Moving to West Chicago, IL? 7 Things You Need to Know

 

Whether you are visiting or moving to West Chicago, the area is an attractive destination. Located 30 miles due west of downtown Chicago in DuPage County, the City of West Chicago has a rich history. It was created when three railroads came together in the area. Manufacturing jobs, eating houses, and hotels for travelers soon sprang up because so many trains met at this juncture. Most of the residents were chiefly farmers and railroad employees.

 

Today, West Chicago is a popular commuter town (due to its more affordable rents) to nearby Chicago. Additionally, you can leave your car behind and take public transportation (the Metra) to downtown Chicago.
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How To Prepare Furniture for Storage

 

Whether you are a homeowner getting ready to move or a real estate agent staging a home for sale, self storage can provide both short-term and long-term options to reduce clutter during a move.

Home furnishings usually represent the largest investment inside a home, and the wide range of styles and quality characteristics makes finding the right type of storage very important. If you are wondering how to store furniture long term, we’ve got some handy tips to keep your belongings in the best possible condition.
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Student Storage Deals | Find Clean, Reliable Storage Units Near Your Campus

Finding the best student storage deals is easy if you plan ahead. Procrastinate and finding cheap storage gets harder as summer approaches. Moreover, living in cramped quarters brings home the fact that there are only so many nooks, cubbies, and crannies to cram stuff into in a dorm room.

When faced with sharing a room, the big question is, “What do I do with all this extra stuff?” From a surplus of college books and university gear to clothes and kitchenware, it’s easy to accumulate more stuff than you have room for in your dorm room.

As the end of the school year approaches, you need to figure out how to get everything home—or, do you?

Last year, Yale University in West Haven received 30 tons of donations during Spring Salvage during their undergraduate move-out day. Yes, you read that correctly—30 tons of stuff! Students donated everything from housewares and furniture to clothes, books, and shoes.

While some Yale University students recycle their excess belongings many others from campuses across the country turn to storage units for students over the summer.

Whether you attend a private college campus or are a state schooler at the University of Tampa in Florida (Go Tampa Spartans!), student storage is certainly a popular and viable option.

Take note! How to get the best student storage deals near your university

1. Don’t wait until the last minute, start shopping around early to find the best storage deals

2. Ask if there are administration or deposit fees

3. Buy your lock ahead of time at Walmart or Target

4. If your stuff is insured on mom and dad’s insurance policy, get a certificate or share the cost of tenant insurance with your friends

5. Check that the storage unit access hours work with your schedule

6. Find out what happens to your stuff if you forget to pay

7. Avoid late payment fees by signing up for automatic payments

8. Be sure your storage facility has 24-hour digital surveillance

Whether you’re going to a public school like Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, or a private liberal arts college, you can be sure that storage facilities near your campus will offer special deals for college students.

If you’re one of the many students storing over the summer break, a quick solution is just a call or click away. Make your reservation on your lunch break and with 24-hour access move into your new storage unit when it’s convenient for you!


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3 Simple Home Staging Tips to Help Sell Your House

According to top Realtors across the country, home staging is the key to selling a home. Moving season is here again; maybe it’s the warmer weather and the fact that the future looks brighter now that the sun isn’t hiding behind gray clouds.

One of the most important things you can do to sell your home quickly and for the highest possible price is to understand the value of staging. Getting a full-price offer within a reasonable amount of time is every homeowner’s dream.
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7 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to North Side Chicago

 

When it comes to deciding what to do and see in North Side Chicago, there are so many choices in the Windy City that Fodor’s Travel published an article titled “10 Things Not To Do In Chicago.” While this might be helpful for tourists who are on a tight schedule, for anyone moving to Chicago the first question on your mind probably is something like: “Where are the best neighborhoods in Chicago?”

We’ve narrowed the playing field for you by identifying two very fine communities on Chicago’s North Side, and info on Chicago culture and trivia so you’ll feel right at home when you arrive.
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Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs? 4 of the Best ‘Burbs in Minnesota

 

Minneapolis is ranked as one of the best cities to live in America, and several Twin Cities suburbs consistently rank high for the quality of life and affordability.

Last year, Maple Grove, Minnesota got a shout out from Money magazine and was listed 2nd on their list of the best suburbs’ in America, but it doesn’t stop there. Edina, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Mound have all been featured in well-respected publications including CNN, Outside Magazine, and Bloomberg.

There must be something truly wonderful about Minnesota if people are willing to stick around in the winter when temperatures routinely drop into the single digits. So, if you plan on moving to the Minneapolis suburbs, these are some of the best suburbs for families, young professionals, and retirees.

Bloomington, Minnesota – Best Shopping Mall of America in Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington

Bloomington is located on the north bank of Minnesota River and boasts the largest enclosed shopping center in the country, Mall of America, which also happens to be the largest employer in town.

When you’ve had enough of indoor shopping and need an outdoor fix, as a resident you’ll live in a city that offers numerous parks. Hyland Lake Park Reserve, which includes a ski area and Nordic ski jumps, and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of only four urban wildlife refuges in the United States, are both located in Bloomington.

Residents also enjoy close proximity to the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, and Saint Paul, considered by Minnesotans to be the cultural capital of the state.

 

Eden Prairie, Minnesota – Best Family FriendlyMoving to Eden Prairie, Minnesota

A suburb of Minneapolis, Eden Prairie benefits from being a family-friendly town with excellent schools, a low crime rate, and, for professionals, it’s a decent commute to the Twin Cities.

