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Moving Ranks as Top Reason for Self Storage Rentals

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According to a survey of thousands of self storage customers, conducted by Sparefoot.com, between October 2013 and February 2014, moving was the biggest reason for renting self-storage.

55 percent of storage renters indicated they were using storage units temporarily while relocating from one place to another. In the survey, customers were allowed to choose more than one reason for renting a storage unit but moving held the top spot.

The reason is simple. Self-storage offers a temporary yet flexible solution that can be very helpful for homeowners. One of the number one rules a Realtor will tell you about showing your home is that ‘less is more.’ In other words, a bit less furniture equals more appeal to the prospective buyer.

Someone making a long-distance move might also find self-storage beneficial if moving over time, or if a homeowner is building a new home, renting out a unit could be a good option to temporarily store belongings,”

Other reasons that customers cited for renting self-storage units include:

  • Storing items that you don’t have room for at home—50 percent.
  • Storing a relative’s items because of changes in the relative’s living situation—8 percent.
  • Storing items temporarily while away from home—6 percent.
  • Storing items that require a climate-controlled environment—6 percent.
  • Storing a college student’s belongings—4 percent.
  • Storing items that you no longer need or want—3 percent.
  • Storing items you inherited after someone died—3 percent.
  • Storing items temporarily while remodeling your home—3 percent.

 

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3 Ways to Store Artwork in Self-Storage

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Whether you’re a gallery owner with rooms of pieces to show or a casual collector, proper art preservation is paramount to keeping your pieces on hand for years to come.

Here are a few ways to prevent damage and keep your collection safe in self storage so it will retain and/or gain its value over time.

1. Keep It Packaged and Protected

Even the cleanest of storage facilities are still not the Ritz so its important to clean your unit of debris and visible dust.

If you can remember how your art work was packaged when you received it at your gallery (or if its a personal piece, how the gallery packed it for you) try to pack it in a similar fashion. Typically, that means protecting edges with cardboard.

Also consider an investment in acid-free paper to place on both sides of the art piece. Acid-free paper’s make up is built to protect important documents and artwork during long-term storage.

Layer front and back with one sheet of acid-free paper and a few layers of cardboard to prevent direct damage or bending, before placing into a cardboard box.

2. Select Climate-Controlled Storage

Most art requires specific temperature and humidity levels to maintain proper preservation and will vary based on the material type and specific needs of your piece.

Knowing the various elements and materials that make up your artwork can be very helpful when selecting a storage unit. Typically, you should be looking for climate controlled storage that offers around 50% humidity and approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Store It Upright and Give it Room

While storing your artwork with other items is fine, you want to ensure that its placement doesn’t accidentally put it in harm’s way.

Keep two major items in mind:

  1. Store it upright to avoid stepping on the item, or a crushing blow should any items fall onto the piece as you move items around in your unit.
  2. Give it room, and do not place any items on top of the artwork. This is especially true if the artwork was stored flat instead of upright, as the weight of additional items can damage the piece, and make unwanted indentions.

Planet Storage is familiar with the storage of art and has had many galleries and artists store their pieces here. Come check us out and see how we can help you 🙂


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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Valentines Day.

The day of love.

A day where 35 million heart shaped, chocolate filled boxes will be sold.

A day where 189 million stems of roses will sold.

A day where 220,000 people will propose to get married to their love.

A day where 145 million Valentines Day cards will be sent.

A day where cupid will shoot his love arrows into the hearts of  millions and cause us to remember why we love to fall in love.

This Valentine’s Day, Planet Storage wishes to send you a Valentine.

We love you! And we hope you love us back 🙂

Happy Valentines Day!