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    Default MAJOR Office Rehab

    Well it started today. The construction crew showed up at 7am. We have been preparing for over a week and when it is all said and done, we will have an office that is twice as big! New floors, new paint, new countertops, new cabinetry, new blinds! It is all so very exciting! Anyway, since we live onsite, tonight we will be moving our office into my LIVING ROOM!! Obviously, our restrooms will be closed for renovations! I am not about to let the public use my personal bath! LOL!! Can you imagine running your self storage business out of your living room! At least I have a nice TV in there and can get caught up on The Young and the Restless! j/k!

    They tore out two walls today and my office already looks huge! And my owners, being the wonderful folks that they are, are buying enough wood flooring to do my bath and kitchen in the house! They are even letting me completely redo my bathroom with new toilet, new vanity, new paint, new hardware and new decor. SO, if I am not on here much in the next two weeks, this is why!

    It's crazy around here! But luckily, this will all be done just in time for November and the beginning of the Holiday Season!

    Just wanted to share!!
    Stephanie Tharpe
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    A+M Group, LLC
    Nashville, TN

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    Default One word of advice...

    If you don't have one already for the construction, rent a port-a-potty. Otherwise, you will have customers begging to use your personal restroom. Try turning down an elderly person, or a Mom with a kid in tow. You'd feel like a heel, so get one in. They're cheap enough. Good luck with all the renovations and expect delays. They are part of the game!
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    This will be so worth the inconvenience -- you will be so amazed at the changes this will make in your day to day operations.

    An office makeover is one of the best marketing tools you will ever have! Imagine all the walk in traffic that will be impressed with your new office.
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    Good luck with your new office. It will change your business and your sense of pride in your workplace.

    When we got to Cashiers, the office was a really nasty 12 x 12 space that was converted, or so it seemed. Within a week or so, we moved the office to what had been the apartment living room. Not particularly nice, but way bigger that the first. About 14/15 months ago, we moved to our new office. 100 year old barn wood (you know, used stuff, not new), granite counter tops, hard wood floors(not available from your neighborhood home improvement center, but cut from huge beams). what a difference it makes in your approach to work.
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    Thanks guys! I know it will be worth it! So far, the people coming in my living room are just amazed, they are like Wow you really DO live here!! I think it is going to be just beautiful. And hopefully we will not run into too much delay!
    Stephanie Tharpe
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    We are on Day Number 8 and wow, the dust is really getting to us! And today they start sanding! Everything so far, has stayed on schedule. This week will be priming, painting and putting up the new track lighting! My husband picked it out and I must say that I was very impressed with his selection! Men do have class! LOL!!

    The floor, countertops and everything is going to be just beautiful! I will have to post before/after shots......

    Oh yeah, and then we are scheduling a Grand Opening! A Ribbon Cutting and everything! It will be a great photo-op, get us in the paper! Our local Chamber is the BEST!!!
    Stephanie Tharpe
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    A+M Group, LLC
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    Default dining room office..............

    thats funny, renting out of your frontroom, that is exactly what we do here
    we live in a mobile home of which the dining room was turned into the worlds smallest office ( book of records, here i come).

    We do not have a public restroom, we have posted that really big and really red! still dont work they come in and ask can i use your bathroom please!
    I do once in awhile with children.

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    Hey, MCG. Could you have your contractor do something about the dust. The air is so dusty here now, we can't even see the mountains. Come on now. have them hustle.
    Bob Taylor (Astro)
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