Get Ready for Winter in Chicago

by Safeguard Self Storage 20. November 2014 09:40

Last year, Chicago experienced a brutal winter, one for the record books. The Old Farmer’s Almanac forecasts another chilly Chicago winter filled with rain and snow. With predictions for colder than normal temperatures and above average snowfall in most of the region, Chicagoans need to prepare for another harsh winter that is expected to extend from December to February.

Preparing Your Home and Vehicles for Winter

Your home is your fortress against the frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall, but it is especially vulnerable to frosty conditions if it is not properly prepared. The City of Chicago provides a helpful pamphlet with tips on how you can protect your house and vehicles, including preventing and fixing frozen pipes, winterizing your car and making a family emergency plan.

You can stop the cold from seeping in by replacing worn weather stripping, loose siding and damaged roof shingles. Scatter de-icer on the driveway and porch steps to deter dangerous slips, and remove built-up ice and snow from the eaves and gutters to prevent damage to your house.

Restock Your Emergency Supply Kit

Frequent power outages from severe winter storms means you must prepare to survive the harsh conditions without modern conveniences. At a minimum, your emergency supply kit should contain water, non-perishable food, candles, a radio and flashlight with extra batteries as well as blankets and extra clothing for staying warm. Keep a duplicate kit in the trunk of your vehicle in case you get stranded away from home.

Storing Items During Winter

Your Safeguard Des Plaines IL storage units and Chicago IL self storage units are a great place to stash extra emergency supplies during the warmer months if space is tight in your home. This option is especially useful for storing bulky backup generators and alternative heating and cooking sources. If your summer camping gear is already packed away in your self storage unit, then make sure it is easily accessible.

A storage unit provides a safe and practical place to secure your seasonal items, such as holiday decorations and outdoor furniture, which you want put away before the blustery storms descend. Air conditioned and heated storage units can keep your valuable, environmentally-sensitive items safe as well since the units do not drop below freezing. This is a great option for protecting precious family heirlooms, valuable musical instruments and prized antiques from severe elements.

 

Contact Safeguard Self Storage to learn about our variety of options for Des Plaines IL storage units and Chicago IL self storage units. 

Prepare your Motorcycle for Winter Storage

by Safeguard Self Storage 12. November 2014 05:46

Some areas of the country do not have a climate suitable for riding a motorcycle year round, even for the most dedicated bikers. When it is time to store your motorcycle for the winter, it is important to store it properly to maintain good condition. A great way to protect your bike from the elements without cluttering your garage is by using Safeguard Self Storage. Take these steps before storing your bike ensure it will be ready to run on the first day of spring.

 1.    Run the engine until it reaches operating temperature, then turn it off.

 2.    Change the engine oil as well as the transmission and primary chain case fluid.

 3.    Replace the oil filter if it is near the next scheduled oil-change interval.

4.    Restart the engine to circulate the new oil.

5.    Dain the gas from the gas tank.

6.    Remove the battery

Whether you use a garage or one of the many available Chicago storage units, do not place the battery directly on a concrete floor. You should place the bike on a platform so that the tires do not rest on any concrete surface, because it increases the risk of dry rot and flat spots. If no stand is available, ensure that you rotate the tires on a regular basis. Ensure tires are properly inflated. Wash and wax or polish painted and chrome parts. Lubricate the chain as well as the throttle and clutch cables.

Cover your motorcycle with a cotton cover or blanket rather than a plastic tarp that could trap moisture and condensation. Dry, well-ventilated Safeguard Self Storage units which are equipped with computer controlled access, individual unit door alarms and digital video recording are an ideal location to store your bike for the winter. Click on a link below to find your Chicago Self Storage Unit or New York Self Storage Unit.

 

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New Safeguard Self Storage Now Open in Miami

by Safeguard Self Storage 17. October 2014 10:47


 

We are excited to announce the addition of a new Safeguard Miami, FL storage facility. Opening mid-October, our new Miami, FL store will be located at 800 West Flagler Street. This new storage facility will be equipped with our top-of-the-line features such as air conditioned units, extra-large cargo elevators and wide storage hallways. Our brand new facility also features state of the art security technology including computer controlled access, unit door alarms, digital video recording, storewide intercom system and facility graphic package. You can rest easy knowing that your belongings are being well maintained while in storage at Safeguard. A convenient drive-in loading area allows customers to drive their vehicle into the building protecting them and their goods from the Florida climate. We also supply carts and dollies so move-in day is easy! Do you need boxes and packing supplies? We have those available at our new facility too! We are located near several major highways, making it easy to access your stored belongings. When looking for reliable Miami, FL self storage, consider the new storage units at Safeguard’s Flagler store. Call 305-722-7614 to reserve your space in our brand new storage building.

