The Renter's Bent https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent/ New to self storage and looking for solutions? Curious about this relatively modern trend in American life? Want to know what motivates the StorageFront team? StorageFront's blog is a helpful mix of tips and tales for renters, conjured up by our own diverse team of writers. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:00:29 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 Funny Fridays: Pokemon Go by Kelly Kamowski https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//funny-fridays-pokemon-go-by-kelly-kamowski/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//funny-fridays-pokemon-go-by-kelly-kamowski/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:00:29 +0000 GuestBlogger https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=6478 StoreLocalJigglyPuffCorrectSize Funny Fridays: Pokemon Go by Kelly Kamowski

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Six Things You Shouldn’t Overlook When Storing Your RV https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//six-things-you-shouldnt-overlook-when-storing-your-rv/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//six-things-you-shouldnt-overlook-when-storing-your-rv/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:00:37 +0000 Krista Diamond https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=6466 When it comes to storing your RV, you’re not just storing an extra vehicle; you’re storing your home. After all, it’s the place where you sleep, eat, and make memories. It’s more than just a vacation on wheels; it’s where you live your life. If the thought of putting it into storage terrifies you, we totally understand.

You already know that you should do your research when choosing the best RV storage facility (that’s why StorageFront’s listings include honest reviews from real customers), but in addition to following the advice of your vehicle’s manufacturer, your travel-savvy friends and your favorite RV blog, you should also take a moment to make sure you haven’t overlooked these six things:

Amenities

Simply put, a storage facility should offer you a safe place to keep your RV when it’s not in use. That being said, the storage industry is growing and evolving every day to meet the needs of RV owners. While it’s certainly true that RV storage is still harder to find than any other kind of storage—especially if you live in an urban area—you can rest assured that the industry is working hard to do a better job of catering to RV owners like you. While storage in the form of an open or partially covered lot is still the economical choice, the discerning RV owner should be on the lookout for extra space that comes with a little extra something. Modern amenities include wash and dump stations, electric hookups, drive through spaces, vehicle maintenance service, RV accessory sales and even shuttle service.

Taking Your Own Security Steps

There’s a lot to be said for choosing a storage facility that takes security seriously, but you shouldn’t stop there. Take your own steps so that even if the facility is overtaken by actual ninjas, they won’t be able to break into our steal your RV. If you have a fifth wheel, get a lock for it to prevent someone from towing it away. You can also park it in a way that prevents a thief from doing this. Instead of backing in, use a jockey wheel to position the trailer hitch against a wall, fence or some other obstacle. If someone sees that they have to physically turn your RV around in order to steal it, they probably won’t bother trying. No matter what type of RV you have, remove valuables along with batteries as these are often stolen and sold to recycling centers.

The Size of Your RV

The average Class A RV is 25-40 feet long while a Class B RV is 17-19, a Class C is 20-30, a fifth wheel is 32-45 and a travel trailer is 10-36. Why are we spouting out these numbers? Because they matter when navigating your storage facility. This is why it’s important that you tour the facility before signing a lease. Storing your RV is pointless—and dangerous—if you do it at a facility that you don’t feel comfortable driving around. Make sure that drive aisles are at least 35 feet wide and be aware of tight corners and other hazards.

Pest Control

Yes, it’s gross, but another thing to look for when touring a storage facility is mouse poop. If you see rodent droppings, a lot of bugs or anything else creepy-crawly, it’s time to ask the storage facility what they’re doing to prevent pests on the property. Even if they’re totally on top of it, you should still take the time to make your RV an unwelcoming place for pests by taking a few steps of your own. Leave out rodent poison and bowls of mothballs. If you hate the Grandma’s attic smell of mothballs, opt for dryer sheets instead. They smell nice to people, but pests hate them. Think like the enemy and look for gaps in windows, doors or other vulnerable areas where insects or rodents might enter. Fill these with caulk. If you can, turn on the RV occasionally to discourage mice from building nests inside the engine compartment. Also be sure to clean out refrigerators, cabinets and anywhere else that might be harboring some forgotten vacation snack, as it turns out rats love Pop-Tarts just as much as you do.

