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Utilizing a storage unit? Here are 5 items you’ll want to avoid packing into your storage unit.

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Storage can really take stress off your plate, whether you’re in the middle of relocating, undergoing home renovations, or you just need somewhere to keep a few belongings that are in the way.

Finding a storage unit to fit your needs can be a challenge – here are some helpful tips for those who are interested in storage – but it’s also important to know the items you can’t put into storage. All storage facilities have their own guidelines and regulations for the facility, so it’s important to work with them before purchasing storage space to determine what can and cannot go into your storage unit.

There are some basic items which should never be placed into storage – we’ll cover these below!

Medical supplies

Be sure to take extra caution and ask your storage unit about their rules with medical supplies. Some medical equipment contains radioactive material, which isn’t legally allowed to be kept in storage.

Also – you don’t want to find yourself needing something related to medical supplies when it’s packed away in a storage unit somewhere.

Combustible or flammable items

This seems like common sense, but it’s still worth pointing out. Items which are combustible or flammable shouldn’t be kept in a storage unit for any reason, as it brings an element of danger for both your belongings and other storage units in the facility.

Firearms and ammunition

When it comes to firearms, be sure to check with the storage unit facility on their policies regarding these items – some prohibit the types of firearms allowed in storage, while others ban it entirely.

Ammunition, on the other hand, is not allowed in storage unit for the same reasons mentioned above: it falls in line with what’s considered to be combustible and presents a hazard to the storage facility.

Unregistered vehicles

Vehicle storage is still one of the top types of storage options that people seek out, but you want to make sure your vehicle registration is up-to-date and meets the guidelines within your particular state. Some states will classify unregistered vehicles as an abandoned vehicle.

Soaps and scented candles

While it initially might seem like a big deal when you see this, it actually can be. These types of materials often attract mice or rats, which can become a huge problem for your storage until. Anything giving off a smell like perfume or lotion should be stored with caution.

Keep all of this in mind before you start taking belongings to be kept at a storage facility. If you’re looking for storage needs, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers storage options at select franchises around the country. Click here to learn more!

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Determining a storage solution to fit your needs: 6 important tips to know

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You never know when the need for storage options might come into play, but it’s important to do your research and find the best solution for you before making a decision.

Storing your belongings is a great option for short or long term when you need to get items out of the way. This could be when you’re moving, completing home renovations, or if you’re a business who is undergoing changes at the office or moving from one building to the next.

There are many places that offer storage, And select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises across the country offer customers multiple storage plans for those who just need storage, or for those who plan to add it to their moves.

Contact your local franchise today to see what storage plans they offer and how they can assist with your storage needs. In the meantime, here are a few helpful storage tips we’ve come up with for you!

Determine your specific need for storage

Generally, there are two main types of storage: standard and climate-controlled. What you’ll need depends on what type of items you’ll be putting into storage.

Factors like cold, heat, or moisture that can cause damage – as well as items like documents, electronics, or clothing – might require climate-controlled storage.

Do some research

Be sure to do extensive research and see what others are saying about a company before you decided to pay for storage with them. Company reviews online can be very telling, and you’ll be able to get a sense for how they treat their customers and their customers’ belongings based on what has been said in the past about service options.

What size storage unit will you need?

Figure out everything you’re going to be placing in storage and make an assessment of how much it is to help you determine what size storage unit you’ll need. A helpful reminder: always get a storage unit slightly bigger than the amount of belongings you have so you are able to navigate through it if needed.

Ask about accessibility

Some facilities offer 24-hour access, and others operate on set schedules based on their hours of operation. Be sure to ask about this and then determine how important this is to you when deciding on a storage plan. It’s also important to remember some storage facilities charge access fees if you need to get into the unit.

Purchase insurance

As it is with most situations involving your personal belongings, it’s always a good idea to get insurance to protect your items in case of damages or an accident. If your storage facility doesn’t offer insurance plans, check with your home owner’s insurance company to see if they can offer protection.

Things that shouldn’t be kept in a storage unit

Not everything is meant to go into storage, and it’s important to know what items you should avoid putting into your storage unit.

Common items that cannot be kept in a unit include but are not limited to:

-Medical supplies

-Firearms and ammunition

-Unregistered vehicles

-Perishable food items

-Candles or soaps

-Combustible or flammable materials

It’s best to contact the company you select for storage to find out if they have any additional or specific items that can’t be kept in their facilities to avoid any issues.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Top 5 tips for determining a storage solution to fit your needs

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The need for storage can come at any time, whether you have items you’re trying to move from one place to the next, or just belongings you need moved out of the way while you complete home renovations or cleaning.

