Using Self Storage for Holiday Storage Needs

Use self storage for storing Black Friday dealsThanksgiving is a day for us to gather with friends and family and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. The first Thanksgiving is said to have lasted for three days, and took place sometime between September 21st and November 9, 1621. The first national celebration of Thanksgiving took place in 1775, to celebrate the win at Saratoga during the American Revolution. Thanksgiving was declared an annual holiday in 1827.  In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be officially held the third Thursday in November to lengthen the holiday shopping season.  Because of the Thanksgiving is also a day to start thinking about your holiday shopping plans. More stores are beginning to open up on Thanksgiving Day for shopping, but most of the shopping occurs on the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas shopping season. On average, over 135 Million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars. For many retailers, Black Friday is their busiest shopping day of the year! This year, the holiday shopping season is shorter at only four weeks!  We have all been inundated with commercials and news stories for the big deals for electronics, computers and other special items on Black Friday. Folks start camping out a few weeks early at stores such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target to be the first to get the specially priced items.

Once you have purchased the Black Friday gifts, where are you going to store them to keep them away from “prying” eyes and save the gifts for the surprise of Christmas morning? If you are trying to a more of a “secret” Santa, you will need a place to store the larger items that you picked up on Friday, until they are ready to be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree. If you want to prevent “sneaky” family members from finding their surprise gifts, think about storing the items in a self storage unit. Stop N Stor  offers storage units in a variety of sizes for your holiday storage needs at a month-by-month rate.  You can get smaller units just for your presents or even rent a larger storage unit where you can set up a wrapping station for the gifts that you don’t want your family to know about until Christmas Day.

Self Storage for Businesses for the Holidays

For retail businesses, November and December are usually the busiest time of the year. Stores have an abundance of inventory and no place to store the items in their stores. Self storage is a perfect solution for storing excess inventory during the holiday season.  The self storage unit can be used as a secondary storage room for your business and will allow you to know that your items are safe and secure until you need them.  You can add shelving in your storage unit for additional organization of your goods. Choose a self storage unit that is close to your store location for easier access to your items, so you can restock your store when needed.

Self Storage for Holiday Decorations

The holiday season adds more clutter to your home and business. If you do not have room to store holiday decorations in your home, rent a storage unit to place the Christmas lawn decorations, wreaths, Christmas tree and other decorations during the rest of the year. Storing the seasonal items in a storage unit will help reduce the clutter in your home. You can keep the items in your storage unit until you need them again next season. Plus, you can rotate the seasonal items more easily in a storage unit. At the end of the summer, place the summer items toward the back of your storage unit and move your winter holiday decorations to the front for easier access. From storing Black Friday gifts to holiday decorations that are only used once a year, self storage is a great storage solution.

 

How to Move and Store Household Appliances

Tips for Moving & Storing Appliances

Moving appliances to a new home or to a storage unit can be a daunting task! Appliances are one of the most difficult items to move. (Right after moving a washer and dryer!) Self Storage is a great solution for short-term and long-term storage for appliances. By properly preparing them for moving or storage, you will be able to keep the items in good working order when you need them. Stop N Stor has a variety of storage unit sizes to fit every household storage need.

Before you start the moving process, check the manufacturer’s instructions for specific storage/moving information for each appliance.  Some of the preparation steps will be specific for a particular appliance, while others can follow general packing tips. It is very important to follow the proper moving or storage preparation steps so the appliances can be set-up in their new home. For any appliances, the most important thing that has to be done before moving is to do a thorough cleaning, which includes removing all food and cleaning the appliance inside and out.  When moving appliances, place them last on the truck, so they will be the removed first at the new home or storage facility. Below are specific moving and storage tips for microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators and stoves:

Moving and Storing a Microwave

The microwave might be the smallest of the appliances to move, but it still does require preparation work.

  1. Remove the glass turntable inside the microwave and thoroughly clean the microwave inside and out. A hint for cleaning a microwave is to put a wet sponge in the microwave and let it heat for 2 minutes. This will help loosen the food stains inside the microwave. It the stains are really tough, add some vinegar to the sponge.
  2. The best solution for packing a microwave is in the original box. If the original packaging is not available, then pack the microwave in a very sturdy cardboard box. Add lots of filler material (newsprint, bubble wrap or linens) to give extra protection during the move and while in storage.
  3. Tape the microwave’s glass door shut during transport with the cords taped on the side of the appliance.

Moving a Dishwasher                                                           

  1. Unplug and thoroughly clean the dishwasher according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Let the dishwasher air dry for at least 24 hours before packing it for moving.
  3. Disconnect and clean all the hoses to the dishwasher. Once these hoses are dry, wrap them in towels or in newsprint for protection. Place the hoses inside the dishwasher for easy access.
  4. Tape the cord to the side of the dishwasher for transport. Also, tape the dishwasher door shut during transit.
  5. Cover the appliance with a blanket or tarp during transit to protect it from dings and scratches.

Stove Moving Tips

  1. Before detaching and moving the stove, it is critical to clean the stove inside and out.
  2. Remove any pans (broiler pans) from the inside of the stove as well as grates on the top of the stove. 3. If it is a gas stove, have a professional turn off the gas and disengage the piping. Place the pipes inside the stove for safe keeping during storage and moving.
  3. If it is an electrical stove, it can just be unplugged before you move.
  4. Tape the stove door during transit as well as tape down the knobs on the front of the stove to prevent them from becoming loose in transit.