The Season

If it’s winter, prep your RV accordingly. Drain all water by blowing out the lines and fill with antifreeze. If you have an ice-maker, empty that too. Remove other items, like hand soap, that might freeze. Remove the battery as the cold can cause it to lose charge. Seal any interior or exterior gaps and clean and seal tires to prevent dry rot. If you’re storing in the summer, consider an RV cover to prevent sun damage, but even if you don’t opt for this, close curtains and cover the windshield to keep it cool. If you’re in a hot, humid climate as opposed to a hot, desert climate (think Florida rather than California), purchase DampRid to absorb excess moisture. You can also stop the damp air from doing damage by removing cushions, clothing and anything else soft. Oh, and skip putting cardboard down to protect the floor from sun damage. Cardboard wicks moisture and if you have decent curtains these should do the job just fine.

Your Relationship with the Staff

This is especially important if you’re a full time RVer who travels by some other means when your RV is in storage. When you fill out that lease, be sure to provide the facility with accurate contact information. Talk to them about how you’ll be using storage. Will you be paying for the space year-round but traveling for most of the summer? Let them know. This will help if you accidentally miss rent one month or if there’s some weird bank hiccup with an online payment. If you tend to travel to a lot of national parks and other destinations where cell service and internet aren’t always available, take the time to check voicemails and emails periodically. Your family and friends appreciate you communicating when you travel and so does your storage facility.

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Of course, we’re all familiar with Energy Star appliances. These items, from microwaves to air conditioners, are made to be energy efficient and save you money. The following are some other ideas you may want to learn about.

Hire an Energy Auditor

Rather than go around your house guessing at what you can do to improve it, we recommend you hire an energy auditor. An energy audit typically costs between $300 and $500, and will reveal all sorts of ways to cut your home’s energy consumption, from sealing drafty windows, to insulating the walls, to replacing old appliances.

Now, take what steps you can afford. If you can’t afford to hire an energy auditor, you might be able to replace your refrigerator or air conditioning unit with one that’s Energy Star compliant. Those alone can save you several hundred dollars per year.

This article will also help you figure out what parts of your house could use improvement. Let’s explore the parts of a green home.

Structural

Technology keeps marching forward, but it doesn’t do a lot of good if we don’t use it. We get new computers and smartphones regularly, but what about home improvements? Yes, these cost money out of pocket, but can save you a lot in the long run.

Roofing

For example, roofing has come a long way. Typical dark roofs absorb the heat from the sun and are therefore much hotter than the outside temperature. How much hotter? Try up to 60 degrees! That heat warms up your home, so that in warm climates, you have to pay more for your air conditioning to cool down your place. That’s why top story apartments and rooms get hotter than down stairs rooms.

Enter cool roof technology. A cool roof coating will reflect the sunlight, so that a cool roof is only about 10 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. That, in turn, means you can turn your air conditioning down, saving on your electricity bill every month.

Yards

Have you heard of the urban heat island effect? It’s why cities can be so much hotter than the surrounding countryside. Think about the pavement we walk on every day. That heat makes it so that you will definitely want to wear shoes outside or risk burning your toes. It also stays in the air, making hot areas hotter.

The same thing can happen around your house if you have a rock garden rather than a lawn. Yes, it’s a toss up in some ways which is better. A rock garden doesn’t need any water, but it can significantly raise the temperature around your house. Grass and plants, on the other hand, lower the temperature and produce oxygen.

In order to cool your yard even more, plant a few trees. They will provide cooling shade and as we know, trees are great for purifying the air. Other possibilities include bushes and flowers native to your area, and even edible plants. To avoid a heating effect, stay away from rock gardens, cement, and astroturf.

Windows

It seems like we’re calling everything smart these days, but for good reason! And smart windows are now part of that family of technology that simply works better.

Smart glass can block out the heat-producing light of the sun. In other words, on a hot day, you can let the light shine into your home without it turning your house into a sauna.

Another problem with windows is when the frames let in outside air. Your energy auditor can find those spots on windows and doors as well, and you can use techniques like weatherstripping to stop this heat exchanger and save energy. Sealing leaks in this way helps keep cool air in during the summer and heat in during the winter.

