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  • Oysters and Self Storage
    By admin on August 7, 2010 | 230 Comments230 Comments  Comments

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    When it comes to making sure that you are making the most of your self storage unit, there are several things that you have to keep in mind.  I mean, sure, you can treat your self storage unit like a big, empty room, but if that is what you do, then you are not going to allow for it to live up to its full potential.  Of course, you do not have to do anything too crazy, here.  Just hear me out on a few of my ideas, and go ahead and see if any of them are to your liking.  You never know, reader.  You just might end up surprising yourself with all of your creativity.

    First and foremost, reader, you have to realize that your storage unit is not simply for all of your unwanted belongings.  I mean, you should never be using your self storage unit to store things that you do not want or need.  IF that is what you are doing, then you are quite simply flushing your money down the drain.  Your self storage unit is for the things that you love.  It is for the things that you want to keep in good condition, and the things that you do not think that you could live without.

    More to the same point, you should realize that your self storage unit is not just a big, empty room.  Sure, if you want to use it to store some of your spare belongings, then you are not going to run into any problems in that regard.  Of course, if you want to use it to get something else done, then the world is truly your oyster.  Here are a few of the unconventional ways in which you can use your self storage unit (if you are so inclined).

    You can use your self storage unit as a warehouse for your online store.  If you are trying to expand your operations, and you would like to keep more of your products in stock, then you are going to want to be sure that you are renting a nice, safe, secure place to keep all of them while you are waiting for them to sell.  Heck, renting a self storage unit might make the difference between your business growing and your business stagnating entirely.

    Of course, if you are simply looking for a nice, quiet place to get some work done, then you are not going to be disappointed with a self storage rental.  I mean, so long as you pay your monthly rent, there is not going to be too much of a limitation as far as how you can use your unit is concerned.  Just be sure that you are not violating any of the policies of your self storage property, and you are going to be just fine at the end of the day.

    As we say in my family, the world is your oyster if you can think outside of the box for a moment.  I mean, the self storage unit is not a complicated thing, but the number of activities that it can help you with is truly confounding.  If you have never looked into self storage unit before because you do not think that you need one, or if you are simply using yours to store junk that you do not need, then you are going to want to take a serious step back to reconsider things.

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  • Storage Units Are More Than Empty Space
    By admin on July 5, 2010 | 350 Comments350 Comments  Comments

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    When most of our customers think about self storage units, they are simply thinking about empty space.  When they think of our self storage units, they rarely think of all of the fun, crazy things that you can actually accomplish with a good self storage unit.  I mean, when you begin to think of your unit as an extra room in your house, or as a home away from home, then you are going to begin seeing it in a very different light, indeed.  Of course, if you are not used to thinking of your unit in this way, then you might want to make your way through this article very carefully.  By its conclusion, you are surely going to have a better sense of how people make use of their self storage units in unconventional ways.

    More and more, people are using their self storage units to store their large libraries.  I know that it may sound odd, here, but hear me out, reader.  Essentially, people are renting their units and installing tons of shelves in them.  Once they have installed their shelves, they set them up with their personal libraries, careful to be sure that they have access to all of their individual books.  Much of the time, people use these kinds of units as a sort of library on wheels.  They invite people out to their unit to take a look at their book collections, and you had better believe that they are having a ton of fun doing so.

    Of course, if you are looking to use your unit as more of a practice space, then you are not going to be disappointed.  In fact, many local bands are using their self storage units as practice spaces.  Concerned that they are going to have the cops called on them if they do not practice outside of residential areas, these bands have taken it upon themselves to make sure that they are not a nuisance.  Of course, they have to check in with their property managers before they begin to practice in their units, just to be sure that they are not violating any of the policies of the property that they have chosen.  Typically, though, property managers are going to allow for band practice so long as the band in question agrees to a few special rules.

    Other people, still, are using their self storage units as extra rooms in their home.  They literally outfit their self storage units with furniture and appliances, treating them very much like a standard apartment.  Of course, they, too, have to check in with their property managers to make sure that they are not in violation of any of the site policies.

    At the end of the day, reader, you are going to find that self storage units are actually a lot more versatile than you once thought possible.  So long as you are checking in with your property managers and making sure that you are not violating any of the rules of the site where you rent, then you can essentially do just about anything that you can imagine inside of your unit.  Just keep an open mind, reader, and you are going to be able to figure out a way to make use of a good self storage unit.

