There are several reasons why you might be on the lookout for a short-term solution for storage. Maybe you have some time until your moving day with nowhere to keep your things before then, or maybe you’re doing a home improvement project and need to clear out a couple of rooms during building. Whatever the reason you’re searching for short-term storage, you’ll want to bear in mind a few things when deciding where and how to store your possessions.
Short-term storage for three months or less is really just storage for if you want to be able to access your things sooner rather than later. The storage choice you make will depend on the sort of move you are making, as well as the items you plan to store. Bear in mind the following factors when evaluating the options best suited to your needs.
Your Space Requirement
This is one of the main considerations for choosing any storage method for the short or long term. Storage facilities have a range of unit sizes and when you book you’ll want to get a general sense of how much room you’re going to use, so that you don’t get a unit that is either too large or too small. You’re going to want to know the size and shape of the boxes and/or other objects you will want to put in the storage room, and how you’re hoping to store them (i.e. all packed in or arranged according to a specific method so that you can access them when you need them). Use an online storage size calculator and address your needs with your storage facility to help you pick the correct size unit.
Storage Location and Access
As in the first case, based on the purpose for which you need temporary storage, you would choose to rent a unit that allows you easier access than a long-term unit would allow. For example, if you are storing things during a home repair or reconstruction project, consider buying a storage container that you can have right in your driveway so you can remove items quickly when you need them. If you don’t use your things on a daily basis, you would definitely always want a short-term storage facility that you can get to easily and use when you need to do so.
Look for short-term storage facilities that provide drive-up storage access so you can conveniently load and unload your container with the maximum access capability if you’re not storing the unit on your own property.
As for many of your other expenses, the less time for which you’re trying to reserve a storage room, the more you’d have to pay each month. To keep the prices down, it could be better to use a storage provider specialising in temporary storage, because the rates would already be designed with a view to short-term deals. Do your homework, compare rates among a few options, and check out any discounts or offers that might be out there.
Storage in Transit Options
If you’re hiring a moving service to help you pack your things anyway, ask if they’re providing storage in transit (SIT). This choice is perfect for those who temporarily store items in between moves because the movers can collect the belongings from your old house, store them for a certain period of time, and then drop them off at your new home when you’re ready to move in. It is not the cheapest choice and it is likely to set you back more than simply renting, but it covers the cost of hiring skilled movers handling your things. If you know you’re going to need movers anyway, going for SIT will be quicker and more cost effective than contracting movers for moving in and out of storage and paying for a unit in between the moves.
You do not always know the precise dates for which you will require your short-term storage unit or even a sequence of dates. This is particularly true if you store your things after you’ve sold your home, but you haven’t decided where you’re going to move to next. If this is the case, avoid the guesswork and search for a month-to-month lease for temporary storage.
If you are planning to store paintings, electronics, or other things that may be vulnerable to harm in a storage unit, make sure to search for a short-term alternative that offers both temperature protection and humidity control, if possible. This is highly important if you’re planning to store items during excessively hot or cold times. Just a short period in extreme conditions of temperature or humidity will affect such valuable objects, so you’ll want to ensure in advance that your belongings are going to be safe.
Irrespective of the length of the storage period, you want to be sure that the facility is doing all it can to keep your possessions safe. For a good chance that your possessions will be secured, search for a facility that has facilities such as surveillance cameras, locks, and on-site management. Ensure that the protection of your unit is factored into your calculations, especially if you intend to store high-value items.
Ultimately, it takes time to understand the complexities of your scenario, the various choices available in your region, and select the right short-term storage solution. Do not just go for the first alternative you see. Compare a few companies and their storage unit models, as well as the cost and scale, and factor in other critical variables. There are many temporary storage solutions of good quality, such as Safestore Containers, out there and no matter what your needs are, you will be able to find a perfect solution.
Violation of US election rules: Abrahim Tahir Javed under serious investigation
By Our Reporter
TEXAS: The Texas Ethics Commission has confirmed its investigation of Abrahim Tahir Javed for accepting unauthorised campaign contributions and for failing to file a campaign treasure appointment in violation of the election rules.
The Texas Ethics Commission says it’s investigating Abrahim Tahir Javed under case number SC-32309260 where the candidate was alleged to have failed filing a treasurer appointment in violation of Section 252.001 of the Election Code; and knowingly accepted campaign contributions of authorized campaign expenditures at a time when campaign treasurer appointment was not in effect in violation of Section 253.031.
Abrahim Tahir Javed, born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, is running to become the Commissioner for Fort Bend County, Sugar Land, Texas. He is the son of Muhammad Tahir Javed, the Texas businessman who was recently sacked by Pakistan’s prime minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar from the position of Overseas Investment Advisor after Javed’s previous fraud convictions in the United States came to the surface.
