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  • Searching for Self Storage
    By Joel on September 19, 2011 | 87 Comments87 Comments  Comments

    Depending on where you look or search, you will get advice from different sources on what to when it comes to looking for self storage. If self storage is what you need, it will be easy to find. There is assured to be a self storage location in your area. Your job is to find out if that facility will fit your needs. So here are a couple of good tips to think about when you are looking for the right storage facility for you.

     
    You should start your storage search sooner rather than later. This is a great time of the year to look for storage because it will busier in just a short time and units will be hard to come by. It would seem as though people think that they can call up the day they need storage and the facility will have the space they are looking for. Unfortunately the most needed storage spaces will be rented first and that could be the space that you are looking for to rent. If you do not get the space that you are looking for then you will end up paying more for a space that you do not need. That typically does not make the person looking for storage happy.

     
    Every discount that you can find will put money back in your pocket. If you get a first month free promotion, you should still ask about other promotions. Sometimes a facility manager will tell all about the short term promotion they are running, but say nothing about the long term deal. The more questions that you ask the better, especially when it comes to pricing. If you can save money on a monthly basis, then you can feel assured that you have made the right choice when it comes to storage. Now in the same respect, if a facility has a great monthly cost, but is not giving away free rent, still consider them. If you are storing long term, you will have to do the math to see what the best deal is for you.

     
    Every manager will tell you that they have good security. You should schedule a site visit to see for yourself how safe the site feels. Most people will talk a great talk over the phone, but when it comes to what is actually going on at the facility, that leaves something to be desired. When you walk into a facility really look hard and see how everything works. Watch the self storage manager put in the pin code, make sure the door alarms work and any other security feature is in tact before you sign the lease. You do not want any surprises when you move in.

     

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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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  • Look For Security
    By Joel on July 29, 2011 | 641 Comments641 Comments  Comments

    Here are some things to look for security wise in self storage:  As long as the facility has a few of these features, they will be more or less secured. Of course not every facility is going to have all of the things we will discus below but they will have some of them. Then you have to choose which security measures are important to you.

     
    Many facilities have video cameras in which they can see things that the manager can not see. Some facilities have the cameras going all the time where other facilities have the cameras on whenever the facility is open. Always know the difference between the two options. If someone breaks into the facility or a current tenant that tries to take something that is not theirs, the camera will capture it.

     
    A fenced property is a great security feature for those who are renting. When facility is fenced then we know that not just anyone can walk right up to our unit. Now you will find that some fences are locked with a chain and lock where other facilities have a gate code that you enter to open the fence. Usually you have longer access to your belongings when the facility has a gate that has a gate code.

     
    Having a facility that well lit is always a plus. This is good because no matter what time of night you come to the facility, you will always feel safe that you can see all around you. You will be able to access your unit safely and then go about your night. You do not have to feel that someone is lurking in the shadows. The facility will be so well lit that there will not be many places that are dark.

     
    Door alarms are a good feature because when someone tries to lift the door to your unit, an alarm will sound. Typically you will find that the gate code is associated with your door alarm. So this way the only person that can enter the unit without an alarm sounding is the renter of that space. That should make a fair amount of people happy.

     
    Some facilities will have a resident manager that lives on site and will ensure all is running smoothly. It would make sense for them to know what is going on since the facility is literally their backyard in some cases. Other cases the manager will live close so they can get to the facility if there are any issues or emergencies.

     
    When the facility is in a good part of town, everyone take s a sigh of relief. They know that as a customer they will not be bothered as they are entering or departing their unit. Now of course it is not completely unreasonable to think that just because your storage facility is in a good area that it cannot be in danger of being robbed. Understand what your facility has to offer and also what you feel is important to you when storing.

     

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  • Which Floor To Store
    By Joel on July 27, 2011 | 97 Comments97 Comments  Comments

    Of course not all self storage facilities are created equal. Many facilities try to figure out what the customers in their area are truly wanting. They then go through extraordinary lengths to fulfill those needs for the customer. There are times in which the facility will have many units open, they will do their best to fill the other spaces. Depending on the area you will find that your local self storage facilities have different types of units to please their community. The following are types of levels in storage facilities.

     
    Ground floor units are units that are on the ground floor and you can either drive right up to or go through a hallway to get to. These spaces can be climate controlled or not depending on the area. Many people do not want to haul their belongings to any other space except for the first floor. They are very convenient to get to.

