How to Make Moving Easier with Self Storage

 

When it comes to knowing how to make moving easier, you need solid advice, great customer service, and helpful friends and family. Here at Metro, we understand that moving is a stressful event – whether you are combining households, separating households, or moving to a new city that promises fun and excitement.

The difficult process of packing, unpacking, and changing homes inevitably causes some stress. That stress doesn’t have to overwhelm you, though, especially if you use self storage as an interim solution.

Besides providing you with moving supplies like boxes, a self storage facility can help ease the difficulties and complications of moving. Here are four ways renting a storage unit can make your next move much easier.

1. Pay less rent while looking for your perfect home

Trying to find a new place to live is one of the biggest sources of stress while moving. You want to find a home you’ll love, but you also don’t have much time. Perhaps you’ve already packed everything, and the moving truck is on the way. Or maybe your new job is starting soon, and you want to get settled beforehand.

On top of these stresses, you might not know the area very well. Finding a new place can be difficult if you’re not even sure which neighborhood you like best.

Self-storage can take away some of this pressure and make moving easier by giving you the freedom to live in a smaller, cheaper place. Then, you can look for someplace better and more long-term at your own pace.

2. Take time to travel

If you’re in between jobs or don’t need to go to work immediately, your move can easily turn into a long vacation. All you need to do is put your stuff in storage. The price of a self storage unit is much cheaper than paying another month or two of rent, leaving you with extra cash to travel.

There are at least eight reasons traveling is good for your health and well-being. Turning a move into a vacation can also help relieve the stress of being constantly at work. Instead of going straight from packing to unpacking, make moving easier by allowing yourself time to relax and take a break, especially if your vacation is laid back. A long walk on the beach followed by a massage is sure to ease the stress of moving.

3. Avoid paying double rent

Even if you’re moving locally and don’t have time for a vacation, self-storage can be a great option. It prevents you from worrying about paying double rent as you arrange your move-out and move-in dates. For example, if you’re moving out on the last day of the month and your new place isn’t available until a week later, you can put your boxes and furniture in storage and stay with friends, family or Airbnb for that one week. You’ll save a month of rent—and potentially have fun hanging out with your hosts.

4. Unpack without the clutter

Unfortunately, the stress of moving doesn’t end once you’ve arrived and found a place to live. You still have the long, time-consuming process of unpacking ahead of you. If you’re super organized and don’t have many boxes to unpack, this final step may not be very difficult.

For many, though, unpacking seems never to end—especially if you have children. Random objects end up scattered everywhere as you dig through boxes and decide where everything goes.

You can cut down on this chaos (and the stress it causes) by putting some boxes temporarily in storage. If you set aside these boxes as you pack, you can fill them with things you won’t immediately need, like photos and souvenirs. With these boxes out of the way, you’ll have more space to unpack what really matters first.

Moving doesn’t have to be chaotic and daunting. Next time you move, check out a self-storage facility in the area and make your move as stress-free as possible.

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Moving Tips to Reduce Pet Stress

 

Looking for ways to reduce pet stress during your next move? It turns out humans aren’t the only animals to thrive on healthy routines. Fido and Fifi do too.

Anyone who has moved knows that it requires planning, preparation, and a tremendous amount of hard work. Moreover, it disrupts our familiar daily routines, which is precisely what behavioral health scientists believe creates stress in both humans and pets in the first place.
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Tips for Moving with a Newborn Baby

 

There is no denying, moving is stressful. When children are involved, multiply that stress exponentially, and if you are moving with children and pets, then organizing will become your best friend.

But what about moving with a newborn baby? The majority of the pregnancy advice you get will probably be to move before the baby arrives. However, here at Metro Self Storage, we understand that life happens.

Moving with a newborn baby is possible. Whether you are actively looking for a new home to buy or decided to move out of your rental because of a leaky roof. Especially, if you can plan ahead and extend the time it takes to unpack everything in your new home.

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Most Popular Moving Services

 

Let’s face it: We all know that moving is hard work. While hiring a full-service moving company will alleviate much of the stress associated with a relocation, it can quickly become cost prohibitive. On the flipside, orchestrating a DIY move can take more time and resources than busy families and professionals have to spare. The solution? Choosing to hire out the most popular moving services gives you a combination of a less stressful and more economical experience.

Before you spend your hard-earned cash on additional services to help out during your next move, here are some helpful tips on where to spend your money to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Before You Get an Estimate

Whether you are hiring a local or international moving company, expect to be charged by the hour. Regina Leeds, author of Rightsize … Right Now!: The 8-Week Plan to Organize, Declutter, and Make Any Move Stress-Free is a professional organizer who suggests to lighten your load before you get moving estimates. 

A representative from the moving company will come into your home and do a rough inventory of your items, which will determine time, materials, and the size of the moving truck. Downsizing your possessions before you move will save you money by reducing how long it will take for your movers to get the job done.

