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  • Finding Room For Remodeling
    By Joel on November 17, 2011 | 112 Comments112 Comments  Comments

     

    What do you do if you are working on a home remodeling project, and your furniture is in the way? There are many people who would actually sit there and scratch their heads. They would really take a lot of time trying to figure out this dilemma. It does not really have to be that hard. Unfortunately many people don’t really there are pretty simple solutions when it comes down to need a little extra space to move furniture in order to remodel.

     

    One suggestion would be to get a portable storage unit.  By getting one, you can bring the unit to your home, and put your furniture inside.  Not only are your things close by, but they are out of your way so you can complete your project.  Some might argue that the cost is more, but I like having the peace of mind that my things are safe on my own property. Another advantage to the portable storage unit is that with some companies they will actually take the unit away and bring it back to you when you need it. How convenient is that?

     

    Not every thinks that portable storage is an option that could really help them. They believe that it could be too expensive even if it is very convenient. So they decide to go ahead and go with standard self storage. They won’t mind packing up their furniture, rent a truck and take it over to their local facility if they believe it will save them money. Sometimes when it comes down to it the decision between using portable storage or self storage, is simply how much is your time worth?

     

     

    What do you do if you are working on a home remodeling project, and your furniture is in the way? There are many people who would actually sit there and scratch their heads. They would really take a lot of time trying to figure out this dilemma. It does not really have to be that hard. Unfortunately many people don’t really there are pretty simple solutions when it comes down to need a little extra space to move furniture in order to remodel.

     

    One suggestion would be to get a portable storage unit.  By getting one, you can bring the unit to your home, and put your furniture inside.  Not only are your things close by, but they are out of your way so you can complete your project.  Some might argue that the cost is more, but I like having the peace of mind that my things are safe on my own property. Another advantage to the portable storage unit is that with some companies they will actually take the unit away and bring it back to you when you need it. How convenient is that?

     

    Not every thinks that portable storage is an option that could really help them. They believe that it could be too expensive even if it is very convenient. So they decide to go ahead and go with standard self storage. They won’t mind packing up their furniture, rent a truck and take it over to their local facility if they believe it will save them money. Sometimes when it comes down to it the decision between using portable storage or self storage, is simply how much is your time worth?

     

     

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  • Self Storage Payment
    By Joel on October 19, 2011 | 484 Comments484 Comments  Comments

    Not everyone has all of their stuff together. People as a whole attempt to be organized but they are really not. To help their selves out with being organized, people have payments automatically come out of their checking account so if they forget, they will still make the payment they were scheduled to make without a late fee. Of course they have to ensure that they have the money in their account for the payment to be made. If a customer forgets their payment arrangements often, they can set up with the self storage facility to where they can take the payments out automatically. This way you can stay up to date on your self storage facility.

     

    There are so many different methods in order for a self storage facility to take payments for the customer. It is a good idea for the self storage manager to inform the customer on the different ways they are able to pay their monthly rent. The manager will tell the customer that they are able to pay their rent online, they can come by the store or they will be able to call the payment in. Now the customer will have to understand the different ways they are able to make a payment. The truth is not all facilities will allow all the methods of making a payment detailed above.

     

    For some self storage facilities they will tell you they do not want to take payments over the phone because they want to reserve the phone for new customers. If the customers that are only wanting to make a payment call in then that could tie up the lines for new customers to call in. Again, the facility manager would need to ensure they are informing the customers of this procedure. It is good to verbally tell the potential renter and also to put that fact in the renal agreement. This way if the customer has a disagreement, the manager can point out the agreement on the lease.

     

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  • Short Term Storage
    By Joel on August 27, 2011 | No Comments  Comments

    Moving into a new home is a great thing. People tend to get the Christmas feeling because of the simple fact that no matter what, you have something new to buy. Not matter how many things you bring with you from the old home, the new homes requires some new purchases whether needed or simply wanted in order to christening  the new home. It is a very happy time especially for those people who love to go shopping.

     
    A caller of mine yesterday called in to inquire about a self storage space in her local area. Naturally she called the right place and we chatted about their new home. It was a great time because the customer was still on high about getting their new home so they were completely ok with everything that we were discussing. We got them set up with a self storage unit only for a small amount of time since they will be fully moved within a month.

     
    Many people come in to self storage with the idea that they want to store short term. Unfortunately other circumstances do not allow them to move their things out of their storage unit. The good thing is that the facility typically does allow you to store your belongings month to month. So in the case of this customer, they were able to store only for one month until they got everything else done and placed where they wanted. They did not need to deal with all their belongings being in the way.

