• Common Self Storage Items: Old Pictures

    28 September 2012 by

    There are many reasons why people choose to use self storage. Some are in the middle of a divorce, some getting married, moving across country, a frequent traveler, spring cleaning, a business storing files or brave men and women needing protection for their belongings while they serve overseas. This is the eighth part in a series of tips for the most common self storage items.

    Our previous sections focused on furniture, electronics, appliances, files and document, antiques, vehicles and seasonal storage. Today we focus on photographs and old picture storage. Old photos hold memories, sentimental value and history.  Most pictures we take today are captured through our phones or digital cameras and can be placed on our computers. Older photos may need some touching up, they also need proper storage to help keep their appearance.

    Photograph Storing Tips:

    Old photographs, similar to valuable paintings, can be damaged if they have extended time in direct light or are exposed to heat. Humidity and moisture can also cause problems for old photos and permanently damage them. For these reasons it is sensible to consider renting a climate controlled storage unit to protect your old photos from heat, humidity, moisture and potential mildew. Placing your pictures in a box to prevent light from penetrating is also a good idea. Be sure to label your boxes so you know what pictures are in what box.

    Protecting and preserving your old photographs is an important part in keeping memories. A self storage unit can aid you in a safe, reliable and affordable way to cherish your past. Whether you need San Jose self storage or New York self storage, SelfStorageFinders.com is sure to have you covered from coast to coast.

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  • Moving Company Storage vs. Self Storage

    26 September 2012 by

    If you use a moving company, and have to decide whether to put your goods into their storage or a self-storage, there are the following pros and cons:

    • Self-storage is usually less expensive than moving company storage for the same amount of items.
    • When you use moving company storage your goods usually stay protected and wrapped in their soft quilted furniture pads – in self-storage you have to provide your own wrapping protection, or just have your items in their “bare”, without any wrapping or protection.
    • In self-storage you have your own lock and key, and can come and go as you please, subject to the facilities hours of operation.
    • In moving company storage, the movers actually has possession of your goods, and if you want to access your goods, or add items, or take out items, you must pay their warehouse personnel to actually perform the access – it’s not free, nor will they allow you to come in and go thru the items yourself, because they are normally responsible for any damage that might occur during the access.

    Some basic recommendations as to whether to select self-storage of moving company storage:

    • If you are on strict budget, use a self-storage – it’s less expensive.
    • If you need to come and go, add items or take items out, use a self-storage – there is not separate access charge as there is with moving company storage, and you can come and go as you please without having to schedule and pay for an appointment, as is generally the case with moving company storage.
    • If you have nice furniture and items, and don’t need to come and go, or otherwise access your goods, and basically just plan on placing your items into storage, and then having the moving company deliver when you are ready, then use moving company storage – although slightly more expensive, your goods are usually better protected and cared for.

    These basic  moving tips brought to you by the professional movers at Movers-Moving.NET

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  • Common Self Storage Items: Seasonal Storage Tips

    25 September 2012 by

    There are many reasons why people choose to use self storage. Some are in the middle of a divorce, some getting married, moving across country, a frequent traveler, spring cleaning, a business storing files or brave men and women needing protection for their belongings while they serve overseas. This is the seventh part in a series of tips for the most common self storage items.

    Our previous sections focused on furniture, electronics, appliances, files and document, antiques and vehicles. Today we focus on seasonal storage. Seasonal items such as holiday decorations and summer and winter clothes are only useful for individuals or businesses a few months out of the year. People and businesses spend plenty of time, money and space in their homes or offices to decorate and prepare for the season. Once the holiday and season are over it is time to pack up the old and bring in the new. Self storage is a great option to consider when putting away all of those special decorations and clothes which will be used again next year.

    Seasonal Storing Tips:

    Most seasonal items and clothes will fit neatly in boxes. Use any boxes around the house/office to pack and store. For decorations, the boxes will need to be well padded so the items do not break. Stay away from newspaper but wrapping paper or bubble wrap will do fine. Use newspaper to neatly wrap lights and secure the ends so they do not get tangled. Keep the smaller, fragile and delicate items at the top of the boxes so they do not get crushed by larger, heavier items. Label each box so it is easier to retrieve the items next season. If a box has ornaments or fragile items, label the box as “Fragile” to ensure careful handling.

