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Tips for Moving a Refrigerator into Storage

Two men moving a refrigerator into storage If you’re moving or renovating your home, you may be tasked with moving your refrigerator. The fridge is a big-ticket item that you’ll want to make sure is kept in good condition, whether you’re simply moving it from one location to another or placing it in a storage unit. In this post, we’ll share some tips to ensure you know how to properly move and store your refrigerator.

The Top 6 Tips for Moving a Refrigerator

Tip Number 1: Purge the Fridge and the Freezer: During the weeks leading up to your move, concentrate on using as many of the items in your fridge and freezer as possible. Once you begin defrosting your appliance, it will be very difficult to keep any items cold.

Tip Number 2: Defrost the Refrigerator and Freezer: Start defrosting your refrigerator at least 3 to 5 days before moving.

Tip Number 3: Empty Out the Freezer and Refrigerator: Remove any food that is remaining in your refrigerator and freezer.

Tip Number 4: Clean the Fridge: Before moving your fridge, take the time to really clean it. Scrub the shelves, drawers, and walls of the fridge with a solution of baking soda and water, which will soak up any unpleasant smells that could be left in there. This step is especially important if you are planning on storing your fridge after you move it.

Tip Number 5: Use a Dolly to Move the Fridge and Freezer: The best way to move either a fridge or a freezer is to place it on an appliance dolly and to secure it with bungee cords.

Tip Number 6: Keep the Refrigerator Upright: Moving the refrigerator on its side can result in the oil from the compressor flowing into the cooling tubes. If this happens, it won’t be able to properly cool itself once it’s turned back on. Avoid a failed compressor system by always keeping the refrigerator and freezer upright when you are moving it.

How to Store a Refrigerator

Improperly storing your fridge and freezer can lead to having to replace it. Avoid this from happening by following these tips for storing it:

Tip Number 1: Always Keep the Door Open: When storing a refrigerator, it is important to always keep the door open. This will prevent moisture from getting trapped inside of the appliance.

Tip Number 2: Use a Box of Baking Soda: Place a box of baking soda in your fridge to absorb any moisture.

Tip Number 3: Use Climate-Controlled Storage: It is important to store your refrigerator in a location free from fluctuations in temperature, and unfortunately, this means that a garage and basement are not good locations for storing your appliances If you do not have a location in which you can both monitor and maintain the temperature, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit at any of our convenient locations!

Self Storage Specialists Has Household Storage Solutions

Self Storage Specialists have climate-controlled storage units in our Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids locations. Whether you’re looking for either a long-term or short-term storage solution, we have the perfect space for you. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

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The Best Home Improvement Projects to Add Value to Your Home

A woman follows the best home improvement projects and re-paints her wall before selling her homeIf you’re thinking about selling your home anytime within the next few years, now is the time to start planning some renovations to increase the value before you list it. Thankfully, small renovations can actually go a long way. In this post, we compiled a list of the best home improvement projects to add value to your home.

Add Value to Your Home with These 4 Home Renovation Projects

  1. Concentrate on the Kitchen: The kitchen can make or break the sale of your house. After all, it is the gathering spot during holidays and family get-togethers, so it is important that it is up to par. The good news is you don’t have to strip the flooring, cupboards, and appliances to add value to your home. Repaint your cupboards to make them shine and consider updating your appliances. If you have a plastic laminate countertop, consider upgrading it to either quartz or granite. When done correctly, upgrading your kitchen is one of the best home renovation projects that can bump the sales price of your home 3 to 5 percent.
  2. Evaluate Your Energy Efficiency: Potential buyers want to know how much they can expect to spend on energy per month. It isn’t uncommon to be asked to provide one to two years’ worth of utility payments. To Increase your energy efficiency, invest in LED lights and consider replacing your old water heater.
  3. Give it a Fresh Coat of Paint: Never underestimate the value of a fresh coat of paint. Repaint the front door, your bedroom, and any other walls that may need it. When repainting your home, choose a color that will appeal to your buyers. You can never go wrong with whites, off-whites, and neutral colors.
  4. Give Attention to the Outdoors: Don’t forget to assess your outdoor space. In the past, it was said that the best way to add value to your backyard was to get a pool, however, recent home buying trends indicate this is no longer the case. Instead, create curb appeal by planting flowers, trimming overgrown shrubs, and repairing bald spots in your lawn. For bonus points, consider adding a fire pit to your backyard. Something small like this doesn’t cost very much, but it helps the buyers picture themselves in your home.

Self Storage Specialist Has Household Storage Solutions

Renovating a home can be a lot of work, and the last thing you want is to damage some of your items in the process. Renting a storage unit to store items during a renovation also gives you a head start on staging your home to sell. It also allows you to declutter your home and only keep items inside that buyers would want to see.

