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How to Store a Mattress

By Tony Emerson   May 28, 2013


It’s a common saying (especially in mattress store advertisements) that your mattress is one of your most important assets because you spend about a third of your life there. A mattress may cost you upwards of $1,000, which makes sense–a quality mattress can last more than 10 years with proper care.

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For Consumers, From Consumers: Self-Storage Advice

By Brian Shreckengast   May 14, 2013


The SpareFoot blog is full of tips and tricks for getting the most out of your self-storage experience, from how to store furniture to how to avoid unexpected moving expenses. But being as close to the subject as we are, it’s not always possible for us to anticipate all of the problems that first-time storage renters might face. To get a better idea of issues faced by new renters and the solutions they came up with, we asked our customers a simple question:

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The SpareFoot Guide to Storing Books

By Brian Shreckengast   April 17, 2013


Here at SpareFoot, there’s nothing we’re more concerned with than the experience of booking storage. When it concerns the art of storing books, on the other hand, we’re concernedly less experienced—which is something we’re determined to remedy, here and now. That’s why we’ve brought in Richard Davies from Abe Books, an online marketplace that specializes in trading rare and collectible books, so that we can close the book on this missing chapter of the SpareFoot guide to storing (almost) everything.

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The SpareFoot Guide to Storing Beer

By Brian Shreckengast   March 28, 2013


Over the past decade, American beer drinkers have been fortunate enough to witness a brewing revolution, as evolving tastes and beer-making processes have pushed beer to a level of sophistication rivaling that of fine wine. As the over 2,000 breweries now making beer in America—up from 89 in 1979—compete to produce the most unique and sophisticated batches, some brewmasters have gone as far as to adopt a vital step of the winemaking process into their own craft: ageing. That’s right: while a driving force of the local-beer movement has been the need for fresh, crisp-tasting beer, some craft breweries have reversed this trend, producing beers that are meant to be kept for months or years—or even decades.

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How To Hire The Perfect Salesperson For Your Company

By Jenny Zhang   February 6, 2013

Sales is the hardest position to hire for, and with good reason–the typical day of a salesperson involves rejection, rebuttals, criticism, overall put offs, and very occasionally, a successful sale. Those who can take all of that and still come away as eager and passionate to do their job–and well–again the next day are a rare find, and few and far between.

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5 Home Staging Tips to Win Buyers’ Votes

By Guest Contributor   September 19, 2012

[ by Deanna Lawley, Homefinder ] 

If you’re preparing to put your house on the market, follow these DIY home staging tips to capture the vote of your home’s next owner this season.

1.  Boost curb appeal.  If a potential buyer drives by and is turned off by the exterior of your house, you can be sure they won’t be interested in seeing the interior. Before you list your home, make sure you install easy-to-read house numbers, power wash your siding, walkways and driveway, and repaint the exterior as needed. On a weekly basis, be sure the front windows are washed, the lawn is raked and foliage is well-tended.

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Home Staging Tips for Fall

By Guest Contributor   September 13, 2012

by Sarah Kolb, CORT Furniture

The leaves on the trees are slowly beginning to turn, fireplaces are finally finding themselves useful, and it’s almost cold enough to break out your impressive scarf collection. Autumn means apple pie, football, plaid, and relief from the summer heat. The cooler season is also the perfect time to successfully stage your home to sell before the new year. Here are three tips to make your home look perfect to any buyer this fall:

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Furniture Storage Guide: Wood Furniture + Mattress Storage

By Zachary Chetchavat   September 5, 2012

Storing furniture seems like a straightforward concept, right? Get a couch, put it in a humid concrete or sheet metal box, come back when you’re ready for it. Using that storage philosophy, your couch will most likely end up covered in mold and mildew. If you want to avoid damaged furniture from improper storage, you have to be careful when choosing a unit and preparing each individual piece of furniture for storage.

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Find The Right Neighborhood In A New City

By John Donegan   September 4, 2012

When I first relocated to Los Angeles six years ago, I moved into a loft downtown two blocks away from Skid Row. Although I really loved living down there, I’m not sure I would have ended up in that location had I been more Internet savvy about choosing a neighborhood. In the incredible digital age we live in, with a few minutes and a web connection, you can learn a lot about a neighborhood before ever stepping foot in it.

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Life Lesson: Downsizing Childhood Possessions

By Rachel Greenfield   August 27, 2012

As incoming college freshman nationwide pack up for their first major move away from home, they face a real-life lesson in downsizing childhood possessions. For help, we turned to Chris Seman, president of Caring Transitions, a franchise that helps people de-clutter and downsize during difficult transitions. His ideas are useful for anyone who has ever had to say goodbye to memory-laden belongings.

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