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Apartment living, whether by necessity or as a chosen lifestyle, often lacks a desirable factor: The freedom to do whatever you please with your space. For tenants, the lease may be as limiting as it is binding.
The good news? Your home needn’t be any less cozy just because it’s temporary. While knocking down walls – or in some cases, even a simple paint job – is probably out of the question, there’s a lot you can do without declaring war on your landlord.
You might think “redecorating” necessitates a grand-scale, permanent renovation. However, swapping some smaller, everyday things can also greatly influence the way you feel about your surroundings.
Ready for some subtle-yet-effective embellishment? Our friends at RENTCafé have seven tricks up their sleeves to make you feel instantly more at home in your flat.
And when your lease is up? Simply revert these swaps, sweat-free.
1. Let there be light fixtures
So you want to put your apartment in good light and are wondering where to start … With the lights, obviously! Since they’re such integral parts of any room, changing the light fixtures will affect the space’s entire atmosphere.
Whether you prefer tungsten, fluorescent, halogen, or LED light bulbs, pendant fixtures work with all of them. They also come in all shapes and sizes to make bold statements.
The same goes for surface-mounted units. They’re a more subdued choice and guarantee an easy, reversible installation.
Change the switch covers, too, while you’re at it. In a small space especially, this tiny swap can make a big difference. Funky picks add whimsy, while clean ones make for a streamlined effect.
2. Add a breezy frame with curtains
Natural light is also something you can play with. Blinds rarely offer much flexibility, if any. But if your windows happen to be set up for textile curtains, you’re in business, since the good old curtain rod works with any fabric you fancy.
It’s been said that curtains make a room, so the fabric you choose should reflect that room’s purpose. Setting a formal tone? Opt for silk. Prefer a more casual look? Go with linen or crinkly velvet. Balance patterned furniture with a solid-colored curtain, or vice-versa.
3. Get a handle on your cabinet’s appearance
Handles: You wouldn’t believe how much of an impact these little guys have on the way your cabinets look. Until you change them, that is.
It’s a cheap swap, and the only tool you need is a screwdriver. Keep the original ones stashed away, though, to stay on the safe side with your landlord.
4. Get a better faucet and go with the flow
Whether style or functionality is what you’re after, you’ll almost certainly find something at your local supplier that can do better than the cookie-cutter faucets that come standard in most apartment kitchens.
If you’re not comfortable with wrenches and o-rings, a professional will be happy to install it for you.
5. Make the bathroom sparkle in more ways than one
All those tiles and porcelain may lead you to think that bathrooms are pretty much set in stone. But there’s plenty of stuff you can personalize. Add a unique toilet seat cover, or switch your mirror out for a newer one.
Even a good shower head has the power to radically change the way you think of your time in the tub. Don’t worry, replacing them is a breeze most of the time.
6. Treat your toes to a clean, dry floor
You already know that stepping on cold tiles after a nice hot shower feels uncomfortable, to say the least. So if you’ve been enduring it until now, it’s time to invest in a nice rug.
Pro Tip: Buy several, smaller rugs. They fit in any bathroom and you’ll always have a crisp, dry one at hand.
7. Take control of your personal climate with a thermostat
Speaking of temperature, it goes without saying that optimal temperature is crucial if you want to feel at home in your apartment. Invest in a high-quality thermostat. It will take care of your thermal comfort and save you money in the long run.
A good thermostat can control all kinds of heating and cooling systems. It should also last a lifetime so you can bring it with you when you move.
Is it because you’re sick of the subway commute to your partner’s place? Are you looking to save money on rent?
It’s totally fine if money and convenience are motivations for you — everyone likes having extra cash in the bank — but those shouldn’t be your only reasons.
So with that said, do you see this as a step towards marriage? What are your long-term goals and plans with this person?
It’s important to be transparent with each other in case you aren’t quite on the same page. Some people assume moving in together is an unspoken promise of engagement, only to discover their significant other doesn’t believe in marriage at all.
Whatever you do, don’t move in together because you think it’ll “save” your relationship. It definitely won’t, but it will place you in a legally binding living situation with your soon-to-be ex.
Mistake 2: Ignoring the signs that you aren’t ready
It’s natural to be nervous about living with your boyfriend or girlfriend. But there’s a difference between some harmless moving-in jitters and well-founded fears that this is a horrible idea.
Do you and your partner know how to compromise? More importantly, do you know how to move past fights?
These aren’t sexy skills, but they are essential for cohabitation. If you two have never settled a big argument — or have ongoing ones all the time — that’s a bad sign.
If the negative signs are there, take a step back and rethink moving in together. Maybe you need to hit pause on the plan for a few months while you work out some issues, which is totally okay.
It doesn’t mean your relationship is doomed, or that you’re immature. It’s just smart planning.
Mistake 3: Avoiding the conversation about money
You and your significant other are about to share the costs on a lot of bills — electric, cable, groceries, and rent, to name just a few. That means you have to get frank about your finances.
Figure out how you want to divide up your expenses first. How much will each of you owe per month? And how are you going to pay it?
Will it be an even 50-50 split? Or will you work out percentages based on income?
Make sure the division is fair, and that both of you feel comfortable with the final numbers.
The two of you may want to devise a budget while you’re at it. That way, you’ll stay on track with all your boring bills and your planned vacation to Thailand.
Another important question to ask:
Do you want to open a joint bank account?
It’s not for everyone, but it can come in handy when managing shared expenses. One BuzzFeed tipster recommends putting the same chunk of your paychecks into a joint account each month for bills, food, and cleaning supplies.
That way, “you’ll never have that awkward ‘I spent $35 on groceries yesterday, so it’s your turn to order food tonight’ conversation — you both can happily stuff your faces with Chinese food knowing everything is even.”
But no matter what system you land on, always make sure to keep the lines of communication open. If one of you is stressed about money or has an issue with the new budget, say so.
It might be awkward at first, but it’ll help you avoid fights in the future.
Mistake 4: Searching for an apartment without a gameplan
Since you’re already getting real about how you want to spend money and where you see yourselves in five years, it’s also important to get real about where you want to live. Sit down together and figure out your ideal neighborhoods and an ideal budget.
Then, come up with your list of must-haves. You can’t go into this expecting your significant other to read your mind. Unless he/she is a Legilimens or Professor X, in which case, run.
Be sure to also check in with each other frequently throughout the process. What does your boyfriend or girlfriend think of your broker? What about the pet clause in the lease?
Mistake 5: Procrastinating on the required renter documents
The bad news: There’s a mountain of paperwork in your future.
