Man of … Steal?

burglar-clipart-thief-clipart-spletni-goljufGather ‘round, kids. It’s storytime. You’re familiar with Nicholas Cage, right? Well, records show that between 1996 and 2011 the actor earned $150 million from a series of films he appeared in. When you’re dealing with money like that, what’s a boy to do? Buy comics, of course! In 1997, Mr. Cage plunked down $150,000 for a 1938 comic book that was the first to feature Superman on the cover. He proudly hung that piece of memorabilia on his wall.

Unfortunately, such prominent placement made it an easy target for thieves, and the Superman comic, along with a comic that featured Batman’s first appearance, were taken from Cage’s home in 2000. The Batman comic was eventually recovered, but it was years before the Superman comic reappeared.

In the meantime, Cage declared bankruptcy in 2010. Now, we’re not going to call a six-figure comic book purchase frivolous, but maybe investing a little bit of that $150 million would have been wise. Anyway, in 2011 the contents of an abandoned storage unit were sold to an unidentified man who discovered Cage’s comic book. He returned the book to its rightful owner, who turned right around and auctioned it off for $2,161,000. Not a bad return on investment, right? Unfortunately the sale only made a small dent in his $13 million debt. Poor Nick.

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The Sad Tale of Valuable Cars in Abandoned Storage Units

img_storagetreasure61There’s something compelling about spending a small chunk of money on something unknown. You may end up with a box full of junk, but maybe — just maybe — you’ll end up with a treasure on your hands that you purchased for a song. This concept is used at county fairs, game shows, and storage unit auctions.

Sometimes people will purchase the contents of abandoned storage units, gambling on finding something valuable inside. And sometimes those bets pay off. For example, plenty of collectible cars have been found in old storage units. Read on for a few stories:

The Spy Who Loved Me

A man once purchased the contents of an abandoned storage unit for $100. Under a blanket in the back of the unit was a Lotus Esprit S1 that was in good shape. Except that it had fins instead of wheels. Turns out, this was the submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me. It was eventually auctioned off for enough to let the new owner retire.

Cadillac Coupe

In Austin, Texas, someone opened an abandoned storage unit he purchased and found 500 car parts, many of which were deemed to be scrap metal. When they were assembled, however, they made a complete 1959 2-door Cadillac Coupe. Half of the parts were already restored, so the previous owner must have forgotten about his or her little restoration project.

Winning the Race

A storage unit purchased by a man in Florida contained a beautiful vintage race car that was sold to a collector for more than $18,000. Quite a find!

So what’s the moral of the story to current storage unit owners? Make sure your next of kin knows about your storage unit in case the unthinkable happens. You wouldn’t want that sports car submarine you’ve been saving for your grandchild to end up on eBay!

 

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Self Storage Units: Facts and Figures

Five Traps to Avoid When Planning Your Business TransitionNo one would ever question the popularity of storage units. Whether used for an overflow of stuff, as a repository for seldom-used items, or a temporary solution during a move or life transition, storage units come in handy in a variety of ways for people from all walks of life.

Below are some interesting tidbits about storage units and facilities.

  • The United States boasts the most storage space of any civilized country on the planet. Compare the more than 49,000 storage facilities in America versus the 12,000 in Latin America, Europe, Canada, South America, Australia, and Japan combined!
  • One out of every 10 Americans rents a storage unit.
  • Almost 96% of Americans who rent a storage space do so for more than a year.
  • In 1960, there were no storage facilities in the U.S. at all.
  • Storage facilities are one of the fastest-growing industries, so much so that many economists label storage facilities “recession-resistant.”
  • Self storage facilities in the United States have more than 170,000 employees, an average of 3.5 employees per facility.

For more information about storage facilities, check out this fact sheet provided by the Self Storage Association.

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Insuring Items in a Storage Unit

Insuring Items in a Storage UnitSo you have a storage unit as well as homeowners and renters insurance. Are the items in your storage unit covered by your policy? The answers are “yes,” and “it depends.” Confused? Read on.