Power and Resources

Solar Array

Nearly all the energy on Earth comes from the sun. That’s why it’s funny that we are just starting to really harness that power directly. An array of solar panels on your roof will allow you to do just that. The government may also offer a tax credit or other assistance to help you get started, though this may vary depending on when you read this article.

A solar array powering your home can help cut your energy costs drastically. Some families using solar power actually sell electricity back to their local power company.

Solar Water Heater

Today, you can heat water for your home efficiently and (after the cost of the unit and installation), do it for free too.

A solar water heater consists of a solar collector and a storage tank. There are different types, depending on your climate and needs. Active solar water heating systems heat water in a special solar panel array and pump it into the house. Passive solar water heating systems allow the water to flow on its own.

Heat Pump Technology

There are two major strategies when working with heat. One, that older technology uses, is generating heat. Unless you’ve upgraded, your water heater and clothes drier convert electricity into heat. (If you have a solar water heater, it does the same, but through sunlight, saving you money.)

Heat pump technology uses the other strategy. Put simply, it uses heat/cold transfer, sending heat into your clothes drier or water pump and transferring out the cold. It still uses electricity, though not as much as the first method, and can save you a lot of money over time.

Wind Turbine

When you think of a wind power generator, thoughts of giant windmills or the large arrays of wind turbines you see on hills may come to mind. Of course, technology moves fast, and these days, there are wind turbines available that take up little more room on your roof than a satellite dish. Some are larger, but you can set them up in your backyard.

Today’s home wind turbines can, even in areas with little wind, generate anywhere from some of your home’s energy to all of it.

With any of these technologies in place, you’ll start saving on your power bill. As a homeowner, you can probably use all of them if you like. If you rent, your choices will be more limited. Either way, there’s always something you can do to improve your home’s efficiency.

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Funny Fridays: Pick Your Poison by Kelly Kamowski https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//funny-fridays-pick-your-poison-by-kelly-kamowski/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//funny-fridays-pick-your-poison-by-kelly-kamowski/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:19:43 +0000 GuestBlogger https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=6430 StoreLocalTrumpClinton 2 Funny Fridays: Pick Your Poison by Kelly Kamowski

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Protecting Your Books in Self-Storage Units https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//protecting-your-books-in-self-storage-units/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//protecting-your-books-in-self-storage-units/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:50:57 +0000 storelocal https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=6357 Books can be difficult to part with, especially if we plan to read them again or if they are part of a personal collection. However, books can also take up a lot of space, especially if you live in a smaller home or apartment. A good solution for decluttering your home while holding onto your books is to rent a Corona storage unit. If this is the case and you intend to store books in a storage facility, you want to ensure that they remain free from damage. How can you do this? In short, you want to prevent a lot of moisture from reaching your personal book collection. According to an article from the Library of Congress, the following are guidelines they suggest to properly store your books and keep them safe:
● Maintain a cool and relatively dry temperature without exceeding 35 percent humidity;
● Minimize the exposure of your books to light;
● Keep your books away from radiators and vents;
● Keep your books free of dust;
● Storebooks of similar size together; and
● Keep books upright or lying flat (not leaning).
How can you accomplish these proper storage techniques in a storage unit? The following outlines different techniques you can utilize for maintaining your book collection.

Keep Your Storage Unit Free of Moisture

One of the first things you need to do to prevent damage to your books is to limit the amount of moisture that can reach the items. You should consider renting an indoor unit, as this can help with moisture. In addition to being inside, you are also allowed to adjust the humidity in your unit. There are also a couple of simple things you can do to help prevent your books from being housed in a humidity level that could be damaging:
● Use charcoal briquettes in your storage unit: charcoal briquettes absorb moisture, and placing a small basket or bucket of them in your space can help to soak up moisture. You will need to replace them every month to two months, however, to keep them fresh. Ensure that you do not use briquettes that have been pre-soaked in lighter fluid.
● Use cat litter: similar to using charcoal briquettes, putting kitty litter in your storage unit might not sound like an obvious solution to moisture prevention, but placing an open container of cat litter in your space will absorb moisture and help to prevent mold and/or mildew from growing in your unit. As with the charcoal briquettes, you will need to change out the litter on a relatively regular basis (every few weeks) to keep it fresh and effective.

