How to Prepare Family Heirlooms for Storage

When you think of family heirlooms, what may come to to mind might be an expensive object such as antique furniture or a Cartier necklace. However, anything from furniture and musical instruments to recipes, photos, and diaries could be considered a family heirloom. When it comes to preserving your family traditions and memories, it is important to learn how to prepare heirlooms for storage.

The decision to rent a storage unit for your heirloom or declutter it all depends on your family, the types of items under consideration, and whether or not you consider the items in question valuable multi-generational heirlooms. Continue reading “How to Prepare Family Heirlooms for Storage”

Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business

To celebrate National Moving Month, we questioned storage managers from 10 Metro Self Storage locations to bring you the top 10 tips from over 40 years in the storage business.

Founded in 1973 by Karl F. Nagel, Metro Self Storage has grown to over 100 storage facilities in 11 states and continues to help people just like you find the perfect storage solution when moving or experiencing another type of life transition. Continue reading “Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business”

Business Storage: How a Self Storage Unit Can Help Your Business Grow

Business growth is a great thing. It is a healthy sign that business is doing well and making money but getting bigger doesn’t come without its challenges. For many businesses growth and expansion equates to the need for more physical space. Renting a business storage unit can be a cost-effective solution for businesses who want their growth to remain profitable. Continue reading “Business Storage: How a Self Storage Unit Can Help Your Business Grow”

3 Reasons Why Self Storage Makes St. Patrick’s Day More Fun

You might be wondering how self-storage could possibly be related to the party-hearty green explosion of St. Patrick’s Day. Perhaps you think of self-storage as a useful place to keep things while moving or living in a small apartment, not as the kind of place you’d need for a party.

In fact, self-storage can make anyone’s life easier, especially around holidays. While a storage facility isn’t the next hot spot for a club or festival, it can definitely make hosting a St. Patrick’s party more fun. Here are 3 reasons why self storage should be a part of your festivities this year. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Self Storage Makes St. Patrick’s Day More Fun”

3 Reasons Self Storage Makes Christmas Easy

Whether you decided to opt out of the Black Friday madness this year or to jump in with both feet the big question remains—is there a way to simplify Christmas?

We think so. Renting a storage unit during the holidays can certainly alleviate the stress created by not having enough space in your home to hide oversized gifts, entertain friends, or accommodate out of town guests.

You don’t have to worry about long-term financial commitments either; many storage facilities offer flexible short-term leasing options during the holidays to meet the temporary storage needs of families and businesses just like yours.

Continue reading “3 Reasons Self Storage Makes Christmas Easy”

Car Storage: How to Prep your Vehicle

Is your car like a second home? For many people, the answer is a resounding yes. Our cars are the place we can practice singing like Adele or croon like Chris Martin. Cars also serve as a respite from the kids, the hustle and bustle of work, and if the volume on the radio is loud enough traffic noise.

If the cars in your family start to outnumber the spaces in your garage, and you need to find additional parking, look for desirable car storage options before parking your extra car at the nearest self storage facility. Continue reading “Car Storage: How to Prep your Vehicle”

How Sheepshead Bay Self Storage Makes Living in Brooklyn, NY Easy

Big city apartments are usually high on costs and short on space, especially in terms of storage space such as closets and cabinets. The trend towards smaller apartments in New York is growing so rapidly that modular micro-apartments ranging anywhere from 260 to 360 square feet are now being prefabricated in Brooklyn, NY. A 45-minute subway ride from Midtown Manhattan, Sheepshead Bay is experiencing a mini-housing boom. Nearby, is Brighton Beach, which is home to colonies of tiny Brooklyn Bungalows.

While the idea of living in a minute amount of space may come as a shock to most, for many New Yorkers, a self storage unit often serves as a second home.

Continue reading “How Sheepshead Bay Self Storage Makes Living in Brooklyn, NY Easy”

The Zombie Apocalypse: Self Storage Can Save Your Life!

We’ve all seen at least one zombie apocalypse movie about the undead taking over the world. However, unlike aliens, who come from outer space, where zombies originate remains a mystery as does why the zombie brain has only one program running: Eat! Eat! Eat!

Are you looking for ways to survive this Halloween’s Zombie apocalypse?

You can learn more about zombie behavior and survival strategies at the Zombie Research Society, we’re not joking, this really exists and it has loads of information to satiate your curiosity.

Here is our simple suggestion for the best way to survive an attack: Take shelter at your local self storage facility; it is the ideal anti-zombie fortress.
Continue reading “The Zombie Apocalypse: Self Storage Can Save Your Life!”

How to Prepare Your RV for Storage in Chicago

Get Ready! Winter in Chicago is On its Way

Winterizing your RV for the winter is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are moving to or live in a colder part of the country like moving to Minneapolis or moving to Chicago find a suitable winter home for your vehicle before the mercury really starts to plummet.

If you’re lucky enough to have access to indoor climate-controlled RV storage, and can afford the fee, this type of facility will allow you to skip some of the winterizing steps and tasks that are typically required for RV winter storage in freezing temperatures.
Continue reading “How to Prepare Your RV for Storage in Chicago”

5 Things That Need Climate Controlled Storage

It’s not just high temperatures that you have to worry about when planning to store valuable business and household items, but also moisture and humidity. While most self storage companies offer slightly higher storage unit rates for climate controlled storage features, keeping your belongings from sustaining damage due to high temperatures, humidity, or freezing conditions is worth the investment.
Continue reading “5 Things That Need Climate Controlled Storage”

What is the Difference Between Climate Controlled vs. Non-Climate Controlled Storage Units?

Deciding between climate controlled and non climate controlled storage units is easier when you answer these three questions:

  1. 1. What items are you planning to store?
  2. 2. How long do you plan to store these items?
  3. 3. Is your storage location in a region with extreme temperatures?

 

I recently put everything I owned into storage after relocating to a city where the temperature gauge frequently dips below freezing during the coldest months of the year. I knew my items would be in storage for at least one full winter, possibly two, and that I was storing family heirlooms, artwork, dozens of books, and hundreds of photographs. So the answer to the question, “Do I need climate controlled storage?” was a resounding yes. Like many people, I assumed that climate controlled storage units would cost too much. However, I quickly realized that the benefits of keeping my valued belongings safe throughout the seasons (whether bitter cold or scorching hot) outweighed any additional storage costs in the long run.

Continue reading “What is the Difference Between Climate Controlled vs. Non-Climate Controlled Storage Units?”