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3 Tips For Storing Your Piano

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

If you have successfully sold your house and are ready to downsize, chances are that you will need to store some of your larger furniture, including your piano, until you figure out a way to fit it all into your smaller home. For this reason, you might want to consider temporarily placing your piano in a self storage facility, like AA All American Airborne Self-Storage. How you prepare your piano for storage, as well as how you store it, can have a direct impact on its integrity and condition once you move it to its final spot.

Preparing Your Piano For the Move

Before you give the movers the go-ahead, you will want to give your piano a good cleaning. Use a furniture polish specially designed for fine wood, and wipe down the keys with a damp cloth to remove any dust. Check the casters and make sure they are tight, as well as taking note of any imperfections before the move. If you document any marks or scrapes that are already present, you will be able to tell if any new scratches appear as a result of rough handling.

You might be tempted to tune your piano before moving so that it’s ready for its permanent home. Avoid this at all costs, because moving will knock its perfect tune out of whack. Give your piano about two weeks to adjust after the final move before getting it tuned.

Choose a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

When you made the decision to store your piano, you will likely have chosen a climate-controlled unit to keep it comfortable. Make sure you keep an eye on your climate settings, and check that everything is functioning properly while your piano is in storage. If you experience problems with the climate settings for your unit, raise your concerns with the manager of the self storage facility.

Getting Your Piano Adjusted to Storage

Once your piano has arrived at the storage unit, you will want to go ahead and uncover it to give it another check up. Again, check for scratches and marks, and give it another quick wipe down. Make sure there is enough room around your piano so that when you come for visits to check on it, you will be able to move around the whole instrument. Having enough room around your piano will also ensure that none of your other storage items are resting on or against it, causing unnecessary damage.

Be sure to visit your piano regularly, and if you have any concerns about your storage needs, be sure to discuss them with the facility manager. Storing your precious piano can be nerve-wracking, but taking these steps to ensure proper storage will guarantee that when your piano finally makes it to your new home, you will once again make beautiful music.

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Insurance Types For Your Stored Belongings

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

If you are going to store your belongings for an extended period of time, it may be a good idea to consider buying insurance for the items you are storing.  This will help you protect your items in the event of damage that occurs to the storage facility and your valuables.  Typically, the fee for insurance can be combined with the rental fee.  This article will discuss the benefits of investing in insurance.

Low Cost and Low Deductible

If you go with the self-storage facility’s policy, you might be able to save a lot of money on the cost of insuring your valuables.  Sometimes you can get $2,000 to $10,000 of coverage for a monthly fee of $10 to $40. 

This can cover damage to your items in incidents involving fire, water damage, and/or theft.  This a great option if you are going to store your items there for an extended period of time. 

Separate Deductible

Typically, claims are filed through the storage facility’s insurance company, which means the claims won’t have any impact on the amount you pay for your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.  It will also not cause your business or personal policy to be cancelled. 

In-Transit Coverage

In some cases, the insurance policy will cover any items that are harmed while being transported.  This is something that would not be provided by your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy.  If you are going to transport your items over a long distance, this could definitely come in handy since you never know what can happen on the road. 

Supplemental Coverage

If you already have homeowner’s, renters or business insurance, they may provide a decent amount of coverage.  Investing in the insurance that the company offers is still worth the money due to the fact that it can offer a good supplemental coverage for your belongings. 

The majority of items that are usually stored are covered by the self-storage insurance policy.  One major exception is vehicles.  Most storage facilities like Sentry Mini-Storage Inc will require vehicles that are being stored to be covered by an auto insurance policy.  They will require proof of insurance when you sign the rental lease.  Make sure you review the tenant insurance policy thoroughly to make sure that you have a full understanding of what is covered and what is not. 

If you are storing items for a long period of time, make sure you find out what your insurance options are.  It will provide protection for your valuable items.  

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Staying Functional And Efficient – Understanding Building Automation Systems

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

If you are looking to enhance the working environment of your office or industrial facility, a building automation system can be a great way to do so. Unfortunately, many people remain unaware of the improvements in automation systems, and as such, are allowing their productivity and success to suffer.

Below, you will find a guide to some of the advancements and options in building automation systems. Using this information, you will be able to successfully evaluate the needs and possibilities for your company. That information can lead to decision making that will help your company stay on the cutting edge and enhance your success far into the future.

Control Options

When you look to automate your office operations, your first choice should always be to automate those operations whose needs are the most consistently predictable. For this reason, most building automation systems are focused on components of your heating and air conditioning systems, allowing you to maintain a temperature that is both comfortable for your workers and also meets the needs of your industrial processes.

Your automation system can also be applied to physical security components such as lighting, video surveillance, door access, and fire alarm systems. This will allow you to maintain a consistent, predictable environment that will generate a productive workspace. It will also guarantee your facility remains secure and stable, and any changes in that security can be logged and noted.

