Storage Auction Time for Port Wentworth and Savannah!

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Storage Wars  recently launched their 3rd season of shows. This “reality” show depicts a group of different business owners who go to storage auctions to either find the “big treasure” or to purchase items for their businesses. The bidding can get quite competitive between the stars of the show. However, there have been some rumblings online that this show and others like it are not really showing what happens at a storage auction. The show’s producers films hours of material at different storage auctions in order to edit it down to 22 or 48 minutes for a television show. The material is edited down to be “TV ready”, which means that they make it exciting for the viewers. This might not show all of the aspects of a typical storage unit auction. Even though most storage units that are up for auction might not have any hidden treasures or big finds in them, there are still quite a few storage auction participants who still want to take the chance to find rare coins, rare comic books or other valuable items.  Most of the storage auctions reality shows focus on the people looking for the big treasures. Big surprises and finds can happen during a storage auction! Just last November, a pirate’s treasure worth over $500,000 was found in a storage unit.

A self storage facility has storage auctions to recoup some of the lost revenue when a tenant becomes past due on their rent. According to state laws, the management of the storage facility attempts to contact the defaulted customer multiple times before the unit actually goes up for auction. In most cases, the renter can even pay their rent in full up until the time of the auction. Auction participants can only bid up to the amount owed on the storage unit. The storage owners, per state laws, cannot make a profit on the auction. If the bids are lower than the actual amount owed on the storage unit, the storage facility loses money.

Stop N Stor participates in storage auctions for their Georgia locations. On Saturday, August 4th, Stop N Stor will be having a storage auction at our Port Wentworth  and Savannah locations. The festivities kick off at 9am at our Savannah location at 5725 Ogeechee Rd . Once the units have been auctioned at this facility, the auction moves to our Port Wentworth location at 315 Georgia Hwy. Our auctioneer, Terry will be there to facilitate the auction proceedings. Stop N Stor’s management team will also be present to help with the event and to answer questions. Just as a reminder, the auction is an open bid process. The participants will receive a few minutes to see the contents of the storage unit before the actual bidding starts. The auction is cash only. It is important to bring a few items with you when you attend a storage unit auction: cash, gloves, a flashlight and a way to transport the items in the storage unit that you just bought. The storage unit needs to be cleaned out 48 hours after the storage auction.

Stay tuned to Stop N Stor’s Facebook  and Twitter Pages for future auction information. See you at the auction!

Self Storage and Home Staging

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Selling a home in today’s housing market can be quite a challenge. It is a buyer’s market, which makes selling a home very competitive! What can you do to make your home shine amongst the other homes that are up for sale in your neighborhood? One key factor in helping your home sell faster is to stage your home for selling. This has become quite popular for realtors and interior designers. Staging a home means re-decorating and de-cluttering your home to make it appealing to as many potential buyers as possible. Most new home buyers are looking for homes online before even setting foot into the actual house.  Having great photos taken of your home is now a must when you sell your home. This is part of an entire marketing campaign created to sell your home. Staging the home for selling is the beginning part of the marketing plan, but it is the most important.

In order to make your home look as appealing as possible, many realtors are recommending staging the home to their clients. There are professional design companies that will work with homeowners and real estate companies to prepare the home for sale. The professionals can look at your home in an objective manner and come up with a plan of action to get the home ready to sell. If you have ever seen HGTV’s  Designed to Sell , then you have seen home staging in action. Staging a home involves making the home attractive to many different types of buyers. This can involve doing some basic remodeling and fixing of broken items in the home. The wall, linens and drapery colors should be neutral so the potential buyers can envision themselves and their belongings in the home. All personal items such as family photos, collectibles and artwork need to be removed and replaced with neutral artwork or mirrors. Some furniture could be moved out and temporarily replaced with newer furniture for the staging.  The designers could transform an office into a child’s bedroom or vice versa just for home staging purposes.

If you are staging or even just prepping your home for sale, what do you do with all of your extra belongings?  This is where self storage has begun to play a vital role in the moving process. Staging companies and realtors are renting self storage units in order to place a client’s extra belongings during the sale of a home. Stop N Stor  offers month-to-month rentals that are perfect for someone in the process of selling a home in the Savannah, Port Wentworth or Hinesville areas.

