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Benefits of Jobsite Storage: Roofers Edition

Benefits of Jobsite Storage_ Roofers EditionIf there’s one common complaint among on-site service professionals, it’s that you have to lug around your items from one location to the next. Or, if you don’t take your items with you, a trip back to your office (or a nearby home improvement store) is in order. Either way, having to leave your job site wastes valuable time and money.

Portable storage containers are a great solution for this common problem, as they provide a convenient way to store your equipment and materials on the jobsite. In this first part of a three-part series, let’s take a look at how jobsite storage containers benefit roofers specifically.

Benefits of Jobsite Storage for Roofers

Portable storage containers are especially ideal for roofers, as their jobs are often dependent on the weather and can be interrupted by rain. Tarps only provide so much protection (and very limited security), while vans have limited space. Jobsite containers, on the other hand, offer greater capacity and security. Here are some of their other benefits:

  • You’ll be able to start on the roof right away and work on site all day; no trips for supplies or equipment!
  • There is ample storage space for your roofing items; you’ll likely only need one or two portable storage containers (click here to calculate how much space you’ll need)
  • Your valuable roofing tools and equipment are kept safe and secure; they can also be locked up overnight.
  • The storage container company provides quick, easy, and reliable transportation for the container to the next roof you’ll be working on.
  • Your items can be left on site and ready to go in case of bad weather (like rain) creating an unsafe working condition on the roof.

Types of Roofing Items That Can Be Stored

Imagine being able to keep all the items you need close by in a storage container instead of having to drive (and waste time) to find them. Here are some of the types of roofing items that can be stored in portable storage containers:

  • Shingles
  • Chalk, gravel and asphalt
  • Hammers, tackers and snips
  • Caulking materials
  • Nails and nail guns
  • Brooms, rakes and ladders
  • Safety harnesses
  • Adhesives, sealants and cement
  • Felt and plywood
  • Jacks, cutters, tanks, generators, carts and kettles
  • Hoses and lighting
  • Tarps/plastic sheeting

How to Find the Best Storage Solution for Roofers

SAM (Store and Move) containers are a great way to store your roofing equipment and materials on the jobsite. Whether you are replacing or repairing a roof, our containers will make your job easier and allow you to spend more time actually doing work. We can even store your valuable roofing tools and equipment between jobs. Simply give us a call once you’ve finished working on a roof and we’ll store your equipment/materials or deliver it to your next worksite.

If you’re interested in jobsite storage for your roofing business, give us a call at 972-438-2726!

Dallas Home Decluttering and Staging Best Practices

Dallas Home Decluttering and Staging Best PracticesNorth Texans declutter or stage their homes for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because family or friends are in town. Other times, it’s because they’re hosting an event. The most common reason, however, is because they’re selling their home. 

Approximately 130,000 people moved into the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2018 alone, according to D Magazine. A third of them wanted to buy new homes. So, how do you appeal to new DFW residents? By presenting your home in as positive a light as possible. That’s where decluttering and staging steps in.

Decluttering vs. Staging

First, let’s define the two. Merriam-Webster defines “declutter” as a way “to remove clutter from a room, an area, etc.” As for staging, it’s more of an “act” or play—it has a defined audience. While decluttering can be done at any time to free up space and make your home more presentable, home staging is often done with a specific intention (usually making a home presentable with the intention of selling).

Decluttering Tips for Dallas Homes

One of the best ways to declutter your Dallas home is to rent a portable storage container. Portable storage containers in Dallas-Fort Worth are more convenient than ever these days, with companies like 972-GET-A-SAM offering to deliver the storage container to your location. This lets you load them up with your clutter at your convenience, then call to have them picked up.

