RV Storage Tips

RV parked at a RV parkThe cooler weather is just around the corner. Soon, the travel season will be ending for the year. It is time to start thinking about storing your RV, boats and summer vehicles for the winter months. Some people choose to store these vehicles in their own garages, backyards or driveways for the winter months. However, if there is not enough room for keeping them in a driveway, then it is time to think about parking the vehicles at a self storage facility.

How to Winterize a RV

The following tips are just a few reminders that should be done prior to placing your vehicle in storage for winter months:

  1. Take your RV out for a last run: This is a “maintenance run”, where you can listen for any issues that might be going on with your engine and other systems. Inspect the outside of the RV to see what repairs need to be made during the off-season.
  2. Thoroughly clean the RV inside and out: Wash the outside of the RV and wax it if you have the time. Remove all perishable items from the refrigerators and cabinets. Clean out the refrigerator and leave the door open after the cleaning. Open up all cabinets and leave the doors open for air circulation. Remove the linens and drapery to be cleaned. Vacuum the interior and wipe down any surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom areas.
  3. Take care of any needed repairs: Make any needed repairs to the outside of the RV including the antennae, awnings, windows and doors.
  4. Keep the plumbing system from freezing: Drain and flush the water tanks and water heater. If this step isn’t done correctly, the water tanks can freeze, expand and break the fitting lines.
  5. Protect the battery from dying: Remove the battery and store in a dry, cool and ventilated area. If you are only storing for short-term, disconnect the battery switches. Connect the batter to a maintenance charger if you are storing the vehicle for a longer time. Once a month, charge the battery to keep it fresh.
  6. Change the RV fluids: Change the oil and the oil filter before storage. Check the belts and the transmission, break, steering fluid levels. Fill these up if they are low. Add antifreeze according to the owner’s manual instructions.
  7. Siphon out the fuel: Untreated gasoline that is left inside of your RV can go bad during the winter. To prevent this from happening, siphon the gas out of your RV and into a gas tank. This gas can be used again in your car or snow blower.
  8. Elevate the tires to prevent flat spots: Store the vehicle on thick plywood off of the ground. This will protect the tires during the winter months. Cover the wheels to protect them from exposed elements if you are storing outdoors.
  9. Cover the RV during storage: If possible, cover the RV with a canvas tarp to keep it clean and dry during the winter months.

Additional Tips for Storing Your RV for Winter

Just like packing personal belongings for storage units, you need to properly prepare your RV for off-season storage. If you are storing your RV for long-term storage, make sure that you consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions on types of antifreeze, fuel stabilizers and fluids to use. Also, make sure that you have updated the registration, license plates and insurance for the RV before you place it in storage. Some storage facilities will require proof of insurance in order to store these vehicles.

Storage World Has RV Storage in Atlanta, GA

Following these preventative tips will help to prevent damage to your RV during the off-season. Properly preparing your RV for storage in the fall will make it much easier to get it ready for the spring travel season.

Recreational vehicles are very large and do take up a lot of space in a driveway. Are you looking for a place in Atlanta, GA to store your RV? Storage World has storage facilities in Jonesboro, GA with RV storage options available. Our outdoor vehicle storage units are well-lit and protected with secure gate access. Reserve your vehicle storage unit today!

5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Fall

A homeowner rakes fall leaves

As the weather starts to turn cooler, it is time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the fall and winter. Taking the time to prepare your home for the colder months will not only make it a more comfortable season for you, it will also make your home safer. Are you ready to start? Read below for 5 tips!

How to Get Your Home Ready for Fall and Winter 2019

  • Inspect your home for drafts: In order to keep your home cozy all winter long, it is important to check it for drafts. A draft-free home will be cheaper to heat, which will save you a great deal of money overtime. An easy way to check your home for drafts is to hold a candle up to the edges of your windows and doors. If the candle flame flickers, you likely have a draft.
  • Clean your furnace: Inspect your furnace for any ignition problems or any other issues that may lead to your furnace not functioning properly. If there’s dust, soot or grime visible inside of the furnace, clean it out. It is also important to change the air filter before closing your house down for the winter.
  • Inspect the driveway and walkway: While having a damaged walkway or cracks in your driveway is a hazard all year long, it’s especially dangerous in the winter when the ground gets slick. If you notice sidewalk or driveway damage, have them repaired before winter.
  • Clean out the gutters: Spending just a few hours cleaning out your gutters can save you a great deal of time in the future. Carefully clear any leaves, dirt, sticks or other debris from your gutters. While you’re doing this, it is also a great time to inspect your roof for any visual signs of damage.
  • Plant bulbs: Early fall is a great time to plant bulbs for spring. When picking a location, choose one that gets a good amount of sun during the day.