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  • Special Self Storage Prices
    By Joel on August 25, 2011 | 387 Comments387 Comments  Comments

    Yesterday I spoke with a young lady who needed to rent a very small unit just to store some boxes. Naturally I would recommend a 5×5 that would have been perfect. The smallest unit that we had left at the time was a 5×10 storage space, twice the size and obviously it would cost more per month than the 5×5.  Immediately she said it wouldn’t work, it was too big and the monthly cost was a bit much.

     
    She was getting ready to hang up when I stopped her by explaining that there was a one dollar to move in special. Whether she rented a 5×5 or 5×10, it would cost the same for one month of rent. The customer was very excited and wanted to rent the space. Of course she was a little skeptical trying to figure out what the loop hole was to this special deal.

     
    It is very common for a customer to feel as if the wool is being pulled over their eyes. They do not want to be taken for a fool so they ask a lot of questions until they feel comfortable renting the space. The manager onsite tries to do all they can to assure the customer about the special deal that is being offered. Now of course the customer most likely will still need a lock, pay some sort of administration fee and maybe insurance. Regardless of the possible additional fees, it is still a good value.

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  • Student Self Storage
    By Joel on August 23, 2011 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    It would seem that around March and August is when the self storage world is overwhelmed by student self storage. We have found that parents will call in for their child sometimes three or four months before hand to reserve or rent a space. They know that the facilities will fill up quickly and their student will not be able to have a self storage facility. The worst thing that the parents think is that they will have to bring everything their child is storing back home. For many that is not an option due to the sheer distance from their home to the university. So finding student self storage is crucial to the parent.

     
    When college students call in looking for storage, as a self storage manager, I always get excited.  After working in storage for over two years, I am well aware that once the school year ends, college students and parents start flocking towards storage.  The primary reason for this increase in rentals is due to the number of students who leave the area to return home for the summer.  Most people do not realize how quickly smaller storage units go during the summer months.  I always advise my callers to make sure there unit is reserved in advance, so they do not have to be the ones calling any place they can for any sized unit they can find.

     
    There is nothing like trying to find something last minute, but some of these student storage shoppers that is what happens.  This is especially true for those customers who are shopping for the first time because their student is a freshman. It is assured that in the second year of college for their child, they will be more active to find a self storage unit. Most of the time you will find that self storage facilities are looking to get students into a 5 x 5 space or a 5 x 10. Typically a student can fit everything they are storing from college dorm room in a 5 x 5 space. Of course the 5 x 5 spaces are the first to run out so a self storage manager will typically get them into the next size, a 5 x 10. Hopefully the manager does not have to go any higher than this one because it will be too big for what the student needs and also they do not want the customer paying more.

     

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  • Last Minute Self Storage
    By Joel on August 21, 2011 | 119 Comments119 Comments  Comments

    It would seem as if there are many more storage calls this year over last year. So many people are calling waiting till the last minute in order to store because they still want to shop around. I guess they believe that if they wait until the last minute they will find a great rate that cannot be turned down. Some customers are not able to see a good deal even if it was right in front of their face. Sometimes they end up missing out on the great deal because they want to feel as though they shopped around good enough.

     
    I told one person that we only have one left and that she should at least put it on hold just in case when she calls back it will not be gone. She said she would take her chances. That same customer called back not even a half an hour later and wants the unit. I told her sorry I just rented the unit five minutes ago. She was very upset and now she has to take a unit somewhere else that was much farther out. She told me she did not believe me that it was that busy and she would miss out if she did not reserve the space. Also stated next year she will listen and reserve ahead of time to make sure she gets what she wants.

     
    Some customers would not learn their lesson from this situation and they would just keep doing the same thing. Luckily some people are still able to find a self storage unit when they need one. If you find something that is close to you, a good value and is secure, rent it now. Do not wait for it and continue to shop around. If you wait till the last minute, you can be like many customers who will have to end up going with a storage unit they do not really want, that could either be more money, not big enough or they have to travel further out to get it.

     

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  • A Courtesy To You
    By Joel on August 8, 2011 | 102 Comments102 Comments  Comments

    In today’s economy, more and more people are finding it hard to keep a credit or debit cards.  For the last several years, storage facilities across the United States have used cards as a way of reserving a unit.  While some do charge the card initially, many do the holds free of charge.  However, with many people no longer using credit or debit cards, facilities are trying something new.  Some storage companies are now holding units using a courtesy hold.

     
    The courtesy hold only requires some general information, and still reserves the unit for the caller. Many storage facilities found that it was not fair for the customers who did not have credit cards to not be able to reserve or put a space on hold over the phone. Not everyone was in a position to come down to the store and go ahead and rent the space. The courtesy hold seemed to be the next great idea to help those who did not have a credit card.

