Storage Facilities for Real Estate Agents

Being a real estate agent is as close as you can get to running your own enterprise. Your hours are all over the place and you can be constantly on the road around your central location. From your office, your home office, your listings, and driving around with those looking for a new house.

One thing that is overlooked when you are a real estate agent is the amount of “things” you need to be successful. “Things” include signage, and lots of it. From “for sale signs” to “pending sale” and open house signs, these objects take up a lot of space. This is why many real estate agents use self storage facilities to create a central location where they can store all their tools that make them successful.

File Storage for Real Estate Agents

Ask any real estate agent and they will tell you they have an incredible amount of files. Paper work and legal documents are a large part of being a real estate agent. Many state laws require that real estate agents keep these documents for a certain amount of years. And if you are a real estate agent, this files stack up. Fast.

That’s why Andover Self Storage offers document storage and file archiving for our clients. Real estate agents use this service to ensure that their files are stored in a safe protected safe, for as long as needed.

Furniture Storage For Real Estate Agents

Some real estate agents are responsible for bringing in extra furniture to open houses to complete a more “homey” look for potential buyers. Needless to say this takes up space, and plenty of it. If you need to store furniture for a few months, or an extended stay, Andover Self Storage has you covered.

If you are a Real Estate Agent looking for a place to store all the items that make you successful in the Andover area, contact us today to reserve your unit!

How To Store Artwork Properly

If you have many pieces of art in your home or apartment, there could be a period of time that you have to use a storage facility for your artwork. Weather you are going through a move, downsizing, or need a safe place to store your artwork, you’ll want to make sure you take the proper steps to ensure the safety of the pieces. Use these tips from the staff at Andover Self Storage to make sure your art lasts a lifetime in storage & beyond:

  •  Set aside an area in your storage unit:

You’ll want to make sure you create an area in your storage facility that is clear from other materials. You don’t want to risk anything falling over onto your artwork, or have something that can make you trip onto your artwork.

  • Prep Your Artwork:

Use an art brush to softly go over the surfaces of your art. This will remove and dust or debris from your artwork so you can properly wrap and cover the piece for long-term survival.

  • Final Packing of The Art:

The first thing you’ll want to do is put cardboard corners around the corners of the artwork or painting. Next, take plastic or bubble wrap and secure the painting in your chosen material. Wrap the protect piece in moving covers next. We also recommend you get a raised surface off the ground to put the artwork on. Lastly, dont stack the artwork on top of each other. Its best to use cardboard to separate each piece of art.

To reserve your storage facility in the Merrimack Valley, contact Andover Self Storage today! 

Photo & Document Storage Tips

At Andover Self Storage, we see plenty of people who choose to use our safe, heat- controlled storage facilities to store documents, photographs, files & more. Our secured, 24 hour monitored facility is perfect for archiving important documents you want to preserve for a long time. To better help ensure the safety and preservation of your photos and documents follow these steps:

Handle With Care

Photos and documents are sensitive to touch. Your hands carry dirt, oils, and grime (even if you constantly wash your hands, that harm photographs and documents. Depending on how precious these documents are, consider using gloves when handling them.

Use Archival Boxes

These boxes protect your photos & documents from UV light, which is harmful to photographs and documents. Additionally, they protect your documents from any dust that may be floating around a storage facility.

Be careful of the temperature

Photographs and documents can be damaged by high or low temperatures. To increase the lifespan of your documents and photos, make sure they are in a heat-controlled space. Andover Self Storage has heat-controlled storage facilities for your documents.

To learn more about our document and archiving services, click here.

Packing & Moving Supplies

The process of moving into a new home or apartment can be stressful. Between moving out of one apartment or house and trying to get into your new one, packing is a pain. It can be worse if there is time between your move-out and move-in date. Andover Self Storage is here to help with your move. We carry all the most commonly needed packing supplies and can provide you with short or long term storage for your personal property.