Self Storage Specialists has storage units near you in the Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Detroit areas. Whether you are just looking to get a few items out of the way or need space for an entire room of items, Self Storage Specialists has a storage unit for you! Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

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Moving with Children: Tips for Breaking the News and Helping them Adjust

A family moving with children happily unloads boxes into their new homeMoving into a new home with new possibilities is an exciting time, but if you have children, they might not see it this way. Even if your kids are old enough to understand the move, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be happy about it. It’s important to keep in mind that your children may be moving away from the neighborhood in which they’ve grown up, possibly leaving behind their best friends, and they might be nervous about how they fit into a new place.

Making the Move Easier When Moving with Kids

There are a few things you can do to ease some of the stress and uncertainty your kids are facing after you move. Keep these tips for moving with kids in mind:

Tip Number 1: Allow Your Children Time to Process

Your kids will process the moving news differently based on their age. Make sure you’re giving your children the right amount of time to process the news, but not too much time. If you have younger kids, tell them about the move about a month before it happens. On the other hand, tell older kids about it as soon as you know it’s final. This is important because older kids may react poorly to information being kept from them, and it gives them time to process it.

Tip Number 2: Address Any Concerns

No matter the age of your children, they will likely have concerns about moving. The last thing you want to do is to not listen or address their concerns. Be prepared to answer questions and concerns in the days and weeks after you break the news.

Tip Number 3: Remove the Mystery

If possible, take your children on a tour of the house before you move in. When you’re touring the house, point out things that will matter to your kids. For example, show them where their bedroom will be as well as the new playground out back. But don’t stop there. After touring the house, show them exciting places around town. The local ice cream shop, movie theater, and soccer fields are sites that will excite your kids.

Tip Number 4: Let Your Children Take the Reigns

Give your children as much control as you can. Let them choose the new colors for their bedroom and how they want to decorate it. This will give them something to be excited about.

Tip Number 5: Keep in Touch with Old Friends

Your children may need help keeping in touch with their old friends. In the weeks after your move, remind your kids to call or video chat with their friends. This will help them to feel a sense of security until they start making new friends.

Self Storage Specialists Has Moving Solutions for Your Family

If you’re looking for a way to make moving easier, consider renting a storage unit. Renting one allows you to move out of your old home even if your new home isn’t move-in ready. For full household storage needs, consider renting either a 10×20 or a 10×30 storage unit. Our locations also carry a full line of packing, moving, and storing supplies. Contact us or stop by to either rent a unit or to pick up supplies today!

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Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids Campgrounds

A family enjoys camping at an Ann Arbor or Grand Rapids CampsiteFrom boating to kayaking, and hiking to camping, there’s never a shortage of exciting outdoor things to do in Michigan. Luckily, when you go camping in either the Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor areas, it is possible to combine all of these activities. Check out these campsites in both the Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor areas for some camping fun!

Detroit and Ann Arbor Camping

Brighton State Recreation Area
Brighton State Recreation Area is located in Howell, MI, just north of Ann Arbor. There are many fun things to do in and around the campgrounds. Visitors can enjoy boat rentals, disc golf, equestrian rides, fishing, geocaches, metal detecting, mountain biking, swimming, and hiking.

Hideaway Campground
Hideaway Campground is located in Grass Lake, MI, just east of Ann Arbor. This campsite is known for being more private and secluded than most other campgrounds. The camp-site includes a playground and a pool. For longer stays, the campground also has a laundry room.

Indian Creek Camp and Conference Center
Indian Creek Reservation is a pet-friendly campground located south of Ann Arbor. Special activities for the grounds are included in the cost of your campsite. Both the on-site shower house and the laundry facility are newly renovated and clean. The campsite includes a heated pool and wagon rides.

Camping Near Grand Rapids, MI

Steamboat Park Campground
Steamboat Park Campground is located just 7 miles from downtown Grand Rapids. Camping at Steamboat Park Campgrounds is both a smart and affordable option because of the festivals and events in downtown Grand Rapids. Steamboat Park Campground has kayaking, fishing, swimming, golf, and a riverboat ride.

Bazan Baldwin Oaks Family Campgrounds, LLC
Baldwin Oaks Campgrounds is located west of Grand Rapids, close to Allendale, MI. This location has many amenities, making it an attractive option for families. The grounds are pet-friendly and have weekly activities, basketball, a pool, tetherball, and various events.

