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  • See Chicago More Comfortably When You Rent Storage
    By jeff on March 10, 2011 | 12 Comments12 Comments  Comments

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    Hyde Park self storage places are in downtown Chicago, Illinois.  Hyde Park is a famous area of Chicago with great homes to live, great academic area and great places to do and see.  Great museums are nearby and the coalmine and submarine inside the Musuem of Science and Industry are always a delight to see.  If you get there early, you can avoid lines to these two exhibits.  They are both very popular and as the day goes on the lines get longer.  Some lines can be an hour or two long, so get there early to avoid those lines.  It is a real coal mine and the history of coalmines is very interesting and even the kids will love it.  An elevator takes you down to an underground train station, and off you go moving underground in a coalmine.  It is dark but the exhibits are lighted as you look at how coal is found, and gotten out of the ground.  New machines help quite a bit we learn than years ago when the work was very hard and dangerous.  We wonder how hard life was that many years ago, when the advent of coalmines was in session.  It was very hard work and the danger was all around.  Coal fueled our country, and it is still very important to the United States of America.  We have all kinds of debates on clean coal or dirty coal.

    Hyde Park self storage places are in downtown Chicago.  They were in the news a little bit not long ago, as our next President of the United States worked and lived here.  It is known as a very liberal area to work and live in, but no one can doubt the great University of Chicago as being one of the great universities in the world.  You can also walk through a giant human heart and learn all about health in the museum.  Computers and medical things and in a matter of fact, Chicago has many museums to visit all over the city.  Hyde Park is also a place you want to get up and walk around in.  It is hip and trendy and the parks are big and spacious.  Trains are everywhere, and stops are frequent.  The buildings are great to look at too as the old and new mesh together in the beautiful Chicago skyline.  This is supposed to be White Sox country too you know, but there might be a few Cub fans too.  The President of the United States of America has said he is a White Sox fan.

    Hyde Park self storage areas in Chicago, Illinois has received its fifteen minutes of fame with the President.  It hit the map on the social mind of us and there has been a little chiding by the far right on what kind of a community and place it is.  Politics is a funny animal though, and it has been this way since politics started.  We call it healthy debate and that is all good.  Chicago is a liberal city by anyone’s standard.  Chicago does not deny this; the Democratic Party has a virtual lock on the city.  We love Chicago and Northbrook and will visit it again very soon.  We can not miss a summer in Chicago can we?

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  • The Big Apple is Less Daunting with Storage on Your Side
    By jeff on March 9, 2011 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

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    What can you say about Brooklyn, New York and moving to such a place?  Our first start was a Brooklyn storage place owned and run by a company out of Columbia, Missouri called Storagemart.  It was a good beginning because we only heard things about Brooklyn and some of them were negative of course.  People are rude there our friends told us.

    You will miss Texas.  The cold will kill you.  The crime is horrible and you will be mugged everyday.  Watch yourself.  What about Houston and Dallas I thought to myself.  Are these cities safe?  Have you seen the news?  This Brooklyn storage place was not rude but very helpful in our time of need and semi panic.  Texans do not move to Brooklyn often and I was breaking new ground I felt.  We are representing Texas here and our good humor and Southern hospitality would win out, change all this rudeness, and stuff like that.  We were still a little scared though.

    New York can be very daunting.  We watched the professional movers unload our truck and move our life in a very big storage space in a climate controlled space.  We researched storage places off the web and we even knew some of the lingo used in the business.  Climate controlled meant the space is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  We bought mattress covers and slotted boxes for dishes and glasses.  We bought foam and wardrobe boxes to hang our most valuable clothes.  We bought small boxes for books and large boxes for clothes.  We bought short wardrobe boxes and tall ones.  We cut tape and wrote on boxes words like kitchen and Mom bedroom and the like.  The movers put large mirrors in between mattresses and aquariums stuffed with blankets.

    Our dog rode a thousand miles with us with potty breaks along the way.  She slept most of the time.  She was glad she was in the car.  We think she thought she was staying for a while but she was coming.  She looked out the window, the wind blew her ears back, and we all laughed.  As a kid, we did that too.  My father said that would harm me in some way but I never knew what he meant by that.  Ginger our dog does it all the time but she is a dog.  My father reminded me I was not a dog and sticking my head out the window in a car was not good.  I do not know if it is true or not.  We could look on Doctor Web or whatever that website is called to make sure.  After all these years, you remember such things.  It is this moving thing that affects us in such ways, you know.  You have time to think about a lot of things.  Moving is a difficult process.  First, you are super busy planning, thinking, and packing.  Next you have time to ponder the move, is it the right step for your family and the like.  Brooklyn storage was a pretty good first step though.  Storagemart treated us very well and we felt good about everything.  It was getting exciting.  We talked about Times Square and the statue of Liberty and the Yankees.  Wait a minute.  We do not like the Yankees.

