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. Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:28:23 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 Funny Fridays: Overflow by Kelly Kamowski https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//funny-fridays-overflow-by-kelly-kamowski/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//funny-fridays-overflow-by-kelly-kamowski/#comments Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:28:23 +0000 GuestBlogger https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=8022 thumb 28s 1 1024 Funny Fridays: Overflow by Kelly Kamowski

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How to Make Moving Less Expensive https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//how-to-make-moving-less-expensive/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//how-to-make-moving-less-expensive/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:29:27 +0000 Jon Fesmire https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=8017 Moving can be expensive. Even if you want to move to a less expensive place, the initial expense of moving may be too steep.

The good news is, there are ways you can lower the cost and still have a successful move.

Create a Moving Calendar

It’s easier to decide where your moving money will go when you have a plan. Create a moving calendar that includes not only when you plan to leave your old residence for your new one, but when you will do the bulk of your packing, when you will get a rental truck, when others will come to your home to help you, when you will need a to rent a storage unit, and anything else relevant to the business of moving.

This will do two major things. First, it will ensure you don’t miss anything important. Moving isn’t a time to wing it. It’s a time to make sure you have everything in order. Second, you’ll clearly see what will cost money. From there, you can decide what you really need, and what you can cut, or do yourself.

This will also allow you to pick a day, time, and route with light traffic.

Compare Companies and Prices

Yes, you may need to hire help moving if you don’t have many friends or family able to help in your area. You might need to hire a moving company, and you may need to rent a self storage unit for about two months, enough time for it to act as a staging area for your things. The great thing about having a self storage unit during a move is that you can get out of your old place in time without having to move all your things to a new city at once.

Give yourself time to compare both moving companies and self storage facilities while keeping in mind that some storage facilities may offer moving truck rental. Look for reviews, and ask for recommendations.

It’s also important to compare prices on moving supplies. Check your local self storage facilities to see what they charge for boxes, tape, and packing materials.

Pack Your Items Yourself

Many moving services include packing. If you have the money to spend, this service can be welcome. However, we’re talking about saving money. To do that, pack your own things. Allow plenty of time for this in your moving calendar. Chances are, you won’t just be picking up items and putting them in boxes. You’ll be sorting through things as well. Check the StorageFront blog for articles about how to pack many types of items. The same suggestions that apply to packing for storage apply to packing for a move.

Say Goodbye to Old Things

One thing you’ll discover when packing for a move is that you have many items you no longer use or need. You’ll need to decide what to keep, and what to discard.

Certain things will have such sentimental value that you really must keep them.

However, you probably don’t need out-of-date items and clothes that no longer fit.

The fewer items you have to move, the less work it will be. You can also rent a smaller storage unit and a smaller truck, which will save you money.

Plus, you can make money from some of those items. Craigslist and eBay are great places to sell your gently-used items. You can give those things that don’t sell to charity.

Hire a Mover Only if You Must

Can you avoid hiring a moving company? This will depend on several things. The less you have to move, the more helpful friends or family members you have, and the more time you have, the less you’ll need to hire movers. By arranging your time, you can minimize the amount of help you’ll have to pay for.

Just be careful when moving anything, especially heavy or awkward items. Use a hand truck. Tie certain items to the walls of the rental truck.

Yes, you probably will need to rent a truck. Even today’s largest passenger cars aren’t big enough to move certain items or entire households.

Plan Your Meals and Stops

Will the drive to your new location take a few hours, or a few days? Use this knowledge to plan your meals and accommodations. Save money by looking for affordable hotels or motels in advance instead of pulling into the first place you see. Purchase groceries for your trip so that you can make your own cold meals, like sandwiches.

By following the guide above, you should be able to save a significant amount of money. This could mean the difference between moving and staying put. Moving is stressful in the best of circumstances, but taking time to relax, and knowing that you’re saving money, will help.

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30 Things to Store This Fall https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//30-things-to-store-this-fall/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//30-things-to-store-this-fall/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:18:23 +0000 Krista Diamond https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=8009 Cooler days and falling leaves don’t just signal the end of summer. The autumn season is also a time to visit your storage unit. If you’re using self storage to stow away seasonal items, it’s time to start thinking about taking out your winter wardrobe and putting away summer essentials.

