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Here at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Oklahoma, we like to talk about self storage topics and current events quite a bit, so maybe it’s time to talk a little about a new development over at the main Storage ‘R’ Us site that has us pretty excited.
We launched the new website about 6 weeks ago, and we’ve been pretty busy setting up our social media channels during the post-launch period. But now that we have much of that under wraps, we thought that we’d take a moment and write a quick blog article about the new Storage ‘R’ Us website and tell all our readers about what they’ll find on the new site.
First off, when you visit the new Storage ‘R’ Us website, you’ll be greeted by an all-new design and layout. Rest assured that everything you need is still there on the site, but it may have moved around a little bit. For instance, our monthly storage special used to sit at the bottom of the Home page. Now, you can find it in the top right-hand corner. We thought that we’d attract more attention if the storage special was one of the first things you saw when the site loaded. The monthly storage special offers our customers something new every month—from giveaways on packing and moving supplies to move-in specials.
At the very top right-hand corner of the site—almost all the way to the top of your browser window—you’ll find the new Storage ‘R’ Us social media links. If you’ve ever wanted to stay “in the know” about everything that’s happening at Storage ‘R’ Us, you’d be well served to check out our Facebook page (like us while you’re there!) and follow our Twitter feed. Keep in mind, we’re pretty excited about adding social media to our marketing program, but not so much that we’re going to overpopulate your Facebook or Twitter news feed. We’re also planning a few more social media additions, so keep an eye on our Storage ‘R’ Us Home page for latest developments.
The new Storage ‘R’ Us site has separate pages for each of our self-storage locations in Oklahoma. Each location page features contact information, operating hours, a map, and a list of amenities you’ll find at that location. In addition, you can rent a self-storage unit or pay your monthly bill at the touch of a button.
We’re growing too! If you live in Newcastle, Oklahoma, and you’re in need of a self-storage solution, we’re ready to serve you! Newcastle residents can stay on top of all the latest developments by visiting the new Storage ‘R’ Us pages for Highway 37 in Newcastle and Highway 9 in Newcastle. And, we’ll also be posting jobs information from time to time, so please keep an eye out for self-storage job listings with Storage ‘R’ Us. We’re always looking for really great people to help us run our two new Newcastle self-storage locations.
If you’re looking for long-term or short-term self-storage in Oklahoma, feel free to stop by any of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of storage you require.
Although winter is planning to stick around for another six weeks or so (according to the groundhog), many of us are already thinking about the coming of spring-like weather and all the wonderful things it brings with it. Soon enough, we’ll be out in the yard, digging in the dirt, mowing the lawn, and running the sprinklers. In fact, there’s so much to plan for, we’d better get started now!
There are few things that herald the coming of spring better than the “Garage Sale” signs that start to pop up on residential street corners around the end of March. For the garage sale shopper, each is a bit of a treasure hunt—where they can find all kinds of home furnishings and accents for cheap. And for those planning a garage sale at their own home, it’s a great way to de-clutter the house and make a little money at the same time.
Are you planning a garage sale this spring or summer? Need some help in getting prepared for a successful sale? Here’s some sage advice on how to plan and run a great garage sale.
Timing is everything. Although many like to schedule a garage sale around the same time as their annual spring cleaning, there is a real benefit to holding off the sale until the time is right. Choose your garage sale date wisely. Obviously, weather can be a big factor. If there’s rain in the long-range forecast, you can bet that you’ll see only a fraction of the browsers and buyers you’d normally have on a warm, sunny day. Also, try to schedule your garage sale around the 1st or the 15th of the month. This is when most folks get their paychecks, and they’re ready to spend a little. Good thinking, right?
Select what you’re going to offer during your garage sale. If you look around the house—especially during a spring cleaning weekend—there’s probably plenty of items you’ll find that you can put a price tag on and sell. De-cluttering the house can be a wonderful experience, making room for all kinds of new treasures you can buy with your garage sale earnings. And if you want to stage a massive garage sale and draw flocks of buyers, you might want to pool your “for sale” items with those from the neighbors and have a multi-house garage sale extravaganza!
Stage the garage sale in advance. You can work on your garage sale prep for days—or weeks—before the actual date. All you need is a little space in the garage to set things up. Move the cars out of the garage. Set up as many tables as you can find or borrow. Collect your garage sale items and organize them by room or by type. Remember: retail is detail. Even though this is a garage sale, there’s no reason that it can’t look like it was organized by a professional retail merchandiser. You’ll want all of the kitchen items on one table. All the children’s toys together. All the books, CDs, DVDs, and other media stacked neatly together. In other words, make it easy for browsers to find the things they’re looking for—just like they would expect from a retail shop at the mall. Don’t make them hunt, as it makes you look unorganized and devalues your sale items.