 

 

 

Safeguard Boxes are the Cat’s Meow

by Safeguard Self Storage 21. August 2014 12:32

Safeguard Self Storage Stores offer a variety of helpful packing and moving supplies including boxes in various sizes, tape, bubble pack, stretch wrap, newsprint, mattress covers and locks. It's very convenient for our customers, but it turns out our boxes serve another purpose for some feline friends. 


A tiger at the Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue & Educational Center in Rock Springs, WI had some fun with leftover Safeguard Self Storage Boxes. Just like many domestic housecats, it seems big cats like to play with household items. The box provided a new toy for the tiger to smell, explore, and tear at with his teeth and claws. The mission of the Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue is to provide a safe place for abused, neglected and unwanted big cats and to educate the public about these majestic creatures. Physical and mental stimulation is crucial for the health of these animals, and Safeguard is glad that they could help provide a playtime toy for one of the tigers. You can make a donation to support this non-profit organization by clicking here.

 

Most of our human customers will find our selection of boxes and moving and packing supplies useful for their intended purposes. Our packing supplies are made of the highest quality products to help protect your valued belongings during a move or while in storage. Contact Safeguard Self Storage for all of your storage and packing supply needs.

 

Safeguard Self Storage Announces the Opening of 22,275 square feet of new “Drive-up” storage units at its Palmetto Expressway store in Miami, Florida

by Safeguard Self Storage 19. August 2014 06:18

Safeguard Self Storage announced the opening, on August 19, 2014, of 195 additional units at its Palmetto Expressway store in Miami, Florida.  The units were built as part of a non-climate-controlled storage area with drive-up units built on land the company already owned adjacent to the Palmetto Expressway store.

 

“South Florida is a terrific market for Safeguard and provides the company with the opportunity to add value to the Safeguard portfolio,” says Allan Sweet, Safeguard Chief Executive Officer. “This property is in a region where the company already owns and operates nine other stores and where two others are in the final stages of construction.”

 

 

“This expansion is designed to meet a need in the market that we were not providing to date,” said Ken Finlay, Safeguard Senior Vice-President of Operations. “The new units will complement our product offerings in Miami and enables customers who needed drive-up capability to get it at a very high quality.”

 

“The expansion opened this morning, August 19th, and is available to rent.” said Jim Goonan, Senior Vice President of Development.


Moving in the Military: How Self Storage Can Help

by Safeguard Self Storage 5. May 2014 09:41

 

One of the most difficult adjustment issues that modern military service members face is the need to uproot their lives on short notice and reestablish themselves elsewhere. Whether it's a long-term deployment or a routine assignment to a new command, military personnel and their families often experience difficulty dealing with moves. Fortunately, Safeguard Self Storage in IL can make the process a little easier.

Transitioning with All Your Possessions

Military relocation orders don't always give you time to plan ahead. Although most landlords are fine with letting service members break their leases early in such situations, you'll still have to find somewhere to keep all the possessions that were in your home or apartment.

Self storage ensures that you don't have to worry about who's guarding your furniture, electronics and other belongings while you're away protecting the nation. Safeguard self storage in IL utilizes computer-controlled recorded access, individual unit door alarms and digital video recording, so you can feel confident in the security of your items.

Preparing for New Accommodations

The other side of moving isn't any less difficult for military personnel. Your new command may not have base housing ready by the time your loaded moving truck arrives, or you may not be able to find an acceptable lease in advance.

Climate controlled self storage makes it easier to protect furniture and valuable household goods during the hot summer months. Because facilities come in a range of sizes, it's possible to find something that fits your household perfectly and avoid schedule delays that could increase moving company fees. Safeguard self storage also has a variety of moving supplies to help you pack up your valuables properly to protect them from damage.