Properly Pack and Place Your Books

How else can you keep your books free from damage? Preventing harm actually starts when you begin packing. Place books of similar size together, and keep the books lying flat. It is also a good idea to use small boxes in which your books will fit snugly. Once you get the boxes to your storage unit, be sure to keep them away from any vents or areas where heat or air can reach them easily. Typically, placing boxes of books in the center areas of your storage unit is ideal.

Contact a Corona Storage Unit Facility

When you are seeking out a storage unit for your books, you should keep in mind that the best storage facility can offer customized options to fit your needs. Get in touch with a Corona self-storage facility today.
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Rochester, NY: Top Things to Know About Storage https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//rochester-ny-top-things-to-know-about-storage/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//rochester-ny-top-things-to-know-about-storage/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:31:57 +0000 Lubabah Memon https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=6409 Preserving Antiques

Not everyone is lucky enough to inherit a family heirloom or acquire a pricey antique.  However, many of the residents of Rochester do fall into that category.  There are dozens of antique shops all around the city from which you can buy and sell precious antiques.  You can commonly find things like antique jewelry, watches, paintings/fine art, coin collections, pottery, rugs, old military items (such as medals, swords, etc.), clocks, and a number of other things.  As you can see, these are all very delicate items, and because they are old, they need to be handled with even more care.  The value of any antique is actually based on how well you preserve it, so if you inherited your grandmother’s old vase and want it to stay the way it was when you got it, you’ll have to take some steps to ensure its safety.

Rochester is somewhat of a tricky place to store antiques given the severe variations in temperature.  The summer’s heat and humidity in particular are enough to destroy anything delicate that you have left lying around.  The first step you should take to store your antiques is to get a climate controlled unit.  We recommend finding a facility that has a dehumidifier as well, in case the objects that you are storing are very sensitive to this climate.  Next, you need to eliminate the potential for any damage that can be done during transportation.  Find a facility in which you can have drive up access to a unit so you’re not carrying your items very far.  The longer you have to carry something, the more likely it is for accidents to occur.  We’re sure your grandmother would be pretty disappointed if she gave you her great grandmother’s vase and you dropped it on your way to your storage unit.

Whether or not you’re carrying your antiques very far, we advise you to wrap your things in bubble wrap or blankets, and then place them in boxes.  This will help to ensure safety of your items during transport and while they are stored in your unit.  If you’re looking to store a piece of antique furniture, first be sure to spray any wood with furniture polish for extra protection.  For leather, use leather conditioner, and wipe down any metals with some oil to avoid rust.  Also make sure to disassemble any heavy pieces to make it easier to transport and store them.

Lastly, and probably most importantly, get insurance for your belongings!  Before you put your items into your storage unit, get them priced and take pictures of them so it’s easier for you to make claims to your insurance company in case of damage or theft.  If you’re going through all of this trouble to store your precious antiques, make sure you have insurance on them so you’re not at a complete loss if something happens to them.

Fine Wine

There are dozens of wineries in and around Rochester, and several hundred more in western New York.  With all of its antiques and wines, Rochester seems to be a pretty fancy city if you ask us. Finger Lakes Wine Country, Casa Larga Vineyards, and Belhurst Castle Winery are some of the more famous wineries in the area that you can buy some wine from to add to your collection.

If you’re big on wine and are looking for a place to store it, you’re definitely living in the right city.  With high demand for wine comes high demand for storage. DNT Express is a great place for you to store your wine.  For years, their primary objective was to transport wine for distributors.  However, they have recently created a new wine storage facility based on popular demand.  We recommend that you seriously consider storing your wine with them, especially if you have a lot of it.  They have been in the business for a very long time and know how to keep your wine at its best.  Storing wine can be kind of tricky, so we suggest that you leave it to the experts.  If this facility is not close enough to you, we can give you some basic things to look for when trying to find a facility that best suits your needs.

