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Top 10 Reasons For Homeowners to Use Self-Storage

Even a little extra space offered by a self-storage unit can make life easier on a day-to-day basis for most homeowners. Having room to breathe, organize, relate, work and play at home brings peace of mind and freedom to solve life’s bigger problems. Here are 10 ways self-storage units can help with household issues:

1. Not enough room for day-to-day items
Limited space inspires organizational skills and creative problem solving, but even the most organized of homeowners can run out of space at some point. Freeing up space within your closets, rooms and garage will literally give you breathing room.

2. Saving family heirlooms and hand-me-downs
Perhaps you are struggling like many families to find space to keep valuable antiques or heirlooms to pass on to their children and grandchildren. Or your family is young and you’re living in a smaller home, hanging on to hand-me-down clothes and furniture for growing children and future new arrivals. Even if you just want to hang on to valuable personal belongings that don’t suit the current d├ęcor of your home, a self-storage unit can provide the “archival” space you need to keep valuable space in your home free for new growth and change.

3. Downsizing to a smaller home
If you are reducing the number of bedrooms, basement or attic space where you can store extra furniture, a storage unit is a great place to store extra mattresses and bed frames, dressers and mirrors, coffee tables and couches, and TVs and stereos.

A new home, condo or apartment can come with appliances and furniture that you already have. Until you have time to sell or donate your unwanted appliances, or if you wish to keep them until you’re sure what your plan is, a self-storage facility can be an ideal option. A drive-up garage-style self-storage unit works well for storing an extra car, motorcycle, truck or van.

4. Extended absence
Being able to take a long trip without paying rent or a mortgage can free you up to explore the world, or give you peace of mind as you leave for military deployment or temporary work assignment. Self-storage units are an affordable way to be flexible and adaptive during these extended absences.

5. Life in limbo
Whether you’re caught between two house closings, living in the upheaval of major renovations, or a student preparing to move home for the summer, a self-storage space can be a convenient answer for storing your belongs in the interim.

6. More room for toys
If you love the outdoors, you probably have lots of equipment that you use during certain times of the year. A self-storage unit can give you the extra square footage you need to keep the kayaks AND the jet skis easily accessible while keeping room in your garage for toys you use frequently or all year long.

A self-storage unit is a great place to store:

o Camping and climbing equipment
o Boats, inner tubes, rafts, canoes or kayaks
o Skis, snow boards or surf boards
o Jet skis, ATVs and other small-engine vehicles
o Golf carts and clubs
o Recreational vehicles (RVs)
o Classic and show cars

For hobbyists, a self-storage space can mean more room to keep:

o Photos and photography equipment
o Musical instruments and DJ / production equipment
o Collections of books, magazines, wine, comic books, collectibles, videos, etc.
o Craft and hobby supplies

7. Selling a home
As you prepare to sell a house, a self-storage unit can be useful in hiding away personal belongings for proper staging.

8. Seasonal storage
A self-storage unit can be used to store away household items you only during certain times of the year, such as:

o Artificial Christmas trees and holiday decorations
o Patio furniture
o Pool equipment and supplies
o Lawn mowers and other yard equipment
o Off-season clothing and outerwear

9. Offsite security
Storing copies of important documents and data in a separate physical location is a smart idea. In case of flood, fire or other catastrophic damage affecting your home, having a second set of medical, legal, financial and insurance-related documents, as well as backups of computer hard drives and software in your self-storage unit can prove critically important.

Keeping a stock of canned and other non-perishable food, a generator and other emergency supplies can be beneficial not just in your home, but also in a self-storage unit, especially in areas prone to natural disasters.

10. Paying the bills
If your home is also your place of business, a self-storage unit can give you the equivalent of an inexpensive warehouse to store:

o Inventory for home-based businesses
o Home office supplies
o Farming equipment
o Saws, tools and equipment

Storage facility managers are pros at putting self-storage space to the best use. Be sure to ask them any questions you may have about making your extra space work for you.

Get on Track in the Exciting World of Classic Cars

When you dedicate your time to restoring or looking after vintage cars, you’re preserving a valuable piece of motoring history for the future. There are few people who can’t take pleasure in a gleaming relic of a nostalgic age, when travelling was an occasion warranting best clothes and a picnic. Collecting vintage cars is incredibly rewarding and can be a great investment for the future.

Start your first foray into the world of vintage cars by reading specialist magazines. Not only will there be great advice from motoring experts, you’ll also find lots of classic cars for sale in perfect or restoration condition. Decide whether you have the time and energy required for undertaking a classic car restoration project or if you’re looking for something in a ready-to-drive state.

Once you know what you’re looking for, start attending classic car auctions and local trade shows. You’ll start learning how to spot valuable limited edition models and how much classic cars are currently going for. Talking to people who have been collecting or dealing in classic cars for years will also give you access to insider knowledge and put you in contact with experts who can help you with classic cars projects in the future.

If you know you want to try restoration for yourself, make sure you know what you’re taking on. Any classic car you view should have a record of work it’s had done, and what work remains. Investing in a vehicle only to find it’s missing a vital part that you’ll have to have hand-engineered can set you back a lot. This is where contacts with local experts can help: try to get to know people who would be willing to advise you on vintage cars before you commit to buying.

