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Hurricane Season 2018

It seems like only yesterday that I woke up on the morning of September 10, 2017 to find myself with no power and a 100 foot tree lying across my front yard. I was extremely lucky. Although I had no electricity, internet, telephone or running water for a week, that tree missed everything in the yard: power lines, house, car, outside light pole, pump house, fence – everything! That tree couldn’t have fallen any more perfectly! I was blessed!
Here at the StoreRight Self Storage office in Brooksville, we were also very lucky. We had no electricity, phone or internet for a couple of days and were under an order to boil the drinking water but we really only had limbs and branches all over the grounds to clean up.
Many in this area were not so lucky. We had many new tenants who were in need of a safe place to store what was left of their belongings while they looked for a new place to live or waited for contractors to repair their homes.
Now, on a bright sunny afternoon is the perfect time to consider how well prepared you are for a disaster.
How is your insurance coverage? Do you need to upgrade your policy? Will your policy cover goods stored offsite if you need it?
Do you have space in a garage or shed if you need to store out door furniture or lawn equipment? Or do you know where there are self storage facilities in your area and which ones are the best?
Are there home maintenance projects or repairs that you have been putting off? Addressing them now could save you time and money later.
Look at supplies you have around your home. Batteries usually can be stored for quite a while and picking up a few here and there is a lot easier on the wallet than trying to buy a bunch all at once to say nothing of not having to deal with everyone in the area trying to stock up all at once. Check your supply of tape and flash lights and maybe a couple of sheets of plywood, maybe a tarp or two. These things can be relatively inexpensive if you pick up an item here and there rather than trying to buy them all at once to say nothing of having to fight dwindling inventories when everyone in the neighborhood is fighting for the same items. This will also leave you a little wiggle room in the budget for items that you can’t really stock up on (like ice, etc).
For more ideas and tips, check out your area’s Emergency Management division. Here in Hernando County (Florida) the Emergency Management Department will be having their Hurricane Expo 2018 on May 5th. You can get tips, see demonstrations and vendors. And since it’s being held at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, it it less than a mile from StoreRight Self Storage in Brooksville. Stop by, check out the facility, meet the staff and if you need a unit now, check out some of our amazing specials!
The bottom line is that when the weatherman says we are in the path of a hurricane, there will be stress. The more you prepare now, the less stress there will be then. Stay safe!

What Not To Store

You’ve decided to reclaim your garage or de-clutter your home or office and a self storage unit seems like the perfect solution. Fantastic! Now that you know what you want to store, here’s a few tips on what not to store.
At StoreRight Self Storage in Brooksville, FL the general rule is If it’s alive or was alive, don’t store it. If it smells bad don’t store it. And if it can blow up or hurt me. don’t store it.
Sounds like common sense to me but it isn’t always that clear to everyone. So to break it down, pets, plants and people don’t belong in a storage unit. You can not use the unit as a temporary shelter and your plants and pets will not fair well in storage. Dead plants will attract pests. If it is discovered that you have live animals in your unit, animal control will be called and you may be subject to to animal cruelty charges, You will also lose your storage unit.
Items with strong odors can attract pests; bugs, mice and other creepy crawlies are not what you want in your storage unit. It can be difficult to rid your unit of these unwanted visitors; they will likely cause considerable damage ; and the odors will not likely endear you to your neighbors.
Hazardous materials are also prohibited. Storing gas cans, flammable liquids, toxic chemicals, firearms, ammunition and fireworks are a recipe for disaster.
Do not store anything that is wet or damp. A dark, warm storage unit will turn these items into a breeding ground for mold and mildew. If you are storing a washing machine, for example, make sure the drum and hoses are completely dry before storing.
Perishable foods, are also prohibited, They are like a free buffet sign to legions of bugs and vermin. Cans of food should be okay.
If you are in doubt about what you can store, please call the management before storing your items.

It’s Never too early to plan for hurricane season

I know, it’s months away but it’s never too early to start planning for Hurricane Season.
Hurricanes are unpredictable and can cost thousands of dollars in damages. We can’t do much to stop them but with some pre-planning we can minimize their impact.
Now is the time to check your insurance policies If you do not have storage insurance, check your home owners or renters insurance policies to make sure you are covered for items stored off of your property. If you are, check to make sure you have enough coverage and increase if necessary. If your policies do not cover you items in storage, there is still plenty of time to purchase the coverage you need. At StoreRight Self Storage in Brooksville we offer an optional insurance policy from Badder Insurance. The application is quick and simple, it covers a wide range of disasters and is relatively inexpensive. It can be added or cancelled at any time

Keeping an inventory of the items you have in storage with pictures and receipts will be very helpful should you ever need to make a claim. While the weather is nice, plan to spend some time in your unit, take some photos and organize your items.

Check the free space in your unit. In the event of a storm, if you had to move items from your home into your unit, would you have enough space? Or do you have room in your garage, shed or enclosed patio where you could put lawn furniture and equipment. outdoor grills, etc until a storm passes? It is not recommended that you pay for a half empty storage unit all year but knowing how much space you can use in an emergency is a very good idea.

