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Address Your Mess Answer Center

Questions about the Address Your Mess contest? Want to review the rules and regulations? Need to talk to a contest administrator? You’ve come to the right place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the contest rules?
Click here to read the official contest rules. The info in this FAQ section does not constitute the official rules.

How do I enter?
To enter, you must complete all required registration information and either upload a photo or video (no longer that 30 seconds in length) to www.unclebobs.com/mess depicting a room or rooms in your home, apartment, or living space that needs to be cleaned, decluttered, or organized.

Can I enter at an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage facility?
No entries will be accepted at local Uncle Bob’s Self Storage facilities. All entries must be submitted online at www.unclebobs.com/mess.

How do I know if I’m eligible?
No purchase necessary. To be eligible to enter, you must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States and be of legal majority in your jurisdiction (and at least 18 years of age or older). Employees of Uncle Bob’s Self Storage and members of their immediate families are not eligible to participate in this contest.

How do I win?

Fill out the registration info at www.unclebobs.com/mess and submit a photo or video no longer than 30 seconds in length showing a room in your home, apartment, or living space that needs to be cleaned, decluttered, or organized. Have fun and be creative! Your photo or video will be posted for public voting on www.unclebobs.com/mess. You will want to share the link to your image within your own social networks to encourage your friends and family members to help you win!



The public votes will be tallied and scored by Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, who will have final discretion regarding all winners. A weekly winner will be selected each week for eight weeks based on highest vote total for that week. These eight weekly winners will receive an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage prize package. The eight weekly winners will also be eligible for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner will be selected by a committee of judges from Uncle Bob’s Self Storage based equally on how well your entry tells your story, the entry’s overall creativity, and your entry’s public vote totals.

What are the Weekly Prizes?
The Weekly Prize Winner will receive a $100 Gift Card for Amazon.com and an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage prize pack including a track jacket, t-shirt, Frisbee, water bottle, and more. The Weekly Prize Pack is valued at $150! Visit the Prize Page now.

What is the Grand Prize?
The Grand Prize is a home visit from a certified professional organizer in your city to help you declutter and organize your space plus a three-day, two-night spa weekend for two to the Mandarin Oriental, Miami in Miami, Fla. Visit the Prize Page now.

Is this secure?
Yes, this website is secured by a GeoTrust Extended Validation SSL Certificate. You can verify a secure connection by checking the address line of the page you’re on. The address of a secure page will begin with “https” rather than “http.” Any personal information submitted to this website is secure and will not be sold to any third parties.

When will the winners be chosen?
The contest begins May 5, 2014. Uncle Bob’s Self Storage will determine the Grand Prize winner by July 1, 2014.
Weekly Voting Start Date/Time End Date/Time
Week 1: 5/5/2014 12:00 AM EST 5/11/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 2: 5/12/2014 12:00 AM EST 5/18/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 3: 5/19/2014 12:00 AM EST 5/25/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 4: 5/26/2014 12:00 AM EST 6/01/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 5: 6/02/2014 12:00 AM EST 6/08/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 6: 6/09/2014 12:00 AM EST 6/15/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 7: 6/16/2014 12:00 AM EST 6/22/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 8: 6/23/2014 12:00 AM EST 6/29/2014 11:59 PM EST

How will I know if I win?
Winners will be notified via email and, upon confirmation, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage will send their prize package via U.S. mail.

How many times can I enter?
Limit one entry per household.

Does it have to be a photo from a room in my home?
Yes. Any photo or video content submitted must be the home, apartment, or living space of the registered entrant. You cannot, for example, submit a photo or video of a room from a friend’s house, or a relative’s home, or your workplace.

Do any references to hoarding result in immediate disqualification?
Yes. Hoarding is a recognized mental condition and we want to be sensitive to people who may suffer from the issues associated with hoarding. We do not take this topic lightly and we do not wish to poke fun at individuals who are dealing with a real problem. Any reference to hoarding, hoarders, or pejorative terms associated with the practice of hoarding will result in automatic disqualification and the entrant will not be notified.

Do I have to pay taxes on the prizes?
All winners are solely responsible for any taxes associated with receipt of prizes. The Grand Prize must be reported by Uncle Bob’s Self Storage to the IRS on Form 1099 as income.

Is Mandarin Oriental, Miami a sponsor for this contest?
No. The Mandarin Oriental, Miami is a registered trademark of the Mandarin Oriental Group and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. The Mandarin Oriental Group and/or its affiliates are not participants in or sponsor of this promotion.

If I win, will my photo, video, name, etc. be used for promotional or commercial purposes?
Maybe. Uncle Bob’s Self Storage reserves the right to use your name and location, as well as any content you submit for the contest, in future commercials, promotions, media, etc.

