About Shane

Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.

Dealing with Moving Stress

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There are a few basic facts in life that we can all agree with. You’re always going to have to pay taxes, there are going to be rough days, and moving is stressful. While there’s only so much you can do to deal with that situation, it’s important to take what steps you can to handle the stress not only to make the move go more smoothly, but for your mental and emotional health, as well.

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3 Tips for Properly Packing Your Electronics

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There aren’t many young adults who haven’t invested heavily into their electronics. Whether talking about laptops, desktop computers, mobile devices, or Blu-Ray players and multiple video game systems, there’s a lot that fall under the general term of “electronics.” Whether you have several laptops you love, or a giant HDTV that brings out the best out of your PlayStation and XBox – you need to know how to properly wrap and store these important, expensive, and delicate possessions.

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Moving Advice for Your First Apartment

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Moving is never an easy experience, but your first time has those additional number of problems that come from simply not having the experience of past moves to help guide you through the inevitable challenges and frustrations that can pop up. That first move has its unique challenges, so read on to learn some tips and advice to make that move a little less hectic and a little smoother.

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What You Need to Know About Crating

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Moving basic furniture or packing up suitcases is simple enough and doesn’t require any special attention at all. However, what happens when you have something extremely large, extremely valuable, or both? There are even those instances when you might have something like a heavy garden statue that is both heavy and delicate, or an old antique book shelf or table that is carved with intricate designs. This is where crating and shipping comes in – and there are a few things you should know before going down this route.

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Prepping Your Vehicle for Long Term Storage

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So you’ve finally decided to take that life-long dream trip. Whether you’re going to be gone for a long summer or are looking at an even longer getaway, one of the major details that all too often isn’t given the attention it deserves is how you prepare your vehicle for storage. Believe it or not, the way you prepare to store your vehicle can go a long way towards determining if you’re happy when you come home or if you’re going to be sending your car to a place like the picture above.

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4 Storage Tips for Antiques and Other Unique Valuable Pieces

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The average college student just finishing up freshman year isn’t going to have a lot to worry about when it comes to packing up a storage unit. The truth is that no matter how attached you are to that chair or poster, chances are there really isn’t anything all that valuable coming out of the dorm room. However, if you ever find yourself with an overabundance of old family heirlooms or antiques from various estate sales, you’ll want to know how to store them right!

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Discovering More Storage Space in Your Home

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Let’s face it: there are very few of us who can claim to have a clean and well-organized closet. While there might be that one bedroom closet that is relatively clean, for a lot of us those extra closets in an apartment or home are just square feet to toss in everything. Most closets are a jumble of boxes and crates, stacked from bottom to top, with no organization to speak of. The truth is, chances are you have plenty of hidden storage available in your own place just by looking at a few basic tips or practices.

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Growing Up from Storage: When it’s Time to Move on

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There’s no shame in  being a pack rat. In fact, if you’re anything like me you’re much more likely to let things stack up rather than sell them or give them away. While there’s no reason to be ashamed in collecting nice stuff and keeping great furniture or important possessions while you find yourself in a small apartment, but do you have storage because you have a lot of great things worth keeping for that larger apartment or house you’ll have someday, or because you’re holding on to too many things that it’s time to get rid of?

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Do You Have Your New House Budget in Order?

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Being clean and organized goes beyond dealing with your storage unit and in-building storage space. Whether you’re buying a new dream house or your very first home, your want to make sure you have all the potential hidden costs and problems figured out before you commit to such a large purchase. So what type of checklist should you line up before moving forward? Read on to find out!

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Small Signs You Can’t Ignore When Apartment Shopping

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If you’re older than 21, chances are at some point you’ve gone apartment hunting, and found out that the place that looked so good when you were touring turned out to be a disaster. While it’s easy to dress up an empty apartment to look good, there are many often overlooked signs that could indicate to you that the place you’re looking at isn’t as good a deal as it initially seems.

Take it from someone who has looked at dozens upon dozens of living areas, you’ll want to take a little bit of extra time to make sure you’re getting a good deal and not a glossed over living hell just waiting for its next victim. All you need to do to prevent yourself from being another victim is to bring a small reliable flashlight and memorize a few basic questions.

Tip 1: Test the water pressure

This sounds obvious, but it amazes me how many people don’t turn on the sinks, flush the toilets, or turn on the shower. I don’t know about you, but I deserve a nice solid shower after a hard day of work. If you notice heavily discolored water or serious pressure issues, it’s a non-starter. Move on.

Tip 2: Look at pipes and filters

Check the pipes underneath the bathroom and kitchen sink. This is where the flashlight comes in. Do you see mold? Severe discoloration around the pipes? Look for any signs of a lack of maintenance, or shoddy “cover up” work that might indicate deeper issues.

Tip 3: Ask the important questions

The rights of renters vary greatly from state to state, but there are a series of questions that you should always ask. The very short list of questions to ask them about your apartment include:

  • Have there ever been any bedbug issues or infestations?
  • Was there ever any methamphetamine production in the apartment or the building?
  • Are there any known mold issues?
  • Are there any known radon issues?
  • Is there lead paint or anything else that you should know about it?

These questions are important to make sure you’re getting the full story on the place. If you have issues later, having asked these questions can help you in court since they are often legally required to let you know of these issues.

Tip 4: Beware if the person showing the apartment shames you

There’s nothing in these tips that can be considered unreasonable so if the person showing you the place gets touchy or defensive, take that as a red flag and run. There’s always a better option somewhere!