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Packing and Moving Supplies 101

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You have finally started on your New Year’s Resolution to get more organized around your home or office. You have decided to rent a storage unit to store some of your personal items that are cluttering up your home. What type of supplies do you need to keep your storage unit neat and organized? What supplies can help protect your treasured belongings? Stop n Stor is a one stop shop for all of your packing and moving supplies. There are many items that you might not think that you would need during a move or packing a storage unit. These handy items range from protective furniture covers to flashlights to peanuts!

1. Locks-A sturdy lock is the most important investment for your storage unit. There are two types of storage locks that are the most used for storage units: disc locks and padlocks. The disc locks have become the most used lock for storage units. They are a bit more expensive but they are strike proof, drill proof and pick proof. The padlock is also used for storage unit protection. These locks have anti-pick cylinders. There are even one-time use padlocks that are great for someone having long-term storage. Check with your storage unit facility management for recommendations on lock styles.

2. Boxes-Boxes are essential to keep your storage unit organized. Stop n Stor offer a variety of box sizes for all of your packing needs.  Use smaller sized boxes for books, kitchen items, plates, glasses, tools and other heavier items. You can get extra protection for the plates and glasses by using a kitchen dish insert for the boxes. These cardboard inserts help protect the items from breakage during moving. The larger boxes are great to hold pillows, linens, lamp shades and pots and pans. Use a wardrobe box for hanging items such as clothes, coats, drapery and heavy blankets. Boxes are easier to stack in a storage unit. Items in boxes can be inventoried on the outside of the box for easy recognition. Don’t forget to seal your boxes with good duct or packaging tape.

3. Protective covering-Larger items such as furniture and mattresses also need protection during moving and storage. Mattress covers protect the mattresses from being torn or damaged during moving. It also protects the mattress from water, dirt and dust during storage. Furniture covers and padding give the same protection to prevent water damage and dirt and dust accumulation to the item. The protective covering can also double as floor covering for the storage unit.

4. Damp Check-Some items that you might not think about, but are great to have in a storage unit to protect your items are a moisture reducer or vermin control. Damp Check  pulls moisture (humidity) from the air to protect your belongings from warping, mold, mildew and rust formation. This product could last 30-45 depending on the size of your storage unit. Based on where your storage unit is located, it might be a good idea to have vermin control items in your storage unit. The best way to protect from vermin is to not leave any type of food in the storage unit, but just in case, it is good to have that added protection.

5. A few items that you might not think would be needed at a storage unit facility are measuring tap, toolsets, stretch cords and flashlights. Measuring tapes are a key tool to let you know if that large sofa, refrigerator and stove will fit in the storage unit that you just rented. The flashlight is a handy tool to see the items in your storage unit if there is not a light source. Also, the flashlight is a key item for storage auction participants! Stretch cords and ratchet tie downs secures equipment to cars or luggage carriers on SUVs. The stretch cord could be used in multiple ways, including tying down items to a car, but could also help hold a large item being transported by a dolly in place.

Most storage facilities will offer these packing and moving supplies at their office or stores. All of these items can be found that the Stop n Stor locations in Port Wentworth, Savannah and Hinesville. Happy Packing and Storing!

Business Self Storage

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Renting a self-storage unit is a perfect way to help clear out items that are not used every day, store collectables and store household goods if you are moving or downsizing. But did you know that self-storage has become an ideal storage solution for small home businesses to larger corporations?

Leasing a self-storage unit is a cost-effective way for businesses to store excess inventory, furniture, files or electronics, such as computers and phones. Storing items on a short-term basis is beneficial for companies in transition because of remodeling, relocating or downsizing. However, having extra space to store important documents or files is also valuable for companies over a longer time period. Business owners could also receive a tax write off for expenses incurred in renting a storage unit such as paperwork, materials and general inventory. Also, the cost of moving the items, including supplies and equipment can add up to be deductions on the company’s tax return.

