City Grilling

 

Among the images that come to mind when we think of our nation’s birthday celebrations are barbecues. Alas, for many of us living in New York City, grilling is something we believe is only possible if you live in the suburbs or have a yard. Fortunately, there are options for us apartment-bound, city folk. From portable to electric grills, there are devices to put some sear and smoke on that meat for the Fourth of July weekend. Here’s a guide:

 

Fold it

Carry the Ascot Portable Charcoal Grill from Brookstone to the park for a gathering with friends and family and later fold it flat for easy storage when not needed. At $54, this baby won’t break the bank.

 

Hang it on the railing

This little grill is ingenious—albeit slightly worrisome! Like a flower box that hangs onto a balcony railing, this hot item can be hooked onto a railing or wall.  When not in use, you can use the BBQ Bruce Handrail Grill as a flowerpot.  Now that’s a double duty gadget.

 

Go electric

In New York City “it’s illegal to store a standard backyard propane barbecue on a balcony, roof deck, roof, rear yard or courtyard.” One option is to use electrical grills. This nifty Weber grill is small and could be used with a rolling cart to raise it off the floor, making it more comfortable for the cook. 

 

Charcoal it up

If you ask us, charcoal grilled meat is the best out there and according to New York City fire codes, cooking on a charcoal grill is allowed on terraces or rooftops as long as there’s a 10-foot clearance between the building and grill and you have access to a water source or a fire extinguisher. The STŌK™ Drum Charcoal Grill is not only small but with its handsome orange cover also cute as a button.

 

Get Infrared

Infrared is the microwave of the grilling world. These cooking devices heat up faster than conventional grills and produce higher temperatures, in turn cooking your meat faster than other outdoor cooking methods.  At $400, the 20-lb Solaire Gas Grills Go Anywhere 304 Grade Stainless Steel Portable Infrared Propane Gas Grill is by no means considered cheap but a pretty good deal as far as infrareds go. 

Get Fresh with New York City’s Greenmarkets

 

New York City boasts more than 50 greenmarkets locations within its five boroughs. And now that the weather is finally allowing for things to grow, these urban farmer’s stands are bustling again. If you like eating local and in season and adore the fresh taste of just picked fruit or vegetables, head on over to the market this weekend. Here’s how to find one nearby and what to buy once you get there:

 

Locate the nearest market

Greenmarkets dot neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island. If you’re lucky the market sets up in your area and you can likely walk to it. If not, don’t worry, as there’ll be one a short subway ride away. Use Grow NYC’s website to locate the closest greenmarket and find out the hours and days they set up.  And if you live across the river, fear not, New Jersey has its own community of farmer’s markets. Locate one near you and get jersey fresh!

 

Early bird gets the farm goods

Supermarkets often have a storeroom that holds an abundance of supplies to replenish when the shelves are empty. Greenmarkets on the other hand have a limited supply of items they bring in with them from the farm. For that reason, as the day unfolds, popular staples like eggs often run out. The earlier you get to the market, the better choices you’ll have. 

 

What to buy

With the exception of potatoes and apples, which are likely leftovers from last year’s harvest, most of the items being sold at greenmarkets are fresh and just picked.  Right now, you’ll especially find fantastic asparagus, arugula, spring onions and garlic, nettle, parsley, radishes, rhubarb and strawberries to name a few items. When in doubt, ask the seller if the item is fresh or particularly good—their recommendations rarely disappoint.

 

Store

If you buy for a few days or a week, the fruit and veggies should keep with no issues. As a general rule, however, for best taste, don’t refrigerate tomatoes, peaches and apricots and store all your vegetables and herbs in the fridge crisper. Remember to take cucumbers and squash out of plastic bags and not to wash herbs until you’re about to use them.

 

Bon appétit

There’s nothing better than fresh, unprocessed food that‘s been grown nearby. Enjoy this time of abundance and peruse the Internet for recipes of herbs and veggies that you’ve never used before. Remember variety is the spice of life and a healthy diet. And if you’re feeling especially inclined, maybe buy some potted herbs at the market and grow something of your own. 