If you’re unsure how to store summer items like patio furniture and pool supplies, check out the StorageFront blog for in depth articles on how to store common and unusual items. But before you do that, take a look at this checklist of summer items to pack up and take to your storage facility this fall:

1. Shorts

2. Sundresses

3. Bathing suits

4. Sandals

5. Beach towels

6. Pool floats

7. Lawn games

8. Patio furniture

9. Camping gear

10. Picnic basket

11. Gardening supplies

12. Kayak or canoe

13. Life vests

14. Cooler

15. Beach ball

16. Beach umbrella

17. Post Labor Day whites

18. Outdoor lights

19. Lawnmower

20. Hiking gear

21. Golf clubs

22. Beach hat

23. Off-season sports equipment

24. Surfboard

25. Tennis racket

26. Driveway chalk

27. Hammock

28. Bicycle

29. Frisbee

30. Kiddie pool

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The 7 Best U.S. Cities to Work From Remotely https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//the-7-best-us-cities-to-work-from-remotely/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//the-7-best-us-cities-to-work-from-remotely/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:48:00 +0000 Jon Fesmire https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=8007 So, you’ve found a great job that allows you to work from home, and you can move to wherever you like! That’s a great feeling. While you’re looking for your new home, it’s a good idea to consider what various places offer for remote workers.

Here are seven U.S. cities that are great for telecommuters, whether you plan to work at home or find a table in the park and work from there.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee is a city of beer and biodomes, liquor flavored ice cream and unique museums. It’s also a great place to live if you have a job that lets you work remotely. In addition to having many nice places to visit, rent is affordable. You can expect your average 900 square foot, furnished home to rent for about $990 per month. Milwaukee is also a college town, so expect an intellectual vibe. It boasts 17 colleges and universities. If you get tired of working from home, Milwaukee has plenty of cafes with wifi. If you would rather rent desk or office space, Milwaukee has that too.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Looking for an intellectual town where you can get some work done, visit a museum, then sit back down with your laptop and do a little more, all without breaking your budget? Consider Charlotte, North Carolina. There, you can rent a 900 square foot furnished apartment for about $1,130 per month. And that’s the largest city in the state! Between Park Road Park and Charlotte’s various coffee shops with free wifi, you’ll be able to find a pleasant environment to work when you’re tired of working from home. The city has about 17 museums, 19 colleges and universities, and the cost of living is 10% lower than the national average.

Atlanta, Georgia

Moving farther south, let’s look at Atlanta, Georgia, another quite affordable city. There, you can rent a 900 sq foot furnished apartment for about $1,230 per month. The cost of living in Atlanta is about 4% below the national average for cities. Here, we’re getting toward the more expensive places to live. Before you consider moving here, or to the cities following this one on the list, you’ll really want to make sure your income is high enough. With schools like Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, you’ll have local places to take classes if you want to improve your work skills. The city has its share of chain and independent coffee shops for when you want to telecommute in a different environment, and many shared office spaces, too.

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado has a nice combination of liberal culture, pleasant weather, and places for a telecommuter to work. In July, the average temperature is about 87 degrees, and in January, the average daytime high is about 45 degrees, with nights dropping below freezing. Still, it averages 300 sunny days per year. You’ll find plenty of coffee shops to work at while you enjoy a drink and a muffin. While it has fewer coworking spaces than other cities on this list, there are still plenty to choose from. A 900 square foot, furnished apartment will run you about $1,720 per month.

Seattle, Washington

It should come as no surprise that Seattle, home of Starbucks, has wifi just about everywhere. So, as a remote worker, when you want a change of environment, you can choose from hundreds of places to enjoy a latte and focus on your job. There are dozens of coworking spaces if you like that feeling of going to work and being around other working people. Rent is a bit high, at about $1,950 for your average 900 sq foot furnished apartment. If you enjoy sunshine, this might not be the place for you, as Seattle is often rainy. Then again, maybe, like many, you enjoy the sound of rain on the roof as you work. Seattle is a highly creative city, so you’ll find museums, art galleries, and more to enjoy while not telecommuting.

Washington, DC

So long as you have a well-paying remote job, Washington, DC is a great place to live, especially if you have a local government job. In fact, a certain amount of telecommuting is mandated in DC. Again, the city is expensive. Rent for a 900 sq foot furnished apartment will run you about $2,230 per month. However, if you want to work in the U.S. government, you’ll find plenty of jobs there. If you want the option to work around other people there are dozens of shared office spaces, and just as many cafes with wifi.