Here are some other tips for decluttering your home effectively, courtesy of Zen Habits:

  • Clear a starting zone
  • Start small (e.g. clearing off a counter)
  • Schedule a decluttering weekend
  • Visualize the clean home you want
  • Teach children where things belong
  • Learn to file quickly
  • Donate, sell, get rid of or store seasonal clothing

Staging Tips for Dallas Homes

Like decluttering, a portable storage container can help you stage your home to sell it (or for numerous additional reasons, like a TV interview as one example). After all, you can rent the container for as long as you want, even if it’s as short as a month. This is perfect for home-selling situations, which can last several months.

Here are some other tips for staging your home effectively, courtesy of HGTV:

  • Invest in new appliances
  • Add a new coat of paint to the most visible rooms
  • Clear clutter or personal items
  • Use tape outlines on the floor instead of moving furniture
  • Let the sun in or turn on several lights
  • Get rid of items with strong odors
  • Clear out storage areas
  • Create a nice flow in your rooms

If you’re planning to declutter or stage your home in the near future, contact 972-GET-A-SAM for a free quote today.

6 Little-Known Hacks Only the Storage Professionals Use

6 Little-Known Hacks Only the Storage Professionals UsePeople love life hacks. Just do a search on YouTube and you’ll see a variety of practical, tip-filled videos that rack up millions of views. These hacks aren’t limited to food or organization, however. They apply to moving and storage as well.

For example, do you take clothes off hangers during a move? Are your glass items protected from shattering? Let’s look at six ways storage pros cleverly address these issues (and others) using hacks.

  1. Keep The Hangers on Coats

It’s easy to get into a rhythm of packing clothes. You take the clothes off the rack, remove the hangers, fold the clothes, put them in the box, take them out of the box once you move, unfold them and put them back on hangers before putting them in your new closet. Have you ever thought about why you’re even removing hangers in the first place? Keep them on! It’ll save lots of time and hassle.

  1. Color-Code Your Boxes

Whether you use stickers, tape, markers or something else, color-coding your boxes can save lots of frustration when it comes to figuring out what items go where. You can sort by room (e.g. living room, kitchen, etc.) and even parts of rooms (e.g. nightstand, makeup cabinet, etc.). If you want an even easier identification method, invest in colorful plastic containers. This might be particularly useful for holiday decorations—store Christmas items in a green box, Halloween in an orange box and so forth.

  1. Set Aside a Bag for Personal Use

There are few things worse than realizing something you need on moving day is packed away in who-knows-what-box. Set aside a personal bag before you start packing and make sure it has anything you’ll need during the move. We’re talking toiletries, medications, IDs and even food/water.

  1. Protect Glass with Tape

Did you know that you can prevent broken glass from getting all over your other belongings? Simply tape over any glass in some sort of pattern (such as an “X” or “Z”) and cover it with cardboard, blankets or other protective layer. You can also surround the whole thing in bubble wrap. It’ll make cleanup a lot easier if glass shatters.

  1. Take Pictures of Entertainment Setups

Another way to save some frustration is taking pictures of entertainment setups with your cell phone. Before you unhook your surround sound, media center or home office, snap a quick photo to see how all the connections were set up. If you don’t have the original user manuals, this might be the only way to remember the right configuration.

  1. Have the Storage Come to You

Finally, you can give yourself peace of mind by moving or storing on your timetable, at your location. Portable storage containers are spacious, easy to load and can be kept on your property for as long as you need them. There’s a reason why home staging personnel, decluttering professionals and other storage professionals use them. You can do the same!

If you’re in need of a storage solution, contact the team at 972-GET-A-SAM today for a quote today.

The Ultimate End-Of-Year Portable Storage Container Checklist

The Ultimate End-Of-Year Portable Storage Container ChecklistDon’t look now, but we’re approaching New Year’s Resolutions season again. Instead of focusing on something unreasonable that you’re just going to quit in a month or two (e.g. eating more kale), why not do something more realistic instead? 

The end of the year is the perfect opportunity to get your home or apartment in order. You can use portable storage containers for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to free up space or temporarily hold your belongings while you clean or get organized. 

If you’re struggling on where to start, here is an exhaustive list of ideas for items that you can (or should) be placing in a portable storage container.

