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All across the country, people are using self storage units to help prepare for moving day, to get organized, to reduce clutter around the house or to store belongings for the future. If you haven’t used a self storage unit before, you might have questions about how to find the right solution or how to properly move and store your belongings. If so, this guide is just for you! Check out our guide, and when you’re ready, find a location near you.

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ezStorage Guide to Using Self Storage for the First Time

How to store items for an estate saleWhat is an Estate Sale?

An estate sale—typically much larger in scale than a yard sale or garage sale—is held when someone needs to sell the vast majority of items in their home. This is usually due to the death of a loved one, downsizing to a much smaller home, divorce or declaration of bankruptcy. If you are dealing with any of these situations, it can be overwhelming, and estate sales are large undertakings in and of themselves. That’s why many people opt to hire a professional liquidator to handle the process. The charge for their services is usually anywhere from 25-50% of the proceeds.

The sale usually happens inside the home with potential buyers browsing items on display. Professional liquidators will limit the number of people inside at a time, but depending on the turnout, you may see anywhere from 10-20 people browsing items marked for sale. Not everything in the home is guaranteed to be available for sale, however.

How to Store Items You Want to Keep During an Estate Sale

If you want to avoid the potential issue of a cherished keepsake or family heirloom being sold, stolen or discarded during an estate sale, the safest practice is to remove it before the sale takes place. You may not have room to store it just yet, but ezStorage does!

Our self-storage units range in size from 5’x5’ (perfect for storing a small piece of furniture or a few items and boxes) all the way up to 10’x30’ (capable of storing an entire four-to-five-bedroom house). We even have options for vehicle storage including cars, trucks and boats. Check out our storage unit size guide to find the ideal space for your needs.

We offer climate-controlled self-storage at most locations. Any items that may be sensitive to severe temperature fluctuations or extremes at either end of the thermometer should be kept in this type of storage unit—particularly if you intend to store those items for longer than two-three months.

ezStorage facilities have a number of security features in place to keep your belongings safe, too. Well-lit interiors and exteriors will keep your surroundings and belongings in sight. Secure gate access at most of our locations ensures that only people with pass codes are allowed inside. Many of our self storage units feature individual alarms, and you alone control access. Security cameras keep an eye on things 24 hours a day, and on-site resident managers are stationed at most ezStorage locations.

Our managers are trained and knowledgeable in handling all kinds of storage needs and situations. They can help you determine the right features, size and location for your storage solution. ezStorage managers receive ongoing education and training to keep up with the latest industry trends and developments, and they are ready to put their knowledge to work for you.

Visit an ezStorage location near you for help with your estate sale storage or any other storage needs.

How to Store Vinyl Records

A copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band signed by all four members of The Beatles recently sold for $290,500. As if that price wasn’t crazy enough, someone paid two million dollars to purchase the only vinyl copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

Now, obviously most of us don’t have records like these sitting around at home. But, plenty of people do have serious vinyl record collections that would be a huge pain to replace if lost or damaged. So, in this post, we’re going to tell you how to store vinyl records to keep them looking and sounding awesome!

Roll Up Your Sleeves for Vinyl Record Storage

Safely storing vinyl records starts with your sleeves. No, not your shirt sleeves-- the inner paper sleeves that protect your records from scuffs and scratches when you slide them in and out of the LP jacket.

If you mostly buy brand new vinyl records, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. But, if you also like to collect used, vintage LPs, you know how nasty those inner sleeves can sometimes get. Ripped, bent, covered in mysterious stains – sound like any of the records in your collection?

If so, it’s time to replace them with fresh, clean inner sleeves. On that note, you have several options to choose from. Here’s a quick run-down:

Standard Paper Inner Sleeves: You can find these online or at your local record shop. They’re inexpensive and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes for standard 12” LPs or your 7” singles.

Paper / Poly Inner Sleeves: These guys look like standard paper inner sleeves, but they’re lined with plastic on the inside to reduce surface scuffing. They’re slightly more expensive, but still an affordable option.

Archival Quality Inner Sleeves: These are three-ply, anti-static, premium sleeves (similar to rice paper) and work with both LPs and laser discs. You’ll pay considerably more for them, but they should last longer than standard paper sleeves.

Keep Your LP Jackets Pristine

Vinyl LP jackets take a ton of abuse. And, in a sense, that’s their main job. However, keeping your LP jackets in near-mint condition is important if you want to retain the value of your albums. That’s why we recommend using outer plastic sleeves to protect your record jackets when not in use. Outer sleeves can prevent wear and tear from normal handling and can also help reduce an effect called “ring wear.”

Again, these are super affordable and can be purchased in bulk online or from your neighborhood record store. Outer plastic sleeves are also great for keeping dust and debris away from your vinyl, which can help your records sound better and extend the life of your stylus.

Stand Your Records Up Straight and Tall

Most vinyl record enthusiasts already know that you should never stack your records for a prolonged period of time. Not only can this accelerate the appearance of ring wear, but it can also lead to irreparable record warping. Instead, stand your records up tall on a shelf or bookcase and avoid packing them in too tightly. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t pull out a single record without disturbing the albums on either side, you’re probably packing them too tightly. Check out Ikea for a great record shelf that will fit your albums like a glove.

Heat, Humidity & Moisture… Oh My!

These three weather-related conditions are the mortal enemies of vinyl record collections everywhere. Exposure to extreme heat or even direct sunlight could lead to warping, so be careful where you place your record shelving. Take care to avoid vents, windows or other sources of heat. Humidity and moisture, on the other hand, can cause your LP jackets to swell, bubble and even mildew. In other words, don’t put them in your basement, unless you’ve taken steps to ensure a dry environment.

Running Out of Space for Your Vinyl Collection?

Unlike CDs, MP3s or streaming music services, storing vinyl records takes up lots of physical space. If you find that you’re running out of room for your LPs, you can always “thin the herd” and sell the albums you no longer listen to. Eventually, though, you may get to a point where you simply don’t have any more records you could possibly bear to part with. That’s when it’s time to find a self storage unit near you. But, you don’t want just any self storage unit. You’ll definitely want a climate controlled storage unit that can keep your collection at a constant, vinyl-friendly temperature.

Store Your Vinyl Records with ezStorage!

Hey, we get it. You’re passionate about your record collection, and you want to make sure it’s stored properly. At ezStorage, we’re just as passionate about providing vinyl enthusiasts with convenient, affordable self storage units for their albums and other music memorabilia. For more information, contact a location near you. Otherwise, keeps those records spinning!

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