For expanding businesses, instead of leasing or building a larger office space, consider renting a self-storage unit to store those items that are not needed on an everyday basis. The climate controlled storage units are a great alternative to store unneeded everyday equipment such as extra computers, office furniture, archived files and documents and other unused paperwork. Using a climate controlled unit helps protect these items from damage from the elements. Home businesses could use a self-storage unit for a staging area for products and inventory. The storage unit could give that extra space needed for shipping and packing inventory items to be sent to customers.

When selecting the right storage facility for your business, make sure that you plan ahead. Create a list of items that you plan to store in order to know what size storage unit you will need. Stop n Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes  that could fit any business storage need. For example, if you just need the storage unit to pack small boxes, then a smaller unit size could fit your needs. Pack the items that you will be storing correctly and efficiently in sturdy file boxes or storage boxes. Label the contents of the boxes for easy accessibility and identity purposes. Some self-storage companies are offering special amenities for business storage usage such as larger spaces, special shelving in the units, longer hours and some discounts for long-term rentals. Start to organize and de-clutter your office space today!

It’s fall! Time to reorganize and clean your storage unit!

Autumn Leaves

It's Autumn!

Fall/Autumn has finally arrived! We made it through a very hot summer and are ready for the cooler temperatures! Football is back on TV, the trees are changing color and there is a crispness in the air. Fall is also a great time for cleaning! It’s time to store away the summer clothes, lawn mowers and patio furniture. If your home doesn’t have the space for these items, then consider renting a self-storage unit. Stop n Stor has climate controlled and non-climate controlled unit sizes  from 5×5 to 10×30 for all of your storage needs.

As you are doing your home fall cleaning and winter prep, don’t forget to clean your storage unit! The change of seasons is a good time to change the plastic or cardboard covering on your storage unit floor. Also, change out the deodorizers, moisture control devices and vermin bail at this time. Fall cleaning is a perfect opportunity to go through the items in the storage unit and decide if you would like to keep, throw away, sell or donate the items. If you are bringing in new items, make sure that they are properly packed. Stop n Stor offers a range of packing supplies  such as boxes, tape, peanuts and bubble wrap.  As you clean out the unit, rotate the items that you would use more frequently, such as winter clothes, snow blower or shovels, to the front of the storage unit.  Don’t forget to label all of the new boxes that you are storing. Plus, add these boxes to the inventory list of the items in your storage unit.

Below are a few storage tips for prepping storing frequently used summer
items:

1. Make sure summer clothes are clean to protect from staining and vermin.
Pack folded clothes in clear plastic boxes or zippered bags. If you need to
hang the clothing, use sturdy cardboard wardrobe boxes for storage.

2. Drain all fluids from lawn mowers, weed cutters and other outdoor
machinery. Gasoline and other combustible items cannot be stored in a
self-storage unit.

3. Treat leather items with leather conditioner before storage.

4. Remove bags from vacuum cleaners to prevent vermin.

5. Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil to prevent rust
from forming.

6. Store lawn tools in a trash can with like items. Tie together rakes,
hoes, shovels and other like items in the trash can. (of course, this is after
you finish raking all of the leaves!)

7. Store patio furniture with the chairs on top of one another to gain
extra storage space. If possible, remove the legs of the patio table and keep
all screws and nuts together in a plastic bag attached to the legs.

Happy Fall/Autumn!! Enjoy the season!

Fall colors

The gorgeous colors of Fall

Back to School

Back to School

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It’s that time of year again. It is the three words that kids dread to hear: “Back to School”.  Wasn’t it only a few weeks ago that school was letting out for the summer? Get ready for football games, homecomings and the changing of the seasons! The schools in the Liberty and Chatham Counties will be starting back in the next few weeks. In fact, Liberty County Schools  start back on Thursday, August 4, 2011. The Savannah-Chatham County schools start back on August 22nd, except for Groves High School, which starts on August 8, 2011. The 3 elementary schools at Ft. Stewart also start back on August, 8, 2011.

Savannah area colleges and universities will start their classes in the next few weeks. It is hard to believe that it is time for the fall semester to start again!  Armstrong Atlantic State University  begins their fall semester on August 15, 2011. Savannah State University  starts classes on August 11, 2011. The Savannah School of Art and Design  starts their classes later on September 12, 2011.

