Getting Ready for Spring

While it may not seem so, spring is right around the corner! With warmer weather approaching, now is a good time to prepare your home for the spring season. Here are some tips to ensure you and your home are ready for spring.

Inside

Not all of spring has to do with lawn maintenance, as spring is also a time where your home itself needs to be ready too. First, you may want to check if your air conditioner is functioning properly. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and realizing your AC isn’t working properly on the first hot day of the year would be less than ideal. If there are any problems it is best to schedule an appointment now for a time in the future than wait until they have tons of people trying to schedule repairing appointments. Changing your HVAC filter is also something you should look to do before you have to use it. Procrastination is tempting, but overcoming it is extremely rewarding. It is also a good time to check your refrigerator’s filter before your refrigerator becomes an indispensable item during warmer months. This may also be a good time to inspect your clothes dryer vent to ensure it will function properly as well. If you end up with some broken appliances in need of repair, consider our home storage options to help with the logistics of it!

Outside

The biggest change that comes with spring time occurs outside. After the snow has completely melted it is the perfect time to start inspecting your home. Walk around and inspect the entire exterior to see if there are any areas that need to be repainted or have been damaged during the winter. It is also a prime time to trim trees and branches that might get too close to your home. Once they bloom a close enough branch can act like a freeway for bugs to enter your home in the spring.  Another important thing to check is your drainage systems. Before it starts raining too often, making sure your gutters are clear of debris and are ready to roll is a very important way to avoid water damage. Inspecting your roof is also another very important place that the winter could have damaged. You don’t want any damaged or missing shingles, or even a defunct chimney, to become a problem before it’s too late. Making sure your sprinklers are ready to operate for the spring and summer time is also another good way to get ahead of the game. Trying to repair sprinklers during their peak season of use will be a decision that you’ll feel in your pocket and will take more time than sorting out any problems now.

The arrival of spring will be an exciting time for many. But like all exciting opportunities, you must prepare for them in advance. By getting ready for spring now, you will be ahead of the game and will ensure your home is in tip-top shape.

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Tips to Store Your Vehicles Until Summer

With a quick stoppage from winter weather, now might be a good time time to keep your vehicles safe from any further winter weather. While driving a convertible or boating may be a very enjoyable experience, using them in the winter is something we wouldn’t recommend you try. Here are some tips to ensure that you properly store your vehicles.

Cars

The end of convertible season, just like the hood of the car, is slowly creeping upon us. However, do not fear, as next year will still come around, and you’d like for your sweet ride to be ready! First, clean your car. While it may seem illogical to clean a car you won’t see for months, the phrase out of sight out of mind will burn you in the end. If you leave your car with stains they will multiply in effect while you store the car and will be harder to clean next summer. The same principle is true for the smell and tidiness of the inside of the car, as you do not want anything fermenting inside your car. Next you should change the oil, as the oil may have contaminants that can damage the engine. Another counter intuitive task to accomplish is filling up your oil tank before putting the car away. This will ensure moisture does not accumulate inside the fuel tank and will keep the seals from drying out. Refraining from using the parking brake is also another insider tip, as leaving the parking brake for too long of time can infuse your brake with the rotors, or quite simply, cause internal damage to the car itself. Now, when it comes to finally storing the car, make sure you keep it covered as the elements can take a toll on the exterior of your car. Preferable options are in a garage, or taking advantage of our car storage options!

Boats

Boat storage can be a particular pain as boats can take up a lot of space, and typically won’t fit into your garage. It is important to shield the boat from the elements when not in usage, and the aforementioned steps to tidy up the vehicle and perform maintenance checks beforehand are in effect for this as well. The first and most common storage option is on a trailer, and usually ends up in your yard taking up a lot of space. If you find a boat in your yard as an eyesore, other options include a boatyard or a marina. A boatyard will rack up your boat and keep it safe for the winter, and is traditionally the cheaper option. A marina is a nautical country club, with costlier prices but overall better treatment of you boat as it will be kept in the water and under watchful eye, but this is usually for larger boats and yachts.

Canoes & Kayaks

While these may stretch the definition of summer vehicles, your canoes and kayaks are something you’ll probably look to store for the winter. Requiring less maintenance than the motorized boats and cars, it is still important to ensure that your canoe or kayak is clean before putting it away. Also simply throwing them in the yard especially without any covering open it to damage from good ol’ mother nature. The best option, just like for a summertime car, is a covered location such as a garage. Here, however, lies a huge concern, as canoes and kayaks can take  an absurd amount of space in your garage. If you find this to be the case, we strongly suggest considering our storage unit options to keep your canoes and kayaks safe for the winter!

