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Grand Opening of a New Extra Space Storage Facility

by Tony Gonzalez September 15, 2011 8:52 AM
Extra Space Storage® is proud to announce the grand opening of a brand new self storage facility in Pasadena, Maryland. Celebration activities will be held on September 22nd from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the new facility at 121 Mountain Road in Pasadena. [More]

Organize and Declutter Your Garage

by Kim Kilpatrick August 16, 2011 12:42 PM
In recent years, home owners have had a time difficult selling their homes. The recession, high interest rates, and unemployment have affected the home selling market. However, a recent study found that homes that were properly cleaned, free of clutter, and well presented were on the market 80% less time than homes that were not. [More]

Federal Documents Discovered in Michigan Storage Unit Trigger Concerns of Identity Theft

by John Stevens July 21, 2011 8:15 AM
A month after sensitive veterans’ records from Arlington National Cemetery were found in an abandoned Virginia storage unit, more government documents have surfaced in an auctioned-off storage unit in Michigan last week. [More]

Manager of Hawaiian Self Storage Facility Creates Website to Inform Industry and Public About Auctions

by John Stevens July 7, 2011 4:31 PM
Zack Proser, a facility manager with Storage Kings self storage in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii started getting calls from non-customers shortly after the reality series “Storage Wars” and “Auction Hunters” took off in popularity last fall. They all wanted to know when the next auction was scheduled for. [More]

New Online Rapid Booking System Offered by Centreforce Technology

by John Stevens July 1, 2011 9:04 AM
In these high-tech times, people looking to rent a self storage unit want instantaneous information and action. A new, online booking system released by RapidStor specifically for the self storage industry offers customers real-time prices for units and gives them the option of an immediate move-in. [More]

Washington Wine Storage Facility Offers New Service to Help Customers Move Their Collections

by John Stevens June 29, 2011 7:13 AM
The signs of summer are upon us: swimming, lemonade, fireworks, barbecue and of course sun, lots of it. And along with that sun, comes rising temperatures that could affect your wine collection. Knowing when it’s the right time to move a wine collection into a safe, secure, climate-controlled self storage unit can be daunting for some. But the proper storage of wine is essential to the longevity of any collection. Finding the time to pack, organize and move the wine collection to a proper storage facility can be difficult as well. [More]

Sensitive Veteran Records From Arlington Cemetery Discovered in Abandoned Storage Unit

by John Stevens June 24, 2011 9:22 AM
A self storage manager of a Northern Virginia facility came across 69 boxes of Arlington National Cemetery burial records on June 10 inside an abandoned storage unit. The discovery has triggered a criminal investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives which says the incident has raised questions of privacy issues and indicates another sign of management problems at the Army-run cemetery. [More]

Jim Morrison Photos Now Among Celebrity Paraphernalia Found in Self Storage Units

by John Stevens June 3, 2011 11:26 AM
Quite often in the news, famous people are linked to self storage. There was the recent uncovering of Marilyn Monroe’s shoes, a letter written by Abraham Lincoln, and a rare Superman comic book stolen from actor Nicolas Cage. The latest celebrity item to surface is a treasure trove of lost Jim Morrison photographs snapped in 1968 and unearthed in a storage unit. [More]

Hoarders Attracting National TV Attention and Helping Fill Self Storage

by John Stevens May 20, 2011 8:59 AM
Hoarders are some of self storage’s most numerous customers with big collections often winding up in self storage units. Extreme hoarders – those who hoard things like thousands of miniature animal figurines or mountains of clothes – often try to contain their massive collections within their homes, which can be dangerous and disturbing to family members. This hoarding phenomenon is picking up national attention thanks to a popular A&E show called “Hoarders” which tries to help the hoarders learn ways to clear out their homes, such as utilizing self storage. [More]

For Some, Self Storage is a Cool Place to Just Hang Out

by John Stevens May 19, 2011 8:32 AM
Self storage, to some people, is more than a place where belongings are stored, it is an escape where one can go to reminisce about the past, get some time alone or just kick back and relax. Some people visit their units every day, catalouging collections, practicing with their band, or just sitting on a lawn chair in the unit reading a newspaper. Sometimes self storage operators see customers so frequently they know them by name and often share in a cup of coffee and some small talk. [More]
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