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The Best Tips for Packing Up and Going

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Self Storage, Storage Tips | 0 comments

Who hasn’t felt it a few times in life, the need to just get up, get out, and move to somewhere new? Most people chicken out when the mood takes them, but for some of us, we actually go through with it.

For those who decide they really want to pull it off, there are a number of complications ahead. There’s finding a job in a new place, finding a good place to live, getting the money to gather for deposits, rent, and moving expenses. It isn’t easy.

And then there’s the actual process of moving. For those who have never done it before, moving can be its own special kind of challenge, one that keeps some people from actually pursuing their desire for a fresh start.

So, with that in mind, here are a few packing and moving tips that I’ve condensed from Your Austin Storage to help all of you looking to move who need just a little more advice.

Clearly mark boxes

It will save a lot of hassle if you mark your boxes carefully. Write on every side of the box (so you don’t have to flip it around to see the information) and write all the items within. That can seem like a pain at first, but you’ll be glad later when you’re looking for that one particular item.

Organize and use your space

Whether you’re using your car, a pickup truck, a trailer, or a moving truck, the key is maximizing your space. Learn to stack items well and to get as much in safely and tightly as possible. Packing is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find you can fit much more into any space than you thought.

Think how you want things stored

When you’re packing things up, think about what needs to come out first when you reach your new place. You probably want furniture first (beds, couches, tables) and things like books last. So, pack your vehicle that way with furniture near the front where it’s easiest to access.

Take care with breakables and valuables

Take extra care of valuables. Wrap them in newspaper and then tape them to make sure the wrapping stays on. Don’t use just a little piece of tape. Cover the whole thing with tape to add extra protection. Then place it in a location where it won’t be able to fall but also doesn’t have a lot of heavy objects on top of it.

Clean everything

This is another extra step that can seem annoying at the time, but you’ll be glad when you open those boxes up and find everything clean and ready to go. When traveling, things can get messy. Mold can grow where you didn’t clean kitchen equipment. Objects can stick together. It’s just far more hassle later than just cleaning them first. Then, they’re ready for use as soon as you open the box.

I hope some of those tips help. Remember, getting a fresh start can be difficult, but it is almost always worth it!

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University of Chicago Landscaping

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

Colleges in the United States are more than just learning institutions; they are communities and are run like their own cities, and some colleges have more students living on their grounds than a small town has people. A student will spend the majority of their time at college roaming the campus grounds, so the University of Chicago has taken great pride in making sure that it is pleasing to look at. This is for the benefit of the general public and everyone in Chicago as well, as the university is a point of pride for the entire city.

The entire campus of the University of Chicago has been extensively landscaped, but it hasn’t always been that way. According to this featured article on the university website, when George Beadle became the president of the university in 1961, the university looked dull and weathered. He started off by simply planting grass in the quad and took careful measures to make sure students kept off the new growth. In 1983, the university barely looked better, and the new facilities manager had a dream of converting the entire campus into a botanical garden. It took until 1996 for the landscaping plan to be approved, and the very next year the campus was given official botanical garden status by the American Public Gardens Association. The plants and flowers are all labeled, and the University has a professional staff member dedicated to the upkeep of the grounds. This makes the University of Chicago very unique because while some colleges have a botanical garden or arboretum on campus, they usually don’t cover the entire grounds. The beautiful landscape is still being maintained, and university officials are considering where to place fences to prevent students from cutting corners and trampling grass on their way to class. However, there is not much vandalism, and as the beauty of the campus has increased, so too have students become more mindful of their surroundings.

One of the best things you can do for your personal health and well-being, and for your home, is to plant attractive flowers and trees around it. The new plants can attract local wildlife like songbirds and deer, the value of your property can go up, and shady trees and plants can even lower your energy bill, and that’s not to mention the wonders it can work on improving your mood. It would take a lot of work to make your home look as beautiful as the University of Chicago, but companies like Ware Landscaping in the Chicago area can help you beautify your home.

Landscaping is not something most people think about when they consider where they want to go to college, but it can make or break your time there. Colleges and universities around the United States should take care to beautify their campuses like the University of Chicago has continually. The beautiful scenery will certainly help students feel more at ease and comfortable, and the community around the college will benefit as well.

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The Partnership and Limited Liability Company (LLC) Business Structures

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Business Litigation | 0 comments

Partnership and Limited Liability Company (LLC) are two types of business structures those thinking of putting up their own firm can choose from. Partnership is owned by a group of individuals. Under this business structure, owners may choose either the General Partnership or the Limited Partnership. In General Partnership, ownership, management, duties and all profits and losses are shared by all the members of the group that put up the business. In a Limited Partnership, however, one of the members, usually the major financier, gains the right to manage the business; since all other partners shared only in the capital needed to start the firm, their right in running the business and their share in the profits and losses of the firm are, therefore, not equal with the major financier.

