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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The Best Ways to Organize Large Storage Units


Organizing large storage units might seem like a daunting task. Whether a business or personal residence, with a little up-front preparation using our pro storage tips, you create an ideal storage solution. The most familiar way to think of a large storage unit is that it’s roughly equivalent in size to a one-car garage. If you want more organization, larger storage units can give you more flexibility and space.

Large storage units can hold an entire household of belongings, but they are also utilized for storing vehicles, small boats, snowmobiles, and jet skis. The most sought after large storage units are typically 10X20 (200 square feet) and 10X30 (300 square feet).

Follow these steps to keep your large storage unit organized. Making it easier to locate and retrieve your items will save you time and a headache:
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The Best Ways to Organize Small Storage Units


Small storage units come in handy for a wide variety of situations. Whether you need a self storage unit to meet your business storage needs, or to keep clutter at bay while your house is on the market, it doesn’t have to be a place you rarely visit.

On the contrary, with a few helpful tips on how to organize your storage unit, you’ll have no regrets when you can easily find an item you want to retrieve.


4 Organizing tips if you are renting small storage units for personal belongings

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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.

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RV History | Fun Facts About One of America’s Greatest Icons


When it comes to RV history, there was the Hunt Housecar, the Model ‘T’ Telescope Apartment, and the Kozy Kamp Tent Trailer that created America’s fascination for luxury camping.

Decades later, RVs captivated American audiences in big Hollywood films like “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” that brought gut-busting laughter to movie goers around the globe.

While comedic greats helped popularize RV adventures, our fascination with RV history is about jumping into what is essentially a small home on wheels, and piloting our own course through the countryside goes way back.

According to RV historians, 1910 is cited as the birth of the RV industry with the invention of “auto campers” and “camping trailers.” Up until that point, people traveled by train – basically, an RV on a track. But unlike trains, in these precursors to the RV, people could travel and camp anywhere there was a road.

Jump forward to 1950, and you’ll begin to recognize our modern-day RV. But many would agree it was Winnebago’s “eyebrow” design in 1970 and the infamous flying W that made America fall in love, everlasting love, with RVing.


Today, there is a long list of different types of RVs to choose from:Travel Trailer Storage

  • Class A Motorhome – big on size and luxury
  • Class B Motorhome – camper van
  • Class C Motorhome – smaller version of Class A
  • Fifth Wheel- hitches to truck bed
  • Travel Trailer – #1 selling RV type
  • Pop-Up – folding camper trailer
  • Truck Camper – self-contained RV that slides into the bed of a truck


While there is nothing like the feeling of cruising on a long stretch of highway towards your next big adventure, there is the little challenge of where to park your RV when its not in use.  Also, many regions of the country require owners to properly prepare their RVs for winter storage is also part of RV ownership.

Baby boomers helped make RV history by helping the industry grow by leaps and bounds. Today, younger generations are still captivated by the idea of mobile living and use their RVs as mobile offices and homes while driving across the country.

For the times you want to safely store your cherished chariot in between road trips and vacations, Metro Self Storage is here for you. We’ll be ready for your next adventure whenever you are.

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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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How Much Does Chicago Self Storage Cost?

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Chicago is a city of superlatives. It is the home of the world’s first 15-story Ferris wheel, best deep dish pizza, busiest airport, highest steeple, and if you exclude the Pentagon, the largest building. As the third most populated city in the country, it’s no wonder Chicagoans are sometimes crunched for time and space.
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The Million Dollar Self Storage Question: What Size Do I Need?

It’s a question we’ve all asked experts, even perfect strangers, and ourselves. From carry on suitcases and skis to mountain bikes, moving trucks, and yes, even self storage—What Size Do I Need?—is usually the first question that comes to mind.

Finding the correct answer practically guarantees you’ll save time and money. If you start out with the right size, it means you aren’t overpaying for more than you need. Nor will you waste time on returning or exchanging something because you got the wrong size.

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The Top 5 Reasons Metro Self Storage in Deerfield Will Make You Happy


What should your athletic club, bank, and favorite coffee shop all have in common? Ideally, they’re conveniently located to work with your schedule. Because everyone knows the keys to happiness are money, muscles, and coffee, right? Seriously though, while there are scientifically proven ways to be incredibly happy, Metro Self Storage understands what you want when it comes to renting a self storage unit for your home or business items.


Storage Amenities in Deerfield, Illinois

  • A welcoming and exceptional storage team that strives to exceed your expectations
  •  Relax with our 24-hour state of the art security monitoring
  • The ultimate in self storage convenience—drive up climate controlled storage units
  • Access your belongings 7 days a week
  • Stay out of the rain, snow, and sun with the luxury of covered loading and unloading


In keeping with sustainable development practices, we’ve repurposed the former Sears Repair Center building into a state of the art Deerfield self storage facility ideally suited to store everything ranging from personal belongings to business records, documents, pharmaceutical samples, inventory, and more!


Deerfield Business Storage Units

We offer storage solutions for every member of our Lake County, Illinois community. So whether you own a Deerfield business and need flexible storage or you’re moving and need to store all of your household goods, you’ll find our friendly storage team here to guide you with as little or as much help as you may need.