However, Eden Prairie isn’t just a great place to live … it’s also a great place to work! As a result, it’s often ranked as one of the best suburbs in American.The median home price in this idyllic town is a bit higher than the Minneapolis-St Paul Metro average.

Thankfully, there is a wide selection of Eden Prairie townhomes for rent for folks who aren’t ready to buy a house. Eden Prairie is home to Hennepin Technical College and more than 1,000 acres of developed parkland that includes 120 miles of bike and nature trails making it an ideal place to live for anyone who loves the outdoors.

 

Mound, Minnesota – Best Play TimeBoys Fishing in Mound, MN

Located in Hennepin County on the east side of Mound, Minnesota is a small town that offers an abundance of outdoor activities including over 100 dock sites to access lake Minnetonka.

Favorite water sports include boating, kayaking, and fishing on the numerous lakes and bays in and around the city.

Additionally, the city offers plenty of affordable housing options and quality schools. Bloomberg Business Week named it as one of the best cities in Minnesota to raise kids.

Wondering what are some of the favorite outdoor activities in Mound? Bike, blade, run or walk the Dakota Rail Trail.

Fun fact: Mound is the birthplace of the Tonka Truck. Metro Self Storage recently participated in the redevelopment of the original Tonka manufacturing facility and offers full-service self storage facility with climate-controlled storage units, RV parking, and great storage rental prices.

 

Orono, Minnesota – Best Lakeshore BeachesOrono gets top vote for it lakes, boating, and beaches

Located approximately 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis, Orono, also referred to as The Lakeshore City, offers Minnesota lake homes in a big resort-style setting.

Residents who live here can participate in the vibrant city culture of Minneapolis or choose to enjoy the peaceful afternoon on one of the beaches located on Lake Minnetonka’s 100 miles of shoreline.

Wondering what are some of the favorite outdoor activities? Stand-up paddling, sailing, and fishing on Lake Minnetonka or spending the day Wayzata Beach?

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Create Moving Box Masterpieces | Fun, Affordable Entertainment For All

 

Just build it, and they will come! Which is exactly what happens if you end up building with a large moving box.

Youth and science organizations have caught on to the universal appeal of playing with cardboard moving boxes, and are engaging kids of all ages to create cardboard masterpieces that include everything from boats and rocket ships to life-size chess pieces and palaces.

Watching this short documentary video about Caine’s Arcade. The an 11-minute short documentary film by Nirvan Mullick released on April 9, 2012, that featured a cardboard arcade created by then 9-year-old Caine Monroy out of boxes and everyday objects.

To date, the Imagination Foundation has 750+ global participants in 77 countries and partners with Google and Disney. The organization’s annual Cardboard Challenge began in 2013, after discovering this video posted on YouTube.

 

Get involved with your local arts and science scene

CodeCreate in Chicago inspires young and old alike to craft cardboard box creations throughout the year. As a way to foster a day of global happiness, the Imagination Foundation Global Cardboard Challenge engages kids every year from Rwanda to Florida to use cardboard as a source of inspiration.

Both organizations offer year-round opportunities to get involved with moving box building and activities on the local level.

 

Upcycle old moving boxes

If you’ve recently moved, or are planning to move in the near future, give your used cardboard moving boxes a new life by upcycling them into something useful and creative.

Engage the kids to build a boat, fort, or castle for their next birthday party to keep them occupied while you’re busy unpacking and organizing.

After all the hard work, invite your friends and family to spend a weekend afternoon building a cardboard maze or outdoor Scrabble game.

 

Not moving? No problem!

Wondering where to get moving boxes for your next cardboard creation if you aren’t planning a move?

You’ll find a wide variety of small, medium, and large moving boxes for sale at all of our conveniently located Metro Self Storage locations. Whether you’re simply looking for a cheap way to entertain the kids or entering a contest, we’ve got you covered.

Mr. McGroovy’s Box Rivets™ will make constructing, and when the time comes, deconstructing, cardboard structures (think lemonade stands, forts, and castles) a breeze. The box rivets are designed to work with both single- and double-wall cardboard boxes including dish-pack boxes, washer/dryer boxes, wardrobe boxes and more.

 

 

 

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How To Combine Two Households Harmoniously

 

You Googled tirelessly searching for romantic Valentine’s Day ideas, and no doubt found a plethora of ways to pop the big question. You might have even come across the wedding opportunity of the century … to get married at the world-famous 86th floor Observatory of the Empire State Building.

However, whether or not you are dreaming of getting hitched on top of a hi rise, a barefoot beach wedding or just making a commitment to move in together, February is a special time of year.

Now is the time to start thinking about how to unite everything you both own under one roof, and what to do with the things that don’t fit.

 

Prepare to Compromise

Whether you are moving into an apartment or a house, when combining households you’ll quickly discover if you’re good at sharing. If either or both of you have pets, ensuring they’re just as compatible as the two of you is equally important as well.

Remember, compromise is to a successful merger, and two heads are better than one. So between your spatial awareness and his organizational skills figure out if you need to hire a moving company, rent a storage unit, move to a bigger abode, or all of the above.

Likely, you both want to keep a lot of your things but won’t have the space, so opt for a self storage solution.

 

Find a Temporary Storage Solution

You can find the perfect space for your belongings at a Metro Self Storage facility conveniently located near you. We’ll help you store everything from family heirlooms to vintage motorcycles.

And, just in case you are one of those lucky couples who get married on the top of the Empire State Building, our NYC Metro Self Storage facilities are ready and waiting to share their space with you.

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