Curb Appeal Basics

When I decided that I was going to put my house on the market, I knew that I would have to do some renovating first. The house was a good, solid structure, but I hadn’t kept up the outside of it as well as my husband did before he passed away. I knew that I would need curb appeal if I wanted the place to sell quickly. I had my yard landscaped, my home exterior repainted, and my driveway replaced before putting the home on the market. It cost me a bit of money, but it was worth it – the house sold quickly and I was able to move into my brand new condo – much less maintenance work for me. I started this blog about curb appeal, to help others learn how to move their homes quickly too.

A Little Planning Will Keep Your Storage Unit Organized

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Storing your things in a rental unit like those at Canada Storage Station Storage isn't as easy as drop and go. If you take the time to put in some necessary infrastructure, you will get more use out of the storage space while keeping your belongings better organized. Proper preparation and loading will also prevent damage to your stored items.

Clean and Inspect

Before bringing over the first truck-load, tackle the unit with a broom. Storage facilities are cleaned out after each tenant, but they can still collect dust and dirt when they are sitting empty. Sweep it out thoroughly, including a quick dust of the walls and ceiling.

While you are sweeping, look for any problem areas. This includes signs of pests, such as mouse droppings. Verify that there are no oil or grease stains on the ground, which can transfer stains or odors to your belongings. A good sniff will let you know if the space smells musty – which can indicate mold and moisture problems. If you aren't happy with the condition of the unit, ask for a different one that better fits your needs.

Lay the Groundwork

It's a good idea to never set anything directly on the ground when it's in storage. Moisture can come up from the ground and damage your stuff. Elevating everything can also protect it from floods and pests.

Wooden or plastic pallets make the best flooring material in a storage unit. Lay the pallets out in rows, with each row easily accessible from the entrance. Leave a 2-foot wide aisle between the pallets so you can easily access each row inside the unit.

Add Some Shelves

Shelves provide another way to keep items off the ground while increasing your storage space. Use rust-proof metal shelving or sturdy wood shelves. Shelves are best placed against a side or back wall so they are less prone to falling over. Much like pallets, you want to arrange your shelves in clear aisles to make accessing them easier.

Load Wisely

When you bring bringing in your items, place the lighter stuff near the back of the unit and the heavy stuff in the front when possible. This way you won't have to maneuver the heavy items very far when loading and unloading them.

When stacking items, place the heaviest, unbreakable items at the bottom and the lighter things on top. Make sure the sides of boxes that are facing into the aisles are clearly labeled with contents.

You will want to find things quickly when you need to retrieve something. Before locking up the unit, make a quick map of each aisle. It helps if you keep like things together. For example, aisle #1 may contain holiday decorations while aisle #3 has all your childhood memorabilia. Tape a copy of the map just inside the entrance to the unit and take one home. This final touch will keep your unit much more organized.

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13 January 2015