San Francisco, California

Close to Silicon Valley, and a technological center in its own right, San Francisco is a great place to live for telecommuters, but it is expensive. Housing is at a premium, but the city is in a bay with lovely weather year-round, and there is plenty to do. Because of all these reasons, you can expect to pay about $3,540 per month in rent for a 900 sq foot furnished apartment. However, if you have a well paying tech job, that may be within your budget. Within The City (as people all over the area call San Francisco), you’ll find hundreds of fine cafes to work from and many shared office spaces in nearly every district. You can even grab your laptop and sit at Golden Gate Park and work over your mobile network.

If you can’t move right now, or don’t want to, we recommend looking for what makes your city good for telecommuting. Does it have independent cafes you could visit? Try a few of them. If you can afford it and like working around other people, look up shared office spaces and visit them. Your own city will probably have many pleasant surprises.

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How to Store a Mattress https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//how-to-store-a-mattress/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//how-to-store-a-mattress/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:34:04 +0000 Krista Diamond https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=8005 Mattresses are essential and expensive, and yet they end up discarded in the strangest places. You see them slumped against dumpsters or strewn about in downtown alleyways. Sometimes they even wind up on the side of the highway. If you’d like to spare your mattress from meeting a similarly bleak fate, it’s important that you not only choose a great storage facility when the time comes to store it, but that you know how to store it correctly in the first place.

From cleaning to transporting to choosing the right storage unit, here’s everything you need to know about storing your mattress.

Clean It

Admit it; you’ve never even thought about cleaning your mattress. It doesn’t fit in your washing machine, there’s no way to reach the inside of it with a sponge and it’s not exactly a piece of furniture that’s meant to be aesthetically pleasing in the first place.

But before you store your mattress, you’ve got to clean it. Fortunately, the process is actually insanely easy. Just remove the linens and cover and do the following to each side:

  • Vacuum

  • Sprinkle baking soda and let sit for 15 minutes

  • Vacuum again

  • Spot clean stains with detergent, water and a sponge

  • For tougher stains, use hydrogen peroxide mixed with liquid dish soap and the rough side of a sponge

After cleaning, let the mattress air dry for several days in the sunniest room of your house.

Preparation

Cleaning the mattress is the most important part of the storage process, and that’s already over! Now it’s time to buy a mattress cover that’s specifically meant for storage. You can use heavy duty plastic, but mattress covers are crazy cheap and more effective.

Transport

To avoid the whole mattress on the side of the highway fiasco, take the time to know what you’re doing when you transport your mattress to your storage unit. Or if you have little confidence in your abilities (no judgment), hire a moving company or rent a truck from your storage facility.

If you have no choice but to transport your mattress by strapping it to the roof of your car, here’s how to do it:

  • Buy enough nylon rope to wrap around the length of your mattress at least three times

  • Place one piece of rope lengthwise on top of your car

  • Place mattress on top of your car (and on top of that first piece of rope)

  • Roll down windows

  • String ropes through each window and tie horizontally on top of the mattress

  • Weave the first lengthwise rope through the horizontal ropes and tie on top

  • Reinforce with tape and ties

If you fail to do this correctly, you may get a ticket—or worse, the mattress may fly off of your car.

Once you’re 100% sure that the mattress is 100% secure, drive to the storage facility. Drive slowly and take back roads, or at least surface streets instead of the highway.

At The Storage Facility

Store the mattress flat. This will preserve its shape. You might consider storing it on top of something, like a wood pallet or other items in your storage unit. If in the rare event that water or pests enter your storage unit, this will keep the mattress safe. Consider a storage unit with climate control to prevent any moisture from damaging your mattress.

Most importantly, don’t put anything on top of the mattress. This will help it last as long as it’s supposed to.

Alternatives to Storage

If you’re storing a mattress that you probably won’t use again, there are other options besides letting it sit in your storage unit for years.

If the mattress is clean and in great shape, contact a local women’s shelter or a charity that helps homeless people find transitional housing. Often, these organizations will be glad to take your mattress off of your hands.

Another option is to recycle your mattress. Get in touch with your town’s recycling center to see if they accept mattresses. You might also look into less common options, like this company that turns used mattresses into casket linings.