Declutter Your Home with a Storage Unit Rental!

With the start of fall, the holiday season will be here before you know it! Before the holiday season, it is a popular time to declutter the home for holiday guest and to make room for decorations. A storage unit rental allows you to get summer clothing, sports equipment and other items you will not need for the next few months out of the home and into a secure location.

Are you looking for storage near Atlanta, GA? Storage World has storage facilities in Jonesboro, GA and Decatur, GA on Panthersville Rd and Flat Shoals Pkwy. Our storage facilities offer various sized storage unit options, including the 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 storage unit. Reserve your storage unit today!

Conventional or Climate Controlled Storage

Climate Controlled storage units at Storage World

There are many factors that need to be decided upon when choosing a storage unit: location, price, security and what size storage unit. Deciding what you need to put in storage will determine the size and type of the storage unit that you will need. There are two types of storage units: conventional storage units or climate-controlled storage units, which are usually located inside a finished building. Both types of storage units have their pros and cons depending on the cost and the length of time that you will be renting.

What Does Climate Controlled Storage Mean?

Atlanta summers of high temperatures and humidity are a perfect reason to have a climate controlled storage unit. Climate controlled storage units are either air-conditioned or heated depending on the climate. A unit cannot go below freezing in the winter and above 90 degrees in the summer. Most climate controlled storage units are maintained at 55-80 degrees throughout the year. Some facilities will also offer humidity control, setting their storage units at a 55% humidity level.

The Benefits of Climate Controlled Storage Units

Having the constant temperature in the storage unit will help protect the stored items from damage. High temperature and humidity levels can warp, crack or split wood or leather furniture. High humidity levels can create moisture in electronics, book, paper and clothing which can develop into mold, mildew and rust damaging the items beyond repair. Extreme temperature can also damage business items such as electronics, medical or pharmaceutical supplies and retail inventory.

Climate controlled storage units are more expensive than conventional storage units, but if you are storing items that are sensitive to temperature fluctuations, it is well worth it.

Do I Need Climate Controlled Storage?

If you are storing the following items, then it would be important to ask your storage facility about a climate controlled storage unit:

  • Wood or leather furniture
  •  Furs
  • Electronics
  • Books
  • Artwork
  • Medical Supplies
  • Musical Instruments
  • Photographs
  • DVDs/CDs/Video
  • Important Documents
  • Family Heirlooms or Antiques
  • Clothing
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Lawn movers
  • Cars/RV/Boats
  • Appliances

The Benefit of Conventional Storage

If you will not be storing items that are sensitive to temperature, a conventional storage unit should be just fine for you. Generally, conventional storage units are less expensive than climate controlled storage units, which can make renting a storage unit even more affordable.

If you are storing the following items then it would be okay to rent a conventional outdoor storage unit:

  • Water Hoses
  • Kitchen items
  • Gardening Equipment
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Sports Equipment

Storage World Has Climate Controlled and Conventional Storage Units

Storage World offers climate controlled storage units at our locations in Jonesboro, GA and Decatur, GA on Panthersville Rd and Flat Shoals Pkwy. Our storage units range in sizes from the smallest at 5×5 to 15×30. Reserve a storage unit with Storage World today!

Fall Festivals in Atlanta 2019

Two kids enjoying a fall festivalFall is in the air! This is the season for pumpkin patches, haunted mazes and spending time outdoors enjoying the season. Are you looking for fall events in Atlanta, GA? Whether you’re looking to spend the day outdoors with your friends or family members, or just enjoy a fun fall-themed festival, we’ve got you covered! Read this blog for a list of fall themed festivals, events and activities!

Atlanta Fall Festivals 2019

Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival

Friday, Saturday and Sundays from September 21st – November 3rd, 2019
Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival is back for another year! During the day, visitors can enjoy family friendly attractions, fall entertainment and more. At night, the entire park comes alive with beautiful lights and glowing attractions. This event is perfect for all ages.

Oktoberfest Atlanta

Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th
Oktoberfest Atlanta will take place for one weekend only in the Historic Fourth Ward Park. This event will feature delicious German food and drinks, live music, games and a variety of Oktoberfest activities. So, put on your lederhosen and bring your friends to this fun event!

Haunted Halloween at the Atlanta History Center

Friday, October 18th, 2019
For one night only, the Atlanta History Center is transformed into a haunted Halloween experience. Visitors can walk through haunted historic houses and foggy gardens and experience eerie ghost encounters. This event has a scare factor from “all ages” to “tweens, teens and above”. Inside of the museum and Swan House, there will be a family friendly experience with wizards, witches and trick-or-treating. For those looking for more of a frightening experience, there will be bone chilling trails and scenes are the museum grounds.