The good news: You can knock some of it out early. And you should, if you want to land a place in time and on budget.
Before you head out to the 15 apartment tours on a Saturday, you and your partner should each collect some key documents. Scan color copies of your IDs. Get and print letters of employment and/or pay stubs. Request a free credit report.
Next, bring all of these papers with you when you meet with your broker or prospective landlord so you can get an application ready immediately if the opportunity arises.
This boosts your chances of snagging a great apartment and preserves your relationship. Because if one of you stalls on printing a pay stub and it costs you that dream one bedroom, there’s bound to be resentment.
Mistake 6: Only putting one person’s name on the lease
We’re not trying to jinx things for you, but there is a chance you and your partner could break up. And although you can’t protect yourself from the heartache following a potential split, you can protect yourself from a potential financial strain.
By making sure both your names appear on the apartment lease.
As Kiplinger’s explains, this move holds both parties accountable for the rent should things turn sour.
If you end up taking your ex to court for skipping out on payments, your case will be much stronger with two names — not just your own — on the lease. It’s a situation you don’t want to imagine, obviously, but it’s happened before.
Once you’ve sorted everything to satisfaction, plan out any necessary trips to the storage unit, Goodwill, and/or dumpster. Actually, skip the first two trips we just mentioned because MakeSpace will not only pick up, store, and deliver your stuff back, but we’ll also take your donations to Goodwill (if you live in NYC, Chicago, or Washington, DC).
Then, just to put a bow on everything, pick out one new item for the apartment together. It can be a lamp, a dresser, or just a set of coasters for now. It’ll help the place feel like a shared space — and give you both an early lesson on making household decisions.
Mistake 8: Not dividing up chores
Who wants to spend all their spare time fighting about dishes? Having a conversation about cleaning responsibilities early can help you avoid a ton of silly arguments about whose turn it is to vacuum.
You don’t need to map out a strict chore schedule, but do talk about expectations and the chores each of you hate doing the most. Maybe you loathe laundry, but your partner doesn’t mind it. Which means your partner can grab that task, while you take care of the porcelain throne scrubbing he/she can’t stand.
If there’s a massive gap between the two of you in terms of tidiness, you might want to hire a cleaning service. That way, the “neat freak” isn’t constantly losing it over the “slob’s” trail of dirty socks.
Mistake 9: Spending all your time together
Just because you live together now doesn’t mean you should be shut-ins. You’re bound to drive each other insane if you spend every spare minute in the apartment, just the two of you. So get outside and spend some time apart.
Go out for drinks with your college friends. Post up in your favorite coffee shop with a new book. Keep up with any hobbies or interests your significant other doesn’t share.
Is there an art exhibit you’re dying to see, that you know isn’t his/her scene?
Go to it by yourself.
Obviously, this doesn’t mean you should ditch date nights, or refuse to hang out with your partner’s friends in favor of your own. It just means you should have an active social life that’s yours.
Sometimes you’re going to be upset or overwhelmed, and you’ll need some space (or perhaps an Ecocapsule) to sort out your feelings before you talk to your partner about it. Make sure your partner knows that it doesn’t mean you’re mad at him/her, or don’t trust him/her.
Maybe you just need to sit alone on the couch for a minute, preferably with a sleeve of Oreos. Your partner can join in later.
Mistake 10: Hiring a shady moving company
It’s tempting to speed through this step. You’ve just spent weeks sorting through your stuff, assigning chores, and having many long, serious talks. Can’t you just pick a mover and be done with it?
If you need to hire movers, don’t solely rely on the first company that appears in Google after you search “cheap movers near me.” Do your research, ask your friends, and compare prices. Sites like imove and Unpakt will help you sift through your best options.
You thought movingto a tiny NYC apartment was the hard part. But getting a New York apartment is the real nightmare. Just when you think you have one, someone else swoops in. Or just when you think you’ve found something in budget, more hidden fees emerge.
The New York City housing market is confusing for new transplants and seasoned veterans alike. That’s why we compiled this list of 19 essential NYC apartment hunting tips to make sure you don’t get scammed, stressed, or put out on the streets.
The insanely competitive New York City housing market requires you to be flexible. You need to be able to move fast, put up stacks of documents and cash, and give up on your dream of a washer/dryer in unit.
But one thing you shouldn’t budge on? The amount of money you’re willing to spend.
Before you start responding to apartment listings, sit down and seriously look at your expenses. Write out what you spend each month on groceries, gym membership, Seamless, the internet, Netflix, and your other expenses. Be specific and honest. It isn’t going to help you to leave anything out.
Then, once you have a total, look at your salary and figure out a price range. Set a ceiling for the absolute most you could spend on rent and not starve. Once you’ve done that, don’t change the number, no matter how spacious the bedroom closet is.
When it’s warm out, you can expect rent prices to be outrageous and places to go in minutes. In the winter, there’s less demand — which means you can usually get a better deal. The rent might be lower, or the landlord may even offer to pay the broker’s fee to get the spot filled.
3. Make a list of your must-haves.
Okay, so you’ve figured out your budget and your time frame. Now it’s time to decide on your must-have checklist.Your
Your apartment hunting checklist should be realistic, so don’t make it too long. Everyone has requirements for their living space, and it’s best to nail those down early.
Have a pet, or plan on getting a pet in the near future?
How close does the subway have to be? What about the laundromat? Are you comfortable living on the first floor, or the sixth floor in a walk-up?
Think carefully about what you’d like your daily life to look like, then write down the things that would make that possible.
4. If you’re apartment hunting with another person, include them in the process.
When you’re looking for a micro-apartment, studio, or one-bedroom for yourself, you call all the shots. But when there’s another renter involved — like a roommate or significant other — you have to make them an equal partner in every decision. That means you need to merge that person’s budget and must-haves with your own, and respect their concerns each step of the way.
Write down (or just mentally gather) your thoughts on the spot but do not share them. Then, ask the other person for his/her honest opinion. If it sounds a lot like yours, say so and move forward. But if it doesn’t, keep on looking.
This way, you can both independently determine if a particular apartment will make you happy. You won’t just say that because the other person did, which can lead to resentment later on, after you’ve moved into a place you don’t actually like.
5. Prepare your documents early.
Rental units move fast and require excessive documentation. You can easily lose your dream apartment if you don’t come armed and ready with the (admittedly absurd) list of papers most NYC landlords expect to see before they let you sign on the dotted line.
If you’re using a guarantor, you’ll need some extra documents. A guarantor is somebody who basically vouches for your financial responsibility. The implication is that if you fall behind on the rent, your guarantor will cover it.