How does self-storage and back to school time complement each other? Self storage is a perfect match for college students. Students can store their personal belongings in a self-storage facility near their college or university. This alleviates the need to move the items collected over the school year back and forth from home when the semester or school year is over. Students tend to accumulate lots of memorabilia over the course of their school year.  Having a self-storage unit gives the student a sense of privacy and security for their belongings that they just might not get when they have to move the items home. Self-storage facilities offer a flexible (month-to-month) renting schedule which is perfect for students who could just be storing their items for a few months. Renting a self-storage unit is a perfect solution for students who are traveling abroad for a semester or a year. Also, the time after college graduation is a time of major transitions for students. Recent graduates can store the items from their college dormitories or apartments in storage units until they get “settled” into their new jobs, apartments or cities. Storing items for a few months in between semesters or even post-graduation is the ideal solution for college students’ transitional needs.

Stop n Stor wishes all students a safe, enjoyable and happy school year!

Don’t Let Extreme Weather Damage Your Belongings!

Climate Controlled Units at Stop n Stor, Hinesville

Climate Controlled Units at Stop n Stor, Hinesville

Most of the country has been going through a brutal heat wave this summer. The Savannah, Georgia area is no exception. The area has suffered from an heat index  reaching nearly 115 degrees. In fact, Savannah set a record for most consecutive days at or above 90 degrees with 56 days, which just ended on July 15th. The old record was 44 consecutive days at or above 90 degrees set in 1993. The Savannah area’s weather can be extreme with both heat and humidity during the summer months. If you live in a climate with this type of extreme weather during at least one season, then you need to investigate putting your belongings in a climate controlled storage unit.

 How is the extreme heat affecting the items that you have stored in a regular outdoor storage unit? An outdoor storage unit is similar to a garage with its concrete floor and metal walls. If it’s hot outside, then, it is doubly hot inside the unit. Heat and humidity can damage everything from furniture, musical instruments, photos, electronics, to paper documents. If you are a collector of vinyl records, the heat and humidity could warp your albums. The humidity can damage photos and even split wood furniture. The moisture created by the humidity can cause excessive damage to electronic items such as computers, televisions and stereo systems. The humidity also can spur the growth of mold and mildew in a storage unit, especially on cloth and plastic items.  This can form a musty smell on your belongings; that is hard to get rid of. What is the best storage option to protect your items from the extreme weather?

Climate controlled storage units are the best choice for storing items that could be damaged from extreme temperatures. The units are kept cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter to protect the items that are stored. These units are usually inside a building, which is added protected from bugs and other vermin. Climate controlled units will cost more than renting a standard outdoor unit, but the cost can be justified with the protection of your belongings from the damage that the weather can bring. Stop n Stor offers climate controlled units at 4 locations.  Stop n Stor recently celebrated the grand opening of the nearly 300 climate controlled units at our Highway 196, EG Miles Parkway, Hinesville location. See how to rent from Stop n Stor on our latest commercial .

Self Storage Security-One of the Most Important Elements in Choosing Your Storage Unit!

We’ve looked at how to choose a storage facility and some packing and storage tips, but there is one very important topic that we haven’t touched upon yet: self-storage security. This is one of the most important factors when searching for the best self-storage facility. Depending on if you are storing furniture, artwork, or business paperwork, a safe and secure storage facility should be a crucial part of storage unit renting process. Plus, as a renter, you want to feel safe when you visit your storage unit. There are many components to having proper self-storage security. There are certain things to look for when you are renting your unit such as lighting, video surveillance, well-maintained facility and access to the units.

First Impressions are a key component in self-storage facility security. A clean and well-maintained storage compound shows that the management is a critical part of the security of the facility. Stop N Stor  has on-site management.  A well-lit storage facility is a must!  This is especially important for indoor storage units. Most self-storage companies have concrete walls or security fencing to protect you and your belongings. 24 gated-access is another safety and security option that Stop N Stor offers to their customers.

Another item on your security checklist would be to look for closed caption television systems. Stop N Stor offers a 24 hour surveillance video camera system that is state-of-the-art. Most of our sites have the state-of-the art 30 video cameras. These cameras are placed both indoors and outdoors in each row of storage units. These cameras are set up with DVR back-up for added security.

