<![CDATA[About Self Storage - Blog]]>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:27:51 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[ Tips to Make Moving Easier ]]>Mon, 22 Jun 2015 06:35:52 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-tips-to-make-moving-easier Moving is a stressful time for anyone, but with the right advance planning and supplies, it can be a lot easier than most people expect. The keys to making a move that is as efficient and stress-free as possible are relatively simple, but easy to overlook. Organizing your belongings, and packing them in ways that help keep them secure, is the first step. Using a coordinated moving plan that gets the majority of the work done in a single day is great, too, but it does require you to either hire help or to recruit it from your family and friends. Finally, providing yourself with options for storage can help to avert any anxiety that might come from staging unpacked boxes, having too many possessions for the new space, or other transitional issues.

The first step to a successful move is making sure that you have all the right moving supplies. This is about more than just boxes and packing tape, although you will want to make sure you have plenty of both. It’s also about making sure you have the specialty items that can really help you with your peace of mind. Items like flat screen protectors, furniture covers, and environmentally secure storage like airtight rubber tubs protect your more sensitive belongings, and that goes a long way toward ensuring that you have everything you need, in the condition you expect, at the end.

Packing items in these supplies is also part of the advance planning phase. Ensuring that environmentally sensitive belongings like electronics and fragile belongings are packed in secure, water-tight containers involves having a plan for cushioning and supporting them that gets the most out of your storage space without compromising on security. For less sensitive items like clothing, dishes, and other housewares, organizing various boxes is a matter of planning for the best combination of weight distribution and materials. Keep heavier, more dense items in smaller boxes when possible to avoid having any one carton that is a burden to lift and carry, and remember to stay organized by labeling your boxes.

Last but not least, consider your storage options. Many people find self-storage to be a useful tool when moving because it provides you with a location to store all of your packed belongings while you stage your new home. This can relieve the pressure felt by attempting to navigate around stacks of sealed cartons by providing a convenient and low-cost way to keep the clutter of moving at bay while you decorate. It can also provide relief by establishing a private space where you can keep older belongings that might not fit into your current space or your new choices for decor.

For more information on boxes in Salinas, visit this website.

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<![CDATA[Seeing Green: Simple Ways Self-Storage Operators Can Celebrate the Earth Every┬áDay]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:01:46 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/seeing-green-simple-ways-self-storage-operators-can-celebrate-the-earth-every-dayMuch like Christmas or Halloween, Earth Day only occurs one day of the year. Still the impact it makes on that day, April 22 this year, can have long-lasting affects for everyone, including self-storage operators… read more]]><![CDATA[The Essential Supplies for Your Next Move]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:00:09 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-the-essential-supplies-for-your-next-move Moving involves plenty of planning and preparation. You’ll definitely require boxes along the way, but there’s plenty more that goes into a well-executed move. Be sure you’re equipped with everything you need for a frustration-free moving process.

Boxes and Beyond

Containers aren’t limited exclusively to cardboard. Consider utilizing bags for delicate garments as well protecting mattresses and bedding. When it comes to cardboard boxes, make sure you have all the right sizes. Oversize containers may be needed to accommodate your flat television set, artwork, or other items with broad dimensions.

Signed and Sealed

Do yourself a favor and stock up on wide-tip permanent markers to label boxes in order to ease loading and unloading processes. Be sure also to secure boxes using the right kind of tape—proper packaging tape will offer the right kind of strength so the bottoms of your boxes don’t give out under the weight of contents.

Other Supplies

Ensure that you have the right kind of packaging material to protect fragile goods such as dishes and glassware. High-performance packing materials are designed to limit shifting of goods during movement, absorbing impact to keep breakable items safe. For larger items, moving blankets and similar padding may be necessary.

Packing up your home is only half the battle, so don’t let a lack of supplies slow you down. Assemble everything you need ahead of time for a quick and easy packing process that will start your move out on the right foot. For more information about moving supplies and packing peanuts in Salinas, please visit this website.

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<![CDATA[ Self-Storage Solutions ]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:58:52 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-self-storage-solutions
Storage units are more than just a place to put your junk these days. Whether you need a place to keep your personal belongings while you move abroad or need more room for business supplies, self-storage can help!