Furniture

Nearly every living space has some sort of furniture in it. Whether you have a couch, sofa, chair, chaise, futon, nightstand, TV stand, side table, dining table, recliner, sectional or something else, you can keep it in a container temporarily. Just make sure you protect it! Also, outdoor furniture is great for storing in cold-weather months to protect it from the elements.

Electronics

From computers, phones, radios and TVs to copiers, fax machines, scanners, surround sound systems, cameras and various other gadgets, there are likely electronics you want to keep on hand but don’t use regularly. 

Appliances

Upgrading your appliances or have you received any duplicate appliances as a gift? Save them for yourself (or as a gift) by storing them. Refrigerators, vacuums, fans, humidifiers, microwaves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and others are all fair game.

Photos

Pictures are cherished by many, but we often have more than we know what to do with. Keep extra photos and photo albums stored while you get organized. Frames are another good storage candidate.

Mirrors

Don’t break your mirror or other glass objects while you’re cleaning. It’s bad luck! Instead, keep it secured in storage. 

Glassware

If you have china, glassware, dishware or any other precious items made from crystal, glass or fragile materials, they might be safer in storage than traditional cabinetry. 

Clothing

Store seasonal clothes, extra clothes and clothing you’re going to donate or sell in a portable storage container. We’re talking jeans, shirts, jackets, tops, bottoms, shoes, shorts, ties, belts, dresses, etc.

Curtains and Drapes

Some people like to let the light in during the winter months and block it during the summer. Curtains, drapes, valances and other window coverings are perfect candidates for temporary storage.

Files and Documents

Got a home office? Keep records for taxes? Have personal documentation? Not only will storing files and documents in a portable storage container free up space, they’ll keep them secure as well.

Collectibles and Antiques

Valuable collectible items like sports cards, old jewelry, paintings, rugs, comic books, lamps, vintage costumes, stamps, autographs, memorabilia and books are another great idea for storage.

Seasonal Items

From Easter and the Fourth of July to Halloween and Christmas, a storage container can house these decorations that you only use once a year.

Newspapers and Magazines

Got a stockpile of sentimental or valuable newspapers and magazines? These can easily take up lots of space. Why not store them instead?

Books

If you have an ever-increasing library of books that you don’t want to get rid of, they may be better off in a storage container until you can read them again.

DVDs and Other Media

We may have streaming options like Netflix these days, but you can’t find some of these movies anywhere other than your physical copy of the DVD or VHS. Keep them out of the way in a container.

Of course, there are some items you can’t store in a storage container, such as hazardous/flammable materials, animals, plants, food and more. If you’re in need of end-of-year portable storage, give us a call at 972-GET-A-SAM today.

7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Storage Container Delivery

7 Facts You Didn't Know About Storage Container DeliveryHave you ever considered the logistics Santa has to face every Christmas Eve? According to Chalkdust Magazine, the jolly red man has to visit 172 million homes, deliver presents to 602 million children and travel at a velocity close to the speed of light.  

We don’t know how he does it, but Santa isn’t the only one making deliveries at this time of year. Did you know that you can get a storage container delivered to the location of your choice? Let’s dive deeper into some facts about storage container delivery that you may not know.

  1. You can get them delivered to any location in the DFW metroplex.

… assuming it’s legal, of course. You might need a permit. But as long as you’re allowed to use the property where you want a storage container delivered, you can get it delivered there. The main restriction is the service area of the company.

  1. You can take as long as you need.

Unlike moving trucks, which have a definitive window for pickup and delivery, storage container delivery lets you load and unload on your timetable. Take your time loading and have peace of mind knowing all you have to do is call the company to pick it up.

  1. There are no dangerous ramps to worry about.

With storage container delivery, the containers sit slightly above the ground. There is no dangerous navigating to think about as you carry boxes, furniture and other items.

