2015 Los Angeles Area Easter Events

Easter Events in Los Angeles

 

 

According to the calendar, spring officially returned to Los Angeles in mid-March, even though the temperature would say that it is more like mid to late summer! The flowers are in bloom and it is time for Easter baskets, egg hunts, family brunches and dinners, and other holiday activities. There are quite a few different Easter events in Los Angeles to celebrate the traditions of Easter over the upcoming weekend.

Celebrate Easter with the Animals

The LA Zoo  hosts “Big Bunny’s Spring Fling” at the Zoo and Botanical Gardens April 3rd and 4th. There will be crafts, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny (for an additional cost) and petting really live bunnies.  Saturday, April 4th from noon to 5pm is the “Blessing of the Animals” on Olvera Street at El Pueblo Historic Park. The merchants of Olvera Street lead a cow decorated with flowers in a procession of animals past a priest to get a blessing. There is also a petting zoo and free pony rides for children.

Family Friendly Events

There are many family oriented Easter celebrations in the Los Angeles area. The Orange County Marketplace host the annual Easter Festival  on Saturday, 4th from 9:30am to 2:30pm. There is a treasure hunt, puppet show, face painting and free photos with the Easter Bunny. There will be special “Easter Food Truck Brunch” from popular food trucks. Kids of all ages will enjoy the “Egg-centional Celebration and Egg-spection Egg Hunt” at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Acadia, California. The special Easter event is April 4th from 9am to noon. Irvine Park Railroad Park in Orange, California finishes up with their “Easter Eggstravaganza” Spring festival on April 4th. There are Easter egg hunts throughout the day, meet with the Easter Bunny (there is an additional fee), hay rides, carnival games, face painting, food and entertainment for the entire family.

Easter Services and Festivals

Easter is celebrated with church services across the city. There are also some larger services and celebrations throughout the area. The “Easter Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl” is on Sunday, April 5th starting at 9am. Easter services at the Hollywood Bowl were first held in 1919 and have been getting grander every year. There will be a band, orchestra, choir and inspirational messages.  New City Church sponsors the Los Angeles Downtown Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park  from 2pm to 5pm on Easter Sunday. The free festival has arts and crafts, face painting, races and games, egg hunts and food and drink and more!

Many restaurants in the Los Angeles area will be offering Easter Brunch and Dinner reservations. Find out what restaurants are open via Open Table. You can have your Easter brunch on famous ships in Los Angeles. The Queen Mary will have an Easter Brunch with an Egg Hunt and animal petting zoo for the younger family members starting at 10am.  and the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro is having an outdoor family Easter brunch with egg hunts and ship tours from 10am to 1pm on Easter Sunday.

No matter how you celebrate the holiday, Magellan Storage  wishes you a very Happy Easter!

 

Tips for Preparing a Couch for Moving and Storage

Tips for moving and storing a couchBuying any type of furniture, such as couches, mattresses or even dining room sets, can be considered an investment in your home’s future. Therefore, it is very important to keep your furniture protected when you are moving or putting furniture in a storage unit.  Before you move, check with the manufacturer information for instructions on cleaning, moving or how to store your furniture. Knowing the specifics about moving a couch and storing leather furniture is important in order to keep these pieces of furniture in good use for years to come.

A leather couch requires a bit more diligence when moving or storing compared to a fabric couch. Moving a couch is not a one person job. There should always be two or more people needed to properly move a couch. Also, make sure that the path from the room to the moving truck or to the storage unit is clear, so you will not trip. Below are a few tips to help you keep an upholstered or leather couch in great condition during moving or storage:

Tips for Moving a Leather Couch

  • Clean a leather couch professionally, if possible, before you move or place in storage. If you can’t get the couch cleaned professionally, then you can clean it on your own by using a leather cleaner and conditioner.  These products can be purchased at most hardware stores.
  • For storing a leather couch, it is recommended to rent a climate-controlled storage unit to protect the leather from cracking or peeling due to extreme temperatures and humidity levels that can occur with storage in a regular storage unit.
  • Do not wrap a leather couch in plastic covering when moving or storing. Plastic can trap moisture develop mold and mildew on your couch.
  • Store a couch horizontally in a storage unit if space permits. Storing couches vertically over a long period of time can cause damage to the springs and coils inside the couch.
  • Never place boxes or other items on top of your leather sofa while it is in storage. This is especially true for sharp items. The weight can leave permanent indentations in the cushions.