Taste of Atlanta

Friday, October 18th, 19th and 20th
Come enjoy delicious foods, drinks and entertainment at Taste of Atlanta in Historic 4th Ward Park! This 3-day festival features food from more than 90 different restaurants, food districts serving different themed foods, a best bartender competition, opening night party, cooking classes and so much more! This event offers different ticket options for each festival day.

Storage World Has Storage Facilities in Atlanta, GA

We are happy to support the events and festivals taking place surrounding our storage facilities. Storage World has storage facilities in Jonesboro and Decatur, GA, on Panthersville Rd and Flat Shoals Pkwy. Our storage facilities offer both traditional and climate controlled options available for rent, reserve a storage unit with Storage World today!

How to Store Restaurant and Catering Supplies

Two catering workers preparing for a mealIt is a well-known fact that self-storage is an easy, safe and convenient way for businesses to store excess office equipment, inventory and documents. Businesses can use self-storage in a variety of ways from a small closet-size storage unit to a storage unit that is set-up and organized for document storage or even used as a shipping area for a small companies. All types of businesses, contractors or even large corporations are great matches for business storage solutions. Another type of business that can easily store items in a self-storage unit are restaurants or caterers.

Most restaurants and catering businesses run out of storage room very quickly. They need to have a place to store their extra furniture, supplies, dishes, glassware and holiday displays. A self-storage unit is the easiest and most convenient solution for restaurant owners and catering businesses to store the items that they don’t have room for at their business location. Below is a collection of simple tips for how to do this effectively.

Tips for Storing Restaurant Catering Supplies

For any business, but more so for those who need restaurant equipment and catering storage, it is important to keep a running inventory list in the storage unit as well as at your business of the items that you have in storage. This helps you keep track of what you have and what you might need for future engagements.

Restaurant Storage Solutions: Items to Store in a Self Storage Unit

  • Extra equipment and dinnerware: Restaurants can use a self-storage unit to store extra tables or supplies including dishes, flatware and cutlery.
  • Extra cooking supplies: Restaurants can also store excess pots, pans, dishes and other restaurant equipment and appliances. A simple storage tip is to make sure that the dishes and glassware are wrapped and packed properly to prevent breakage during transit.
  • Patio furniture during the off-season: A self-storage unit is also ideal to store a restaurant’s outdoor patio furniture during the colder months. When storing patio furniture, stack the chairs in order to utilize all the vertical room in the storage unit.

Catering Business Supplies Self-Storage Tips

Self-storage is great storage solution for catering businesses, especially those that work out of their home. Caterers can use a number of different self-storage unit sizes to store excess equipment and supplies they do not have the room for.

It is more convenient to store these items together in a secured self storage unit than inside the catering truck. Caterers can rent a storage unit that is central to their business and events to make it easier to pick up their catering supplies when they are needed.

  • Extra items for the off-season: The busiest seasons for caterers are the holiday season and then the summer months, which is the most popular time for weddings. During the “off-season”, caterers and party planners need a place to store their furniture, chairs, tables, decorations, dishes, glassware, silverware, serving utensils, pots, pans, and linens.
  • Food displays: Depending on the food that is being catered at the event, you may need different food displays at the event. In order to keep these displays from cluttering your business, consider storing them in a storage unit until you need them.

Storage World Has Storage Facilities

Storage World has a variety of self storage units sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 available in both climate and non-climate controlled that are great for storing everything for the restaurant or catering industry. Stop by our three Atlanta self storage facilities in Jonesboro, GA and Decatur, GA on Panthersville Rd and Flat Shoals Pkwy to ask our storage professionals about our restaurant equipment storage solutions.

Reserve a storage unit with Storage World today!

Labor Day Events in Atlanta 2019

A character high fives kids at the Dragon Con paradeLabor Day is a much-awaited long weekend in the U.S.! During this weekend, you can usually find family cookouts, parades, bonfires and people everywhere soaking in the last few days of summer. Do you have Labor Day plans? Read this blog to find a list of awesome events, festivals and activities taking place during Labor Day weekend all throughout Atlanta!

4 Things to Do in Atlanta Labor Day Weekend

Free Admission to the College Football Hall of Fame

All month long through Saturday, August 30th
August is Free Month at the College Football Hall of Fame! In order to enter the museum, you simply need the Chic-fil-A app. At the College Football Hall of Fame, visitors will get to experience various exhibits, legendary awards like the Heisman Trophy and run through an indoor playing field!