     
    Customers could now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they had a space reserved. Sometimes when a self storage facility told them that they could not reserve a space over the phone, they were very upset. The customer knew they needed the space but they simply did not have a credit card they could use to hold it. Now with the courtesy hold, the customer knows that they still have a space, they can move on to the next item on their to do list and get ready for the move.

     
    Now one thing that is slightly different about the courtesy hold than the credit card reservation is the hold time. With a credit card, typically the storage facility would hold the space longer, if needed, than with a courtesy hold. Storage facilities still feel that customers who have put down a credit card are still more likely to come down to rent. So with that said, customers who reserve a space with a courtesy hold are asked to come down to the facility within a week or less to rent the space. There are facilities that will hold a space up to two months if the customer uses their credit card to reserve.

     

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  • The History of Self Storage
    By Sarah Little on July 13, 2011 | 82 Comments82 Comments  Comments

    Guest blogger: Abby Bramski

    It is a common fact that as long as there are possessions in this world, there will be a desire to store them. The concept of self storage may seem like a modern concept, but it goes over 6,000 years to ancient Xian China. The ancient Chinese used clay pots of various sizes to store their belongings, and stored them in public underground storage pits which all had access to. The tradition continued throughout history. The first storage business was created in the 1850s, when moving and storage pioneers devised the first warehouse specifically designed for household goods and treasured personal items. This was the beginning of an industry waiting to boom.

    The first official self storage facility as we know it was in Odessa, Texas and was called “ A1 U-Store-It, U-Lock-It, U-Carry the Key” . Although this was almost 100 years ago, the basic concept has stayed the same. Then other states caught on; two moving companies, Minneapolis Van Lines and Weimer Storage in Elizabeth, New Jersey, began offering personal storage during the 1920s. Storage facilities became interconnected when Arthur Trachte, of Trachte Building Systems, built interconnected metal garages for what he called “ cars without homes” in 1928. Commercial storage facilities became extremely common in the 1960s.

    Demand for storage units increased dramatically in the 1990s, and companies began to pick up the pace. During 2000-2005, over 3,000 new facilities were built each year. Now, there is more than 2.35 billion square feet of self storage in the U.S. alone. This is equivalent to three times Manhattan Island under a roof! Storage facilities are about 32% urban, 52% suburban and 16% rural, so everyone can find units near them. There are many varieties of modern storage units—climate controlled, secure storage, and any size from a small locker to an entire garage. In the United States, 1 in every 10 households rents a storage unit, and that number is on an upward trend. Although modern storage units are not exactly underground clay pots, the concept is the same: I need someplace to put my stuff!

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  • Think About Your Pet
    By Joel on June 22, 2011 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Most people do not think about their pets often when moving.  However, just like with everyone else, pets have to make changes too.  Most pets can accommodate very well if given a little time to adjust.  It has been found that if you think about what to do with your pet first, the move goes easier.  Many people typically think about what they have to move and how they will get it to their storage space. If they love their pet as much as they say, then they have to figure out how to make them comfortable in their new space.

     

    When people add a pet to their family, some would say they are adding another member of the family while others would say they are just adding a good friend. Pets comfort their owners and others protect. It would depend on the home and the person on how their pet will affect their household. Moving can be a difficult time for your pet. They are used to their surroundings and the smell of where they live.

     

    When moving, not everything will go into their new home. Some things will go into storage. Many people store their pets until they can get everything moved into their new home. When everything is moved, they will then bring their pets into their new home and let them get acquainted. If everything goes according to plan, their pet will act like nothing has changed and all will be well.

     

    Don’t move with your pet running around. Get everything moved and then bring them to your home. No matter how good your pets are, they can get in the way. When moving day is here, it is not a place for pets. See if a friend or your local shelter can hold them for a while until moved. Even though they can not tell you, they will appreciate you thinking about them during your move.

     

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  • Need A Truck
    By Joel on June 22, 2011 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    The moving truck is one of the necessities of moving. Without it, it would be a lot less convenient to move. You would need to make more trips or get rid of some things that you now hold dear. When you are looking to store, you should really consider getting a moving truck.

     
    The fee would be pretty low if you are looking to do just a local move. There are many that believe that a moving truck is very expensive, but there are many companies out there that don’t hold true to that stereotype. Companies that just offer moving trucks could rent it out to you as low as free if you find the right deal and company. Now the actual truck might be free or low cost to rent, but most of the time you will have to pay for gas and insurance. Even with those cost, renting a truck is still more convenient and could cost less than driving your car multiple trips.

     
    When you are looking to get a self storage unit as well, you might luck out to find a facility that will rent you the moving truck for free. You can not beat that deal. You need a self storage unit so it makes sense to need a moving truck as well. It is good for a facility to be able to offer both. When shopping around for moving trucks, do not forget to call around to local self storage facilities, they could be of assistance as well.

     

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