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<![CDATA[How to Prepare Your RV for Storage]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:57:05 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-how-to-prepare-your-rv-for-storage When the warm seasons wind down, it comes time again to prepare your RV for winter storage. There are numerous steps which go into protecting your vehicle, both in terms of the interior as well as the exterior.Follow this checklist for best results when storing your RV for the cold season.

Start From the Inside

After clearing all food items out of your RV, be sure to clean the refrigerator thoroughly and defrost the freezer. Leave doors open and position open boxes of baking soda in compartments for odor absorption. Turn off the liquid petroleum gas supply valve on the tank as well.

In addition to fridge doors, leave cabinets and drawers open for ventilation. Cracking open your overhead vents will also provide improved air circulation when the RV is being stored in a covered area. Keep windows covered to limit sun exposure which can damage furnishings and floor surfaces.

Outside Preparation Process

Give your RV a full exterior washing including the roof. Perform an inspection of all major seams and seals for cracks or imperfections. If repairs are needed, your RV dealer should be able to recommend sealants which are suitable for the job.

Try to store your RV in a covered setting to limit sun and elemental exposure. It’s not advisable to park it under trees or in wooded areas, however. If it must remain in the open during storage, consider investing in an RV cover made from breathable materials.

Mechanical Preparation

Finally, take a few steps to protect the components which power your vehicle. For long-term storage, remove your RV’s batteries and keep them charged until the vehicle’s ready for use again. Change out your oil and filters on the engine as well as the generator.

Check your owner’s manual to verify the correct type and concentration of antifreeze is present in your radiator. Double-check your fluid levels including brakes, transmission, power steering, and windshield washer solution. Finally, top off your gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

For more information about RV storage, please visit this website.

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<![CDATA[Misinformation About Self-Storage From Valet-Storage Company Makes Me┬áMad!]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:56:27 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/misinformation-about-self-storage-from-valet-storage-company-makes-me-madSelf-storage facilities are in scary neighborhoods, have long-term contracts and rate hikes, and jam-pack their customers’ stuff inside dirty, dusty storage units… read more]]><![CDATA[ Choosing the Right Size U-Haul Truck for Your Move ]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:55:35 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-choosing-the-right-size-u-haul-truck-for-your-move When it comes time to relocate or place items into storage, you can save a bundle by performing the heavy lifting on your own. A rented moving truck is an ideal way to transport large items while limiting the need for numerous round trips but determining the right size can be tricky. Reference these tips to make your move as painless as possible.

Standard Needs

U-Haul box trucks are available in a wide range of sizes. For small-to-midsize moves or relocations taking place over shorter distances, a 10’ truck will accommodate about 1-2 rooms of furnishings and possessions. Consider a 17’ truck for 2-3 bedrooms with the added benefit of seating for three in the cab.

Trucks for Smaller Moves

If only you’re moving the contents of a single room or studio apartment, consider a 9’ cargo van which will provide ample capacity plus enclosed coverage just in case it rains. For even smaller trips, boat towing, or other specialized needs, an 8’ pickup truck is efficient, affordable, and easy to load.

Big Trucks for Big Jobs

When transporting your belongings over long distances, select a larger truck to ensure that everything will fit in a single run. A 20’ truck will support a 2-3 bedroom move while 24’ is ideal for most 3-4 bedroom homes. Upgrade to a 26’ truck for 4+ bedrooms to avoid making multiple trips.

As an additional benefit, U-Haul box trucks feature a towing package to reduce unnecessary back and forth travel. After all, your move is already plenty complicated—why make it more challenging? For more information about U-Haul dealer in Salinas, please visit this website.

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<![CDATA[Wales Self-Storage Operator Storage Giant Creates Offbeat Commercial Designed to Amuse]]>Wed, 20 May 2015 09:25:18 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/wales-self-storage-operator-storage-giant-creates-offbeat-commercial-designed-to-amuseThis offbeat video from Wales-based self-storage operator Storage Giant harkens the days of crazy used-car commercials from the 1970s and ’80s... read more
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<![CDATA[Storage in Shadow]]>Wed, 20 May 2015 09:23:50 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-storage-in-shadow
Contrasting shades of shadow highlight the intricate design of this storage facility. Self- storage is a great tool for keeping your rarely used belongings safe, easily accessible, and out of your way.