Dragon Con

Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd
Dragon Con is Atlanta’s leading multi-media and pop culture convention event that brings you the latest in science fiction, comics, literature, music, film and gaming. Attendees to Dragon Con will get to take part in contests, events, workshops, different games, an art show a parade and so much more! If you don’t want to participate in the parade this year, consider being a spectator!

Taste of Soul

Friday, August 30th through Monday, September 2nd
The Taste of Soul festival is a free event that takes place in one of the most historic neighborhoods in Atlanta, GA. This event celebrates soul and southern food with live music, kids’ events, delicious food and art. There will be a wine tasting event, an outdoor brunch concert, art from various international contemporary artists, a 5K and so much more!

Fun Spot America

Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st
The Fun Spot Atlanta is open year-round and offers a variety of family fun events for all ages! Visitors can enjoy go karts, miniature golf, a Topgolf Swing Suite and different rides for both kids and adults. There is also different food and drink vendors all throughout the park.

Storage World Has Storage Facilities in Atlanta, GA!

We are proud to support the local events, festivals and activities taking place in the Atlanta, GA area. Are you looking for storage near Atlanta? Storage World has storage facilities in Jonesboro, GA and Decatur, GA on Panthersville Rd and Flat Shoals Pkwy. Our storage facilities offer a wide variety of storage unit features, including the use of a free move in truck with new rental, drive up storage units, surveillance cameras and deliveries accepted.

With a variety of sizes of storage units available for rent, including the 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 storage unit, we are sure to have a storage solution ideal for you. Reserve your storage unit today!

How to Store a Pool Table

A pool table in a homeInterested in learning pool table storage tips? If you are planning on moving and storing your pool table, it is essential to do so properly. Incorrectly storing a pool table can cause permanent damage to the felt, slate and frame of the pool table. Read this blog for important tips for both moving and storing a pool table!

6 Tips for Moving a Pool Table

Before taking apart the pool table, check the manufacturer’s instructions. Different brands of pool tables may have different steps for disassembling, moving and storing.

  1. Remove the pockets- To disassemble the pool table, first remove the table pockets by taking out the screws or staples holding them in.
  2. Disengage the rails- Next, disengage the table rails by sliding them out. Place the rails onto moving blankets for safe keeping.
  3. Remove the felt- To remove the felt, carefully pull out the staples holding the felt in place. Fold the felt up and put it into a bag to keep it free from damage.
  4. Lift out the slate- Lastly, it is time to remove the slate. Keep in mind that the slate can weigh up to 800 pounds so you will need help with this task. Use a power drill to remove all screws and bolts and then lift the slate up.
  5. Wrap each piece for safe keeping- Once your pool or billiards table is completely disassembled, it is ready to begin being moved. But, typically, this process includes wrapping up the larger pieces in their own moving blankets. Individually wrapping each slate, rail, leg and frame, while also keeping each piece organized and secured with packing tape.
  6. Carefully load the table onto the truck- It’s important to be very cautious when placing the slate on the moving truck, too. Use an appliance dolly to help get it up the loading ramp, and if there is more than one slate they can be stacked once on board.

Essential Pool Table Storage Tips

From there, following the steps below will help you store a pool table properly. Read these tips for storing a pool table below!

  1. Place plastic sheeting on the floor of your storage unit- Lay the slate on top of the sheets. If there is more than one piece of slate, cover each individual piece with more plastic adhered with packing tape before stacking the next piece on top.
  2. Keep the pool table wrapped in the moving blankets- The frame, legs, pockets and other pieces of your pool or billiards table should be wrapped in the moving blanket. The felt should be kept folded neatly in a sealed plastic bag to protect it from damage.
  3. Hold onto the nuts, screws and bolts- Keep the bags of screws, nuts and bolts with the table parts so you’ll have everything ready to go for reassembly.
  4. Use a climate controlled storage unit- You should consider renting a climate controlled self storage unit for your pool table, as the constant temperature will ensure the wood will not warp or buckle. Contact any of our Atlanta area storage facilities for more questions.

Store Your Pool Table with Storage World!

If you need to store a pool table or other larger items, consider Storage World for all your household storage needs. We offer a variety of storage unit sizes perfect for all your sports equipment storage large or small, nearby Atlanta in Jonesboro, GA and Decatur, GA on Panthersville Rd and Flat Shoals Pkwy.

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6 Helpful Tips for Moving to Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta, GA skylineAre you considering moving to Atlanta, GA? Atlanta is a booming city and the home to many major companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, United Parcel Service, Delta Airlines and AT&T Mobility. With so many awesome companies to work for, Atlanta recently outpaced the nation in job opportunities as well as pay increases.

