Beware the Storage Unit Discount that’s Too Good to Be True

BewareThere are plenty of businesses out there that offer discounts as an attractive incentive to bring in customers. While there’s nothing wrong with a good discount, you should always take a close look at the details of it, and make sure you read the fine print.

There are some storage unit facilities that advertise too-good-to-be-true prices for their services. It isn’t until someone has signed on the dotted line and already loaded their belongings into the unit that they discover the come-on price was only good for the first three months, or the first month, or never even applied to them in the first place.

Be sure that the monthly cost of your storage unit is spelled out in your agreement before you sign anything. It’s also not a bad idea to find out how often a facility raises its rates and by how much, so you can decide if the location you’ve chosen is a long-term solution or not.

A reputable storage facility won’t attempt to pull a fast one on you when it comes to prices, and will be completely transparent when it comes to any additional fees, costs, or increases. But it’s entirely up to you to do the research and make sure you choose the right one. If you have any questions, please contact us!

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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Dealing with Inherited Belongings — Walk in Closet, Self Storage in Randolph, MA

self storage norwell maWhen a loved one passes away, dealing with the emotional aftermath can take all of your energy. But the estate won’t give you much time to rest. Decisions have to be made about property sale or transfer, investments have to be dealt with, and then there’s all the stuff. Sometimes, the best thing to do is rent a storage unit to hold all of your loved one’s belongings until you have the energy and enough distance from the loss to think clearly about how to handle a lifetime of belongings. In the meantime, you’ll know the items will be well cared for, and you’ll still be able to park in your garage or use your extra bedroom.

When it’s time to head to the storage unit and start going through your loved one’s belongings, first think about what you want to keep or what you want other family members to have. These things should be set aside. Resist the urge to keep your grandfather’s entire handkerchief collection. They might have been important to him, but keeping just one or two should be enough to keep his memory alive.

Once you’ve decided what to keep, you’ll be left with a huge pile of what not to keep. There are a couple of ways to deal with these items. You could have a big garage sale in your neighborhood or your loved one’s neighborhood. This is an effective way to get rid of some belongings, but it can take an awful lot of work. Another option is to hire an estate sale company, which will plan the sale and do the selling for you.

Finally, if there are items you want to keep, but just don’t have room for, leave them in the storage unit. Alternatively, let a friend or family member borrow an item for a period of time. Just be sure your friend understands that you’ll eventually want grandma’s piano back so they don’t get too attached.

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, MA, 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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Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Self Storage Unit with a Little Time and Planning

People decide to rent storage units for various reasons. It could be because they have moved or just because they need a little extra space in their home or office. Walkin02.11.15Starting off and keeping your storage unit organized will help ensure that you have the best experience possible. A little planning ahead can go a long way. Organizing and efficiently packing your items can take time and effort, but it will definitely be worth it in the long term. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Plan which items you want to store in your unit
  • Identify the items that will be packed in boxes and stacked.
  • Determine the items that you’ll need regular access to, so you can place them at the front of your unit.
  • Group boxes by fragility and/or weight.
    • Always store heavier, sturdier items on the bottom of stacked items
    • store fragile items on top.
  • Unpack and arrange items efficiently once you arrive at your storage unit

We’ll go into a little more detail in our next few posts. In the meantime, if you have any questions about packing or arranging your storage unit, please feel free to contact us!

Always Make Sure You choose the Unit that Will Suit Your Needs
You don’t want to pay for storage space you don’t need, and we don’t want you to! However, having a little extra space can help make it easier to move around. It also gives your leeway to add additional items at another time. We are happy to work with you to determine the perfect storage unit for you!

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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Storing Large Appliances in Your Self Storage Unit

Applicances-1It’s tough to store appliances at home. They can’t be tucked away in the corner of a closet and most people want to use their garages for cars, not for that washing machine that they’re saving for their kid’s first apartment or the fridge that will go in the home theater — once the home theater is built. A self storage unit seems the obvious answer. But special care must be taken when moving and storing large appliances.

Before storing your appliance, it’s important to thoroughly clean it. Refrigerators should be clean to prevent the growth of mold on that sticky juice spill. Lint filters, grids, and tubes on dryers should be cleaned. You should also take care to empty the appliance of water. This will prevent freeze damage in cold temperatures and mold growth in warm ones. In dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines, all hoses should be drained. Freezers should be defrosted and the defrost pan should be cleaned and emptied. Once your appliance is clean and dry, it’s ready for transport!

During transport, keep your appliance upright. This is especially important for refrigerators because if they’re put on their side, refrigeration units can be damaged. Use strong tape to hold doors closed so they don’t suddenly spring open during the move, which can damage the door or adjacent items.

Once your appliance is at the storage unit, remove the tape and leave doors slightly ajar so that air can circulate. Cover the items with a cotton sheet or canvas tarp to protect them from dust while allowing air exposure. If you live in a climate with extreme temperatures, a temperature-controlled unit will prevent mechanical damage due to freezing temperatures or rust; however, if you choose not to use one, be sure to allow your appliance 24 to 48 hours to warm up before use if it’s been exposed to freezing temperatures.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact us!