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<![CDATA[Tips for Packing Your Moving Boxes]]>Wed, 20 May 2015 09:22:29 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-tips-for-packing-your-moving-boxes It can be stressful to pack your belongings and make all the necessary preparations to move, but with a few helpful strategies, you can pack your moving boxes like a professional.

Use the Right Sized Box

The smallest box is probably the right box. Large boxes are for lightweight or awkwardly shaped items. When you first begin packing, it may seem like the more you can fit into a box, the better, but keep in mind that every box you pack must also be moved. You should be able to comfortably heft the box, so pack only what you can lift.

Use Plenty of Packing Material

Sturdy boxes and spongy padding will help protect your household items as you pack. Wrap breakables carefully with Styrofoam or bubble wrap to insulate against the force of moving. There are specialized boxes to accommodate mirrors and pictures to make it simple to keep your artwork from breaking. The corners of frames are particularly susceptible to damage, so be sure to use plenty of padding or get the right sized foam corners to protect against scuffing.

Don’t Forget to Label Box Tops

Marking your boxes clearly can save you time. Be sure to write on the top of the box so the mover can easily read the contents of the box. Knowing whether the box contains books or a lamp can make all the difference when packing a moving truck or storage unit, and it makes it easier to place it in the correct room in the house at its final destination.

For more information on Storage Units in Salinas, visit this website.

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<![CDATA[Self-Storage Metropolitan Statistical Area Report - First Quarter 2015]]>Wed, 20 May 2015 09:18:04 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/self-storage-metropolitan-statistical-area-report-first-quarter-2015The Metropolitan Statistical Area Report contains information regarding income, expenses, occupancy, supply, rental rates and concessions within a specific MSA... read more ]]><![CDATA[How to Pack Heavy Items]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 09:14:16 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/how-to-pack-heavy-items Moving heavy items is definitely not an easy job; but if you learn a few tips beforehand, it won’t be as difficult as you think. If heavy and cumbersome items are to be protected during transit, they will need to be properly packed. Here are three tips that will help you pack heavy furniture successfully.

1. Disassemble

Bookshelves, bed frames, tables, etc. should all be taken apart. Disassembled furniture will be easier to pick up and load into the truck. All contents should be removed from all the drawers, and cabinet doors should be tied together with rope.

2. Use Blankets

Always use blankets to cover and wrap the furniture. Once the furniture is wrapped, tape the blankets so that they are secure. If you want to use shrink wrap, it is best to wrap the furniture first in blankets, and then add the shrink wrap. The reason for wrapping first with blankets is to avoid the plastic coming in contact with the wood or fabric of the furniture. This could cause mildew from condensation due to high temperatures in the moving truck.

3. Protect with Bubble Wrap

Always wrap any type of glass with packing paper, and then add a protective layer of bubble wrap. Be certain that the bubble wrap does not come in direct contact with the glass surface because the air pockets might leave behind impressions.

If these simple steps are followed, your furniture will be protected and will not likely sustain damage. Please visit this website for additional information on U-Haul trucks in Salinas.

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<![CDATA[Easy Access]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 09:10:05 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-easy-access
A 24-hour self-storage facility provides extra convenience for access anytime. The well-lighted entrance and interior adds increased security and safety. Self-storage is a great option for conveniently managing your storage needs.

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<![CDATA[StorageTreasures Integrates With OpenTech API to Streamline Online Self-Storage Auctions]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 08:59:23 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/storagetreasures-integrates-with-opentech-api-to-streamline-online-self-storage-auctionsStorageTreasures.com, an online-auction website that serves self-storage businesses and auction buyers, has integrated with the open application program interface (API), of OpenTech Alliance Inc... read more
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<![CDATA[Storage Unit Shelving]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 08:55:51 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-storage-unit-shelving Do you need a storage unit? Maybe your lease is up and your new place isn’t ready, or you just don’t have enough space where you live to keep and store all of the things that are near and dear to you. When you choose to put your things in a storage unit, you might want to consider installing shelves for these reasons.

