Friday, November 21, 2014

The Calm before the Storms, Storage Station, West Milford, New Jersey

Life here at Storage Station at 11 White Road and 1867 Greenwood Lake Turnpike in West Milford, New Jersey has been hopping!  People are returning their RV’s and campers to their assigned parking spots or renting a new space for the season and getting them closed-up nice and tight for the winter ahead.  The classic cars shows are almost done for the season and the cars will soon be put to bed in their units to wait until Spring arrives again so they can be enjoyed and shared with the world.  Tenants have been coming and going switching their summer goods for their cold weather items. I have seen them putting away patio furniture, lawn decorations and other summer time accessories. The staff has been busy cleaning up after the beautiful and bright colors of the fall leaves that happen every fall. With the cooler temperatures now we all have thoughts of another winter coming soon. 

Self Storage Blog After the ravages of Sandy hit here in the Northern part of New Jersey, many people were forced to re-evaluate how and where they stored their  items.  Many basements were flooded; stand-alone sheds were demolished by downed trees or blown away by the sheer force of the winds.  Peoples’ lives were affected by more than the loss of power and lack of gasoline. I cannot believe it has been two years since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast and left its mark with a large amount of damage that affected a many of us in one way or another. Thinking back I remember that being an extremely busy time for us here at Storage Station. For many days we ran several of our locations without power to assist those who needed our self storage services because their homes or business received damages with the extreme flooding and the high winds. With all the damage we received through our areas we had also lost power for days and some areas for weeks making the clean up and travel extremely difficult. I look back and remember seeing so much damage with down trees and debris everywhere I went while traveling from one site to another checking the properties for damage or flooding. I had done this as soon as soon as the state of emergency had been lifted and it was safe to travel again on the roads but even then it was difficult because of large trees blocking road ways. It took a very long time for roads to become clear because of the large amount of trees that were down. In some areas they would not remove the whole tree but instead there would be an effort of individuals who need to at least be able to get through that they would make the road passable in order to do so. It was awesome to see so many residents working together at this time of need. It was also heartbreaking to see and hear about the amount of damage Hurricane Sandy left in its wake. As I went from one location to another and hearing the residents in the areas talk about either their experience and loss or what they had see my heart would break because so many families had to relocate because of their large loss. I don’t believe any of us who experienced this storm will ever forget Hurricane Sandy.

And the affects of last winter’s storms are still fresh on peoples’ minds.  How much snow will we get this year? If I clean out the garage can I park in it? Should I buy a snow blower?   Should we invest in a generator?  How much power do we really need?  Just the mention of bad weather sends throngs of people to the supermarkets and home stores to hoard whatever they think they might need. It was difficult to even find salt because there became a shortage because we would only of a few days between each storm. The large mounds of snow just kept growing and growing and we never thought it would never stop or melt away. Many of us like the snow but I believe almost all of us became exhausted with the large amount and the many storms that we had. I hope this winter there are a few less storms and not such a large amount of snow.

We here at Storage Station are here to help customers figure out what options better suit their needs.  How many items are they storing?  What sizes are the items they are putting into the self-storage unit?  Will the customer need climate control to better suit the items stored?  If they are storing a  car, do we have the drive-up capability available for them?  Do they need packing boxes, bubble wrap, tape or special boxes for special items such as lamps, hanging clothes, or Grandma’s china?

Now that you’ve bought all the necessary tools, salt, calcium, shovels, etc. that you will need for the coming winter months, where do you put all the things that are currently blocking your way in the shed?  Or in the basement or garage?  A self-storage unit is a great and convenient idea.  We can help you find the right size, space and means of storing your things so they are easily obtainable anytime you may need them.  No more struggling to get to the back of the shed or garage only to find that the item you need is still in the attic! 

At Storage Station we stock an array of box sizes, special sized boxes, plastic covers in various sizes, locks, moving blankets and more!  We are here to help you make the transition from cluttered rooms, space or even in emergency we you are in need of self storage so please do not hesitate to contact anyone of our 6 locations throughout New Jersey and New York. If you need further information please feel free to contact 973-846-4637 or 973-846-4402 and a knowledgeable and helpful Storage Station associate will be more than happy to assist you. We pride ourselves on trying to meet all your self storage needs.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wayne New Jersey

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Friday, November 7, 2014

This Week

A good week at any self-storage facility is plenty of new moved in tenants and no tenants moving out.  This was not one of those weeks.