Leeds recommends you start by comparing the floor plan of your current home with the floor plan of your new home. For example, if you are losing closet space you’ll know to focus on downsizing your wardrobe and other miscellaneous items that you keep in your closets.

If you are dramatically downsizing, holding a garage sale is an easy way to pick up some extra cash and what you don’t sell can be donated for a tax break.

Full-Service Packing, Moving, & Unpacking

Think of this as the Cadillac of popular moving services. After you have sold your home or given your 30-day notice, the Herculean task-list ahead of you can seem daunting, especially if you work full time and are juggling multiple responsibilities between family and your job.

Professional moving companies offer certified and bonded movers who are specifically trained to pack and load a broad range of household items. These services include blanket and shrink wrapping furnishings, packing boxes, and disassembling things like beds and then reassembling them at your new home.

Pay Movers to Pack Fragile, Hard-to-Move Items

Most everyone has fragile items, whether oversized vases, ceramic planters, artwork, or heirloom China these items can easily get broken during a move. Frequently these breakable belongings are expensive, have great sentimental value, or both and the last thing anyone wants is to see fragile items damaged or even destroyed during a move.

Fragile items such as dishes, glassware, pottery, and ceramics need additional protection and to be carefully wrapped and densely packing into heavy corrugated dish packs. Hiring professionals to do this type of packing can save you a significant amount of time.

Additionally, they bring all of the specialty packing supplies (dish packs, specialty boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, and foam padding) necessary  to pack fragile items correctly. This type of partial pack option is an excellent choice if you want to economize and are willing to do some of the work on your own.

Purchasing Insurance for Personal Items

Movers are required by law to give details of their protection plans. The minimum assessment for coverage is usually a small percentage of the original price estimated for your move. Be aware that it often doesn’t come close to covering the full value of your stuff should damage or loss occur. 

As a result, call your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance and ask about purchasing a rider, an additional policy to give you the extra protection you need at a lower cost.

Specialty Moving Services

According to Home Data, approximately 40 million people move every year. The busiest moving season is May through August when children are out of school making it easier for families who are relocating. Whether you are moving across town or the country, if you own one or more high-end specialty items such as a show car, family heirloom, piano, or pool table, you will want to pay for specialty movers to handle your items properly and with care. Here are some examples of specialty moving services:

    • Auto Transport
    • Piano Movers
    • Art Moving
    • Grandfather Clock and Antique Movers
    • Pool Table Movers

 

If you have one the items on this list that you don’t plan to sell before you move, finding a company who offers specialty moving services in your area, or nationally, is important. For example, most local companies are not prepared to move pool tables. Like many oversized high-dollar items, several variables come into play to move them without causing damage.

Keep in mind, moving an entire household of goods is expensive. According to Worldwide ERC, an association that tracks relocation expenses, the average professional move costs a whopping $12,230. Whether you move once a year or once a decade, it never gets any easier. If you can afford it, outsourcing some of the tasks ahead is well worth avoiding some of the most stressful aspects of moving.

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Moving Checklist to Organize Your Move

One way to make moving less daunting is to put everything you need to do on a checklist. Then, instead of stressing about forgetting something, you can simply look at the checklist to remember what to do next.

For most situations, you should begin working through your checklist about two months before moving. However, if you’re moving internationally, you’ll probably need to plan more details in advance, especially if you need a visa. Depending on which country you’re moving to, the visa process could take anywhere from a couple weeks to longer than a year. Take this extra time into account as you put together your checklist and plan your move.

Below is a list of points you should consider putting on your moving checklist. You might not need to include everything, but it’s better to prepare too much than too little for a move.

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5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat

Cats generally don’t like change. They’re sensitive animals, so a major life event like moving can come as a shock. That’s why moving with a cat requires special care and thoughtfulness. If you approach the move like any other normal event, you could end up with an overly anxious cat and a particularly stressful move.

Preparing for and adapting to your cat’s anxiety during a move can prevent a lot of difficulty. Easing your cat into the move takes more effort and planning, but in the end, you’ll have a happier and more well-adjusted cat. Here are 5 tips to make your next move go as smoothly as possible for you and your cat. Continue reading “5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat”

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How to Make Moving Easier with Self Storage

 

When it comes to knowing how to make moving easier, you need solid advice, great customer service, and helpful friends and family. Here at Metro, we understand that moving is a stressful event – whether you are combining households, separating households, or moving to a new city that promises fun and excitement.

The difficult process of packing, unpacking, and changing homes inevitably causes some stress. That stress doesn’t have to overwhelm you, though, especially if you use self storage as an interim solution.

Besides providing you with moving supplies like boxes, a self storage facility can help ease the difficulties and complications of moving. Here are four ways renting a storage unit can make your next move much easier.

1. Pay less rent while looking for your perfect home

Trying to find a new place to live is one of the biggest sources of stress while moving. You want to find a home you’ll love, but you also don’t have much time. Perhaps you’ve already packed everything, and the moving truck is on the way. Or maybe your new job is starting soon, and you want to get settled beforehand.