Wine is a little high maintenance if you ask us.  The optimal temperature at which you should store it is about 55 degrees, and you need to make sure that the temperature stays consistent.  Needless to say, you have to have a climate controlled unit.  You also need to be careful with humidity, especially in a place like Rochester.  Humidity tends to get very intense during the summer, which is a recipe for disaster for your wine.  For wine to thrive, it needs to have the perfect level of humidity—between 65%-75% to be exact.  Too much humidity can spoil the wine, while too little humidity will cause the cork to shrink and will allow air into the bottle, which will oxidize and ruin the wine.  If you don’t have complete control of humidity in the unit (and even if you do), be sure to keep your bottles sideways so that the cork remains moist and doesn’t shrink.  However, given the temperature and humidity in Rochester, you’re not likely to have issues with this.  Finally, keep the bottles in the dark because constant light can ruin the flavor of the wine.  If you take all of these precautions, your wine will stay safe and delicious, just the way you like it.

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The Services You Ordered

This article presumes you have already hired a moving company, which means you’ll have agreed to a set of specific services. Check that list, and think about what isn’t covered.

Let’s say you hired a company with basic service. The movers are going to pack your boxes, furniture, and so on into a truck, drive it to your new place, and take all your boxes to the right rooms.

Your job will be to pack everything up in preparation for your move and to clean your home or office. Ask the movers how they recommend packing your goods. They may sell boxes for various jobs, such as to pack dishes, books, and so on. If you want to compare prices, you can always check with local self-storage facilities.

Oh, and to get the boxes where they belong in your new place? Label them! On the label, include the room the items belong in, plus something about what’s in the box. You don’t have to get down to the minutiae. Something like, “Living Room, Books for Shelves,” or “Kitchen, Plates” is enough. However, if you’ve seen the new place and you have specific ideas of where you want things to go, you can get even more specific, such as, “Kitchen, Plates, Bottom Shelf to Right of Sink.”

You may need to do some last minute packing on the day before the movers arrive, such as folding and packing your blankets and sheets, washing and packing the dishes you used for breakfast, and the like.

Alternately, let’s suppose you opted for a full service move. In this case, the movers are going to pack up your belongings for you! Then, they’ll load them onto the truck and drive it to your new place. Meanwhile, a few will stay behind and clean your former home so that your landlord will be happy, your real estate agent will have a beautiful looking place to sell, or the company that owns your former office might remain a good business partner.

At your new place, the moving company will not only bring your items in, they will unpack them, set up appliances, book shelves, and basically turn the place into a home for you, saving you a lot of time unpacking later.

Even if you have full service moving, make sure the movers come into a welcoming environment. Clean up clutter, wash your dishes, and go over the place with a broom and vacuum. This will make packing and moving your goods much easier, and safer, for the crew.

One thing you will have discovered in comparing quotes and companies is that not all moving companies are alike. Some have a larger staff and more trucks. Some pack, load, transport, unload, and unpack everything you own. Some set up your appliances for you and clean the place you’re moving out of. Some only load, transport, and unload.

On the Day of Your Local Move

Let’s get into the specifics of what you can do, assuming you’ve done any packing required, or you have a full-service move, on the day the movers show up.

Make a cup of coffee or tea, and relax in your favorite chair—that is, until it’s time for the movers to pack it.

Drive to your new place, and meet the movers there. We encourage you to pick up something to eat on the way so you won’t get hungry during the move-in process. It’s best to be there for the movers, in case they have any questions about where to put things. A full-service move means they did the packing and unpacking, and they won’t have specific notes.

If they are just moving your boxes in, once they leave, take some time to relax and be happy that you are in your new place! Then, start unpacking. You’ll be busy with that for a few days, no doubt, so remember that the sooner you have everything unpacked and put away, the sooner you’ll truly feel at home.

On the Day of Your Long Distance Move

Long distance moves are trickier, especially if it’s a two day drive or more. There’s a great chance that, even if you’re driving rather than flying to your new location, the movers will lag behind.

If you’re driving, bring a few things you know you’ll immediately need with you, like one good chair and your computer. If they can, make sure the local cable company sets up your internet so it’s ready when you get there! Buy some groceries, check out your new town, and make sure you get updates from the moving company as to when they expect to arrive.

If you’re flying out, bring your laptop and some books with you. In short, have something to do at your new place while you wait for your movers.

Alternately, you could rent a hotel room for a few days and enjoy a mini-vacation. Let’s face it, when relocating, even if the moving company is doing most of the work for you, you could use a few relaxing days. Moving is a big change, and even good changes bring stress. Some time in a hotel hot tub could help you unwind.