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 Tips for Self Storage in Randolph 01.15.15

Take a little time to plan and organize as you pack. This should make it easier to finds things in the future!

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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!

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Be Smart About Storing Winter Gear in Your Self Storage Unit

WIC - Winter gearWe’ve all been there — the report of a first big snowstorm comes so you excitedly dash to your storage space to grab your skis, snowshoes, ice skates, or sleds and then immediately lose the urge to enjoy the great outdoors when you realize what a daunting task finding all your equipment will be. Well, not this year! Read on for some tips on how to store your winter gear so that it’s accessible and ready for snowy fun.

Use the Walls

Skis, poles, and sleds are the perfect shape and length for leaning against the wall of your storage space. To prevent them from slipping and ending up on the floor, consider purchasing a freestanding storage rack that will hold your skis, poles, and snowboard. Shelves standing against the wall are the perfect place for skates, ski boots, and snowshoes. Just be sure to store these items on a lower shelf in case of an accidental drip. And speaking of dripping …

Wipe it Down

After a fun day on the slopes, ice rink, or sledding hill, wipe down your gear. Some equipment is vulnerable to rust if you let it stay wet, but introducing moisture into your storage unit is never a good idea. So even if your plastic sled won’t be affected by a little water, the priceless family pictures stored next to it will.

Dedicate a Bin

Have a labeled bin in your storage unit dedicated to winter activities. Keep your ski goggles and ski wax in it. If you have ski boot inserts or special hats and waterproof gloves that you use only for winter sports, they can also go in the bin. Just be sure to toss them in your dryer before you pack them away so they’ll be ready to go next time you have an outdoor adventure.

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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Some Basic Tips for Your Walk-In Closet Storage Unit

self storage norwell interiorWhen it comes to loading up your storage unit, most of what you need to know is common sense. And some things — like putting an unlabeled box of heavy books on top of an unlabeled box of glassware — can only be learned the hard way.

Still, there are handy tips when it comes to getting the most out of your storage unit, and here are a few key ones.

Keep it up. On pallets, that is. Even the most waterproof of units can’t protect against a totally unexpected or completely random set of circumstances, so be sure to keep your valuables raised off the floor. Just in case.

Handy sand. If you’re in a part of the country that experiences tough winters, you’re probably already carrying sand. But be sure to bring it with you to your storage unit if it faces the outside. A buildup of ice can make accessing your unit impossible.

Maintain the space. Folks can store some pretty crazy stuff in storage units, and some of it can cause stains, scrapes, gouges, or other damage to the floor and walls. Use protective plastic sheeting or movers’ rugs to keep the unit neat and tidy.

The short arm of the law. Most reputable storage unit facilities have plenty of security measures in place, but hey, things happen. When you buy a lock, be sure it has a short arm to thwart would-be thieves. The longer the arm, the easier it is to slip in bolt cutters.

Need more expert advice or tips? We’re here to help! Contact us at Walk in Closet today!

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 Tips for Self Storage in Randolph 12.16.14

Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them from stains, tears, and scratches.
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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!

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Store Holiday Decorations Efficiently and Safely

Store Holiday Decorations EfficientlyIt seems like Christmas decorations start to sprinkle the neighborhood even before the last turkey sandwich is eaten and the gravy stains are removed from the tablecloth.

Christmas is such a magical time of year and people just can’t wait to get started with the twinkle lights and towering tree in their living room. Is your house already decked out in Christmas finery? But before it got to its current gorgeous point, what was the process like? Were your strings of lights all tangled? Those precious salt dough handprints nibbled by insects? Did your spare wrapping paper get destroyed by a spring rain induced leak? You can tell us. We’ve all been there! But there’s a better way.

You’re probably not ready to think about it yet, but before you pack away your Christmas decorations this year, consider storing them in a small storage unit for next year. They’ll be protected from insects and water, and will be kept safe from temperature fluctuations that can wreak havoc on delicate ornaments. And if you follow our packing tips, you’ll get your decorations unpacked and in place in no time.

  • Give lights special attention. Replace burned-out bulbs and carefully wind the strings around sections of cardboard from all of your gift boxes. If each string has a designated spot in your yard or home, label them.
  • Make an open-first box. If you can’t wait to start baking each year, your open-first box should contain your Christmas cookie cutters. If it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without your grandmother’s vintage Santa statue, put it in there, too. Having an open-first box will keep you from having to dig through everything in search of a few special items.
  • Store like items together. If you always display a nativity scene, put all the pieces in one box. Same goes for your holiday village. You’ll never have to search for a missing wise man again!
  • Make a kids’ box. If you’re constantly hovering over your little ones when it comes time to decorate the tree, trying to keep them from touching the breakable ornaments, next year make a box that’s just for them and fill it with all the ornaments they can’t hurt. They’ll love diving into the box without input from the grown-ups.

Enjoy your decorations and have a wonderful holiday season!

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!

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Storage Tips for Self Storage in Randolph 12.03.14

Separate items by  fragility and weight. If you’re stacking, put heavier, sturdier items at the bottom. Put fragile items on top!

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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!

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