On top of these stresses, you might not know the area very well. Finding a new place can be difficult if you’re not even sure which neighborhood you like best.

Self-storage can take away some of this pressure and make moving easier by giving you the freedom to live in a smaller, cheaper place. Then, you can look for someplace better and more long-term at your own pace.

2. Take time to travel

If you’re in between jobs or don’t need to go to work immediately, your move can easily turn into a long vacation. All you need to do is put your stuff in storage. The price of a self storage unit is much cheaper than paying another month or two of rent, leaving you with extra cash to travel.

There are at least eight reasons traveling is good for your health and well-being. Turning a move into a vacation can also help relieve the stress of being constantly at work. Instead of going straight from packing to unpacking, make moving easier by allowing yourself time to relax and take a break, especially if your vacation is laid back. A long walk on the beach followed by a massage is sure to ease the stress of moving.

3. Avoid paying double rent

Even if you’re moving locally and don’t have time for a vacation, self-storage can be a great option. It prevents you from worrying about paying double rent as you arrange your move-out and move-in dates. For example, if you’re moving out on the last day of the month and your new place isn’t available until a week later, you can put your boxes and furniture in storage and stay with friends, family or Airbnb for that one week. You’ll save a month of rent—and potentially have fun hanging out with your hosts.

4. Unpack without the clutter

Unfortunately, the stress of moving doesn’t end once you’ve arrived and found a place to live. You still have the long, time-consuming process of unpacking ahead of you. If you’re super organized and don’t have many boxes to unpack, this final step may not be very difficult.

For many, though, unpacking seems never to end—especially if you have children. Random objects end up scattered everywhere as you dig through boxes and decide where everything goes.

You can cut down on this chaos (and the stress it causes) by putting some boxes temporarily in storage. If you set aside these boxes as you pack, you can fill them with things you won’t immediately need, like photos and souvenirs. With these boxes out of the way, you’ll have more space to unpack what really matters first.

Moving doesn’t have to be chaotic and daunting. Next time you move, check out a self-storage facility in the area and make your move as stress-free as possible.

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Clever College Dorm Room Essentials | What to Expect & How to Prepare

 

It may seem like only last week that you were on pins and needles waiting for college admissions letters to arrive. Today, you are closer than ever to realizing your college dreams as universities around the country are preparing for freshmen orientation week.

Moving into your dorm room can either be a dream come true or a stress fest. From what to expect and how to prepare, this month we help you figure out how to plan for the next big step of your college experience. Continue reading “Clever College Dorm Room Essentials | What to Expect & How to Prepare”

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Why Moving from an Apartment into a House Is Awesome (and Horrible)

If you’re an urbanite, you’re probably used to living in apartments. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of one day moving into a house to escape all the downsides of apartment life.

So, let’s say you’ve found the perfect house and are planning to make that move now. To ensure a smooth transition, it’s important to consider both the negatives and positives of living in a house. Then, you’ll be prepared for any hassles that come up.

Here are 3 major changes to expect as you move from an apartment into a house. These changes can be horrible or awesome, depending on your perspective. Continue reading “Why Moving from an Apartment into a House Is Awesome (and Horrible)”

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Top 5 Storage Facility Security Features to Look For

When you use a self-storage facility, you expect that your items will be safe from theft. After all, isn’t safety one of the top reasons for using self storage?

Unfortunately, though, not all self storage facilities are equally safe. Some provide excellent customer service, yet have gaps in their security. Once you’re gone, your items become vulnerable. That’s why it’s important to carefully evaluate the security features of any self-storage facility you’re considering. While friendliness and cleanliness are important, they ultimately won’t protect your property.

But what exactly should you look for? To judge a self-storage facility’s security, you should look at the following 5 features.

 

1. Lighting

The best time to visit a self storage facility is after sunset. Then, you can easily see how much lighting the facility has. There should be plenty of light. A self storage facility shouldn’t be trying to save electricity. Security should be its #1 priority, not reduced light bills.

Sufficient lighting is an easy way to discourage crime, but it’s also important for other security features. For example, video surveillance is only effective if the area is well lit. Before asking about high-tech security, then, first check out the quality of the lighting.

 

2. Video Surveillance

If there’s enough light, start looking for and asking about video surveillance. Are there enough cameras? Are they always on? For how long do they record video?

Recorded 24-hr video surveillance is absolutely necessary. Don’t be satisfied with just ‘video surveillance’. Be curious about it, since you want any potential crimes to be on video. Otherwise, if your stored property does get stolen or vandalized, you won’t be able to identify the criminal or get your property back.

 

3. A Good Fence

Robert Frost once wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” The same could be said of self storage facilities. An excellent fence is an essential security feature every self storage facility should have. The fence should surround the entire perimeter, not just the entrance, and be sturdy and difficult to climb. A chain-link fence won’t be enough to keep criminals away from your valuables.

