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Back to school Time, Already?

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Where did the summer go? It felt like it was only yesterday when it was time to get excited about summer holidays, cookouts and family gatherings? How did it become that dreaded back to school time already? The Liberty County School District  already started classes on August 6, 2012. This also included Britten Elementary school in Ft. Stewart. The other 2 elementary schools at Ft. Stewart  started back to school on August 13, 2012. The Chatham County school district schools  start back to school on Monday, August 27, 2012.  Families with school aged children are starting to get back in their school year routines and schedules. There have been back to school sales at all the stores and the kids are collecting their school supplies, uniforms and sporting equipment for the year.

How does back to school tie in with self storage? Self storage is a great option to store all of your children’s extra sports equipment, uniforms, musical instruments, old projects and documents. All of these items tend to clutter up homes starting at the beginning of the school year. As the year progresses, the collection grows bigger and bigger and takes up more space in the home. Renting a self storage unit can help eliminate the extra clutter of all of the school year activities.

Some Savannah area colleges have already started their fall semester classes this week, including Armstrong Atlantic State University  and Savannah State University . Savannah Tech will start classes at the end of the month at their 5 area campuses. Savannah College of Art & Design  will be starting their classes on September 10, 2012.

This time of year is a big time of transition, especially for new college students. New students, who are living away from home for the first time, need to be highly organized with their belongings. They need to reduce their home bedroom into a few boxes and suitcases. Their dormitory living space will be much less than what they are used to. They will not be able to bring childhood collections and items with them to college. Once, the college students are out of the house, parents might decide to do a major clean or a redecoration of the student’s room. But, where can you store all of the student’s collectible’s, clothes and furniture when you change the room into an office or in-home gym? Store these items in a self storage unit, so you can keep them in good shape for your student to look through them when they are at home. Then, it will be up to the student to decide to keep the items! As we have mentioned earlier this year, college students and self storage are a perfect match. The student who had used self storage in the spring to store their school items for their summer break now needs to clean out their storage unit and move back into the dormitory or college apartment.

Stop N Stor  wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable school year!!! We are here to help with your storage needs through the transitional back to school time.

Moving Tips


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!

A Beautiful Day for a Storage Auction!


It was a gorgeous day for a storage auction this past Saturday, June 16th.  This is a good thing, because our last storage auction in the beginning of March in Hinesville was held during thunderstorms and tornado warnings! Thankfully, the weather was perfect for this auction day! There was a good turn-out of auction participants and folk curious about storage auctions. Our auction regulars, such as Richard were also there to see what treasures they could find during the auction.

The auction started off at 9am at the Stop N Stor  245 W. General Screven Way location. Our professional auctioneer, Terry, explained the auction rules to the participants. Once the rules were explained and any paperwork filed out, it was time to start the bidding process. Each participant was given a brief look at the contents of the storage unit up for auction. Once everyone had a look, the bidding process started. There were 31 storage units that were up for bid in our 4 Hinesville locations. The auction ended in the early afternoon at our 1049 Kacey Dr. location.

Stop N Stor would like to thank our facility managers, Lisa, our regional manager, Terry, our auctioneer and all of the auction participants for making the auction day quick paced and fun. Lisa mentioned that you can tell that people are watching the storage auctions reality shows, because some folks in the crowd were making comments just like the “characters” from shows such as Storage Wars, Auction Hunters  or Storage Hunters ! Keep an eye out for future auction information for all of our locations on our Facebook page, Twitter page  and our recently redesigned website!

Happy Spring Cleaning?


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!

Packing and Moving Supplies 101


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!

Getting Organized for the New Year!

Outside Storage Units at Stop n Stor
Help De-Clutter your home by using Self-Storage

It’s that time of year again….New Year’s Resolution time! Everyone is trying to make themselves better for 2012! These resolutions can be very diverse from losing weight, quitting a bad habit, exercising more, spending more time with family and friends to getting organized. Becoming “de-cluttered” and becoming more organized is always within the top 5 resolutions at the beginning of each New Year. The holidays bring extra clutter to our homes with decorations and presents. Self-storage is a great option to help de-clutter your home after the holiday season and actually all year-long!  

If your goal is to get more organized this year, then make sure that you have a plan of action in place to accomplish this goal. You don’t have to do it all at one time, but you can work on small projects. Work on one room at a time. This will make the task less daunting. You can even organize your garage, so your car will finally have a place to park. When you are working on each room or the garage, create piles for your belongings: what to keep, what to donate, what to throw away and what to put into storage. Utilizing self-storage gives you back the space that you have lost in your home. You can store important documents, family heirlooms, photos or seasonal items securely in a self-storage unit.

If you are already renting a storage unit, don’t forget to spend some time re-organizing the unit. Over time, you can forget what you stored in the unit, so it is good to look through the items every season. Throw away or donate items that you no longer want or need in your storage unit. You might be able to renegotiate with the storage facility to get a smaller unit or realize that you have more stuff than you thought and rent a larger unit.

For 2012, Stop n Stor  has made their own resolutions! These are just a few of the resolutions:

1. To better serve our customer needs.

2. A hope that all the deployed military soldiers return home safely.

3. To support military families left behind as a result of a deployment of a family member.

4. To build better relationships with our customers.

5. To be the #1 storage facility in the Savannah, Port Wentworth and Hinesville, Georgia areas!

Stop n Stor hopes to be your storage destination in the Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah areas. Stop in to see how Stop n Stor can help you organize for the New Year! Keep an eye on our blog posts for information on future storage auctions and community events that Stop n Stor is proud to be involved in 2012. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter  and like us on Facebook!