These tips will help ensure you take the proper precautionary measures and find your boats, cars, canoes, and/or kayaks a safe place to hibernate for the winter.

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3 Snow Clean-Up Tips

With  winter storms in our near future, now is the time to start to preparing for them. Cleaning up snow is not an activity anybody enjoys, but proper snow clean-up can save you time and money. Here are some tips to streamline your snow clean up.

Snow Blower

Buying a snow blower is an easy solution. They can make your snow clean up orders of magnitude easier faster. The time and effort involved with shoveling is immediately removed. Not only that, the risk of injury is removed with the purchase of a snow blower. Like other machined ways to perform physical tasks, a snow blower is an expensive up front cost. However, in terms of real cost it can be worth it. If it makes your commute easier in the morning, it is directly making you more productive. Where to keep it? You only need a snow blower a few months a year, so our storage options can keep it safe for the rest of the year.

Incremental Shoveling

If you’re shoveling, anything more than a few inches of snow is going to pose a problem. That is why shoveling while it is still snowing may be a smart option. By shoveling incrementally at every few inches, the physical strain of shoveling large amounts is taken out. When it finally stops snowing, you will be very happy you invested the time during the storm to make the amounts of snow manageable. This also bodes well if you won’t necessarily have the time to shovel when the snow accumulates, or if you don’t want the snow to solidify and settle overnight.

Layering 

If you can’t shovel incrementally, layering is a method to make shoveling accumulated snow easier. It involves making multiple passes through the area you’re shoveling. Instead of going inch by inch trying to tackle the whole amount of snow. This method involves quickly passing through and take a couple inches off the top of the snow each time around. By focusing on these lighter and quick shoveling methods it eases the strain on you and can be accomplished more quickly.

Follow these 3 steps to save time and money this winter!

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3 Ways to Transition to Winter

With Thanksgiving now over, it’s time to transition into winter mode. It’s important to properly prepare your home for the winter in order to save yourself money and keep your home in tip-top condition. Here are 3 ways to ensure that.

Gutters

Water. You don’t want it by your home during the winter. Water freezing causes expansion that can damage multiple parts of your home. That’s why its important to clear your gutters for the winter. A buildup of leaves in your gutters over the course of fall can be a dangerous proposition for your gutters. That’s why its important to clear them out now before temperatures drop completely. An even more ambitious idea would be to make the most of our home staging storage opportunities to clear out your home and check if there is any water damage in your pipe throughout your home.

Cut Down on Heating Costs

Heating costs creep up on you with colder weather. This is the best time to make any renovation to your home. Adding new insulation or changing your windows are undertakings that can have high up front costs but will definitely save you money in the long run. If your home is unable to keep the heat inside, you’re literally letting money escape your home. That’s why it’s essential to use any means you have to trap the heat in during the winter.

Consider a Generator

Each year thousands of people regret not having a generator during a winter storm when they lose power. Don’t be one of those people. Consider a generator as a safe purchase that could pay off big time in case of an emergency. This is not just a solution for potential storms during the winter, but also comes into play with any other potential need for a generator during any other sort of power outage. Or, if your generator is portable, now you have mobile forms of energy.

Follow these 3 steps to save time and money this winter!

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3 Things to Check Before Halloween

Halloween weekend is a time for joy for people of all ages. Yet, if you’re a homeowner, you know it comes with some added baggage. One of the biggest holidays of the year comes with a lot of items to add to the to do list. Here are 3 major items to make sure you have covered.

Entrance

Before strangers, especially children, start walking onto your lawn and your front steps, it’s important to make sure they are clear of clutter and presentable. It’ll only take a few hours at most, and the difference it will make will be drastic. A quick cleanup can make the entrance of your home and front yard very presentable to the numerous strangers who will trek across it in the coming days. Also, you don’t want there to be anything that would get anyone hurt on your property. If you need some last second storage options, remember to keep us in mind as we’re always here to help!

Decorations

Building off the last item on our list, it’s important to show off a festive mood. A clean and nice looking house can be one-upped by a festive and well-decorated one. Our last blog post article covers Halloween decorations in more detail, and we strongly suggest you look into them so you can be one of thee top Halloween places in your neighborhood. Being a part of a community means getting involved in community events, and being a festive home surely puts you on that path. Also, especially if you plan to host a Halloween party, these decoration ideas can go a long way.

Candy

Last but not least, you must ensure you have an ample supply of candy! No matter how nice or festive your house looks, you will disappoint a lot of people, mostly the kids, if you don’t have enough candy for the trick-or-treating that will be happening. Also, make sure you have quality brand name candies. It may be enticing to personalize the treats you give out, but parents are wary of personalized items, so a nicely packaged brand-name treat will make everybody happy!