A partnership may be entered into informally, requiring only the shareholders’ common understanding and mutual consents: the only legal requirement needed is the business’ name for purpose of registration. This type of business can also be easily terminated upon the completion of a project, the resignation or death of any of the partners or when the partners make a decision to end it. But as the partners share in whatever profit is earned, they also share the debts incurred by their firm.

Filing of a certificate of partnership is usually done at the office of the Secretary of State. Though a contract of partnership among the partners is not really necessary, many legal experts advise this as this will save them from any possible litigation concerning the extent and limitation of their duties and rights.

For those intending to start a small business venture, however, the LLC format is more preferable. This is because an LLC combines the best features of a partnership and a corporation. Owners of LLCs (there may be just one owner or many owners can either manage the business or hire someone else to manage it for them. A couple of its main features are protection from personal accountability for business claims and debts (this means that, in cases, such as failure to pay company debts, the members’ personal possessions are safe from being claimed or confiscated by creditors, suppliers or by a landlord), and freedom from double taxation, since LLCs, which are referred to by the IRS as “pass-through entities,” pass the burden of tax payment to its members rather than to the business firm itself.

In a website found at www.rrs-law.com, it is said that, “Every business has unique needs, and different business models may be more appropriate for different types of company. Forming one and dealing with all the legal matters associated it can be stressful. Fortunately, with the guidance of a knowledgeable and experienced business attorney, you can rest assured that the decisions you make will set your company up for future success.”

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Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Criminal convictions affect many aspects of your life, like employment, family, and reputation. But the consequences may vary depending on the jurisdiction, type, and duration.
Criminal convictions affect many aspects of your life, like employment, family, and reputation. Aside from the direct consequences such as fines, prison, and probation, there are additional penalties attached to criminal convictions. These penalties are called collateral consequences. Below are the most common forms of collateral consequences.

Disenfranchisement

Those who are convicted of a criminal offense may suffer from disenfranchisement, or the exclusion from voting. Disenfranchisement can be permanent, or temporarily implemented until the convicted has served a sentence or completed a probation. This depends on the jurisdiction.

Limited employment opportunities

Most companies are very meticulous in their hiring process. They may be biased against those who have criminal convictions, limiting the employment opportunities of people who have them. Sometimes, the limited employment opportunity is a bigger financial consequence than the criminal punishment itself.

Limited housing opportunities

Government housing authorities and property owners may not allow those with criminal convictions on their premises, limiting the housing opportunities of people who have such convictions. These people are more likely to be in homes that have limited access to employment, medical services, and transportation infrastructure. This will affect the overall quality of their lives.

Loss of license

Professional licenses, such as for architects, engineers, medical practitioners, and lawyers, can be revoked or suspended because of a criminal conviction. Even simple licenses, such as for drivers, can also suffer the same fate, particularly because of reckless and negligent behaviors like driving under the influence and drug possession.
Even though these are the most common forms of collateral consequences, there are more out there that affect the lives of those who have been convicted. They may never be able to get pistol permits, federal student aid and loans, and government social insurance benefits. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a criminal conviction may have immigration consequences.

It is also important to note that being arrested for a crime does not necessarily mean that you are automatically guilty. You have the right to defend yourself from the possible consequences of criminal convictions, and the best way to do this is by getting legal help.

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Benefits of Self Storage

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Self Storage | 0 comments

Benefits of Self Storage

Storage facilities are there to make sure that we have space for our stuff. They are not just for unwanted junk, but also for items that we still legitimately need, such as extra appliances, furniture, and even vehicles.
Storage facilities are actually not just for personal use. It can be utilized for business purposes, particularly those that have big inventories. But aside from the obvious extra space, what are the benefits of having a storage?

You can take your time

Space is an important factor in convenient living. Sometimes, neighborhoods and apartments have rules regarding the number of items residents have, to ensure that there is enough space for everybody and that the premises is free of clutter. If you have your own storage, you can take your time to determine which items you can retain or throw. You cannot say the same thing to places that have space concerns.

You can stay organized

Having extra storage is not just for excess stuff. Sometimes, it is also about organizing all you stuff. For example, you can put your winter clothes and gears in the storage during summer time. When the cold season arrives, you can take out these clothes and gears and store your summer items. Organizing makes your use of space more efficient.

You can secure valuable items

Storage facilities, such as the Mopac Self Storage, have features to ensure that your items are safe, like security cameras, personal access codes, and climate control units. This gives you peace of mind that your valuable items are in good hands. It is best not to store valuable items of the monetary sense, like cash and jewelry. But other valuable items like those with sentimental value, such as documents and picture albums, are recommended. Storage facilities ensure that they are safe from the common dangers in where you live, like burglary and residential fire.

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