Winterizing Vehicles for Self Storage


For most of the country, it has been a relatively mild fall season. But, in a few days, winter will officially start. The temperatures will begin to fall and snow might be on the horizon! This means that it might finally be time to store away those summer seasonal items such as lawn mowers, patio furniture, motorcycles, boats and non-winter weather cars. A self-storage unit is a perfect solution to store all of these items and more for the winter months. If you are planning on storing personal belongings over the winter months, make sure that you store your possessions off the floor. This prevents damage from moisture and dampness to your items. It is always good to put protective covering on the floor before you store your belongings. Stop n Stor  has a variety of storage unit sizes that can help in your winter storage needs. There are storage units up to 10×30, which would be perfect to store cars and boats for the off-season.

You can find many tips on how to properly store a car, boat or motorcycle in the vehicle’s owner manual. It is important to read the owner’s manual or consult with your storage facility’s manager before your store these items. There are some basic steps that need to be completed to make sure that your vehicles are prepared for storage:

1. For all vehicles (boat and car), make sure that the interior and exterior of the vehicle is clean. Vacuum the inside of the car to remove any food crumbs and other items. A dirty vehicle could invite vermin in the interior of the car or boat during storage.

2. If the vehicle will be stored for longer than a month, disconnect the battery. In some cases, the owner’s manual might recommend totally removing the battery from the car or boat. If this is the case, store the battery in a clean, dry and warm place.

3. Make any repairs to the car or boat before storage to prevent future problems.

4. For boats-remove any electronics and store them in a warm dry place.

5. For boats-remove cushions, sails, curtains and other materials that could form mildew during storage.

6. Make sure the gas tank and anti-freeze is full for any vehicle in storage. This prevents condensation, oxidation or gas spoilage during the time that the vehicle is in storage. Also, add a fuel stabilizer for your car or motorcycle to prevent gas from breaking down. Drive the vehicle around for 10 miles to let the stabilizer run through the engine.

7. Change the oil and filter one to two days before storage in your car or motorcycle.

8. Use a cotton or wool tarp with good ventilation to cover your vehicle during storage.

9. Check your insurance to make sure your vehicles are covered while in storage.

If you follow these simple tips, your vehicles will be ready for use again for late spring and summer!

Business Self Storage


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!

Black Friday!


It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You’ve watched the parades, cheered for your favorite football team, had great food and had quality time with friends and family.  Now what do you do? Go shopping of course! Black Friday, or the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas shopping season. An average of 135 million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars. Black Friday has been considered the busiest shopping day of the year for many retailers.

The term Black Friday actually was started by policemen in Philadelphia in 1966 to describe the crowd of shoppers that took over Philadelphia’s city center on the day after Thanksgiving. The name wasn’t really adopted by the media and retailers until the 1980’s. In the 1980’s, economists helped revive the term to say that retail stores don’t go “in the black” in profits until the start of the Christmas shopping season. Today, Black Friday is seen as a day to get incredible bargains on electronics, toys and clothing. There are many websites  set up just to let shoppers know the big sales at the stores. In the past 10 years, Cyber Monday has become a popular and busy day to shop. This is for people who didn’t venture out to the stores during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They can shop for specific deals online.

How does Black Friday tie in with the self-storage industry? Actually, renting a self-storage unit for all of your Black Friday purchases is a great idea. A storage unit is perfect place to “hide” holiday presents from “snooping” family members. Renting a storage unit is a good place to store your holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, ornaments, lights and wreathes throughout the rest of the year.  This way, the items do not clutter up your home.  So, after you have hit the mall or shopped at your favorite shop (Don’t forget to shop locally!), think about reserving a storage unit  to store your purchased items in a safe and secure environment! Stop n Stor  wishes everyone Happy Shopping!

Alternative Uses for a Self-Storage Unit

Let’s be honest, self-storage is usually a pretty boring topic. But lately, with the
popularity of storage auctions , people are looking twice at the self-storage industry. There are many purposes for renting a self-storage unit such as moving to a smaller house, being deployed for the military or even just needing extra storage space for personal belongings. But, did you know that some self-storage facilities are offering fun alternatives to the normal “store your household belongings” purpose? Some storage facilities are offering their storage units for band rehearsal spots and others are offering great places to store a wine collection to just name a few new and different uses.

A trend has started that has bands leaving their garages and basements behind and setting
up practice rooms in self-storage units.
 While Stop n Stor  does not have the capability to host bands at this time, many storage facilities in “music scene” towns such as Austin and Nashville offer climate controlled units for bands. Some facilities offer electricity, Wi-Fi and even air conditioning to the practicing bands.These practice units work well for the bands as many storage facilities are not in residential areas, so they do not have to worry about their sound levels. Plus, climate controlled storage units are a great place to store instruments, so they will not warp or get damaged.

Another alternative purpose for a storage unit is wine storage. Some wine connoisseurs
do not have the room at their homes to store their wine collection. A self-storage climate controlled unit is perfect to store wine. Certain wines need to be at a set temperature and humidity level and stored for a longer time to reach “maturity”.  The darkness that a
self-storage unit offers is also important in the wine maturity process. Some storage facilities have built special wine storage cabinets in some of their storage units to attract the wine collector. Some of the self-storage facilities even offer hints on how to store the wine.

Self-storage units offer great temporary storage for college students.  The student doesn’t have to take their school items home every summer, which saves on space and time. It’s not quite an alternative purpose, but a self-storage unit could be great for someone who has a home business with lots of product inventory and little space at home. The small business owner could store their inventory in the storage unit and even use the storage space for a staging area for packaging and sending out their product. Self-storage units come in all shapes and sizes  and can be used for many different purposes. How will you utilize your storage space?  Rent your storage unit today!