Storing Summer and Winter Items in a Storage Unit

6 Home Staging Tips

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Home Staging Tips

When selling your home, you want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of selling quickly and for the full asking price. One thing that can really help you accomplish these goals is to deliberately stage your house for real estate showings. While you can always hire a professional home stager for an average of $100-150 an hour, with a little know-how you can save that money by staging your home yourself. Here are six tips for professionally staging your home: Rent a Self-Storage Unit If you have a lot of large furniture and other household items taking up space, even after decluttering, a great solution is to rent a storage unit. Instead of getting rid of your beloved belongings, you can safely store them until it’s time to move. This will help create a roomier and less cluttered feel in your home. Storage units are affordable, secure, clean, and can even come with climate control. For more information on self storage units, consider sites like Start by Decluttering Your home will feel bigger and more calm the less clutter there is. In addition, potential buyers will more easily visualize themselves living in your home if it isn’t chock-full of personal items and knickknacks. Before your showings you will want to remove personal items like family photos and stash them neatly away. Go through all of your belongings ruthlessly and donate things you no longer need or use to thrift stores. Alternatively, you can try selling them online or at a yard sale to make a little extra money for your upcoming move. Make Closets Look Bigger Potential buyers want to know that there’s enough storage space for their clothes and other personal items, without the closets feeling cramped or cluttered. Once you declutter your home, you should have fewer objects in your closets, which is a huge help. Another thing you can do to give the illusion of bigger closets is to paint the interior of each closet in a light paint color, which will make them look more spacious than they are. Next, neatly hang your clothes in groups of the same color which will make things look organized and neat. Remove objects from the floor of your closets as much as possible, and use neat, matching baskets to stash things like scarves, belts, and gloves. Take Care of Small Repairs Now is the time to tackle any small home improvement projects you’ve been putting off. Things like switch plates that need to be cleaned and re-screwed onto the walls, interior paint that needs to be touched up, and floor boards that need repaired make a huge difference in how your home comes across to buyers. These things may seem insignificant, but ignoring them may leave buyers with the impression that buying your home will result in a lot of hard work and chores for them right off the bat. Hire a Cleaning Company Even if you keep a clean home, a professional deep cleaning can have a huge impact on your home’s appeal. Hire a cleaning company to deep clean, paying special attention to floors, windows, and the kitchen and bathroom. Your newly sparkling home will wow buyers without them even quite knowing why.  Don’t Forget Curb Appeal While the inside of your home...

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Helpful Tips For Full-Time RVers: Self Storage Facilities

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Helpful Tips For Full-Time RVers: Self Storage Facilities

If you are considering selling your home and taking to the road full-time in an RV, you’ll need to downsize drastically! Not only will you have less space in your RV, you will have to pay attention to the weight limitations. Fortunately, you can store your additional belongings in a self storage facility so you can access them later. Here’s what you need to know when using a storage facility to downsize before hitting the road as a full-time RVer. Choose a Home Base Since you’ll be taking up residency in your RV, you’ll need to determine a home base. Your home base is where you’ll be licensed to drive and register and insure your RV. Of course, your home base could be where you currently live, but it doesn’t have to be. This may be a good time to establish domicile in a state that has lower or no state taxes and lower insurance rates, including health insurance. To choose a home base in a different state from where you currently live, you’ll need to establish an intent to return to that state. One way to have an intent to return is by having your personal property stored in a self storage facility. Store Seasonal Items  If you decide that you will end your full-time RV lifestyle at some point in the future, you may want to hold onto your furnishings and other belongings. Place these items in the back of your storage unit, because you won’t need to access them at all until after you’ve completed your travels.  In the front of the unit, store seasonal items so you can swap them out when they are needed. For example, before colder weather sets in, you can go to your storage unit to retrieve storage containers full of things you’ll need for winter weather, such as electric space heaters, mattress pad heaters, and warmer clothing. Store your seasonal items in plastic storage containers that can be easily placed underneath your RV in the storage compartment. It’s important to use plastic containers to protect the contents in case of a leak in your plumbing system or your RV is in an accident. Use a Detailed Content List To keep you from having to rely on your memory, keep a detailed content list of each box and container that is in your storage unit. Make a copy of the list so you can keep one with you in the RV. Tape the other one to the wall inside your storage unit in case you lose the one in the RV.  Don’t forget to keep the lists updated as you swap things in and out from your storage unit. There’s no doubt that you’ll pick up memorabilia along the way that you may want to store in the storage unit, so it’s a good idea to keep track of all new items by constantly updating the lists each time you go to your storage unit. Set Up Automatic Payments Before you head out on the road set up automatic payments for the storage facility. That way, you won’t miss any payments. Missing payments on a self storage unit could result in liens being placed against your property and/or your property being sold at auction. If the storage facility does not have...

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Self Storage Tips – How To Protect Metal Items From Winter Weather

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Self Storage Tips – How To Protect Metal Items From Winter Weather

If you want to start using a self storage unit to secure your belongings long term, then it is quite possible that your items will need to withstand at least one winter. This means extremely cold temperatures and a good deal of moisture. While the cold may not be your immediate concern, especially if you are packing and storing during the summer months, you should think about the way that winter may affect the space. This means preparing early and thinking ahead of time. If many of your belongings are made out or metal, then keep reading to find out why winter weather is a concern and also learn how you can protect your belongings. Prevent Oxidation Issues If you live within the United States, then your city will be exposed to at least one-half inch of precipitation each month during the winter. If you live in one of the southern states, then you are probably going to see five inches of precipitation or more. In the cold weather states, two or more inches are likely, and a good deal of the precipitation will be snow. While the snow may be frozen for a good part of the time, the humidity will rise, the snow will melt, and slush will be created with the assistance of salt, calcium chloride, or another snow melting material. All of this water and moisture can make it into your storage space, whether you track in the snow or holes on the side of the facility allow humid air to seep in. While you may be worried about mold and mildew during the warmer months, this is not a concern due to the colder temperatures. However, you do need to be worried about oxidation and how moisture can cause nickel, brass, and silver to tarnish. Polish Metal Pieces Identify all of the metal hardware, furniture legs, silverware, or decorations that you want to store. Purchase a metal polishing compound at this time. A material called jeweler’s rouge will work well for this. You can buy a polish that matches the metal you are trying to protect, but it is much more cost effective to buy a product that is considered all-purpose. The product you will need is usually called blue jeweler’s rouge. You will also need a small revolving buffing wheel that you can add to your drill or your small handheld rotary tool.  Place a small amount of the polishing compound on your buffing wheel and place your drill or hand-held tool on low speed. Place the moving wheel against the metal that you want to polish and buff until the metal is shiny. Not only will the compound remove scratches and other imperfections, but it will create a waterproof barrier over the top of it.  Along with polishing, think about adding a small amount of either silicone or water-based penetrating oil to the screws and other moveable pieces of hardware that you see on furniture items. The hardware can oxidize as well, and it can stick in place when exposed to water. Cover the Metal If you are leaving your belongings in a storage unit for a long time without much attention, then think about covering the metal items as well. This will help to provide another barrier against moisture. Plastic materials work well for this, and you can...

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