 

Tips for Moving a Fabric Couch

  • If you have to remove the legs of a couch in order to fit the sofa through a hallway, a door or down a stairwell, do not drag the couch across the floor. Make sure it is lifted and carried. Dragging can cause the bottom of the sofa to get scuffed, scratched and dirty and it can also leave scratches and dents in your wood or tiled floors.
  • Clean the fabric on the couch with an antimicrobial cleaner and dry completely. Clean wood furniture with furniture polish.
  • Use old sheets, quilts or blankets to cover the couch during the move. This will help protect the furniture from dirt, scratching and other dings that could occur when moving it.
  • Place plastic or cloth tarp on the ground of the storage unit before you place any type of furniture in storage. This will protect the furniture from cold or moisture damage that can seep up through the concrete floor.
  • Place a couch or any type of large furniture a few inches away from the walls of the storage unit to allow the item to “breathe”. Also, leave enough space in-between larger furniture or appliances to allow for easier access. This will allow you to easily move the larger items when you are moving out of your storage unit.
  • Just like a leather couch, place the couch horizontally while it is in storage. If you do not have the space in the storage unit and the couch is very sturdy then you can store the couch vertically.
  • Do not stack heavy items on top of any type of furniture, but especially fabric couches cushions. This can cause damage to upholstery, especially if the items are sharp and very heavy.

Well-made furniture is an investment.  Good furniture can last a long time (and even be handed down to future generations) if they are properly taken care of during a moving process. If you are moving to a different city or across town and do not have room for all of your furniture in your new home, then think about placing the items in a self storage unit.  Self storage is a great home storage solution to keep these items protected until you need them again. Magellan Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes in conventional and climate-controlled that can fit all of your storage needs. Stop by one of our 6 locations in Los Angeles or Orange Counties to find out how our storage solutions can help when you need storage.

 

 

 

The Boys of Summer Are Back

Baseball returns!

 

Spring officially starts at the end of the week, but any baseball fan knows that spring actually starts the day that pitchers and catchers report to spring training! The boys of summer will be back playing the beginning of April.  For baseball fans, it is nearly time to hear those two magic words: Play Ball! Spring training started over a month ago for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers and they are currently in the midst of the Cactus League spring training schedule. Soon, both teams will be putting together their final starting line-ups and deciding on their opening day pitchers. What will 2015 look like for both teams that went to the playoffs in 2014?  Both teams have made changes in the off-season to make them even bigger contenders for 2015. Let’s take a look at what this baseball season could bring.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of the best teams in baseball in 2014, but just couldn’t get past the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs. The Dodgers won the National League West Division with a record of 94-68. The ace pitcher of the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw, won the National League MVP and Cy Young Award and led Major League Baseball with an ERA of just 1.77. Because of their high payroll and need to get high-profile players in past seasons, the Dodgers have been called the Yankees of the West, but this strategy didn’t fully pan out for post-season play in 2014. The trip to the playoffs and Kershaw’s stellar season wasn’t enough for the team’s owners and there were many changes to the team over the off-season. The biggest changes took place behind the scenes with the head office with the hiring of Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zardi and Josh Byrnes.  This team decided to majorly shake up the Dodger roster from top to bottom in the winter months before spring training started.  The management team, including team manager, Don Mattingly, made major trades and acquired free agents to make a hopefully strong team for many years to come. The pitching rotation stayed relatively the same, but the underperforming 2014 bullpen was taken apart and totally reassembled with younger players.  The team is more focused on defense and it shows in the changes to the rest of the position players. Plus, Kershaw will have to get used to a new catcher in Yahsmani Grandal for 2015. With all of the positive changes, the team is still considered to be one to beat in the 2015 National League West Division. The Dodgers will play their traditional exhibition games just before the regular season starts with the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger and Anaheim stadiums on April 2nd to 4th. Then, the Los Angeles Dodgers open up the 2015 regular season at home against the San Diego Padres on Monday, April 6th at 1:10pm.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  had the best record in the major leagues for the 2014 season at 98 wins and 64 losses. They won the American League Western Division title, but got eliminated from the playoffs in the first round against the American League Champions, Kansas City Royals. The Angels have had a rough few seasons and are working to meet and beat everyone’s expectations of the team.  The manager of the team, Mike Scioscia, is hoping to return to the play-offs in 2015 by retooling the pitching staff. The key veterans, Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson have had a good spring and will be a major part of the pitching rotation, younger players like Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker, who had good 2014 seasons, will be important for the 2015 season. The bullpen has been retooled with key trades and acquisitions during the off-season.   Mike Trout was voted the MVP of the American League for the 2014 season, even though he was having a “down” season.  Other veterans, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols will hopefully have better seasons and will still play key roles on the offense for the team. Based on the strength of the pitching staff and a healthy team, the Angels could once again win the American League Western Division.  The Angels will open their season away in Seattle against the Mariners on Monday April 6th at 1:10pm. Opening Day at Angel Stadium in Anaheim is Friday, April 10th at 7:05pm against the Kansas City Royals.