Indian Valley Campgrounds and Canoe Livery
The Indian Valley Campgrounds and Canoe Livery is located south of Grand Rapids, in Middleville, MI. This campground has an indoor heated pool, beach, playground, volleyball, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. When you visit the campsite, be sure to check out the other nearby attractions including golf, horseback riding, and museums.

Self Storage Specialists Has Camping Storage Solutions

Once your big camping trip is over, what do you do with your camping supplies to keep them in the best shape possible for your next trip? Many people have benefited from using a storage unit to store their tents, sleeping bags, coolers, and other camping supplies both during the off-season and between trips. Self Storage Specialists have storage facilities in the Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Ann Arbor areas. Our storage facilities have a variety of storage unit sizes including 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 units, with the 5×5 storage unit being ideal for the storing of camping gear! Contact us today to secure YOUR unit!

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National Storage Center Alpine is Re-Opened After Fire

Great Lakes Capital

July 10, 2018

Great Lakes Capital owns the National Storage Centers located at 4000 Alpine Ave. NW in Comstock Park, MI.  This facility consists of 289 storage units within two single-story buildings.

We are grateful to all of the first responders from the Alpine Township, Walker and Plainfield Township fire departments who quickly contained and extinguished the fire. While there were staff members working on site that afternoon, there were no injuries. The area of the property that sustained the most significant damage was located in building D. The remaining 2 buildings remain accessible and the facility is open to customers.

At this time we cannot yet confirm the cause of the fire, but are working closely with the Alpine Township Fire Department. We will provide updates as more information becomes available.


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The Top Tips for Storing a Wedding Dress

A wedding dress hung for storageWhile your wedding day may be over, the memories from your big day aren’t soon to be forgotten, and even though it may not seem like it right now, you’ll be happy you took the time to preserve and store your wedding dress when your memories of your big day aren’t as vivid. When preserved and stored properly, your wedding dress can be around for years to come. In this post, we’ll give you some tips for preserving and storing your wedding dress.

How to Store a Wedding Dress

Step Number 1: Follow Instructions from your Dress Boutique

Every dress requires a different level of care. When you purchase your wedding dress, ask the boutique for instructions on cleaning the dress. Ideally, your bridal store will be able to store it after your wedding until you’re able to get it preserved. If the bridal store is unable to store your dress, lay it as flat as possible with a white cotton sheet over it to protect it before it can be preserved. .

Step Number 2: Get the Dress Professionally Cleaned

Wedding experts recommend that you wait no longer than 6 months after your wedding day to get your dress cleaned. Even stains that may not instantly appear on your wedding dress can later oxidize and turn brown. Clear drinks spilled on it that initially appear to be invisible are a big culprit of this. Be cautious of where you take your wedding dress for the cleaning as it is important to take your dress to a location that specializes in wedding dress cleaning.

Step Number 3: Use a Wedding Dress Box

When storing your wedding dress for a long period of time, place it inside of an acid-free box and use acid-free tissue paper to protect your dress while it is in storage. When you store your dress using a wedding dress storage box, the box will not be sealed. This is beneficial because you’ll be able to check on the dress to make sure it wasn’t damaged during storage.

Store in a Climate Controlled Location

After going through all of the steps above to prepare your wedding dress for storage, it is important to store it in a location that will help to keep your dress damage-free. Unfortunately, this means that the basement is not a good location for storing it as it is prone to fluctuations in temperature which can severely damage the dress.

Keep Your Wedding Dress Safe with a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Rental

A climate-controlled storage facility will maintain a temperature ideal for storing your wedding dress. When you use a climate-controlled storage unit, you’re also able to store other items from your wedding to keep them safe. Self Storage Specialists have storage facilities in the Detroit, MI, Ann Arbor, MI and Grand Rapids, MI area. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

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Little Caesars Arena Concerts Summer 2018

Excited concert-goers at a Little Caesars Arena concertNow is a great time to be a music lover in the Detroit area! This summer, the Little Caesars arena will host a variety of exciting concerts! From hip-hop and rap to pop and rock, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Check out these tours at the Little Caesars Arena!

Little Caesars Arena Events and Concerts

Panic! At the Disco: Pray for the Wicked Tour
“Pray for the Wicked” is Panic! At the Disco’s 6th album, released on June 22nd 2018. The “Pray for the Wicked Tour” covers 28 cities including Detroit, Michigan. On July 14th at 7:00 PM, Panic! At the Disco will perform at the Little Caesars Arena. This tour will also feature ARIZONA and Hayley Kiyoko.

Shakira El Dorado World Tour
On August 4th at 7:30 PM, the twelve-time Grammy Award-winner Shakira will be preforming at Little Caesars Arena! The concert was previously scheduled in January 2018, but had to be postponed until August due to health reasons. Shakira has called the El Dorado World Tour her best show yet, and you definitely won’t want to miss it.