Seven Items to Move to Storage This Spring

 

There aren’t many days left to the end of spring and if you still haven’t done so it’s time to store away some of that winter gear and make room in your New York City home. Here are six items you can do without this summer:

 

Seasonal Decorations

We all have a box or two or seven of seasonal holiday decoration in our closets. It’s time to transfer to your storage unit those Christmas ornaments, the Halloween carver, and Hanukah lights. And when the holiday season rolls around later this year, you’ll be excited to open those boxes again.

 

Winter clothes

Unless Mother Nature decides to play a cruel joke on us; we can put away our sweaters, gloves, wool socks and coats. Before you do so, make sure they are all clean—either wash them or send to the dry cleaners—as moths and other critters are less likely to attack clothes with no odors. If you’re still worried about moths, pack some dried lavender with the clothes. The smell keeps those guys away.

 

Cold Weather Bedding

Pack up the flannel sheets, the heavy down comforter and extra blankets and send those guys to storage. Hopefully you won’t have to see them for at least another five months.

 

Boots

Wipe those boots, put some tissue inside so they maintain their shape and pack them in boxes for their seasonal migration to the storage unit.

 

Snow Shovels and Snow Blowers

We promise (gulp) that you won’t be dealing with the white stuff for a while, so it’s safe to temporarily get these tools out of your home.

 

Skis, Snowboards and Sleds

Lest you’re planning a trip to the southern hemisphere anytime soon, it’s time to put away these guys and make room for your summer toys—beach volleyball anyone?

 

Portable Heaters

After that dreadful and long winter (we say that every spring, don’t we?), we’re all happy to put out of our sight these apartment warmers for a few months.

Selling Unwanted Items in New York

 

Whether you’re about to move, or have just moved into a new space, you’ll probably find that you own items that you either don’t need or want to store anymore. Fortunately, in large cities, such as New York, there’s high demand for used furniture, lighting and accessories and as long as you keep a few factors in mind, you can quickly get rid of the extras in your home. Use this handy guide to help sell your goods:

Make a List
Take a visual inventory of your household items and determine which objects you want to sell. Record your list on a sheet of paper or on your smart phone or tablet.  Next to each item, note its condition—poor, fair, good, new.

Establish Item Value
Determine the value of each item on your list. Remember, worth is established by both market price and your degree of willingness to part with an object.  Find the market value by researching what others are selling a similar item in the same condition as yours. You can find other sellers in newspaper classifieds or online marketplaces.  Also, consider what you paid for the item when originally purchased.

If you’re unable to determine worth of a valuable object, such as an antique piece of art, or collectables like old baseball cards or stamp collections, consult an expert or look up the item in printed antique price guides or online on sites such as Kovels.com or Invaluable.

Prepare Item
An item that’s for sale needs to look its best to attract buyers. To make an object sellable, prepare by cleaning and repairing it as necessary: Tighten those chair leg screws, polish the oxidized silverware and dust off that desk!

Photograph
People visually determine if they like an item before they make a trip to see it in person. Photographs are amongst your best selling tools. Use them to your advantage. Put the item in an uncluttered area of the room that is also well lit. Make sure light—whether natural or artificial—is hitting and illuminating the object. Tip: if an object’s back is to the window, and you shoot it from inside the room, it may appear dark because your camera is likely exposing for the bright light of the window and your object is in shadow. Place your item a few feet away from, and facing, the window, so it is being lit from the outside. Then stand or sit with your back to the window and snap away, taking care not to block the window light with your body! Crop any unwanted distractions out of the photo so the focus is on the object being sold.

Photograph details or imperfections that you believe are important for potential buyers to be aware of.

Measure
Everyone wants to know how big something is to make sure it fits in his or her intended nook of the home. For this reason, as seller, you need to provide exact measurements. Using a tape measure, determine height, width, depth and any other detail sizes necessary to give the buyer a sense of scale.

Write Ad
Put together key points about your piece and write a concise, yet descriptive ad. Mention, among other things, the maker, item age, condition, asking price, original price paid, materials, dimensions, and home condition—such as smoke or pet presence.  Come up with a descriptive title for your ad, which indicates the object’s name and potentially price and or condition.

List
There are many outlets to list an item for sale. These include local newspaper and online classifieds. If you opt for online options, try popular sites such as Craigslist, AptDeco, Etsy, 1st Dibs and Ebay. List your ad and be sure to include a couple of those well-placed, well-lit photos!

