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How to Load a Moving Truck


If you are moving soon, you’re more than likely planning on using a moving truck. A moving truck can easily get you and your items from point A to Point B in just a few trips. Unfortunately, many people do not realize there is a preferred method for loading a moving truck. But fear not, we’re here to help! Follow these 6 steps for loading a moving truck!

6 Steps for Packing a Moving Truck

  • Step 1: Be ready for your move- Moving days can be extremely stressful. We never suggest saving packing to the day you’re planning on making your move.
  • Step 2: Keep important items with you- Any important documents or valuable items should be kept with you in the cab. These items can be easily unloaded from the truck and brought into your new home as soon as you arrive at the destination.
  • Step 3: Invest in moving supplies- Moving supplies will not only help to protect you from injury, they will also help to protect your items from damage. If you do not have moving straps and a dolly, ask your truck rental company if they sell them.
  • Step 4: Place the heaviest item in the front of the truck-When packing your moving truck, place your dishwasher, refrigerator or other heavy items in the front of the truck closest to the cab. This will help to support the weight of the item.
  • Step 5: Balance large items along the side of the truck- Next, place any large and bulky items. For example, your box springs, mattress, dresser or couch can go on each side of the truck.  
  • Step 6: Use buffer items- In order to avoid your furniture from getting scratched, place any pillows, blankets or comforters between each furniture piece. These items can act as padding to protect your more expensive items.  

Rent a Storage Unit for Your Next Move

If you’re moving into a smaller home, you may be looking for a storage option for some of your items. A storage unit rental allows you to keep all of the items that matter to you. Out-of-season decorations, clothing or any other items you do not currently need can be stored in a storage until they can be used again.

Storage World has storage facilities in Jonesboro, GA and in Decatur, GA, on Panthersville Rd and FlatShoals Pkwy. We have a storage unit for every sized storage need. Whether you’re looking to store some out-of-season items or a full household of furniture, we have a storage solution for you. Reserve your storage unit today!


The Benefits of Using Business Storage Units for Your Small Business


As a small business, are you experiencing growing pains? Maybe your growing pains look like constantly outgrowing space in your home to store your inventory. Or, maybe your growing pains look like getting expensive materials for your business delivered daily and worrying about the safety of your packages as they wait outside of your door for you.

We understand the growing pains that are common with a small business. But, did you know that a storage unit rental may be able to help with some of these pains? Find out how below!

Business Storage Solution: 4 Reasons to Use Self Storage for Your Small Business

  • Give you back your home: As the owner of your small business, you likely have inventory, documents and other items required to run your business all over your home. With a storage unit rental, your home can be what it was intended to be, a home.
  • Let your storage grow as you grow: With a storage unit rental, you can start out with a smaller storage unit and then upgrade later on as your business grows. With a wide range of storage unit sizing, we’ll have a storage solution for you every step of the way. 
  • Rent month-to-month: When you rent out space in an office or warehouse, you will likely be signed into a long-term contract. But, what do you do when you outgrow that space? Well, when you rent a storage unit to store inventory, products or equipment, your storage solution is able to grow with you. Our storage units rent on a month-to-month basis, so you will never be signed into a long-term contract.
  • Vehicle storage is available: As your vehicle grows, you may find a need for company vehicles. As a homeowner or renter, your homeowner’s association may prevent you from storing multiple vehicles in your driveway or yard long-term. A vehicle storage unit allows you to keep your vehicle in a safe and secure location.
  • Package delivery accepted: It isn’t uncommon for businesses to get expensive packages. If you get equipment, inventory or important documents sent through the mail, it is important that you are able to receive them. For someone who works full time on top of running their business, being home for deliveries maybe nearly impossible. Avoid leaving your precious packages on the front porch by having them delivered to your storage facility! Our storage professionals will gladly receive them and put them in your storage unit for you to pick up at your convenience. 

Are You Ready to Rent a Business StorageUnit?

Storage World has storage facilities nearby Atlanta, GA, located in Jonesboro,GA and Decatur, GA on Panthersville Rd and Flat Shoals Pkwy. Our storage facilities have storage unit sizes starting with the 5×5 storage unit and ranging to the 15×25 storage unit. This allows you the flexibility every business needs.

Reserve a storage unit with Storage World today!