Drake- Aubrey and The Three Migos Tour
Drake’s highly anticipated “Aubrey and The Three Migos Tour” will make a stop at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, August 14th, and Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00 PM! This tour will also feature special guests, Migos.

Bruno Mars
On Saturday, September 15th, and Sunday, September 16th, Bruno Mars will be preforming his “24K Magic World Tour” at Little Caesars Arena. The “24K Magic World Tour” will also feature special guest, Cardi B.

J. Cole
J. Cole’s 34-date “KOD Tour“ will make a stop at Little Caesars Arena on Friday, September 21st at 7:30 PM. “KOD” was a huge success for J. Cole, and landed at #1 on the Billboard 200. Young Thug will be the opening act for this concert.

Nicki Minaj and Future NICKIHNDRXX Tour
On Wednesday, September 26th, Nicki Minaj and Future will be performing their “NICKIHNDRXX Tour” at Little Caesars Arena. This highly anticipated tour will hit 50 cities and be their first time on the road together.

Maroon 5 Red Pills Blues Tour
The three-time Grammy Award-winning band, Maroon 5, will be preforming “Red Pills Blues” at Little Caesars Arena on September 30th. “Red Pills Blues” is Maroon 5’s sixth album, and debuted in late 2017. Special guest Julia Michaels will open for Maroon 5.

Self Storage Specialists Has Storage Facilities in the Detroit, MI Area

We are proud to support the Little Caesars Arena and the events that surround our local storage facilities. Self Storage Specialists have storage facilities in Detroit, MI, Grand Rapids, MI and Ann Arbor, MI ready to meet your storage needs. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

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4th of July Fireworks and Events in the Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids Area

A family enjoys their 4th of July celebration in MichiganThe 4th of July is a time for celebrating our country with friends and family at parades, cookouts, and other events. If you live in the Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor areas, you are lucky enough to have a wide variety of Independence Day events from which to choose! We’ve rounded up a few of the top 4th of July events in Michigan. You won’t want to miss these celebrations!!

4th of July in the Ann Arbor Area and Detroit Area

Ann Arbor Jaycees 2018 4th of July Parade

This year, celebrate Independence Day by attending the Ann Arbor Jaycees 2018 4th of July Parade! The parade takes place on July 4th starting at 10:00 am. The parade will start at the intersection of State Street and William Street and stretch for one mile.

Salute to America in Dearborn, MI

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend both the days leading up to and the 4th of July, consider attending Salute to America in Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, on June 30, July 1, July 3, and the 4th of July! This event will feature music from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Choir. There will also be canon fire and a firework show after the performances.

Stars and Stripes Fest Novi 2018

Celebrate the 4th of July all week long at the Stars and Stripes Fest in Novi, Michigan! This exciting 4th of July event will take place from Thursday, June 28th. through Wednesday, July 4th! You and your family will enjoy a carnival, fireworks, and tons of entertainment! A fireworks display will be set off on Tuesday, July 3rd at dusk.

Independence Day in the Grand Rapids Area

4th of July Celebration in East Grand Rapids

Starting at noon on the 4th of July, there will be a city-wide celebration and parade in East Grand Rapids! After the parade, head to the party at John Collins Park on Reeds Lake for musical entertainment, games, inflatables, balloon animals, air brush tattoos, concessions, and food trucks.

Allendale’s 4th of July Celebration

On the 4th of July, bring your family to Allendale’s 4th of July Celebration! This event will feature a pancake breakfast followed by a parade from 10:00 to 11:30 at the GVSU campus! After the parade, there will be a Family Fun in the Park event featuring chicken BBQ, an Artisan vendor fair, a classic car show, concessions, and an ice cream social. Fireworks will be set off at dusk.

Self Storage Specialists Has Storage Facilities in the Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids Area

Are you looking for household, business, or moving storage? Self Storage Specialists have storage facilities in the Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids areas. Our storage facilities have a variety of popular storage unit sizes including 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 storage units. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

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Best Beaches in Michigan in the Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids Area

A boy holding a bucket runs into the water at a beach in MISummer is the time for lounging at the beach while relaxing with family and friends, and if you live in Michigan, you don’t have to go far to find a beautiful beach. The Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids areas have a large number of highly rated beaches with a wide variety of amenities. This summer, visit one of these beaches in Michigan for a day of outdoor fun!