Donate
One person’s trash is really another person’s treasure. Sometimes, donating is the best way to move items out of the house. Other than potential tax benefits to you, someone in need could get years of use from your unwanted item. Consider donating your items to charities like Goodwill, The Salvation Army, Housing Works and City Opera Thrift Shop. Some of these folks will even pick up large items from your home! Now that’s a win win!

Storage for All Seasons

When was the last time you used your snowboard in the summer, or your longboard in the winter? The average apartment dweller holds onto clothes, accessories, sports-items and decorations year round - creating unnecessary clutter and aggravation.  Use Moishe’s Self Storage to free your home of all those things you will certainly not need between seasons.

We’ll keep your surfboard and holiday decorations safe year-round in climate controlled rooms that you will always have access to. Think of the joy you’ll feel when reunited with your fall sweaters and snow boots when the weather starts to chill!

Seasonal belongings

At Moishe’s Self Storage we understand your storage needs. Our Relocation Consultants are your contact point for all questions. We always allow clients 24/7 access to their belongings. Our facilities are also climate-controlled and monitored around the clock with motion detectors and video surveillance. Plus, we have a huge range of unit sizes at prices within your range.  So hesitate no further! Clutter-free is Stress-free.

The Psychology of Clutter

Behavioral psychologists say that clutter in our living environment is a form of procrastination. Having loads of STUFF around us gets in the way of accessing the very things we need and inhibits clear thinking. This translates into accomplishing less of what we need to get done. Plus, mess is never attractive. There’s a reason there are no reality shows based on “Hoarder Dating.”  Clear your world of detritus--embrace the clean lines that are unfettered by boxes, papers, shoes and bicycle pumps.  Free up the closet to stash the things you do need and use Moishe’s Self Storage to safely house the items you want to hold on to, yet are preventing you from a leading a productive and healthy social life.


At Moishe’s Self Storage we understand your storage needs. Our Relocation Consultants are your contact point for all questions. We always allow clients 24/7 access to their belongings. Our facilities are also climate-controlled and monitored around the clock with motion detectors and video surveillance. Plus, we have a huge range of unit sizes at prices within your range.  So hesitate no further! Clutter-free is Stress-free.

Moving or Relocating

Everyone from your high school guidance counselor to your expensive therapist can tell you that MOVING is up there with the most stressful life changes we can endure.  Universally human beings equate security and comfort with their living environment; so when we alter our setting we are temporarily stressed by this change. That’s where Moishe’s Self Storage comes in as a soothing balm to relieve your anxiety.

MOVING IN:  If you’re moving here from another place outside the tri-state area, chances are you had MORE space before. Urban living is not generally associated with ample closet space, and almost never includes a basement or attic. Let Moishe’s Self Storage take on the extra items you simply can’t cram under the bed. Give your new space some breathing room before you unload 25 boxes of your vintage album collection.

RELOCATING:  Urban living also comes with apartment changes from time to time. This is no less stressful than any other move but can be made much easier by stashing your extra items at our Self Storage facilities. Think of it this way - there’s less to move, and when you DO move you have more space to arrange the furniture. You may decide that Grandma’s over-stuffed sofa should remain in storage until you have your own attic and grandchildren.

MOVING AWAY:  If an opportunity to take a year abroad comes your way, or you want to try a new job in a different locale, Moishe’s Self Storage can come to the rescue. Stash your belongings in our temperature-controlled facilities and don’t give another thought about them until you either come back or make the full commitment to moving.  We’ll be here - and they’re be safe and sound.

At Moishe’s Self Storage we understand your storage needs. Our Relocation Consultants are your contact point for all questions. We always allow clients 24/7 access to their belongings. Our facilities are also climate-controlled and monitored around the clock with motion detectors and video surveillance. Plus, we have a huge range of unit sizes at prices within your range.  So hesitate no further! Clutter-free is Stress-free.

Dreaming of More Space

A long-term study of cramped urban dwellers reported that 60% have a recurring dream about having more space. Often the dream involves finding a door in their home that they had never noticed before! It may lead to another bedroom or even a walk-in closet -- either way the dream signifies that we are all craving more space. Let Moishe’s Self Storage make your dreams come true. While we can’t promise you a 2 or 3 bedroom abode, we can absolutely provide you with the extra space to house your belongings, safely and affordably.