  1. They’re more spacious than you think.

You’d think that since these containers are being delivered, they’d have to be relatively small, right? Wrong. Portable storage containers used for storage container delivery at 972-GET-A-SAM, for example, are approximately 16 feet long, eight feet wide and eight feet high. That’s enough to store the contents of a typical 1,500 square-foot home!

  1. You can determine exactly how many you need.

Speaking of space, how do you know if a container will hold all of your belongings? They’re spacious, yes, but they do have their limits. Fortunately there is a storage calculator available online where you can calculate whether you need one container, two containers or more.

  1. They’re as secure as your home.

With portable storage containers, you don’t sacrifice when it comes to security, either. These containers feature tough exteriors with galvanized steel framing. You can also lock them down for when you’re not actively loading or unloading them.

  1. Adjustments are just a call away.

Companies like 972-GET-A-SAM don’t just drop off the storage container and leave you to it. If you have any needs—whether it’s a request for a new container, additional containers or you’re ready for the container to be returned—we’re simply one phone call from making it happen.

If you’re in need of a storage container, give us a call at 972-GET-A-SAM today for a free quote.

4 Reasons to Use End-of-Year Temporary Storage

4 Reasons to Use End-of-Year Temporary StorageThe “Hall of Records” could refer to a mythical library buried under the Great Sphinx of Giza. Or, it could refer to numerous government buildings across the country. When it comes to your business, however, chances are pretty good that it might refer to the mound of records and files you have on hand as we approach the end of the year.

That’s where end-of-year storage steps in.

Temporary record and file storage can be beneficial for businesses in more ways than one. From freeing up space for holiday parties to consolidating records for tax recording purposes, let’s take a look at a few reasons why temporary storage at the end of the year makes sense.

  1. Holiday Parties

It’s hard to enjoy a glass of eggnog if you’re constantly backing up into a tower of personnel records. Or perhaps you’re used to hanging mistletoe on the teetering edge of a stack of folders? Regardless of whether your records and files have a large impact on physical space, renting temporary storage containers for holiday parties is a smart decision.

Instead of spending money on an event space, why not store some of your files, furniture and other office gear in a container for a month or two? With the extra space, you can host office gift exchanges, holiday karaoke, a company potluck or another event. Or, you can rent party gear and have it delivered to your office, where you can store it in the temporary storage container until it’s time to party.

  1. Preparing Taxes

April may be the deadline to file your taxes, but you’re putting yourself in a world of trouble if you wait that long to prepare your taxes. Since the calendar year is quickly approaching its end, it’s the perfect time to separate all the tax records, files, receipts and other information you’ll need over the next few months. For larger companies, this is when end-of-year temporary storage might make sense. Store all tax-related materials in a container and slowly move them back to their permanent location as you process them.

  1. Getting Organized

New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for individuals. If you have a professional goal to get your company more organized, end-of-year temporary storage may be able to help. By separating the clutter and unorganized files you have lying around, you’ll have more room to decide where and how you want to organize them. One of the great benefits of temporary storage containers is that you can rent them for as long as you need, which lets you get organized for the New Year on your timetable.

  1. Freeing Up Space

Finally, there are several other reasons why it simply makes sense to free up space toward the end of the year. Your company may sell seasonal items, for example, that you need to store until it’s time to sell them. Or, you might place an order for a large number of promotional items for the next big conference. Either way, having a place to store things that take up space will create less stress for those who have to work in an office environment.

If you’re in need of end-of-year storage (or storage in general), contact the team at 972-GET-A-SAM for a free quote.

Giving Thanks: Our 5 Favorite Customer Reviews

Giving Thanks - Our 5 Favorite Customer ReviewsJohn F. Kennedy once said that “as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” At 972-GET-A-SAM, we take these words seriously, especially when it comes to feedback we receive from our customers.

So, in honor of Thanksgiving, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite customer reviews from Google and Facebook.