1. Organization

Shelving will provide better access to your items. Climbing over and moving boxes to find what you are looking for is not ideal. This problem can be eliminated when you store and organize your belongings on shelves with the labels facing out.

2. Stable Stacking

Stacking boxes as high as you can is not safe. Towers of boxes fall over and break the things that they land on. Shelving prevents all of that. Small items like lamps, picture frames, and special figurines can be safely stored on shelves.

3. More for Your Money

Don’t make the mistake of renting more than one storage unit when you can maximize the space you need in one. Using shelves will give you the ability to put more into your unit and also offers the best value for the money.

The reason for storing your possessions is so that you can return to them, not to make them vanish. Don’t be the one that creates a black hole, where nothing can be easily found. You’ll be happy when you return to retrieve your things that you made the decision to organize. For more information on business storage in Salinas visit this website.

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<![CDATA[Moving Boxes in Style]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 08:54:32 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-moving-boxes-in-style Don’t you wish all movers were as well-dressed as these gentlemen? If you attempt such a feat yourself, just make sure to look both ways while crossing the street.

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<![CDATA[Handy Moving Materials For Your Next Move]]>Mon, 18 May 2015 08:53:18 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-handy-moving-materials-for-your-next-move It pays to be organized and have the important tools on hand to get your packing and moving done right. Stock up on these items for an efficient packing and moving experience:

• packing tape and dispensers
• moving boxes in several sizes
• mover’s stretch wrap.

Stick to Nice Tape

Be sure you have a quality tape dispenser or two and plenty of packing tape. Not all tape is created equal, though, so be sure your tape is suited to packing and moving. Cheap tape or duct tape will not hold your boxes closed and safely packaged through the process of moving and storing your things.

Just Buy Boxes

Go for a set of small, medium, and large boxes that coordinate. Get more than you think you will need. They will be sturdy, lasting, and they will fit snugly alongside each other in your moving van and storage unit. Those packing the truck will appreciate having boxes that are easily stacked together to maximize van space. Specialty boxes such as wardrobe boxes can neatly hold your clothing on hangers. Simply grab the clothing from the close thang in a wardrobe box to make packing closets a snap.

Use Mover’s Plastic Wrap

These large rolls of stretchy plastic are amazing for keeping furniture pads in place. With a furniture pad and the mover’s stretch wrap, you can keep all the surfaces of your furniture from rubbing against one another. The stretchy plastic sticks to itself so the padding stays put. Plus, a few layers of the wrap itself acts as protection from scuffing as you shift your furniture about on and off a moving truck. To get all your packing materials in Salinas visit this website.

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<![CDATA[Innovative Design Trends for Self-Storage Facilities 2015]]>Mon, 18 May 2015 08:52:32 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/innovative-design-trends-for-self-storage-facilities-2015The definition of innovate is “to introduce as or as if new; to make changes, do something in a new way.” We’re always looking for innovation in design, and self-storage is no stranger to this process... read more
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<![CDATA[How to Avoid Injury During a Move]]>Mon, 18 May 2015 08:50:40 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-how-to-avoid-injury-during-a-move Moving can be a long, tedious job where injuries can be easily sustained. If you are prepared and informed, you can reduce or even eliminate the chance of becoming injured while moving. Here are some rules that you should follow.

1. Learn to Lift Properly

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of bending at the knees and not at the waist every time you lift something. This habit will serve you well when it comes time to lift heavy objects during your move. Be sure that the object you are lifting is close to your body, and do not twist your body when picking something up. Position your legs so that they are apart, get a good grip, and then lift with your legs and not your back. Do your best to securely place your feet, and lift slowly and smoothly. Try not to jerk. If the object is too heavy to lift, try to push rather than pull.

2. Make Preparations

Being prepared is key to a successful move. Purchase a good pair of gloves with non-slip grips. Gloves will prevent items from slipping out of your hands. Prior to your move, be sure to ask for help. There is a good chance that you can’t do the job alone. Prepare the work area. Clear a path so that you are not likely to trip or slip.

Learning to lift properly and making preparations will protect your back and ensure an injury-free move. Please check out this website for more information on self-storage in Salinas.