Moving is a huge, difficult chore, whether you have hired movers or not. We hope that this guide will make your next move easier!

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Columbia, MO: Top Things to Know About Storage https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//columbia-mo-top-things-to-know-about-storage/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//columbia-mo-top-things-to-know-about-storage/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:31:10 +0000 Krista Diamond https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=6387 Just Because it has the Highest Prices in the State Doesn’t Mean that it’s Expensive

If you’ve been living in Missouri your whole life, then yes, you might want to stop spending all your spare change on St. Louis style ribs. But if you’re moving to Columbia from pretty much anywhere else, the fact that it’s the priciest town in the state won’t mean much to you. According to a study by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Missouri has the 11th lowest cost of living in the country. This takes into account things like groceries, transportation, utilities and of course, the big one: rent.

Why is rent so important in the case of storage? Well, storage is basically a form of real estate, so when you’re looking at how much an apartment costs in a city, you can expect storage trends to follow a similar pattern. If apartments are affordable, storage probably will be too. In Columbia, you can snag a one bedroom for under $700 a month, easily. Home sales are climbing (as are home prices), but Columbia still remains well below the national average when it comes to cost of living, and unless hipsters start really getting into college football, it’s unlikely to become the next Brooklyn anytime soon. If you can spend over $500 a month on rent, you’ll have your pick of neighborhoods, and because Columbia is pretty much a small town compared to St. Louis, wherever you land, you won’t spend too much time stressing about safety. As far as storage goes, you can snag a great unit for an unbelievable price. In most cities, $40 won’t even get you a 5×5 unit. In Columbia, it’ll get you an 8×18 at StorageMart. Check out our size guide and see for yourself: that’s a lot of space.

It’s the Athens of Missouri

The nickname “Athens of Missouri” is kind of a silly one (you’ll learn to call it “CoMo” instead) but it’s accurate. The name is a reference to the city’s educational focus and dope architecture. Take a stroll around the University of Missouri and you’ll get to see both. Jesse Hall, the main building on campus, features six columns and is photographed almost as much as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Those lovely columns are situated on the David R. Francis Quadrangle which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a place so beloved that even Thomas Jefferson digs it, or at least his ghost does (his tombstone is located there). The University of Missouri, or Mizzou, is the biggest university in the state and makes Columbia about 35,000 people stronger during the school year. That means lots of student storage users. Whether you are one or not, your storage needs will likely be affected by the influx of students each fall and their subsequent departure each summer. If you’re a student, look for storage facilities that offer student discounts and summer specials. And plan ahead. You don’t want to be looking for storage when finals come around only to find out that the unit you want is already gone. Reserve a unit as far in advance as you can and save yourself stress. And if you’re not a student but you’re still someone who utilizes storage over the summer, apply the same principles to your search. Students typically go for smaller more affordable units, so if you’re in the market for something smaller than 10×10, you might face some competition, especially if you prefer to rent near campus.

You’ll Survive the Weather

Columbia weather is known for being a little, shall we say, drastic (a more accurate word might be punishing) and drastic weather and storage don’t always mix. Because Columbia is not quite southern and not quite midwestern, it kind of gets the worst of both regions. In the summer, you can expect humid temperatures that peak in the 90’s and in the winter you’ll be treated to about 18 inches of snow coupled with temperatures that bottom out in the teens. Mostly, you can expect it to be wet. Moisture in a storage unit is always a recipe for disaster, especially if you’re storing musical instruments, artwork, antiques or anything that is sensitive to extreme temperatures and humidity, so if you can’t afford to chance it, look for a facility that offers climate control.

The good news? Columbia doesn’t quite sit in the area known as Tornado Alley, so you probably won’t get sucked into the sky and whisked away to Oz anytime soon. You might hear those creepy tornado sirens a few times a year, but as long as you’re not in the habit of taunting those dark clouds, laughing at the sky and generally tempting fate, you’ll be fine.