Magellan Storage  wishes good Luck to both of the Los Angeles area baseball teams for the 2015 season! You can get tickets for a great game of baseball for both teams on their websites, www.angels.com and www.dodgers.com!

St. Patrick’s Day Events in Los Angeles Area

St. Patrick's Day Events in Los Angeles Area

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, March 17th. St. Patrick’s Day has its roots as an Irish religious feast honoring the patron saint of Ireland, Patrick. Today, it is an international festival celebrating Irish culture, history and heritage with parades, dancing, food and music. The Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day since the 9th or 10th century as a religious holiday. Irish immigrants brought the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day to American in the 1700 and 1800’s. The first organized St. Patrick’s parade was held in Savannah, Georgia in 1813 and is still being held today. There are more than 100 St. Patrick’s day parades held in cities around the world to celebrate held either on the actual holiday or celebrated on the weekend before (if March 17th is during the week). The largest parades in the United States are held in New York City, Boston, Chicago and Savannah.

Unlike the major cities of the east coast, the Los Angeles area is not known for having a big Irish American community. There is no major parade in the city of Los Angeles, but surrounding cities do have their own parades and celebrations. The city of Hermosa Beach hosts have a St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 14th.  Thousands of people line the parade route to see over 100 participants including community groups, floats, bands, dancers and bagpipers. Hollywood  celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 15th with a parade and festival. The parade, which kicks off at 1pm will feature floats, marching bands, pipe and drum corps, dancers and community groups. After the parade, join in the fun at Anniversary Park for food, entertainment and family fun including an area for children’s games and crafts. The OC Marketplace will once again have the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Green Festival from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, March 15th. There are many events mixing St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with learning to be eco-friendly. There will be food trucks, Irish dance competitions, a recycling drive and much more.

 

For the older St. Patrick’s Day celebrants, there are many parties and celebrations throughout the entire weekend. Los Angeles’s St. Patty’s Fest  is a festival of beer, wine and spirits in West Hollywood at the Arena running Saturday, March 14th through St. Patrick’s Day.  Casey’s 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival will take place from 6am to 2am on March 17th. Two city blocks in downtown Los Angeles are closed down for the celebrations which include great music, food, games, giveaways and drinks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Queen Mary is hosting Shamrock N Roll  on Tuesday, March 17th from 5 to 11pm. This is a 21 and over event. There will be Celtic Rock, Irish music, beverages, food, Irish dancers and much more taking place on the different decks of the ship.

However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this coming weekend, have fun, be safe and enjoy! Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day!

How to Store Comic Books and Trading Cards in Self Storage

Storing Trading Cards and Comic Books

 

Collecting comic books, toys and sporting cards has become a very big business and there are many industries that have been created just around collectibles. Toys, comic books and sports trading cards have always been highly collectible items and can be in high demand for certain people. What do you do with all of these items when you don’t have the room for them in your home anymore and you are not planning on selling them? The best option would be to store the collectibles in a self-storage unit. Most Magellan Storage  locations offers climate and humidity controlled storage units to help protect your comic book or sports card collections from damage from extreme temperatures and humidity. It is important to make sure that the collectibles are properly packaged and prepared for storage. Below are some storage tips to keep your collectibles in pristine condition.

