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Moving With Dogs: How To Minimize Their (And Your) Stress

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving With Dogs: How To Minimize Their (And Your) Stress

If there’s one thing that can be said about moving, it’s that it is stressful. Even if you’re excited and happy about the move, and even if you’re only moving to a nearby street (as opposed to across the country), changing your residence is a common stressor. In addition to making people feel frazzled, moving also takes a toll on pets. If you have a canine friend who will be making the move along with you, read on for some tips on how to keep Fido calm and collected during the relocation process. Plan for the Worst While chances are great that your dog will make it to your new home mostly unscathed, before you do anything else, be sure that all safeguards are in place to get your pooch back to you quickly if he or she should get loose. Why? First, you will likely have a lot of people coming and going as you move. From movers coming in and out with boxes, to family members running back for needed items, it’s conceivable that even a very well-trained dog could slip out the door. Secondly, when your dog’s humans (that means you!) are distracted, he or she will feel the stress of the situation. This can cause your pup to want to run and hide — and when confronted with an unfamiliar home or neighborhood, disorientation and running away could occur. Make sure that your dog is microchipped and that he or she is always wearing a collar with current tags. Put your cellphone number on the tag if it isn’t there already (writing it with a permanent marker will work if you don’t have a chance to get it engraved). Also, double check that all vaccinations are updated; the last thing you want to deal with is a dog coming down with a preventable illness due to getting out and cavorting with other dogs or, worse, getting into a scuffle with a wild animal. Crate-Train in Advance If you are still several weeks or months away from your move, get your dog crate-trained if you have not already done so. Crate training might seem mean, but it’s actually a very kind thing to do. Dogs tend to see their crates as their own private den, or a safe place to retreat to when feeling overwhelmed. When people are coming and going, as well as when you are still putting away necessities in your new home, your furry pal can lounge in the crate rather than being underfoot or getting into trouble. The Humane Society has a list of tips for helping a dog see a crate as a relaxing place to hang out rather than a punishment. Some good hints include feeding your dog in the crate, taking it slowly and never using the crate as a form of punishment. You can read more about crate-training here. Think Ahead About Travel If you are moving to another home in the same town, this is not an issue, but if you are crossing state lines or moving to a different area of the country altogether, it’s important not to forget about your dog when making travel plans. Whether you are going by car or by plane, it’s vital that you have a copy of your pet’s health...

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Shopping For A Storage Unit? 2 Facility Features You Should Look For

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shopping For A Storage Unit? 2 Facility Features You Should Look For

When you start shopping for a storage unit, each facility might seem pretty similar. After visiting a few different aisles packed full of identical garage doors differentiated by a few digits, you might decide to snag a unit and stop your search. Unfortunately, choosing a unit at the wrong storage facility could cause trouble later. Here are two facility features you should look for and why: 1: A Smart Security System How would you feel if you opened your storage unit one day and noticed that all of your valuable items were missing? Although rare, storage theft does happen, and it can be extremely frustrating for unit owners. In fact, in 2011, 7% of storage facilities reported that they had some type of break-in—translating to about two thefts per facility. What would you do if you were one of the lucky two? To protect your unit from intruders, some storage facilities have installed smart security systems that automate the front gate with your actual storage unit. After you enter your gate code, the system sends a signal to your door to approve the space to be opened. If someone opens a door that doesn’t match the gate code, the front gate will automatically close and lock itself so that managers can call police and investigate the incident before contents are stolen. Here are a few reasons these systems are so valuable: Second Line of Defense: Storage managers can watch for strange activity, but you never know when a thief is lurking in the facility. Fortunately, these smart systems act as a second line of defense. Because the systems are automated and work 24/7, they can look out for your unit when other people can’t. No Need to Purchase A Lock: Another benefit to automated smart systems is that they eliminate the need to purchase a second lock. Because each door is fitted with a sturdy, embedded electronic lock, all you need to do is enter your code on the keypad to access your unit. This means that you won’t need to keep track of a key or combination to visit your unit. As you call around for storage unit pricing, ask facility managers when their security system was installed. The facilities with cutting edge security systems might be a little more expensive, but the small investment might help you to keep your unit safe. 2: After-Hours Kiosks By the time you get home from work, you might be more focused on spending time with your kids than you are about paying your storage unit bill or reorganizing your space. Unfortunately, if your chosen storage facility maintains strict business hours, it might be hard to talk with a facility manager when you have time. Fortunately, to make things easier for tenants, some facilities offer after-hours kiosks. Here are a few reasons you might find yourself in need of a little automated after-hours service:   Make Payments: Believe it or not, many small mom-and-pop-shop storage facilities don’t have any way to take payments online or over the phone. To make a payment, you might find yourself mailing a check or trying to stop by the office during your lunch break. Fortunately, self-service kiosks connected to the web might give you an easy way to pay your rent online, or in person...