You’ll Make Plans to Bike the Whole Katy Trail (But You Won’t Follow Through with Them)

Columbia’s very own MKT Trail is 9 miles of limestone carved glory that follows an old railroad bed through downtown and connects to the illustrious Katy Trail. Never heard of it? Don’t worry, you will. It stretches across Missouri from east to west and encompasses almost 250 miles of multi-use path. The Katy Trail winds its way through fields, prairies, forests and soars above Missouri River views as it meanders through quaint little towns. You can bike across the whole thing in about five days either on your own or as a part of the annual Katy Trail Ride which includes food, showers, camping and camaraderie. You can also make dubious plans to walk the whole thing, but we recommend sticking to the more attainable goal of taking a nice little walk through Columbia’s Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. It’s got streams, caves and lush trails. And you don’t really need to see what the world looks like outside of Columbia anyway. If you’re looking to store your bike or any outdoor gear during the off season, make sure to properly clean it with a mild, gentle soap, pat it dry and if it’s possible, hang it. This is especially important if you’re renting an outdoor, drive-up unit as rainwater can occasionally (rarely, but occasionally) enter more easily. If you can’t hang your stuff, place it on a pallet so that it’s not directly off of the floor. This will ensure that it’s ready to go when it comes time for your next adventure.

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Providence, RI: Top Things to Know About Storage https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//providence-ri-top-things-to-know-about-storage/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//providence-ri-top-things-to-know-about-storage/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:22:15 +0000 Krista Diamond https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=6380 “At Least It’s Cheaper Than Boston…”

With a few exceptions, city living tends to be pricey, especially when it’s on the east coast. In the case of Providence, we like to think that the small town feel, quaint New England streets and proximity to the ocean make up for the above average cost of living. Prices on everything, storage included, tend to be about 18% higher than the national average. However, whenever you’re strolling the streets of Providence and you hear someone bemoaning the fact that the rising cost of home ownership and the 5.2% unemployment rate are conspiring against locals, you’re almost guaranteed to hear this in response: “At least it’s cheaper than Boston.” This is very true. In Providence, you can expect to pay about $1,623 a month for a one bedroom apartment. In Boston, that same place would be smaller and it would cost you $2,514 a month. In New York it would run you $3,000. Like rent prices, storage follows similar trends. While storage is certainly relatively affordable in Providence (and the small, historic homes in the city often create the need for extra space), it’s also important to note that there are only 11 storage facilities in Providence. That’s about 6,050 individual units. This number can be a little tight for the city of 177,856, so if you’re in the market for storage, don’t delay your search.

Everything’s Accessible

Providence was designed before cars were in use. As is the case with all historic New England cities, it’s compact and walkable as a result. In fact, it boasts the eighth highest percentage of pedestrian commuters in the country. In addition to that, local public transportation is available. You can also easily get to Boston by train in about 30 minutes and a ride to New York City will only take you about three hours. We’re not saying that you don’t need a car, but we are saying that if you don’t have one, your life will still be pretty easy. When it comes to storage though, not having a car can be a big bummer. Unless you’re totally okay with hauling that mattress onto the bus, you can look for facilities that offer truck rental. You can also check out PODS Moving and Storage located all across the Greater Boston area (yep, Providence is a part of that even though it’s in Rhode Island). They’ll deliver a portable storage unit right to you, give you as long as you like to pack it up and then pick it up. This helps with moving too. Not unlike the early settlers of Providence, you totally don’t need a car.

You’ll Experience a Nor’Easter or Two

You keep hearing about them on the news, but what exactly is a nor’easter? Well, it’s a storm system that starts offshore and blows northeastern winds (hence the name). Nor’easters can occur from late fall through late winter and they can often cause chaos on coastal towns by creating floods, nasty waves, shore erosion and of course, epic amounts of snow. As a New Englander, you’re sure to experience a few of them in Providence. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t visit your storage unit during this time, but you definitely should consider the well-being of your items in storage long before that storm hits. First of all, you should definitely look into climate control to protect your items against Providence’s year-round humidity. This is especially important if you’re storing items like photographs, antique furniture, musical instruments or anything that’s susceptible to wear and tear from moisture. You should also ask your storage facility about how storms have affecting the property in the past. Find out what their plans are for snow removal too. You don’t want to plan a trip to your drive-up storage unit only to find that you can’t actually drive up to it. Lastly, look into storage insurance options. Many facilities allow you to purchase this through them, but even the ones that don’t will usually be able to refer you to a plan that they trust. If you decide to get insurance, read your policy carefully (also a great idea when signing your storage lease) and make sure you know exactly what is and isn’t covered.