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  • Show Me Great Storage Solutions
    By jeff on March 7, 2011 | 4 Comments4 Comments  Comments

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    Columbia, Missouri is home to the Mizzou Tigers.  This great university is the centerpiece for this lovely little town in the middle of the state.  Their football team and basketball team is always fighting for championships in the men’s divisions.  It is also home to the great American company Storagemart.

    Here, Columbia storage facilities are spread across the city where it all first started.  It is a very innovative company, which has changed how consumers store their valuable possessions.  The days of old ugly buildings ran by managers who are not there or are just babysitters, are gone.  Storagemart and Columbia storage facilities are not that at all.  They are well lit and climate controlled.  The managers are professionals and experts in the field and able to assist the customer in their decisions to store their valuables.

    What size of a Columbia storage space do you need for a two-bedroom house or a one-bedroom apartment?  Can you store a boat or a car?  All the collage students come to this company to store things a small dorm room can not hold.  This is a fun time for the managers of these Columbia storage facilities as hundreds of new students make their way to collage.

    The city adds thousands of new people, and the streets are alive with excited students, and the parents visiting all the downtown places and all the activities here.  Columbia has great parks, a lively downtown area, and great neighborhoods to see.  The food is good here filled with pizza places, bars, live music venues and many sports to watch.  It is cheep to go see a volleyball game or a baseball game or a soccer match.  It is a city that is growing, ten thousand more in the last two years.  It has been in the top forty of best places to live in America, and sometimes even higher than that in years past.  Football Saturdays are very exciting and tailgating is always a fun thing to watch or do.  Students flock here from all over the nation to learn and study.  The journalism collage is highly rated and the University of Missouri is a top fifty school in America.  The city is also close to St. Louis and Kansas City.  It is close to Branson and giant lakes are only minutes away where boating, fishing, and boardwalks are.  Students are never bored here as a vibrant nightlife brings in top talent like big name bands that play in small cozy venues.  The Hearns center hosts concerts and sporting events and the football field is seen from the busy streets in front of the campus.  Museums on campus boast fine art and sculpture.  The show me games take place here in Columbia, where adults and children alike participate in all sports to promote health and competition.  Trails abound as people stroll or bike through wooded areas and high rising hills where Lewis and Clarke once trail blazed.  History and clean air and a fine university are all here.  Jobs are here and people enjoy low rents and nice prices on homes and good schools and friendly neighbors.  People hunt and fish and put their boats in Mark Twain Lake.  Oh, yeah, did we mention Mark Twain and all the caves here?  Tom Sawyer?

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  • Exploring the Wide Variety of Storage Options
    By jeff on February 3, 2011 | 11 Comments11 Comments  Comments

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    When you are shopping for Manhattan self storage units, you may be overwhelmed by everything that is available. Storage managers in New York take a lot of storage calls everyday so they may move through a lot of information very quickly. It is good to know what to look for so you can figure out which site is best. Comparing prices is simply a bad way to shop. The quality and overall value are what you what to look for. Cheap tires can blow out and cheap storage units can ruin your things. Finding the right Manhattan self storage property for you is all about priorities.

    Some may consider the security of the Manhattan self storage site to be the most important thing to look for. There are many other articles describing all of the security features that you should look for at storage properties. The location is the most important thing to a lot of callers in New York and across the United States. In fact, current renters revealed that location was the most important reason for them making the choice to store with the company that they did. If you pay attention when you are going to work or just out and about, you probably will find that there are a lot of storage facilities that are close to where you live and frequent. You will have a lot to choose from.

    There are many reasons why location is important. The first is convenience. When you need to get to your things right away, it is great to rent at a Manhattan self storage property that you can get to in a matter of minutes. The winter months can bring a lot of bad weather which could make it impossible to get to your unit if you have a space that is too far away. If you have one close by, you should still be able to get to your space without any problems. Keep an eye out for stores in your neighborhood.

    Security is also affected by location. A Manhattan self storage location that is in a bad neighborhood probably will not be that safe even if they have every security feature imaginable. Well, aside from deadly targeting lasers. All kidding aside, you should find a spot that is in a decent neighborhood so you feel safe when you visit the site and so your belongings do not get stolen.

