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6 Tips for Moving and Storing Your Electronics

By Silvia Navejar   August 26, 2014

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If you’ve ever moved, you know that moving electronics can be stressful. Just one misplaced cord or cable can make the difference between a smooth move and a big headache. Here are six tips to help ensure that your electronics arrive at their destination safe and (with functioning) sound. → Keep Reading

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Is the Price Right? Greg Strahm Helps Determine Whether You’ve Got Trash or Treasure

By Jay MacDonald   July 14, 2014

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What prompted veteran ballet dancer and choreographer Greg Strahm to make the leap from head of marketing and communications at New York’s famed Joffrey Ballet into an unlikely second career appraising other people’s stuff?

Chalk it up to his eye for detail, his artist’s sensibility and his partner, Tim Luke, the master appraiser and auctioneer often featured on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” and HGTV’s “Cash in the Attic.”

Together, “the Fric and Frac of Knick and Knack” operate Treasure Quest Appraisal Group of Hobe Sound, FL, with one goal: to help everyday people empty out storage units and liquidate the estates of their departed loved ones—without being taken to the cleaners. → Keep Reading

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What Happens to a Storage Unit When the Renter Dies?

By John Egan   July 7, 2014


When the renter of a storage unit dies, the aftermath can be almost as messy as a Tom Cruise divorce. What happens to the contents of that storage unit depends on an array of factors.

Typically, the contents of a dead tenant’s storage unit become part of the tenant’s estate, and a judge decides what happens to them. → Keep Reading

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Damage Control: Protecting Your Belongings in Hurricane-Prone Areas

By Paul Sisolak   July 2, 2014


Every year, the Atlantic hurricane season in the U.S. runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. And during every hurricane season, people who live in hurricane-prone places like Florida and Louisiana worry about how to keep their belongings safe. By taking the following precautions, you can help ensure your possessions are protected if you live in a hurricane zone. → Keep Reading

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Not Gone With the Wind: Protecting Your Belongings in Tornado-Prone Areas

By Deb Hipp   June 25, 2014


Think your belongings will be protected during a tornado just because they’re locked up in a self-storage unit? Few buildings can withstand the 200 mph winds of an F4 tornado, but even lower-category tornado blasts can twist off roofs and blow your stuff around in pounding rain.

So, how can you choose a self-storage facility that offers your possessions a fighting chance of surviving a tornado? Check out these tips. → Keep Reading

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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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From The Archives: Our Top Holiday Storage Tips

By Jenny Zhang   November 28, 2012

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could rent out a self-storage space for your stomach? Then you could eat all the stuffing you ever desired. In fact, you could compartmentalize and rent out a self-storage unit for each type of food you wanted to consume. Okay, you’re probably done thinking about food for a while after Thanksgiving, but why not learn some tricks for making a Tur-Duck-En as the next round of holiday feasts begins to rear its beautiful head? As you bemoan the woes of eating too much candied yams (or too little), look forward to the festivities by looking back at some of our top holiday storage tips.

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Defending Against The RV Storage Tenant’s Arch-Nemesis

By John Donegan   June 7, 2012

When storing an RV, it’s important to protect against mice. By chewing through water lines and electrical cords, mice can start fires and cause thousands of dollars of damage. Here are some ways you can keep these vermin out of your RV during storage season:

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How To Throw A Memorable Housewarming Party

By Rachel Greenfield   May 21, 2012

by Nancy LaFever

Housewarming parties serve several important purposes. If you’re hosting your own party, it’s a way to welcome people into your new home, meet your new neighbors and offer a thank-you to everyone who helped facilitate the move.

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DIY Self-Storage vs. Moving Company Storage

By Rachel Greenfield   May 14, 2012

by Tim Patrick

During the process of moving, it’s not uncommon to require short-term or long-term storage for some or all of your furniture and possessions. There are two main types of storage services available to you, depending on whether you’re hiring a professional moving company or opting for a DIY move.

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