit has a priceless treasure, or simply a bunch of furniture and odds and ends, your possessions are important, and you want to be sure that they’ll be there when you need them again. Here are some tips to help you keep your things secure: Continue reading “Security Tips for Your Storage Unit”