Comic Book Storage Tips

Comic books have been a big collector item for decades. Most people will store their childhood comic book collection n their attic or basement. While this is a handy place to put the comic books in a home, it actually isn’t the best place to store them. Extreme temperatures, especially in a hot attic, can damage the paper of the comic books. The best place to store comic books is in humidity or climate controlled environment. For storage, place the comic books in polypropylene sheets with acid-free comic packing boards. The boards keep the comic book stiff and flat. Change out the boards every 2-5 years in order to keep the board from changing the color of the comic. For more valuable comics, use Mylar sheets for storing purposes. Most comic book stores will be able to provide you with these storage materials as well as acid free comic storage boxes. The comic book boxes come in long and short. Store the comic books straight up in the boxes and do not stack the boxes too high. Keep the comic books in a covered box away from direct sunlight.

Sports Card Storage Tips

Baseball and sports card collecting has been going on for over 100 years! There have been recent media stories about very rare cards being found and then sold for thousands of dollars at auction. For most people, collecting sports cards is a passion and is usually shared and passed down between generations. It is very important to keep the collection protected and in mint condition. Trading cards are made of cardboard and can be extremely fragile, if you bend a card by mistake the value of the card will go dramatically down.  Trading cards should be stored in specially designed cardboard boxes. Each card in the box should also be stored in individual plastic covers. You can also place the baseball cards in plastic protective pages in a binder. However, you must be very careful when you are putting the cards in the protective covering.  It is crucial to keep your collection in a climate-controlled storage unit to protect it from moisture build-up. In the storage unit, place the boxes of trading cards on shelves. Do not store them on the ground.  Also, keep the trading cards away from direct sunlight. Sunlight will damage the color and quality of the cards. You can also organize the boxes of trading cards much easier on shelving.

If you properly store your comic books and sports trading cards, they will continue to be in great condition to pass along to future generations. Stop in to Magellan Storage  to see how we can help with your storage needs.

Storing Retail Inventory in Self Storage

Fall Cleaning for Storage Units

Self Storage is a great solution for business storage!  From medical supply sales representatives to contractors to retail store owners, all can benefit from a storage unit.  Self storage is a great option to store excess inventory or supplies by allowing more retail store area to be used for merchandise and sales opportunities.  Having a proper retail store storage solution can assist store owners in running a successful and efficient business. Having a self storage unit for excess inventory or equipment will help streamline a business’s processes, keep inventory more organized and help a company be more efficient.  Self storage is an affordable and convenient way to store inventory, supplies, seasonal decorations, and fixtures during the holiday season as well as throughout the year.

Self storage facilities have access hours before and after retail stores close, so inventory can be moved quickly and efficiently.  A state-of-the-art self storage security system  is also an important factor in choosing where to store your retail inventory.  Magellan Storage offers digital keypad access control, digital cameras, motion sensors, individual unit door alarms and 24-7 digital video recording to give you peace-of-mind that your inventory is protected while in storage. Most storage facilities can also accept deliveries for the businesses allowing the business owner the ease of mind that their inventory is secure.

The busiest time of the year for retail businesses is obviously during October, November and December.  Retail shops are filling shelves with as much merchandise and produce as possible to supply customer demands. The holiday season is a great time for retail store owners to use a self storage unit to store surplus inventory.  Displays, signage and seasonal decorations can take up vital sales floor space during the holiday months.   These items need to be stored somewhere and off-site storage at a storage facility is a great option.  Self storage can cost less per square foot than additional rental space in a brick and mortar location. Instead of moving to a larger location for additional storage, consider renting a storage unit.