Advances in Systems

Automation systems have a much longer history than many may realize. While some automation has existed for decades, modern technological advances allow for direct integration into the system and can offer you the chance to make changes on the fly. 

Building automation has spurred the creation of open communication systems that allow you to both operate your building and communicate with maintenance and manufacturers. This guarantees that you will be able to oversee the functions of your building at all times.

Options in Installation

Many operators of office and industrial facilities may want to install building automation systems themselves in order to cut costs and provide for more direct knowledge about the operations of the system. However, it is nearly always best to leave the installation process to professionals, as it allows for superior integration and utilizes stronger engineering.

Your automation installer is also likely to be certified in green technology, allowing you to make your facility much more energy efficient. This will cut down on costs in the long run, more than making up for the expense of having a skilled, thorough installation.

For more information about automated systems, contact a company like Control Depot Inc.

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Finding The Funds To Honor A Loved One

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

Losing a loved one can come as a unexpected shock, and the necessary fees associated with the following funeral, burial, and services can come just as shockingly. Research from the National Funeral Directors Association reports that the median modern funeral costs over $7,000. While you certainly want to honor your loved one in a spectacular way, it can often be overwhelming to try to figure out exactly how to pay for all of the expenses.  Continue reading to learn more about what options you have to help pay for the funeral arrangements:

Government Assistance

In certain situations, you can actually qualify for government-funded assistance in your time of need.  While there may be government-funded programs in your local area to take advantage of, you can also research the following national programs that assist grieving families with the funeral process:

  1. Apply for lump sum death benefits via Social Security if you are a surviving spouse (or child under eighteen).  You will need to provide a death certificate and be prepared to answer several questions to complete the process, including knowing the social security number and brief history (any military work, railroad industry, etc), so be prepared with this information when you call.
  2. If your loved one was a service member in the military, the United States Department of Veteran Affairs may be able to help with monetary compensation.  

Utilizing Friends and Family

When planning the funeral, keep in mind that you do not need to buy every single funeral option available.  It’s your choice and your right as the surviving family member to choose which services you want to invest in and which may not apply to you.  By cutting out some parts of the process that you may find unnecessary, you’ll save money that can be best used on something else.

Additionally, you may want to consider setting up an online fundraising page to allow others to donate monetarily to the funeral expenses.  While that may seem awkward or like something you don’t want to do, consider the possibility that extended family members and friends may see it as the perfect way to honor your loved one.  While they may not initially know how to help with your loss, giving them the option to help fundraise for the memorial service can act as a way for them to get involved with the process.

For additional information, visit Taylor Funeral Home.

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Hot Idea: Fire Prevention Gift Basket For College Students

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Blog, Business | 0 comments

When your child is starting college or just settling in a new home, you help make sure they have what they need. You buy towels, dishes, sheets, and cleaning products. But one of the best gifts of love you can give is often forgotten. Making sure your child has fire safety products, like a fire extinguisher and working smoke alarms, for their new home is a gift of love.

Fire Statistics Don’t Lie

Since 2000 in the U.S., 86 fatal fires have occurred on or near college student housing. In those fires, 123 people died. For most of the fires, the cause was never determined or was accidental. More than 80% of the fires occurred in off campus housing, such as apartments and duplexes. The rest occurred at dorms or Greek housing. In dorm housing, it’s more likely that there will be working fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and regularly scheduled fire drills, resulting in fewer deaths.

Some of the main causes of fire among college housing are:

  • fires involving stove cooking, or metals in microwaves
  • unattended or forgotten candles
  • smoking
  • electrical fires, such as overloaded outlets

Many students are on their own for the first time without the watchful eyes of their parents. The last time they had any fire safety lesson was when they learned “Stop, Drop, and Roll” and what Smokey does to prevent forest fires. After all these years, will they remember what to do in a house fire?

Fire Prevention Week

The second week in October each year is “Fire Prevention Week.” If you didn’t send your child off with fire safety products before, this is a great time to do it. Make up a “fire safety” gift basket to show your love. Include safety products and fun items too. Some things to consider including are:

  • apartment sized fire extinguisher
  • smoke alarm, or batteries for existing unit
  • home safety “fire blanket” for kitchen
  • red devil, or Smokey, stuffed animal
  • cinnamon “hot” candies
  • cinnamon gum
  • flameless candles
  • firefighter of the month calendar (they have them for girls and guys!)
  • fire prevention coloring book and crayons (they’re still your kids!)

Tie with a big red bow and give it to them on your next visit.

Your child will probably roll his or her eyes at you because you are still watching out for them as an adult. But, let them roll. You’ll feel better knowing they’ve been reminded and prepared. Let them know about services like the Tri County Fire Protection of the Roaring Fork Valley.

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