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  • Pack Into A Self Storage Unit
    By admin on May 29, 2010 | 232 Comments232 Comments  Comments

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    There is a lot to remember when it comes to renting a self storage unit.  Truly, if you have never shopped around for a storage unit before, then you might feel yourself becoming a bit overwhelmed at first.  There are tons of different options to consider, not the least of which being the size of your potential unit.  Thus, before you pick up the phone and start calling around, you are going to want to be sure that you understand what the differences are between the sizes that you are going to find.  Likewise, you are going to want to be sure that you have a solid grip on how many belongings you are going to be storing.  If you can get your mind around these things, then you are not going to run into any problems.

    The first thing that you are going to want to do, here, is pack as many of your belongings as you can.  The more packing that you can do before you start calling around, the better, reader.  I mean, it is going to be hard for you to tell your potential property managers what you are going to be storing if you are not entirely sure of that yourself.  Thus, before you begin calling around, box up all of your smaller items and stack them up neatly.  Be sure that you are not forgetting to wrap your delicate items in bubble wrap, and never, ever pack your boxes without labeling them.  At the end of the day, you are going to have a much more solid understanding of how much space your belongings are going to occupy.

    Once you have this understanding, you can begin to call around.  Bear in mind, reader, that your property managers are going to pressure you into renting the larger sizes, because they can charge more rent for their larger sizes.  No, they are not going to try to mislead you, necessarily, but it still helps a lot to have a good understanding of how much space you are actually going to need.

    What helps, here, is asking your property manager a few simple questions.  If you cannot visualize the size that they are recommending, ask them to compare it to a room in your home.  Is it more like a half bath, or more like a walk in closet?  Is it more like a garage, or is it about the size of a small bedroom?  While these questions may seem silly at first, they are going to provide you with a powerful understanding of the size that you are renting, which can really help you out when it comes to choosing a unit at the end of the day.

    So, reader, the bottom line is that you have to prepare yourself for your upcoming self storage rental.  You can call around willy nilly, hoping that you are going to find the right unit.  You can call around for prices before you even know how much stuff you have.  Really, though, if you are looking to save yourself some time and money, you are going to make sure that you are doing some homework before you pick up the phone.  When it comes to saving yourself some money, reader, you can afford to spend a few extra days packing.

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  • Explore Your Self Storage Options
    By admin on February 20, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

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    Shopping around for a self storage unit can be difficult if you do not have any experience with the industry.  Indeed, as you are calling around, looking for that perfect facility, you are going to have to make sense of a great deal of information.  As you are sifting through your quotes and trying to make sense of the numbers that you are finding, you are also going to have to figure out whether the units that you are looking at are going to be able to keep your belongings safe.  Of course, if you willing to give yourself a little bit of time, here, then you are going to be able to find the units that are going to keep your belongings perfectly safe while you are not using them.

    The first thing that you are going to want to do, here, is recruit a friend for your self storage hunt.  Indeed, if you are calling around with another person, then you are going to be able to make much quicker progress than you would be able to by yourself.  And really, you are going to end up making better progress than you otherwise would.  Because you are not going to be dealing with the burden of placing all of your own phone calls, you are not going to become frustrated as easily.  And when you are not frustrated, you are not going to have to worry about making careless mistakes.

    Of course, when you and your friend are done calling around for quotes, you are going to want to be sure that the both of you head out to take a look at your local properties in person.  Indeed, you are going to have to be sure that you use your own, two eyes to get a look at the property before you fork over your hard earned money.  You are not going to know whether or not you feel safe at the property if you do not show up in person and take a quick walk around.  And really, you do not have to worry about wasting too much of your time, here, as it is only going to take you about five or ten minutes to walk around the property and get a feel for how safe it is going to be.

    Finally, here, you are going to want to be sure that you and your friend compare notes when you are done with the whole shopping experience.  The entire reason that you are shopping around with a friend is to cover more ground.  If you jump the gun and rent a unit before you have even conferred with your friend, then you are not going to be able to rest assured that you have taken the best value that you can find.  Thus, before you are tricked into signing any paperwork, be sure that you have really compared notes, and that you really have a good feel for what your local area is willing to offer.

    At the end of the day, you are going to be happy that you followed these tips.  By shopping around with a friend, checking your sites out in person, and comparing notes when you are done, you can rest assured that you are not making your final decision too hastily.  Remember, even though this may seem like a lot of work, chances are that you are going to be spending several hundred dollars, if not several thousand, on your self storage unit.  Before you commit to such a large purchase, you simply have to be sure that you have done everything within your power to explore your options.

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  • Columbia Storage Units – A Few Guidelines
    By admin on October 8, 2009 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

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    The fifth largest city in Missouri is Columbia, and research has shown that this city has consistently been top ranked for educational facilities, economic growth, healthcare and a decent price for living. Luckily, for the citizens of this city there are great options for Columbia storage units for both temporary as well as long term storing.