There will be plenty to do if we hear  “the storm will make land fall in 72 hours”, worrying about your storage unit doesn’t have to be one of them

Winning at Storage Auctions

Have you seen the storage auctions shows on television? Guessing what’s hiding inside, the competition, the bidding it all looks exciting and so much fun. So are you ready to take the plunge?
First step is to find an auction in your area. Here, at StoreRight Self Storage in Brooksville, we generally hold an auction monthly, usually the last Tuesday of the month but this subject to change. Call or stop by ahead of time to make sure. You can also search online for auctions in your area. Then, having found an auction, call the facility to check their rules and regulations. Some facilities require bidders to register before the auction begins. Plan to arrive about a half an hour before the start time.
Before you go to the auction, set a budget. Know what you are willing to spend. Remember this is a gamble, there are no guarantees that you will be able to resell the contents for a profit. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the bidding so if your not self disciplined, you might want to bring along a friend to reign you in. You should also do some research on what second hand pieces sell for . This will help you set a realistic bidding ceiling once the action starts.
On the day of the auction, you will need to bring cash. Most storage auctions are cash only and you may also be required to leave a cleaning deposit. You might also want to bring a flashlight. When the units are opened, you will only have a few minutes to look at the contents, from outside the unit, and a flashlight might help you see those back corners and any treasures hiding there.

You’ll want to bring a truck or trailer, gloves, trash bags and dressing for success at a storage auction means work clothes. You generally have only a short period of time to empty and clean the unit so be prepared to spend some time sorting through what to sell, keep and trash.

With a little luck and pre-planning storage auctions can be fun and profitable.

Good luck and see you at the auction!

Re-purposing Your Storage Finds

Here at Brooksville StoreRight Self Storage, we will be having our lien sale next week (1/23/18 @ 9:30 am) and our Spring Yard Sale on 3/10/18 @8 am, so I thought it might be fun to look at some simple ideas for re-purposing those items that have you thinking it might be dumpster time. Depending on your skill level and the amount of time and money you want to put into a project, you can find literally hundreds of ideas on the internet. You can turn dressers into TV stands, headboards into benches, coffee tables into ottomans, I even turned an old console TV into a dog bed. Let your imagination run wild and don’t let a piece’s original purpose limit what you do with your piece.
My personal skill level is pretty basic: hammer, screw driver, sandpaper and paint. So for this blog, I thought it would be safe to stay at a fairly basic level.
So, you bought a storage unit at the Brooksville StoreRight auction; there are some items you could sell, maybe a few you’d like to keep and then there’s the picture frame or mirror that is a shade of brown only seen in used baby diapers. Before you pitch it, take another look. With a couple of coats of off white chalk paint, maybe a light rub of dark brown to bring out the details, you might have a pretty frame for a picture or print. Or, you could cover the backing with a pretty fabric and use dry erase markers on the glass for a message board; maybe replace the backing with sheet metal (wear gloves this stuff is sharp) and make it a magnet board. You could also lay the piece flat, drill a couple of holes on opposite sides of the frame, attach a couple of cabinet door handles and use it as a serving tray. The choice is yours.
As for my dog bed? Literally the worst part of the project was removing the “guts”, there must have been fifty pounds of screws holding the tubes, speakers and other unidentifiable parts in place. After that it was just sand and paint, add a piece of foam for the mattress and cover that with some flannel and my fur babies sleep comfy every night.

Santa’s Workshop

You shopped ’til you dropped and found the perfect gifts for everyone on you list! Congratulations! Now where do you stash all these treasures? You worked too hard to let the surprise be ruined by those prying eyes. The closet? Too obvious. Under the bed? And disturb the dust bunnies? The attic? The garage? NOT the trunk of the car!
Consider a self storage unit. They come in several sizes from small enough for a few boxes or maybe a new TV to big enough for that once-in-a-lifetime super sized gift like a new car!
Here at StoreRight Self Storage our units are safe, secure, and well maintained. Your secrets will be safe with us. With no long term commitment you can store now, pick up your presents for the big day and then vacate your unit. Or, since you already have the unit, keep it to store your holiday decorations until next year and save all that space in your home.

Ain’t Love Grand and Other Storage Issues

We’ve all been there. Your best friend, adult child or the new love of you life is having problems. You want to jump with both feet and help. And that’s a good thing, I’ve met some of the kindest people since moving to Brooksville, FL 12 years ago, But, unfortunately, sometimes their kindness comes back to bite them on the butt.
You best friend since grade school is in a bad relationship and needs to get out. You offer your guest room or your couch but where do you put their stuff? Or your baby has a brand new college degree and is moving home until he lands his new job and finds an apartment but what about all the things from his college pad? You think you’ve found “The One” so you decide to make two homes one but now you have two of everything but only room for half of everything; where’s it all going to go?

That’s right! StoreRight Self Storage in Brooksville! It’s the right place at the right price! It says so right on the sign! And we are !

There’s just one little issue you should consider before renting a unit for someone else. Once your name is on the lease, the financial responsibility for the unit’s rent is yours regardless of who owns the contents.

