• Man Cave Storage for the Metrosexual

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    We all need a little extra space, a private sanctuary where we can let our hair down (or up) for a minute, but for most of us privacy is at a premium around the house. Maybe you’ve got a family, you’re still living the college lifestyle, or the entire cast of Eight Is Enough is staying with you until ABC renews their contract. Whatever the case, if you want to preserve your sanity, you will need your own man cave. (more…)

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  • Strange Finds In Storage Auctions

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    Heat waves shimmer on the tarmac. A zillion metallic garage-style doors disappear into the horizon. The restless crowd moves back and forth. A woman who could easily pass for your sweet Aunt Mabel suddenly turns her stink-eye on you when you inadvertently take a step forward.

    “Back off,” she hisses. “I don’t mind getting arrested for assault again.”

    She spreads out her already-wide body in front of you which not only prevents you from seeing straight ahead, but effectively fills your nasal passages with her sharp-cheddar-gone-bad body odor.

    A young, lanky guy whose tattoos cover every inch of his skin which, due to the hot weather and, apparently, his disdain for clothing, is pretty copious. He catches your eye, licks his lips, and smiles at you. You’re not sure whether it’s the missing teeth or just the inappropriate gesture that makes his grin seem ominous.

    So this is a storage auction. (more…)

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  • 10 Questions to Ask Your Self Storage Manager

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    Are you considering renting a storage unit? If so, you can tell your friends that you are “getting into America’s fastest-growing sector of real estate.” Well, actually your stuff will be in it, and most likely for a while. As you think about storage unit options, you’ll probably want to consider location, cost, and security.

    Whether you are a first-timer or an old-timer, asking a few questions when you meet or call the self storage manager is always a good idea. Here are the top ten questions to ask the guy (or gal) in the storage facility office.

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  • Let’s Go Shopping at eBay’s Dave Hester Store

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    Everybody loves a bargain. If you’re like me, you’ve looked at a garage sale item and instantaneously gone from “Oh, this is so cute…” to “This is worth serious dough. I’ll sell it on eBay!”

    Then something inside you triggers your Inner Negotiator. The item is marked $10 but you find yourself yelling, “I’ll give you three dollars! THREE DOLLARS!”

    Three dollars it is, and the garage sale host thanks you cordially and tells you to have a nice day, preferably somewhere else.

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  • Trending: The Self Storage Office

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    Launching your own business? There’s nothing quite like the excitement of drawing up your business plan, building your team, and finding a place to spend the days and nights ahead of you. As you dream about strategy sessions in the conference room and closed-door sessions in your corner office, you might be in for an abrupt awakening. Besides salaries, the largest expense for most new businesses is office space.

    Leasing an office costs a lot of money and, in almost any market, typically requires things that not all new businesses have: solid credit (if not the business’ credit, then yours), revenue commitments for the upcoming year, and enough money to keep the lights on. These days, bootstrapping startups are taking to a new model of business presence: the self storage office.

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  • What You Would Find in Donald Trump’s Storage Unit

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    Self-storage units are handy when you need to stash your belongings while you’re on the road, in the midst of a move, downsizing from house to hovel, or because you’re an undiagnosed hoarder. They’re also convenient for storing skeletons when your closet fills up.

    Billionaire Donald Trump is an American business tycoon, investor, and real estate mogul, as well as host of the reality TV show The Apprentice/Celebrity Apprentice. More recently, he has proclaimed his presidential candidacy for 2016 as well as a tendency to play in his own “triumphant, idiotic symphony.” As the old saying goes, the more you have to lose, the more you have to hide.

    So based on what we know of him, here’s what you would likely find in Donald Trump’s storage unit: (more…)

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  • Preventing Self Storage Theft: Protecting What’s Yours

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    You’ve packed your things and labeled the boxes, found the right storage facility, and rented a storage unit. Everything is neat and orderly—everything except you, that is. You’re spent! It’s been a long day and you’re ready to hop on a plane, check out your new neighborhood, or just get dinner. And then you realize you need a lock for that unit. And this is the part that, if you’re not careful, you’ll wish you could do over.

    Save yourself a lot of heartache, my friend. Get a good lock. Double-check that you’ve locked the unit correctly (some of those storage unit doors are tricky!). And be sure to put the keys or combination in a safe place. Those are the most obvious tips to preventing storage unit theft, and here are a few less obvious tips…

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  • Can you live in a storage unit? (Hint: no.)

    No, you cannot live in a storage unit.

    The “tiny house” phenomenon—truly scaled-down living—is one thing, but can you live in a storage unit? The short answer is: No.

    But this doesn’t stop people from asking. Lior Rachnany, owner and founder of Brooklyn-based Dumbo Moving, shared this story:

    One time, a home owner called Dumbo Moving and asked us to help him with an eviction… The truck driver asked the tenant for the address where all these items should be taken and he said, “Aren’t we going to Dumbo’s warehouse? I thought I could stay in one of the storage rooms until I find a new apartment.”

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  • Selling on eBay: Choosing What to Sell

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    If you’ve ever looked at all the things you have in your storage unit and thought, “I could sell this stuff…” then today is a great day to get started. If you want to make money on eBay, there are a few things you can do to increase the chances of getting top dollar for your items.

    The easy way to sell items on eBay can be broken down into three steps: (1) choose what you want to sell; (2) learn as much as you can about each item you’re selling so you can set the starting price appropriately; and (3) take great photos.

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  • Selling on eBay: Choosing a Starting Price

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    Congratulations! You’ve chosen a bunch of things to sell on eBay. This is a great way to clear out your clutter, downsize your storage unit, or get ready to move. Now that you’ve got your “To Sell” box of stuff, it’s time to set the best price for each and every item.

    Of course, you’ll want to choose the starting price on eBay that’s most likely to garner a few bids and get the highest closing price possible. You don’t want to start too low and end up selling your prized possessions for a dollar (imagine the heartbreak!), and you probably don’t want to start too high and spend your days and nights waiting for at least one bid that never happens. Not to worry: there are some smart moves you can make before you list your item that will help you set the right starting price.

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