Moving & Packing Supplies We Carry:

  • Boxes of different sizes
  • Tape
  • Craft Pads
  • Mattress Bags
  • Packaging Bubble Wrap

Pricing depends on the amount and sizes needed for different products. To get the best idea on pricing, call us at 978-470-4747. If you are in need of residential storage facilities, check out our storage sizes here.

Storage Facilities For The Small Business Owner

Do you run a small business out of your house or apartment? According to The Business Journal there are over 22 million one person operation businesses currently operating. Many of these small businesses operate out of home offices, lofts, or even garage space.

Many of these businesses are arts and crafts based, construction services, or offer digital services. Even working musicians are considered small businesses. In these lines of business many kinds of equipment are required to be successful. These entrepreneurs can find themselves running out of room in their living spaces.

The solution? Storage facilities. Storage facilities can be used in multiple ways in these situations. One way is to clear a room out of your house to turn into a work room. This helps declutter your house and create room for you to work and create. Another way is to use a storage facility as a phasing area for your equipment. Many carpenters and service providers will use a storage facility for their equipment and important lightly used materials. Musicians take advantage of our heat-controlled facilities to store expensive and valuable instruments.

Whether you are a local band touring small venues who needs a place to store drums and amp’s or a father and son contractor team, Andover Self Storage has the facilities for all your storage needs .

Contact us today to reserve your storage facility!

Spring Cleaning in the Merrimack Valley

Its Spring Time in New England.  Naturally that means its Spring Cleaning time. Many home owners use these warmer months to open their windows, and declutter their house. This could mean going room to room and performing a full cleaning. However, this also means running into a potential problem.  To keep something or to throw it away. This can be a difficult decision for the homeowner, but it doesn’t have to be.

Andover Self Storage has many options for the home owner (or apartment owner) to help them with their Spring cleaning. We have smaller storage units for people with one or two bedroom apartments. For one bedroom apartments, we recommend getting a 5’x10’ storage unit. For those homeowners out there looking for store solutions in the Merrimack Valley area we recommend a 10’x 20’ storage facility. The 10’x20’ storage facility has enough room to accommodate storage for a 3 or 4 bedroom house.

For those out there who have larger houses, or own a lot of furniture we carry larger storage sizes. Andover Self Storage has 10’x25’ facilities as well as our largest facility, which is 10’x30’

Regardless if you are performing Spring Cleaning for your apartment, or a house, Andover Self Storage has the solutions your need. Call us today or fill out a contact form to inquire about availability.

Long-Term Document and Archive Storage

Document Storage for Businesses

Are you a local business, school, or organization in the Merrimack Valley looking for a place to store documents that you need to keep but are taking up precious office space? Then look no further than Andover Self Storage. While digital document back ups are a popular strategy, it is still important and recommended to keep a physical copy of all original contracts, documents, and other important printed information.

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Video monitored secure storage facilities

Secure Storage Areas

Andover Self Storage offers heated and secure long term storage options that come with long term rates. Many clients choose to utilize multi-year contracts to lock in the same rate over multiple years. We utilize a 24 hour security system with full video monitoring and alarm systems. Law firms, professional services, and other general businesses already use Andover Self Storage for their important file, document, and archive storage process.

 

File and Document Transportation

Andover Self Storage partners with Harrington Moving and Storage to offer you reduced rates on transportation for the transfer of your files from your location to our secure storage facility. Harrington Moving has been in business for over two decades now and are a fully insure moving company. Combining your transportation and storage service will help you save time, money, and headaches in the long run.

To get the process moving don’t hesitate to contact us today with any questions about our long term document storage options!

Tips for Moving Items into Heated Storage During the Wintertime

Boston Wintertime Moving

In honor of our recent “Nor’Easter” winter storm, Andover Self Storage is offering some tips on moving items into storage during cold, icy conditions like we have experienced in this late March wintertime. Don’t let a little ice or snow stop you from going through with a planned move or clearing space in your home with the self-storage solutions at Andover Self Storage. If you are about to take on the cold weather conditions, here are some guidelines to keep you and your items as safe and warm as possible.

