Make Room for Holiday Visitors

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When you live in an exciting, world-class city like Chicago or New York, you likely have many visitors. Especially this time of year, friends and family enjoy traveling to the big city to enjoy the lights, shopping and festivities of these destination cities. Due to the desirability of these areas, attainable real estate tends to run on the small side. You may not have ample room for guests in your apartment or house, but self storage can help you make space for visitors. Whether you'll be hosting one friend or an entire family, Chicago, IL self storage and Brooklyn, NY household storage will allow you to be a gracious host and show off your town during the holidays.

You can clear out an extra room or area in your house to create a temporary guest room for any visitors. An office, den, or entertainment space can be converted into a comfortable guest quarters with a few simple tweaks. First you will want to move excess furniture and clutter out of the area and stash it in a Safeguard Self Storage unit. Use an air mattress, sofa or futon as a bed for guests. Provide clean linens, towels and a pretty soap for a special touch. It’s not a bad idea to ensure an area for guests to keep their belongings during their stay, such as a small set of drawers or a wicker basket. A vase with fresh flowers will brighten the room.

If seasonal decorations clog your attic, basement or spare room, consider taking this opportunity to simplify all holiday decorating. Gather the year's decorative items, group them by holiday and place them in clear plastic containers. Create an inventory list for each tub and place them in your Safeguard Self Storage unit so it faces outward. You'll be able to see each container's contents at a glance; this practice translates especially well to post-Christmas decoration storage.

Now that you've placed seasonal items in storage and thoroughly cleaned your home, preparing for holiday guests will be infinitely easier. Whether you reserve Brooklyn, NY household storage or Chicago, IL self storage, your organizational efforts will become part of your annual holiday preparations. This affordable option also keeps non-seasonal items secure all year long. Contact Safeguard Self Storage today for secure, convenient holiday or year-round storage options.  

Brooklyn's 'Pop-Up' Sales

Popular Williamsburg, NY shop Artists and Fleas has been getting a lot of mainstream attention for their annual ‘Super Bowl alternative pop-up’, but these makeshift flea markets are becoming one of Brooklyn's most anticipated attractions. Not only do they add to the culture that makes New York City great, but they provide a welcome opportunity for smaller merchants to make some big money. (A ‘pop-up sale’ is a short term retail space.)

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The holidays have proven to be the perfect time for Brooklyn's burgeoning pop-up industry to thrive. New York City visitors and residents appreciate the vintage sales that complement a season that has become irretrievably commercialized. By shopping at these smaller shops, you can support small business in NYC in a way that frequenting the mall cannot. As a merchant, you're making a big contribution to the local economy and culture. Some of the best pop-up markets have come about as collaborations between otherwise competing shops.

 

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If you're a part-time merchant looking to take advantage of a collaborative pop-up, you may be wondering where to store your goods in between sales. A good NY self storage facility can give you the secure space you need. Safeguard NYC storage facilities can keep your wares protected while you plan your next big sale. Safeguard Self Storage has climate controlled units, computer controlled access, storage unit door alarms, drive-in loading areas, a knowledgeable staff, and access seven day a week - perfect for merchants who need a place to store their inventory. Also, with twenty-two New York Self Storage locations (with more on the way) there is always a Safeguard Self Storage near-by. 

 

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Whether you deal in vintage coats, vinyl records, or handmade jewelry, you need NYC storage facilities that will keep your goods in pristine condition. Safeguard Self Storage goes the extra mile by providing the amenities needed to give you peace of mind while your items are in storage. When storing your goods with Safeguard, you can concentrate on making your next pop-up sale even more successful than the last.

 

Find one of our twenty-two New York Self Storage locations: Safeguard NYC Storage Facilities.

Does Air Conditioned & Heated Storage Really Make a Difference?