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<![CDATA[Self-Storage, Technology and Around the Clock Convenience]]>Mon, 18 May 2015 08:49:41 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/self-storage-technology-and-around-the-clock-convenienceWith websites open 24/7 and everything just a few clicks away, convenience and immediacy are the new consumer buzzwords... read more ]]><![CDATA[How to Organize Your Storage Unit]]>Wed, 13 May 2015 06:16:17 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-how-to-organize-your-storage-unit
Having a storage unit does not have to translate to a space of disarray and chaos. There are plenty of ways to organize your self-storage, making it easier for you to locate the items you need when you need them... read more

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<![CDATA[Reasons to Invest in Self-Storage for Your Real Estate]]>Wed, 13 May 2015 06:09:56 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-reasons-to-invest-in-self-storage-for-your-real-estate When your place your home on the Real Estate market, the next step you step you should consider is to obtain a self-storage unit. It can be beneficial when trying to sell your property and can assist you in the transition to your own new space when the time comes.

Decluttering

The first step in staging your home for the Real Estate market is to declutter to create open, free flowing spaces. You want the potential buyer to be able to envision themselves and their family in the home so you will want to minimize your personal footprint. You also want them to imagine their own furniture and décor in the area, which is easier in sweeping spaces. Move furniture, décor and small items that that are not imperative for day-today living into self-storage during the staging process.

Moving

When it comes time for you to move out of your current home and into a new space, having a self-storage space can simplify the process. Not only will you have items already organized from the staging of your home, but as you pack the rest, you can move boxes into your storage space to allow for an open and clear area in which to pack the rest of your home. It can also allow you more room to play with dates regarding closing times and transition periods.

Having a self-storage unit allows you to pack and move on your own time-table while keeping your belongings organized and safe. Using a storage space can reduce your moving stress exponentially. For further information on self storage for businesses in Vista, visit this website.

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<![CDATA[Twitter Talk: How the Social Media Giant Can Help Your Self-Storage Business]]>Wed, 13 May 2015 06:08:03 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/twitter-talk-how-the-social-media-giant-can-help-your-self-storage-businessOf all the social media sites, it seems like Twitter is the easiest for self-storage operators to master. You don’t need to “claim” your business, “like” anyone or post a high-quality video... read more
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<![CDATA[ Tips for Packing for a Move ]]>Tue, 12 May 2015 07:02:55 GMThttp://about-self-storage.weebly.com/blog/-tips-for-packing-for-a-move
Moving a household can seem like a daunting task. After all, your entire life is being boxed up and transplanted. However, there are a few ways to reduce the intimidation factor.

First, take a serious look at your belongings to see what is really necessary.Evaluate large appliances and décor that may take up counter, floor or wall space. If it has not been utilized in the last six months -- a year for seasonal items -- toss or donate it. Take a fresh look at knick knacks to see which items truly hold value for you, whether sentimental or monetary, and discard any that are space fillers. If it does not hold substantial value, contemplate whether it is worth packing, transporting and unpacking. This is a great time to downsize your belongings and keep only those things that benefit you and your family.

If you are not hiring professional movers, you will want to locate boxes. Contact local businesses or grocery stores as a possible source, oftentimes free of charge. Otherwise, purchase an array of sizes along with packing tape and labels. Have a stash of markers available, as well.

Begin packing on a room by room basis, so items are clustered together. Pack things that you can go without for a while so you are not disrupting your neatly filled boxes later trying to find necessities. Consider moving these boxes to a self-storage unit to allow for more space and organization during your packing process. As you pack, be sure to label each box’s destination clearly so the person unpacking can deliver it directly to the proper space upon arrival. Place the room name on two sides of the box so it can be visible no matter how the package is set down.

Keep fragile items separate and, if possible, transport those on your own to ensure they do not get jostled or mishandled during transport. Jewelry and other valuable items should be kept with you for peace of mind and less chance of them getting misplaced or lost.

Toiletries and other bathroom supplies should be placed in a bag or small suitcase that you can keep with you so you can have instant access to them upon arrival to your new home or in case you have a day or two before you can access the rest of your items.

Moving does not have to be a stressful project as long as you plan ahead. For more information on self-storage in Vista, visit this website.

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