Whether you'll be molding the next generation of sailors at Great Lakes Training Center or supporting the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, moving can be difficult. Ease your family's journey by keeping your belongings safe inside a Safeguard Illinois self storage unit along the way.

Safeguard Self Storage offers 10 convenient locations throughout Illinois. You will find our state of the art self storage locations in the following Chicagoland communities: Chicago South Loop Self Storage, Arlington Heights Self Storage, Des Plaines Self Storage, Palatine Self Storage, Addison Self Storage, Lombard Self Storage, Darien Self Storage, Lyons Self Storage, McCook Self Storage and Bridgeview Self Storage. Find your neighborhood Safeguard Self Storage location now and make your move easier! 

Philadelphia Attractions

by Safeguard Self Storage 15. April 2014 11:49

Philadelphia is home to some of the nation’s most historic artifacts, great food like the famous Philly cheesesteak and an eclectic art culture. These are some of the reasons to put Philadelphia at the top of your list of places to visit or live. If you’re making a move, Safeguard Self Storage offers multiple storage facilities in Philadelphia!

Rocky’s Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to the Rocky statue and the famous Rocky Steps (the east stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art). The Rocky steps have been named the second most famous movie location in the world. Visit the Rocky statue at the base of the museum and then make the trek up the stairs to recreate the legendary scene from the movie. The climb is a must-do for everyone visiting Philadelphia for the first time. Once you reach the top, you can appreciate the view of the Philadelphia skyline or actually visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Cultural Circuit

While some people may only be interested in running up the famous Rocky steps, others may be more interested in the destination. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the third largest art museum in the country, housing more than 300,000 works and covering 10 acres. The current exhibit features the treasures of Korea. Bringing kiddos with you? The Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall is one of the nation’s premier children’s museums and is filled with hands-on exhibits. Let your inner child roam free in the fun-filled and themed exhibits.

A City for Foodies

Not only is Philadelphia the home of the famous Philly cheesesteak, there are a variety of other food attractions. The Reading Terminal Market is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmer’s market and has emerged as one of the country’s greatest public markets. DiNic’s Roast Pork and Beef located in the Reading Terminal Market is home to the “Best Sandwich in America,” according to the Travel Channel.

Historic Attractions

There are so many different historic attractions to pick from! Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Betsy Ross House. It is also home to the National Constitution Center, the world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. These are just a few of the attractions Philadelphia has to offer history buffs. 

Have we convinced you that Philadelphia is worth visiting? Perhaps you’re thinking of living there instead? Check out Safeguard Self Storage facilities in Philadelphia for an easy transition move.  Safeguard has seven storage facilities in Philadelphia to meet all of your storage needs in this great city.

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Guide to Flea Market Shopping

by Safeguard Self Storage 11. March 2014 11:11

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Flea market shopping is a great way to find unique, rare and affordable finds, and the Festival Flea Market Mall in Pompano Beach is one of the best places to start your search. Festival Flea Market Mall offers more than 500 shops, so there is something for everyone there. Before starting your flea market search, however, you should keep these tips in mind for finding and storing the best finds.                                            

Choose the Right Flea Market

Some flea markets have more to offer than others. For example, the Festival Flea Market Mall offers many more potential finds than most other area flea markets. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't check out the smaller flea markets as you never know what you might find if you do.

Look for the Unexpected

Although you might have a few things in mind that you want to search for during your shopping trip, you shouldn't forget to look for the unexpected. You could find real treasures if you have an open mind.

Check Items Carefully

It's always a good idea to check items carefully for any defects or problems. You might choose to pass on an item if you find that it is damaged, or you might be able to haggle for a better price due to any imperfections.

Practice the Art of Haggling

One of the main benefits of flea market shopping is that you can find amazing deals on great items, so you shouldn't pay too much. Don't be afraid to negotiate for a better price, and consider passing on an item if the seller is asking for more than you think it is worth.