Art Storage in Rhode Island’s Artiest City

Even if you’re not an artist, RISD will make you want to be one. The famous college offers one of the best art programs in the country. It enrolls just 2,014 students, all of whom have to submit an extensive portfolio along with two drawings including the famous bicycle test. For those of us who can’t even draw a stick figure, the school offers an incredible art museum filled with more that 90,000 pieces ranging from ancient to contemporary. Whether you’re an artist, an aspiring artist, or you just own a few paintings and sculptures, it’s important that you know what you’re doing when you store artwork. Providence’s humid climate a less than ideal environment for art and art supplies. Besides choosing a unit with climate control, you’ll want to prep your artwork, wrap pieces in something breathable and take a second to ask the facility about pest control. If you spent hours painting the beautiful seaside landscape, take a few minutes to preserve it for life.

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Colorado Springs, CO: Top Things to Know About Storage https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//colorado-springs-co-top-things-to-know-about-storage/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//colorado-springs-co-top-things-to-know-about-storage/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:08:37 +0000 Krista Diamond https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=6370 The Essentials

There are 89 storage facilities in Colorado Springs. That’s about 50,000 individual units. That’s not bad for a city of 439,886 people. If you’ve never used self-storage before or it’s been awhile, let’s catch you up to speed by covering the basics of what you need to know to find a storage unit in Colorado Springs. When most people look for storage, their first instinct is to find a unit that’s as close to their home as possible. While this sounds like the logical way to go about things, it’s only the best search technique if you’re someone who will be going in and out of your storage unit on a daily basis (this applies to pretty much no one). If you’re like most people, you’re probably going to be using storage to house seasonal items for Colorado’s cold winters and warm summers. Or maybe you’re using it to house college stuff during a break from school, extra furniture that won’t fit into a new place or items you don’t use but don’t feel like tossing out. Either way, you probably won’t be chilling at your storage unit every day. Consider this along with how easy it is to get around Colorado Springs and then do yourself a favor by thinking outside of that one to three mile radius around your apartment. Don’t be afraid to choose a unit on the outskirts of the city. You’re more likely to find a great deal and you might find that you enjoy the change of scenery too.

High Altitude Storage

Colorado Springs sits at 6,035 feet, though that elevation fluctuates drastically depending on what part of town you’re in. In addition to investing in lots of chapstick to combat the dry mountain air, you should also take the time to note the elevation of the facility you’re renting at. You’ve probably heard of the importance of climate control when it comes to storing items in humid areas (if not, read up on it), but have you ever thought about what that dry, Rocky Mountain air might be doing to your stuff? Fortunately, the arid climate won’t adversely affect as many items as a humid climate would, but the items it does put at risk might be some of your most valuable. If you’re storing wooden furniture, especially antique wooden furniture, the dry air can split it. Even if a piece of wooden furniture looks fine, take special care when removing it from your unit as it might be more brittle and therefore more fragile. You may want to refinish it or polish it as the dryness can affect the appearance and strength of the piece.

Your Outdoor Gear Storage Locker

Tired of your roommates complaining about that smelly sleeping bag that’s hanging in the closet? That’s where storage comes in. Colorado Springs is full of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast to take things to the next level. There’s Pikes Peak, the 31st highest peak in Colorado with the greatest vertical gain of all the state’s 14’ers (7,400 feet). The intense hike will reward you with glorious mountain views. Just ignore all of the cars at the summit (yep, you can drive or take a train to the top too). If you prefer to use both your hands and your feet in the mountains, slide into those teeny-tiny climbing shoes and head to Garden of the Gods. Even if you’re not an expert rock climber, there’s still plenty to do there including camping, archery and 20 miles of trails for all skills levels. If your life in Colorado Springs has turned you into an outdoor gear junkie, we don’t blame you. But trust us, you can still have the equipment you need for every activity without letting it take over your apartment. Learn how to store gear properly so that you can easily swap out your skis for your hiking boots without losing a single item to bad storage practices in the process.

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