     
    2nd, 3rd, etc floors are at facilities that typically have to build up instead of out. By building up, a facility can truly save on money per square foot in real estate. Typically these self storage units will be units that you can get to via an elevator or stairs. If a facility does not have elevators but your unit is upstairs, then you have to decide If you still want to store there. You could get a lot of exercise as you are climbing those stairs.

     
    A Mezzanine floor is a sub floor with cat walk around edge.  There are no units in center of floor. This floor level is not common in most areas except for the east coast. These are common for those facilities that have to build up or are looking for a way to have storage units in warehouse environments. Typically you will have to go up stairs to get to that level so you would not try to store anything heavy.

     
    Breezeway units are units on the ground level, accessible by a pull through building. Many customers like these kinds of units because you can pull right through the building and escape the elements of Mother Nature. If it is raining outside, you do not have to get wet. That is a great thing. You can still take your time getting things in and out because the space is big enough for more than one person to come through.

     
    A facility will have a lot of different units available. It is up to you which type of unit you want. Typically each type of unit will be price differently in respect to the level. The higher levels will cost less than the ground floor because the facility feels that the customer should not pay more for a lack of convenience. Ask your facility manager about the pricing and the different units they offer.

     

     

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  • Shopping for Specials
    By Joel on July 26, 2011 | 108 Comments108 Comments  Comments

    People often call in looking for specials when shopping for storage.  While it is always a good thing to save money, you should never let a special drive you to a decision to rent a storage space.  Many times a facility will dazzle you with their special rate, but they try to get you to pay their outrageous monthly cost. Not all people can see past the great special.

     
    A young woman who needed a space for her dorm room things called because a particular self storage location was offering the first month rent free.  She was so excited about the special that she did not even ask what the normal rate was.  She then called another facility, to which the facility manager stated no special was available.  She instantly wanted to end the call.  She said the competition was offering a way better deal.  The customer informed that although this particular self storage facility did not offer a special, the rates were way lower than the other facility.  After calling the other store back, she realized the facility manager was, in fact, true.

     
    Be careful not to make the same mistake. Make sure that you are shopping for value and not just for the special. If you are staying with your self storage facility for only a month and the month special is great, then take it. The unfortunate thing is that you never know if you will be staying longer. No one wants to move their belongings from facility to facility in order to get the best special. Look at the special and the monthly rate. See which one best suits your needs.

     

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  • Over Reactions
    By Joel on July 11, 2011 | 13 Comments13 Comments  Comments

    Self storage does not have to be a difficult or stressful situation. In fact self storage can be an easy solution if you allow it to be. Every now and then a manager at a self storage location will encourage a current tenant who does not fully agree with what the manager told him or what is on their lease. This is one of the reasons that self storage facilities will tell you to sign a lease in order to go back and reference it if need be. In most cases, the manager will be able to diffuse the situation.

     
    People can often get worked up over small things.  Tenants sometimes call into their self storage facility in order to get a second storage unit, only to find that the rate of said unit was twice the price they are currently paying. They will immediately began ranting and raving and threaten to go to a different facility or even file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Most good managers will allow the customer to let out their steam and then let them calm down. Then the manager will politely explain to them that the price quoted was the current rate for new tenants.  As a current tenant, sometimes the manger can sometimes offer a multiple unit discount, which cuts the cost for multiple spaces owned by the same tenant.

     
    The attitude of the customer would then change as they realize, they may have over acted. This happens very often in these kinds of situations. Without really knowing the whole story a customer can get extremely upset and sometimes it will be too late in order to reconcile. Always make sure you understand the full situation before going off the handle, even when in need of self storage.

     

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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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  • It Is Free
    By Joel on June 22, 2011 | No Comments  Comments

    Some self storage sites will hold units kind of like a hotel reservation. It is free to hold so there is no reason not to hold the space. You will still have time to visit the site so that you are able to make sure that everything meets your standards when storing. You should be able to hold a couple of different sizes if you are unsure of what size you will need. Even if you need a different size, you can still switch when you get to the site. If it was this easy why don’t more people do it?

    There is a simple answer to that. When it comes to reserving a space, many people like the idea of it not costing them any money, but many hotels hold the funds in your account until you come in. Well not a lot of people think that is a good practice. For that reason they shy away from reserving the space. Also people do not want to use their credit card in order to hold the space. They want to pay in cash and not use any form of credit to hold the space.

    If the space really is free to hold, then make sure that the customer knows that. Saying that holding a self storage unit is just like renting a hotel space is not really the truth. Make sure as a facility manager, you are explaining that correctly or people might shy away from reserving a space. So with that said, why not reserve a self storage space today? It’s free.