At Moishe’s Self Storage we understand your storage needs. Our Relocation Consultants are your contact point for all questions. We always allow clients 24/7 access to their belongings. Our facilities are also climate-controlled and monitored around the clock with motion detectors and video surveillance. Plus, we have a huge range of unit sizes at prices within your range.  So hesitate no further! Clutter-free is Stress-free.

And Baby Makes Three (or Baby Makes Clutter)

We’ll save the congratulations and balloons for your friends and relatives. We all know the real issue with bringing your bundle of joy home from the hospital also means bringing in a bundle of baby stuff as well. In fact, many birth consultants report that part of the stress of new-parenting includes the fact that suddenly your home resembles a daycare center. That’s where Moishe’s Self Storage comes to the rescue like the ultimate uber-Nanny.  Let us house all those toys, bouncy chairs, swings and endless baby clothes for you until the second or third bundle of joy announces themselves. Or move some less-essential items from your home into our units thereby freeing up space for baby to toddle safely around within.


At Moishe’s Self Storage we understand your storage needs. Our Relocation Consultants are your contact point for all questions. We always allow clients 24/7 access to their belongings. Our facilities are also climate-controlled and monitored around the clock with motion detectors and video surveillance. Plus, we have a huge range of unit sizes at prices within your range.  So hesitate no further! Clutter-free is Stress-free.

Life Changes: Moving in Together

Nothing spells commitment like the decision to go from dating to co-habitation. Few people realize that where this leads (messy break-up or wedding bells) can hinge on how effectively you co-mingle your belongings in addition to your everyday compatibility. It’s a simple equation: Two people, two people’s belongings, one apartment.

Like a virtual mediator, Moishe’s Self Storage can avert bickering and disaster by giving your space much-needed reprieve. Relationships are about compromise: Someone might have to stash away her Cabbage Patch Doll collection and the other party might consider storing his vintage 8-track collection.  Either way, compromise is physical and emotion -- and the way to a more stable relationship will always be via less clutter.

At Moishe’s Self Storage we understand your storage needs. Our Relocation Consultants are your contact point for all questions. We always allow clients 24/7 access to their belongings. Our facilities are also climate-controlled and monitored around the clock with motion detectors and video surveillance. Plus, we have a huge range of unit sizes at prices within your range.  So hesitate no further! Clutter-free is Stress-free.

 

Renovating & Re-decorating

Whether you’re renovating or redecorating, the clutter and debris factor in your home can truly set off your stress-meters. At Moishe’s Self Storage we can help you manage the disarray as smoothly as that granite countertop is going to feel. With storage options as small as a locker and as big as an attic, we can hold all your belongings safely until you’re ready to bring them back home.


At Moishe’s Self Storage we understand your storage needs. Our Relocation Consultants are your contact point for all questions. We always allow clients 24/7 access to their belongings. Our facilities are also climate-controlled and monitored around the clock with motion detectors and video surveillance. Plus, we have a huge range of unit sizes at prices within your range.

Mobile Storage for Government & Military

When Government employees or military personnel are sent overseas or are transferred to another post within the US, the last thing they want to think about is the safety of their belongings.  Moishe’s Mobile Storage is the ideal solution for people who choose to serve their country.  Our storage containers are an affordable and convenient alternative to more traditional methods of moving and storage. 

You simply call one of our Mobile Storage consultants and a container will be delivered to your home.  We can leave the secure, weather proof container whereever it's needed - either long or short term.  We can take it to one of our secure, climate-controlled storage facilities or we can ship it to your new base, installation or home. Our durable mobile storage containers are designed for long-distance moving, so we can deliver your storage unit anywhere. Take your time packing and unpacking.  We’ll pick up the container when you are ready.

Call us at 1.800.536.6564 to book your Mobile Storage Container.

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Mobile Storage for Disaster Response & Charity

It seems that every day, there’s a new disaster in the news. What you rarely hear about are the businesses that are displaced. A few days out of commission can cost a business and all of its employees their livelihood. Moishe’s Mobile Storage can assist your disaster response planning or charity project—you’re not alone.