Refrigerator Moving and Storage Tips

The refrigerator is one of the largest items that you will have to move and store. It also requires the most preparation work in order to get it ready to move.

  1. Defrost the refrigerator at least 3 days before moving.
  2. Drain the ice makers and water supplies and let them dry.
  3. Remove the trays and drawers from the refrigerator and clean them with mild detergent.
  4. Wash down the inside of the refrigerator with a mild detergent and then dust or vacuum the coils on the outside of the refrigerator.
  5. Use a dolly when moving a refrigerator. Transport the refrigerator upright. Placing the refrigerator on its side could damage some of the refrigeration coils.
  6. Tape the doors shut while in transit. Tape any electrical cords to the side of the refrigerator during transit.
  7. Once it is placed in the storage unit, remove the tape and leave the door slightly ajar to prevent moisture build-up.

 

 

2014 Savannah Food and Wine Festival

Savannah Food and Wine FestivalSavannah is increasingly becoming more well-known for its many great restaurants and culinary destinations from seafood restaurants to down-home cooking. In April, E! Online News even spotlighted their favorite 9 Foodie Friendly Restaurants in Savannah. This week, Savannah celebrates its food culture with the 2nd Annual Savannah Food and Wine Festival. The event started November 10th and runs through November 16th at different venues throughout the city. The festival is presented by the Tourism Leadership Council.

The Savannah Food and Wine Festival has many signature events that allows the participant interactive experiences with local and regional chefs, and culinary and wine experts. Different areas and venues in town are sponsoring events such as the River Street Stroll, Riverboat Wine and Dinner Cruises, Old World Wine and Dine, Connoisseur Wine Dinners, and Celebrity Chef Tours just to name a few. The events require special pad admission and tickets.  Each of the events will feature different culinary delights of the Savannah. The Olde World Wine and Dine Experience takes place in the Warren and Washington Wards and will take you inside private, historical homes to see the importance of the ongoing historical preservation work in the city. The River Street Stroll takes you on a walk down historic River Street ending in a special event at Rousakis Square Plaza where there will be food and wine tastings. The Celebrity Chef Tour, taking place at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, will benefit the James Beard Foundation. The Celebrity Chef Tour will feature James Beard Foundation chefs showcasing their many culinary talents. There are also cooking demonstrations and classes taught by chefs and culinary experts throughout the week. The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center is hosting the Epicurean Learning Experience on Friday, November 14th with seminars and tastings by local to regional experts.

The main event of the Savannah Food and Wine Festival is the Taste of Savannah event on Saturday, November 15th.  Ellis and Johnson Squares will be transformed into a foodie’s dream. The ticket to the event allows you to get food and wine samples. There will also be cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning experiences, a market, bartender’s challenge, waiter’s race and a celebrity author’s tent.

Stop N Stor is proud to be a member of the Savannah community and loves to share its many great attractions, restaurants and events!

Boat Storage Tips

Tips for storing a boatColder weather is just around the corner, which means that it is time to start thinking about removing your boat from the water and preparing it for storage for the off-season. There are many preparations that have to be followed in order to properly get your boat ready for storage. As you start to prepare, reference the manufacturer’s manual for any specific instructions to get the boat ready for storage. It is recommended to take the boat for one last ride before storage. This would be not be recreational, but a chance to see if there are any issues with the motor, sails and the hull. Create a list of the repairs that have to be made and work on them as you are preparing for storage.

Most people will store their boats in their garage or the driveway, taking up precious space. Placing a boat in self storage is a great alternative to having the boats stored at your home. Stop N Stor offers boat storage at our 3 Hinesville locations. Stop in and see how we can help you with your boat storing needs.

Tips to Prepare Your Boat for Storage

In order to keep your boat in the best working order for the next boating season, you should make sure that you are properly preparing the boat. The steps listed below will help to make your boat safe and ready to be easily used again in the spring:

  1. Fill the gas tank up completely and add a good fuel stabilizer. The instructions for doing this will vary per manufacturer. After you completed this, run the flusher with the new fuel and stabilizer for at least 1 minute.
  2. Change the engine oil and replace the filters. Check the hoses, belts and clamps. Flush the coolant system with water and add antifreeze.
  3. Apply fogging oil to the carburetor and the cylinders before you place it in storage. Remove the spark plugs and replace with new ones. When you run the engine in the spring, the engine will smoke for the first use if you are applying the fogging oil correctly.
  4. Check the steering cables and columns. Spray any electrical connections with an anti-corrosion spray.
  5. Drain and completely flush out the gear case and then refill it with fresh lubricant.
  6. Thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the boat. Scrape off any barnacles that might have attached themselves to the hull. Pressure wash the hull and the deck at this time.
  7. Remove the batter from boat and clean it. Spray it with anti-corrosion spray and put it in a dry warm safe place. Try to charge the battery at least a few times a month.
  8. Remove all electronics, flares and fire extinguishers while the boat is in storage.
  9. Remove all pots, pan, linens and draperies to be cleaned, repaired and/or replaced by the spring. Use vinyl cleaner and protection spray on cushions.
  10. Leave interior doors and lockers open so that air can circulate while the boat is in storage.
  11. Cover the boat in a polytarp or polyvinyl cover that is made to fit the boat. Place a canvas motor cover over the motor. A plastic cover will build up moisture that could damage the motor.
  12. Store the boat on a trailer. If you are storing the boat in your driveway, make sure to put the trailer on wood blocks to protect the tires.