     

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  • Shopping for Storage isn’t Just About the Price
    By jeff on January 28, 2011 | 6 Comments6 Comments  Comments

    The search for Anne Arundel County self storage is as hard as you make it. There are just some things to look for when you call around. Shopping for only price is the wrong thing to do. These are some tips to help you find the best Anne Arundel County self storage available. Price will not be discussed below, however, it is one of the determining factors, but it should not be the prime focus.

    You will learn a lot on your initial phone call. Sites in Maryland may or may not answer the phone. This is not a concept that some callers are familiar with. They expect the phone to be answered at all time during business hours. It is pretty common among Anne Arundel County self storage locations to not get the phone when you call. If you were to call around about sixty percent would answer the phone. That means that four out of ten calls that you make would just go to voicemail. It is important to not judge a facility based on this so you should just leave a voicemail with your name and number and see how long it takes for them to get back with you. A good company will get right back with you. If you do not receive a call back and are forced to make several repeat phone calls to get through, then that is a problem.

    The next thing that you need to know is what size Anne Arundel County self storage space you need. The manager should ask you a few questions to determine what you need. If they do not, they could recommend the wrong size space. You can tell when someone is listening to you so make sure to watch for that. Some sites in Maryland will just quote you a generic size. Storage is not a one size fits all situation. Every size can hold different things and you want to make sure to get the right size. This way, you will get what you need without having to pay more money than you need to.

    The next is the special that the site has available for you. Some Maryland sites will not have any specials, and even though this should not affect your decision too much, it is definitely something to ask about. A first month free special can make a huge difference if you are just looking for short term storage. Most Anne Arundel County self storage sites offer prepay specials. You can prepay for the year and save some money along the way. Discounts could apply for military, students, and seniors. There are also potential discounts for other things, just ask the manager when you call in.

    After you have all of the info, the time has come to make a decision. A lot of people would decide after they have made all of their phone calls. You should pick two or three that you like and schedule a site visit before you make any final commitments. This will ensure that you get the space that you want. The site may be very different than it was described to you over the phone. If you are happy with what you see when you go in for a site visit, you should reserve or rent the space right away.

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  • Remove Helotes Storage And Moving Stress
    By admin on December 31, 2009 | 4 Comments4 Comments  Comments

    Everyone knows that moving from one home to another can be a major hassle. Of course, if you are looking to avoid this kind of hassle, then there are several services that you can look into. Principally, here, you are going to want to look into movers, as they are going to go a very long way in keeping the stress out of your moving process. If you have not already taken the time to do so, be sure that you check your local listings for self Helotes storage movers .

    If you have ever moved before, then you must remember the hassle of handling all of your own belongings. While they may not appear to be too bad when they are organized in your home, your belongings are going to require a tremendous amount of energy to move. Indeed, after spending an entire day muscling your belongings into a truck or unit, you are going to wish that you had access to some kind of easy button. The great thing, here, is that you actually do have access to any easy button. This easy button, though, is going to take the form of self Helotes storage movers .

    When you hire self Helotes storage movers , you are going to be able to rest assured that your moving process is not going to deplete you of all of your energy. Indeed, a professional crew is going to be able to eliminate all of the hard work, for the most part. To start, your movers can show up at your home to get a rough estimate of precisely how many belongings they are going to have to move. During this visit, they are going to size up all of your belongings and come to a conclusion about the truck size that you are going to need.

    Following this visit, your self Helotes storage movers are going to show up with all sorts of supplies. While they are going to rely on you to pack your belongings, they are going to be able to provide you with all of the boxes, tape, packing paper, and bubble wrap that you are going to need in order to do so. Gone, here, are the days of running around town to get your hands on these supplies. With a quality crew, you are going to have all of these supplies deliver to your front door.

    Of course, once you have successfully packed all of your belongings, your self Helotes storage movers are going to arrive with a truck. They will, quickly and safely, load all of your furniture, boxes, and miscellaneous items into their truck, careful to secure any items that might slide around and break during transit.

    Once you arrive at your unit, your crew is going to see to it that your unit is packed as efficiently as possible. These crews, you should know, are adept at stacking your belongings, meaning that you are truly going to be able to make great use of the space that you end up renting.

    Truly, reader, a great crew is going to be able to remove the stress from your move situation. If you have not already done so, pick up your phone and begin to call around to a few of your local crews. Reserve one of them ahead of time and prepare to have your life simplified.

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