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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Storage Unit

by Scott Gordon

You may need a storage unit can be for a multitude of reasons. It could be you're in between homes, maybe you had to downsize to a smaller home, or maybe you just needed to get rid of a few items but weren't necessarily ready to part with them just yet. No matter the reason, a storage unit is a great idea. It's a good way to keep your items safe, without taking up space around your own home (or your friend's/parent's home). You can find a storage unit to fit your needs—smaller for just a few items, or larger to pack nearly your entire home's worth of items inside. See below for tips on how to get the most out of your storage unit.

Plastic Wrap Furniture

Invest in some plastic wrap before placing your items in storage. Things like upholstered furniture, artwork, and other items that do not fit into a box should be protected too. Plastic wrapping these types of items will help protect them from dust and dander that can damage them over time. 

Label Items

Label your boxes to help you find your things better. You may think you don't need anything in those boxes, but if you ever do, with labels you'll be able to find what you're looking for easier. Also be sure to keep similar items in the same area. Arrange your boxes by keeping kitchen items, bedroom, linens and other items in different boxes in the same areas. You can color code your boxes to help you with this.

Use Space Efficiently

When packing in your boxes, be sure to leave space to be able to walk around inside. Leave an aisle way through the middle, and leave aisles around the sides as well. If you have a lot of boxes, think about investing in a shelving system to help keep your boxes up off of the floor, and off of each other. This way you don't have to worry about your boxes sinking into one another. You can find wire shelving units fairly cheap at your local hardware store.

Check On Your Items

If you can, check on the items in your unit often. You'll want to dust off items to prevent them from getting damaged and check to be sure nothing is being damaged from the change in temperatures (unless you have a temperature controlled unit). Be sure to check that there aren't any insects damaging your items or water getting into your unit. Contact your local insurance company about getting an insurance policy to protect your storage unit items. You may be able to get a rental policy in the event of a problem.

Storage units are a great place to store your belongings. Contact a self-storage unit facility, such as Empire Self Storage, to get an estimate for a unit today and free up some space in your home.

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