The Top Tips for Hosting an Airbnb in Atlanta, GA


Woman in Doorway Greeting her Airbnb GuestsHave you heard of Airbnb? Probably. It’s a way to travel around the world and stay in interesting and nice locations for cheap. So, what’s the concept? Well, if a homeowner or renter has an extra bedroom or set of bedrooms, they can rent them out to travelers for extra money. This is a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel and tends to give you more bang for your buck over staying in a motel.

For homeowners in Atlanta, GA who are looking to make a bit of cash while you’re away from home, Airbnb is for you. Atlanta, GA is home to the busiest airport in the world. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport sees millions of passengers pass through its gates every year, and many Atlanta, GA Airbnb hosts have already reaped the benefits of hosting visitors. According to Lifestyle Management Group, a good Airbnb host in Atlanta, GA can expect to stay booked for 125-150 nights a year. With the average rate for a night in Atlanta costing between $96 and $466 dollars, an Airbnb host can expect to earn between $12,760 and $32,333 a year.

So, what does it take to be a good Airbnb host in Atlanta, GA? Keep reading and you will find out!

Airbnb Atlanta Tips

  1. Keep Your Home Clean: By no means do your guests expect to be staying in a 5-star hotel, but they do expect to have clean living quarters. It is essential that you either thoroughly clean between every stay or hire someone to do the cleaning. Bad reviews on your page can lead to a decrease in the amount of people looking to book your home.
  2. Be Hospitable: Personal touches go a long way. Leave a welcome basket out for your guests. In the basket put snacks, fruit, beverages and other small items.
  3. Be a Resource: Your guests are likely new to the area, or at the very least, not as familiar with it as a local is. Offer recommendations for restaurants, sites and other cool locations. Giving your travelers tips can go a long way to make their trip a successful one. In your initial contact, ask questions like, “what brings you to the city?” or “what are you looking forward to the most about the city?”. This way you’ll be able to offer them recommendations based on their interests.
  4. Be Honest: A sure way to get a negative guest review and experience is to embellish or not be honest when describing your home and neighborhood. Include a list of house rules on your profile. For example, if you allow guests, provide free Wi-Fi and state if smoking is permitted. Additionally, when communicating with and accepting money from a customer, only do it on the Airbnb app.

Nearby Storage Units for Airbnb in Decatur, GA

If your home is messy and cluttered, don’t be surprised if you receive negative reviews from guests. Decluttering for an Airbnb guest can be difficult because often times spare rooms are used to store seasonal or extra items. If you have some items you want to hold onto, but don’t necessarily have room for in your home, consider a storage unit rental. A storage unit rental will allow you to hold onto your possessions, while still keeping your home clutter-free for your guests.

Storage World has a storage facility in Decatur, GA, only 20 minutes from Atlanta, GA. Our nearby Atlanta, GA, storage facility has storage units ranging from the 5×5 storage unit to the 15×30 storage unit, perfect for any sized storage need. If you are storing more sensitive items, consider a self storage unit that can control the climate. To learn more about our self storage unit rentals, contact us today!


Why are People Moving to Georgia?


The Atlanta skyline at nightGeorgia’s population has been growing. According to AJC, in 2016 Georgia’s population increased by the 7th highest amount in the United States. Whether you move to Georgia for the beaches, unique cities or weather, Georgia has something for everyone.

Top 7 Reasons to Move to Georgia 

  1. Weather: Mild winters and hot, tropical summers make Georgia an attractive place to live. The state sees an above average rainfall every year, resulting in gorgeous parks and flora throughout the state.
  2. Beaches: Partly encompassed by the Atlantic Ocean, Georgia is outlined with gorgeous beaches. Georgia is the home to Tybee Island, St. Simons, Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island. Tybee Island is a popular film location, as Baywatch and the Last Song were shot on this beautiful island.
  3. Low Cost of Living: According to Sperling’s Best Places, Georgia has a relatively low cost of living as compared to average states in the United States. A one-bedroom apartment in Georgia would cost on average $716, while elsewhere in the United States it would cost about $825.
  4. History: Georgia is dripping with American history. Anderson Prison, Battle of Pickett’s Mill Fort McAllister, Fort Pulaski and the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus are all located in Georgia. Thousands of tourists and history buffs alike enjoy visiting these historic sites to learn more about our American history.
  5. Savannah, GA: Millions of visitors flock to Savannah every year to experience this historic city. Whether you are coming for the food, the aquarium, beer tasting or sites, Savannah is sure to have something to please you. As one of the most haunted places in America, Savannah offers various ghost tours to tourists. Savannah is also the home of a 1920’s style speakeasy. To get into Mata Hari’s you must have a key.
  6. Atlanta: The city of Atlanta is booming. According to Penske Top Moving Destinations, Atlanta, Georgia was the number 1 moving destination of 2016. Within recent years thousands of people have flocked to Atlanta to live. The city has a low cost of living making it a very desirable location. Atlanta, GA is home to manyattractions like the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta Botanical Gardens and Fox Theater.
  7. Fortune 500 Companies: According to Atlanta Patch, in 2017, 17 Fortune 500 companies have called Georgia home. Seeing the opportunity for jobs, people have clustered in Georgia, or mainly Atlanta, to get a chance to work for one of these ginormous powerhouse companies.