  1. Lee Ann W. (Google)

“We used Sam Store & Move to contain things during a household renovation. The pod was clean and we appreciated the reflective tapes on the pod since it was temporarily curbside for 4 days on either end of the housework. This took care of what the city wanted on my “permit”. They stored my belongings at their site for the duration. They were polite and timely. They made 4 trips and the pod arrived and disappeared during the timed window every time.  You can provide your own lock or purchase one they recommend. I would definitely use them again.”

  1. Melissa H. (Facebook)

“Used Sam Store and More for Pod. Could not move into house for two weeks. Parked outside my home for two weeks. Picked up and dropped off with no problems, Very inexpensive compared to other “pod” companies. Would definitely use again!”

  1. Cody C. (Google)

“Had two Sams dropped at different times in different locations, even at a steep incline and the delivery guys were masterful in dropping each container right where I wanted it. Even picked up same day when I was done!  Great communication throughout. Steve Pickering was helpful every step of the way. Highly recommend!!”

  1. Blain V. (Facebook)

“Just as good as PODS and a much better price! Delivery and PU drivers were awesome!”

  1. James D. (Google)

“We had a great experience with SAM. The staff was friendly and punctual and what I thought would be a complicated process ended up being dead simple. This was my first time using a service like this and it’s not really a routine need for me, but when I’m in the market again I’ll save time on researching companies thanks to this having worked out.”

Happy Thanksgiving! If you have any storage needs, be sure to contact the team at 972-GET-A-SAM for a free quote.

DFW Outdoor Storage Containers: What You Need to Know

DFW Outdoor Storage Containers - What You Need To Know #2There’s a popular meme out there with the following text: “Texas has two seasons: summer and winter. Usually they alternate days within the same week.”

As citizens know, the temperature and weather in Dallas-Fort Worth can definitely be unpredictable. So wouldn’t that make things like outdoor containers a questionable decision? Thanks to modern technology and advances in design, that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Here’s what you need to know about portable outdoor containers:

They’re Weather-Resistant

Outdoor storage containers are built tough. They have a weather-resistant exterior designed to help items better withstand temperature changes and harsh environments. With a galvanized steel framing and state-of-the-art construction, you can rest assured that your belongings will be safe and secure in one of these containers. For proof, just look at the fact that construction workers and other professions trust outdoor storage containers to hold expensive equipment and materials on their job sites.

They’re Spacious

Many Dallas residents are surprised when they learn about how much an outdoor storage container can hold. At 972-GET-A-SAM, every container is approximately 16′ long, 8′ wide and 8′ high. That means each container can hold the contents of a typical 1,500-square-foot home! To see exactly how much space each container has—and to calculate whether your items will fit in one, or if it will take multiple—use this handy storage calculator.

They’re Mobile

Part of the reason portable storage containers are so popular is because of the flexibility they provide. A simple phone call is all you need to have them delivered or picked up, and you can keep them at the location of your choice for as long as you need. If you need to store the container for a long period of time, the container can be kept in an indoor facility that is protected with safety and security equipment.

They’re Smartly Designed

Finally, there are numerous additional  features these outdoor containers offer that most DFW residents aren’t aware of. Each of these make moving or storing day that much easier. These features include:

  • Smooth interior walls designed to protect belongings from dings and scratches
  • 16 mounted tie-down rings in each container to keep your items from moving or shifting
  • Translucent roofs that allow light in and make it easy to see when loading/unloading
  • Easy-to-use roll-up doors that allow two locks to be used

If you’re in need of an outdoor storage container in Dallas-Fort Worth, contact the team at 972-GET-A-SAM today.

3 Professions That Can Benefit from On-Site Storage

3 Professions That Can Benefit from On-Site StorageWhat do roofers, plumbers and contractors have in common? Yes, they all tend to work in other people’s homes (or businesses). But they also all have lots of equipment and are constantly on the move. We’re going to focus on the latter two facts today.

Specifically, we’re going to talk about how each of these professions can benefit from on-site storage. Let’s get to it.