Most homeowners or renters policies will cover your property no matter where it is, but only up to a point. If you have belongings that are not in your primary residence, those items are only covered up to a certain percentage of their value — sometimes only 10%. And there are exceptions to this rule.

Collections: If you’re storing a special collection in your storage unit, like art or rare books, your insurance policy may not cover it at all. Many policies require you to purchase separate policies for special collections.

Vehicles: If you’re storing a vintage car in your unit or keeping your motorcycle in there during the winter, those vehicles will not be covered and require a separate policy. Exceptions to this are vehicles used to maintain your property, like a ride-on lawnmower, but these items fall under the 10% rule.

If you have a standard renters or homeowners insurance policy and are following the rules of the storage unit company you’re using, your property is covered up to a point. But if you’re storing unusual or precious items in your unit, it’s a good idea to give your insurance agent a call or talk to the storage unit company about extra coverage.

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding for families and businesses in Randolph, Milton, Braintree, Holbrook, and surrounding areas. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art self storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Self Storage: As American as Apple Pie

Self Storage as American as Apple PieWhat’s more American than a cheeseburger and fries? What’s more addictive than a daily trip to Starbucks? Keeping stuff in self storage, apparently. In the US, there are more self storage facilities than McDonald’s and Starbucks combined, according to an REJournals report. In fact, there are 21 feet of self storage for every American household, despite the fact that 65% of self-storage customers have garages.

So what does this mean? Are we a nation of hoarders? Or is everyone embracing minimalism in their homes without shedding their stuff? The average size of the American family has gone down while house sizes have gone up, so we should have plenty of room for all our stuff. So what gives?

A lot of trends have contributed to the explosion of self storage. We are a mobile nation, and people sometimes need a place to stash their stuff during a big move. We’ve also seen the disappearance of the attic as builders use trusses instead of rafters in homes, which are cheaper to build, but don’t leave any space. Not surprisingly, the largest rates of self storage use are in states with a lot of new homes and a large population growth, like Florida and Texas, where basements don’t exist. People who live in the Northeast, where homes are older and typically have attics and basements, don’t use as much self storage.

Self storage is a fairly young industry and it’s come a long way since its 1960s start in Texas as a series of tin-sided garages. Now self storage facilities are temperature controlled, security conscious, and can accommodate everything from outgrown baby clothes and holiday decorations to precious wines and boats.

So if you’re in the market for a self storage unit, you’re in good company!

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding for families and businesses in Randolph, Milton, Braintree, Holbrook, and surrounding areas. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art self storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Boxing Up Your Gear in Your Self Storage Unit

Boxing Up Your Gear in Your Storage UnitWhen the time comes to load up your belongings into your self storage unit, most of your possessions will likely be in boxes. Boxes are a pretty standard choice to keep your items safe and organized, and are relatively inexpensive.

Most considerations when using boxes are common sense — always label what’s in them (the more clearly, the better), always put heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top, and keep boxes with important items closest to the front of the unit and easy to access.

But there are a few other tips when it comes to boxes that are worth pointing out. For example, boxes should be filled to capacity, and if they’re not, any empty space should be filled in with newspaper or packing peanuts. This prevents the boxes from collapsing, which can not only damage the contents, but cause other boxes stacked on top to fall.

Also, there are boxes that are specially designed to hold and protect dishes and other fragile items. These boxes are a good investment, and will leave more room in other boxes.

Finally, it’s a good idea to keep a list of the boxes in your unit. Once the boxes have been labeled, write down which boxes you have and keep the list safe. Simple lists will reassure you that all the boxes are present and accounted for, and more complex and detailed lists will tell you where each box is and exactly what’s in each.

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Avoiding Common Moving Company Scams

Avoiding Common Moving Company ScamsMoving is almost always a stressful time. And while it may seem daunting, it’s always a good idea to do your research when you’re looking into using a moving company. While of course price is an important consideration, you want to make sure that you can trust the company you choose. After all, you’re entrusting them to pack and move all of you and your family’s personal belongings – in a sense your entire life! That being said, there are a lot of scams out there that involve moving companies.