Take Care of Your Walkways

Break out the snow shovels and rock salt and make sure that your driveway, sidewalk and walkways stay clear of snow and free of ice. The worst thing that can happen during a move is if you or someone helping you move were to slip and fall while moving a heavy object. Take great care to de-ice and shovel the walkways between your home and vehicle or the area where the movers are picking up your items.

Be Aware of Outside Temperatures

Before you initiate the moving process, check the weather forecast to see if you can plan your schedule around the possibility of freezing-cold temperatures and inclement weather. With the temperature fluctuations that we have experienced this winter, you might feel a bit silly if you choose a day to move everything into storage in the freezing rain and snow, when you could just wait a week to experience summer-like weather. If heavy snow does occur near the date you have chosen, find out your town’s snowplow schedule so you can avoid moving your items through the huge snowbanks that plows can create near your home.

Minimize Your Heating Bill

While you are in the process of moving, you will be opening and closing your doors frequently, letting heat from your house flow out and cold drafts to flow in. In order to save on energy costs, it can be a smart move to bundle up in winter coats and dial down the thermostat. (But keep your home temperature above 55 degrees Fahrenheit – any lower and you could be at risk of pipes bursting!)

Add Insulation to Sensitive Items

While your items will be safe from temperature fluctuations in heated storage at Andover Self Storage, if you have items that are particularly sensitive to freezing temperatures, like solid wood, liquids, or pressurized containers, it may be a smart idea to add some insulation like clothing or polystyrene packing peanuts to keep these boxes safe from the elements.

Drive Safe On Icy Roads

Finally, if you are moving your items in a rented moving van or truck, be sure to exercise extreme caution when operating an unfamiliar vehicle on icy winter roads. Larger vehicles have more inertia and take much longer to come to a stop even in regular conditions, so drive below the speed limit, observe all posted warnings, and leave a safe distance between yourself and the driver in front of you.

Heated Storage with Andover Self Storage

Andover Self Storage hopes that these tips will  assist you if you are planning to move or transport any items into our heated storage units during this cold time of year. For the best self storage facility serving Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, the entire Merrimack Valley stretching through Massachusetts and New Hampshire, contact us at 978-470-4747 to discuss your storage needs.

How To Organize Your Storage Unit

Proper organization of your stored items is the key to getting the most out of your storage unit. Understanding the tradeoffs of different organizational strategies can help you decide what goes where and keep your storage facility trips as quick and efficient as possible, giving you more time to focus on the important things in your life. Our experience at Andover Self Storage indicates that a few minutes of simple planning in advance can save our valued customers significant time and hassle down the road, so read these tips before you grab all your storage items and stuff them into your unit willy-nilly!

Planning Ahead

The worst thing that you can do after renting a storage unit from Andover Self Storage is to come in without a plan for how your items will be organized and positioned in the unit. Even if you are only storing your items temporarily for a quick local move, using the following simple techniques will minimize the chance of your future self wasting time searching for the item later:

Leave a Path

One big mistake that we often see at Andover Self Storage is customers forgetting to leave a path that maintains accessibility all your items in the back and along the walls. It may seem tempting to minimize costs by stuffing your storage container to the maximum it can fit, but unless you are sure you feel like climbing around on boxes of varying ability to support your weight later on, or spending hours moving all of your items out every time you need something in the back, it is a good time investment to make sure you have a traversable path to each item that you are expecting to use again later on.

