A great benefit about living in Florida is access to the beach and the opportunity to enjoy plenty of water sports and even boating. For those who own a boat, however, it’s not always fun trying to figure out where you’re going to store it and exactly how you should prepare the boat for storage. Hopefully, these quick tips will make things a little easier for you.
The size of the boat and of course the owner’s manual with instructions will determine how the boat should be stored.
There is always one consistent rule when storing just about anything, you should always ensure it’s nice and clean. Remove as much gear from the boat as possible. Empty the icebox and remove food that could attract insects or rodents. Air out the cushions or any pillows you might have and wash the blankets and linens if you have those. With all that gear out of the cabin, give the boat a good scrubbing from front to back. In the process, be sure to wipe out the lockers and drawers. You should clean your bilge as well.
Next you should refill your tanks and stabilize your fuel. Change your engine oil and replace all the filters. Check the coolant in closed cooling systems for the proper degree of protection. Check the hoses, belts and clamps. Clean and disconnect the batteries. You should completely drain your fresh water tanks and water heater. It’s also highly recommended that you add non-toxic antifreeze directly to your water tank and pump it directly through your hot and cold plumbing.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s already summertime which means the start of Hurricane Season. The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season officially began on Sunday, June 1 and spans all of summer and most of fall, ending November 30th. The National Hurricane Center stresses the importance of early preparation for the months preceding June – November. Throughout the summer Florida experiences more prevalent activity for tropical storms and hurricanes. My Neighborhood Storage Center encourages everyone to take the necessary precaution to ensure that you and your family and belongings remain safe in the event of a natural disaster.
Outlined below are some basic hurricane safety actions from The National Hurricane Center:
• Know if you live in an evacuation area. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Have a written plan based on this knowledge.
• At the beginning of hurricane season, check the supplies for your disaster supply kit, replace batteries and use food stocks on a rotating basis.
• During hurricane season, monitor the tropics.
• Monitor NOAA Weather Radio. It is an excellent / official source for real-time weather information and warnings.
• If a storm threatens, heed the advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.
• Execute your family plan
For those of you with storage units, we encourage you to contact the office manager to ensure that your items are properly insured for natural disasters. They will provide you with more information about coverage options. Remember, start planning early and please feel free to call us at anytime should you have questions on how My Neighborhood Storage Center might be able to assist you throughout the hurricane season.
We love giving back to the communities that we live and work in. We hope you will join us as we do so on May 31, 2014 from 11AM – 4PM. There will be something for everyone in the family. Free food, lots of giveaways and prizes. All proceeds benefit Coalition For The Homeless of Central Florida. If you are new to the neighborhood one of our managers will be more than happy to give you a tour of the property while you are there.
Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. While everyone can appreciate the great weather it’s also a time when most people have an overwhelming need to declutter and organize their wardrobe or closets. The job can sometimes seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be. Start with the little things first, like putting away clothing or items that you haven’t worn or used in over a year. Why not get paid for your cleaning efforts by having a garage sale. You can even do some good by donating items that someone else might find useful. As for the things that you really need but simply don’t have enough room for, renting a small self-storage unit is always a good option to create more space while still having the access you need to your stuff.
Decide what’s most important and arrange your “to-do” list accordingly. Before starting, you might consider getting some clear plastic containers and space saver bags along with bins for storing items. For those of you with smaller living spaces it’s always best to invest in furniture that can serve dual purposes like an ottoman that doubles as storage for extra pillows and throws.
You don’t have to do it alone. Anything becomes fun, even cleaning, with good food and music. Feel daring enough to change the color on your walls? Why not throw a painting party and invite your friends over to help. The most important thing is to simply start. Once you get going you’ll quickly realize that decluttering can be fun and it will help you to appreciate the space you have once more.
The Lake Underhill My Neighborhood Storage Center in Orlando has 570 units with a mix of standard and air-conditioned units. They range in size from 5X5 to 30X12. There are 12 RV parking spaces and two single-story air conditioned buildings with several entrances. Carts are available to help with moving. Not only is there a keypad for gate access but also keypads at the entrance of air-conditioned buildings for added security.
My Neighborhood Storage Center of Lake Underhill offers their customers package delivery, fax and copy service, discounted packing supplies and month-to-month leasing.
My Neighborhood Storage Center of Lake Underhill is conveniently located just south of the 408 Exit at Dean Road. It serves Azalea Park, Rio Pinar, Alafaya, East Colonial, University of Central Florida (be sure to ask about our student discounts!) and is very near Florida Hospital East Orlando. The facility is next to Marathon Gas Station in the same parking lot and also nearby Hardee’s and CVS Pharmacy.