Both short-term and long-term storage solutions can help with these scenarios, but before you take your items to a storage facility, it’s best to figure out what type of storage solution fits your needs best.

There are many different types of storage options, including utilizing facilities with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises. Select franchise locations are able to offer customers a wide-range of storage separately or in addition to your move to make the process even easier!

Below, we’ve assembled a few helpful tips for those looking into storage options.

Do your research

One of the best steps to take when looking at storage options is to look at company reviews. Storage is pretty straightforward, so you’ll be able to get a good feel for how the business operates based on what customers in the past have said and avoid taking your belongings somewhere that isn’t trustworthy, safe, or clean.

Determine the type of storage you need

Depending on the type of items you are putting into storage, factors like cold, heat, dust, or moisture that can damage them might require climate-controlled storage.

Other items like documents, electronics, clothing, and other accessories usually need climate-controlled units.

What size unit do you need for storage?

Take an assessment of what items you’ll be putting into storage to get an idea of the size of storage unit you’ll need.

A helpful tip is to get a storage unit that is a little bigger than what you need so you’re able to enter and navigate around the unit if needed.

Learn how much access your storage provider offers

Some storage facilities offer 24-hour access and others operate on set schedules, so make a decision based on how often you’ll need to be entering your storage unit. It’s also important to remember that in some scenarios, storage facilities charge access fees every time you need to get into your storage unit.

Buy insurance

Like anything that involves your personal possessions, it’s important to get insurance to protect your belongings in the case of damage or an accident. If your storage facility does not provide insurance, contact your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance agent to come up with a plan.

Things that shouldn’t be kept in a storage unit

Not everything is meant to go into storage, and it’s important to know what items you should avoid putting into your storage unit.

Common items that cannot be kept in a unit include but are not limited to:

-Medical supplies

-Firearms and ammunition

-Unregistered vehicles

-Perishable food items

-Candles or soaps

-Combustible or flammable materials

It’s best to contact the company you select for storage to find out if they have any additional or specific items that can’t be kept in their facilities to avoid any issues.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Five items to avoid packing in a storage unit

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When it comes to relocation, downsizing, or just finding a place to keep some of your personal belongings for a designated period of time, storage options can be really handy solutions.

There are a few important things you should look for when finding a storage solution that best fits your needs, but also keep in mind what you can’t keep in a storage unit. Each storage unit facility has their own regulations and guidelines for what can and cannot be kept in their units, and it’s important to find out what those are  prior to making arrangements.

We’ve highlighted five items you should avoid storing.

Scented soaps and candles

Scented soaps and candles seem harmless, right? On the surface, yes. However, when it comes to keeping them in a storage unit, the strong scent is liable to attract vermin such as mice or rats. Anything with a strong smell like perfume, lotions, etc., should be stored with caution.

If you absolutely need to store these items, take extra precaution and wrap them in an airtight container.

Unregistered vehicles

Vehicle storage is still one of the top types of storage options that people seek out, but you want to make sure your vehicle registration is up-to-date and meets the guidelines within your particular state. Some states will classify unregistered vehicles as an abandoned vehicle.

Firearms and ammunition

Firearms in storage units can vary by facility, and generally there isn’t a single “one size fits all” answer. Some storage facilities prohibit the types of firearms stored, while others don’t allow it at all.

As for ammunition – this is not allowed in a storage facility because ammunition falls in the same line as combustible materials and presents a hazard to the storage facility.

Medical supplies

Use caution and talk with the storage company before deciding to store any medical supplies in your storage unit. Many medical equipment items contain radioactive material that isn’t legally allowed to be kept in a storage unit.

Combustible or flammable materials

It seems like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you should never store flammable or combustible materials in a storage unit. These items are dangerous and prohibited, and put your storage unit belongings and the belongings of others in danger.

Keep all of this in mind before you start taking belongings to be kept at a storage facility. If you’re looking for storage needs, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK offers storage options at select franchises around the country. Click here to learn more!

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What you should be looking for when picking out storage solutions before, during, or after your move

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Often times when you have belongings you need to get rid of, move, or just simply move out of the way for something else, it’s hard to find a solution that can fit your needs.

One solution is long or short-term storage, as finding a storage unit to keep your belongings in can assist you in a variety of situations, from creating more space around your home, downsizing, or relocating. The first step is figuring out what storage unit or facility fits you best, then deciding what you need to keep in there and for how long.

With so many different types of storage options available and with select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations now offering a wide-range of storage options to customers, we decided to compile a few storage tips to steer you in the right direction.