Most storage facilities require that you provide your own unit lock. Make sure that you give an extra key to the site management in case of emergencies. Also, limit access to the unit to a few people. Some storage facilities will require a list of the people with access to the unit for added security.  Remember to lock up your belongings and do not give access to your unit to people who you do not know. Stop N Stor offers key pad unit access and anti-pick locks to further protect your belongings.

There are many sites that will offer more self-storage security tips including http://www.storitz.com/ andwww.storagefront.com.

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It’s moving-in day for your self-storage unit

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Inside a storage unit-from smallnotebook.org

The boxes are packed, the right size storage unit  is rented and your self-storage unit is prepped . It’s moving-in day for your self-storage unit! How should you arrange your belongings to maximize the space in your storage unit? How should furniture be stored?

Having an easy move-in day is easy if you following some of these tips:

  1. After you lay down some protective canvas sheeting or linens on the ground, start loading your items in the unit.
  2. Store the heavy items at the bottom with the lighter boxes and items on top. Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space.
  3. Store the largest items around the edge and the back of the storage unit.
  4. Leave enough room to get around the storage unit.  If it is possible, leave an aisle way around the exterior walls of the unit. This will help the air circulate around the unit and prevent mold and mildew from developing.
  5. Fill the drawers of dressers and cabinets with clothes, linens and small boxes.
  6. Use the open spaces in washers, dryers and refrigerators for storing linens, pillows and small boxes to utilize all the extra space. Remember to leave the refrigerator door propped open to prevent moisture from developing in the appliance.
  7. Take apart tables that you are storing. Wrap the legs of the tables together with bubble wrap. Place the screws and bolts from the table in a small plastic bag and attach them to the legs or table backing.
  8. Stand sofas up-right for added space. Do not stack heavy items on furniture.
  9. Dismantle bed frames. Wrap the pieces in linens or bubble wrap for extra protection. Place the screws and bolts in a plastic bag and attach them to the frames, so they will not get lost.
  10. Chairs can be stacked seat to seat to save space.
  11. Tie tools, rakes, brooms and snow shovels together and place in a garbage can for easy storage.
  12. Don’t forget to make a map of your storage unit for easily accessibility to your belongings! This also will help as an inventory list when you move out of the self-storage unit!

Prepping Your Self-Storage Unit for Move-in Day

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Stop N Stor Hinesville 1-Outside Storage Units

Stop N Stor-Climate Controlled Storage Units
Stop N Stor-Climate Controlled Storage Units

Now that you have read the tips for packing your belongings for a storage unit  it is time to move on to the next step in finding and organizing a self-storage unit. This crucial step is prepping your self-storage unit for move-in day. This process is essential to protecting your belongings while they are being stored. Remember, the very first thing that you need to do when you need to rent a self-storage unit is to plan ahead. Make sure that you have the right size unit for your storage needs. It is better to get a smaller unit and fill it completely up, than to leave a larger unit half empty.

Your storage unit should have been swept and cleaned before you move your items into it. But, it is still important to protect your belongings from dust, dirt, moisture and vermin. Place canvas protection sheets, old linens such as sheets or blankets, flattened cardboard boxes or wood pallets on the floor of the storage unit. These coverings will help prevent moisture from damaging your stored items. Do not use plastic coverings on furniture or mattresses in a non-climate controlled space as moisture can accumulate under the plastic.  Based on the climate where you have your storage unit, you might need to do extra precautions such as putting down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and vermin control protection. Do not store food in storage units because this does attract bugs and other pests. Make sure that major appliances such as refrigerators and washers and dryers are completely dry and clean when they are stored.  Most importantly, do not store any materials that are hazardous or combustible, such as gasoline, paint or other solvents in your storage unit.

Lastly, as you are prepping your storage unit to move in your personal belongings, create a map of the unit and where you plan to store you items. This will help in placing the belongings as well as give you a detailed inventory of your items for future reference. Once the storage unit is prepped, you will be ready to start moving in your personal belongings.