If you’re not sure which charities or recycling centers to reach out to, ask your storage facility’s manager for suggestions. You might even find that your storage facility partners with a few local charities or recycling programs.

In any case, getting rid of a mattress you no longer need will free up room in your storage unit so that you can use that space for something you actually want to store. That’s just self storage common sense.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Renting Your First Storage Unit https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//the-dos-and-donts-of-renting-your-first-storage-unit/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//the-dos-and-donts-of-renting-your-first-storage-unit/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:46 +0000 Jon Fesmire https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=7974 If you’ve never rented a self storage unit before, you may be confused about what you can expect, and what is expected of you. Fortunately, we can demystify the process for you, help you find a great unit, and help you become an excellent tenant at the same time. Let’s look at the dos and don’ts of renting a self storage unit.

The Dos

Picking a Unit

Once you decide that you need a self storage unit, you will need to search for a facility. Ideally, that should be one near you with top-notch security, a friendly staff, and affordable prices. Depending on where you live, however, you may need to look just outside your immediate area to find the best prices.

You’ll also need to know what unit size you need. Sizes range from 5×5, which is like a large closet, to 10×30, the size of a two-car garage. Also, determine if you will need a unit with climate control. Basically, if you live in a hot, humid area, or a cold, dry area, it’s highly recommended, though some of your items will need it more than others. A climate controlled unit generally rents for 25% to 30% more per month than a standard unit of the same size.

Renting

Once you’ve picked a facility and know what size and type of unit you need, rent it. Often, you can do this online, though at other times, you will need to go into the office. Even if you’re able to rent your unit via the company’s website, you may still need to go in to fill out paperwork.

When you do, make sure to bring your ID. Read over the paperwork, and ask questions. Find out how much extra you will have to pay for self storage insurance, what the office and facility hours are, what day your rent is due and what methods of payment are accepted. You should also be sure that you know what you can and cannot store. This typically includes items that are perishable and combustible.

Packing

When packing up your items for self storage, do so with organization in mind. That means keeping an inventory of your stored items, using sturdy boxes, and stacking them well inside the unit. If you plan to use a moving truck, ask the storage facility if they have vehicles available for rent, as some do. Otherwise, compare services and prices of local truck rental companies and pick what works best for you. If you need to, ask a few friends to help you move your things into the new unit and treat them to dinner.

At the Facility

With all that done, it’s time to take your possessions to your new storage unit. You’ll use your security code to get into the gate, and then park near your unit and unload your boxes. Many storage facilities have carts available for your use, which will make hauling boxes to and from your storage unit much easier.

When you’re done putting things into your storage unit, do return the cart to where you found it, so that the next customer who needs to use it can find it.

Be friendly to your fellow tenants. Keep in mind that when people use storage, often it’s because of stressful life changes.

Once you’re done with your business at the storage facility, don’t loiter. Head out and go do something you enjoy.

Your Bill

Do pay your storage unit rent on time. If you don’t, you risk the belongings in your storage unit going to auction. The exact process and timetable varies from state to state, but essentially, these laws exist so that facilities can reclaim their space and recoup their financial losses when a tenant abandons a unit.

Facilities do send warning letters to tenants before units go to auction in an attempt to get them to pay their bills. If you receive such a letter because you forgot to pay your rent for a couple of months, pay it right away.

Don’ts

What Not to Store

This cannot be stressed enough. Do not store anything the facility disallows. Don’t store flammable materials, open food containers or perishable foods, live plants or animals, or wet items. These pose a danger to your unit and the facility as a whole. Flammable materials can catch fire. Food-related items can attract pests, from rats to roaches. If you store any of these and the facility finds out, there’s a high chance you will get evicted from the unit.

For Storage Only

You may not sleep in your unit. Self storage units are not made for human habitation. In very rare cases, a storage facility may have units that people use as offices, gyms, or space for band practice. Again, this isn’t common, but it does exist. You should never assume that your storage facility is okay with you using a storage unit for any purpose other than a place to keep your belongings. And if you are using a storage unit for something like rehearsal space for your band, you should never sleep in it.

Tailgating

Your gate code is for you alone. Don’t give it out, and do not let the person behind you drive in without entering a code. If this does happen, inform the self storage staff.