SpareFoot recently posted a great piece on How to Avoid the 7 Most Common Moving Scams. It has some really helpful information to help you avoid getting scammed during what is an already stressful time.

1. Low Estimate, Inflated Price — The most common scam is the bait-and-switch tactic, said Jeff Walker, president of MovingScam.com, a website that provides moving tips and resources for consumers.

2. Lost Items — During a move, valuables like jewelry and antiques might “disappear.” Items also could get damaged.

3. Extra Charges — Even if a rogue company honors the amount originally quoted for transferring your goods, it may look for other ways to inflate the final price such as “moving supplies.”

4. Over-the-Phone Estimates — Not all quotes over the phone are legitimate, and crooks are unlikely to send an estimator to your home in advance.

5. Eyebrow-Raising Hourly Estimates — Two companies might look at your belongings and estimate the move will take eight hours. Another might say it will take four hours. 6. No Brick and Mortar Location

7. Large Deposit — A large deposit upfront is a red flag.

You can read the full article here.

Looking for a reputable moving company? Check out movingscam.com’s How to Find a Reputable Moving Company for some good info.

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Storage Units Can Simplify Spring Cleaning

Storage Units Can Simplify SpringSpring is the time people choose to give their homes a deep clean for several reasons. Among them, after a long winter of closed windows, it’s good to air everything out again. And spring is the perfect time for storage rotation as people pack away snow blowers and shovels for lawn mowers and gardening tools, switch coats with bathing suits, and trade sleds for driveway toys. If you slowly get your spring cleaning underway now, you’ll be done in no time and you’ll hardly notice the extra work.

The first step is to go room by room and remove the items that you want to throw away, recycle, or donate. Fill trash bags with these items and take them directly to your car. When you’re out running errands, make a quick stop at a donation site, recycle center, or dumpster and you’re done!

Next, go room by room and get rid of seasonal things. Pack up all your sweaters, your holiday decor, your heavy blankets, and your snow gear. Now these items will go in your car. When you have a free hour, drive them over to your storage unit and swap these items out for your spring and summer gear. When you get your seasonal items home, your closets will already have the space for them.

Now, declutter! Gather home office clutter in one box, kids’ art projects and supplies in another. Categorize all the items sitting around your home and find a place for them. Once the clutter is gone, the deep spring cleaning will be much easier.

If you simply can’t find the time for these steps, combine them. Grab a big box for each room and just toss seasonal items, clutter, and anything you don’t want in them. Then take these boxes to your storage unit. This method is faster, but you’ll eventually have to deal with the disorganization in your storage unit when it’s time to pull out the sweaters again.

Happy spring!

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Storage Units and Insurance

self storage Norwell MAGenerally speaking, when it comes to storage facilities, they’re not responsible for the contents of your unit. That rests entirely on you. And while the facility you use might be state of the art and you might engage in every best practice you can think of, things can still happen. And when they do, you want to make sure you’re covered.

Storage insurances is somewhat similar to apartment insurance. It’s something that you don’t need to have, but if you don’t, you could end up losing in the long run. The landlord is covered for certain events, which provides a limited amount of coverage for tenants and generally doesn’t cover belongings in the apartment.

Some storage unit facilities offer you insurance on your unit as soon as you rent one. But don’t misunderstand — the facility isn’t insuring the contents of your unit, they’re acting as a middle man between you and their preferred insurance company. While this is certainly convenient — storage unit and insurance in the same place at the same time — you may be better off seeking out your own insurance. Different companies offer different premiums and levels of insurance, and you may even be able to add it to an existing policy, such as your homeowners policy.

However you end up choosing your insurance, make sure you get it and that it’s both current and sufficient to cover whatever it is you’re storing. If the unexpected should happen, it’s good to know that you’ll be protected.

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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