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August 12 is a special day for Extra Space Storage. It’s not a birthday. It’s an anniversary! On August 12, 2004, Extra Space Storage joined the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). That’s why we sometimes affectionately refer to ourselves as EXR, our stock symbol. It’s been a very good 10 years. Let’s break it down for a good snapshot.   EXR initial public...

Moving takes quite a bit of time and effort — and you know how the saying goes: “Many hands make light work.” Plus, moving is a lot more fun when there’s conversation and laughter involved. But asking friends and family to lend a hand can be tricky. Here are a few tips for how to ask someone to help you move. 1. Send them a sweet (but specific) message. Prepare...

Don’t panic. Thousands (or millions?) have survived after making the decision to move back home as adults. First, realize it’s better to move back in with your parents than live in a box, usually. Second, keep your end goal in mind. Whether you’re trying to make it through grad school, saving for a mortgage, or just generally unemployed, living at home temporarily...

Packing for college can be daunting — and not just for the kids. As a parent, you’re likely concerned about whether or not your college freshman is fully prepared to live on his or her own. Here’s how you can ease your worries and help your kids pack for college. Take them on a shopping trip. During the month leading up to the big move, take them shopping...

Maximize the success of your yard sale by teaming up with your neighbors. Not only are community sales more fun, but you’ll likely do more business and have less work to do. Advantages of Organizing a Community Yard or Garage Sale 1. Increased promotional budget The cost of printing up and distributing flyers and signs, plus online and newspaper ads, can be...

Framed art and mirrors present a packing challenge. The pieces can be large and unwieldy, are often expensive, and are usually fragile. What are the best packing techniques to make sure your art arrives at its destination in good shape? 1. Prepare the item There are a couple things you can do to help the glass in your frame stay in one piece. First, use masking tape...

If you’re moving during the summer heat, you’ll want to make sure to stay cool and comfortable during the process. Follow these tips to prevent overheating as you’re transporting stuff in and out of storage. 1. Dress accordingly. Put on comfortable, loose, light-colored clothing when you’re doing a lot of activity during your move. 2. Take rest breaks. You...

Posted on Jul 18 2014 - 2:59pm by David Decker
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Does someone you live with treasure their high school trophies? Throwing them away is out of the question (at least according to them), but if you need to make room for other stuff in your home, you’ll need to reach a compromise: keep those memories safely in storage. Here’s how to wrap and store trophies. You’ll need: bubble wrap masking/duct tape scissors marker box(es) Directions: 1....

I recently bought a house from a widower who had remarried. His new wife didn’t want stuff from the house that he’d shared with his first wife in their new home, so he gave me first dibs on many valuable things — among them a 9-by-12 beige wool rug with a pretty pattern of flowers, leaves and vines. After unsuccessfully trying to pawn the rug off...

Posted on Jul 14 2014 - 11:07am by David Decker
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Buying or renting a new home isn’t just about selecting a physical building: You also want to find the right neighborhood to live in. Here are some things to think about when deciding on which neighborhood will suit your needs: 1. Neighborhood Safety Safety is a primary concern of many people, and for good reason. It’s hard to relax if you are living in...