That’s Too Loud

We’ve mentioned that you should be kind to other tenants. So, don’t play loud music from your car while you’re unpacking. It may be your favorite artist, but that doesn’t mean everyone else wants to hear it. Turn the music off before you roll in the gate.

Doors Are for People

When you go to your storage unit, you probably just want to drop off or retrieve something and then head home. You may drive in and find that no one else is around. Even if this is the case, don’t park too close to any entrance, because you could inadvertently block the door someone else needs to go through to get to their unit. It can be upsetting to come around a corner with a full hand truck and find that your door is impossible to navigate to with all your boxes.

That about covers it. Now, you’re ready to declutter your home, rent the right storage unit for you and have a good relationship with your storage facility and your fellow tenants.

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The Five Best Small Towns to Move to if You Love Fall https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//the-five-best-small-towns-to-move-to-if-you-love-fall/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//the-five-best-small-towns-to-move-to-if-you-love-fall/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:32 +0000 Krista Diamond https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=7966 Is your wardrobe made up of mostly flannel? Do you start your day with a Pumpkin Spice Latte and end it with a Pumpkin Ale? Do you dream of harvest festivals, foliage and hot apple cider? If fall is your favorite season of them all, then you need to live somewhere that celebrates autumn with the right amount of carnivals, caramel apples, scenic drives and all things that make fall great.

If you’re considering a move, why not relocate to a town where people love fall as much as you do? Whether you’re looking to live on the east coast, the west coast or somewhere in between, it’s time to pack up your candy corn and your coziest scarf and move to one of these five towns.

Leavenworth, WA

Nestled in the Northern Cascades in Washington, the little Bavarian hamlet of Leavenworth is the perfect place to move to if your favorite thing about fall is Oktoberfest. The town of just under 2,000 residents was originally a logging town, but was remodeled as a Bavarian-themed village by two Seattle businessmen. In other words, it’s Oktoberfest year-round.

No matter the season, you can stroll the town’s center and say hello to lederhosen-clad greeters while taking in German architecture and murals while the sound of the glockenspiel drifts through the mountain air. Come fall, Leavenworth hosts what might be the country’s best Oktoberfest, complete with bratwurst, schnitzel and a keg tapping ceremony. There’s also an Autumn Leaf Festival, which is one of the oldest festivals in the state. Expect a parade, a pie eating contest and the annual crowning of the Royal Lady of the Autumn Leaves, who as you might expect, rocks a ton of flannel.

North Conway, NH

If you fancy yourself a leaf peeper, you might as well move to the unofficial epicenter for foliage: New Hampshire. Located in the White Mountain National Forest at the base of the northeast’s tallest peak (home to the highest ever recorded wind speed at 231 miles per hour), North Conway, population 2,349, is part alpine town, part quaint New England village. Experience the best of both worlds by taking in the dazzling red maple leaves on a fall foliage hike and then browsing the local shops. Get used to commuting on the famous Kancamagus Highway, a 34-mile road that winds through the mountains past waterfalls, covered bridges and plenty of fall foliage. If you’re lucky, you just might find yourself driving alongside the local moose population.

Biglerville, Pennsylvania

Dreaming of meandering amongst the trees of a sun-dappled apple orchard this fall? Head to Biglerville, Pennsylvania. Situated amongst the rolling hills of Adams County, the town of 1,200 people is the site of the National Apple Harvest Festival, where each October, you can enjoy orchard tours, local crafts and food stands with delicacies made from Granny Smiths, Galas, or any other kind of apple variety you fancy. May through October, you can get your apple fix at the National Apple Museum, where it’s possible to tour vintage farming machinery and see the largest collection of apple-related sheet music you never knew you were dying to see. In addition to all of the apple madness, you can also explore the rolling hills of nearby Gettysburg, stop by vineyards and dine on apple fritters (okay the apple madness may never be over in Biglerville) at the Civil War era Farnsworth House Inn.

Aspen, CO

As the name implies, this mountain town is the place to be if your idea of fall foliage involves an explosion of bright yellow leaves blanketing the nearby peaks. With a population of 6,871, Aspen is an old mining town turned getaway for the well-heeled. If you enjoy luxury shopping as much as you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and fishing, pack your trendiest sweater and move to Aspen. Yes, the ski town is most well-known for its world-class slopes, but in the fall, there’s still ample sunlight and temperatures in the low 70’s. Take advantage of the weather and trek around the Maroon Bells, go for a scenic drive or simply enjoy a glass of wine and a view of all those aspen trees from the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain.

