A man breaks into your house, eats your cookies and drinks your milk (or beer if you live in Britain), and leaves a pile of junk on your floor. On any day of the year other than December 25th, you’d call the police. On this day, however, you awaken with glee and creep downstairs to see what gifts Santa Claus left you. (more…)
When you think of storage units, you don’t generally tend to think of living in them. Instead, you imagine stacks of old comic books, wardrobes from the ‘70s, and exercise equipment with the price tags still on them.
But when you consider that there are 2.3 billion square feet of self-storage space in America (which means 7.3 square feet of storage for every single person in this country) with monthly rental prices ranging from $50 to several hundred dollars, you can see how it might be tempting to set up camp in a storage facility.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of living in a storage unit: (more…)
If you’re like me, you’ve never wondered how to properly store sports cards. Any cards in my possession always wound up tucked into my bicycle wheel spokes until they fell out somewhere along the way, lost and forgotten forever.
On the other hand, if you are actually a sports card aficionado, then you probably already know what good sports card storage entails. So this article is basically for the three people who have accidentally amassed a sports card collection from all those packs of Topps Chewing Gum and don’t know what to do with them. (more…)
You finally did it. You got rid of that Zenith B&W Console TV with the rabbit ears and dial channel changer (remote control? what’s that?) that you’ve had since the Supremes first signed with Motown Records and joined the 21st century.
Your brand new Samsung Ultra HD 4K flat screen TV rocks the hell out of your living room and has garnered you a whole new group of “friends,” but unlike the Zenith, it doesn’t come with a built-in storage unit. Why does that matter, you may ask? Not only does a TV storage unit keep your $800-dollar television free from dust and other damaging elements, but it’s a great place to store related electronics like an A/V receiver or your entire Seinfeld DVD collection.
So here is a list of the most common types of TV storage units: (more…)
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…)
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.
There’s nothing quite as exciting as moving in to a new home. Whether it’s because you got a job in another town, are moving in with the man or woman of your dreams, or “accidentally” burned down your previous house, the idea of a fresh start is full of promise. (Even more so if you were also assigned a new name and passport.) (more…)
Once upon a time you were happy, in love, and co-occupant of a luxurious 2-bedroom home. But with divorce rates at 50% (60% if it’s your second marriage and 110% if you’re silly enough to try again after that), there’s a good chance that you may find yourself with an ex-spouse, an ex-house, and an ex-bank account. (more…)
When you hear the word “tie” what is the first thing you think of? No, not the scene in Pretty Woman where Julie Roberts greets Richard Gere in nothing but heels and a silk tie. And no, not when two teams end a game with the same score. James Bond is the correct answer, which you’d know if you bothered to read the title of this post. (more…)
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…