Conveniently Located Climate Controlled Storage

At Metro Self Storage we are big believers in location. That’s why you’ll find the newest member of our Chicago North suburbs self storage facilities conveniently situated at the boundary of Bannockburn and Deerfield on Waukegan Road (IL Route 43).

If you’re anything like us, you love the lifestyle that comes with living in Lake County. Nothing compares to the beautiful recreation areas and outstanding Deerfield schools and neighborhoods located on Chicago’s North Shore.

Who can resist a morning stop at everyone’s favorite Deerfield Bakery or a round of golf at the Deerfield Golf Club? Finding the right balance between work and play is always possible when you choose Metro Self Storage to meet your storage needs.

You’ll find us on Waukegan Road (IL Route 43) between the Bannockburn Green Shopping Center and Deerfield High School. Call us to schedule a tour or reserve your new Deerfield drive up climate controlled storage unit today!

Metro Self Storage New Facility in Deerfield, IL

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2021 Waukegan Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015



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Moving to Largo, Florida? Choose the Best Storage Facility for Your Belongings


There are many reasons to relocate. If your reason to move is a case of location-based chronic boredom, then moving to Largo, Florida will surely cure what ails you.

Largo is centrally located near the best of what Pinellas County offers, so there is never a shortage of interesting things to do. No matter what your passion, Largo, and nearby cities and beaches offer something for everyone—visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, attend a sporting event at the newly renovated Sid Lickton Complex or enjoy the nearby arts and culture at the Largo Botanical Gardens.

When you need self storage units in Largo, FL choosing one of the best storage facilities doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to pay more. In fact, public storage in Largo, FL is currently amongst the most economical storage in the United States.

Besides a friendly and expert storage team, when moving to Largo, Florida, you’ll want to choose Pinellas county storage units that have a state of the art website. This ensures you’ll have the convenience of managing your storage experience online whenever it’s convenient.

You’ll also want a company that offers extended telephone customer service hours (You never know when you might have an emergency situation!). Additionally, the ability to access your storage unit seven days a week is a big plus for some folks. At Metro Self Storage, you will find a professionally staffed storage office that is open at least one day over the weekend. Having someone onsite to assist you during a weekend move is always a big plus.

The best time for moving to Largo, Florida, is practically any time of year because on average the city gets 246 sunny days per year. Even better, is the fact that it doesn’t snow in Florida!


Here is a list of helpful questions to ask your local storage facility manager


1. What are the best storage options for my belongings?

2. What type of security features does your storage facility offer?

3. What is the difference between climate controlled vs. non-climate controlled units?

4. Is proof of insurance required before I rent a storage unit?

5. What do you suggest if I have to move in during hurricane season?

6. What are your tips for preventing mold and mildew in my storage unit?

7. Does your facility offer drive-up, 1st Floor, and/or multi-level elevator access?

8. Do you offer 24-hour access to my storage unit?

9. Will I have access to my stored items 7 days a week?

10. Is your storage office open Saturday or Sunday?


Follow these tips for finding a storage facility that is ideally suited to your needs, find storage units near Clearwater and Largo, FL, and make your next move your easiest move!


Whether you are moving to Largo or another beautiful Florida city, Metro is here to help you find the best storage solution

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10501 Belcher Rd S 
Largo, FL 33777 
(727) 547-3679


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619 Cattlemen Rd 
Sarasota, FL 34232 
(941) 315-7567


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4216 Gunn Hwy 
Tampa, FL 33618 
(813) 302-1371


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21731 State Road 54 
Lutz, FL 33549 
(813) 693-5452 


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1821 E Fletcher Ave 
Tampa, FL 33612 
(813) 906-7919

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3021 Lee Blvd 
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971 
(239) 491-8111


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1675 Starkey Rd 
Largo, FL 33771 
(727) 228-9272


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624 Robin Rd 
Lakeland, FL 33803 
(863) 333-9919


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13100 66th St N 
Largo, FL 33773 
(727) 315-1175


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7627 Narcoossee Rd 
Orlando, FL 32822 
(321) 270-8294


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17231 Dona Michelle Dr 
Tampa, FL 33647 
(813) 906-8038


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1231 Kings Hwy 
Port Charlotte, FL 33980 
(941) 787-3744


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3501 Gandy Blvd N 
Pinellas Park, FL 33781 
(727) 280-5520


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10813 Boyette Rd 
Riverview, FL 33569 
(813) 586-2544


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311 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd 
Seffner, FL 33584 
(813) 540-0027


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3300 Barclay Ave 
Spring Hill, FL 34609 
(352) 835-5022


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17701 Summerlin Rd 
Fort Myers, FL 33908 
(239) 215-1456


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8323 W Hillsborough Ave 
Tampa, FL 33615 
(813) 666-8703

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1210 W Fletcher Ave 
Tampa, FL 33612 
(813) 666-8935


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19390 Bruce B Downs Blvd 
Tampa, FL 33647 
(813) 501-2616

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17625 S Tamiami Trl 
Fort Myers, FL 33908 
(239) 243-0325


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28925 State Road 54 
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 
(813) 501-2718

Even if you are not moving to Largo, Florida, Metro offers clean, reliable, and well-maintained storage facilities throughout the state. All of our storage facilities are operated by friendly, professionally trained Property Managers who look forward to helping you find the perfect storage solution.



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