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Winter is the Time to Start Planning Home Renovation or Remodeling Projects

Around the House

January 17, 2013

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It’s now mid-January, which means that those people who resolved to reorganize, remodel or renovate their homes are starting to gather ideas and create their plans for spring and summer projects. A great way to get ideas for your projects is to visit Home and Garden shows. There are quite a few different home, garden, building or remodeling shows taking place in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas in the next few months. You can find a list of different Home and Garden Shows across the country at Angie’s List. There are quite a few shows in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC areas over the next few months from larger shows to smaller community shows.

There are two shows going on this weekend in Baltimore and Washington D.C. The Baltimore Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo is this weekend, January 18th-20th at the Baltimore Convention Center. The D.C. Home and Remodeling Show is also taking place January 18th-20th at the Dulles Expo Center. The Capital Home and Garden Show is also at the Dulles Expo Center from February 22nd to 24th. The Maryland Home & Garden Show takes place over two weekends in March (March 2nd-3rd, 8th-10th) at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The Arlington, Virginia Home Show will be March 9th at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center.

With so many shows, you can gather some great suggestions and ideas! All of the home and garden shows will have experts in home design, landscaping, organization and remodeling. Show attendees can go to DIY seminars to learn more about planning and doing renovation projects on their own. These shows are great to see new products, examples of “green” homes and landscaping tips. After you have attended the shows and started to create the plan for your new space, it is time to create a “Must Do” list. The list will include ordering the materials that you need for the project and deciding if you will need professional help. However, high on the list should be renting a self storage unit to place items from your home during the restoration project. Placing your furniture, artwork, kitchen equipment and other belongings in storage during a renovation project will protect them from the dust, dirt and possible paint drops that can occur during a renovation project. Just covering the items with a paint tarp or drop cloth will not protect them from external temperature changes, moisture and all of the dust from a reconstruction project. If you are changing furniture in a room during your project, store the older furniture in the self storage unit until you decide if you should keep the item, move it to another room, such as the basement, donate, sell or give-away the furniture.

ezStorage offers month-to-month leasing options at all of our storage facilities, which is perfect for temporary use during a renovation project. ezStorage also has packing supplies at every location.  Packing the items from the room in new sturdy boxes will help protect them in storage. Stop in to any of our 46 locations  to see how we can help you scratch off one of the most important items on that “Must Do” list during your renovation or

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5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

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.

5x10 unit size

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.

10x10 unit size

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

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

10x15 unit size

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.

Renting Online is Simple

  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!