If your BFF finds new love and rarely returns your calls, your 30 year old baby spends his days playing video games waiting for the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation to knock on you door with an amazing offer and your shiny new love has tarnished big time just remember you will always have that nagging rent bill to hold you together (I’ll chase you and you get to chase them for the rent).

The more practical solution is to avoid the situation in the first place. Yes, StoreRight Self Storage is likely still the best solution but bring your BFF, adult child or new love with you. Rent the storage unit in their name (we will need them to supply their photo ID and sign the lease). This way the financial obligation remains with the owner of the contents and never has to become a sore spot in your relationship. If there is money issue, you can always make a payment on the unit without being obligated to do so. And, as an added bonus, you will be eligible for a $25.00 “Refer a Friend” Visa gift card! Win-win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving and Your Fur-Family

For many of our customers, self storage is part of their moving experience. Our tenants are often relocating and are storing their belongings with us while they are staying with friends, family or in a temporary rental. This can all be very stressful even though you know it’s only temporary. But what about your pets?
Recently a new tenant expressed concern that his four, normally well behaved dogs were acting differently. They were panting excessively which our tenant thought was a reaction to the summer heat her in Brooksville so he cranked up the a/c. When he had to leave them at a relative’s home while he was here with the movers, they had a toileting accident in the house. The poor man was beside himself! But when we looked at these behaviors it was more likely that the panting was due to anxiety than heat (since the dogs were in an air conditioned environment already) and the toileting accident due to being in a strange home with an unfamiliar person.
So how do you explain to your four-footed children that their big comfy couch isn’t gone, it’s just sitting in your storage unit until your new house is ready? And all these strange sights, sounds, smells and people are only temporary? Obviously you can’t but there are things you can do to help ease the transition.
As much as is possible, keep your pet’s bedding and toys with them. These familiar scents can help reassure your pet that the whole world hasn’t gone completely haywire.
Likewise, keeping to their routine as closely as possible should prove comforting. As would extra attention, cuddle time and playtime Now, however, would probably not be the best time to change your pet’s diet.
We at StoreRight Self Storage in Brooksville love our furbabies and love when we get to meet yours but please be careful! We are located on a very busy street and the strange sights and sounds can startle your pet so please keep them on a leash. Also there is very limited grassy space and the blacktop gets HOT! Walking your pet on it can cause burns to their feet. If you plan to leave your pet in your car, you will need to leave the air conditioner running. There is almost no shade in the parking areas and it takes only a very few minutes for your car to become dangerously hot. And, of course, please pick up after your pet.

Hot & Humid & Storage

It’s July here in Brooksville, FL and it comes as no surprise to anyone who has spent any time here, it’s hot and humid! It has been for the past few months and will likely be for the next couple.We spend our lives dashing from one air conditioned space to another just waiting for the first “cold front” to come through!
So, what does all this mean for your storage unit? Well, if you are in a climate controlled unit, probably nothing. You are doing the best you can to protect your belongings.
On the other hand if you are using a standard storage unit there are a few things you can do that can help. If space is available and the cost is within your budget, you can transfer to a climate controlled unit. Depending on the size of your unit, you can expect to pay an additional $15 to $65 per month or more for a like sized unit here at StoreRight in Brooksville. The climate controlled units tend to fill up faster so availability may also be a factor. And, of course, you will have to move your belongings from one unit to the other in this heat!
If transferring your belongings is not within the realm of possibilities, there are other steps you can take to protect your belongings. First, make sure everything you put in the unit is completely dry before it goes into the unit. This is especially important for things like washers, dish washers, outdoor equipment and clothes.
Next inspect the inside of your unit for any sign of leaks. We at the Brooksville StoreRight office inspect the exteriors and common areas regularly but we can not see what is going on inside. If you find any problems, please report it to the office.
Cover furniture with blankets or moving pads not plastic which will hold the moisture against the furniture.
And you can also put kitty litter and charcoal in your unit to help absorb moisture and odors. Place the inexpensive clay type cat litter and charcoal in pie pans (the aluminum foil ones from the dolor store work fine for this) and place these throughout the unit. Make sure you don’t use the “easy light” charcoal which has lighter fluid in it and don’t put the charcoal pans close to anything that can be stained by it. The kitty litter should be changed every few weeks; the charcoal every month or two.
With a little extra care during the long, hot summer, your belongings should survive.

Hurricane Season Is Here! Check Your Coverage!

June brings summer weather, vacations and hurricane season! Now is a good time to check your insurance policies to make sure you have adequate coverage to protect your stored items.

Here at StoreRight Self Storage in Brooksville, we make every effort to keep our buildings in the best condition possible to keep your belongings protected but there’s nothing like the wrath of Mother Nature to teach us all a lesson in who’s boss.

So for your own peace of mind, make sure you have an up to date inventory of your stored items and their current value (pictures and receipts are excellent in case you ever need to make a claim) . Compare this to your coverage limits. If you need to increase your coverage, now would be a good time.

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