Disaster Response

Plan: Moishe’s Mobile Storage can help you plan and prepare for any sort of disaster. Store emergency preparedness materials in one of our containers.  We can leave it onsite or we can store it in our climate-controlled warehouse.  Moishe’s Mobile Storage containers can be used as a temporary work space or can transport food, water and medical supplies to impacted areas in an immediate timeframe.

Fire, Flood, and Natural Disaster Recovery: In an unforeseen disaster, your time is of the essence.  You can use our containers as storage while you recover or even as a temporary workspace.  You can keep the container onsite or have us transport it to a storage facility.

Charity

Moishe’s has a long history of charitable contributions.  We donate our services to the New York Marathon, Revlon’s Run/Walk for Women Against Cancer and for Children of HIV/AIDS throughout the world. We delivered supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Our mobile storage units were used to deliver clothing, medical supplies and other necessities to Haiti after the earthquake.

Call us at 1.800.536.6564 to book your Mobile Storage Container.

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Mobile Storage for Retail, Hospitality & Small Office

We know that businesses sometimes need extra space. Searching for real estate, whether it’s permanent or temporary, takes valuable time. Moving your business to a new location can mean hours or even days of downtime. Offsite storage facilities are often inconvenient and expensive. At Moishe’s Mobile Storage, we have the solutions for your extra space needs. We have options for any sized business and any type of storage needs. Moishe’s Mobile Storage containers are convenient, flexible and affordable. Here are some suggested uses:

  • Remodeling or Expansion: When businesses remodel, expand or even downsize, Moishe’s Mobile Storage containers are the answer to the extra space needs. Our mobile storage containers are designed to safely hold office furniture, cubicles, files and even computer equipment. They are safe from weather, theft and vandalism and can be kept on-site or moved to one of our climate-controlled storage facilities. You can pack and unpack at your leisure. When your project is finished, we will deliver your container to you.

  • Office Space: When you are crunched for office space, Moishe’s Mobile Storage has an affordable and unique alternative to traditional real estate. Units have optional features such as windows, doors, wiring, heat, air conditioning and even basic office furniture. Use the units as temporary work space or when you outgrow your office. Construction contractors use them as on-site office space. They are perfect for remodeling…your business address doesn’t change. Moishe’s Mobile Offices are convenient, affordable and a great temporary or permanent alternative to expensive real estate.

  • Trade Shows: Trade Shows are a precise endeavor. You need your furniture, booth equipment, signs and products to be delivered exactly at the right time. With Moishe’s Mobile, your trade show will go off without a hitch. We will show up when you want. The container is safe from theft, vandalism and weather, so you can take your time loading it. When you are ready, we’ll pick it up and deliver it to your trade show location. When it’s done and the container is loaded, we’ll bring it back to your original facility. You can empty it, you can keep the container onsite long term or you can have us store it in one of our convenient climate controlled storage facilities. We even have optional additional insurance available for high cost equipment and electronics.

  • Mobile Warehouse: Extra inventory? Moishe’s Mobile Storage is a reasonably priced alternative to warehouse space. Whether you decide to leave the container onsite or to take advantage of our climate controlled storage, your extra inventory will remain safe and secure with Moishe’s Mobile.

 Call us at 1.800.536.6564 to book your Mobile Storage Container.

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Construction & General Contracting Services

Whether you are a contractor or you are a business owner planning a construction or remodeling project, Moishe’s Mobile Storage has options to suit your storage needs. We offer the security of knowing your construction site is safe from vandalism, theft and bad weather. Moishe’s Mobile Storage units come in sizes and options to meet your needs, such as:

  • Clear Space: Store unnecessary furniture, appliances and other materials inside one of Moishe’s Mobile Storage Units. They are secure and weather proof. You can store them on-site or have us take them to one of our climate-controlled storage facilities.

  • Safely Store Construction Materials: Heavy gauge-steel protects your valuable tools, equipment and construction materials. It’s secure from thieves, vandals and the weather. The 16 foot containers even allow storage of large pieces of sheetrock, lumber and pipes.