Determine the type of storage unit you need

You might have items that can be affected by different outside factors like heat, cold, dust, or moisture, so you need to find a storage unit that is climate-controlled to help with this.

Other belongings like electronics, documents, clothing, and random accessories also fall in line with items that need to be stored inside a climate-controlled unit.

Research different companies to find the best fit for you

Reading reviews of a storage company online will not only give you a good feel for the company, but it will provide you with some details on how the service is and what you can expect. The last thing you want to do is put your belongings in the hands of a company that isn’t trustworthy.

What size storage unit do you need?

It’s smart to assess what items you will be placing in storage to give you an idea of the size of storage unit you’ll need. It’s always a good plan to get a unit that’s a little bit bigger than you need just so you’re able to get inside and navigate around.

Figure out how much access you’ll have

Some storage facilities provide 24-hour access, while others may only be open during set schedules. Determine the access level you’ll need before making your purchase. Keep in mind, depending on the type of storage you choose, some companies may also charge an access fee each time you need to get to your belongings.

Get insurance

There’s no such thing as being “too safe” when it comes to your personal belongings, so find out if the company who is offering storage provides insurance. If they don’t, contact your renters or home owner’s insurance agent to come up with a plan to keep your belongings protected.

What not to keep in a storage unit

While the tips above are important to keep in mind when deciding on a storage plan that best fits your needs, it’s also important to know what type of items shouldn’t be kept in storage.

Common items that cannot be kept in a unit include but are not limited to:

-Medical supplies

-Firearms and ammunition

-Unregistered vehicles

-Perishable food items

-Candles or soaps

-Combustible or flammable materials

It’s best to contact the company you select for storage to find out if they have any additional or specific items that can’t be kept in their facilities to avoid any issues.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Packing and storage tips to get your holidays packed away

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In what seems like an instant, the holiday season has already passed us by, and now we dive head first into the winter months as we all wait for spring!

Although the holidays are over, there’s a good chance that your holiday decorations are still out – the longer you wait to put these away, the more of a hassle it’s going to be. It’s not enjoyable, but it’s something that needs to be done and with the appropriate planning and execution, it doesn’t have to be such a burden!

We know a thing or two about packing things up and putting them away, and thought we’d share some of our best post-holiday season cleaning tips to get your home back to normal.

Use sturdy boxes

All of the decorations and fun holiday items have to go into something, right? That’s where having good moving boxes will come in handy.

Getting some quality moving boxes – like the ones we offer to customers – will give you a safe and secure place to keep decorations and put them into a closest or storage. Be sure to label these boxes accurately so that next holiday season, you know where everything is.

Develop a plan

Taking down all of the clutter from the season isn’t something that can be done in 10 minutes, as nice as that would be. It will take some planning and some execution to make sure that everything is put away correctly, and this is where developing a good plan will be helpful.

Asses where all of your décor is placed, pick a starting point, and go room-by-room throughout the house while taking everything down. This will help you with organizing in your storage area so you can go room-by-room when decorating next year.

Pack with efficiency

This is arguably the most important part of the entire process. Holiday decorations and items are generally a little fragile, so using the proper care and attention to detail will go a long way with keep these items from getting broken.

Using professional packing supplies like packing paper, tissue paper, and bubble wrap – paired with good moving boxes – will keep everything safe. If you need to purchase any of these items, look no further – we offer a full-line of moving boxes and packing supplies for our customers!

Remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the box. Learn more about helpful packing tips, here.

Move the extra furniture back into storage

If you hosted a holiday gathering at your home, there’s a good chance you had to get out some extra furniture or chairs so that everybody had a place to sit. That’s all fun until it comes time to put them back away.

No matter what type of furniture you got out and where it’s going – don’t move more than you can handle. If you have too much or something too heavy to move, give us a call – our movers can come to your home and move whatever you need!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK storage and packing tips to get you ready for the holiday season

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We’ve officially made it to the week of Thanksgiving, which means Christmas is just around the corner. With that, it also means we’re officially in the full swing of the holiday season!

While the holiday season consists of fun, family, and friends, it also means it’s time to get out decorations, bring out additional furniture for guests at your home, and rearrange said furniture and other large objects to accommodate your family parties. This is no small task, and the sooner you get on it and start pulling items out of storage, the more prepared you’ll be.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we’ve seen just about everything involved with moving, packing, and storage – and we’ve put together some specialty tips and ideas to help you handle the holiday version of these. The most important thing is preparation, so follow along with these tips to make sure you’re ready to go and enjoy the festivities!