Choose the Right Storage Option

It can be easy to accumulate a lot of clutter in your home if you go flea market shopping regularly, but you can use Safeguard Self Storage for Pompano Beach household storage. Not only can you use your storage unit to safely stash your flea market finds, but you can also use it for your other Pompano Beach household storage needs, such as for tucking away seasonal items when they aren't in use. Safeguard Self Storage offers the amenities that you will need to protect your flea market finds such as air conditioned storage units, computer controlled access, storage unit door alarms, digital video recording, covered loading areas, and free use of carts and dollies onsite. We also make paying for your Pompano Beach storage unit a breeze by offering auto payment, online payment and phone payment options. Visit your local Safeguard Self Storage in Pompano Beach and find a good home for all of your newfound treasures. Happy shopping! 

Storage by the Sea: Miramar, FL

by Safeguard Self Storage 23. January 2014 12:08

The name Miramar comes from the Spanish phrase for "sea view." While Miramar, Florida, is not directly on the water, its close proximity to the ocean lives up to its name. In fact, many residents in Miramar use their free time out and about on the waves, making ocean fun a quintessential pastime in this Southern Florida city.

The closest beaches to Miramar are in nearby Hollywood, Florida. Hollywood Beach is nearly six miles of uninterrupted coastline, with scenic sands and gentle waters. Other nearby beaches include Dania Beach and the shores of Fort Lauderdale. To the south, residents can also try beaches in Miami-Dade County.

While each of these beaches has its own appeal, they are all well suited for various water activities. In particular, many residents enjoy paddle boarding or kayaking. The water is also well suited for any number of boating ventures. The water is only half the story, however. Many people also relish their time on the sand with activities such as beach volleyball or sunbathing.

Whether you enjoy active water sports or prefer to simply relax and soak up the sun, it is clear that beach outings are easier with personal equipment. While rentals are often available, frequent visitors usually find renting costly and unappealing. However, some people are afraid to buy their own equipment for lack of storage space. Fortunately, this does not have to be a problem with Miramar self storage available.

Self storage is a great way to obtain extra space at an affordable price. Safeguard Self Storage offers self storage units in Miramar that are conveniently located near major roadways and are accessible at any time of the day or night. Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art security features such as computer controlled access, individual unit door alarms, digital video surveillance and store wide intercom system to provide you with peace of mind until you are ready for your next ocean adventure. Miramar self storage can also be rented by the month, giving users the utmost flexibility.

Make the most of Miramar and its plentiful nearby beaches with a Miramar self storage unit from Safeguard!

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Making the Most of your New York City Living Space

by Safeguard Self Storage 16. January 2014 07:19

New York City boasts some of the best real estate in the country, and it's easy to see why. With Broadway, Wall Street, and fashion and culture to spare, NYC will continue to be one of the most desirable cities to live. Given its popularity, every New Yorker knows that space is limited. In fact, many tenants are happy with a mere 170 square feet of living space. With everything you need to accommodate a modern life, living in a small apartment may seem impossible. Here are some tips to make your small space more comfortable:

 

1. Organize

Divide your items into categories. If it’s necessary for work, keep it at your workspace. Invest in a great desk with lots of storage possibilities. Box and label your items for easy accessibility. This way, you won't waste time searching for your favorite cold weather boots and scarves. Instead, you'll find these items stored and ready in a box labeled "winter".

 

2. Be Realistic

If you're never going to use an item (or, worse yet, have never used an item), toss it! Space is a precious commodity in NYC, and it should not be taken for granted. There's no need to hang on to eight different comforters or every stuffed animal from your childhood. On the other hand, things that have value, like books or seasonal items, can easily be organized and stored away. Part of being realistic is knowing what you need in your apartment when you need it (e.g.: you don't need your winter wardrobe in August).

 

3. Store It

Instead of tripping over boxes or parting with precious items, invest in a storage space to suit your needs. In New York self storage through Safeguard is a great way to de-clutter your apartment while also hanging on to everything you need. With so many New York storage locations, you'll be able to find a convenient storage location to keep all your necessities. Compared to the cost of a larger apartment, using a New York storage unit is a bargain.

 

Living a New York life can be an adjustment. If you've recently relocated to the NYC area, you might be shocked by the scarcity of space and the high cost of living. Although we'd all love an extra room for our stuff, few in NYC can afford such a luxury. Hang on to everything you need in order to avoid repurchasing hard to find or expensive items. Get organized and make the most of your space with New York self storage. With so many Safeguard New York storage locations, you'll never be too far from your items. Save money and space with New York storage options through Safeguard.

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