    Not only do families use extra space for storing holiday and seasonal items but so do businesses. Offices may have a cluttered corner or back office with old decorations and seasonal signs. Storage units are a great, affordable option for many seasonal possessions especially if you are in the need for Chicago self storage.

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  • What You Cannot Move and Keep in Storage Units: Things You Should Better Left Behind When Moving to a New Home

    20 September 2012 by

    When moving to another city or state, people tend to bring lots of stuff with them in order to give the new place some semblance of home. However, while there are things that can be hauled up to the new house, there are also a few items which simply cannot be taken aboard a moving truck. These are what the professional movers call “non-transportable items”. Anything that is highly perishable or likely to pose a risk to the movers is not allowed to be kept inside a storage box and shipped to another place. This restriction can either come from the applicable federal laws or company policy.

    Whether you are planning to move things by yourself or with the help of hired movers, it is necessary to avoid packing the items which are considered unfit for, or hazardous while being transported. These typically include flammable articles and perishable goods. To make sure that you do not accidentally place them inside the storage units, here is a moving checklist of non-transportable items that you should leave behind:

    • Volatile Articles These are items which are highly combustible and corrosive. They might explode anytime during the long drive, especially when accidentally knocked down with other vulnerable materials.
    1. Oil and Fuels These are gasoline, kerosene and lubricants from machineries, equipment, and motorcycles. Before hauling up your lawn mower or bike, make sure that it is drained of oil.
    2. Acids and Flammable Chemicals These include nail polish, aerosol sprays, cleaning agents, weed killers, fertilizers and the likes.
    3. Gas Tanks – Propane and oxygen cylinders should be left behind disconnected. You may also deposit them to a local collection center.
    4. Lighting Items – These are matches, batteries, charcoal and fireworks. Discard the batteries from equipment properly before loading them to the truck. Avoid packing fireworks as they may only take heat that can cause an explosion.
    • Perishable Items – These are articles which cannot be transported for the sole reason that they spoil easily under poor conditions. Given the fact that the process of moving out involves cramped cargo space and long drives, such items are better left to friends or disposed of properly. Some moving companies may agree to transport these goods, provided that the items are properly packed to avoid spoilage. Still, it is advisable to just discard them right away to prevent food poisoning as well as to make better use of the available space inside the truck.
    1. Food – Food items whether frozen, canned or vacuum-sealed in jars, generally cannot be shipped without undergoing chemical changes. They may spoil easily while in transit.
    2. Plants – Obviously, potted plants cannot survive a day inside a dark, closed space. Leave them to the new owners or have your friends look after them.
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  • When Hiring Moving Companies – What to Do

    14 September 2012 by

    According to psychological experts, moving to a new home is one of the most stressful things that one can experience. It is natural to be worried about your valuable possessions and their safe transport to your new home. Fortunately, moving companies are available to help you with your moving, which will lessen your stress.

    While hiring a reputable moving company can be quite challenging because of the different options available, it is essential to be cautious when choosing the right one because after all, the success and safety of your moving depends on the moving company that you are going to hire.

    Determine the things that you are going to move

    Keep in mind that moving companies have specializations so it is essential to determine in advance whether you are just moving a couple of cabinets and some furniture or the moving includes your whole life. Consider whether you are going to move everything in your home or just a few valuable items and check the expensive and fragile items that require special attention. While most companies can deal with anything, they have to know beforehand the things that you need to move so that they can ensure the right equipment, staff and packing materials required for the job.

    Do a thorough research

    It is recommended to look into at least five companies. Most of these companies have their official websites where you can find their history, the destinations they cover and the rates they charge. There are also many online moving directories that can provide information on local movers. Once you have researched on their background information, you can now make a list of your potential moving companies. Make sure to include their contact details such as e-mail address and phone number.

    Ask for recommendations

    You will always know people (relatives, friends or co-workers) who have moved to a new house so make sure to ask them about their experience in hiring a company. Some may have positive evaluation about a company while others may have the opposite. It is essential to know both sides in order to have a better choice.

    Ask questions

    Before making an appointment, it is important to perform an interview of each of the companies through telephone. Ask about how long they have been in the industry or what type of clients they have had, the services and facilities they provide, the expected time of delivery and others. In addition, ask for their licenses. To ensure that you are going to work with a reputable company, it is recommended to check with the Better Business Bureau.

