Top 10 Things to Ask Your Self-Storage Facility Before Leasing

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Top 10 Things to Ask Your Self-Storage Facility Before Leasing

You know what type and size storage unit you need, and you’ve found a self-storage facility at a great location that has just what you want. Time to make a reservation, right? Maybe!

Ask some important questions first. Storage managers are great resources. And remember, nothing beats seeing the storage facility with your own eyes! If you can, take a tour before you lease. (more…)

Pro Guide to “Frozen Free” Winter Paint Storage

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Frozen is all fun and games until we’re talking about paint. That’s when frozen becomes pretty darn annoying and very expensive. Frozen paint means your expensive stock of paint is forever ruined and you must well…. let it go.

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Tips for a Moving Container Move

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Tips for a Moving Container MoveAbout a year ago, my husband and I packed up all of our belongings and moved from St. Louis to our current apartment in Chicago.  We rented a PODS container and we used HireAHelper for the “muscle” portion of our move. I’m not saying it was a good time, because is moving ever really fun? But it actually wasn’t too incredibly painful, and we both lived to tell the tale. In fact, we detailed our moving escapade right here on the HireAHelper blog. (more…)

How to Survive Temporary Housing

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Picture this. Your lease is up on your apartment, and you’re getting the boot next month. But, you have no idea where you’re going to live next and want to spend some time finding the perfect new home. So you turn to your friends, your family, or even a local hotel for a place to stay during this “in-between homes” time. This does sound like a stressful scenario, but it is also a very common situation for many people. We totally get it…you don’t want to rush into a new lease without checking out all of your options, so now you’re stuck in limbo.

This transitional period can be really tough on a mover. It’s one thing to move all of your stuff from your current home to your next home, but what do you do when you’re stuck in moving purgatory? We don’t have all of the answers, but we do want to make things a teeny tiny bit easier on you. So here are our tips on how to survive temporary housing.How to Survive Temporary Housing

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Important Self Storage Industry Trends Moving Companies Shouldn’t Miss

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We’re going to start today with a quick exercise. (If you are exhausted or extremely sleepy grab a cup of coffee first.)

Sit back in your chair, close your eyes and imagine yourself getting into your car. Fire up the engine. Put it in gear. Now take a quick virtual drive around your town. Turn down Main Street. Cruise past the commercial district. Head out toward the highway. Now think:

How many self storage facilities did you see?

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They are popping up all over, these garages-for-rent. The Self Storage Association will proudly tell you that self storage has been the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the last four decades, while Wall Street analysts consider the industry to be recession-proof.

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Real People: How StoragePost Served Us And Our Community

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Photo of Caroline CasettiThis is a true story, written by 30-something wife and mom, Caroline Casetti of Atlanta, GA. It is the newest post in our Real People series. Enjoy!

How Self-Storage Can Impact Your Life and the Community

I began the process of relocating from Texas to Decatur, Georgia with my husband last year. Attempting to pack the many items that we owned, I realized that I had two options – sell the excess stuff or store it. I went online in search of a storage facility located near our new place and decided to go with StoragePost.

I think it’s important to choose a storage facility where you feel comfortable visiting. The aspects that ultimately influenced my decision were the location, amount of security, and the climate-controlled conditions. If you’re anything like me, you may also be curious to know which companies give a portion of their profits to charity. After searching online, I came across details of the community events that StoragePost takes part in.

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Hosting an At-Home Wedding

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By John Donegan

Hosting an At Home Wedding

Although having a wedding at your home may sound intriguing, it comes with its own unique difficulties and hidden costs. In fact, at-home weddings are generally anywhere from 10-15% more expensive than location weddings.

Even if you plan on holding the festivities outside, you will need to clear a few large spaces inside your home. We recommend using a self-storage finder to locate an affordable storage locker for housing the excess furniture. Also, be prepared for inclement weather. Renting a large tent can certainly help, but be ready to entertain at least a portion of your guests inside.

Neighborhood Logistics

Remember to tell your neighbors about the wedding well in advance. If you are particularly close with them, maybe they will let some of your guests park on their property.  Also, look into whether or not you need to get a permit for the noise. You don’t want the police showing up at your doorstep citing noise ordinance violations.

Wedding Planner

Weddings take an incredible amount of planning – bartenders, catering service, tent service, musicians. You really shouldn’t try to do everything yourself. We recommend that you hire an experienced wedding planner to help with all the logistics.

