Posts made in July, 2015

Not So Fast: What To Do When You Remove Items From Storage

If you’ve got belongings in a storage unit, you’ve also probably got them wrapped up, elevated, and stacked in such a way as to totally protect them from anything you can think of. There’s lots of information about how to prepare your belongings for storage, but what about getting them out of storage? It’s not just a matter of grabbing things from the unit and putting them into a moving truck. Take a few minutes to go through some simple steps to ensure you don’t bring any problems home with you.

Dark Spaces

When you start removing things from the storage unit, you’ll quickly reach those items that have been buried under stacks of other boxes, or those items that have been sitting in corners. Do not reach in blindly and grab edges of the boxes. If those boxes have been sitting for a while, there’s the chance bugs might have made a home behind them. Even the cleanest storage units can sometimes find that bugs have gotten in by hitching a ride on other people’s stuff, or by simply being good climbers.

Don’t risk a bite. Grab a visible portion of the box and inch it out toward you enough so that you can rotate it to see more of the box’s surface area. Grab only those parts of the box that you can see. Wear gloves, too.

Holed Up

Before placing the box into your car or moving truck, look over each side for new holes. If vermin have somehow gotten into the unit — and again, this can happen if another storage unit renter brings them in — they could chew a hole in one of your boxes and make a home inside. This is not very common in good storage facilities, but it is a risk anywhere you go. Isolate those boxes that seem to have some damage. Remember that holes and tears can form as you move the boxes, too, so don’t panic just yet.

Open the damaged boxes outside and in an area where you have room to jump away if you need to. You might also want to get one of the workers in the storage facility office as the facility might have its own procedure for dealing with potential pests.

Dusty Dance

Even if the boxes all seem fine, there may be some dust on them, especially if the boxes have been in storage for a while. Take magnetic dust cloths with you and quickly wipe off each box; if you wrapped them in plastic before putting them in storage, you might want to remove the plastic before bringing the boxes into your new home.

If you want more pointers on how to remove items from storage without creating more problems, contact storage facilities in your area. They’ve seen it all, and good facilities will be able to give you tips on keeping everything safe and sound.

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Three Options For Collecting Your Small Claim Settlement

If you have been involved in a small claim and have won the right to receive a settlement for damages, medical payments, or lost wages, then you want to be sure that you definitely collect on that money. If you know that the opposite party has the means to pay your settlement, but they are unwilling to pay it, then you want to know of these three options that you have to collect it:

A Bank Levy:

A bank levy is where you collect the money directly from the opposite party’s bank account. In order to do this, you must know what bank the opposite party uses, the account information, as well as the name associated with the account. You may know this information if the person who owes you the money is an ex-spouse or family member that you know a great deal of information about due to your previous close relationship. You may also have this information if the person who owes you was a client to your business and you have their bank information on an application for a loan. Choosing this option can be complicated, especially if the bank account is joint, meaning that the opposite party shares with a child or spouse. 

A Real Estate Lien:

In the case that the opposite party owns any property, then you can be entitled to some of the value of that property in order to meet the payment requirements of your settlement. In order to do this, you will need to file a claim with the real estate records office located in the specific county in which the opposite party owns property. Of course, the downside to this is that you won’t receive the money you claim on the property unless the property is sold, but you will receive interest on that amount, as well as some fees, so you may get more than your settlement amount once the time comes.

A Wage Garnishment:

A wage garnishment is probably the simplest way to receive your settlement money. If the opposite party is employed, then you will be able to receive a certain amount of their paychecks each month until the settlement is paid. You will have to tell a local officer about the settlement and he or she will obtain the money for you. Keep in mind that you will not be able to collect the money in this way in the case that the person you are collecting it from uses the money for valid reasons, such as supporting a child or if he or she works for the government. 

If you need further assistance collecting on a small claim settlement, it is best to talk with a collections service, such as AA Fast Eviction Service, who will tell you what your best option may be. 

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Hello to everyone lucky enough to fall upon this little site of mine. My name is Shaun Hardy, and I love to talk to people about their businesses. You see, brushing up on the economy and watching business trends has always interested me. I’ve been a business owner myself, so I typically know the ins and outs of what goes into running a business. One of the most difficult—yet invigorating—times in the life of a business is when moving or selling. I hope to share a bit of the experience and wisdom that I’ve collected over the years concerning business, specifically moving or selling a company.

July 2015
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