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How to Grow Your Small Business by Utilizing Business Storage

May is national small business month! Small business owners work very hard to build their company from the ground up. Owning a small business is no small feat, which is why we would like to share a few simple tips that can help grow and expand your business by utilizing business storage.

Your office shouldn’t double as a storage space, so let us help reduce office clutter by choosing one of our business storage units that’s right for you. There are a variety of reasons a business can benefit from business storage. If you are a small law firm or a small accounting firm, you have to keep a lot of important files and documents. Before you know it, paperwork and other documents are piled sky high taking over valuable work space. Business storage units are a great option for keeping your documents you don’t need every day safe, organized, and out of the way.

Tip #1: When packing up your files, remember to organize the documents you will need to access near the front of your business storage unit 

For any small business, excess inventory, samples, and supplies can be cumbersome, taking up a lot of storage in your office. Take advantage of one of our convenient climate controlled units to store your pharmaceutical drugs and marketing material. If you are a small retail store, a business storage unit offers a great solution for sorting through inventory and switching out your seasonal items. Stop N Stor offers both climate and non-climate controlled units in various sizes so you can effectively choose the best storage unit that is right for your business.

Tip#2: Keep an itemized record of what you have stored, the quantity of items and where it is packed. Label boxes accordingly.   

In addition, there are many reasons why you might need to store your furniture or office supplies throughout the year. Seasonality has a tendency to affect how many hires one business has at a time. If you are in the off-season and have extra furniture and desks crowding your workspace, we offer temporary storage solutions. Or, you may have extra computers or sensitive work equipment that need to be stowed away. If so, then you would benefit from one of our climate controlled storage units to help protect and preserve your office items from outside elements including humidity, pests, and dust.

Tip #3. When packing furniture, protect corners and edges with appropriate packing material. Consider using a climate controlled unit.

Business storage is great for renovation. You may be in the process of remodeling or painting, and need a place to store your items temporarily. If you are a small construction company and you need a place to store your equipment between jobs, we offer drive up units so you can access your equipment with ease. We offer free dollies to assist you with loading and unloading your heavy items. The cost of renting a storage unit is much lower than paying rent and overhead at a storefront or warehouse. We have 6 convenient locations serving the Pooler, Port Wentworth, Hinesville, and Savannah areas, so you can pick the facility that best suits your business needs.

There is no time like the present! Come see us today, and see how utilizing business storage can help increase your business work space and productivity! Visit us at www.stopnstorstorage.com to reserve your business storage unit online today!

Happy Spring Cleaning?

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Happy Spring! It’s finally here, the first day of spring! Before you know it, it will be opening day in baseball, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July….Oh wait, I’m getting ahead of myself! The weather has been mild all winter, so an early and long summer is forecasted. The changing of the seasons means that it is time for cleaning and reorganizing! You have visited the Home and Garden Shows  to get ideas for remodeling, reorganizing or just de-cluttering your home. Now it is time to put these ideas into action! It’s time to open the windows and let the fresh air and fresh ideas in!

Self-Storage and reorganizing/cleaning a home goes hand-in-hand! You need space to store items when you are painting a room or even just shampooing the carpets. Store your furniture in a storage unit to protect it from damage during your spring cleaning. Plus, storing furniture gives you extra room to make needed repairs as you do your cleaning! TLC is offering spring cleaning tips via their website.  Stop N Stor  offers a variety of both climate controlled and non-climate controlled storage unit sizes, for all your storage needs.

With the change in the seasons, it is also time to store your winter items such as snow blowers, shovels and winter toys such as skis, sleds and snowboards. Bring out the summer items like lawn mowers, patio furniture and garden tools. Switch out winter clothing and coats with spring and summer clothing.  Store the winter sweaters and coats in sturdy wardrobe boxes. When you remove your spring/summer seasonal items from storage, don’t forget to check them for needed repairs or oil changes for the machinery. Plus, don’t forget to wash down patio furniture. The same cleaning process would go towards RV’s and boats in storage. Make sure that you change the oil, clean the upholstery, check for damage and wash the exterior of your RV or your boat before use.

Spring cleaning is also the opportunity to de-clutter your home. Go room by room and use a sorting system of: need to keep, donate, put in storage and throw away. This system will help you de-clutter your house of unimportant papers, clothing and collectibles. If you use this system the daunting task of re-organizing will go much smoother. If you have family heirlooms or antiques that you just don’t have the room to properly display, consider storing them in a climate-controlled storage unit for safe keeping.

If you currently have a self-storage unit, don’t forget to include that in your spring cleaning to-do list. Go through your items in your storage unit with the same system to de-clutter your home. Throw away or donate items that you just don’t need any more. Make sure that you sweep out the storage unit, change moisture collectors and vermin traps, place new protective covering on the floor of the unit and repackage items in sturdy boxes that are the same size. Move around items in your storage unit that you will need to use the most during the warm months and move the cold weather items to the back of the storage unit. Also, store your seasonal items together for easier access in the future.

Now that you are armed with spring cleaning for your home and storage-unit tips, go out and get cleaning! Renting a self-storage unit is a great option to help protect your belongings as you organize and clean for the spring. Stop N Stor also offers moving and packing supplies to help you de-clutter and reorganize! Happy Spring Cleaning!