Castile, New York

New England tends to steal the spotlight when it comes to fall destinations, but if you’d prefer to live somewhere decidedly less touristy this fall, head to upstate New York. While there are many notable small towns in the Adirondacks, Castile stands out in a major way. With less than 3,000 residents, the town may be tiny, but it’s home to something huge: the Grand Canyon of the East. That’s Letchworth State Park, a place where the the Genesee River carves a path through the mountains, creating 600 foot waterfalls and an ideal setting for all of your autumnal adventures. For your post foliage strolling needs, stop by Castile Cider Mill and savor all of your fall favorites, from hot apple cider to fresh baked cinnamon donuts. On a crisp night, get cozy at the rustic Glen Iris Inn, where a steak and a bottle of red wine makes for a perfect October feast.

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How to Store Patio Furniture https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//how-to-store-patio-furniture/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//how-to-store-patio-furniture/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:41:41 +0000 Krista Diamond https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=8000 The leaves are turning crimson and there’s a sudden crispness in the air. Fall has arrived, and with it the promise of harvest festivals and pumpkin-flavored lattes. The autumn season also means that it’s time to put patio furniture into storage. If you’ve been enjoying the warm weather from your back deck, front porch or balcony and would like to do so again next summer, putting your outdoor furniture into a storage unit will ensure that it’s not adversely affected by cold weather, ice and snow.

Fortunately, storing patio furniture is as easy as a lazy summer day. Follow these foolproof tips to maintain your patio furniture for years to come.

Clean Patio Furniture First

No matter what you’re storing, you can always benefit by following this piece of quintessential self storage advice: take time to clean. For patio furniture, this means machine washing removable cushion covers (or hand-washing if you’re not sure that they’re machine washable). You should also hand wash pillows, umbrellas and other soft items with detergent, warm water and a sponge. Your outdoor rug is most likely machine washable (they’re designed to be durable), but you may hand wash it if you prefer. For chairs and tables, hand wash with water and outdoor cleaner concentrate.

Give all pieces of patio furniture and accessories ample time to air dry. Putting damp items into self storage can cause mold, rust and attract pests, so it’s important to make sure all items are dry.

Restore Damages

After cleaning, inspect all patio furniture for scratches and rust. Light rust can be removed with a wire brush, and more serious rust can be removed with steel wool dipped in rust stripper. For plastic or metal furniture, brush lightly with the same kind of wax you’d use for your car.

It’s important to fix any scrapes or rusty areas, as these damages could worsen in self storage. If something is beyond repair, you might want to consider getting rid of it and investing in something new. Summer items, like patio furniture, are often on sale in the fall, so this could be a great opportunity to buy something you love and put it in storage until next year.

Cover Patio Furniture

A storage unit is a great way to give your patio furniture protection from the elements, but that doesn’t mean your favorite pieces won’t benefit from a little extra protection. Cover patio furniture with furniture covers to keep them free from dust and debris. You may also want to consider choosing a storage unit with climate control as this will keep your patio furniture safe from freezing winter temperatures and moisture in the air. This is one obvious advantage that self storage has over your shed or garage; you can regulate the temperature and humidity so that you don’t have to worry about cracking, molding, rust or other types of weather-related damage.

Self Storage Tips

After choosing the right size storage unit with the features you need, take the time to make sure that your patio furniture, cushions, outdoor rug and other necessities are raised off of the ground. This allows for ample ventilation.

You should also consider choosing a storage facility that offers online bill pay, so that on those snowy winter days, there’s no need to leave the coziness of your home to drop a check in the mail. Just in case you do need to visit your storage unit during the winter months, keep your facility’s hours handy and find out what their plans are for snow removal.

Happy storing! Your furniture will certainly appreciate a long winter’s nap. It’ll be patio season again before you know it.

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Six Cities to Move to If You Love Nightlife https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//six-cities-to-move-to-if-you-love-nightlife/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//six-cities-to-move-to-if-you-love-nightlife/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:52 +0000 Krista Diamond https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=7978 You’ve got a closet full of sparkly clothes. You have your neighborhood happy hours memorized. You calendar is full of concerts, festivals and booze cruises. You believe that the party isn’t over until the sun comes up.