Investigation by the Texas Ethics Commission is not the only issue Abrahim Javed faces.
Abrahim Javed, a 24 year old recent college graduate, moved to Fort Bend County from his longtime home of Beaumont, Jefferson County in October, according to public records, a few weeks before the filing deadline for running for public office in the upcoming primary elections. Public records show Mr. Javed was issued a new driver’s license on October 1, 2023 with a conflicting Fort Bend address – just a few weeks before one could file for running for office.
The law is clear. Texas Election Code Section 141.001 explains that for someone eligible to run for office in Texas must (1) “have resided continuously in the state for 12 months” and (2) in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the filing deadline for the upcoming primary election. The filing deadline is December 11, 2024. To meet the six-month residency deadline, a candidate must be a resident of that precinct by June 11, 2024.
According to Public Records and Sources, Mr. Javed filed an “Appointment of Treasurer” form on September 25, 2023. On this government document, Mr. Javed listed “14415 Castlemaine Court, Sugar Land, TX 77498.” From a simple search, the address that Mr. Javed listed actually belongs to that of a local political operative Haroon Mougal who has been the subject of numerous Texas Ethics Commission investigations already.
Public records from Mr. Javed’s actual home in Jefferson County indicate that he was still registered to vote there as late as in September 2023. Another glaring discrepancy on governmental forms and documents now relates to Mr. Javed’s voter registration forms. After his recent move to Fort Bend County, his voter registration is now listed at 11826 Matagorda Ln, Sugar Land, Texas. There are multiple discrepancies on legal documents that Mr. Javed has filed with the government claiming various parts of his new residency status in Fort Bend County, but ALL of them well after the June 11th residency deadline. According to sources, Mr. Javed is also telling residents that he has been a long-time resident of Fort Bend County when that is clearly false and evidenced in his voter registration, social media accounts, and more that he has always lived in Beaumont of Jefferson County, Texas until he decided to move to Fort Bend County a few weeks ago to run for office.
The story of felonies and fraud begins much earlier with the father of Abrahim Javed, a formerly convicted felon Muhammad Tahir Javed. According to the court records of Texas, Tahir Javed was sentenced to five years of deferred probation for felony theft. He was then sentenced for five years but only served half of that term. Authorities in Texas had prosecuted him for theft and a minimum sentence for felony starts from a year. After his theft sentence in 1994, Tahir Javed focussed on business and with help from his brother he progressed and went on to set up several companies. Texas Jefferson County’s District Criminal Court data records Muhammad Tahir Javed’s felony theft as Cause: 56447; offence date: 25 September 1990, Beaumont Tx; filing date: 5 November 1990; offence description, theft by receiving; probation amount: 5; and description: P/G Judge; and Deferred Completed: 28th of March 1994.”
Again, in July 2017, Javed was warned of criminal prosecution, seizure or injunction by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The warning was issued over his Royal Smoke LL, an online purveyor of tobacco and tobacco related products. At the same time, Royal Smoke was subjected to government intervention.
“FDA has determined that Royal Smoke products are misbranded…because you sold these products to persons under 18 years of age,” an FDA warning letter to Javed said. Javed Tahir was additionally cautioned against labelling and advertising outside the scope of the law and barring corrective measures could face criminal prosecution. Tahir Javed describes himself as a Pakistani American entrepreneur, investor, business magnate, and philanthropist on his social media profiles.
In 2018, Muhammad Tahir Javed stood in US Primary Elections to represent Texas District 29 in Congress. His campaign manifesto stated that he “understands the problems facing the district and the country, and the experience and desire to get things done”. He had sought to replace Democrat Gene Green, who had served as the Texas District 29 Rep since the district was created in 1993. He lost the election to the veteran Democrat candidate. Muhammad Tahir Javed lost by a double-digit margin to now Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia.
At that time, Muhammad Tahir Javed announced to run for the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Position before his son, Abrahim Javed did. However, he was also slapped with a Texas Ethics Commission investigation – case SC 32306211, causing him to back out. In that time frame, Muhammad Tahir Javed was appointed by the interim caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan to a government post that was then immediately revoked a few days after its inception due to the failure of Muhammad Tahir Javed disclosing his criminal history in the US. There was even an attempt to influence the Jefferson County Clerk’s office to provide an unverified and unsubstantiated letter to the Government of Pakistan falsely claiming that Javed did not have any criminal history. However, that attempt failed and Pakistan premier Kakar sacked him.
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