Make sure to check these items off of your Halloween to-do list as soon as possible!

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Celebrating Halloween With Home Decorations

When it comes to the spookiest holiday of the year, none can compare to the thrills and chills that are enjoyed on Halloween! From haunted houses to pitch-black corn mazes, plenty of destinations are set up each year to provide a true fright for those compelled by the dark and the macabre. The holiday doesn’t have to be terrifying beyond words, however, as there are plenty of ways to extend the fun to the little ones, regardless of age! Here are a few decorative ideas to help get your home prepared for the final day of October and to involve the kids in a fun activity.

Jack-o’-lanterns

Perhaps the most iconic symbol of the fall season is the pumpkin thanks to its large size and striking orange color. The fun in pumpkins isn’t limited to merely picking them at local farms, as once one is picked, it becomes a canvas to express your imagination. By utilizing a kitchen knife or other sharp tool, you can easily create a spooky jack-o’-lantern that is perfect for a bay window or front stoop. If you’re looking to extend the crafting activity to children, you can even just grab paint instead of tools and paint a face directly on the pumpkin’s exterior. You may decide to even drop the brush and have an enjoyable afternoon of finger painting!

Spooky Ghosts

In celebrating Halloween, it’s hard to ignore the chilling image that a ghost presents! While there are certainly endless amounts of pre-made ghost decorations that you can buy in a store, making a DIY project out of it is quite a bit more fun! Since the traditional look of a ghost is pretty vague in that it only has to be white or translucent, you are free to start with anything from sheets to garbage bags. With the exterior established, the shape can attained by utilizing a stuffing such as paper, cotton, or simply hanging it outside to sway in the breeze.

Spiders and Bats

Combining both the color black with creatures that lurk in the night, spiders and bats embody the spirit of Halloween better than any other animals. As such, utilizing their images for a bit of decorating fun is a great way to add a creepy touch to your home this holiday. The simplest and cheapest way is to create them out of construction paper, which is simple and safe enough for all ages to enjoy. Just create a stencil of the image that you want and make as many as you like. You may even decide to ramp things up with 3D paper models or accessories for the eyes.

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3 Tips For an Awesome House Party

Hosting a party is one of the few scenarios where you can dictate how enjoyable your night is. The amount of time and effort you put into making your party a success will directly correlate to your friends and family having a good time. Here are a few tips to get your next party on the right path.

The Playlist

Having someone DJ shouldn’t be a last second call. The earlier you figure out who will be controlling the music and what the playlist will be, the less likely you’ll run into any speed-bumps on game day. You don’t want your guests to second guess your choice of music or question ho’s controlling the music, it should be a seamless part of the party. You should know the guests you have coming and what type of playlist will suit the atmosphere you’re trying to create. You can even use the playlist to have the party peak at a certain hours and then gradually die down.

The Guest List

Undoubtedly the guests at your party will determine how it goes. It’s important to segment your guest lists into the type of friends they are and how’ll they’ll be at a party. Try and balance your party animal friends with the number of more socially relaxed ones. Make sure a good portion of your friends groups overlap so the party won’t be too cliquey. And, most importantly, if you know which friends will show up late and which will show up on time, give them different starts times to everybody starts showing up at the time you want the party to start happening.  If you want a dry party, try and avoid inviting friends who may not follow any house rules you may set. The most important thing to remember is that you are not obliged to invite anyone, it’s all up to you.

Proper Spacing

A good party usually involves some nice mingling and interactions among your guests. The best way to facilitate this is to have a set-up that is inviting for people to interact. Whether you want to set up a dance floor or just clear some space for guests to roam around more easily, this is an often underrated part of a party. If you need help creating space for this, we have storage options that can help you make your party the best it can be.

A good party can be planned for, and these tips will help get you on the right path.

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Making a Home Gym

Mustering up the energy to go to the gym is half the battle of working out. But you pay monthly fees, so you have to go. Well, wouldn’t be easier if you brought the gym to your own home? With these tips you can make a nice home gym.

The Room

The first part of the process is clearing a room to house your new gym. This room would preferable have old flooring, and for convenience sake not much clutter to move. What to do with all of the items you’re moving out of the room? How about our home renovation storage solutions! In no time you can have a clear room ready to be built into your new temple of exercise. The only necessary step to making to it ready for gym equipment is adding proper gym flooring, which is both cheap and very worth the value.