If you love nightlife, but you’re stuck in a town with an early last call and a city center that looks abandoned on Friday nights, weekends can be a drag. After all, you only get so many Saturday nights in a lifetime. Why spend them all at the same three bars? Instead, consider moving to one of these six cities where the party never stops and nightlife is the only life.

Austin, Texas

From the dreamy backyard vibes of Rainey Street to the raucousness of Austin’s famous—or perhaps infamous—Dirty Sixth, the city does nightlife Texas style: bigger. Many people might associate the words “Texas” and “nightlife” with images of line dancing and cowboy boots, but in a city as eclectic as Austin, you can find so much more than that. If you’re a college student, you can bar hop along The Drag, a part of Guadalupe Street on the edge of the UT campus. If you’re a hipster you can sip a craft brew on East Sixth Street. If you’re a business professional, you can head to after work happy hour in the sleek lobby of a Downtown hotel. And if you’re anyone else, you can catch live music along with a side of Texas barbecue just about anywhere.

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New York City, New York

What list of cities with epic nightlife would be complete without a mention of the one that never sleeps? New York City has outgrown its 90’s nightclub heyday and transformed into a playground for all types of partygoers. Move to New York City and you can expect plenty of nighttime fun no matter which borough you live in. Manhattan still goes big with its world famous nightclubs like Marquee and Cielo—the kind of places where you splurge on bottle service while looking for celebrities, but there are also unique live music venues, like Brooklyn Bowl, which is part concert mecca, part bowling alley. And if the bar scene is more of your speed, Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood has you covered with dog-friendly dive bars and rooftop lounges with skyline views.

Chicago, Illinois

Most people associate Chicago with deep dish pizza, Da Bears and its nickname The Windy City (which probably has nothing to do with wind). But did you know that Chicago is the birthplace of house music? It’s true; Chi-Town’s now defunct Warehouse club gave us the music genre—and the all-night dance parties that accompany it—in the late 1970’s. These days, you can seek out a techno-infused nightlife scene at Chicago clubs or at the annual Chicago House Party. But don’t worry, there are plenty of jazz bars, dive bars and cocktail lounges to flock to each weekend. And because Chicago is an amazing place, there is more than enough late night pizza to enjoy at closing time.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Want to guarantee that you’ll never be bored again? Move to Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed Entertainment Capital of the World, where nightlife and daylife are basically the same thing. As a newcomer, you won’t be able to resist the allure of mega clubs like Hakkasan and XS that  dominate The Strip, most of which offer up wild pool parties come summertime. Once you start to feel like a local, you’ll get to know the impossibly cool bar scene of East Fremont Street, where downtown hipsters drink Moscow Mules on patios with views of Burning Man art installations. From tiki bars to rooftop dance parties, Vegas is proof that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a nightclub person or bar person, there’s always an excuse to go out.

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Miami, Florida

After a day spent lounging on the sunny beaches of Miami, the sun sets and the city really heats up. The South Florida hotspot earned its beach party vibes at South Beach, where you’ll find beautiful coastline and a glittering nightlife scene featuring clubs like LIV and Story which play host to bright young things and famous DJs. But don’t worry, if your move to Miami has you craving a party without a dress code, you can bar hop in neighborhoods like the artsy Wynwood, home to outdoor lounges and art walks, or Coconut Grove, a palm tree dotted village on the water where you can sip wine and gaze out at the lights on the harbor. Whether you’re looking for a handcrafted cocktail or a no-holds-barred pool party, Miami never disappoints.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

If your ideal night out involves dancing in the street, sipping bourbon at a jazz club, eating beignets at 3 a.m. or all of the above, there’s no place better to move to than New Orleans. The lively Louisiana city is home to myriad nightlife options. Some people say that The Big Easy got its nickname because of how easy it was for musicians to score gigs during the city’s early years, but in modern day New Orleans, it’s even easier to experience live jazz from the audience. Whether that means attending the city’s famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or catching a show in the French Quarter, there’s always music in the air. And of course, if you truly love nightlife, you’ll want to move to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras, which just might be the biggest party in the the country. In a city where you can literally throw yourself a parade, we would expect nothing less.