  1. Contractors

Construction projects involve a lot of logistical challenges that need to be met, among them how to store materials and equipment needed for the project. Many contractors store these out in the open, usually on the lawn. But this leaves them open to weather-related damage and, let’s be honest, looks messy.

With temporary on-site storage containers, however, you’ll enjoy a convenient place to store all your contracting tools and equipment. The exteriors of these spacious containers are tough and designed to withstand the harsh outdoor environment. Plus, they can be locked up each night to keep your equipment and materials safe and secure.

  1. Roofers

Large roofing projects can take days, but you never know what weather Mother Nature is going to throw your way. Rain and roofs aren’t a good mix, so you might have to stop in the middle of a job. It’s not safe to keep supplies on the roof, either. 

You can solve all of these problems with temporary on-site storage containers.

Since these containers are delivered to the location of your choice, you can keep them there for the duration of your project. All your work-related items are right there at the roofing site, meaning you don’t have to go out for another run of equipment or materials. Then, once you’re done, you can have the container delivered to the next house or business for the next roof you’re working on.

  1. Plumbers

The thing about plumbing work is that you never know what tool you’ll need for the job. From pipe and tube cutters, benders and threaders to wrenches, water meter keys, pipe-fitting tools and drain cleaning supplies, there is a wide variety of potential items you might need. 

With on-site storage, you can have your entire arsenal of supplies delivered to any household location with a simple call. By having things like drain openers, pipes, fittings, valves, faucets and other materials ready to go, it will save you time that would otherwise be spent traveling and buying materials. That means you can service more customers. (Still not sure? You can use a storage calculator to verify that it will hold enough equipment and supplies to make sense for your business.)

Of course, these are just a few professions that could benefit from on-site storage. There are quite a few others, like home designers, realtors and television crews. If you’re interested in on-site storage for your business, contact the team at 972-GET-A-SAM today for a quote today.

5 Reasons to Use Portable Storage Containers In the Fall

5 Reasons to Use Portable Storage Containers In the FallPumpkin spice. Falling leaves. Large meals with family. The fall conjures up many inviting images and feelings. But did you know that autumn is also a great time to start using a portable storage container?

From needing a place to store gardening tools to not using pool supplies anymore, there are several reasons why people use storage containers during the fall months. Let’s take a look at five of them.

  1. Summer Clothing

It’s officially time to start thinking about storing those swim shorts, bikinis, tank tops and other warm-weather gear. You’re going to need extra space for coats, sweaters, long-sleeve shirts and other comfortable clothes needed during cold weather. Fortunately, this isn’t a huge task with a portable storage container. Simply have one delivered to your location, load it up with summer clothes and call to have it picked up once you’re done.

  1. Gardening Tools

The time for yard work is also thankfully coming to a close. That means you can put away gardening tools like mowers, trimmers, shovels and shears and replace them with rakes or blowers instead. You’re not going to need many of these tools until spring, so it only makes sense to free up some space (and keep your tools protected) while you’re not using them.

  1. Outdoor Furniture

Fall is a great time to sit outside with a cup of coffee as you watch the leaves turn or read a good book. But temperatures are going to drop quickly and you’re not going to want to even think about sitting on your porch for very long once comfortable turns to cold. More importantly, though, you want to keep your outdoor furniture protected from weather-related damage. Storing this furniture in a storage container will keep it safe and secure.

  1. Pool Supplies

With summer in the rear-view mirror, so is your pool and beach time. We already covered the need to store your swim clothes, but there are other supplies like floats, lounges, goggles and toys that you have to store somewhere until warm weather rolls around again.

  1. Other Household Items

Finally, there are other unique household items that you likely only use during the summer months. For example, you might not use a portable fan as much (or at all) during fall or winter. There also might be clutter your college student left behind when they went to school. Or, there are items related to special events (e.g. Fourth of July) that you don’t want taking up space. A portable storage container in the fall is a great solution for all of these.

If you’re interested in using a portable storage container this fall (or any other season), contact us today for a free quote.

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