Move to Atlanta: 6 Tips for Making the City Feel Like Home!

  • Unpack as soon as you arrive: While it may feel tempting to put off unpacking and just go explore the city, this is not a good idea. Unpacking all of your items into your new home will help the space to feel more comfortable for you.
  • Give Atlanta a chance: When you’re transitioning to a new city, it’s normal for spells of homesickness to hit. It is important though to give your new city a chance. Before thinking you made a mistake and should move back home, wait at least a year. As time goes on you may start to feel differently.
  • Use your network: Does your roommate from college’s best friend live in Atlanta? Or do you have a distant cousin living close to the city? Reach out to them! Never be afraid to use your network to use your network to give yourself a jumpstart on meeting new friends.
  • Say “yes” whenever possible: One of the best ways to make friends is to say “yes” to any social invites you get. For example, if your neighborhood is hosting a block party or your coworkers are meeting up after work for a few drinks, say yes to their offers.
  • Join local interest groups: Are you an avid runner, cook or reader? Consider joining a group around your city that meets to take part in one of these activities! This will not only help you to meet new people, it will also let you take part in one of your favorite activities!
  • Locate important stores and stops: While checking out Atlanta, spend time locating your closest grocery store, gas station, pharmacy and convenience store. Once you’re more easily able to locate any essential locations, the city will start to feel more and more like home.

Storage World Offers Storage Facilities in Atlanta, GA!

When moving to a new city, it is important to get off on the right foot. One of the best ways to get off on the right foot is by keeping your new home organized. If you’re worried that your new home will be too cramped, consider a storage unit rental. A storage unit rental allows you to store items you do not need often in a location that is easy to access and close to your home.

Looking for a storage unit near Atlanta? Storage World has storage facilities in Jonesboro, GA and Decatur, GA on Panthersville Rd and Flat Shoals Pkwy. Our storage facilities have storage unit rentals ideal for any sized storage need, including the 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 storage unit. Reserve a storage unit for your new home today!

6 Tips for Getting Along with Post Grad Roommate

Two roommates chat in a bedroomThe cost of rent in many major cities is on the rise. This means that many college graduates are looking for ways to make rent in a large city more affordable. A great and easy way to do this without compromising on location, features and amenities is to live with a roommate. But, living with a roommate in college is admittedly a little different from living with a roommate out of college.
Looking for tips for getting along with your post-college roommate? Read below!

How to Get Along with a Roommate After College

  • Choose wisely: While you had the option to choose a random roommate for your freshman year dorm, that isn’t necessarily a good idea for a post-college roommate. In a dorm, if something happened between you and your roommate you were able to be transferred. This is not the case for post-college living. There are many different services both free and for cost that can help connect you to other people living in the area looking for roommates.
  • Go in with the right mindset: When you were in college, you may have hung out with your roommate 24/7. It is important to understand that this doesn’t have to be the same for your post-college roommate. Starting off the agreement with the right mindset can help to get your living situation off on the right foot.
  • Be honest from the start: Once you choose a roommate and start getting to know them, it is essential to be honest from the start. Do you want to limit overnight guests on week nights? Do you have a large group of friends that like to visit on weekends? Let your roommate know from the start what they can expect from living with you.
  • Discuss rent: While you may assume that the rent will be split 50/50, your roommate may feel that since they will only be there two weekends out of the month, that shouldn’t be the case. Before signing a least together, make sure you’re both on the same page about the rent and utility breakdown.
  • Face problems head on: If an issue arises, be sure to bring it up immediately. For example, if you are tired of your roommate being loud late at night, bring it up in a respectful way. While ignoring the problem or making passive-aggressive comments may seem like the easier route, it will lead to larger problems later on.
  • Be respectful of common spaces: View the bathrooms, living room and kitchen as common areas. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to go through and clean or straighten these areas nightly or a few times a week to keep them as clutter-free as possible.

Rent a Storage Unit for Extra Apartment Storage

When you combine belongings from different homes, it’s extremely likely that between you and your roommate, there will be some duplicate items. Instead of simply trying to fit all of your belongings into one apartment or house, consider a storage unit rental. A storage unit rental allows you to hold onto items you do not need or can’t fit in your home and store them in a location close to your home.

Looking for storage near Atlanta, GA? Storage World has storage facilities in Jonesboro, GA and Decatur, GA on Panthersville Rd and Flat Shoals Pkwy. With many different sizes of storage units available, including the 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 storage unit, we are confident we’ll have a storage solution for you. Reserve your storage unit today!

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