Will I get paid if my name, photo, or video appears in a commercial, advertisement, or other promotional materials?
There will be no payment of any kind for appearing in any Uncle Bob’s Self Storage promotional materials. By entering the Contest, you consent to the use of all information in the entry including and without limitation: your name, likeness, and other information, for any and all publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes.

Official Rules

No purchase necessary to win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Void where restricted or prohibited by law.

In order for an Entry to be considered valid, you must read and agree to these Official Rules by clicking the “I Agree” checkbox on the official online contest entry form. At all times during the Address Your Mess Multimedia Contest (the “Contest”), you must abide by the Official Rules and comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no role in determination of the Winners.

Entry Period
The Contest Entry Period begins on 5/5/2014, and ends 6/29/2014. All Entries must be received during the Entry Period. For purposes of these Official Rules, all times and dates are Eastern Standard Time. Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Contest. Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by your online service provider will apply. It is your sole responsibility to notify the Sponsor if you change your e-mail address. All Entries become Sponsor’s property and will not be returned or acknowledged.

Sponsor
The Contest is sponsored by Sovran Acquisition L.P. (d/b/a Uncle Bob’s Self Storage), 6467 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Eligibilty
The Contest is only open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States who are of legal age in their jurisdiction (and are at least are 18 years of age). Entrants must be fully able and competent to enter into, abide by, and comply with these Official Rules. Employees of Sponsor, its parent company, its subsidiaries, and members of their immediate family are not eligible to participate in the Contest. Limit one Entry per household. All determinations of eligibility shall be made in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. By entering your written application and/or uploading a photo or video, you agree that you have read and consent to be bound by these Official Rules and the Sponsor’s privacy policy. http://www.unclebobs.com/privacy.cfm

How to enter
No Purchase Necessary. Complete an Entry by visiting the Contest Website at www.unclebobs.com/mess during the Entry Period, and complete all required registration information. When all required registration fields are complete, upload a photo or video no longer than 30 seconds in length that shows a room or area of your home, apartment, or living space that is, in your opinion, disorganized. If you choose to submit a video Entry, the video should be no longer than thirty (30) seconds in length. In case of a dispute as to the identity of any entrant, Entry will be declared made by the owner of the registered e-mail account on such Entry. Limit: one Entry per household. Sponsor and/or designated representatives will review all Entries received, and will only post those Entries on the Contest Website that conform to these Official Rules as determined by the Sponsor at its sole discretion. Eligible entry photos and videos will be posted on www.unclebobs.com/mess and voted on publicly to help determine the 8 Weekly Winners. At the conclusion of the Public Voting Period, the 8 Weekly Winners will be eligible for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected by a judging committee consisting of Uncle Bob’s Self Storage representatives (hereafter known as Judges) using vote tallies and creative merit as criteria.
IMPORTANT: You are advised to retain a copy of your Entry in the original format after uploading it to the Contest Website.

Entry Requirments/Clearances

Automatic Disqualification: In the event that any Entry does not effectively meet the Requirements & Clearances, the Sponsor will disqualify and discard the Entry either immediately or at any time during the Contest. The following Requirements and Clearances apply:


(a) Technical Requirements For Uploading Entry: Each Entry must meet the following requirements: (i) photo files must be submitted in one of the following formats: .jpg, .bmp, .png, .gif, or .tiff; (ii) video files must be submitted in one of the following formats: .avi, .mov, .mpg, .mp4, .wmv, .3gpp; (iii) no photo or video file can exceed a file size larger than 150 MB; (iii) no video can be no greater than thirty (30) seconds in length; and (iv) all contestant registration submissions must be in English.


(b) Publicity Release: By entering the Contest, you consent to the use of all information in the Entry, including, and without limitation: your name, likeness, and other information, for any and all publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes as Sponsor may select in its discretion.
You also agree that your Entry may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, be posted online at the Contest Website and/or any other website as determined by Sponsor, for visitors to the website(s) to view, comment, and vote on.


(c) No Infringement: The content of the Entry must not infringe upon any person’s or entity’s intellectual property rights in any way, including and without limitation, any copyrighted material, trademarks, or logos. Each Entry must contain photographic or video content taken solely from the home, apartment, or living space of the entrant. No entrant may submit photo or video content of another individual’s home, apartment, or living space as his or her own Entry, even with the permission of the third party.


(d) No Names and Likenesses Without Permission: Unless express prior written permission has been obtained, an Entry must not include any individual’s name or likeness (other than your own, in whole or in part), refer to public figures, or contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other identifying elements of any person, living or dead.


(e) Obtain Third Party Releases: If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or are subject to the rights of third parties, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents in writing necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules. You must obtain a signed release from any identifiable person who is seen, heard, or has allowed the use of his/her name, likeness, or voice in the Entry, or that has otherwise contributed to the Entry. A completed Entrant Release Form must be provided to Sponsor upon request. The 8 Weekly Winners and the Grand Prize Winner (collectively referred to as the “Winners”) must complete and submit an Entrant Release Form. You must be 18 years of age to enter the Contest.


