Chicago real estate expected to boom after a rough winter

Spring means a lot of things to homeowners from the return of lawn care to spring cleaning. However, it looks like "for sale" signs and storage options may be on the forefront for many residents in Chicago.

According to Crain's Chicago Business, nearly 10,000 new homes in the six counties that make up the metropolitan area were put on sales lists in the first two weeks of March alone, which is a 6.1 percent increase from the same time period in 2013. This means that moving, packing and storage units may be a common theme in the Windy City once the snow and ice starts to melt.

"It's really been non-stop the past few weeks," Karen Ranquist, an agent in the Lincoln Park office of Koenig & Strey Real Living, said to the source. "I'm up late dealing with people who want to get listed."

Homeowners aren't the only ones feeling the real estate boom in Chicago. In recent years, many mid-level start-ups have been flocking to the West Loop and River North for working spaces, and the space is getting a bit tight, according to Medill Reports. This means that many businesses and residents alike may be in the market for self storage in Illinois once spring arrives in Chicago.

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Tips for storing musical gear and equipment

There's no doubt that music is becoming more and more digital these days. However, if you are looking to preserve that beloved vinyl collection, you're a classical composer who needs space for all of that sheet music or want a climate controls for recording gear, then you will need the assistance of a storage unit.

Musicians typically love their musical equipment and gear as much as their instruments. Because recordings have become much more electronic in nature, taking care of these items has become even more important for artists. Here's some good ideas for properly storing these goods:

  • Got a lot of guitar pedals? Are you filling your storage facility with container after container of vintage records? These are highly sensitive items, so consider installing shelving or pallets to keep them off of the floor.
  • When it comes to piano gear, it's best to hire a professional. These instruments and the items that are used with them are notoriously heavy and hard to move, even with the most dedicated of friends and family helping you.
  • If you are storing CDs, DVDs or flash drives in your storage unit, be sure to keep them in waterproof containers to limit their exposure to humidity.
  • Give everything a good cleaning. Even in the cleanest of storage units dust is known to accumulate. Although there are covers that you can use to prevent this from happening, it's always a good idea to wipe everything down and give your gear a proper polish before it's put away.
  • If you really want to preserve those records or keep your electronic cords and gear in top form, you will need to invest in climate controls. Heat, extreme cold and humidity can do irreparable damage to your gear, and since these items are quite expensive to replace, the extra rental fee is well worth it.

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The ultimate checklist for the day before moving day

Whether you are hiring movers to haul everything to your new home and storage facility or are handling the relocation on your own, there are plenty of issues to iron out the day before your big move. To handle everything efficiently and painlessly, it's a good idea to follow this handy checklist so that nothing gets left behind.

  • Are you doing your own packing? If so, you will want everything sealed and ready to go the day before the move. There's nothing worse than carelessly shoving things in boxes at the last minute.
  • Pack an overnight bag with all of the essentials. This includes a change of clothes and daily toiletries – trust us, you will want a shower after the day is done. If possible, have fresh towels and a shower liner already laid out in your new home so you don't have to go on search for them in your boxes later.
  • Double check in closets, cabinets, drawers and crawl spaces for any items that might have been overlooked during the packing process.
  • Unplug all electrical equipment the night before your move, including stereos, television sets (with the exception of plasma TVs) and home computers. This will ensure that all of these machines go through a "cool down" process and will be room temperature the next morning.
  • Properly mark boxes with fragile items beforehand. This includes boxes that you don't want going on the moving truck or cartons that you want to be taken off first once the vehicle arrives at your storage facility.
  • If you are providing food or beverages for individuals helping you move, have all of these details sorted out the night beforehand.
  • As tempting as it may be to spend your last night in your own home, you and your family may be more comfortable in a hotel. You want to be as well rested as possible the day before a move.

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Tips for storing musical gear and equipment

There's no doubt that music is becoming more and more digital these days. However, if you are looking to preserve that beloved vinyl collection, a classical composer who needs space for all of that sheet music or want a climate controls for recording gear, you will need the assistance of a storage unit.

Musicians typically love their equipment and gear as much as their instruments. Because recordings are more electronic in nature, taking care of these items has become even more important for artists. Here are some good ideas for taking care of these items:

  • Got a lot of guitar pedals? Are you filling your storage facility with container after container of vintage records? These are highly sensitive items, so consider installing shelving or pallets to keep them off of the floor.
  • When it comes to piano gear, it's best to hire a professional. These instruments and the items that are used with them are notoriously heavy and hard to move, even with the most dedicated of friends and family helping you.
  • If you are storing CDs, DVDs or flash drives in your storage unit, be sure to keep them in waterproof containers to limit their exposure to humidity.
  • Give everything a good cleaning. Even in the cleanest of storage units dust is known to accumulate. Although there are covers that you can use to prevent this from happening, it's always a good idea to wipe everything down and give your gear a proper polish before it's put away.
  • If you really want to preserve those records or keep your electronic cords and gear in top form, you will need to invest in climate controls. Heat, extreme cold and humidity can do irreparable damage to your musical equipment, and since these items are quite expensive to replace, the extra rental fee is well worth it.

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Plan ahead for home renovation issues

If you are planning on giving your new home an overhaul, you may be considering a renovation to make things run a bit more smoothly. There is a lot to consider when tackling the task of home remodeling, from downsizing items into your storage unit to added stress. In fact, according to a survey by Bolster Corporation, 60 percent of individuals claimed that a major home renovation is just as stressful as taking out a new mortgage.

However, it doesn't have to be that way if you avoid some common renovation mistakes. Getting organized and utilizing your storage unit are great places to start, but here are some other issues that you can iron out before the overhaul begins:

Have the bulk of the costs figured out from the get-go: Finances are likely the No. 1 stressor for those looking to update their home. Make a checklist for everything you will need – including a budget amount for those little unforeseen extras – well beforehand to make the renovation more feasible for your wallet.

Have a hands-on approach: Don't let your contractor take control of your own home. Be sure that you grasp all of the details that might be involved so that you can upkeep your home efficiently.

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