Be ready for the sale day. A well-run garage sale is planned and run on many levels. Aside from the earlier tips on organizing your sale items, you’ll want to make sure that each item is clearly marked with a price tag that’s tied or taped to the item in a way that prevents the tag from coming loose. Also, you’ll want to drop by the bank and pick up a stockpile of small bills and change. A lockbox for the money might also come in handy! Signage (where permitted by the city) is a great way to advertise your garage sale, but make sure to give an easy-to-read address and start time. You want people to know where to find your garage sale and you want them to know when to show up. Then, all you need to enjoy the day is a cooler of drinks, a few snacks, and a couple of little helpers to watch over things with you.
At the end of the day, pack it in. At the end of the garage sale, count your money and pack up all the items that weren’t sold. If your garage sale was a success, you may not have much merchandise left over. But if you do, it’s easy to store the unsold items in a public self-storage facility, such as Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, for sale next season.
If you’re looking for a self-storage solution, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our climate-controlled, secured self-storage facilities can do for your garage sale items.
Renting a self storage unit in Oklahoma is easy. Obviously, we favor the self storage units at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, and Chickasha because we know that each of these self storage facilities has an on-site self storage consultant who can help anyone assess their self storage needs and find the right-sized self storage unit for their property, assets, or belongings. In other words, it’s easy to identify and rent a self storage unit because there’s help available. But, of course, the next big question is how to pack your stuff for self storage. Shouldn’t there be help available in that department as well? Of course!
Packing and storing your stuff doesn’t have to be a terrible chore, especially when you think about it as a process of three simple stages. Keep this in mind: you can take a garage, attic, or basement full of stuff and have everything packed neatly away in a self storage unit by the end of a typical weekend day. Sound too easy? Not at all!
The first stage of a packing and moving process that results in a self storage unit neatly filled with your stuff is the Planning Stage. It’s here that you identify the items that need to go into storage and make a few decisions. The first decision should be how they need to be packed (for either short-term or long-term storage) and how they should be physically placed in your rented self storage unit. Obviously, if you have old dishware or children’s toys that you won’t need any time soon, these may be the kinds of items that can be stored at the rear of the self storage unit. Just make sure to wrap each group of items in paper or bubble pack and place them into labeled boxes. More frequently-used items, such as seasonal decorations, may need to be boxed and placed toward the front of the self storage unit for easy access. The next decision you need to make in the Planning Stage is what types of materials you’ll need to pack everything away neatly and safely. You may need storage boxes, packing paper, bubble pack, packing tape, and labels. All of these materials can be found at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Oklahoma.
The next stage of the process is the Packing Stage. Here is when you wrap, pack, and label all of the items you’re storing. Oddly enough, of all the stages, this is the one that gets rushed more often than not. So, if you’re going to take the time to store your belongings, rather than sell or donate them to a thrift store, make sure that you don’t skimp on the Packing Stage. Wrap all your belongings separately, and pack them away in sturdy boxes with other similar items. Label every box so that you can tell what’s inside at a glance.
The last stage of the self storage move-in process is the Load-in Stage. Here is where you finally open the door to your newly-rented self storage unit in Oklahoma and begin to arrange your self storage boxes neatly in the unit. As stated earlier, frequently-used items should be stored near the front of the self storage unit. And if you have a lot of boxes to pack away, you might consider keeping an aisle open down the middle of the self storage unit that will allow you to easily access different areas without having to push your way between tight stacks. (By the way, you may want to get out a piece of paper and diagram where each box went in the self storage unit so that you can easily identify which stack and box contains Grandma’s old tea set when you’re gathering everything together for that retro tea party with the girls.)
And that’s all there is to it. With all of your seldom-used items neatly packed away in self storage, you can find something truly productive to do with all the free space you’ve just created in your home!
If you’re looking for a self storage solution, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our climate-controlled, secured self-storage facilities can do for your belongings.
According to the Self Storage Association, one out of every ten adult Americans has some amount of property in a self storage unit somewhere. That’s a lot of people and a lot of property in self storage across the country. If you follow Storage Wars on TV, you probably know that some types of stored property are of lesser value than others (speaking in terms of dollar value not sentimental value, of course). So, it could be very easy to say that every piece of property put up for storage has value. And what do we typically do for the things we value? We buy insurance to cover the items in case something unexpected happens to them. Why? Because it makes good sense.
