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Stop N Stor’s Hinesville Locations Will Be Hosting a Storage Auction!

Stop N Stor will be hosting a storage auction for our Hinesville locations on Saturday, March 2nd. The proceedings start at 9am at the 245 W General Screven Way location.  After the select units have been auctioned off at this location, the auction will proceed to our 746 EG Miles Parkway (Highway 96) location and then to our 1018 West Oglethorpe Highway (Highway 84) location and end the auction at our 1049 Kacey Drive location.

The auction is an open bidding system conducted by our auctioneer. This means that the auction participants can get a brief look at the contents of the storage auction before the bidding starts. The auction is on the entire contents of the storage unit and payment for the unit is by cash only. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to get signed up for the auction. Stop N Stor management will be available for any questions that you might have during the auction.

Don’t forget to bring cash, gloves, a flashlight and a way to remove the items that you have just purchased from the storage unit. The contents of the storage unit have to be removed within 24-48 hours.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page for more information! See you at the auction!

Savannah’s Irish Festival

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Savannah is home to one of the nation’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. Each year, nearly a million people attend Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The St. Patrick’s Day festivities start off in February with the Savannah Irish Festival, which lasts from February 15th through 17th at the Savannah Civic Center in historic downtown Savannah. The festival celebrates Irish culture with food, music, arts and dancing, and is the largest Irish festival in the South.  The festival kicks off this Friday, February 15th with a traditional Ceili (Gaelic for party) at the Knights of Columbus hall. The party has musicians, dancing and is a great way to start off the weekend’s celebrations.

The Irish Festival has fun for the entire family on Saturday and Sunday. The events run from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 6 pm on Sunday. There are 4 stages which contain everything from traditional Irish music, Irish dancing and lectures. The Festival Main Stage and the Festival Pub Stage has the top traditional Irish acts and Irish Dancing. Some of the bands and performers that are appearing at the festival include: Rathkeltair Seamus Kennedy, the Cathie Ryan Bank, Dardenells and Harry O’Donoghue. The Children’s Stage has a bouncy house, arts & crafts, face painting and on-going entertainment. The Festival Cultural Stage holds discussions on Irish history, literature and music. Local Irish Dancing Schools, Irish Dancers of Savannah and Glor Na Daire, will be performing throughout the weekend.

Savannah’s 189th Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration will take place on March 16, 2013! Start off the celebrations and immerse yourself in Irish culture in February at the Savannah Irish Festival! Stay tuned to Stop N Stor’s Facebook and Twitter pages and this blog to keep up-to-date on events in the Savannah area.

How to Choose a Good Moving Company

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Moving across town or across the country can be a very stressful time. The more prepared you are for the move, the less stressful the process can be. Last year, we shared some moving tips to help your move go smoother. One of the biggest items on your moving “To Do” list is finding the best moving company to transport your belongings to your new home. If you are in need of a moving company there are many things that you can do to make sure that the movers are reputable and will provide a great service to you and your family during your hectic time.

1. Start planning your move early. If you are able to, give movers at least 6-8 week notice before you need to be moved. The busiest time for the moving industry is from late May to early September (This is also the busiest time for the self storage industry!). They are also very busy at the end of each month. If you plan ahead and are able to be flexible with the mover, you can schedule the tie that you will need for your move.

2. Ask friends, co-workers, real estate agents and family for recommendations for a moving company. The best recommendation is word-of-mouth. You can also check online sites such as The Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List  and Yelp!  for reviews of moving companies in your town.

3. Check out the moving company’s website for information about the company. Make sure that the movers have a regular street address, accreditation, affiliations (such as American Moving and Storage Association membership) and licensing information. The company should be licensed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

4. Confirm that the company is fully insured by having cargo insurance.

5. Call a few different moving companies and ask to in-home estimates on the cost to move your belongings. Compare the costs of the companies to one another. If a company is “low balling” a cost, be cautious. Also, do not give your business to companies that will only give you a moving quote over the phone or online without seeing the items that need to be moved. These companies are often not reputable and will add hidden costs through the moving process.

6. Ask questions of the moving companies and get the answers to your questions written down with their price quotes.

7. When you are in the “shopping” process for a mover, the moving company should give you a “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” pamphlet. This is a federally mandated regulation for customers that could be moving out-of-state. If you don’t receive that, check the status of the moving company with the Better Business Bureau.

Keep an eye out for “rogue moving companies”. These companies are scamming customers into paying large fees and have little to no insurance to cover the items that are being transported. The “rogue movers” will not have a street address or licensing information on their website, will only give over the phone or on-line quotes, ask for a large deposit in advance and they will actually show up with a rental company truck instead of a “real” moving truck. Do not do business with these companies! Look for reputable, well-known and well received moving companies. If you follow the tips shown above, your moving experience could be less stressful.