 

4. Secure Access to Storage

Let’s say you want to get something out of your self storage unit. How does the self storage facility allow you to access your unit? Is it easy—perhaps too easy?

Accessing your unit should be convenient yet secure. Simple locks are convenient, but not secure enough. Coded keypads are much safer. The main gate to the self storage facility should definitely have a coded keypad, ideally monitored by video surveillance. Then, entering the premises will be difficult for outsiders, yet easy for you.

 

5. Disc Locks

Getting an excellent lock is an essential part of making sure your storage unit is secure. The self storage facility might have the best security possible, but that shouldn’t stop you from choosing the best lock—a disc lock.

While padlocks are cheaper, they’re not the most secure option. Even an inexperienced thief can pick a padlock or cut it off. Disc locks, on the other hand, were designed especially for storage units. They’re resistant to picks, bolt cutters, and heavy hammers. A thief would have to grind it off, a loud, time-consuming process.

Disc locks are more expensive than padlocks, but that extra investment is worthwhile if you’re storing valuables. They definitely discourage theft, and they’re not hard to find. You should be able to buy one at the self storage facility.

If a storage facility offers these five security features, you can rest assured that your storage unit will be safe. However, keep in mind that security features can’t protect your property from natural disasters, like earthquakes and flooding. For complete peace of mind, take advantage of tenant insurance, which covers accidents and unexpected events.

For more information about security features, contact Metro Self Storage and check out what we offer our clients!

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Make Moving with Your Dog Easier Any Time of Year

Does your dog notice when things are different whenever you change your routine? If you are amongst the millions of Americans moving with your dog this year, remember that pets have a sixth sense and tend to know when something is afoot. Continue reading “Make Moving with Your Dog Easier Any Time of Year”

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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”

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Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs? Bloomington Ranks as Best City to Live

Minneapolis continues to rank as one of the best cities to live in the US, and its suburbs regularly rank in top publications like Money Magazine and Forbes as the best places to move to for anyone looking for a high quality of life and above-average income. If you are moving to Minneapolis suburbs, Bloomington ranks as the best city to live in due to its alluring combination of small-town charm and big-city amenities.

Bloomington is a culturally diverse community with neighborly residents who graciously host over 42 million visitors who travel from near and far to see the Mall of America. Many of the reasons so many tourists travel to Bloomington are the same reasons why people love to call Bloomington home.

Ideally situated on the north bank of the Minnesota River and only 10 miles from Downtown Minneapolis, retirees, professionals, and families with kids of all ages are moving to Bloomington, MN.

Furnish Your New Home for Cheap

Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs

When it comes time to furnish your Bloomington apartment or home, there is always a budget to consider, and Ikea fits the bill for spending less on furniture so you can spend more to watch your favorite Minnesota sports team at Target Field.

Shopping at Ikea for furniture basics, like a bed, sofa, dresser drawers, and tables is cost-effective and will save you time and effort. You can furnish an entire home after less than a day of shopping at Ikea—yes, this is possible because I have done it—and then enjoy cafeteria-style Swedish fare that includes savory meatballs and delicious chocolate fudge cake.

But go after the crowds subside to avoid long lines, and grab a seat next in front of one of the large picture windows. Pick up everything else you need to furnish your new home such as artwork and other household items, over the coming weeks and months from one of Bloomington’s numerous top-rated thrift, vintage, and consignment shops.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Bloomington MN Mall of America

The world renown Mall of America boasts 520 stores, and with no sales tax on clothes and shoes. As such, it is the perfect destination if you like to shop until you drop.

More than just a shopping destination, Mall of America offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment from Toddler Tuesdays to Nickelodeon Universe. You can try out for Minnesota Vikings cheerleader or be on the Skol Line, the official drumline of the Minnesota Vikings.

Hitch a Ride

Moving to Bloomington MN

One of the things that make Minneapolis a great place to live for people who want to ditch their cars and reduce their carbon footprint is the Metro Transit. It combines a light rail and bus system to connect Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul with Bloomington and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with two lines to Mall of America in Bloomington.

While Minneapolis offers exciting sports and a vibrant nightlife, by choosing to live in a less expensive neighboring suburb like Bloomington, you will never be more than 15 minutes away from a museum, the theater, a sports event, farm-to-table dining, or tax-free shopping thanks to the Metro and 35W and 394.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Moving to Bloomington

What keeps everyone from going stir crazy in Bloomington during the famously frigid Minnesota winters? Places like the thrilling indoor Water Park of America. Anyone living in a Mediterranean climate might find the idea of a water park indoors a little odd; however, when you live in Minnesota where temperatures routinely drop into the single digits in the wintertime, an indoor water park is not an oxymoron.