Equipment

The simplest strategy to ensuring you’re maximizing the space you have for exercise is to avoid buying expensive and space-consuming machines. Free-weight exercises are the best way to hit all your muscle groups with a very set and standard amount of equipment. A few barbells, dumbbells in whatever weight range you desire, a power rack, and a bench are the essentials. With those pieces of equipment you can work out most muscle groups as adequately as you would at a conventional gym. If you’d like accessories feel free to purchase them on a by-need basis. Get a muscle roller, and some mats too. Don’t worry about changing your equipment, because when the time comes and you’re thinking about a new workout regiment, our storage solutions  can make sure your equipment will always be accessible 24/7.

Entertainment

This is here you have the opportunity to turn your home gym into a place you want to workout rather than just a room with some equipment you don’t touch or use. Add your own personal touch. Like to watch TV when working out? Install a corner TV or just set one up somewhere. Add a nice stereo system so you can have some workout music blasting while working out. Some motivational poster on the walls can also go a long way.

Making a home gym is nice DIY project that can have very rewarding outcomes. Save on gym memberships, and make it easier to actually go and get a workout  in whenever you like.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Gardening

Gardening can be a fulfilling hobby for many. But, this hobby does take serious time and dedication to truly be a successful gardener. Here are a few ways to improve your gardening!

Specialized Tools

This is the simplest way to make the next step. A pair of gloves and a hose can get a few plants growing, but to tame a tremendous and grand garden more specialized tools will be needed. Examples include hedge trimmers, large shears, a good spade. Just look into what plants you have and what you need to take care of them to the best of your potential. And don’t even worry about where you’ll store your new tools!

Fertilize

A lush garden may need some extra energy to reach your goals. Fertilizing is probably the most effective way to ensure your plants grow green and as vibrant as possible. For us in the northeast, fall is the best time to fertilize your garden, which is coming up in just one month! If you need to use a lot of fertilizer or even mulch, our home renovation storage options can also be suitable for you. Only make one trip to the store and then keep any fertilizer or mulch on hand at our facilities as you need!

Clean

Accumulation is your enemy! Any dead leaves or plant particles on the ground near your plants is thatch. That thatch should be removed! It blocks necessary water and nutrients from reaching your plants. Also, it makes your garden look tidier and nicer to an outside eye. A fresh layer of compost, topsoil, or mulch depending on the plants you own can also add to the aesthetic of your garden. Keep in mind your area may have services to pick up lawn and gardening debris and trash, which helps with disposal of the thatch!

Boundaries

A garden isn’t just a generalized location for plants. The plants don’t have to mingle, and your garden can be spread all across your property. Don’t be afraid to create nice stone boundaries between different sections. You can even use other materials like rope and get creative to design different boundaries. Use flower pots for certain plants that you would like to highlight or to put plants in different places above the ground. A more well spread out garden over your property will really go to accentuate its beauty and how well it goes with your house.

A nice garden can be a beautiful part of any home. These 4 tips can make your garden even more lush and pleasing than it already is!

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3 Ideas for Laundry Room Storage

A laundry room is a small part of your house that usually goes unnoticed. However, there are a surprising amount of items that go into doing your laundry, and sometimes the mess of the laundry room can create clutter in other parts of the house. Here are some tips to make sure you’re maximizing the storage potential of your laundry room.

Laundry Basket

Do you have dirty laundry scattered around your home? One laundry basket can be a solution for everybody! Instead of hampers spread around every room, a centrally located one is an easy way to avoid having scattered and disorganized clothes. By having a laundry basket near your laundry room doing laundry will be much easier, especially if you have kids. Just drop off dirty clothes in the basket whenever you have some. This simple step can help you remove clutter in your home and make your laundry room more efficient. Our home storage professionals recommend it!

Storage Racks

A good laundry room should have all of your laundry essentials in it. If you don’t have enough room, maybe it’s time to expand the storage capabilities of your laundry room. If you don’t already have storage racks above your washer and dryer, this can be an easy installment that can handle all of your laundry essentials. All of your detergent can be kept up there and accessed easily when doing laundry. If you need help to to renovate, just keep in mind our home renovation storage solutions! Laundry storage racks can also be used to help with folding clothes after they’ve been washed and dried.

Going Vertical

If you don’t want to go for the storage racks, here’s another way to maximize vertical storage space. An idea that isn’t used too often is to take the washer dryer combo and make it vertical! Stacking a dryer on a washer may seem out of the ordinary, but if your laundry room is cramped but has a tall ceiling this may be the best route for you! Again, taking our home renovation storage help in mind, this tal task may be the right path forward for your laundry room!

Hopefully these 3 ideas make your laundry room more tidy and efficient!

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