Have you Recently Moved to Georgia or are Planning to Move?

Whether you moved to Georgia for the weather, low cost of living or to be close to a unique city, Storage World has a storage solution to help you. Stop in and visit one of our locations today!


How to Store Halloween Decorations


How to Store Halloween Decorations in the Atlanta, Georgia area

More than 171 million Americans planned to take part in Halloween festivities this year with estimated spending expected to reach $8.4 billion. Nearly half of the people questioned in the National Retail Federation’s annual survey planned to decorate their homes – accounting for more than a quarter of that staggering total. That’s a lot of cobwebs, creepy clown masks and cauldrons!

But now that the party has died down, where does all that stuff go? Read on for some tips on cleaning and decluttering to prevent your house from being haunted by the ghosts of holidays past.

Designated Halloween Storage Containers

Sure, it’s exciting to be surprised by a random holiday when you open an assortment of nondescript boxes. However, your setup and cleanup are both much simpler when you have clearly labeled or color-coded containers.

● Sealed plastic containers are good for keeping moisture, bugs and other nasty surprises from ruining your decorations.

● Maximize your space by storing smaller items insider larger, hollow ones.

● Use bubble wrap to protect fragile items.

● Label the containers with a complete list of contents.

● If stacking multiple containers, make sure the heaviest, most structurally sound box or bin is on the bottom.

Storing Halloween Decorations that Hang

Some decorations need to hang in order to protect and preserve their shape. You can make the most of a hook or rack by hanging multiple items one in front of the other. If your items are made with fabric or other sensitive materials, you may want to consider a sealable garment bag.

Costumes and masks could fit into this category as well. Many times, they will include a label with care instructions. To make sure you look your costumes look their best next year, pay special attention to those recommendations.

Other Notes On Halloween Storage

  • Light strands can be wrapped around ordinary extension cord wraps in order to keep them tangle free. If you’ll be stacking multiple reels, use a cloth or padding to insulate the wraps from one another and their surroundings.
  • Glass, fabric and other materials can be sensitive to sunlight. To avoid fading, make sure you have these covered with acid-free tissue or packing materials like bubble wrap.
  • Many of these items are also vulnerable to extreme temperatures and humidity–making your attic, basement or garage poor choices for long-term storage. Consider one of our climate-controlled storage units to help preserve the longevity of your decorations.
  • Storage World has a wide variety of storage options throughout the Atlanta area. Talk to one of our self-storage professionals to find a solution that fits your needs today.


Playing it safe on Halloween


Dressing up in spooky costumes and going trick-or-treating is something that almost everyone looks forward to. Those were some of my best memories growing up. Whether you are going to a fall festival or going door to door there are ways to play it safe and still have a blast. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a wonderful website with Halloween safety tips. Read over it before going out and about with your children. Some of the ways to play it safe are to make sure you wear lighter colors or reflectors so you can be seen in the dark, an adult should always accompany children under 12, stay on well lit streets and only go to homes with a porch light on. When you get home and dump out all the goodies take a look for packages that have been tampered with. It is rare to find one opened but it is always best to take a peek just in case.

If you aren’t interested in going door to door in your neighborhood, here are some Halloween events you might be interested in:

Henry / Clayton Counties:

The City of Locust Grove is hosting a Trunk-or-Treat and Haunted Hayride starting at 5 pm at City Hall.

Panola State Park is hosting a Trunk-Or-Treat from 4-6 pm. The cost is $5 to enter and there will be a best costume and best trunk contest.

Downtown trick-or-treating on McDonough Square is from 3-5 pm.

Fear the Woods at the Yule Forrest in Stockbridge has a haunted house, hayride, zombie paintball and several other spooky things. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for children from 7:00 pm-12:00 am.