Beaches Near the Grand Rapids Area

Grand Haven State Park:

Grand Haven State Park is located on Lake Michigan in Grand Haven, Michigan. This popular summer location is made up of 48 acres of sandy beach and sparkling water. The beach even has a gorgeous red lighthouse and a boardwalk that leads you into town. The boardwalk is lined with restaurants, souvenir shops, and other attractions. There is also a 20-mile riding trail that takes you into Holland, MI. Visitors can enjoy fishing from the pier, picnicking, and swimming. If you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway, consider camping at one of the sites nearby.

Holland State Park:

Holland State Park is a large beach located along Lake Michigan in Holland, Michigan. Visitors can swim in the crystal-clear waters, picnic, play beach volleyball, and hike the trails and dunes. Camping sites are also located nearby.

Millennium Park:

Millennium Park spans 1,400 acres and is partly located in the cities of Grand Rapids, Walker, Grandville, and Wyoming, Michigan. This park features a six-acre beach, 18 miles of trails, a splashpad, and boat rental facilities.

Beaches Near the Detroit, MI and Ann Arbor, MI Area

Belle Isle Beach:

Belle Isle Beach is a unique island located on the Detroit River in Detroit, MI. From the small 1,500-foot beach, you can see both the Detroit skyline and Windsor, Canada. The historic Belle Isle also offers many other attractions on the island the entire family is sure to enjoy.

Lakeshore Park:

Lakeshore Park is located in Novi, MI. This park features a swimming beach on Walled Lake, walking and bike trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, a volleyball court, soccer fields, and a Kids Single Track Mountain Bike Trail. The Kids Single Track Mountain Bike Trail is designed for kids 2 years and up to practice their biking skills.

Walter and Mary Burke Park:

The Walter and Mary Burke Park, also known as the Downtown Waterfront Park, located in New Baltimore, MI. This park features fishing in designated areas, swimming, picnic areas, volleyball, tether ball, and a large dock extending over the lake. Pavilions are available for rent throughout the year.

Self Storage Specialists is Proud to be a Member of the Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids Areas

Self Storage Specialists have storage facilities in the Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids areas. Are you looking for a location to store your beach umbrella, boogie boards, coolers, and other beach supplies when the summer ends? Consider a storage unit rental! A storage unit is a great location to store items that you do not need on a regular basis. Our storage facilities have 5×5 and 5×10 storage units, ideal for the storage of beach items. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

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First Time Storage Rental Tips

A stressed out woman looks at the mess on her floor before placing belongings into a storage unitIf you are a first-time storage unit renter, you may be looking for some tips to make the process of renting a storage unit as easy as possible. In this post, we’ll cover some basic storage unit tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of your storage unit rental!

What Kind of Items Will you be Storing?

Before you rent a storage unit, it is important to know what kinds of items you will be storing. If you will be storing items that are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature, you’ll want to consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit. Items that are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature include leather or wooden furniture, appliances, electronics, and documents. This by no means covers the list of items that should be stored in a climate-controlled storage unit, and if you’re unsure whether your belongings require a climate-controlled storage unit, contact the storage manager at your facility.

How Big of a Storage Unit Will You Need?

Avoid making the mistake of renting a storage unit that is either too large or too small by drafting a list of the items you are looking to store. Our online unit size guide  will help you determine the storage unit size that will work best for you. If you decide later to either upgrade or downsize your storage unit, all of our storage facilities have month-to-month contracts so you won’t be locked into a long-term commitment.

What Determines the Cost of a Storage Unit?

The cost of renting a storage unit depends on both the size and the type of the unit. As the size of the storage unit increases, so does the cost. Additionally, a climate-controlled storage unit will cost more than a traditional unit because of the added value.

What Amenities Do You Want from Your Storage Facility?

Self Storage Specialists storage facilities have a variety of attractive amenities. Some of these amenities include:

  • Storage Unit Safety Features: If you have never rented a storage unit before, you may be concerned about the safety of your belongings. When you rent with Self Storage Specialists, you can rest assured knowing that your storage unit is being monitored by camera surveillance seven days a week during access hours. Additionally, our storage facilities have electronic gate access, which helps to keep unauthorized personnel out. Our storage facilities also offer tenant insurance for added protection.
  • Storage Unit Access: When you rent with Self Storage Specialists, you will have access to your storage unit 365 days a year. This allows you to come and go to your storage unit at your convenience.
  • Convenient Payment Methods: Self Storage Specialists offers convenient payment methods perfect for your busy schedule. We offer both online rent payments and automatic monthly credit card billing.

Self Storage Specialists Has Storage Solutions for You

Self Storage Specialists have storage facilities in the Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, MI areas, as well as in Dayton, OH and Toledo, OH. Our storage units range in size from 5×5 to 10×30 units. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

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