Tips for Retail Inventory Storage

There are a few simple tips that are vital to think about when choosing a self storage facility for retail inventory and supplies. Use a self storage facility that is close to your retail location, so you will have easy access when you need to restock your inventory. Driving across town to get supplies actually defeats the purpose of convenient storage.  Choosing a climate controlled storage unit will help protect your inventory from temperature and humidity extremes. High humidity can cause moisture to develop, which in turn can damage your merchandise.  Choose a self storage unit size that fits your surplus inventory and supplies needs. Make sure that there is enough room to walk-through your storage unit to retrieve, rotate and move your items when you need to do so. Lastly, it is crucial to create an inventory list of the items that you have placed in storage. If you are keeping items in boxes, make sure to label the boxes with their content.  If your items are smaller, add storage shelving to keep your inventory organized and off of the ground.

Organized retail inventory is vital to a store’s success; this is especially true for small retail shops. If you are running out of storage room in the shop, then consider renting a self storage unit to store all of your important documents, inventory, supplies and equipment.

Tips for Storing a Toy Collection

Storage for Toy Collections

Toy collections. Photo courtesy of happykatie.com

We collect everything from coins and trading cards to toys and music (on CD or vinyl albums). Collecting comic books, vintage books and toys has developed into a very big business over the past few decades. Some people have rooms dedicated to their collections, these collections can end up taking over our homes if they are not properly displayed or organized. Keeping the collections organized is key to keeping your home clutter free.  But, doing this can be hard depending on the type of collections that you have and which room you store them in.

Storing toys correctly is critical to keep them in perfect condition. Toy collectors know that the value of a collectible item is tied directly to its condition. If you plan on selling your collectible toy collection at some point in the future, especially action figures, then it is imperative that you keep them in their original packaging.  Packaged toys are worth a lot more than toys that are opened and played with.  When placing toys in storage, make sure that they are properly wrapped and protected from direct sunlight and extreme temperature fluctuations.

Taking extra steps to protect the collectible toys during storage will ensure that they keep their value over time.  Below are some tips on how to properly store your toy collection:

  1. Create a plan on how you want to see your collection displayed or stored. If you are a toy collector, do you want to have the toys opened and in dioramas or just lined up on a shelf? Do you buy multiple copies of the toy with one for display others to put in storage?
  2. Keep stored toys away from direct sunlight to prevent discoloration. Extreme humidity and heat can cause plastic toys to warp and break. The best solution is placing toy collections in climate controlled storage units to protect them from the damage of extreme temperature and humidity.
  3. Invest in accessories to display or store your collections such as shelving units, specially made boxes, stands, risers or glass cabinets. If you collect trading cards, invest in the correct storage albums to keep the collection protected.
  4. If storing your collection, make sure that you have the proper amount of boxes, packing material and packaging tape.  Properly wrap the items to protect them from damage. Do not over pack the boxes of collectible toys as this can cause damage to the toys. Use filler material such as bubble wrap or newsprint to fill up the boxes. Pack collectibles in smaller boxes and store them on the top of the stack of the boxes.
  5. Store collectible dolls in fabric boxes or bags. Cardboard or plastic boxes can produce acid or chemicals that can ruin a doll that is in storage over a long period of time.
  6. Track your collection. Create a database or a spreadsheet of your collection that you can use as a reference so you do not get duplicates or forget what you currently have. This can also be quite handy for insurance purposes.

If you don’t have enough room in your home to properly display or store you collections, but you do not want to get rid of them, then think about renting a storage unit. Magellan Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes to fit your storage needs. Most Magellan Storage locations also offer air-conditioned storage units that would be a great place to store toy collections to protect them from the extreme changes in temperature.

 

Starting Spring and Summer Home Improvement Projects

We are in the midst of winter and usually the coldest months of the year. It is hard to actually think about spring flowers, planting gardens and remodeling projects around the home when it is cold and rainy. The winter months are popular months for Home and Remodeling Shows throughout the country and the Los Angeles area is no exception.  The interactive home and garden shows spotlight the latest information, products, styles and technologies and tools in home renovation, remodeling and decoration. The consumer visiting the home, garden and remodeling shows receive pointers and tips for future projects from a variety of experts from contractors to interior designers. The home improvement business is in the middle of a resurgence due to the improving housing market. More home owners are looking at making improvements and remodeling their current homes.  In a 2013 report by the Census Bureau, homeowners spent over $359 Billion on home improvement projects from 2009-2011 with an average spend of $3,200 per project. The largest amount of renovation money was spent on renovating the kitchen.  Kitchen remodeling projects top the list of where homeowners spent the most money during renovation projects at over $5,000 per project. While over 44 million homeowners take on the home improvement project on their own, which is about 37% of those surveyed, the majority of the homeowners, 63%, hired a professional to do the job.