Guarantors are often necessary if you don’t make 40 times the monthly rent. (Most landlords stick to this figure.) Your guarantor will usually need to make even more — 80 times the rent — and live in the tri-state area. The guarantor will also need to provide some ID, so make sure to give your guarantor a heads up on that.
6. Google your brokers and/or landlord.
Unfortunately, there are some shady people controlling New York City property, and they aren’t always obvious. Google a broker or agent’s name before you share any important personal information with them. If Google returns links to reviews titled “SCAM ARTIST,” back away fast. But if there are no alarming red flags, proceed.
Do the same for the landlord of any place you’re strongly considering. There’s actually a list of the “100 worst landlords in New York City” compiled by Public Advocate Letitia James. It’s based on the number of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) and Department of Buildings (DOB) violations they’ve accrued. Scan it for your prospective landlord before you sign anything.
Then, search Google News for any lawsuits brought against your landlord, and poke around the web for complaints on other sites.
7. Bring a friend.
If you’re sharing your new place with a roommate or significant other, you have a built-in buddy to go with you on apartment appointments. But if you’re searching solo, it’s best to call on a friend to accompany you.
This isn’t just a safety precaution for women. As Psychology Today points out, having someone you trust by your side is good for your mental space. It’ll calm you down, which will help you avoid rash decisions you’ll regret.
Plus, your friend can serve as a natural sounding board for your concerns. If that friend happens to be a seasoned city dweller who knows the right questions to ask, even better.
Every building has a defined policy on dogs, cats, and other animals. Some are all-inclusive, some are cats only, and others don’t allow any furry friends at all. 🙁
It’s best to know this upfront, since pets are part of the package deal. Ask the broker (or landlord) what kind of animals — and what kind of breeds — are allowed in the building. Then ask if there are any additional fees you’ll need to pay because sometimes your pet gets factored into the security deposit or monthly rent.
9. Check for major appliances — and a functioning smoke detector.
Most apartments you tour will have blank walls, empty floors, and closets free of clutter. But you should see a refrigerator, stove, and kitchen sink in every single one. Make sure they all work. If anything is missing or faulty, press for a concrete answer about when that fridge will be fixed.
You should also locate the smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Then test it. Property owners are legally required to provide at least one “approved and operational detecting device” in every unit. Plus, this concerns your safety, so hold them to it.
10. Check your cell reception.
Did the service bars on your phone drop the second you walked through the door?
Pace around the entire place and see if there’s any change in your cell reception. Having to make your calls from certain corners might be annoying, but it’s doable.
Not being able to make any calls from your home? Unacceptable.
11. Ask if utilities are included.
Are utilities included? If they aren’t, how much are they going to cost?
You should try to estimate what your heat, electric, and/or water bills might be if you’re expected to shoulder those fees yourself. They can add up, and they might even set the place over your budget.
12. Scan for signs of rodent life.
If your prospective place has had bedbugs in the past year, you’ll know — the landlord is bound by law to disclose that information. But if the apartment has had rat or mice problems, you won’t.
There’s no legal requirement on landlords to tell you about rodent issues, so you have to do some recon work yourself. Time Out New York recommends you search the cabinets, especially the ones under the sink, for traces of unwelcome pests.
There’s also the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Rat Information Portal that lets you search addresses for rat inspection data. It’ll tell you if the place has “active rat signs,” “problem conditions,” or “passed inspection.”
13. Take measurements and pictures.
No matter how good you think your memory is, you’re not going to remember the exact layout of each place you see. Or whether the living room can fit your current couch and coffee table.
When you arrive at a new place, take a picture outside the building, maybe of the exact street number so it’s easier to remember. Then snap photos of each room in the apartment and the insides of the closets.
After that, it’s time to pull out your tape measure. Bring it to every appointment along with all those documents we discussed earlier. Take some quick measurements of the doorway and rooms so you know if you can push your headboard through the door and into your bedroom.
14. Find out the fees.
You’ve heard of those mythical “no-fee apartments.” You know, the ones where you don’t have to pay an additional 15% to a broker who brought you to the place. We’re not saying they don’t exist, but we are saying they’re incredibly difficult to find.
Also, watch out for scams. The HPD notes that “key money,” or fees for supers and/or doormen, is illegal. And if your place is rent-stabilized, the security deposit cannot be more than one month’s rent.
15. Look for rent-stabilized apartments.
Now, you may be wondering what exactly “rent-stabilized” means. Any rent-stabilized unit is protected against dramatic price spikes. Your rent can still go up, but it can only be adjusted annually by the NYC Rent Guidelines Board. Thankfully, the adjustments tend to be $50 rather than, say, $500.
Another perk of rent-stabilized apartments:
You’re guaranteed the right to renew.
If you don’t want to stay in your place when renewal time rolls around, you’re welcome to leave. But your landlord still has to ask you if you want to renew before other tenants are considered.
Rent-stabilized leases are also much more attainable than rent-controlled leases, which prohibit the owner from changing your rent at all. While the Rent Guidelines Board estimates there are over one million rent-stabilized apartments in NYC, it puts the number of rent-controlled apartments at roughly 27,000.
Rent-controlled apartments tend to stay in families who’ve owned them since the ‘70s, and the Rent Guidelines Board estimates that eventually, there will be zero rent-controlled apartments.
16. Spend some time in the neighborhood.
You can’t get a true sense of a neighborhood from the 30 minutes you spent there on a Saturday afternoon with a broker. If you’re unfamiliar with the area but want to get a sense of where you’d be living (note: this is a good idea), explore the neighborhood on your own.
Spend an hour in a local cafe. Walk a few blocks. And most importantly, check out the neighborhood at night. You need to get a sense of what the area is like at all times of day so you can make sure you feel comfortable living there.
17. Learn the alterations policy.
Let’s say you’ve seen a place you love … only the weird paint on the walls has got to go. Don’t assume you can just slap on a fresh coat of sage green or Feathr wallpaper once the apartment is yours.
As Refinery29 explains, most leases require you to obtain express permission from the owner before you make alterations (even seemingly small ones) to the unit. Even if you do get the green light from management, you may still have to return the walls to their original shade before you move out.
And since we’re discussing lease specifics …
18. Read the lease carefully.
By the time you sit down to sign your lease, you’ve probably been through so much apartment hunting stress that you’d sign away your first-born child without a second thought. But you need to read the whole thing very carefully, or you could wind up missing a major problem.