Fully restoring vintage cars is a time-consuming and potentially expensive hobby. Try to work out the cost of restoring the car and factor that into the price when looking to buy. If it’s still a good deal, go for it. Another factor to consider is where you will be storing and working on your vintage car. What parts will you need, and where will you source them? As you can see, there are lots of questions to ask yourself before taking your first steps into the vintage cars arena.

But don’t be put off: working with vintage cars can be tremendous fun and a great investment. Make sure you know your stuff and can recognise a good deal, and you can be sure of an exciting classic car project with a potentially big pay-off at the end.

The 10 Rawest Skateboard Interviews of All Time

In all fairness, the late Big Brother should probably hold all ten of these. Back in simpler times, interviewing sponsored skateboarders meant you would be hearing the true voices of some of the most incredible and downright raw individuals on the face of our planet. People wonder why interviews are so cookie-cutter these days. The answer is simple-money. Nobody wants to rock the boar when they pencil in six-figure digits every tax season. Either way, in an ode to real skateboard journalism done balls to the wall-here are ten of the rawest interviews skateboarders have given us over the past 30 years.

TONY ALVA SKATEBOARDER 1978

Tony had just won the ’77 Skateboarder Of The Year Award from Skateboarder when he was chalked up for an unprecedented second feature interview in the magazine. This time around, Tony pulled out all the stops. His musings about sleeping with groupies, smoking weed, and his party lifestyle were so raw for their first time that they garnered one of the first ever disclaimers by the magazine’s editors.

COREY DUFFEL BIG BROTHER 2001

Poor Corey was only sixteen when Chris Nieratko pulled the infamous atomic bomb of a quote out of him. While the “trashy” Stevie Williams reference cost Corey a lot of his sponsors initially, most chalked it up to Corey being young and ignorant to the fact that Big Brother would indeed print every word recorded. With the water well under the bridge, Corey and Stevie now find themselves partners in crime on Venture and CCS, where Stevie helped get Corey on the team.

ADAM MCNATT TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING 1997

This single interview became the poser child collection of pages on how to go “all in” during your Pro Spotlight. McNatt-a huge start and innovator which Powell Peralta, 101, and later Evol and Osiris- essentially talked incredible sh-t on every nook, cranny, and secret that the skate industry had dragged him through during his career Some might argue that this single interview changed hi curse within the industry for good.

FABIAN ALOMAR BIG BROTHER 1997

Sometimes an interview can be raw for what s said within its Q&A. Other times, skateboard journalism is simply raw based on whom you are actually putting on the pages. Fabian Alomar’s opening-spread photo cracking an ollie surrounded by his gang-affiliated East L.A. family members is scary enough to earn him a spot on this list alone. His descriptions of a life surrounded by gang lifestyle and anecdotes involving guns, beatings, mushrooms, and prison time make it an absolute shoo-in.

ALEX OLSON TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING 2007

These days, as I attempted to explain in the intro, it is increasingly difficult to get real words out of real skateboarders in a real magazine. Spanky had no such problems with Olson. Protected by his close friendship with this subject matter, I am still amazed that Spanky got Alex to fearlessly cough up straight-from-the-heart gems like, “Who’s got an obnoxious image? Terry {Kennedy}’s kinda bad. I’m over that whole Ice Cream thing.” Damn.

DUANE PETERS SKATEBOARDER 2003

I’m just gonna run a quote. “I was shooting up, living in a ditch, and got rushed by these three Mexicans. They stabbed me seven times in the knee and three times in the back. I was swinging my board around at these f-kers and the funniest thing was I was rushing so much from the coke that I couldn’t climb out from this four-foot ditch. I finally got these guys off me and I was running down the street covered in blood when the cops came” You get the picture.

ANDY ROY BIG BROTHER 1996 AND 1998

This award goes for both his Big Brother interviews. It’s scary enough to read Andy’s stories about being nicknamed “snuggle-butt” while serving time, however, when Roy professed to Dave Carnie that he wanted to get “the aids” in order to spread it to as many people as possible, you may just be sitting on one of the rawest statements ever printed in any magazine.

GATOR TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING 1988

This issue is pretty much my first skate magazine and it was pretty much the first interview I ever read, but when Gator chimed in for his intro with, “First of all I’m gay, I cry out of my arms.” I remember clearly the feelings of outright confusion I felt and wondered immediately if this was the normal type of thing professional skateboarders talked about.

JOSH SWINDLE BIG BROTHER 1993

Before he went away for good after smashing a brick over a gay man’s head and killing him, Josh Swindle got busted at the Mexican border with some guns in his car. Earl Parker caught up with Josh for an interview while he served out his time in a Tijuana penitentiary. Drugs, Broomstick shanks, hookers, bribing guards, and beating a guy down for trying to steal his shoes all get detailed accounts.

JAON JESSEE TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING 1997

You don’t always have to espouse racism, kill someone, or go to jail to stack up some interesting musings for an interview. Anyone who enjoyed his straw story in the Gator documentary knows that when Jason says things like, “I’m no stranger to pain, especially in the pain of waking up in the morning and the pain of realization,” it ain’t no scripted text that his agent thought might help his board sales.