5 Tips for Packing Your Stuff for Storage

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The basics of moving don’t seem complicated: boxes, wrapping material, tape. But you might want to think a little more deeply if you really want your stuff to stay safe and clean, especially if you are moving your things into storage for an extended period. Here are some tips to make your packing the best it can be.   1. Use sturdy, undamaged boxes. When moving into storage, you have to consider the longevity of your boxes; they need to be durable enough to hold up for weeks, months, or years under a lot of weight. Almost as important is using boxes in only a few sizes to … [More]

Rotate Your Storage Unit

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  You know that rotating your tires is a good practice, but do you also know that now could be the perfect time to rotate your storage unit? Just to be clear, rotating your storage unit doesn’t involve moving your stored belongings to a different storage unit. Instead, when you rotate your storage unit, you’re moving items around inside the storage unit.   Unlike a simple spring-cleaning to remove dust and clutter, a storage unit rotation gets you into the guts of your stored belongings. Sound intimidating? It shouldn’t be, but devote a few hours to the task. First, let’s talk about why you should rotate your storage … [More]

Right-sizing Your Storage Unit

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  It’s a question we get all the time: What is the right size storage unit for my stuff?   There are general guidelines, but how can you know if your stuff compares to the generic templates used to generate those guides?   The trick is to not over-think the project. The vast majority of customers will find that their stuff fits into the storage unit that the guidelines recommend. If you have a 1 BR apartment, go with a 10’ x 10’. A three-room office? 10’ x 15’.   Here’s a handy visual for matching your needs to the best unit size. First, the sizes: What to … [More]

How to Store Your Car

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Whether you’re storing a classic car for posterity or sticking your car in the driveway while away for a month, make sure you’ll return to a vehicle in good shape. Proper storage is essential, whether you’re leaving it outside or in. Follow these steps.   First, wash the car, then change the oil and filter. Then top up the tank with premium gas and check coolant levels. Filling up the fuel tank all the way to the top will prevent condensation inside. You may want to add a gasoline stabilizer, often used in lawn mowers and landscaping equipment.   Next, fill your tires up to the manufacturer’s recommended … [More]

Spring-cleaning Your Storage Unit

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At long last, spring is here! It couldn’t be more welcome, but it does bring a few things to worry about. One of those is your stuff in storage, especially unheated storage.   If your unit is climate controlled, you can breathe easy: A seamless transition between climatic states is part of what you’re paying for. But if you have your stuff in a standard unit, be aware that the increasing humidity and heat might affect your stuff in various ways.   Get ready to do a little “spring cleaning” in your unit to make sure nothing gets damaged.   Documents: These are sensitive to heat and moisture; … [More]

Meet the Storage Unit Size Calculator

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  One thing I find annoying is wanting to buy an item or service, but not being able to figure out exactly what I need. It can help to talk with a salesperson, but sometimes I just want to get my answers quietly at 10 p.m. with a laptop balanced on my lap while I click around on the TV. And I don’t think I’m alone! If you’re wondering what size storage unit you need, the good news is that ­– night owl or early bird – you can get an answer right away, wherever you are.     Storage Calculator Gives Quick Answers to Storage Unit Size … [More]

Prepare Your RV to Roll into Summer

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  RVs everywhere are stretching their collective arms, giving out big yawns, and preparing themselves to get on the road again. If only it were that simple! But, of course, our RVs need us to wake them gently in the spring.   You probably carefully winterized your RV last fall, but now you have a few more spring maintenance tasks to complete. Keep yourself motivated while getting your motorhome ready for summer by anticipating all the fun ahead!     RV Spring Maintenance Checklist: Make it Roadworthy   Here’s a handy checklist to get you moving in the right direction with your RV before your first trip after storage. … [More]

Worst Advice You’ll Hear about Car Storage

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  There’s plenty of bad advice out there, and it often comes from well-meaning people. Yet, when it comes to car storage, you should do your own research for best results! Preparing for car storage can help you can avoid some problems like paint damage, fused wipers, flat spots and more.   Whether it’s bad advice you hear, or your own voice whispering in your ear, remember to avoid the bad car storage advice below, and you’ll have a happier car storage experience.     Go ahead and store a dirty car, who cares. No way. Stuff left on the exterior of your car can cause paint damage. … [More]

How to Monitor Your Storage Unit’s Climate Control

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  Although your storage facility is dedicated to maintaining the perfect temperature and humidity in your climate-controlled unit, it can never hurt to be vigilant.   Whenever you visit, check to ensure the space is just how you need it to be. If you’re away for lengthy periods and unable to check yourself, contact the building manager at regular intervals to request a report on the temperature and humidity levels in your unit.   Climate-controlled storage units should maintain temperatures between 55°F and 85°F. Average relative humidity levels for indoor spaces should be between 35 percent and 45 percent.   Place a thermometer and a humidity card or … [More]

Questions To Ask When Looking at Storage Facilities

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You’re hot on the trail of a quality storage space for your stuff. You’ve narrowed down the size and type of unit you’ll need and the general location you’ll be targeting.   Now the question is which of the facilities in the area to sign on with. What are helpful questions to ask when you visit? Take this list with you and you’ll be on your way.   How will your stuff be treated? Does the facility have units of the size and type you’ll need? Can you get a sufficiently convenient unit, with drive-up access or proximity to a door? Does the facility have climate-controlled units, if … [More]