If the jargon confuses you, ask a lawyer to look it over. Can’t afford a lawyer? Ask a friend who passed the bar, or at the very least read up on tenant rights at nyc.gov. There’s even a free “ABCs of Housing pamphlet” that should clear up a lot of questions.
If something in the lease doesn’t align with what you were promised, take it up with the owner before you sign or initial a page. It could simply be a mistake, but you can’t expect good faith or a verbal agreement to trump a legal document once it’s signed.
19. Let MakeSpace store your extra stuff.
Your brand-new apartment is under budget, beautiful, and blocks away from a great grocery store. There’s just one tiny hiccup:
You downsized two whole closets, and there’s no way all your clothes will fit in the IKEA dresser you’re bringing along.
Luckily, there’s a way to keep all your clothes and the cool apartment:
Schedule a pickup and we’ll come get your extra sweaters and scarves. Next, we’ll transport it over to our secure temperature-controlled storage facility. We’ll also create an online photo catalog of your stuff so you always remember what you have in storage.
The best part:
When you want something back, you won’t have to dig through boxes in a dusty self-storage unit. Simply log into your MakeSpace account, select the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver it to you.
With MakeSpace, there are no shifty landlords, rodent problems, or faulty stoves. Just affordable full-service storage, no matter where you live in NYC.
Want more super actionable tips on finding an apartment in NYC?
Check out Wit & Whimsy’s wonderful article “So You Want To Move To New York.” It’s chock-full of awesome advice from Meghan and her friends on apartment hunting plus moving to and living in New York City.
After years of casually browsing Petfinder and begging your friends to let you dog-sit, you’re actually doing it: You’re getting a pet.
But your work isn’t done after you’ve completed the adoption papers and cleared things with your landlord. You still have plenty of things to buy, and plenty of cords to coil, before your new bundle of fur can safely walk through the front door.
This guide will help you make your home cat and dog-friendly. If you still have questions after you’ve read it, call your vet for his/her expert advice.
Until those questions come up, here’s how to cat-proof and dog-proof your home:
1. Get a good collar with tags
Both cats and dogs like to run away, so it’s important for you to have a collar with ID tags waiting for your new pet on day one. Now, you may be thinking, “Okay, sure, a dog needs that, but my cat won’t wear a collar with a tag.”
Considering this, plus the fact that less than 2% of lost cats are returned to their homes, getting your kitten a collar with tags is a no-brainer.
All the major pet supply chains stock customizable tags. They come in heart, bone, circle, and other simple shapes.
After you provide your cat or dog’s name and your contact information to a store employee (or to a tag engraving machine at a chain like PetSmart), the employee will make sure it gets etched onto whatever tag you choose.
Pair it with a breakaway collar (i.e. the ones with a safety buckle) and you’re all set.
2. Then buy a leash and harness for your dog
This rule obviously doesn’t apply to cats. No matter what your crazy neighbor who keeps her tabbies on a leash says, kittens do not need this kind of equipment. But dogs definitely do.
Leashes are mostly a matter of preference. There are materials (e.g., nylon and leather) and style (e.g., straight and retractable) to consider, but don’t fret too much about your choices.
If you have a big dog, consider a heavier leash. Here are some picks from the American Kennel Club, if you’d still like some guidance.
Harnesses are another story. There are three major styles:
Think about your pet’s personality when you’re weighing each option. For instance, the no-pull is for rambunctious dogs who like to go rogue on walks. It’s probably not the best fit for a calmer pup, who would do well with a back-clip.
You also need to keep your dog’s size in mind when it comes to harnesses. If the one you pick doesn’t fit, your dog might feel uncomfortable or even experience pain. Trainer Mikkel Becher gives some pointers on selecting the right harness in this video from Vetstreet:
3. Find a local vet
Your pet may not need a vet immediately, especially if he/she is up to date on shots. But you should have a vet lined up because you’re quickly going to have questions that only a medical professional can answer.
Your first stop should be the AAHA-Accredited Hospital Locator. The AAHA is the American Animal Hospital Association, and it only accredits clinics that pass their evaluations based on about 900 standards. Plug your address into their hospital locator’s search bar and see what comes up.
Once you have your list of accredited clinics, Prevention recommends you investigate all prospective vets. Ask yourself these two questions:
Did the vets complete multiple internships or residencies?
Are the vets certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP)?
The vets with the strongest educational backgrounds and experience will be your best bet. You can schedule multiple appointments and make your decision based on which vet you and your pet like best.
You can also consult your friends who live in the area. They’ve likely already been through this process and can tell you which vet on your shortlist is tops.
4. Figure out what food your new pal needs
There are tons of pet foods on the market, but only some will be right for your new dog or cat.
First, check the pet food labels to see if it has all the nutrients your cat or dog needs. Puppies and kittens have different nutritional requirements than adult dogs and cats, so be sure not to buy young animals food that’s formulated for grown-ups.
Next, be mindful of your furry friend’s allergies. The tricky part is you might not know what those are yet. Unless the people who were caring for your pet before you entered the picture identified them, you’ll have to figure this out for yourself.
Carefully watch your dog or cat’s reaction when you introduce it to a new food. If your pet gets sick afterward, it may be allergic to an ingredient in the kibble or Fancy Feast you bought.
Of course, that’s just a maybe. Animals get sick for all sorts of reasons. Consult your vet if you’re unsure about a possible allergy.
While we’re on the subject of food, remember to buy food and water dishes before your pet arrives. Also, stock up on treats you can use for training.
5. Pick out a crate for your dog
Crates are necessary for housebreaking your pup.
As The Humane Society explains, dogs don’t like to soil their own dens. Using a crate will teach them that your home is a number two-free zone.
Remember that puppies get bigger, so shop for an expandable crate that grows with your dog.
6. Pick out a litter box for your cat
Cats, on the other hand, need litter boxes to do their business. Once you have the box, choose a designated spot for it in your home.
A corner or otherwise secluded place is a good call because cats, like humans, value their privacy. Also, have a big bag of kitty litter on deck.
8. Put medicine, cosmetics, and chemicals far out of reach
Like little kids who are obsessed with electric outlets, animals enjoy messing with things that could really hurt them. They don’t know that Drano and nail polish are bad for them. It’s up to you to keep all medicine, makeup, green cleaning supplies, and other chemicals out of their grasp.
Do this room by room. Locate the dishwasher detergent in your kitchen, the tub cleaner in your bathroom, the creams on your beside table, and the disinfectants in your closet for example. Then relocate them to a spot where your pet definitely can’t get them.