    The location can also affect the cost, but not in the way that you might think. Some people may rent a space that is further away because the monthly rental is cheaper than the one in their neighborhood. This may seem like a smart thing to do. However, you may actually spend more money on this unit when you factor in travel expenses to your overall storage cost. The monthly rate is just one factor in your storage cost. Gas is more expensive than it ever has been before. If you rent a truck, hire movers, or even enlist the help of friends, getting a storage unit far away will just cost you more and more. Moving companies also charge by the hour so you will be adding extra time to the moving process which costs more. Get a space close to home unless the price is just out of control.

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  • Business is Booming with Self Storage
    By jeff on February 1, 2011 | 263 Comments263 Comments  Comments

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    This is the day that Seth had been waiting for, for the past ten years. His business was finally expanding and growing and they were going to be opening the first of what he hoped would be several locations. It seemed that his dream had finally come about.

    Seth’s company had come along way in the ten years that he had been working and sometimes struggling to make his business successful. When he first started his company his office was the guest bedroom to his home and he utilized a Chicago Loop, Illinois storage unit for his file storage and inventory storage.

    He kept his home clean and organized with the help of a second smaller Chicago Loop storage unit. By having two separate units he was able to keep his personal life and his business storage needs separate. In his personal storage unit he utilized the space for the things that needed a place to be put away but had no room in the house. He often entertained clients or potential investors in his home and he wanted it to be clean and organized. He didn’t want his clients or investors to see his home as messy or unorganized and think that he ran his business the same way that he ran his home. With not knowing when exactly there were going to be business associates coming by he was in the practice of cleaning his house on a nightly basis just in case anyone stopped buy during business hours the following day.

    Seth used his Chicago Loop self storage unit for his business for two different purposes so he had a larger size unit for his business. One of the reasons that he utilized a self storage unit for his business was storing files. Everything from customer contracts to tax forms were kept in his storage unit. It left more room in his home office space for him to work if he didn’t have to house several filing cabinets. Even though most of his business was done over emails and was aided by technology there was still a considerable amount of paper work that had to be completed. The second reason for his self storage unit was to keep his extra inventory in. he had samples of all of his products in the closet in his home office, but all of his extras were kept in his storage space. There was really no where to keep his inventory in his home since he lacked a basement and he did not want his inventory to be kept in the garage where it could be damaged.

    The Chicago Loop storage unit gave him the opportunity to expand his business more so that if he would just have had to keep his inventory at his house. As his business continued to grow he was able to move out of his home office and rent a small office space. It was nothing fancy, but it was just the beginning of his business and it was an important step.

    These days his business was in a great location in the Chicago area and a second location was getting ready to be opened. His business had come a long way since its humble beginnings in the guest bedroom of his house and Loop storage unit.

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  • Self Storage Call Centers
    By admin on August 6, 2010 | 57 Comments57 Comments  Comments

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    Are you looking to improve your numbers at a self storage call center?  Are you sick and tired of not making the sales that you know you should be making?  Are you looking for a little bit of advice when it comes to keeping your stats higher than the rest of your coworkers?  If so, then you have certainly arrived at the right article.  If you pay attention to the advice contained herein, then you are going to see your sales figures improving before you even know it.  Improvement is just around the corner, and you are now officially taking the first step towards it.

    The first thing that you are going to have to work on, here, is your approach.  If you find that you are blaming the product for your lack of sales, then you need to drastically rethink your approach.  Perhaps you are coming on too strong?  Perhaps you are freaking out your callers by giving them too much information too quickly?  Maybe you are coming across as shallow, or as only wanting to make the sale.  If you find that you are making any of these mistakes, then you are going to have to work on being a bit more genuine when you are dealing with your customers.  You are going to have to be sure that you are approaching them with a smile, and that they can tell that you are not simply after their money.  If you can step in and convince them that you have the solution to their problem, then they are going to be much more willing to trust you and work with you.

    Now, I have said this before, and I am going to say it again.  When your caller begins to talk to you, he or she should be able to tell that you are smiling.  From the very start of the conversation, they should not have a question as to whether or not you want to be on the phone with them.  They should know that you are ready and willing to devote your undivided attention to working with them, and that you are not going to stop until you have found a solution to their problem.  When a customer can sense that you are this devoted to helping them, they are going to be much more willing to flip out the old wallet and send a credit card in your direction.  First, of course, you have to prove to them that you really do care about their situation.

    Finally, reader, you are going to have to work on the order in which you surrender your information.  If you are not in control of the phone call from the very start, then you know that you are already in trouble.  Be assertive the whole way through, and do it in such a way that you do not offend your caller.  If they are pulling you away from your script, come up with polite little reasons to return to the order that you prefer.  Before you know it, you are going to have the conversation back on track.

    As you can see, reader, there is not much to seeing the improvements that you want to see.  So long as you keep this advice in mind, you are going to be able to drastically improve your sales figures in hardly any time at all.

