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When You Inherit an Estate

Hello, my name is Jacob Langston. My father passed away two years ago, and I inherited his entire estate. Dad was a great guy, but he sure did have a lot of stuff. He lived in a large home, and I honestly don’t think he changed a thing since my mother died twelve years before him. I couldn't afford to keep the house, so selling it was one of the first things I had to take care of. I was at a loss for what to do with all the belongings inside. I had to start moving things out in order to get the house ready to sell. Once it sold, I had to move the rest out. I hired a moving and storage company to help with this daunting task, and am I glad I did. Stay tuned as I share this adventure with you!



When You Inherit an Estate

3 Things To Look For In A Storage Company Before Your Next Adventure

by Stacy Robertson

As an adventurous 20-something, you'd rather go out and live your dreams than work a day job your entire life. If you're getting ready to set out on your next big excursion – maybe to backpack through a new state or even a new country – you obviously can't take everything you own. Renting a storage unit is a great alternative to throwing all your possessions away and starting from scratch in a year! Here are a few things you should know when renting a storage unit.

Take Advantage of Perks

There are a lot of storage companies in most mid-size to large towns. So how do you choose the one that's right for you? To set themselves apart from the competition, storage companies, like Stevens Creek Storage, will offer special deals or perks to get your business. Find one that offers free use of their moving van, free storage locks, the first month free, or a discount on boxes. You have the upper hand, so go with the company that offers the best freebies.

Find the Right Size Storage Unit

How do you know how much space to rent once you find a storage company you like? It depends on if you're a single recent college graduate or newly married with two kids.

  • If you live with roommates and only own the items in your bedroom, a 5'x10' space is perfect.
  • If you have enough stuff to fill up a family room and two bedrooms, plan on getting at least a 10'x10' space.
  • If you have a lot of knick-knacks, recreational gear in your garage, or large items like a fridge, a washer/dryer and a dining room table, plan for extra space with the 10'x20' unit.

Ensure Unit Security

You may not own your dream tv or nice furniture just yet, but that doesn't mean you don't want to keep your stuff safe! You can't be worrying about thieves or rats while off on your great adventure. Pick a storage company that offers the following:

  • Gate security – Make sure not just anyone can drive in and out of the premises
  • On-site managers – Get 24-hour security from thieves in the night
  • Renter verification --  Does the company do ID checks and ask for a current address?
  • Good lighting – Sometimes it's the little things that prevent theft
  • Security cameras – If your stuff does get stolen, security cameras can ensure recovery

If you do these three things, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect storage unit to fit your needs. Happy hunting!