August 24, 2011

The Beauty of Portable Self Storage

How did we ever live without portable self storage? This product has grown in popularity steadily over the past 5 years, and is now an essential storage necessity with homeowners, businesses, realtors, and professional organizers.

What makes them so great?
  1. Portable self storage can be thought of as instant extra storage space right at your home/business -- no more building a foundation for a shed or driving back and forth to a self storage complex miles away. There is no preparation in placing the unit on your property, just the need for a fairly level ground space. Units are always weatherproof and lockable.
  2. If you are selling your house, realtors will always advise you to stage your home for prospective buyers by cleaning out your "clutter" (unessential and personal items). This is where portable self storage really comes in handy, as it provides a neat area outside your house to contain your boxes as you pack them. 
  3. When you're ready to move, think of portable self storage as moving without a truck. Your packed unit(s) can be transported to your new home where you can unpack them at your leisure.
  4. Event planners often use portable self storage units to hold their water and food supplies along the route of their 5K race or at their party or business meeting. One unit will hold more than enough banners, road signs, paper plates, bottles of water, coolers with ice, party supplies, etc., for any size event.
  5. Businesses often need more storage space than their office provides to store their supplies, brochures, files or folding chairs or extra furniture, and a portable self storage unit is perfect for them, because all of their items are easily accessed right outside their door.
  6. A portable self storage unit is the perfect solution to store your furniture and belongings when you are renovating any rooms. Empty the contents of your room(s) into the portable unit, and begin the painting!
  7. If you are planning a yard sale, a portable self storage unit will be an invaluable tool to store all the items you want to sell, and on the morning of your sale, everything is in one place ready to be displayed. Inevitably, after the sale, there will still be items left over, and you can store them back inside the unit until your next yard sale.
As you can see, the possibilities are endless for this type of storage option. Just be sure to keep your units locked, and you will be very happy with this great storage solution.

August 8, 2011

Moving With Pets

Moving can be a stressful time for adults and children, but for pets, it can also be a very confusing experience. You can take some simple precautions that will keep these precious members of your family safe and relatively stress-free during your move.
Tip # 1
When you begin the packing process, and the regular layout of your home is disrupted with boxes and furniture all over the place, it’s a good idea to establish a stable area for your pet to stay in that remains the same and has their familiar items, such as blanket/bed, toys, food and water bowls. This is very reassuring to animals, who do not understand changes to their environment as easily as humans.
Tip # 2
Ensure that your pet is wearing an identification tag with your name, address and phone number, just in case he/she becomes frightened and bolts away through an open door or window.  Also bring a leash and collar for walking your pet before travel, during travel if you take a break, and for when you reach your destination.
Tip #3
Air travel – Check your airline’s requirements, as they may allow pets such as cats, dogs, pet rabbits or household birds to travel in a carrier with you on the plane. Obtain your pet’s shipping container a few weeks before your flight to familiarize your pet with it.
Tip # 4
Car travel – If your pet is not used to traveling by car, acclimate him/her with short trips prior to the move day. On move day, be sure to bring a seat cover or blanket, paper towels, water, food and toys to make the trip as comfortable as possible. A collar and leash are very important if you are traveling with your dog.
Tip # 5
State and Local Animal Laws – Check with the appropriate agency of the state you are moving to, to be sure you have your pet’s interstate health certificate in order. Some pets require an entry permit as well.
Tip # 6
When you reach your new home, keep your pet inside the home and slowly acclimate it to your new surroundings.  Cats should stay inside for several weeks before you let them out, to prevent them from trying to find their old home.
Your pet has to adjust to his/her new surroundings just like you and your family, so take your time and explore your new home safely and carefully!