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  • Getting To Know Self Storage
    By admin on April 8, 2010 | 4 Comments4 Comments  Comments

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    Shopping around for a self storage unit can be a real hassle if you do not know what you are in for. Indeed, there are a variety of factors that you are going to have to take into consideration before you can choose the self storage unit that is right for you. Of course, if you are ready and willing to do a little bit of research before you hand over your money, then you are not going to run into many problems in these regards. Just keep a level head, and be sure that you are considering the facets of your rental carefully, and you are going to find that renting the right unit is hardly a problem.

    The very first thing that you are going to do, here, is make sure that you are roughly aware of the size that you are going to have to rent. Of course, if you have never rented a self storage unit before, then you might not be too familiar with the sizes that are out there. For your help, then, I will devote the rest of this article to explaining the various sizes that are going to be available to you at the typical self storage facility.

    If you know that you are not going to be storing too many of your belongings, then you are going to want to take a look at a five by five self storage unit. This unit, roughly speaking, is going to be the size of a standard closet in your home, and you are going to find that it is ideal for storing small boxes and miscellaneous items. If you do not have any large furniture items, and you know that most of your belongings would fit within a closet in your home, then you are going to want to take a look at the five by five.

    If, on the other hand, you know that you are going to be storing some furniture items, then you are going to want to be sure that you are looking into some bigger sizes. Let us say, here, that you are going to be storing a one bedroom apartment with all of the furniture and appliances. If this is the case, then you are going to want to look into renting a ten by ten self storage unit. Of course, these units are going to comfortably hold the content of a one bedroom apartment, as they are, themselves, about the size of a standard bedroom.

    Moving on, here, let us say that you are going to be storing a two bedroom apartment or a small home. If this is the case, then you are going to want to rent a unit that is roughly the size of a garage to give yourself the most comfortable fit. All of the units that I have mentioned thus far are going to have an eight foot ceiling, meaning that you are going to be able to make plenty of use out of your vertical space if you so choose.

    At the end of the day, renting the correct size is not going to be all that hard if you have done a little bit of research and you know what you are looking for. If you have not already done so, begin to develop an understanding of how much stuff you are actually going to need to store. Once you have that sort of understanding, you are going to be able to start calling around to your local self storage providers and narrowing down the size options that they have for you.

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  • Becoming A Bogart Storage Owner
    By admin on December 31, 2009 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

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    If you are looking to become a Bogart storage owner , then you have embarked upon a rather rewarding path. Indeed, owning a unit is a great way to make sure that your household projects are executed and managed easily. Of course, in order to make sure that you are not launching yourself into a terrible commitment, you are going to want to be sure that you have taken a few precautions before you sign any leases. Granted that you have left yourself enough time to shop around, though, you are not going to run into any serious troubles in these regards. Grab a pen and some paper, here, and be sure that you are taking a few notes. Before you even know it, you are going to be on your way to renting the unit of your dreams.

    When you set out to become a Bogart storage owner , you are first going to have to be sure that you are limiting your options to the facilities that are actually going to be able to keep your belongings safe. This, of course, means that you are going to want to take a few site tours before you rent anything, and that you are going to want to keep your eyes open for a few particular features. To begin, you are going to want to be sure that your potential property has plenty of video surveillance cameras. These, you might guess, are going to allow for you to rest particularly easy at night. When you have tons of video surveillance cameras throughout your property, you are not going to have to worry about any potential criminals sneaking by your property managers. Of course, you are also going to want to be sure that your unit comes equipped with a door alarm. Any responsible Bogart storage owner is going to look for, or perhaps install, door alarms, as these are going to make it virtually impossible for criminals to tamper with your lock or door. Finally, here, you are going to want to be sure that you have purchased your unit at a facility that has a sturdy access controlled gate. This kind of gate is going to go a long way in keeping criminals away from your door to begin with.

    Of course, if you are looking to become a Bogart storage owner , then you are also going to want to be sure that you have taken pains to rent all of the equipment that you are going to need. A great Bogart storage owner is never going to forget to rent some kind of vehicle to get his or her belongings to the property. Likewise, a good owner is never going to forget to rent or purchase all of the tools that he or she is going to need. If you know that you are going to need a vehicle, a dolly, or any kind of lift, then be sure that you have made all of the necessary reservations before you set about moving your belongings.

    At the end of the day, you are going to be very happy that you made all of the right decisions before you purchased your unit or units. Indeed, by planning ahead, you can avoid a great deal of stress and a great deal of wasted time.