Your valued possessions at a self storage facility, especially self storage in Moore, Oklahoma here at Storage ‘R’ Us, are held under lock and key and further protected by security lighting, computer controlled property access, 24-hour digital surveillance cameras, and a fenced or walled perimeter. Most would say that’s a good bit of security for a storage locker filled with personal possessions – and they’d be right. But not all losses at self storage facilities are that easy to prevent. Some losses come at the hand of Mother Nature, and as we clearly saw during the devastating EF5 tornado event last May here in Moore, no amount of padlocks and gates would prevent the 200 mph winds from wreaking havoc on a few storage facilities around the area. Fortunately, Storage ‘R’ Us was spared any damage, but we know a few self storage facility owners in the area that suffered terrible losses. And, we also know that many storage unit renters lost a great deal of personal property.
Taking out an insurance policy on the items you place in self storage units makes good sense because the self storage facilities aren’t liable for loss or damage to stored property. In fact, most self storage facilities strongly recommend that their renters purchase fire, theft, and casualty insurance on all of their property if the value is $1,000 or more. And although the average homeowner’s insurance policy typically covers an amount of “off-premise” property (read: stuff you have in self storage), there are usually coverage limits. Most of these coverage limits are 10% or less of the total amount of coverage in your policy. So, if you have a $50,000 limit in your homeowner’s policy, you’d only be covered for $5,000 on your off-premise belongings. While this may seem like a fair amount of coverage for most, the value of the property you keep in self storage can quickly add up over time (especially if you’re storing antiquities).
In the end, your possessions are valuable. So, when you make a decision to store your belongings in an Oklahoma self-storage facility, you’re well-advised to purchase insurance that effectively protects your stored belongings from loss or damage caused by fire, smoke, dust, water, weather, insects, vermin, explosions, utility interruptions, equipment malfunctions, unexplained disappearances, negligence, or theft by any cause. It’s the smart way to approach the security of your stored belongings. Especially, if Mother Nature comes calling.
If you’re looking for an Oklahoma self-storage solution for your belongings, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha today, and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you and your family! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to talk to you about your belongings and recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of security features you require.
You may have already seen the “Newsflash” on the home page of the Storage ‘R’ Us site that mentions how we’ve been honored by Office of the Secretary of Defense. Folks who know us also know that we’re proud supporters of the U.S. Military. And, we believe that , as an employer, we have a duty to preserve an employment position for any of our staff members who enlist in the Guard or Reserve to serve our country. In other words, we’ll do our best to keep your job open while you’re doing your best to protect American citizens and the American way of life wherever you’re stationed. And although we don’t have this policy in place so that we can get certificates of recognition, we still think it’s pretty cool that we have a certificate to hang on the wall now.
The certificate we received from the Office of the Secretary of Defense: Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) will hang proudly in our office here at Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma. The certificate states that Storage ‘R’ Us is recognized for being a “Patriotic Employer” and “Contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.” The certificate features the official seal of the Department of Defense and the ESGR. The certificate is signed by ESGR Executive Director Ronald G. Young and National Chair Paul E. Mock.
Although many may know the Department of Defense (DOD) by name, some may not know the ESGR and what they represent. The ESGR is an office of the DOD that was established in 1972 to promote solid relationships between Reserve members and their civilian employers. During the Vietnam era, there were, unfortunately, a great number of conflicts between Americans with military commitments and their employers back home in the States. Today, thanks to the ESGR and its network of nearly 5,000 volunteers across the U.S., there is a promise of meaningful employment when members of the Guard and Reserve return to civilian life. You can read more about the EGSR, their mission and strategy, by clicking here.
There have been a number of Storage ‘R’ Us employees who volunteered for various branches of the U.S. Military over the years, and we’ve honored them all in our own way. As a family-owned business with unique ties to the U.S. Military, we understand the bravery and sacrifice it takes to join up and serve the interests of the Nation. As stated earlier, we are proud to have a Patriotic Employer certificate to hang on the wall here at Storage ‘R’ Us, but, more than that, we’re even more proud of our employees who felt the call to service and answered by joining the other brave men and women who protect our interests and our lives around the nation and across the globe.
If you’re looking for an Oklahoma self storage solution for your belongings, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our self storage solutions can do for you!