    Another important question to ask is the transportation cost – choose the company with the rate that is within your budget. However, a company that offers a cheaper service doesn’t mean that you have to compromise the service offered just to save more money.

    Determine if their service provides insurance protection

    No matter how reputable the moving company is, accidents can happen and this may result to damage to your possessions. Generally, basic insurance is included in the rate and this will just provide you a small amount so it is recommended to choose one with higher levels of insurance coverage.

    While there are a lot of moving companies to choose from, remember that not all can be trusted. Make sure to be cautious, be aggressive and know your rights as a customer. Carefully read and understand everything before signing up for something.

    The article was provided by Andy Peterson, a guest blogger who blogs about movers and storage units.

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  • Common Storage Items: Vehicle Storage Tips

    14 September 2012 by

    There are many reasons why people choose to use self storage. Some are in the middle of a divorce, some getting married, moving across country, a frequent traveler, spring cleaning, a business storing files or brave men and women needing protection for their belongings while they serve overseas. This is the sixth part in a series of tips for the most common self storage items.

    Our previous sections focused on furniture, electronics, appliances, files and documents and antiques. Today we focus on vehicle storage. Vehicle storage refers to long term storage, more than 1 month, of a car, van, truck, RV, boat and any other terrain vehicle. People tend to store these items during non-seasonal months, during long vacations overseas and even if they have classic cars which they want to keep safe and secure because they are not driven on a regular basis.

    Vehicle Storing Tips:

    Consider placing cars in a climate controlled storage unit to keep the automobile out of the elements of the weather and to keep the car in pristine condition. A regular storage unit may contain humidity or moisture which can cause your car to rust. A boat or RV may be placed outside under covered storage. Be sure to fill the gas tank to reduce the amount of water absorbed and use an additive to ensure the gas doesn’t break down. Winterize your vehicle and change the oil as bad oil can contain acids which can break down the system. Tire jacks are recommended to reduce the pressure on tires. Inflate the tires a bit more than they should be as some air will likely be released if the car is not driven often. Wash, wax and vacuum the vehicle to remove dirt, dust and any crumbs left behind which could attract rodents. Disconnect the battery and use a lubricant on all exposed metal engine surfaces to inhibit rust.

    These vehicle storage tips should aid you prior to storing your vehicle. If you are searching for vehicle storage, SelfStorageFinders.com can assist you with Portland storage units, Orlando self storage and anything in between.

     

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  • Common Storage Items: Antique Storage Tips

    7 September 2012 by

    There are many reasons why people choose to use self storage. Some are in the middle of a divorce, some getting married, moving across country, a frequent traveler, spring cleaning, a business storing files or brave men and women needing protection for their belongings while they serve overseas. This is the fifth part in a series of tips for the most common self storage items.

    Previously we covered furniture, electronics, appliances and documents. Today we focus on antiques and heirlooms. Storing antiques, collectibles or heirlooms can be cause for concern for some people. Depending upon the item being stored a person may need higher security or a climate controlled storage. If the item is an antique dating back several generations an individual may want tight security, locks and video surveillance. If the item is a piece of fine art a climate controlled storage unit would better suit to keep the art safe, secure and damage free.

    Antique and Heirloom Storing Tips:

    For pieces of fine art and paintings temperature, humidity and moisture control are essential to keeping the art in pristine condition. Keeping the temperature constant, humidity low and moisture out will keep your art valuable, in great condition and will avoid potential damage. If wrapping of the art is needed, avoid plastic as it traps moisture and will then ruin the art. Placing cardboard between paintings and wrapping sculpture art in blankets or towels will keep them padded and minimize potential damage.

    Art should never be placed on the ground or leaned up against a wall for an extended period of time as this could compromise the structure and distort the item. Any furniture should be wrapped in bubble wrap, towels or blankets – again, avoid plastic. Any antique items which can be broken down and disassembled should be done so as to take every precaution against any potential damage. It is also a good idea to acquire extra insurance for any valuable items being stored. Insurance can be purchased through the storage facility or from your home/renters insurance.

    Keep these tips in mind when storing your antiques and heirlooms. Search our website for San Diego storage units, Washington DC self storage and anything in between.

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