    Whether you are moving, or you need a temporary solution to store your belongings, there are several options for you to choose from. One of the most popular storing options is for your household things. Sometimes, it is necessary to have a warehouse or unit to hold your things temporarily, but then you may decide you want it to be long term.

    Columbia storage units are very convenient, but there are still a few things to think about before renting a storing unit at a certain facility. There are particular or certain things that you should know when it comes to choosing your facility and when you are moving your stuff into the compartment.

    Things To Remember When Choosing The Storage Facility

    • Location- For starters, location is always an important thing when you are choosing or deciding the proper facility. If you are moving, it may be easier or simple to find a location near the place you are moving to rather than where you are moving from.
    • Space- Always considers how much space you really need or require. Sometimes it is a great idea to rent a compartment with just a little bit more space than you originally need. This will help in the long run because you have more room to move around, and you also have more room in case more things or stuff needs to be stored in the future.
    • Accessibility- Always asks the employees what time and how often you can enter the premises to access your own storing compartment. Most of the time, these places will have twenty-four hour access every day of the week.
    • Security- Make sure the Columbia storage units that you are choosing has a great security system. A lot of the times, there will be twenty-four hour surveillance and a locked gate surrounding the grounds. This usually makes customers feel relieved about their things being locked up.
    • Climate controlled storing units- This is important if you are storing something that needs to be in a certain temperature. During the different seasons, the compartments will be maintained at a certain temperature for your storing needs.

    Things To Remember When Packing Your Items

    • Boxes- It is always best to use boxes that are the same size. That makes it much easier to stack them on top of each other. Always keep the heavy boxes at the bottom.
    • Walkways- Always leave a small path throughout the Columbia storage units . This will help you get around everything and make it much easier to access your belongings or stuff.
    • Security- Even though most facilities have the area highly secured, it is okay to be cautious. Pack your most valuable things near the back of the storing compartment.
    • Humidity- Whenever you are packing furniture or your belongings that can cause mildew, leave a little space in between the items and the wall. This will allow better air circulation and prevents mildew formation.

     

    Anytime that you need or require a Columbia storage units facility, always remember these simple steps and procedures. You may be surprised that storing items in a facility is as easy as 1-2-3

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  • Do You Really Need A Self Storage Space?
    By admin on February 13, 2009 | 307 Comments307 Comments  Comments

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    Recently, the concept of hiring an external self storage space has become so popular, that a sizeable percentage of the population is using this facility to keep their excess items. This does not mean that hiring an external storing space has become the latest trend to keep up with other people. If you are not facing the severe storing problem or you have some specific situations making you think about external storing issue, you should not bother about this at all. Always keep in mind that to use this extra space you need to pay some money. So, if you can manage with your present real estate structure, then why you should spend needlessly?

    Here are some of the common, specific reasons, which might lead you to think about hiring a self storage space .

    1. You can think about this storing option, when you are selling your home. At this time, you need to keep the rooms clean and well organized, so that it gives a nice impression in the minds of the buyer. Also, less the number of items in your room, the more spacious it will appear. This has a great significance to improve your selling price or to gain more prospective customers. This situation requires you to hire an external storing space for keeping the extra or old furniture or show pieces.
    2. Many people have a habit of collecting items. Sometimes, they maintain the things which they have inherited from their grandparents, though they might be of no use. They always prefer to store each and every item, thinking that at some point of time, these items might become useful. In addition to this, if the family members like to shop each month, then they will face serious space crunch problem, in no time. Very soon, they will find that all storing spaces of the house are filled up and they need to hire external self storage space .
    3. Many people use this facility, to store their household items, when they are waiting for their new house to be built. At this situation, they need to extend the agreement to hire the self storage space on a monthly basis, as they have no idea when their house is going to be ready so that they can shift. You can also increase the size of rented space, if you are going to store the new furniture bought for your new place. You can also book the facility for long period of time at the beginning, if you have an idea about the construction time of the house. For long term booking, many facilities offer discounts or special deals.
    4. You may need to use this service for long or short period of time, if you are going out of your place. Many people use this opportunity to store their important, sensitive and valuable items, while they are on their vacation. Particularly, sensitive items like car, rv or boat, need to be taken care of in a regular basis. This is only possible, if you book a professionally managed self storage space .
    5. Many people like to hire this facility to keep their hobby and seasonal sports items. The hobby items are normally very much sensitive to extreme weather. They need to be kept in proper climate to prevent damage from outside weather condition. Similarly, seasonal sports items also should be stored in proper climatic conditions to prevent damage.

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