Use standard-sized boxes

Storing smaller items in boxes is a great idea to avoid dust and keep similarly-typed items grouped together, but there are some caveats to be aware of. When packing up smaller items for storage, it may be tempting to stuff everything into the various sized leftover shipping boxes you have lying around your house. While this may save you money in the short term, you may find yourself approaching a Tetris-like puzzle when trying to balance all the variously-sized boxes in your storage unit – and like Tetris, you may find the end result wasting space with unnatural holes and sinking or collapsing boxes. Instead, as much as possible, try to limit the sizes of most of your boxes to no more than two standard sizes. This will allow you to keep your boxes consistent and neatly arranged and stacked. In using this strategy however, be sure to carefully label your boxes carefully so that you do not get confused by all the similar-sized boxes with their varieties of items.

Weight vs. Frequency of Use

It may seem obvious to stuff the heavy items in the back of the unit and along the walls, lighter items in the front, and it is important not to forget that extremely heavy items like refrigerators or laundry machines should go into the unit first and be lined against the walls in the back or the sides. But make sure you also consider how frequently you are using these items, as well as the order in which you expect to take them out of storage when arranging your items.

Create a Chart

It may seem a little bit time consuming to create a running tab of every item that goes in and out of your storage. But drawing a simple diagram on a blank piece of paper of the location of your items can save you a lot of time when you come back after a few months and have forgotten where everything is located. A few minutes of effort can not only speed up moving your items in and retrieving your items later, but you can simply leave the chart with a pencil somewhere visible to in the entrance of your unit to keep you storage unit organized for years to come.

Some final tips:

  • As much as possible, try to keep mattresses flat so that they do not warp.
  • Ensure all electrical appliances are completely dry after being defrosted or drained, and store freezers and refrigerators with the door slightly open to allow air circulation to minimize potential mold growth.
  • Similarly, try to avoid placing items in air-tight plastic bags as the lack of air circulation can contribute to the accumulation of mildew spores.
  • For your health and safety, we strongly suggest you consider hiring local movers if you have any history of back injury or other physical problems that could be aggravated by heavy lifting.

Andover Self Storage is the premier self-storage facility in the Merrimack Valley area, with plenty of customers not just from Andover, but also North Reading, Middleton, Tewksbury, Wilmington, Dracut, Lowell, and beyond. If you are looking for a locally owned and operated storage company that will help fulfill all your storage needs, stop by for a free tour or contact us for free quotes and information that can help you make your decision.

 

How To Choose a Storage Unit

When considering a new storage unit, first examine the combined size of the items you are putting into storage. While you may already be considering a certain size of storage unit you want to rent, try to remember that it is important to choose a unit where all your items fit with some walking space. If you are planning to ever retrieve your items from storage, it is a good idea not to stuff your storage space from floor to ceiling. While it is highly tempting and seemingly cost-efficient to get the smallest possible square footage that will house your items, make sure you factor in the hassle of emptying half the storage unit to retrieve an item, unless you are absolutely sure you will not need to retrieve anything you are putting towards the back of the unit.

One of the major considerations that cause people to choose Andover Self Storage is our indoor head controlled units, which will help protect any temperature-sensitive items compared to generic garage-style units that you may find at other storage providers – even items you would not expect to be temperature-sensitive may be affected by weather fluctuations as the atomic structure expands and contracts due to hot and cold. Andover Self Storage also has reliable security and monitoring so that you can be sure your items will be safe as long as they are stored with us.

Finally, before you start renting a storage unit from Andover Self Storage or any other storage company, it is a good idea to stop by for an in-person visit to ensure that our storage units will meet your needs. It is a good idea to ask the on-site manager to see if you can visit the actually storage unit that you will get, which can help you determine if the final unit will be up to your exact specifications in terms of size, temperature, accessibility, and any other considerations you may have for your unit. After examining the unit, make sure you get a business card so you get back in touch with us if you decide that our storage solutions are right for your needs.

If you are considering renting a new storage unit, contact Andover Self Storage by calling 978-470-4747 or by filling out a contact form — we are happy to be of service in meeting your storage needs for all our customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, from the entire Merrimack Valley to Boston and Nashua and beyond.