Storing Furniture

Furniture

Furniture is easily available but it is also deeply personal. For many people it is an emotional purchase because it becomes part of the shared space among family and friends at home. People do not want to part with old furniture as it has sentimental value or in some cases antique furniture has monetary value attached to it as well. Storing furniture, whether for home or office, becomes a necessity when downsizing to a smaller space, selling off property, trying to remove clutter, or even for making space for more family or expanding business.

Storage tips: Use plastic or wooden pallets on the ground under the furniture to keep moisture or mold at bay. Disassemble large pieces of furniture for long term storage and protect the finish on your wooden furniture by applying wax. Also polish metallic furniture to prevent oxidation on the finish. You should use professional services to clean and preserve furniture if possible. Use bubble wrap, towels or blankets to cushion the sharp edges to prevent scratching and denting. Clean fabric furniture before storage to prevent growth of mildew and mold. Protect fragile glass and mirrors using corrugated cardboard and using mask tape to mark an “X” on the surface. Table tops should be placed against the wall and all sofas, chairs, dressers right side up to avoid damage to them. Use furniture covers to protect your furniture. Do consider using rodent repellent and climate controlled storage unit. You can use a light cotton sheet as a dust cover on your furniture.

Items like appliances, electronics, books and documents are also popular self storage candidates as they have personal resonance with us. People tend to think that they might come in handy some day so they are preferably stored away safely.

Checking In

Many of our customers use their storage unit for a variety of reasons. Some use it as over-flow, others as seasonal storage while for some it is just interim space during a move or transition. While our facility has 24 hour surveillance and different security measures to ensure your items stay safe, it’s always a good idea to check on the items in your unit.

For example, the type of items stored will sometimes have a significant bearing on how often you visit your storage unit. Wine, food products and other perishables should be checked more frequently depending upon how well they are prepared and packed for long-term storage. In fact, many businesses today use storage spaces as an overflow inventory space. In many cases perishable food is stored by restaurants and other food related businesses. In other cases nonfood items that are also perishable such as batteries and certain types of liquid products should also be checked more frequently than other nonperishable items.

An Excellent Storage Climate for a Wide Range of Items

Another important factor to consider when deciding on how often to visit your storage unit is whether the unit is climate controlled or not. Since our units are not climate controlled many find that more frequent visits are necessary. However, depending on the region’s climate and location some storage spaces that are not climate controlled can offer similar quality to climate controlled units.

Your Stuff, Your Storage

According to Sparefoot, it’s important to keep in mind a few guidelines when deciding where to store your personal items.

1. Super Customer Service.

The first time you contact a self-storage facility-whether by email, phone or in person- you’ll find out how customers are treated, said Moises Ojeda, a manager at BullsEye Storage, a self-storage company in the Houston area. A good manager should greet customers in a friendly manner and answer all questions thoroughly and efficiently, Ojeda said. Big no-nos: a failure to give straight answers and a lack of organization in the office.

2. Hands-On Manager.

Ojeda said you should see a manager at the facility who’s interacting with customers and solving problems. Ojeda said that having a manager who lives on-site, as he does, is ideal. “I tell people my apartment is directly above the office-and they’ll be dealing with me 100 percent,” Ojeda said.

Ojeda also said he gives tenants his cellphone number in case they get locked out of the facility after hours because of, say, a power outage that causes a gate malfunction. “You try to prevent problems as much as possible, but things can go wrong,” he said.

3. Squeaky Clean.

The state of the office at a storage facility should give you a clue about the overall cleanliness of the place. The office should be dusted, and have a clean floor, spotless bathrooms and a well-groomed, neatly dressed manager, said Lewis Pollack, managing principal of Reliant Real Estate Management, which manages 1.5 million square feet of self-storage space in the Southeast. A clean office shows the facility is well-maintained, he said, and the staff will care for tenants’ belongings in the same manner.

4. No Pesky Critters.

A good self-storage facility will contract with a pest control professional who visits regularly, Pollack said. It’s extremely important to prevent infestations because pests can do plenty of damage to tenants’ belongings. For example, roaches can invade boxes of household goods, Ojeda said, or moths can ruin rugs, textiles and upholstered furniture. Meanwhile, rats can chew up wood furniture and urinate and defecate in units, Pollack said. “Those animals are nasty.”

Facilities need must address pest issues not just monthly, but seasonally, Pollack said. His company manages some facilities in South Carolina where a pest control pro must come once a week during spring to get rid of nesting spiders. Ask any self-storage facility you’re considering how it handles pest control and whether it’s had any previous problems with pests, Ojeda said.

5. Tight Security.

You don’t want your stuff to get stolen, so make sure any facility you’re looking at has good security. A secure facility should have a gate with computerized access as well as security cameras and good lighting, Pollack said.

It also helps if an on-site manager is present, experts said. For example, Ojeda said he has monitors in his apartment so he can watch activity throughout the facility.

Furthermore, Pollack said his facilities screen prospective tenants, requiring them to provide a driver’s license and current address to ensure they’re not transients planning a break-in. “It’s common-sense things,” Pollack said. “If somebody is going to rob a mini-storage facility, it wouldn’t be ours.”

6. A Good Fit.

All self-storage facilities are not the same, so your choice should depend partly on your own needs. For example, if you’re storing things you almost left on the curb because you’re not sure you want to keep them, price might be your top consideration, Ojeda said. If you think you’ll want to retrieve items at night or on a weekend, you might want 24-hour access.

What Size Storage is Right For You

Let’s face it, whether you are moving homes, de-cluttering or moving items temporarily, it’s not fun! Eliminate some of the hassle by knowing which size unit is right for your storage needs. Below is a general guide to knowing how large or small of a unit you need.

5×10 = 50 Sq Ft – This will fit furniture from a one bedroom apartment as well as small items and boxes

5×15 = 75 Sq Ft – This will fit the furniture from a one bedroom apartment as well as small appliances and boxes

10×10 = 100 Sq Ft – This will fit furniture from a two-bedroom apartment as well as small items and boxes

10×15 = 150 Sq Ft – This will fit furniture from a two bedroom apartment as well as appliances

10×20 = 200 Sq Ft – This will fit the furniture from a two bedroom house with appliances or a vehicle

10×25 = 250 Sq Ft – This will fit furniture from a two or thee bedroom house and appliances

10×30 = 300 Sq Ft – This size will hold contents of a 40 ft moving van or a boat, car or RV

Solar Eclipse Pricing

Do you have your solar eclipse glasses ready and are you gearing up to watch the first total solar eclipse to travel across the country since 1918? Raleigh has been named one of the top viewing spots with visibility starting as early as 1:16 today! Though eclipses happen about once every 18 months, the majority of the earth is covered by water and they tend to occur over remote locations. Did you know that the last total solar eclipse occurred in 1979?

In addition to the solar eclipse, we are gearing up to say goodbye to summer as watch August almost come to an end. While September may be around the corner, it’s still hot in North Carolina. Take advantage of the limited time offer on select unit sizes. We’ve discounted prices to get you through the last days of summer. Call today to enquire about pricing and sizes.

End of Summer Special

We hate to see summer go, but lucky for you we have a sweet special to send off summer! Ask about second month free on select units for a limited time! Don’t miss out on this extra storage opportunity! Perfect if you are moving or need extra organization! Call us at 919-554-2111! Don’t miss out.

 

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