Self Storage and Home Improvement

After you have visited one of the many home and garden shows in the Los Angeles area, met with experts, saw samples of gardens or room designs that you liked, and gathered all of the tips for your remodeling or renovation projects, it is time to start planning the projects. The sooner you start to plan the projects, the sooner you can actually enjoy your new room.  The first thing you need to do when you decide on a home improvement project is to create a detailed plan with a budget, schedule, and a list of the materials that you will need. If you are not taking on the project yourself, this is the time to research, interview and hire a contractor for the job. Create “back-up spaces” for the rooms that you are renovating, for example if you are renovating a bathroom, make sure that you have another bathroom in the home that can be used during renovation.

Before you begin the renovation, remove all of the items from the room that you are working in to protect them from damage during the project. Renting a self-storage unit during a renovation or remodeling process is a smart solution to protect your personal items and furniture from dirt, dust, paint drips and damage. Putting a paint tarp over items while you are working won’t protect furniture and personal items from damage.  Also, large furniture can take up valuable work space in a room.  If you are getting new furniture during your renovation project, keep the older furniture stored in a storage unit until you decide to sell, donate or throw away these belongings. Once you have cleared out the room, you can get started on your spring and summer home improvement projects!

Magellan Storage  has a variety of climate and non-climate controlled storage units that can fit all of your storage needs from storing tools to storing all of the furniture in a bedroom or living room!  We also offer a free-move-in truck at most of our locations to make it easy for you to transport your stored items to one of our storage facilities. Our friendly and professional staff can help you with all of your storage needs from packing and moving supplies to temporary storage for your renovation project. Stop in to one of our 6 Los Angeles or Orange Counties locations  when you need help finding the right storage space for your renovation projects!

Moving and Storage Tips for Kitchen Appliances

moving kitchen appliances

 

The hardest items in the home to prepare for storage or moving are appliances such as washer and dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwaves.  If you are moving appliances in your home to a new home or to a storage unit, it is very important to follow the right steps in order to prepare the appliances for moving, storage or set-up, so they can be easily used in a new home. Consult the manufacturer’s manual for specific storage/moving instructions for each appliance. Each appliance could need a specific preparation process, while other can have general moving tips.  For any kitchen appliance, the very first thing that has to be done before moving is performing a thorough cleaning.  When moving appliances, place them last on the truck, so they will be the removed first at the new home or storage facility.  When in storage, cover the appliances in a cotton tarp to protect from dirt and dust.

Self Storage is a great solution for short-term and long-term storage for appliances. By properly preparing them for moving or storage, you will be able to keep the items in good working order when you need them, Magellan Storage  has a variety of storage units  from climate controlled to non-climate controlled storage unit  to fit household goods and clothing to appliances and furniture.

Following the right preparation steps will help make moving and storing the appliance much easier to do:

Refrigerator Moving and Storage Tips

  • Defrost the refrigerator at least 3 to 5 days before moving.
  • Drain icemakers and water supplies and allow them to thoroughly dry.
  • Remove the trays and drawers from the refrigerator and clean with a mild detergent. Wash down the inside of the refrigerator with a mild detergent.
  • Dust or vacuum the coils on the outside of the refrigerator.
  • When moving the refrigerator, transport upright. Placing the refrigerator on its side could damage some of the refrigeration coils.
  • If possible, cover the refrigerator in a tarp or moving blankets in order to protect the appliance from dirt, scratches, dings and other damage that can occur during moving.
  • Tape the refrigerator and freezer doors shut while in transit. If placing the refrigerator in a storage unit remove the tape and leave the door slightly ajar to prevent moisture build-up.