In fact, Downtown Minneapolis has over 11 miles of enclosed pedestrian footbridges or skyways, over 69 city blocks allowing people to live, work, and shop without ever having to leave climate-controlled comfort.

Overall Bloomington gets high ranks from its residents according to the National Business Survey, and it offers more jobs per capita than any other Minneapolis Suburb in Hennepin County. Whether you are moving to Bloomington to work at one of its major employers—Mall of America, Ceridian, Donaldson Company, Toro, or Seagate Technologies—or to attend school at Normandale Community College or University of Minnesota, it promises to offer an enviable lifestyle.

Just remember to pack plenty of warm clothes.

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3 Reasons Why People Love Moving to Corpus Christi, TX

Moving away can be sad and stressful. When you move somewhere awesome, though, the change is much easier. Instead of being a source of anxiety, a move can be the most exciting event of the year.
Corpus Christi is a place you can be excited to move to. It combines Texan charm with a beautiful coastline, offering plenty of things to do and see. Here are three reasons why moving to Corpus Christi would be a great place to go.
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Why People Love Moving to El Paso, Texas

 

 

Are you thinking about moving to El Paso, Texas?

The sixth-largest city in Texas and locally known as “Sun City” due to 297 days of sunshine, El Paso has a lot to offer current and new residents alike. From leading universities and the world’s largest military base to a thriving economy and restaurants dishing up delicious Texas barbecue and Mexican food, who wouldn’t love moving to El Paso?
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8 Reasons to Love Moving to Midland Texas

 

Are you looking for small-city charm with big-city choices? Then moving to Midland Texas might be the right choice for you. Midland offers a diverse mix of entertainment, employment, and lifestyle opportunities. seems that everyone, from young professionals and growing

It seems that everyone, from Millenials to Baby Boomers and everyone in between (think Generation Xers), are migrating to Texas.

1. CAF Airpower Museum

Midland TX Airpower Museum
The Commemorative Air Force Museum in Midland is operated by the High Sky Wing volunteers who oversee its authentic World War II antique aircraft. While the vast majority of the museum’s WWII artifacts collection, including nose art from actual WWII combat aircraft, will be relocated to Dallas, the Midland museum will now focus on the history of the Midland Army Airfield.

The famed bombardier school at the Midland Army Airfield in Texas became the pride of the city and its support for the military during World War II. The tradition of respect for the Army and Air Force has stood the test of time and is honored by Midlanders to this day.

2. Susie’s South Forty Confections Candy Factory

Midland TX Candy Factory
With names like Kickers Pralines, Winners Caramels, Fudge Richey, and Texas Trash who could pass up touring Midland’s famous candy factory? Susie’s South Forty Confections Candy Factory may not be where Lucy and Ethel got into trouble when they couldn’t keep up with the conveyer belt, but it is the world record holder for making the largest piece of toffee—undoubtedly shaped like the state of Texas.

3. George W. Bush’s Midland Childhood Home

George W Bush Midland Tx
Midland is home to prominent political figures—two governors, two presidents, two first ladies, an ambassador, and a CIA director.

George W. Bush’s family moved to Midland in the early 1950’s and purchased a 1,400 square foot home for around $9,000. It’s worth noting that this works out to approximately $6.45 per square foot; in other words, the price of two Starbucks coffees. The George W. Bush Childhood Home is now meticulously restored and offers a peek into what life was like for kids growing up in the 1950’s.

The Bush family lived in this once quaint city for several years, and George W. Bush attended San Jacinto Junior High, which is where Laura Welch, who would become the First Lady, also attended school.

4. Beautiful Downtown Skyline Architecture

Skyline Midland Texas
Downtown Midland’s redevelopment continues, as industries such as aerospace and aviation, traditional and alternative energy, and professional business services continue to prosper.

The Downtown Midland Management District, created in 2003, focusses on building and maintaining a pedestrian-friendly downtown, which is the place for loads of fun festivals and family-friendly activities that have helped nourish city’s growing popularity.

5. West Texas Road Trip

Road trip to Midland TX
Far from the bright lights of the city lies the heart of West Texas. A no man’s land or a Wanderlust’s dream come true, this Texas region is truly one-of-a-kind. Midland residents and visitors can hop on the I-10 and travel further west to Balmorhea State Park where big skies and the world’s largest artesian spring fed swimming pools await.

The best time to travel is in October when the days are mild and the nights are crisp enough to call for spicy barbecue and homemade Mexican food.

6. The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Midland Texas performing arts center
The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is a 108,000 square foot performing arts venue with state-of-the-art acoustics. Audiences from Midland and Odessa enjoy entertainment ranging from Broadway productions to local plays, famous musicians and comedians, symphonies, mariachis, and jazz year-round.

7. Abundant Midland Wildlife

wildlife in Midland TX
The I-20 Wildlife Preserve is situated on a 30-acre urban playa wetland just north of Interstate 20. Home to the famed Midland Painted Turtle, Midland’s playa habitat provides numerous opportunities for birding and wildlife viewing during both the wet and dry seasons. The I-20 Wildlife Preserve contains a 3.4-mile trail system with a 1.45-mile ADA-accessible trail loop.

