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Self-Storage Gets Your Car Back in the Garage

Is your garage so full of stuff there is no room for your car? This is a situation a lot of homeowners are familiar with. They start with one or two items and then the pile grows, occupying more and more space, until the car gets pushed out of the garage. If this is the case, then consider a self-storage unit to get your car back in the garage.

What is a self-storage solution?

Self-storage allows individuals to rent portable storage containers to store their excess belongings either at their own home or in a storage facility belonging to the provider. It offers the perfect storage solution for households that are buried in seasonal items or items that are rarely used but are too important to throw away.

Each portable container has a dimension of approximately 16 feet x 8 feet x 8 feet and can hold the contents of a 1,500-square-foot home. The containers have smooth interior walls to prevent dings and scratches, 16 mounted tie-down rings to help secure the items firmly, a translucent roof that lets in natural light so you can see what is inside, and a lockable, roll-up door. The containers are made of unbreakable material and feature a framing made of galvanized steel.

Once your belongings are put inside the containers and locked, they will be safe from water, rain, wind, rodents, insects, mold, mildew, rust, children, burglars, trespassers, and accidental damages and breakages. You can forget about them until the next season or until you need them.

Your home or a warehouse?

When deciding whether to store the portable containers at your home or in a warehouse, you need to consider the following: what types of items you are going to store, how often you need to access them, and for how long you will be storing them.

Storage facilities have a climate-controlled environment, 24/7 security and are built to resist the forces of nature, which means they are safer. They are also a better option if there is no space for a portable container outside your home. With all the stuff gone, you will have all the space you need for your car in the garage. If you need to access your items frequently, then storing them in a container at your home is the best solution for you.

Before renting portable containers from any storage and moving company, it is important to get a quote. Quotes can vary considerably between companies. Click here to get a quote from SAM (Store and Move), the most trusted name in the storage and moving industry in Dallas. Rent from the best to get your car back in the garage.

Store Seasonal Items in a Portable Storage Container

Before you know it, the holidays will be over and it will be time to put the decorations away until next year.  But where to put them? Have you considered at portable storage container? These easy to use, flexible SAM Store and Move storage containers make a great off-site seasonal storage solution.

One of the best things about using SAM storage containers is their flexibility.  Once it is delivered to your property, you can fill the container at your leisure.  After Halloween, box up the tombstones, ghosts, witches and monsters and stow them in the container.  Then, after Thanksgiving, put away the huge inflatable turkey and the pilgrims.  After Christmas, a SAM temporary moving storage container is a perfect place to stow the Christmas tree, outdoor nativity scene, wreaths, garlands, ornaments, lights, Santas, reindeer, snowmen, and any other holiday items.  When you have everything loaded, you can keep the container at your place. Or, give us a call and we will pick it up and take it to our secure, 66,000 square foot warehouse for storage for as long as needed.

Of course, you can use SAM storage containers for them to store warm weather items as well.  They are great for storing outdoor furniture, pool toys, lawn and garden equipment, planters, fountains and much more.

SAM Store and Move containers make storing seasonal items easy. After the holidays, call us and we will deliver a portable storage container to your location. You fill it up with your seasonal items that you don’t need now. Call us when you have finished, and we will pick it up and take it to our warehouse to store. For further information, contact us using our phone number 972-get-a-SAM.

How to Pack a Portable Storage Container

How to Pack Your Storage Container

Whether you’re planning a move to the other side of town or you need to store your stuff for several months, knowing how to pack a portable storage container will help protect your belongings and make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Supplies

To begin, you’ll need some supplies. These include:

  • Dollies for moving heavy furniture, appliances, etc.
  • Stretch wrap to keep dirt and debris off certain items
  • Paper or furniture pads to protect items from scrapes and scratches
  • Loading straps to secure items once they have been loaded

Using the right supplies will keep your belongings safe and secure during the loading process as well as while they are in transit.

Furniture

Once you have the needed supplies on hand, you’ll want to prepare your furniture to keep it well protected, especially if you plan to keep it in storage for a while. Hard, metal items or items you don’t want damaged should be wrapped in furniture/paper pads. Plastic wrap can be used on upholstered items to keep moisture and dust off. Once they’re loaded, you’ll rest these items on top of paper pads.

Loading Order

With your furniture ready, it’s time to begin loading. Start with the heaviest items first. These items, including large appliances, furniture, or massive boxes, will rest on the floor along the sides.

With your heavy items in place, you’ll be able to load lighter boxes. Again, heavier items should go first on the bottom, then lighter items should be stacked on top. Be sure to pack them tightly and use smaller boxes to fill gaps and prevent shifting. Using this order of heavy items first, light items last, you’ll be able to keep items secure and achieve an even distribution of weight throughout the container.

Final Touches

If you plan to store items for a long period of time, you may want to use cardboard or moving blankets to cover them. Our SAM containers have translucent roofs that let light in, so this will be useful in preventing fading or other damage from light exposure.

Once the entire container is packed, use loading straps to secure everything inside. You want them snug, but don’t apply too much force—you don’t want to squish anything. With your SAM Store and Move portable container well and properly packed, it’ll be ready for stress-free moving or storage.

Temporary Storage Containers for Rebuilding After Disaster

Every year, the news brings reports of catastrophic events that simply cannot be anticipated or controlled: hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, mudslides, etc. As recovery and rebuilding begins after a disaster, it’s time to sift through the rubble and put things back together. Often, temporary moving storage containers can be instrumental in the recovery of possessions and the rebuilding process after a disaster.
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Where Can I Put a Rented Storage Container?

If you’re thinking of renting a portable storage container, you will need to decide where to put it on your property. You might worry that one of these containers is just too big for your property, but you’d be surprised how convenient and small their footprint can be. Consider the following when deciding if onsite storage is right for your needs and where it can be located on your property.
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Get a SAM for Temporary Moving Storage

Congratulations! You sold the house, for full asking price! The only problem is, the buyer insists on closing and moving in on their preferred date, which is much sooner than anticipated. You took the offer and accept their conditions—the offer is too good to be true—and the sale is going to go through. Now what? Where will you live? It looks like an extended stay hotel is the best option, since you won’t have to sign a lease. But what will you do with all of your stuff? Continue reading Get a SAM for Temporary Moving Storage

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