9. Child-proof your cabinet doors
Even if you already moved your Clorox to a high shelf, child-proof your cabinets as an added precaution. These latches will keep your dog or cat from shredding the paper towels you left inside, or breaking your favorite coffee mug.
10. Cover your trash cans and air vents
Leaving your trash uncovered is basically asking Fido to gorge himself on rinds and coffee grounds until he’s sick. That leaves behind spilled garbage and puke for you to clean up. And who wants to spend their evening doing that?
Make sure the lid on your trash can is securely fastened. If the Fido in question is a big dog who could easily knock over that can, you might want to move the trash can inside one of those cabinets you just latched.
While you’re covering up things, check all the grilles on your air vents. Those need to be properly secured so curious kittens don’t pry them loose and get trapped in the vent.
11. Close your toilet lid and dryer door
Sure, everyone laughed when the pups drank from the toilet in The Secret Life of Pets (and every other dog movie). But pets can get sick from lapping up the chemicals in your toilet — and the little ones could even fall in. So keep the lid closed, especially while your pet is still getting used to your home.
Another thing you should shut? The dryer door.
Many cats (understandably) see a warm dryer as an ideal sleeping spot. You probably shouldn’t let them wander off into the laundry area at all. But just in case they do, keep the washer and dryer doors closed 24/7.
12. Mind your wires
Dumping phone chargers on your coffee table is a recipe for disaster. They look like toys to your pets, and the pets won’t know better until they bite them.
Also, any sort of string or thread is catnip for, well, cats. Pack up crafting supplies so your kitten can’t get into your sewing projects, and coil or clip your blind cords.
13. Hide your food and any other small objects your pet might choke on
Hopefully, you already thought to hide your chocolate and other foods that are obviously toxic to animals. Do your best to limit your pet’s access to all of your food. Even if it’s harmless, do you really want Whiskers eating all your snacks?
Don’t set food out on counters your pet can reach. Put everything in the fridge or freezer, or in one of those newly child-proof cabinets.
While you’re at it, scan your home for small items that could prove a choking hazard. Any knick-knacks on low shelves or tables have to find a new home. Preferably far away from your pet’s mouth.
14. Install gates, if you need them
Even with all that hiding, covering, and child-proofing, there might be some areas you just don’t want your new pet in. Or maybe your pet isn’t quite ready to explore upstairs yet. Either way, we recommend putting up some gates to protect your pet.
Gates are key to laying the ground rules for new pets. It keeps them out of trouble while they’re still learning what’s allowed and what isn’t, and it’ll make you a lot less nervous. It may also be a long-term solution if you want to keep certain rooms pet-free at all times.
Buy gates that are tall enough to fence your pet in, and be sure to read the installation instructions carefully. Crafty cats and dogs can find a way around loose locks.
15. Block small spaces
Now it’s time to think about the tiny nooks and crannies in your apartment that you normally never think about. That means the space between the oven and your wall. Or basically any spot you can’t reach with your vacuum.
Small animals can reach those spots, and get stuck. Block small spaces now to avoid a rescue mission down the line.
16. Make sure your plants aren’t poisonous
Common houseplants, flowers, and herbs that seem harmless can be toxic for your new roommate. The no-no list for cats includes:
Meanwhile, poisonous plants for dogs include:
Several of these are bad for both animals. For a more complete list of plants toxic to your pet, check out the lists the ASPCA compiled for cats and dogs.
17. Clear the path for bones and bowls with MakeSpace
Even the tiniest toy poodle is going to take up some space in your place. Between your pet’s toys, bed, and hourly lap around the entire apartment, the little guy needs some room.
The only problem is you don’t have it. You’re ready to rescue a furry friend, but your apartment isn’t quite as ready. It’s a bit cramped, and you have no idea how you’re going to fit a puppy in between all your furniture, shoes, and clothes.
Simply schedule a storage pickup and we’ll come get that coat rack taking up valuable crate space. Then, we’ll transport it to our secure temperature-controlled storage facility. We’ll even create an online photo catalog of your stuff so you always remember what you have in storage.
But here’s what will really get your tail wagging:
When you want something back, you won’t have to spend hours sorting through boxes in a self-storage unit two hours away. Simply log into your MakeSpace account, select the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver it to you.
Your dog’s 3 AM barks might give you a headache, but with MakeSpace, storage never will.
When you don’t know where to put something in your house, where do you usually store it?
In your garage, until you figure out a better home for the item?
While that solves your storage problem, it’s only temporary. Things pile up. Next thing you know, you forgot where you stored your luggage for your upcoming Caribbean cruise.
That won’t happen anymore, though. Because we created this step-by-step guide (plus an infographic!) on how to easily clean and organize your garage.
First, we’ll take you through the best ways to clean your garage floor, door, and walls. Then, we’ll explain how to organize and store your stuff in cabinets, on pegboards, and in other brilliant garage storage solutions.
The advice all comes from home improvement experts, so you can trust their word.
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How To Clean Your Garage Floor
1. Soak up any oil slicks.
Garage floors are especially susceptible to grease and oil stains, but you can remove them with some basic cleaners and cat litter.
The pros at DIY Network and Lowes both recommend applying a layer of kitty litter to the stain first. This helps absorb the excess liquid. If you don’t have a cat, sawdust or cornmeal will do.
Once you’ve let the cat litter work its magic, vacuum or sweep it up. Then attack the stain with a detergent or cleaning agent. Out of the several cleaning options that Jeff Patterson tested for Home Repair Tutor, his favorites were Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) and Drylok Etch.
2. Scrub out other stains.
For all the splotches on your floor that did not come from your gas tank, try a mild detergent first. This should take care of light stains, but if you need something more heavy-duty, muriatic acid can help.
Just as it does with oil spots, TSP works wonders on rust stains. Mix it with water and then scrub it into the problem area with a push broom. After it’s soaked for 10-15 minutes, rinse it all off.
3. Fill in any cracks with epoxy paste.
Does your garage floor have cracks from construction projects or heavy items that fell off a shelf?
Fix the cracks with a little epoxy paste. Simply fill in the gaps with the paste, wait for it to dry, and then sand the area until you’ve buffed out any extra or uneven paste.
First, there’s a topical sealer. Acrylic is the cheapest topical option but also requires the most upkeep. Epoxy is more expensive but thicker and more durable. Polyurethane offers the most protection at the highest price, and you’ll need a primer to pair with this one.
Then, there are penetrating sealers. These are often siliconate-based and require just one coat. For this reason, they’re the most common sealants used for garage floors.