8. Best Small City for Retiring and Aging in Place

Senior men riding bikes in Midland, TX
By the time 2017 rolls around half the adult population of the U.S. will be over 50 years old. While the effect of this demographic shift creates a higher demand for housing where folks can age in place, it also increases the appeal of small- to mid-sized cities with moderate climates for retirees. Besides Baby Boomers, families are relocating to Midland due to its highly regarded educational system and relative low cost of living.

Midland is among the largest cities in West Texas, and it offers plenty of opportunities for entertainment and outdoor recreation as well as warm and inviting weather.

If you’re moving to Midland and need storage space to help with the transition, check out Metrostorage.com’s directory of storage units near Midland, Texas.

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Why Retirees Love Moving to Sarasota, Florida

 

Are thinking about moving to Sarasota, Florida?

What do the beach, ballet, and baseball all have in common? We’ll give you a hint … with sunsets that last forever and sugar sand beaches this Garden State city is a popular destination for tourists and retirees alike. We thought so. Whether you are a snowbird researching the best places to retire or want to relocate your family to an excellent school district on the west coast of Florida, the vibrant town of Sarasota has something for everyone.

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A Short History and Glimpse Inside Family Owned and Operated Metro Self Storage

 

Metro Self Storage got its start when Karl Nagel pioneered self storage in Illinois back in 1973. Fast forward 42 years later and Karl’s two sons are continuing the family tradition to develop convenient, reliable, and secure storage facilities throughout the country. The family and its employees have worked diligently to build the company, which is now one of the top 10 largest owners/operators of storage facilities in the United States.

With over 100 stores covering 12 states, Metro Self Storage plans to continue growing. “In addition to the acquisition of established storage stores and ground up development of new facilities, the conversion of buildings into self storage facilities is a key part of Metro’s growth strategy.” said Metro Storage LLC Chairman Matt Nagel.

Every facility has qualified friendly storage experts who receive training and education to make the Metro team of employees amongst the most knowledgeable and friendly in the industry. Each storage facility has its own set of unique features and amenities, here is an example of what you will find:

Convenient household storage solutions with great amenities

Whether you plan to move, downsize, or tackle that long-awaited decluttering project, Metro Self Storage is here to help. Our self storage options can help get you back on the path of to a more organized life. With We strive to make your self storage experience fast, friendly, and affordable. Think of our knowledgeable storage team as your personal household storage consultants.

  • Access 365 days
  • Extended access hours
  • Moving truck rental services
  • Online payment options
  • Covered loading and unloading

 

Our online storage deals make your storage solution more affordable

For many, our first storage rental experience happens during college—when it is easy to share the cost of a storage unit. Every summer, students pack up their households and team up to rent public storage.

If you need to store an entire household of goods or your athletic gear near your home or office, our storage facilities are flexible, secure, and accessible places you can trust.

To find the best storage deals near you, head over to our handy locations search feature to see if that facility is running an Internet promotion. From free 7-day storage holds to offer Hurricane Harvey 2-months of free storage, we do our best to do our best in the communities we serve.

 

We take security seriously and all Metro locations feature 24-hour video surveillance

Metro Self Storage offers upper tier self storage facilities that are newly constructed or recently renovated. We regularly add brand new state-of-the-art facilities to our self-storage portfolio.

Our industry-leading security gives customers confidence. Our standard security features include 24-hour recorded video surveillance, ample lighting, fenced perimeters, coded keypad gate access, and property managers who live on-site and patrol facilities regularly.

 

Flexible storage solutions and professionally trained Property Managers make storage easier

Our professionally trained storage pros are amongst the best in the business. They will help you choose the right-sized storage unit for your belongings so you don’t pay more than you have to.

Many of Metro locations offer boat and RV parking near the nation’s most popular outdoor destinations. And, all of our brand new and modernized facilities offer climate-controlled storage units in a wide range of sizes.

 

Our business storage units come in a wide range of sizes and some facilities feature warehouse space

If your business needs room to grow, we can help. Relocating disrupts work flows and for many types of businesses, expensive commercial leases are not appealing.

Metro Self Storage offers business storage solutions and services like package acceptance and free Internet that are all designed to meet your company’s needs.

 

We understand that transition of any kind can be stressful

When you need household storage, you want to choose a storage facility like Metro Self Storage. Why? Metro prides itself on offering industry-leading security features, a professionally trained storage team, and well-maintained facilities that routinely hire professional pest control services.

Our mini storage locations are designed to offer easy access to your items whenever you need, and our stellar service is backed by our Customer Satisfaction Pledge.

Don’t worry about where to put your belongings, Here at Metro Self Storage our friendly storage team will help you find a solution for your personal and business storage needs.


