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...storage units?

I secured a 2nd job, of sorts, writing "how-tos" for a company that provides the write-ups to Google. The first round of subjects center on storage units. My instructions are to do research, but make the write-ups unique (i.e., no direct copying from Wikipedia). I will admit that when the assignment first came my way, all I could think about was a painted devils trap on the floor, booby-trapped rock-salt entries, dusty soccer trophies, and cobweb-covered, sawed-off shotguns. But, there's unique and then there's unique... *grin*

Once I finish the first batch, I turn them in and if they're pleased, I can request more. They pay by the word (which, for me, would be made of awesome, but they also cap out the articles at 1500 words). I figured I'd do a few online searches to see what's currentout there right now, and interview a few peeps I know who actually work at and/or own storage unit facilities.

Anyway, as part of my research, I thought I'd see if anyone had input on:

Self Storage Basics:

 Why use self storage?

 Estimating the amount of space you need; choosing the right size unit

 Environmental/climate considerations

 Accessing your unit (compare outdoor, indoor units)

Does anyone work at a storage unit facility? Did anyone do research prior to using a storage unit? Any sites you found particularly helpful?
Any tips or techniques for storage units that you've been dying to share with someone?

I thank you in advance for any information you can provide.



 


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lovinjackson
Feb. 23rd, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
I wanna say congrats on getting another job! Dont overtax yourself ;) But this is fantastic news :) Sounds neat actually!

Good luck

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gaelicspirit
Feb. 23rd, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, girl! :) Don't worry -- I will still be making time to write our story (and write period) but we are racking up some more medical bills with things going on with the hubs that I had to find some way to pull in some more bank. ;)

The good part is, these are due when I get them done, so the only 'stress' is how much I want to try to make, y'know?

:)
lovinjackson
Feb. 23rd, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Wasnt so much worried for our story as your sanity. Just worry about you all sometimes ;) Hence now I will take the time to say I hope everyone is well or is getting well with whatever is happening on your side *hugs*

That's not to say I dont care about our story LOL I do ... Just care about ya'll more :P ;)

BTW I forgot to tell you. I was watching your videos of Mo last night and Mum saw them and wanted me to tell you that yo have a beautiful gorgoeus little girl ;)

Glad you scored a non stress job :) Sounds great ... too bad they cap it. You could make a mint :P
gaelicspirit
Feb. 23rd, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
I was watching your videos of Mo last night and Mum saw them and wanted me to tell you that yo have a beautiful gorgoeus little girl.

*grins and blushes*

Thank you. I have to agree, though. She's a corker, that one.

And yeah, non-stress is basically why I agreed to take it on. Cisco currently has a corner on the "let's stress Gaelic out" market. Hee.
kelios
Feb. 23rd, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
My husband and I rented one a few years ago because he got transferred to Texas in the middle of the school year and my daughter and I stayed in Florida so she could finish out. We put everything but the basics in storage and stayed with my parents for the last few months (never doing that again lol). We didn't do any research, but you definitely want to tell people that if at all possible they want to get a unit on higher ground, as outdoor units generally are not water proof. We were lucky that our belongings weren't destroyed but several other units flooded when a Cat 1 hurricane came through.
Also, it's a good idea to sit down and evaluate the costs of longterm storage as opposed to other options. It may not seem like much to start with, but it doesn't take long before the cost of storage exceeds the value of the items being stored (sentimental value notwithstanding, of course). $150-$200 per month adds up more quickly than you think.

Good luck with your new job!
gaelicspirit
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! This is very helpful -- especially the cost vs time comparison.

I really appreciate this. :)
primrose_1
Feb. 23rd, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
My best friend did this. If there's any article out there on google on Texas Hold'em, she wrote it.

As far as storage units go....hmmm...I've rented a few in my lifetime. When I was in college my roommates and I rented one for our stuff because BYU wouldn't keep our stuff stored over the summer. We were surprised at how much a 5 foot square room would keep, and at $25 a month, divided six ways, we were happy college students.

The last storage unit we rented was when we were moving, and we needed as much junk out of our crowded house to get it to sell. We put in the bookshelves, loveseat, all the books and video game equipment so we didn't have wires crossing the floor. Those kinds of things. It was fairly secure. You had a keypad you typed in the code to to get past the gate, and this adorable little retired couple lived there on the premises behind the office to keep an eye on things full time. We only had the unit for a month or two because our house sold quickly.

When you don't pay for your space, storage spaces will have auctions or sales on the unpaid for stuff in the rental units. I've never been to one, but I always thought it would be cool to go to one.

The storage unit chain out here in Utah that I really like is called King Arthur storage, and they've made the front look like a faux castle, and the front gate looks kind of like a portcullis. I would totally rent there if I had a need for it. I'm personally of the mindset that if I have too much junk to fit in my house, then it's time to throw stuff away, not pay to store it.

I hope that helps!

gaelicspirit
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Oh this is great! Thank you!

When you don't pay for your space, storage spaces will have auctions or sales on the unpaid for stuff in the rental units. I've never been to one, but I always thought it would be cool to go to one.

I wondered if that was really true! I saw an episode of NCIS (or maybe it was CSI?) where they did that and they found a body rolled up in an oriental rug. Whoops!

Thanks so much for the input! I'm going to work on these four topics next week after I hit a deadline for Cisco.

PS
I can't read the word "portcullis" and not think of Princess Bride. Hee!

"Give us the gate key."

"I have no gate key."

"Fezzik, tear his arms off."

"Oh, you mean this gate key."
primrose_1
Feb. 23rd, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's really true! I don't think there's ever REALLY been a body at one of the auctions. I think the smell might alert somebody sooner than that. :)

Haha! Oh how the Princess Bride has changed our brains forever! I can't hear the word "Inconceivable" or "As you wish" either. We even got my husband a Dread Pirate Roberts franchise shirt :)
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