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Home Improvement and Self Storage

Around the House

February 25, 2014

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5 min

Home Improvements

Spring is nearly upon us…I hope! This is the time to get your home improvement projects and renovation plans under way. The Washington D.C. area hosted two great home improvement shows in January and February and there will be one coming to Maryland in March. These shows always offer a chance to speak with designers and contractors and to get home remodeling ideas. Just before the warm weather hits is the perfect time to get your plans and budget set, material ordered and the time set aside to fulfill your goal of a new room. Home improvement activity has increased dramatically over the past few years. According to this infographic from the Census Bureau, homeowners spent over $359 billion on home improvement projects from 2009 to 2011. The largest amount  was usually spent on renovating the kitchen. And 37% of homeowners surveyed did the project on their own, while 63% hired professionals. In 2013, it was projected that homeowners would spend over $550 billion dollars on home improvement projects! With the housing market on the upswing, people are planning and working on projects to improve their homes.

When you are starting your renovation project, it is important that you define your project, which means that you have a set a specific budget and scheduled the necessary  time to complete the project. Make sure that you have ordered, in advance, materials that you will need to avoid scrambling to find the needed material or tool at the last minute. Most importantly create alternate areas to use as back-up for the construction zones. For example, if you are renovating a bathroom, make sure that you have another bathroom in the home that can be used during construction.

When doing a renovation project, it is important to remove all of the items from the room to protect them from construction damage. Renting a self storage unit during a renovation/remodeling process is a smart choice to protect your personal items and furniture from dirt, dust, paint drips and damage during the project. Renting during renovation projects is one of the most popular reasons for renting a storage unit. It is much easier to work in a room that is completely empty. Simply putting a paint tarp over items will really not protect them from damage during actual construction. Also, large furniture can take up valuable work space.  If you are doing the project on your own, you’ll need that extra space for the added equipment and materials.  After the project is completed, you can use your self storage unit to store your new equipment until you need it for the next project.

One of the most important things to remember during a renovation process is do not overreach. Do not give up on your DIY project, but know when it is time to hire a professional to finish up the work.

ezStorage has 46 locations in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas. Our friendly and professional staff can help you with your storage needs from packing and moving supplies to temporary storage for your renovation project. Stop in when you need help finding the right storage space for your renovation projects!

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Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

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5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

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10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

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10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

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  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!