 

With 50% of all self storage customers being first time users one may ask how does air conditioned and heated storage make a difference? This is an important question, as many factors play into the decision to store in a climate controlled environment. Air conditioned and heated storage, simply put, makes a world of difference and here’s how: 

Elemental Protection – Standard, non-climate controlled storage units are usually found in buildings constructed of metal or tin. These building are generally susceptible to the elements as wind, rain and humidity find ways to penetrate the outer seams and openings. These types of buildings are also affected by major temperature swings as they tend to heat up rapidly during summer days and then cool down at night causing condensation. This moisture can cause warping of wood, yellowing of paper and mildew to grow on stored item.  During the winter months these buildings can become extremely cold causing stored goods to crack or chip. Temperature controlled storage units are designed to protect stored items from large temperature variations preventing moisture and mildew from forming which help items maintain their stored condition.

Sensitive Belongings – documents, photos, antiques, family heirlooms, and other valuables may not survive long term in regular outdoor storage. Choosing a climate controlled storage unit could save you from experiencing significant damage to weather sensitive items. 

Peace of Mind – Knowing that your items are stored in a climate controlled environment, protected from the elements just like your home or office will provide great comfort.  Air conditioned and heated storage units were designed so your items come out of storage in the same condition as when you put them in. What a concept!  

Making the right decision about self storage types is just as important as the decision to store. Making the wrong decision, in the long run, could cause more harm than good. To fully understand what self storage unit type and size is right for you, contact a storage professional today.

Safeguard Joins in Fight Against Counterfeit Storage

 

Safeguard is proud to team up with Mayor Bloomberg and the city of New York to establish the first Self-Storage Operator Code of Best Practices. The new codes will ensure self-storage facilities follow best practices to help prevent against the storage of counterfeit items in storage units.

The “Code of Best Practices” Includes the Following Items:

- Manager walkthroughs will be performed daily and a record keeping system establish where, upon unusually activity, further investigational measures will take place.

- Video recording system to be enhanced to sufficiently monitor the property.

- Tenant record system will require photo ID’s of tenants to remain on file for a year after they move out.

- Rental agreements forbid storage or sale of counterfeit items in storage facilities.

Kathleen McGee, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement issued this statement, “We welcome Safeguard Self Storage as a partner in reducing the proliferation of illegal goods and look forward to working with other storage operators in our continued efforts against counterfeiting”.

Safeguard’s mission is to lead the self-storage industry in product quality, service and value. And, as always, Safeguard will strive for continuous improvement in all that we do. Our goal is to provide high-quality products and services that customers can trust and that distinguish Safeguard in the marketplace.

Look out Albany Avenue, Safeguard is coming with another great New York self storage facility!

 rendering of the new Safeguard Self Storage facility on Albany Avenue
(Early profile rendering of the Safeguard Self Storage Albany Avenue location in Brooklyn)

 

We just closed on the purchase of land on Albany Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.Many New Yorkers probably know us already, as 21 of our 60 open storage facilities are in the New York metro area. Why wouldn’t we build a 22nd location in the area? We love it here.

This new facility, which doesn’t have a firm completion date yet (but fear not, we have plenty of other facilities in the New York area to tide you over until then), will have 786 individual units in a variety of sizes. That’s 50,000 square feet of space for all your storage needs.

As is typical of a Safeguard self storage facility, the Albany Avenue location will be designed with security, convenience and customer service in mind. Amenities at this location will include:

  • heated and air conditioned space
  • a convenient drive-up loading area
  • computer-controlled access to the building
  • digital/video recording of the property

(That’s a lot of amenities. If there were any more I’d have to rent a unit just to store the remaining bullet-points in that list…ahem…is this thing on?)

Jim Goonan, Senior Vice President of Development, says about this Albany Avenue location:

"The Albany Avenue location, like all of our New York facilities, will be designed to provide an exceptional customer experience. This new facility will complement our product offering in New York and demonstrates our commitment to, and confidence in, this market. As many already know, we have two other stores under construction at this time, one of which will open later this month at Utica Avenue not far from this Albany Avenue site."

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Exterior of the Safeguard Storage on Albany Avenue

This Albany Avenue building in New York will soon be a brand new Safeguard Self Storage facility. See below for an artist’s rendering of the finished facility…yes, we’re between artists at the moment.


 poorly drawn image of the Safeguard Self Storage facility on Albany Avenue