  • Extra Office Space: Whether you are outgrowing your office, need temporary office space while remodeling or need an emergency space because of flood or fire, Moishe’s Mobile has the portable solution for you. Moishe’s mobile office units are available for sale or for lease. They even have optional windows, doors, wiring, heat, air conditioning and basic office furniture. Mobile office units can be a less expensive and quicker alternative to leasing or purchasing new real estate.

 Call us at 1.800.536.6564 to book your Mobile Storage Container.

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Mobile Storage for your Business

Let Moishe’s Mobile Storage be your branch office. Our containers are a secure, convenient and affordable alternative to extra office space or more traditional storage options. We offer your business the flexibility to accommodate your needs.

Our containers are built for secure storage of anything from computers to lumber. We can even customize them to give you extra office space. We deliver the container to you. Once you’ve finished packing, we can pick it up and take it to our climate controlled storage, we can move it to a new location, or you can keep it as long as you need it. The containers are set up for both short and long term storage.

Large pieces of construction material can be stored safely and securely in the 16 foot containers. If you need more than one container, we’ll deliver more.

Please feel free to call one of our Mobile Storage consultants at 1.800.536.6564. for a free evaluation and to answer any questions you may have.

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Home Emergency

Moishe’s Mobile Storage is perfectly designed to assist you in the event of a disaster.  Fires, floods or other catastrophes can affect homeowners at any time - possibly uprooting your family for an extended period of time or destroying your home.

In the event of a disaster, one of our Mobile Storage Units can be delivered directly to you, on-site, to store your belongings during the recovery process. The unit will provide easy and secure accessibility to your belongings, whether kept on-site or transported to a nearby storage facility.

Sometimes a disaster or personal emergency requires a move to a new home in a short period of time. Moishe’s Mobile Storage Units can be delivered quickly, directly to your front door. After your items are packed into the container, our fully trained relocation consultants and skilled movers will handle the rest by moving your belongings to your new location, near or far, or even providing long-term storage in one of our secure storage facilities.

Be Proactive with Moishe’s Mobile Storage:

In the event of an emergency Moishe’s Mobile Storage can help you prepare for the worst by delivering a Mobile Storage Unit to transport food, water and medical supplies to impacted areas in an immediate timeframe. 

Please call one of our Relocation Consultants at 1.800.536.6564 for more information on how mobile storage can help ease the stress of disaster recovery and come to your rescue.

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Home Storage

Moishe’s Self Storage provides the answers to almost every home storage question you can ask.

Need Space for renovations? How about those valuable collectibles? Building that home office in your daughter’s old room but want to hold on to those keepsakes? Moishe’s Self Storage was designed to offer solutions for your personal items and most other storage needs.

Please browse the rest of our site to find the right Storage option for you or give one of our Relocation Consultants a call at1.800.536.6564 to answer any questions.

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Warehouse Storage

You want to get your items offsite but the idea of taking trip after trip to a storage facility isn’t what you had in mind. Moishe’s Mobile Storage has the perfect alternative. They are storage rooms on wheels. You call us. We deliver you one or more storage containers. You take your time packing it. When you are ready, we pick it up and take it back to our secure, climate controlled storage facility.

Our expert Relocation Consultants are always here to answer any questions or get you started with a quote. Our number is 1.800.536.6564.

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Onsite Storage

Is your house too small? Is everything else too big? Remodeling? Staging your home for sale? Moishe’s Mobile Storage is the perfect solution for temporarily adding extra space to your home. Moishe’s Mobile Storage will deliver a storage container to your home. You can keep it there as long as you like. When you're finished, we will pick it up.

Moishe’s Mobile Storage gives you all the convenience of having a storage shed, but without the expense or hassle of construction. In fact, our clean, weather-proof containers are sturdier and more secure than most home storage sheds. Unlike home storage sheds, Moishe’s Mobile Storage containers are, well…mobile. They can move to a new location or you can ask us to take it away. You are welcome to keep the container as long as you need it.

Moishe’s Mobile Storage containers are clean, weather proof and secure from theft and vandalism. Our containers are 16 feet long and give you the flexibility to manage an at-home storage project of any size.

Our expert Relocation Consultants are always here to answer any questions or get you started with a quote. Our number is 1.800.536.6564.

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