Once you’ve landed on the right option for your garage and cleaned the floor, apply the sealant like you would paint on a wall. Start in the corners and apply a healthy, even coat.
Give it plenty of time to dry, so it bonds with the concrete. And if you need more guidance, pick up some extra tips from the experts at PPG Paints in the video above.
How To Clean Your Garage Door
1. Brush off the dirt.
Before you bring buckets of water and soap into the equation, shake down any loose debris clinging to your garage door. A stiff brush or broom should do the trick.
2. Hose it down.
Knock out any lingering dirt with a garden hose. Give the entire door a good spray before you move onto the next step.
3. Wipe it with warm water and mild household detergent.
Now comes the actual cleaning. You’ll want to have a bucket of warm water mixed with a mild household detergent on deck for this part.
Dip a sponge or old rag into the soapy water and wipe down the door, inch by inch. Look out for splotches or stains as you go, so you can buff them out by hand.
It’s just like cleaning the car sitting in your garage, minus all those pesky tire spokes.
Check for any bent or malfunctioning pieces and use a household oil to grease every moving part. Also, tighten the screws before you close the door.
How To Clean Your Garage Walls
1. Vacuum cobwebs and debris.
Even if you use your garage frequently, it’s a natural home for cobwebs and spiderwebs.
Before you wash your garage walls, use the bristle attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove any webs or grime lurking in the corners.
2. Sponge the walls with warm water and detergent.
You’ll be doing exactly what you did to your garage door just moments ago. Take your bucket filled with warm water and detergent, grab a sponge, and systematically scrub the walls with careful strokes.
You should be going bottom to top, to avoid long muddy streaks. Keep a step-stool close by so you can hit those hard-to-reach areas by the ceiling.
3. Attack tough stains with ammonia.
For the spots that detergent can’t dissolve, try some basic ammonia. Mix one or two cups into a gallon of cold water to minimize the stench.
Then dip your sponge in the liquid and treat each stain individually. If the ammonia can’t do the trick, Housekeeping Channel recommends trying that trusty TSP.
How To Organize Your Garage Space
1. Separate everything into four piles.
You can’t really get organized until you’ve taken stock of your stuff. So gather everything in your garage and sort it into four groups:
You should only hang onto items that make you happy. All the rest? Donate it to a charity or hawk it at a yard sale.
Well, except for anything broken or useless (i.e. old newspapers). Those items belong in the garbage can or recycling bin.
2. Find a new home for paint, paper goods, and propane tanks.
Once you have a “keep” pile, separate out the things that don’t belong in your garage. According to This Old House, these items include propane tanks (a fire hazard best kept outdoors) and paint cans (which are ruined by extreme temperatures).
Paper goods like napkins are also likely to attract bugs, and pet food might bring all the possums to your garage. Relocate this stuff to a more suitable space, such as in your cabinet or pantry.
3. Create a basic floor plan.
Now that you’ve made all those cuts, it’s time to get down to the real work of organizing. This will be a lot easier to do if you sketch out or at least map in your head a floor plan for your garage.
While you can design it however you want, we recommend following these four basic guidelines:
Group similar items together.
Put the bulkiest gear in the corner, where it’s safely out of your car’s way.
Place seasonal items in the harder-to-reach areas, so the stuff you use all the time is more accessible.
Don’t just throw junk onto your cabinet shelves. Storage bins and tubs can help you manage the chaos. This works best if you dedicate categories of items to specific bins and tubs.
Holiday decorations can have one bin, winter clothes can have another one. Once they’re all filled up, slide them into your cabinet. Just make sure you label everything as you’re sorting.
2. Store small stuff in old coffee cans and gum containers.
For the little things that would get lost in a tub, upcycle containers from your own kitchen. Lil Blue Boo cleaned out some old coffee cans to serve as battery recycling receptacles. You could easily use yours for small items in your garage.
Or take a cue from The Ugly Duckling House and save old Orbit gum containers. They’re great homes for your screws, nuts, and bolts.
3. Convert a metal office cabinet into a pantry.
Martha Stewart suggests getting a metal office cabinet to serve solely as a pantry. That way, you can use a magnet to attach a clipboard — with an inventory of your LaCroix, spring water, and other sundries — to the cabinet’s front door.
4. Consider a locker for each family member.
Giving each member of your family their own garage cabinet might seem excessive, but what about assigning everyone a locker?
Shelly at 100 Things 2 Do salvaged a set of old school lockers, repainted them, and then gave herself, her two daughters, and her husband one unit apiece.
Each person could then sort their helmets or sidewalk chalk to his/her liking. Shelly found the lockers in the Canadian classifieds, so keep an eye on Craigslist or The Container Store for your own set.
He bolted his toolboxes to his garage walls and mounted a few metal tool cabinets high up near his ceilings. This garage organization system keeps his floor empty so he has more room for tune-ups.
Even if you’re not a motorhead like Bernie, this approach can also help you save space in your garage.
2. Store garden tools in a converted filing cabinet.
Turn an upcycled filing cabinet on its side and you’ve got a great home for your rakes, shovels, and mops. As The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel illustrates, all you have to do is remove the cabinet’s drawers and slot your tools into the empty space.
You can even install a little pegboard storage with hooks on the side of the cabinet so you can hang wrenches, scissors, garden shears, and more:
This DIY garage storage project requires wood, pegboards, a saw, screws, glue, and casters. Once you’re done building it, you have a movable one-stop-shop for all your tools.
4. Outline your tools on the wall.
It’s easier to keep track of your screwdriver when it’s literally drawn on the wall. When hanging up your tools, carefully trace an outline around each one with a pencil.
Then, take down the items and make the sketches more visible by going over each sketch with a marker or paint pens. When you’re done, put your tools back in their (now very clearly) assigned spaces.
How To Organize A Garage Pegboard
1. Install a pegboard.
Garages sadly don’t come with built-in pegboards, so before you can organize one, you need to set it up. For this project, you’ll need a tape measure, screws, a drill, an actual pegboard, and a few other items to mount it.
Once your pegboard is all set up, you’ll need to install some hooks so you can actually hang things.
Hooks can easily slip off their slots after you attach them. Which is why The Family Handyman recommends locking them in place with zip ties, pegboard clips, or some hot glue for extra security.
3. Use baskets and bins.
Small wire baskets and pegboard bins can help you store items that don’t easily fit on a hook — think stud finders and loose screws. Check your local Home Depot, Staples, or Sears for these accessories.
4. Or skip the pegboard and let MakeSpace store your stuff.
Still have stuff that won’t fit in your garage cabinet, on your shelves, or on your new pegboard?