Read more: Top 10 Moving Tips from 40+ Years in the Storage Industry


 

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10 Compelling Reasons People Love Moving to Philadelphia

People love moving to Philadelphia and Delaware Valley for its vibrant culture and diverse neighborhoods. It’s the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. There are wonderful communities to live and raise a family, excellent schools, and a variety of employment opportunities.

Once you’re moved in and unpacked, be sure to check out all the places to see and incredible Philly foods. Whether you are moving to Philadelphia Suburbs, Delaware Valley, or heading over for the day, we’ve found ten fun facts you need to know.

 

1. Delaware River Waterfront

Penns Landing Delaware River Waterfront

What is it about water-front developments that make them so appealing? Locals enjoy farmer’s markets and a plethora of festivals during the summer months at Penn’s Landing. Everyone loves to visit this Delaware River Waterfront throughout the year.

Penn’s Landing is just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia and hosts family-friendly attractions all year long. The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is a great place to hang out for people of all ages.

 

2. The Delaware Valley

Moving to Philadelphia Suburbs

The Delaware Valley sits midway between the New York City and Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas, which can be reached from anywhere in the region by car or train in less than a few hours. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is an excellent public transportation system, and the best way to get around town. But if you simply want to see the city’s top attractions, the PhillyPHLASH is the way to go.

 

3. Geno’s Steaks Since 1966

Genos_Steaks Philadelphia

The Philly cheesesteak harnesses the power of bread, meat, and cheese, and is unique to the Philadelphia / Delaware Valley area. And, nobody does it better than Geno’s Steaks in Philly. With ingredients like a baguette, cheese, peppers, and, a selection of cold luncheon meats, what could go wrong? It turns out this trio of ingredients needs a chef’s touch, at least if you want to end up with a greasy, cheesy masterpiece (and not a mess).

 

4. King of Prussia Shopping Mall

shopping in philadelphia

Who could resist shopping at a mall called King of Prussia, especially if you consider yourself the queen of shopping? Located in the Philadelphia Suburbs, the King of Prussia is also the second largest shopping mall in the United States. The greater Delaware Valley area is a center for local and nationally known shopping outlets and great bargains.

 

5. Delaware River

Ben Franklin Bridge Philadelphia PA

Did you know the Delaware River is named in honor of Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr? Only a parent in the 17th century would choose such an illustrious name. But hundreds of years later, cities and towns have grown up all along the river banks creating a rich heritage and culture with wonderful communities to live.

Additionally, the river is lined with numerous state parks. Most are pet-friendly and feature designated off-leash areas for Fido to roam.

 

6. Tastykake

tastykake Philadelphia

Tastykake, founded in 1914 is a shining example of how businesses can evolve from one century to the next. The company chose to build a new bakery in Philadelphia. Tasty Baking’s Navy Yard bakery gets kudos for delicious treats and obtaining a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification from US Green Building Council for its refurbished building.

 

7. The Tower Philly

Tower Theater Philadelphia
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Located only three miles from downtown Philadelphia, Darby Township is home to The Tower Philly Theater at the intersection of 69th and Ludlow Streets. The venue was built in 1927 as a vaudeville theater but eventually became a popular music venue because of its excellent acoustics. Bruce Springsteen introduced his E Street Band to the world here in September 1974. And as they say, the rest is history.

 

8. Mural Arts Philadelphia

Philadelphia Sculpture

Did you know that Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American City? While that’s impressive, Philly is also home to a mega art museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s amongst the largest in the United States and holds over 227,000 treasures. Check out their website to learn more about Mural Arts Philadelphia.


Read more:6 Reasons People Like Living in Southwest Philadelphia


9. Fort Mifflin

Philadelphia ghosts

Fort Mifflin, located in a close-in Philadelphia suburb of Sharonville, PA., was built in 1771 and sits on Mud Island. By day, the Fort hosts living history days. But every night is Halloween at Fort Mifflin— it’s rumored the ghosts come out.  A soldier named Amos is sometimes seen cleaning his gun near the artillery shed. It’s widely regarded as one of the most haunted sites in the country.

 

10. Cooper River Park

Rowing in Philadelphia Delaware River

Whatever your favorite form of cardio may be, there is no shortage of opportunities to get outside and hit the trails in the Philly suburbs and Delaware Valley. The Cooper River Park near Pennsauken Township has something for everyone.

If you are moving to Philadelphia from Collingswood, Pennsauken, or Cherry Hill, you can access a lovely walking loop around the river. Men and women crew teams can often be seen practicing at dusk and dawn.

When it comes to deciding if moving to Philadelphia is the right choice for you, hop on social media and ask the locals. Remember though, with a diverse culture, great entertainment, and a thriving population it’s no wonder people love moving to Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs.


To rent storage during your move, visit our many storage facilities in the Philadelphia Suburbs or Delaware Valley area.