If you decide to stage your home without the help of a professional designer, here are a few tips to help you with the process:

1. Paint the wall of your home a neutral color in all rooms. You want to make the home as relaxing, cheery and comfortable as possible.

2. Remove all personal items in the room and de-clutter as much as possible.

3. Organize and de-clutter the kitchen. Leave the counter spaces clear except for 1 appliance. Organize the cabinets and clean out any older items.

4. Make repairs on broken tile, glass, flooring, and cracks in walls.

5. Empty and clean out the garage. The garage should only have 1-2 cars in it during the home showing.

6. Don’t forget to make the front of the house appealing. Trim bushes or trees, paint if needed and fix outdoor lighting.

7. Remove any pet items from the home. A potential buyer could be allergic to pets. Seeing pet items could be a deterrent in purchasing the home.

Selling a home and the whole process of moving can be a very stressful time. If you stage a home properly, you will have a jump-start to your packing for moving! Staging a home to sell can be very rewarding to the home seller. Staging a home could help increase the value of the home and helps sell the home at least 50% quicker!

Moving Tips

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Moving is an extremely stressful life event. Everyone moves at least one in their lifetime. There are some people who move multiple times in their life! Even if you are just moving across town, even thinking about everything that you need to do before your move date is quite a hassle! The best thing to do is come up with a plan and start organizing your move well ahead of time. There are many websites that offer moving checklists  that will come in handy as you plan your move.

The best time to start planning is at least 6 to 8 weeks ahead of your move. Start researching moving companies at this time. It is good to get several estimates from moving companies. The estimates will be based on the number of items to be packed or moved, the travel time and the mileage between the two homes. Once you have booked your moving company or decided to rent your own moving truck, set up a plan for your moving day. Make sure that the professionals or your friends know your plans for moving day way before the actual day. This is also a good time to start to contact utility companies to shut off and/or turn on your new phone, gas, electricity, water, internet and cable services. If you have children, start researching the schools in the new neighborhoods, so you will be able to register your children in a timely fashion.

One month from your move, you should contact your local Post Office to change your address. Also, notify your insurance and credit card companies of your address change. At this point in the moving process, it is time to start your packing. Moving is a perfect time to go through and de-clutter your home. Go room by room as you pack your belongings and create a sorting system comprised of boxes for: keeping (or moving), placing items in storage, donating or selling items (setting up for a garage sale) or throwing away. List the items in the boxes to be moved or stored on the outside of the box. Label the boxes by their room. Also, label the boxes “fragile”, “load first” or “load last”. This will help instruct the movers on moving day where to put the boxes. Keep an inventory list of the items that you are moving, especially the larger priced items such as computers and televisions. During this time, it is also good to decide if you need to rent a storage unit. The location of the storage unit is key if you will need to take items from the unit. If you are in the Savannah, Port Wentworth or Hinesville, Georgia areas, contact your local Stop N Stor  for all of your storage needs!

During the week of your move, verify the details of your moving day with your moving company, family and friends. Empty, clean and defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving out. Decide which boxes you will be moving yourself and keep them separate from the ones that the mover will be taking. Also, pack a separate box with things that you will need immediately at your new home.

The day of the move is here and you have planned and fretted about the move for weeks! Don’t forget to check the closets, basement, attic and the garage to make sure that you have packed or removed all your items. Watch the moving and loading process and verify boxes against your inventory list. Before you leave, make sure to clean the floors, counters and cabinets. Inspect your old home for any last minute things that you might have forgotten. As you leave, turn off the lights and lock the windows and the doors. As you are moving items into your new home, make sure there are not any damaged or missing items. Keep a list of anything that is missing and present this to your moving company for possible insurance claims. Verify that your utilities are connected correctly and are in working order. As you are getting settled, check out your neighborhood for local hospitals, grocery stores and shopping malls. Check your mail to make sure that it has been forwarded to the correct address. Also, change the locks on your new home and keep at least 2 sets of keys. If you are moving items into a storage unit on your moving day, make sure that you keep an inventory of the items that you are storing. Put the items that you might need to access the most closer to the front of the storage unit. Once you have moved in and started to unpack, then take a deep breath and enjoy your new home!