We’ll pick up everything (including your bulky snowboard, skis, sports equipment, and appliances) and store it in our secure temperature-controlled storage facility. We’ll also create an online photo catalog of your stuff so you always remember what you have in storage.
The best part:
When you want something back from storage, simply log into your MakeSpace account, select the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver it to you. It’s that simple.
Company Modernizing $30 Billion Storage Industry Scales to Meet Consumer Demand
NEW YORK – April 20, 2017 – MakeSpace, the leading full-service storage provider that picks up, stores and brings back your belongings, announced today it has raised a $30 million Series C round led by 8VC. Existing investors Upfront Ventures, Harmony Partners, and Summit Action also participated. The capital will be used to scale the business and further develop the company’s logistics technology platform and operational infrastructure to meet the growing demands for moving thousands of customers during peak season. 8VC partner Kimmy Scotti joined the company’s board of directors.
“We are driven and highly focused on creating the very best experience for our consumers,” said Sam Rosen, founder and CEO of MakeSpace. “8VC shares our passion for disrupting an antiquated industry and creating the 21st century version of a storage company. Kimmy has deep experience in business development and direct-to-consumer marketing and will bring her expertise to the board, which is invaluable as we continue our rapid growth.”
“MakeSpace is modernizing the archaic storage industry – with a clear opportunity to change how we think about the $30 billion space,” said Scotti. “MakeSpace has achieved impressive growth over the last year, signaling an enormous opportunity for the company. I have tremendous respect for Sam and his team and look forward to working with them.”
MakeSpace’s professional movers provide pick-up, packing and delivery services so that customers never have to visit a storage facility. Unlike traditional self-storage, MakeSpace stores customers’ belongings in massive warehouses outside city centers and passes along the real estate savings to its customers. Customers can manage their storage remotely by viewing their digital catalog to easily review items and schedule deliveries.
MakeSpace, founded by Sam Rosen and Rahul Gandhi, set out to make storage more consumer-friendly, creating an affordable storage service that allows consumers to store their belongings without lifting a finger. MakeSpace’s professional movers provide pick-up, packing and delivery services so that customers never have to visit a storage facility. Customers can select a storage plan that suits their storage needs and manage items remotely through their digital catalog to easily view stored items, and manage pick-ups and returns. MakeSpace is headquartered in New York City. Find out more at makespace.com.
You know how it goes. You’re at home enjoying a very lazy Sunday afternoon when the phone rings. It’s your college roommate, and she’s in town. No, she’s not just in town. She’s in your neighborhood, and will be over in about 35 minutes.
You can’t possibly turn your apartment into a sparkling centerspread from Better Homes and Gardens in that time, but you can still get it in shape for an unexpected guest.
All you have to do is relax, breathe, and follow these 17 cleaning tips. They won’t take care of everything — and they cut a few notable corners — but they will get your home ready for company, however unannounced.
1. Take a picture of your place.
Before you rush into panic cleaning mode, snap a few quick photos of your space on your phone. Now look at them. Does anything strike you as glaringly out of place?
It can be easy to get used to the gym bag you dropped in the corner two weeks ago, but a photo can help you notice things that don’t belong. (This tip comes courtesy of A Beautiful Mess blogger Emma Chapman, who clearly knows all about messes.)
2. Focus on rooms your guest will actually use.
You don’t have time to make every inch of your apartment spotless, so narrow your scope. Millennial Moms host Jordan Page makes an excellent point in her quick clean tutorial (embedded above):Your guest is only going to hang out in a few spots in your home.
Your guest is only going to hang out in a few spots in your home.
That means there’s no need to clean your home office, since you won’t be showing Aunt Diane how to use your new printer. Simply shut the door on that space and worry about it later.
Speed walk through all those rooms we just mentioned, with your eyes trained on the floor. Do you spy crumpled T-shirts next to your bed? Damp used towels by the shower? A rogue sock peeking out from under the couch?
Grab them all up and toss them into your hamper. You don’t need to wash them today, but you definitely need to get them off the ground.
4. Deposit empty glasses or dirty dishes into the sink.
Time for speed walk, round two. This time, you’re looking at your tables and counters.
Do you see a coffee mug stained with this morning’s latte? The plate you used last night for your Bachelor snacks? Anything else that clearly belongs in a kitchen cabinet?
Collect all those dirty dishes and drop them in the sink. You’ll get to them in a bit. But until then, onto the next task.
You can use a bucket, caddy, bag, or any other portable item that can hold all your sprays and rags. This way, you can clean more quickly from room to room.
And when you’re all done? Everything goes back in the same place.
6. Give the toilet, sink, and bathroom mirror a quick clean.
Your guest is going to ask to use the bathroom at some point. So wipe down the main fixtures like your toilet, sink, and mirror with your preferred cleaning agent. (But first, put away any hair dryers or shaving cream you have sitting on the ledge.)
GQ cleaning expert Jolie Kerr recommends spraying the toilet and sink with Scrubbing Bubbles. Since the bubbles need a few minutes to work their magic, you can run off and do other tasks while you wait.
When you return to wipe everything off, make sure to Windex your mirror, too, for any streaks or spots. And straighten out your hand towels while you’re at it.
7. But just keep the shower curtain closed.
Yes, your tub should be clean, but it’s also way more work to scrub it than a toilet bowl. Plus, your friend dropping by isn’t going to hop in the bath for an hour-long soak.
Save yourself the time and effort by simply snapping the shower curtain shut. No one’s going to look inside, unless they’re the kind of person who also snoops through medicine cabinets. In which case, why do you even invite them over?
8. Tidy up your surfaces.
As you move out of the bathroom and into your three remaining rooms (kitchen, living room, and bedroom), start looking for out-of-place items on your surfaces. We’re talking about your coffee tables, nightstands, and countertops.
If you spy something that you can easily put away in a second, do it. For everything else? Stack and clump together what you can into semi-neat piles.
Is your counter in need of more than a light dusting?
Wipe up any obvious spills or stains for now, and make a mental note to give your surfaces a more thorough clean tomorrow.
9. Toss stuff in baskets.
So what about the junk on your counter that isn’t so easily sorted or stacked?
Here’s a cleaning secret:
You don’t have to put it away right this second.
Grab a laundry basket and load it up with all the stuff you’re not quite sure what to do with. Then set it aside, so you can move on to the next step.
If you happen to have extra time at the end of all this, feel free to put away all the items in your laundry basket. But if you don’t, just slide it under your bed before company arrives.
It’s okay, we won’t tell anyone.