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5 Things That Need Climate Controlled Storage

 

When it comes to deciding whether or not to rent a climate controlled storage unit, it’s not just high temperatures that you have to worry about. When planning to store valuable business and household items, also think about moisture and humidity as well as freezing temperatures.

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.

 

Most electronics belong in a climate controlled storage unitClimate Controlled storage for electronics

The best methods for storing electronics include remembering that technology evolves faster than lightening, and if you put something out of sight will it be relevant by the time you unpack it from your storage unit.

Of course, vintage electronics are popular collectibles and keeping any electronic gadgetry safe and protected from the elements is a worthwhile investment.

Be sure to remove all batteries, and not store anything directly on the floor where it will be more susceptible to moisture. Label boxes as “fragile” and use bubble wrap or foam padding to protect delicate items. But don’t wrap electronics in shrink-wrap because moisture can be trapped inside.

It’s better to use paper wrapping, moving blankets, or beach towels that you can pick up cheaply at the local Goodwill store.

 

Save nursery and children’s toys and furniture for future generationsstore tinker toy creations in climate controlled storage units

Saving things like children’s toys, clothes, and nursery furniture can come in handy for future generations. Giving a family member or a friend a head start down the road is easy if you store baby and child treasures in a climate-controlled storage unit.

The first step is to donate slightly blemished toys if you don’t want to store them. Go ahead and discard broken toys. Also, keep in mind baby toys with chew marks or cracks can harbor bacteria that are difficult to get out.

Prevent mold and mildew from growing, as well as stop bacteria from spreading by disinfecting all toys before storing.

Place toys in plastic totes or containers with clear labels, such as Legos, Barbies, Matchbox cars, etc. It’s advisable to choose a temperature controlled storage center for these types of items. Most toys are susceptible to damage when exposed to fluctuating temperatures over time.

Remember to take out all batteries from toys, baby monitors, and any other items with an on and off switch. While extreme heat can cause batteries to swell, crack, and leak acid, so can the lack of day-to-day use.

Wooden furniture should never be stored in a hot atticClimate Controlled storage for Wooden Furniture

Wood expands and contracts with changes in surrounding temperature and humidity, which is why a temperature-controlled unit is usually the best option. But before you store, prepare your wood furniture beforehand.

Painted furniture may simply need to be wiped down, but stained, dyed, oiled, and waxed wood furniture may require special care such as applying linseed oil or a specific type of furniture wax.

After you’ve prepped your furniture one way to keep it protected is to wrap it with moving blankets and then shrink-wrap it. Also, plan to allow for space between items so that air circulates between the furniture and you can remove your pieces more easily should you need a particular item in the future.

 

Wine always requires a controlled temperature environment

climate controlled storage for wine bottles
Metro Self Storage offers climate controlled storage units for wine collections

Storing wine in “perfect” storage conditions is something wine geeks can argue about all day long. While that makes it impossible to give definitive advice about the “perfect” wine storage conditions, you’ll be fine if you put wine in a dark, largely undisturbed place with a moderate and fairly constant temperature.

When it comes to storing your wine in a storage facility choosing whether or not you need a specialized wine storage option or simply a storage unit that meets your storage needs depends largely on where you live. Talk to your local storage facility manager about how long you need wine storage and how often you plan to access the collection.

 

Artwork and family photos will last longer if stored in a climate controlled unitkeep artwork like this in climate controlled storage units

When it comes to storing your most treasured possessions, family photos, paintings, and art supplies are usually at the top of the list. These types of items need to protection from UV exposure, heat, and humidity. Storing photos of family, friends, and travel adventures are easy if you have a Flickr or Smug Mug account.

But what about grandmas’ family tree of ancestral photos tucked into an aging photo album? Exposures.com offers photo sleeves made of photo-safe materials that pass the same safety test used by the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

Storing photos in a climate controlled storage unit is a temporary solution until you have the time or inclination to transfer them into digital files.

 

Medical and pharmaceutical products must always be stored properlyphoto of climate controlled storage for medicine bottles

Pharmaceutical reps often turn to their local self storage facility to keep their inventory and shipments safe. Besides choosing a climate controlled storage unit, facility, reps must ensure the storage unit is clean and there are no signs of bug or rodent infestations. New or renovated storage facilities are always more attractive, but older facilities with good maintenance programs and reputations are also good choices.

Most but not all storage operators accept deliveries without an extra charge. At Metro Self Storage our friendly storage managers will happily accept deliveries and work with each pharmaceutical rep to create a plan for deliveries to avoid running into any issues down the line.

If you still find yourself asking, Do I really need climate controlled storage? We can help. It’s one of the most popular questions we hear in the storage industry.

Answering these three easy questions will help your storage facility answer your biggest questions about climate-controlled storage units.

  • What are the temperature ranges where you live?
  • What are you planning to store?
  • How long do you plan to utilize a self storage unit?

Read more: Do I Need to Buy Insurance for My Stored Belongings?


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