Hi, my name is Jerry Timmons and I work at Storage Station of Wayne.

Storage Station is located at 2354 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ 07470. Our facility is conveniently located South of Terhune Dr. Make a left at the light by the CVS, pass the Dunkin Donuts on the right and we are on the left side of the road just after Commercial Kitchen Cleaning. If you’re coming North from Black Oak Ridge Rd., you will pass Wayne Suburu, then STS Auto & Tire Center both on the right side of Hamburg Turnpike. Storage Station is the driveway on the right, directly after passing St. Moritz PL. You can call us ontelephone number, 862-377-6593, or visit us during office hours. Storage Station of Wayne office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays.

We are closed on Sundays.

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When I arrived to work on Monday morning and proceeded to make my daily rounds of the building, I found that a few of our tenants had vacated their self-storage units.  When I got back to the main office, there were a few voice messages on the phone from some of those tenants letting us know they were done with their need for self storage, were very happy with our facility and would recommend us to anyone looking for self storage themselves.

We always like to hear that!

As for the tenants whose units that were vacated and did not leave a voice message letting us know, I called each one just to make sure they were done with the storage unit and were happy with their stay at Storage Station of Wayne.

They all were happy with their stay but the need for the unit was over.  “When it rains, it pours” is a suitable cliché for this particular situation.

Turnover is customary in the self-storage business.  We let our tenants know when they sign their month to month lease, that we need for ten days notice when they are ready to vacate their unit.  Sometimes the span between them moving in and moving out is months or even years, so it’s expected that most people forget this information.  Moving is stressful enough, we don’t want to be the cause of any extra worries.  .  This is why we call the tenants when we find the unit empty and unlocked, to be sure they’re through using the unit; we also give them a friendly reminder about the vacate notice

While the notice is a release for both the tenant and facility, another reason we do ask for the notice is in case a potential tenant is looking for a particular size unit in a climate controlled or non climate controlled environment, if there are none available at the time of their request, we can let them know a particular date when a unit they’re interested in, will be available and get back to them promptly.

In a hypothetical situation, if a customer inquires to me about the availability of a particular sized unit, say a ten by fifteen.  I have none available for them, but I do have a couple of five by fifteen units available.  The two five by fifteens combined with New Jersey state taxes and insurance, will cost a little more.  I may be able to help this customer by offering them the two five by fifteens at a comparable rate to the single ten by fifteen.  I might even throw in the extra lock they’ll need to secure the second door.

We like to be flexible with our customers here at Storage Station of Wayne.  It allows us to be here for their needs and work with them during their move.

There is actually some benefit to having two separate units. 

One of the self storage units can be used for boxes and small containers and the other can be utilized for furniture, both big and small.

The units can be separated in to two categories.  One unit for items meant to keep and the other used for items that are going to be sold or distributed out to family members for sentimental reasons.  After the latter is no longer needed, the tenant doesn’t need to move or transfer.  The tenant can just vacate the second unit.
The units can be split in categories such as work items and home items as well.  Things that would go in to a garage or a back yard shed in one unit and household items in the other.

I always let the customer know that they are paying per square foot.  If the tenant will be using a moving company, they should request that the height of our self storage units be utilized to their fullest.  It’s space that’s being paid for may as well use it wisely.

I hear stories from tenants all the time while they’re moving about how they don’t understand where all this stuff they have had come from.   I have to react like they’re the first ones ever to say that to me... each and every time.   It’s overwhelming to people when they’re moving because the circumstances surrounding the move are not usually happy ones.  There’s the occasional happy couple moving in together after a marriage who’ll be storing HIS things to begin her, I mean their, happy life together.   Usually more times than not, it’s a loss in the family, a separation of some kind, etc.  The last thing I expect them to remember is the vacate policy form I explained to them and they signed months before.  It’s nice when they do, and many people call to ask what the procedures are and we tell them, but if they don’t, at Storage Station of Wayne, we’re the kind of people who won’t dwell on this slight oversight.