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Eight Weird Things That Happen When You Move to a Higher Altitude https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//eight-weird-things-that-happen-when-you-move-to-a-higher-altitude/ https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//eight-weird-things-that-happen-when-you-move-to-a-higher-altitude/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:43 +0000 Krista Diamond https://www.storagefront.com/therentersbent//?p=7937 In the winter of 2013, I moved from 190 feet below sea level to an elevation of 8,750 feet. While the mountain scenery of my new Colorado ski town was incredible, the way I felt those first few weeks was anything but. However, once I got used to living at a high altitude (and working at an even higher elevation of 10,540 feet), I felt like I could do anything. I could climb mountains, ride my bike through canyons and most importantly, I could breathe, which was something I definitely couldn’t do when I first got to town.

Along the journey from wheezing for air to feeling like a mountain goddess, I learned a few other things too. If you’re considering moving to a high altitude, here are seven weird things that will probably happen to you.

1. You’ll Feel Out of Shape

Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you’re an ultra-marathon runner or a couch potato. When you first move to a higher elevation, you’re going to feel out of breath doing just about anything (it makes unloading stuff from your car to your new second story apartment really fun). Before moving to a high altitude, I was working in the national parks, hiking constantly and generally feeling cocky about my overall fitness level. Trust me, nothing knocks your ego down like struggling to make it up a flight of stairs.

2. When You Move Back to a Lower Elevation, You Feel Like a Champion

After living in Colorado for a year, I moved to Texas and immediately felt like Lance Armstrong (that’s still an appropriate Texas reference, right?). During the first few weeks in the Lone Star State, I had more energy than I knew what to do with. I climbed the tallest mountain in Big Bend National Park and it felt like a hill. Unfortunately, the feeling didn’t last forever, and soon enough I was back to feeling like a mere mortal.

3. You Burn More Easily

People often say that you burn more easily at higher altitudes because you’re closer to the sun. That’s definitely not the real reason, but you do burn more easily. Here’s why: The air is thinner, meaning that those UV rays have an easier time burning you. In fact, the average person’s skin burns in just six minutes at 11,000 feet. Translation: If you’re moving to a higher elevation, invest in some sunscreen.

4. Things Inflate and Explode

Quick warning about that sunscreen bottle you just bought: It will explode all over you at a high altitude. One thing you’ll notice when you move to a higher elevation is the strange effect that the it has on products you own. That bag of chips puffs up, your shampoo bottle explodes, certain liquids separate in some weird way. This happens because the air inside a sealed container is pushing harder to escape than it would at a lower altitude. The higher you go, the more the pressure increases on the air inside that bag of chips.

5. You Will Feel Tipsy After One Beer

You just moved to the mountains, so of course you want to celebrate with a drink at a local bar. One beer later, you’re slurring your words. What happened? There are a few things at play here, and despite what some guy at the bar will tell you a million times, the higher altitude isn’t actually making the alcohol stronger. It’s a combination of things. You’re more dehydrated at a higher altitude and you’re also likely experiencing some level of altitude sickness. Both of these things will make you feel drunk faster.

6. You’ll Get Altitude Sickness

And that brings us to our next topic. Altitude sickness. If you move to a high altitude, you’re going to feel less than 100% for the first few days. Altitude sickness affects everyone differently. For me, it made those first few days a blur of nausea and debilitating migraines. Imagine your worst hangover and you can get an idea of what altitude sickness feels like. Interestingly enough, you can ease your altitude sickness by using the same techniques that you’d use to help with a hangover: plenty of rest, fluids, aspirin, carbohydrates and most importantly, time.

7. You’ll Have to Adapt Your Cooking

As a kid, I remember glancing at the high altitude cooking instructions on a box of mac and cheese and wondering who that could possibly be for. When I moved to Colorado, I realized it was for me (I also realized that I am an adult who still eats mac and cheese fairly often). When you move to a higher elevation, prepare to allot more time for cooking. Water takes longer to boil and many items take longer to cook. If you’re a baker…well…have fun with that.

8. You’ll Get to Experience the Mountains Up Close

At the end of the day, you’ll put up with the headaches, sunburns, and terrible batches of cookies, because you get to call the mountains home. Living at a higher altitude means crisp alpine air, expansive views and unparalleled wilderness. When I moved to Colorado, I literally got to watch the sun set on the exact mountain that you see on the Coors can. And if that’s not worth altitude sickness, I don’t know what is.

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