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Bidding On A Storage Unit? 2 Tips To Navigate The Auction Process Like A Pro

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After binge-watching reality television shows that center around purchasing abandoned storage units, you might be ready to cash your latest paycheck and head to the closest facility. However, there is a lot more to bidding on abandoned storage units than most people think, and a few simple mistakes could end up costing you a lot of money. Here are two tips to help you navigate the auction process like a professional, so that you can make your cash count: 1: Bid Smart On television, the people who purchase storage units always walk away with valuable baseball cards, antique jewelry, or safes stacked with extra cash. Unfortunately, finding a gold mine inside of a storage unit might not be the reality you are faced with after you purchase a space. In fact, Dave Hester, one of the stars of storage bidding show, recently stated that he caught producers of the show planting goods inside of storage units to make the show more interesting. However, just because every storage unit won’t be filled with valuable merchandise doesn’t mean that bidding is a waste of time. If you analyze the contents of the unit before you throw your hat in the ring, you might be able to walk away with items you will really enjoy. Here are a few ways to bid a little smarter: Inspect the Unit Carefully: If you are attending a live storage unit auction, you will have the opportunity to visually inspect the unit, but you won’t be allowed to go inside. To make it easier to see contents in the back of the unit, bring a flashlight. However, since many storage facilities these days hold their storage unit auctions online, you might need to carefully inspect pictures and read through content inventory lists before you bid. Do A Little Math: Although you might be tempted to get excited about that great-looking storage unit, do the time to calculate your break-even point. For example, if you think that you spot a bed frame and a new washer that you could sell for around $800, don’t forget to subtract your own expenses, including your labor and what you will pay for the unit. Don’t Bid Early: If you really want to win a unit, you might be tempted to start belting out offers as soon as the bidding starts. Unfortunately, bidding early might prompt other buyers to bid on your space, especially if you act overly excited about the unit. Instead, wait until other buyers have argued about the price for a bit, and then throw out your best and final offer before bidding concludes. Bidding intelligently might take a little more self-control, but it could really pay off in the end. If you can track down an excellent unit and get it for a decent price, you might be able to enjoy a healthy profit. 2: Be Prepared to Clear the Unit Quickly After you win a storage unit, the facility will require you to clean it out within a reasonable amount of time. For example, your storage facility might ask that you clean out the space within a day or so. However, since some storage units are chock full of heavy furniture, stuffed boxes, and big bags of clothing, cleaning your space quickly might take a little...

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3 Tasks To Perform Before Starting Up Your Outboard Motor After The Storage Season

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As the sun starts to peek out from behind the clouds, you may be eager to go grab your boat out of storage and hit the water. Unfortunately, heading out onto the water without taking the time to perform some maintenance can spell trouble. As a beginner boating enthusiast, it pays to put your all into the preparation process to ready your boat for months of summer time fun. After all, the precautions you take before putting your boat into the water can save you from having to swallow your pride and call for help. The first thing to focus on after pulling your boat out of storage at a place like http://www.getepicstorage.com is the four-stroke outboard motor. Read on for three maintenance tasks to perform before starting up your engine. Change the Oil Unlike the two stroke variants that require an oil and fuel mixture, your four-stroke setup uses straight oil that runs through a filter, much like the ones commonly found on automobiles. Just like cars, you need to change the oil used for your boat motor on a regular schedule. For gas-powered boats, the interval generally sits around every 100 hours, but diesel motors can go for 200 before needing an oil change. Furthermore, you must change the oil at the beginning of each season to ready your boat for the water.  To perform this task, you will need to grab the appropriate filter, drain plug and oil formula for your outboard engine. You will need to decide between mineral and semi-synthetic oil for your boat. Natural oil works well for leisure boating and fishing, while semi-synthetic supports heavy load activities, like pulling people on inner tubes or wakeboards. Replace the Thermostat The thermostat is a vital piece of equipment that precisely controls the operating temperature of your engine. Unfortunately, the thermostat easily sticks shut after sitting for a prolonged period of time. If the thermostat stays closed, the engine could overheat since cold water cannot enter the coolant passages through that line. When the engine overheats, the cylinder walls could crack as the metal piston material expands in its narrow channel. Luckily, the thermostat is an incredibly cheap part that is fairly easy to replace. You can simply swap out the old thermostat for a new one to ensure your engine will cool properly. While you are replacing the thermostat, clear dirt, debris and sludge out of the inlet and outlet ports near the propeller. Prepare the Fuel The fuel stabilizers you poured into the engine at the beginning of the storage season keep moisture out of your gas or diesel tank. As a result, the stabilizers protect your fuel tank and lines from corroding while the motor sits. If you go to start the engine with just the stabilized mixture as a fuel source, however, you might notice it does not run as well as you remember. Luckily, you can dilute the stabilizers with more fuel and add an octane booster to improve your idle and restore power. After running the octane booster through the engine, you can simply refill with regular fuel each time the tank runs low. Starting Up For The First Time After performing the above maintenance tasks, you are ready to test out your outboard motor. You do not need to...

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