Portable Restrooms

The general train of thought behind portable restrooms is that you should have 1 for every 35 guests. Although these restrooms sound rather unappealing, they can actually come equipped with a great deal of amenities, including air conditioning, heated water, lighting, and mirrors.

Transportation and Housing

Unless you are hosting an extremely small wedding at a mansion, in all likelihood, you will need to provide transportation for your guests, be it in the form of a shuttle or a cab service. Also, be sure to book the hotel accommodations well in advance so you can lock in an affordable group rate.

At-home weddings can be particularly heartwarming, but it’s important to acknowledge that they’re usually not cheaper than other weddings, nor do they require any less planning.

John Donegan is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. John lives in Austin, TX and occasionally directs videos for rap artists.

Installing a Home Movie Theater

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The Perfect Home Movie Theater

If you have a houseful of cinephiles, you may want to consider installing a home movie theater. Although it may cost you a pretty penny, a movie theater adds value to your home and can be a lot of fun. While building your home theater room, we recommend using a self-storage finder to find an affordable storage unit for your excess furniture and home renovation materials, and a local mover comparison (like HireAHelper!) tool to find the help you need to get the heavy stuff to the storage.

Room

The ideal space for a home theater is at least 20ft x 13ft and isolated from the rest of your house. When constructing this room, it’s important to keep acoustics in mind.  For the ceiling, you can install a couple layers of fiberglass insulation, which will help contain the sound. In regard to the walls, place acoustic boards over your drywall and then cover these boards with a layer of thin carpeting. If you have windows in the room, cover these with heavy curtains. Lastly, place a thin layer of carpet on the floor; and remember, you definitely don’t want wood or tile flooring in this room.

Lighting

Although the lights will be off during the films, you may want to have dimmable lights for before and after screenings. Also, for convenience, you can always purchase a remote for the lighting.

Seating

If you don’t want to spring for specially made home theater seats, you can bring in reclining chairs or a couch from another part of your home. If you have a large family or just really want to go the extra mile, you can build a second row of seats. If you do decide to build this row, it’s recommended that you make the platform around 12 inches high.

Screen

Although you can certainly go the HD TV or LED TV route, it is significantly cheaper to purchase an HD projector; these cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000, yield a large screen, and give a unique ambiance. However, keep in mind, if you use a projector, you’ll need to either buy a screen or project directly on to your wall.

Surround Sound

When it comes to sound, a 5.1 surround sound system should be sufficient. This will include five speakers and a sub-woofer and should run anywhere from $300 – $500.

Décor

Depending on the type of films your family likes to watch, you may want to adjust the décor accordingly. For example, if you exclusively watch Westerns, perhaps you opt for a rustic look, say, antlers on the wall. If science fiction is your preference, a steampunk aesthetic could work. Regardless of your family’s film genre of choice, curtains flanking both sides of the screen can be a nice touch. Also, some people decide to install popcorn machines, mini bars, and vintage movie posters as well.

John Donegan is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. John lives in Austin, TX and occasionally directs videos for rap artists.

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The Art of (Not) Finding an Apartment at the Last Minute: The Store and Sublet Method

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By John Donegan

Apartment hunting can be an exhausting endeavor. Personally, I don’t look forward to dealing with brokers, perusing reviews online, and comparison shopping. When it comes to looking for a new apartment, I have a penchant for procrastination and often find myself scrambling to find a new place before my current lease runs out. Fortunately I’ve devised a system to buy myself some time; I call it the ‘store and sublet’ method. By placing all my furniture in self-storage and subletting a furnished apartment, I am able to successfully stall the apartment search process.

I acknowledge that this system is inherently flawed and that in a perfect world I would be able to find a suitable apartment before my existing lease runs out; however, for those times when worst comes to worst, I stand by my ‘store and sublet’ system. As flawed as it is, it’s better than rushing into a new lease at a sub-par apartment. Subletting, especially if it’s with friends or at a studio apartment, can be a simple, temporary, and painless fix.

Be sure to sublet an apartment that has an internet connection because with all the extra time you’ve afforded yourself, you can peruse those websites you didn’t have time to access before. Padmapper, WalkScore, HireAHelper, and Craigslist are all great resources. After all, there are many things to take into account when you’re looking for an apartment – bus routes, crime rates, vicinity to laundromats, grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, nightlife, and schools – put simply, it’s not something you want to rush into. After all, you’re probably going to be in your new apartment for a year or two, so it’s best to take your time and find a home that you really want.

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John Donegan is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. John lives in Austin, TX and occasionally directs videos for rap artists.

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