10. Make your bed.
Maybe your throw pillows spend more time on the floor than they do delicately perched on your comforter. But no one needs to know that.
Making your bed is the easiest way to make your apartment look more put-together than it actually is. And besides, there’s a very good chance your guest will end up storing a coat in this room.
11. Take out the trash.
If you just took the garbage out last night, you can skip this step. But if your trash can is packed to the brim with banana peels, eggshells, and coffee grounds, it’s time for a purge.
Bag up all the trash — not just from the kitchen, but the bathroom and bedroom, too — and get it out of your apartment. Don’t forget to add fresh new bags immediately, in case your friend needs to throw something out.
12. Do the dishes.
Remember how you put this off eight steps earlier?
Well, you can’t do that any longer. No one likes the sight of a sink stacked with smudged, stinky plates, so you have to do something about this mess.
If you have a dishwasher, just throw everything in there and move on. If you don’t, wash the biggest pieces and place them on the rack to dry. A sink with a few forks isn’t so bad. But a sink with a skillet full of last night’s stir fry? That’s not great.
Simply stack all your dirty dishes together and hide them in your freezer or oven. What they don’t know won’t hurt them.
13. Take care of pet hair.
You probably don’t mind the fur your pup seems to shed every five seconds. But other people might, especially if they have allergies. Run a dust buster over the couch for stray animal hairs and give the floor a quick sweep.
While you’re at it, clean out your cat’s litter box and/or pick up the chew toy your dog left right by the front door. Then remind Winnie to be on her best behavior because you have company coming.
14. And vacuum if you can.
Vacuuming is a big time suck (pun intended), and realistically, you might not get around to this task. But if you can give your floors a cursory clean, it will make a big difference.
To ensure maximum vacuuming efficiency, cleaning pro Laura Dellutri suggests tackling the entire length of the room in one straight row. Then adjust and start again at the front of the room.
Loop the cord over your shoulder while you’re making these long rows, so you don’t trip in your mad dash to cleanliness.
15. Fluff your couch pillows.
It’s a silly, simple step, but it will not go unappreciated. As a final touch before your friend or family member arrives, fluff the pillows and cushions on your couch.
If you happen to notice a stain on the cushion as you’re fluffing, flip it over to the cleaner side. Also, fold up any throw blankets hanging off your sectional.
16. Spray a scent or light a candle.
Between the garbage can you just emptied and the dog fur you vacuumed up, there are a lot of weird smells floating through the air right now. Make your home less musty with a fresh scent.
Spray some Febreze, plug in the Glade, break out the essential oil diffuser, or light your favorite candle. The welcoming aroma will trick your guest into thinking your place smells (and looks) this good all the time.
While you were cleaning your home in a hurry, you may have found some things you love but don’t need in your home right now. Instead of putting them back after your guest leaves, only for the items to take up unnecessary space in your home, schedule a MakeSpace pickup.
We’ll pick up your stuff and transport it to our secure, temperature-controlled storage facility. We’ll also create an online photo catalog of your stuff so you never forget what you have in storage.
That’s not all.
When you want something back, you won’t have to spend hours rifling through a bunch of boxes in a storage unit. Just log into your MakeSpace account, select the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver it to you.
Last-minute visits from your family will always be stressful. But with MakeSpace, storage never is.
Also, look for ways to remove clutter in problem areas like your bathroom. By minimizing the overall amount of stuff you have in your home, you’ll be making your organizing plans much smoother and easier. Less is more.
2. Make the most of limited space
The most essential tip in organizing your home is to make the best use of your free space. Instead of piling up your books and magazines on the floor, add in some space-saving book storage. And free up some floor space in your closet with convenient shoe racks.
We’ve also offered a few next-level ways to organize your kitchen cabinets, drawers, and pantry. In more cozy areas, think outside the box. Use an over-the-door shoe organizer to store your knick knacks and other supplies — without wasting any floor space.
3. Turn less frequently-used items into home decor
Love snowboarding, surfing, or playing hockey?
These are just a few examples of activities you can do to stay active and fit, but they also require you to store large equipment that can lead to clutter. Instead of tossing your snowboard in your closet, turn your equipment into part-time art.
You can also install wall mounts for bicycles, guitars, painting supplies, computer monitors, and plenty of other equipment. Look to make the most use of your everyday supplies by incorporating them into your home decor!
If you’re in the middle of spring cleaning (or still fearfully procrastinating), you know what a pain it is to figure out how to make space for all your stuff. Storage would be great for all your seasonal clothes and other nonessentials. But traditional self-storage is a hassle, time suck, and expensive.
Thankfully, MakeSpace developed a solution: full-service storage with pickup AND delivery — for less than what self-storage companies charge.
Here are 7 no-brainer reasons to use MakeSpace today:
1. We pick up, store, and deliver your stuff while you relax
With self-storage, you haul everything. With MakeSpace, you haul nothing. Simply get a free quote, schedule a pickup, pack your stuff, and leave the rest to us. We’ll pick up, store, and deliver your stuff back so you never have to rent a truck or visit a storage unit.
2. MakeSpace is more affordable than self-storage
Storage rates in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC are extremely expensive. MakeSpace is able to offer you much lower rates because we don’t need to occupy pricey real estate like self-storage.
Plus, when you commit to an annual plan, your rate can be up to 30% lower. And unlike self-storage, we’ll never increase your monthly bill for the same plan size. In fact, if you store fewer items that could fit in a smaller storage space, we’ll lower your bill.
On top of that, deliveries start at only $20. That’s less than the cost of a roundtrip cab and a latte. 🙂
3. You get FREE storage bins and wardrobe boxes
Save hundreds on boxes and tape by using our free durable storage bins and wardrobe boxes. We’ll drop off as many as you want when you schedule your storage pickup.
4. You get a FREE online photo catalog of your stuff
Drag your mouse to your storage unit, not yourself. When you need something back from storage, you don’t have to dig through boxes for hours inside a dusty storage unit. Simply log into your online MakeSpace account, click the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver your stuff to you.
5. Your stuff is always safe
Our secure storage facilities are closed to the public and have 24/7 security, motion-sensing cameras, and alarms to ensure the safety of your stuff at all times.
6. We’ll pick up and drop off your donations to Goodwill
We’ll bring a shiny blue MakeSpace + Goodwill bag to your appointment. Fill the bag with anything you’d like to donate and hand it to us. We’ll drop off your donation to a local Goodwill — for free.*
7. Customers love MakeSpace.
Moving sucks. @MakeSpace made it all better. Love these people.