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  • Get Familiar With Kansas City Storage Auctions
    By admin on December 31, 2009 | 59 Comments59 Comments  Comments

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    There are many ways to make a quick dollar. Of course, you can always look into selling some of your valuable items if you are not attached to them. If you practice a craft, then you can devote a weekend to selling said craft. If you write for a living, then you can devote a weekend to producing a great amount of writing. Of course, if you are looking for a fun, easy way to make a few dollars, then you might consider looking into a Kansas City storage auction . Indeed, when you attend a Kansas City storage auction , you can just about rest assured that you are going to walk away with a few winnings. Of course, if you have never attended such an auction, then you are going to want to get a rough feel for how they work before you attend them. This article, of course, seeks to provide you with this kind of direction.

    First and foremost, know that the Kansas City storage auction is not an overly complicated endeavor. Indeed, this auction is going to take the form of a blind bidding system. The way that this system works is actually rather simple. When you show up at your property, you are going to join a group of fellow bidders. You will, henceforth, follow the property manager onto the property. Arriving at a unit that is going to be auctioned, you will be given a pen and a piece of paper. The given unit will be opened for, typically speaking, a period of thirty seconds, during which you are supposed to arrive at a reasonable bid. From here, you are expected to write your bid down on the sheet of paper and pass it up to the property manager. If your bid was the highest, you win the contents of the unit. Typically speaking, you are given twenty four hours to clear the unit of all of your winnings.

    Of course, there are certain rules that you are going to want to follow at a Kansas City storage auction . First and foremost, you are going to want to keep track of any and all sensitive documents that you end up winning. While the contents of the unit are certainly yours, you are not going to want to keep any drivers licenses, social security cards, birth certificates, or the like. Even though you won these items in the bid, you are going to want to make sure that they make their ways back to their owner. After all, you have no lawful reason to possess them. Of course, if you ended up winning any family photo albums, or any like items, you are going to want to be sure that, out of courtesy, you return them to their rightful owners. The general rule of thumb, here, is that you can keep everything that you can profit from. The goal of a Kansas City storage auction , though, is not to ruin the personal documents and family artifacts of the original owner of the unit.

    If you have any more questions about this kind of auction, then you are going to want to get in touch with a few of your local property managers. They, no doubt, are going to be able to fill you in on all the rules of etiquette and bidding. 

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  • A Bit About The Kansas City Storage Industry
    By admin on December 29, 2009 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

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    You should know, reader, that the Kansas City storage industry is not out to get you. Much to the contrary, the industry is always trying to help its current and future tenants in whatever ways it can. If you have not already taken this altruism into consider, allow yourself to read a little bit further.

    Think first, here, of how many move in specials the Kansas City storage industry has come up with over the years. Indeed, it is almost difficult to find a unit that does not come with some sort of deal. Granted, these deals are going to take on slightly different forms. Typically speaking, these deals are going to have either short term or long term benefits. Take, for example, a move in coupon that grants an oncoming tenant a free month of rent. This kind of coupon is going to go a long way in simplifying the moving budgets of oncoming tenants. Think, here, about what tenants can do when they do not have to worry about the rent for their first month. They can, having saved that much money, put that much more food back on the table. They can use their savings to hire an excellent moving service, which will drastically cut down on the stress that they experience during the moving process. Likewise, they can make sure that they get a great, sizable moving truck.

    Long term specials are also offered by the Kansas City storage industry , and they are every bit as helpful as the short term discounts. Indeed, these discounts are typically going to give long term tenants a certain percentage off of their normal monthly rent. Typically, these kinds of discounts are going to require that tenants pre pay for a predetermined number of months. Of course, this pre payment requirement may bar certain customers from taking advantage of the special. This, though, is why most of the Kansas City facilities are going to offer a good number of alternative, short term specials.

    Of course, you cannot forget about the various, nearly innumerable conveniences that the Kansas City storage industry seeks to bring to its tenants. Most stores are going to try to be a one stop shop for moving and packing supplies. Indeed, if you are looking for boxes, bubble wrap, wrapping paper, tape, shelves, or the like, you should not have any trouble making the purchase at your nearby facility. Likewise, you should not have any trouble if you are trying to rent a truck, find a moving service, or the like. Indeed, the Kansas City storage industry strives to consolidate most of your chores, offering most of the things that you are going to need in one simple place.

    If you have not taken these things into consideration, then you have not paid the store room industry the credit that is truly merits. Indeed, day in and day out, the industry seeks to provide everyday solutions to everyday problems, and for everyday people. If you are completely knew to the Kansas City storage industry, then some of this may come as a shock. Of course, one simple trip to your local store is going to rid you of all of your hold ups and fear. If you have not already done so, give some of the facilities in your area a try.

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