How to Store Vinyl Records, Comic Books and Collectible Books

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Do you have collectible items such as vinyl records, comic books or vintage books cluttering up your space? Self-storage provides the added space that you need to save these treasured items from the garbage bin! There are many collectible items that have increased in value over the years. If you are a regular watcher of Antiques Roadshow  you know that a vintage album or book in good condition could bring the owner hundreds if not thousands of dollars! Who would have thought that vinyl records have become a collector’s item and a must have for disc jockeys and music lovers? E-readers have become a growing force in consumer electronics relegating rare and vintage books to attics and basements. Comic books have always been a collectible item over the years with some special issues being valued at thousands of dollars. How do you store these treasured items to protect them from moisture, heat, dust and vermin damage? The best place to store these items is in a climate-controlled storage unit. Stop n Stor  offers a variety of climate-controlled storage units  to help you pick the best place to store your precious items. If you opt to store your collectibles in a self-storage unit, here are some valuable tips to keep the items in pristine condition.

Buying vinyl records has become “trendy” again for music collectors. Independent bands are putting out vinyl records for sound quality and collection purposes. All the albums that you collected “back in the day” could actually be worth something if you kept them in great condition. To keep your vinyl record collection in the best condition, store them away from heat and light in a climate-controlled storage unit. The optimal way to store the albums is in the upright position in a plastic crate or very sturdy cardboard box. Do not lean the albums or stack the albums when storing as this causes warping and breakage and can damage the cover art. If you are storing the albums in cardboard boxes, do not stack them higher than four boxes high as the pressure on the bottom boxes can cause damage to the items.

Comic books have been collected and stored for decades. In order to protect your comic books from variations in temperature and moisture, do not store them in an attic or a basement! To preserve the comics’ condition, place them in polypropylene sheets with acid-free comic packing boards. Use more expensive Mylar sheets for storing extremely rare and valuable comics. You can find these storage supplies at your local comic bookstore. Also, these stores will carry acid-free comic book storage boxes. These boxes come in either short or long depending on the amount of comic books that you need to store. Like vinyl records, store the comic books upright and don’t stack the boxes too high while in storage.

Books have become a great collector’s item. With the prevalence of e-readers that can store hundreds of books, rare, vintage and first edition books will become even more of a collector’s item. Direct light, heat, humidity and pests are the enemies to rare books. Therefore, storage of the collectible books in a climate controlled storage unit is a must! Do not put books in a plastic bag during storage as this could form moisture in the bag. This moisture will damage the binding and the pages of the books. Store books in boxes with the spines in the upright position. This will help protect the books by putting less pressure on the binding of the books.

If you store your collectibles in the proper way, your will be able to enjoy these treasures for years to come as well as pass them on to future generations of your family! Plus, you never know if one of your pristine vinyl records or comic books might be worth a good sum of money!

 

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

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

Storage Unit

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

Stop N Stor Hinesville 1 outside storage units

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.

10 Tips for packing your belongings for a storage unit

Self-storage units are a perfect place to store items that you don’t use on a regular basis. Properly preparing your items for storage is just like getting ready to move from one town to another town. Below are ten packing tips to help make the storage transition easier:

  1. Plan ahead! Decide what you will be storing in the storage unit. Doing this will also determine what size and type of storage unit you will be renting.
  2. Invest in good packing supplies! Good sturdy, corrugated fiber boxes are a must! Make sure you have tape, packaging materials such as paper, peanuts or bubble wrap and thick markers!
  3. Fill the packed boxes to capacity. The heavy items in the box should be at the bottom with the lighter items on the top. Fill in the extra spaces in the boxes with linens, clothes, packing papers or bubble wrap. Packing the boxes to capacity prevents the boxes from collapsing when they are stacked in storage.
  4. There is an unwritten packing law that states that you shouldn’t pack a box over 30 pounds.  This is about the average weight that a person can lift without injury. If a box is too heavy, there is a risk that the box will break when it is being moved.
  5. Wrap all of your fragile belongings such as plates, glasses or ornaments in paper and/or bubble wrap. These items should be packed tightly in the box with paper filler to fill up the rest of the box. Don’t forget to mark the box: “Fragile”.
  6. When you are boxing up books, place them flat in the box. If you store them standing up, that could damage the spines of the books. Once again, use filler paper, linens or bubble wrap to fill up the empty space in the box.
  7. If it is possible, box electronics in their original boxes. These boxes were specially made for the electronics and have special filler packaging to protect the items. If that isn’t possible, then make sure that the proper sized box is being used. Don’t forget all of the wires for the electronics! Make sure to mark them and put them in the boxes with their perspective items.
  8. If you are storing clothing or other hanging items, hang these up in a wardrobe box.
  9. Once you are finished packing your items and taping up the boxes, don’t forget to label the boxes on at least two sides for easy identification.
  10. Keep an inventory of the contents of the boxes for future verification purposes. If you are storing valuable items, take their picture for insurance replacement purposes. Keep these lists in a safe place so you can refer to them when you are removing items from the storage unit.