(f) Content and Originality: Each Entry must be your original work, may not have been previously published, and may not have won previous awards. The Entry must not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity and may not contain any prohibited uses. By submitting an Entry, you agree to indemnify Sponsor in respect of any and all claims, judgments, losses, damages, settlements, expenses, costs and other liabilities and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) relating to or arising out of any breach by you of any of your obligations under these Official Rules.


(g) No Illegal, Offensive, or Inappropriate Content: The Entry must not, in the discretion and judgment of the Sponsor, (1) (a.) contain words, images or statements considered offensive to individuals of any age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic group (or other protected class), or disability; (b.) contain words or references to hoarding, compulsion, obsessive-compulsive disorder(s), mental illness, impairment, or any other terms or comments deemed by the sponsor to refer to legitimate medical or mental health conditions; (2) contain any threats to any person, place, business, group, or entity, or contain material that is unlawful; (3) contain materials that promote bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual, or that promote discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic group (or other protected class), or disability; (4) contain any materials that depict illegal acts, are sexually explicit, libelous, obscene, violent, hateful, or slanderous; (5) contain other inappropriate content which includes, but is not limited to, any display of smoking, alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, harming of animals, nudity, provocative/suggestive outfits or poses; or (6) contain content inconsistent with Sponsor’s reputation and image.



Selection of winners

All eligible Entries received during the Entry Period will be voted on by the general public during the Public Voting Period from 5/5/2014 through 6/29/2014 to select the 8 Weekly Winners. Each week during the Public Voting Period, one Weekly Winner will be selected. Entries submitted by the 8 Weekly Winners will be eligible for the Grand Prize


(a) PUBLIC VOTING TO SELECT WEEKLY WINNERS: The photos and videos will entered by eligible entrants will be posted on the Contest Website. VVisitors to the Contest Website will be given the opportunity to vote on their favorite photo and video submissions during the Public Voting Period. One (1) Entry shall be selected from the Entries properly submitted during the Entry Period during each weekly Public Voting Period.


Weekly Voting Start Date/Time End Date/Time
Week 1: 5/5/2014 12:00 AM EST 5/11/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 2: 5/12/2014 12:00 AM EST 5/18/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 3: 5/19/2014 12:00 AM EST 5/25/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 4: 5/26/2014 12:00 AM EST 6/01/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 5: 6/02/2014 12:00 AM EST 6/08/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 6: 6/09/2014 12:00 AM EST 6/15/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 7: 6/16/2014 12:00 AM EST 6/22/2014 11:59 PM EST
Week 8: 6/23/2014 12:00 AM EST 6/29/2014 11:59 PM EST

Each visitor to the Contest Website may vote only one time per day. Each week during the Public Voting Period, the entrant with the highest number of votes as determined by the Sponsor, whose decisions are final, will be deemed the Weekly Winner. In the event of a tie, tied Entries will be re-judged by the Judges on the criteria listed in Rule 6b. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any votes that are cast in violation of these Official Rules, or are cast to achieve an unfair advantage. Entrants are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to any person, or directly or indirectly using automated or improper means to submit votes or create accounts.


b. JUDGING TO SELECT GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Entries submitted by the 8 Weekly Winners will be eligible for the Grand Prize. Entries eligible for the Grand Prize will be selected by Judges following the Public Voting Period on the following criteria, with equal weight being given to each criteria element:

  • Communication - how well the entrant tells his/her story using an image or video
  • Creativity - how much creativity is displayed in the photo or video presentation
  • Voting – the popularity of the content with the voting audience

One Grand Prize Winner will be selected by the Judges. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on or about (7/1/2014).



Prizes and Approximate retail values ("ARV")

a. WEEKLY WINNERS:
Weekly Prize Includes: Each of the 8 Weekly Winners will receive an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage fleece jacket, valued at $35; an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage t-shirt, valued at $8; an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage water bottle, valued at $4; an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Frisbee, valued at $2; and an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage stress ball, valued at $1. Total ARV of each prize is $ 50. If the actual value of a prize is less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded. No additional compensation will be awarded to Weekly Winners who are not selected as the Grand Prize winner. Any depiction of prize is for illustrative purposes only. Prize is not redeemable for cash and is non-transferable. Substitutions can be made at Sponsor’s sole discretion, in which case a prize of equal or greater value may be substituted. Prize elements may not be separated. Weekly Winners are responsible for any and all taxes and fees associated with receipt and/or use of prize. Total ARV of all 8 weekly prizes is $400.


b. GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
Grand Prize includes: The Grand Prize Winner will receive a session with certified professional organizer not to exceed $500; round-trip airfare for two to Miami, Fla., valued at $1,200; three days and two nights at the Mandarin Oriental and Spa, valued at $1,800. Total Grand Prize ARV is $3,500. If the actual value of a Grand Prize is less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded. No additional compensation will be awarded to the Grand Prize Winner. Any depiction of prize is for illustrative purposes only. Grand Prize is not redeemable for cash and is non-transferable. Substitutions can be made at Sponsor’s sole discretion, in which case a prize of equal or greater value may be substituted. Grand Prize elements may not be separated. Grand Prize Winner will be required to complete a W-9 tax form and are responsible for any and all taxes and fees associated with receipt and/or use of prize. Grand Prize Winner will be required to complete a W-9 tax form and is responsible for any and all taxes and fees associated with receipt and/or use of prize.


Verification of winners and delivery of prizes
All Winners will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability, Talent Release, and, where legally permitted, a Publicity Release. Prizes may be awarded to alternate entrant if Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability are not returned within five (5) business days after mailing to Winner, or if prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable. Sponsor reserves the right to conduct a background check of Winners before awarding any prize. If the background check reveals any information that, in the Sponsor’s sole judgment, shows the entrant has engaged in any conduct that would reflect adversely on the Sponsor, the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify the entrant and may award the prize to an alternate entrant.

General Rules

The Contest is governed by and subject to the laws of the state of New York without regard to principles of conflicts of law. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law. By entering the Contest, you release and hold harmless the Sponsor, Administrator, and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agencies (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”) against any and all claims and liability arising out of participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, including Winners’ use or misuse of a prize. Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Contest or use/redemption of Prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other errors these Official Rules, in the printing of the offer, the administration of the Contest, or in the announcement of the prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to or alterations of Entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or for inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive Entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, then, subject to any governmental approval which may be required, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest. If technical malfunctions or suspect voting irregularities corrupt the voting process, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to award all prizes based solely on the Judges’ discretion. In the event of termination, a notice will be posted on the Contest Website and all eligible Entries received prior to termination will be judged, per these Official Rules.


SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT IN ITS SOLE AND UNFETTERED DISCRETION TO DISQUALIFY ANY PERSON WHO TAMPERS OR IS SUSPECTED OF TAMPERING WITH THE ENTRY AND/OR VOTING PROCESS. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION TO DISQUALIFY ALL VOTES FROM VOTERS THAT ARE DEEMED TO BE FRAUDULENT.


Sponsor reserves the right to make any use, including no use, of the Entry and to determine the medium for its exhibition, if any, at any time. Sponsor reserves the right to immediately remove any Entry or Entries from the Contest Website and any Sponsor or Sponsor-affiliated websites at any time and for any reason. Sponsor has the right to disqualify any entrant whose Entry is the subject of a legal claim by a third party. Any remedies that you may have against Sponsor or Promotion Entities in connection with the Contest shall be limited to the right to recover damages, if any, in an action at law, and you hereby waive any right or remedy in equity, including any right to rescind Sponsor’s right and interest in and to the materials or to enjoin or restrain the production, marketing, publishing, exploitation, distribution, or exhibition of the Entry or any other related materials.



Grant of rights
By submitting an Entry, entrant irrevocably assigns and transfers all rights, title, and interest in the Entry to Sponsor, including, without limitation, all copyrights, and all rights incidental, subsidiary, ancillary, or allied thereto (including, without limitation, moral rights and all derivative rights) in and to the Entry for exploitation throughout the universe, in perpetuity, by means of any and all media and devices whether now known or hereafter devised. Each entrant agrees to execute any documents that Sponsor may require to affect such transfer of rights.

No obligation to use
Sponsor shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any Entry, regardless of whether or not it is a prize-winning Entry, in advertising, merchandising, or promotion, or to otherwise distribute, publicize, or exploit any Entry, regardless of whether or not it is a prize-winning Entry, or, if commenced, to continue the distribution, publication, or exploitation thereof. Sponsor may at any time abandon the use of any Entry, regardless of whether or not it is a prize-winning Entry, for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and neither entrants nor Prize winners shall be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.

Winners' names
Winners will be posted at www.unclebobs.com/mess.

Privacy policy/data collection
Information provided by you under this Contest is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy located at http://www.unclebobs.com/privacy.cfm.

The Mandarin Oriental and Spa is the registered trademarks of the Mandarin Oriental Group and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. The Mandarin Oriental Group and/or its affiliates is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.

Amazon.com Gift Cards are issued and © 2014 by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington company. Neither Amazon.com, Inc. and/or its affiliates nor ACI Gift Cards, Inc. are participants in or sponsors of this promotion. For questions regarding the Terms and Conditions regarding the use of Amazon Gift Cards, please refer to http://amzn.to/TbfylU.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.