Have additional furniture ready

If you’re the one tasked with throwing some holiday parties, you know very well it can get crowded, which is why it’s important to have some alternative furniture options ready. Pull those extra chairs out from the basement, get that extra table from the garage, or get some bigger items out of storage if you have them.

Rearrange your home and furniture

Getting extra furniture and holiday decorations out can take up a good amount of space, and it’s important to utilize space correctly to make sure you have room for guests.

If you need assistance moving these items around your home, give us a call! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can send movers to your home to help with any in-home moving needs – letting you focus on getting ready while we take care of the hard work.

Get extra boxes ready

Storage space is at a premium during this time, and having some extra moving boxes laying around will come in handy. Whether it’s for decorations, silverware, ornaments, wrapping paper, or something else – these can be properly moved and stored away after the holidays with proper moving boxes.

Need something delivered? Call us!

Are you ordering a new appliance or piece of furniture for the holidays, but don’t know how you’ll get it home? We’ve got you covered! Our professional moving teams offer pickup and delivery services where we can pick up an item you ordered and deliver it directly to your home.

Packing it all back up

Effective packing after the holidays conclude will save you time and energy when the next holiday season rolls around. Organize your belongings in the proper boxes, label them, and put them away so you know where everything is next year. For some expert packing tips to get you started, click here!

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Expert storage tips with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

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Are you in between home moves, find yourself needing more space around the house, or currently downsizing? Storage might be something to consider!

Whatever the reason might be for needing a storage solution, there is much to consider when figuring out what kind of storage unit or facility fits you best. With so many options out there – and with select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises now offering storage to customers – we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of storage tips and tricks so you know what to expect.

Follow along!

Storage Tips

Make sure you research the company offering storage

The last thing you want is to put the trust of your belongings in the hands of a shady company, or a company that won’t fully-protect your items. Read reviews from other customers to get a feel for the company, and be sure to get all of the details on how your items are protected at the company’s storage facility. Also, ensure your facility is equipped with surveillance cameras, lighting, and security fences.

Decide on the size of the storage unit you need

Get an idea of what you are going to be sending to storage before purchasing a unit. It’s always a good idea to go a little bit bigger than the amount of items you have so when you go to the storage unit, you are able to navigate around your belongings.

Determine the type of storage unit necessary

If you have items that might be affected by factors such as heat, cold, dust or moisture, you might need to find a storage unit that is climate-controlled.

Items like documents, clothing, electronics, and other accessories all fall under the category of belongings that need to be in a climate-controlled facility.

How much access do you need to your storage unit?

Some storage facilities are open 24-hours a day, but others are only open on a set schedule. Be sure to determine how much access you are going to need to the unit before making a purchase.

Effective packing will make finding what you need easier

Before your items make their way into a storage unit, it’s important to make sure they are properly and safely packed away. Use proper packing techniques and packing supplies to ensure no damages occur during the transportation of these items, and be sure to clearly label each box so you know what’s inside.

Secure insurance

You can never be too safe when it comes to your personal belongings. Find out if your storage company offers insurance for your unit and your belongings.  If not, contact your renters or home owners’ insurance agent to figure out the best plan to keep your items protected.

What not to keep in a storage unit

While the tips above are important to keep in mind when deciding on a storage plan that best fits your needs, it’s also important to know what type of items shouldn’t be kept in storage.

Common items that cannot be kept in a unit include but are not limited to:

-Medical supplies

-Firearms and ammunition

-Unregistered vehicles

-Perishable food items

-Candles or soaps

-Combustible or flammable materials

-It’s best to contact the company you select  for storage to find out if they have any additional or specific items that can’t be kept in their facilities to avoid any issues.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Use these 4 holiday packing tips to ease your holiday fatigue

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With the bustling holiday season now behind us, that means the fun decorations and lights must come down and get packed into storage for the next 11 months until it’s time to do it again!

Although it’s not always an enjoyable task (hence why we still see Christmas lights in February!) but with the proper planning and execution, it doesn’t have to be such a burden.

We’ve put together a few quick and helpful tips to make the holiday season clean up a breeze.

Have a plan

Taking down the holiday decorations and getting everything moved and packed can’t be finished in 20 minutes – it takes time and planning to get the job done right and to get those breakable items stored away safe and sound.

Examine your current situation, pick a place to start, and go room-by-room as you take everything down, carefully and efficiently wrapping and packing them away. This will also help when it comes to organizing your belongings in storage.

Boxes, boxes, boxes

There’s no such thing as “too many” boxes, especially around the holidays, and that’s why it’s important to have an abundance on-hand to ensure everything has a place to go.

Boxes will provide enough space to keep everything, and will also make moving items into a closet or storage that much easier and organized. Be sure to label each box so that when next year comes, you can find exactly what you’re looking for!

