New Renters' Guide to Self Storage

by Safeguard Self Storage 27. February 2015 09:41

New renters often find that the available space in their new home or apartment does not allow enough room for everything that they have acquired over the years. While downsizing is one solution to this problem, you might be wary of getting rid of personal belongings that hold deep sentimental value. Fortunately, a Safeguard Self Storage unit can help you keep everything close at hand without having to clutter up your rental space.

Tips For Efficiently Using Storage Units

Holmdel, NJ self storage offers you the opportunity to keep your prized possessions without pushing the storage limits of your new rental home or apartment; getting everything to fit without piling it all in is another matter. These
storage tips will help you keep everything easy to access while optimizing the space.

• Place your smaller items in boxes to protect the items during transit and to keep the storage unit organized. You can also stack the boxes to help maximize the cubic footage inside of the storage unit. Click here to find a full list of moving and packing supplies available at your neighborhood
Safeguard Self Storage Location.

• Label everything. When you are sorting through your belongings that will be stored away, make an inventory list for each box. Keep like items together, and create a short label that reflects the type of items that are contained in the applicable box. An itemized list can be kept in a spreadsheet to make it easy to find exactly which box to pull out when you head to your unit.

• Take furniture items apart before storing them to make sure that you can fit more into the space.

• Store your items an inch or two away from walls to allow for better air circulation, and avoid the temptation to stack your items right to the ceiling.

• When everything is put away, map out your unit so that you can navigate it easier.

Take Control of Your Space with Holmdel NJ Storage Units

If you need storage space after moving into a new place,
Holmdel, NJ self storage gives you the space you need to get some breathing room in your home. Safeguard’s Holmdel, NJ storage units come in a variety of sizes to fit your needs, and your personal belongings are always close at hand. There are even climate controlled options to protect your belongings from temperature and humidity changes. Safeguard Self Storage has locations in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Find a location near you and start creating the household space you need! 

Safeguard to add Solar Power Capabilities at more Facilities

by Safeguard Self Storage 22. January 2015 05:53

Safeguard Self Storage has always been committed to safeguarding your treasured belongings, and we also strive to safeguard our planet by employing environmentally friendly practices. We are excited to announce that 24 of our self storage locations are now being equipped with solar panels, which will allow us to create our own clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar panels create energy from the sun’s light by a process called the Photovoltaic Effect. Solar panels, which consist of layers of semiconductor materials (silicon, phosphorus, and boron), absorbs and filters the photons from sunlight. The electrons are released through the negatively charged layer of phosphorus and are attracted to the positively charged boron layer. This creates a magnetic field similar to a household battery. The solar panels use an external conductor to harvest this charge and send it where needed. It is truly an amazing technology and Safeguard Self Storage is excited to be on the cutting edge of sustainable energy. See below for a list of our self storage facilities that are currently or will soon be equipped with solar power.

  •  1096 US Highway 22, Mountainside, NJ
  • 182 Belmont Ave., Garfield, NJ
  • 2152 Route 35, Holmdel, NJ
  • 140 Spring St., Elizabeth, NJ
  • 45 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY
  • 115 New Hyde Park Rd., New Hyde Park, NY
  • 1176 Broadway, Hewlett, NY
  • 3-7 Valley Ave., Elmsford, NY
  • 85 Weyman Ave., New Rochelle, NY
  • 188 S. Broadway, Yonkers, NY
  • 41-15 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY
  • 119-24 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill, NY
  • 101-09 103rd Ave., Ozone Park, NY
  • 115 Empire Blvd., Brooklyn, NY
  • 156-01 Liberty Ave., Jamaica, NY
  • 204-02 Jamaica Ave., Hollis, NY
  • 629 Utica Ave., Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY
  • 930 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY
  • 1206 E. New York Ave., Brooklyn, NY
  • 1253 Jerome Ave., Bronx, NY
  • 1648 E. New York Ave., Brooklyn, NY
  • 1726 Hancock St., Ridgewood, NY
  • 2491 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY
  • 4301 Bronx Blvd., Bronx, NY

New Safeguard Self Storage Now Open in Miami

by Safeguard Self Storage 5. December 2014 09:34

We are excited to announce the opening or our new Safeguard Miami, FL storage facility, 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 wide hallways and cargo elevators. Our brand new facility also features state of the art security technology such as computer controlled access, unit door alarms, digital video recording and facility wide communication system. You can rest easy knowing that your belongings will be well maintained while in storage with Safeguard. A convenient covered loading area allows customers goods to be protected from the elements while being loaded or unload from a storage unit. We also supply carts and dollies so moving day is always easy! Do you need boxes and packing supplies? We have those available at our new facility too! Purchase 10 or more items and receive a 10% discount off our total.

 

We are located near several 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 today!

Plans for New Safeguard Self Storage in Long Island Underway

by Safeguard Self Storage 1. December 2014 06:37

Safeguard Self Storage has announced the purchase, on November 20, 2014, of a land parcel to build a self-storage facility on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa, New York. The store will be the 73rd store for the company nationally when completed and the 27th store in the New York metropolitan area. Three other developments which will be the company’s 24th, 25th and 26th stores in New York are either under construction or about to start demolition prior to construction.

“The New York area is the company’s most important market and this purchase will build on the company’s efforts to increase its critical mass there,” says Allan Sweet, Safeguard’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have been building in New York for over a decade.”

The 61,825 square-foot facility will provide 766 storage units in various sizes. Amenities at this location will include heating/air conditioning, drive-up loading area, computer-controlled building access and digital/video recording of the property. As with most other Safeguard Self Storage stores in New York, the facade of the store will boldly communicate the company’s brand and logo – see the rendering (above) of the Safeguard Massapequa façade.

“This store will be the company’s easternmost location in New York and will fill a real need in this densely populated area of Long Island where there are few other options for storage,” said Jim Goonan, Safeguard Senior Vice-President of Development.

 

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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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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