Dishwasher Moving and Storage Tips

  • Before moving, unplug and thoroughly clean the dishwasher. Let the dishwasher air dry for at least 24 hours before preparing it for moving.
  • Disconnect and clean the hoses. Once these are dry, wrap them in towels or newsprint for protection. Place the hoses inside the dishwasher for easy access.
  • Leave the dishwasher door open for a little bit of time before moving to let the air circulate inside and out of the appliance.
  • Tape the cords onto the side of the dishwasher for transport. Transport the appliance on a dolly and cover with a tarp or moving blankets for extra protection.

Stove or Range Moving and Storage Tips

  • Before cleaning, remove any pans (broiler pan) from the inside of the stove.
  • Clean the stove inside and out with an oven cleaner, range cleaner and mild detergent. Make sure any food debris is removed from the stove.
  • If it is a gas stove, have a professional turn off the gas and disengage the piping. Place the piping inside the stove for safe keeping. Once you are at your new home, have the professional attach the stove and light the pilot light.
  • If it is an electrical stove, it can just be unplugged when you are moving.
  • Tape down the knobs on the stove, to prevent them from becoming loose in transit.
  • Tape the plug to the side of the appliance for transport.
  • Transport the appliance via a moving dolly. If possible wrap the stove moving blankets or a tarp to protect from damage that could occur during moving.

 Microwave Moving and Storage Tips

  • Remove the glass turntable inside the microwave and thoroughly clean the microwave inside and out. A tip for cleaning the microwave is to place a wet sponge inside the microwave and let run for 2 minutes. This will help loosen the food residue making it easier to remove.
  • The best way to move and store a microwave is in its original packaging.
  • If the original packaging is not available, the microwave can be stored in a very sturdy cardboard box. Make sure to add lots of filler material (newsprint, bubble wrap, or linens) to give extra protection.
  • Tape the glass door shut during transport with the cords taped on the side of the appliance. Wrap the appliance in a tarp or moving blanket for more protection during moving.

8 Easy to Do Tips for Motorcycle Storage

Motorcycle storage tips

 

A motorcycle is a great way to get around during warm and dry weather. But, it is not recommended to take a motorcycle out for a ride in wet and cold weather. It is important to protect the motorcycle during the off-season months. If you do not have room at your home to store your motorcycle, then renting a self-storage unit is a perfect solution to store motorcycles for the winter months. Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage unit sizes that can fit a motorcycle perfectly.  Magellan Storage  has easy access to your storage units, in order to move your motorcycle in and out of storage.   You can find specific tips on how to properly store your type of motorcycle in the vehicle’s owner manual. It is important to read and follow the instructions in the owner’s manual or consult with your storage facility’s manager before your store your motorcycle or any vehicle.

Motorcycle Storage Preparation Tips

There are some basic steps that need to be completed to make sure that your motorcycle is prepared for storage. Following the steps below will allow the motorcycle to be ready for the spring riding season in no time!

  1. If you are planning on storing a motorcycle in a storage unit, make sure that you store it off of the floor. Place on a pallet or piece of word above the ground. This prevents damage from moisture and dampness to your items.
  2. Before placing the motorcycle in storage, add fuel stabilizer, per the manufacturer’s instructions, to a full tank of gas. Run the engine for at least 15 minutes to work the stabilizer through the engine.
  3. Change the oil. This will remove the excess sludge and dirt in the engine and will allow easier starting up of the motorcycle when removing from storage.
  4. Clean the motorcycle and then completely dry it before placing in storage. Spray WD-40 on every metal surface of the motorcycle to help prevent rusting.
  5. If possible, remove the battery from the motorcycle and store in a warm dry space. If you want to keep the battery in the motorcycle, attach it to a battery charger and make sure that it is charged every few weeks.
  6. Check the tires to make sure that they are properly inflated. Keeping the bike stored off of the ground on a pallet or motorcycle stand will help to protect the tires from deflating.
  7. Cover the motorcycle while it is in storage. Do not use a plastic cover as this will allow moisture to be trapped under cover and cause damage to the metal surfaces. Use a cotton tarp, sheet or blanket as a covering.
  8. Make sure that the registration, title and license plates are up-to-date for your motorcycle.