Dekalb County:

Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain featuring Legoland Discovery Center. Door to door trick-or-treating throughout the estate, lego building tables, food trucks and many more fun things. Entry is $5 per person from 6-9 pm.

Fernbank Museum is hosting Martinis and IMAX-Fright Night for adults only.

 Storage World wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween! We would love to see pictures of your costumes. Please share them below or on our Facebook page!

 

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Tenant Insurance


Are your valuables safely stored? As much as we would like to think our belongings are packed and organized as safely as possible at the safest and cleanest storage facility in town, there is still the possibility of a natural disaster or tradgey that could strike at any time. For added security, it is important to also have some type of insurance on these items. Most homeowners and rental insurance policies do not cover items stored outside of the home. Before you chose to store, check your insurance policies to see if you will need additional coverage. If you are not covered, it would be a great idea to get tenant insurance through your self storage facility. It is affordable and the cost can be added to your monthly rental payment.

 Storage World and Storage World on Wheels offer tenant insurance through StorSmart Insurance. There are pamphlets and information available to you at each of our locations. Tenant insurance will cover the value of the items insured at today’s value up to the amount of insurance coverage purchased. Our tenant insurance covers damage from: wind, fire, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, vandalism, burglary (with a visible sign of forced entry), lightning, smoke, hail, building collapse and explosion. It does not cover items of higher value such as jewelry, antiques, artwork, important documents, firearms or furs.

Ask any of our super knowledgeable associates at Storage World about tenant insurance and they will be happy to explain how it works. The claim process is simple and can be done online or over the phone with a StorSmart representative at 888-545-SMART.

We, at Storage World, pride ourselves in providing top-notch service to our customers. Stop by your nearest location and let us help you with all of your storage needs.

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Remembering September 11, 2001


Let us all remember those who lost their lives on this tragic day in history.  On September 11, 2001 at 8:45 a.m., the first plane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Then, 18 minutes later Flight 175 crashed into the south tower. At 9:45 a.m., the pentagon was struck by Flight 77. The fourth flight was highjacked and then crashed into a rural field in Western Pennsylvania. Close to 4,000 civilians and first responders were killed and about 10,000 people were wounded in these events. This day in American history will never be forgotten. Like most of you, I still remember exactly what I was doing at the time of the terrorist attacks. I was sitting in Biology class on that tragic Tuesday. It was a terrifying day, one that will never be forgotten. The news showed it all, the whole country was shaken to its core. No one knew when or where the next attack would occur.

President George W. Bush addressed the nation that evening declaring, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve…We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”

September 11 with always be a day that ignites fear and mourning but most importantly, American pride! On that day and for years after, Americans joined together to help one another pick up the pieces of their lives and recover from the attacks of the day. Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist following cannot break the American spirit! Let us never forget what this country can do when we all come together as one!

We, at Storage World, would like to hear how you remember this day in September. Comment below and let us know where you were at the time of the attacks or your recollections of American pride in the days following.

God Bless America!

 

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Back to School


The first day of school is right around the corner! It’s hard to believe summer is almost over. Back to school shopping was always something I loved to do but now looking back I see how it can be a nightmare for some parents. Trying to hunt down the perfect color folders and the cutest new backpack while battling the crowd might not be very fun for some.

This coming weekend would be a really good time to go shopping for clothing, computers and school supplies. August 1-2 is Georgia’s Sales Tax Holiday.  According to the Georgia Department of Revenue’s fact-sheet, During the sales tax holiday, the following items will be exempt:

  • School supplies purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.
  • Clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item. The exemption excludes clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, and watchbands.
  • Computers, computer components, and prewritten software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1000 or less per item.
  • Click here to view the fact sheet.

Here is a list of school start dates by county.

Relevant Church will be giving away book bags with school supplies such as paper, pencils, folders, crayons, etc. Each child needing a book bag will need to be present. This will take place on August 2nd from 10:00-11:30 AM at Locust Grove City Hall. To learn more call (770)957-5043 or check out Locust Grove’s website: www.locustgrove-ga.gov. Thank you Relevant Church! What a great way to serve the community and help those in need.

We at Storage World hope that you have smooth transition back to school! Remember to store your pool supplies and summer items with us! A 5×5 storage unit would be perfect for this. Call one of our friendly associates to see what kind of deal we have going on.


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