Put away that extra furniture

Chances are that at some point during the holiday season, you had to get out extra furniture to accommodate for guests during holiday parties and visits. Whether this furniture will be moved into another room, a closet, the garage, or storage – be sure to only move what you can handle.

If there is too much to move or something that is too heavy, give our movers a call – they’re happy to help you move items in your home!

Pack with a purpose

Even more so than normal, packing away holiday items requires extra care and attention to detail, as these are often specialty items that can be fragile or easily broken. Remember to use proper packing supplies like packing paper, tissue paper, and bubble wrap to protect those ornaments and decorations as they go back into boxes. It’s also a good idea to pack ornaments in our specialty dish pack box where there are sections that are perfect for wrapped ornaments.

Always keep in mind, the heavier the items, the smaller the box. Be For additional packing tips from our moving professionals, click here.

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Five things you should never keep in your storage unit

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This is a guest blog post from Price Self Storage.

Whether you’re relocating, downsizing, or just need a place to hold onto a few of your things, a personal storage unit often serves as the best option. Public storage units offer people a safe place to store most of their belongings. In fact, everything from old clothes and furniture to large cars and boats can be stored at an appropriate storage facility. Still, sometimes you may find yourself in a position where you shouldn’t store some of your things inside your personal storage unit.

One of the best parts about investing in a personal storage unit remains the level of versatility and flexibility they provide. Whenever you find yourself in need of a little extra space around the house or a place to keep some seasonal decorations, you can always rely on your personal storage unit. While this level of flexibility is often one of the key draws of renting a personal storage unit, there are a few things you should always avoid storing inside of them.

#1: Combustible or flammable materials

On the list of items to never store inside of your public storage unit, combustible and flammable materials should be at the top. These items are considered to be “inherently dangerous”, and are usually prohibited from most storage facilities. These items are cause for concern when it comes to public storage facilities because of the dangers that it presents to the entire facility, not just your own personal unit.

#2: Unregistered vehicles

Believe it or not, vehicle storage remains one of the most common reasons that people seek a public storage facility in the first place. When it comes to the specifics of storing a vehicle, these regulations can vary by state. One thing you’ll definitely want to take note of is whether or not stored vehicles in your state require their registration to be up-to-date. When an unregistered vehicle is kept in public storage facility, some states will classify this as an abandoned vehicle.

#3: Scented candles and soaps

Something a lot of people don’t consider when storing certain items is the way they smell. Scented items such as candles and soaps may seem harmless, but they actually pose a threat to your personal storage unit and the entire storage facility.

Items with a strong scent can be stored, but often also attract vermin such as rats and mice. Aside from scented candles and soaps, anything with a strong scent, like makeup, perfume, lotion, etc., should also be stored with caution. If you really must store a scented item inside of your personal storage unit, take the extra time to wrap it up and place it inside an airtight container in order to decrease the odds of attracting vermin.

#4: Medical supplies

Doomsday preppers may think to cram as many medical supplies as they can into their apocalypse cache. While seemingly innocuous in nature, you should always proceed with caution when looking to store medical supplies and equipment. Many of these items contain radioactive material that cannot be legally stored within a self-storage facility.

#5: Firearms and ammunition

When it comes to finding a place to store your firearms and ammunition, there isn’t a one-size fits all approach. Many self-storage facilities prohibit the storage of firearms and beyond that, some states prohibit such behavior all together. In regards to storing ammunition, however, it’s an entirely different story.

Ammunition cannot be stored in a storage unit, regardless of whether or not it is stored with or without firearms. Ammunition, much like other combustibles such as fireworks and gasoline, are considered to be inherently dangerous and cannot be stored within a storage facility. When storing ammunition in your home, be sure to do so in a safe place, out of the reach of children and pets. Additionally, ensure your ammunition is kept in a cool, dry place as extreme heat and can cause a serious issue for stored ammunition.

Addressing concerns over what to store

When moving items into your storage unit, some things may immediately raise red flags with concerns while others might not. The best thing to do if you have concerns about the items you’re planning on moving in is to check with the staff at your storage facility and see what is allowed.

About the Author

Price Self Storage provides reliable self-storage to residents throughout California. With over a dozen different storage facilities across the state, they are one of the most trusted and affordable self-storage facilities around.

Patrons of Price Self Storage rest assured knowing that they’ll always be able to find a storage unit that fits their specific needs. Featuring storage units ranging in sizes from as small as 4 x 5 to as large as 20 x 30, there’s always a storage unit for you whether you’re storing a few old things or your boat or RV.