Worst Advice You’ll Hear about Car Storage

  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]

Should you Choose Outdoor or Indoor Storage For Your Vehicle?

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Are you looking to store your vehicle, but don’t know what type of unit to rent? Both drive-up indoor and outdoor vehicle storage units have their benefits. Your decision will ultimately depend on the vehicle you plan to store, the level of protection you need, and your budget. Here are some factors to consider:   Protection From the Elements Drive-up interior storage units are enclosed with roll-up doors like a garage. These units offer a high level protection from the elements and some even provide climate control. They are ideal for storing vintage or custom sports cars that need a high level of attention and upkeep. Outdoor storage spaces … [More]

Tips to Follow when Storing Your Car

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When storing your car for a period of time, there are a lot of things you need to do to make sure its components last during its period of non-use. To help you out, we interviewed automotive expert Tom Mollo of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and asked him to share his most recommended car storage tips.     We’ve also summarized Tom’s car storage tips below for your convenience. Be sure to follow these guidelines and recommendations when storing your vehicle to ensure its it top condition when you go to drive it again.   Top off the fuel tank Add a fuel stabalizer Change the oil and … [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]

Storing Your Vehicle During the Home Selling Process

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In a competitive sellers’ market, excellent home “staging” (arranging and prepping your home so that it appeals to buyers) is crucial. While it’s true that a lived-in look enhances your chance of a sale, having too much stuff, or the wrong stuff, can work against home sellers. While many sellers rent storage space to reduce clutter in their home while it’s for sale, many don’t think to store their vehicles. This is unfortunate, because storing unneeded vehicles, including boats, second cars, RVs and snowmobiles, may be a good strategy for getting your home sold. Here’s why: Vehicles take up a lot of space. This can make your garage … [More]

Why You’ll Need Climate Controlled Storage After Moving

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  You’ve been busy locating new housing and packing up boxes, so the last thing you want to worry about is your belongings getting damaged after the move. Thinking ahead now can help prevent disasters (large or small) later.   There are several reasons you may need to protect your belongings with climate controlled storage after relocating. No matter which reason applies to you, when you select storage with climate control, your belongings are housed in a safe, constant environment. Temperatures within climate controlled storage units range from 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, climate controlled storage offers greater protection from humidity, dust and pests.     After relocating, … [More]

5 Benefits of Choosing Climate Controlled Storage

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Are you looking to store your personal items, but don’t know whether to choose regular or climate controlled storage? While regular self-storage works great for plenty of household items, more sensitive items (such as family heirlooms, antiques, artwork or musical instruments) sometimes need a more consistent environment. Here are five benefits of choosing climate controlled storage for your most valuable items:   1. Protection From the Elements In many parts of the country, temps can soar over 100 degrees in the winter and plummet to negative digits in the winter. These extreme temperature changes can cause furniture and antiques to crack, rust, split, or corrode. Exposure to the … [More]

Climate Controlled Storage: How and Why

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“Climate control” is a term you often hear associated with cars, but self-storage facilities’ use of this technology is even more important. People entrust valuable — sometimes even priceless — possessions to us, so it’s imperative that we provide the perfect environment to keep everything in good shape. Climate-controlled units maintain a stable temperature and humidity regardless of what the weather is like outside.   How does this work? There are various strategies for making sure your storage unit stays temperate. These units have increased insulation and of course heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that allow users to set the elements of the climate via programmable … [More]

How Heat and Humidity Damage Your Favorite Things

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  We’re used to thinking of inanimate objects as insensitive to the things that bother humans, like very hot weather and high humidity, but the truth is that some of our belongings are extremely sensitive!   Certain items can be greatly damaged or completely destroyed by the effects of heat and humidity, but climate controlled storage can help prevent these sad stories. Here are some ways that many of your favorite things can become damaged during storage when exposed to heat or humidity.   Art Has a Breakdown High humidity can cause mold to grow on paper or canvas. Plus, high temperatures may cause deterioration of art materials. Even … [More]