Get Your Boat Ready for Summer

Preparing your boat for use this summer

Preparing your boat for use this summer

There are signs of spring popping up all over. These signs mean it’s time to start thinking about your boat. Some of your best memories are created while enjoying the sun and warm breezes out on the water with family and friends. Make sure you have a safe season by going through a checklist to make sure your boat is ready to be launched.

Prepare Your Boat for Successful Summer Fun

There are many types of boats, with varying sizes and designs that will make a difference on maintenance requirements and preparations needed to launch them. This is a generalized checklist for you to follow to make sure your boat is ready for summer fun.

General Areas

With a mild detergent, you should perform a general cleaning of your deck, topsides, and hull. Check your scuppers and drain to make sure they are clear of any debris and adding a good coat of wax is an ideal precaution to protect against weather and water.

If your boat has windows, you need to make sure there is a clear view out of each and that the windshield has a wiper that works correctly. It is always a safety measure to bring spare parts along in case of any malfunctions, so each spring make sure you have all the necessary parts for your boat type on board.

Fuel System

Check all your exposed fuel components to see if they have suffered any rotting or deterioration. Most outboards have a primer bulb that should be used to verify there are no leaks in any of the connections. If your hose is in good shape, it will be pliable yet firm. A hose that is too soft or brittle needs replacing.

Electrical System

A dead battery is going to ruin any outing. Each spring you need to give your battery a deep charging with a slow charge of about three amps. Letting it sit overnight is ideal to provide a full charge. Check the battery over for any signs of corrosion and clean it away from wires and terminals if discovered on the surface.

Fluids, Hoses, Cables, and Belts

Check that all your fluids are topped off. This includes your engine oil, power steering fluid, gear case oil and if you’ve stored your boat with antifreeze that it is drained and disposed of properly. Make sure that all belts, cables, and hoses are not showing signs of rot and they are all tight and secure.

Prop

Many people remove their prop before storing. If you did not perform this task, make sure you do so now and grease the shaft while checking there is no fishing line wound around it.

Tri-City Self Storage has a solution for almost all storage needs. It is our mission to find the best storage solution for any situation. From the large to the small, we will find the perfect space for your boat during the off season. Contact us today to learn about our variety of storage solutions.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/get-boat-ready-summer/.

Organize and Optimize Your Storage Unit

Keeping your Storage Unit organized

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A storage unit is a great way to conserve space at home, but storage units only work well for you when they are both organized and optimized for your specific needs. The most important thing to keep in mind is that some things need to be accessible while others do not, and knowing which is which will save you time and aggravation.

Draw a Diagram

At first, your storage unit may have plenty of room, but over time it could become quite crowded. To save yourself time and reduce frustration, draw a scale diagram of the storage unit and divide it into areas where particular types of items, important documents or photos, for example, will be stored.

Label Everything

A Sharpie or labeling tool can be a tremendous benefit. Nondescript boxes or plastic containers tend to look like other boxes and containers, and a clearly visible label will eliminate confusion, especially when you need to find a specific item. Labels can be anything you want, but make them as precise as possible.

Front to Back

A key facet of a storage unit is organization. Items that you rarely need would be appropriately stored in the back of the unit, while things you may require often should be readily accessible at a moment’s notice. In addition to storing your things so you can get to commonly needed items first, it will also save you time to group large, heavy items separately from light or easily broken things.

Store by Category

With your diagram and a pencil in hand, arrange your storage unit so that you can spot different categories of possessions, such as kitchen wares or bedroom belongings. This is especially helpful for moving, as it allows you to stock specific rooms of the home together for easy grouping when the time comes to bring your stuff back home.

Using Containers Effectively

There are a variety of containers available, but they are not equally useful. Plastic containers work better for heavier objects, while boxes are great for temporary storage of light-weight items. Resist the urge to mix categories in the containers, and label each one with the category or items it contains.

Access Matters

A common mistake is to fill the storage unit from back to front. When this happens, you will find yourself needing an item that is buried and out of reach. Always be sure to leave yourself some room to move around and pathways to as many of your stored categories as possible.

Self storage is an excellent, affordable option when you need more space. In addition to our indoor and outdoor storage facilities, we offer a range of moving and storage solutions. To find out more about our selection and services, please contact us today here at Tri-City Self Storage.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/organize-optimize-storage-unit/.

Relocating, Renovating, or Downsizing – Options for Every Life Stage

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Life changes and so do our needs. This can be on a decade to decade basis or for some of us, it is a year to year thing. As life changes, so do our home and possession needs. We move, we change, or we look to get rid of things that seem to be holding us back. No matter what stage we are in, there is one thing that is true – we all have things that need to be protected and secured.

Storage Options for Every Life Stage

As life changes, so do our home and storage needs. We have kids, we change jobs, kids go to college, we need more space in our homes, we need to change the space in our homes – we are always changing. The good news is that there are storage options that can help you through these changes.

  • Travel – If you are young and free or you are now in retirement, you may want to pack up everything and travel. The good news is you don’t have to sell everything and start new when you get back from your adventures. Store the things you really want to keep while you are away on your journey.
  • Moving – Many people move every 7-10 years, and some of us move a lot more often than that. If you are relocating and moving, you may need a staging area in between moves. Self-storage is a great place to help store your belongings as you move from place to place.
  • Having Kids – When kids come along in our lives, it is magical; however, they also come with a lot of stuff! Cribs, toys, blankets, stuffed animals, sports equipment – it all quickly piles into the home. If you are looking to free up some space in your current home, off-site storage can be a great solution.
  • Renovating – Are you ready to transform your 90’s kitchen into a modern marvel? If you are making changes to your home, you can expect to have to clear out belongings. You may also want to protect furnishings from the dust and dirt that comes with remodeling. Use a self-storage unit to temporarily store your items. We also offer convenient U-Haul truck rental for your moving needs.
  • Downsizing – If your kids are all grown and off to college or they are getting up in age, and you just don’t need as much space anymore, you may be looking to downsize. Just because you are downsizing doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything straight away. Use a temporary storage solution to help you keep the things you want to keep without cluttering up the new home.

No matter what is happening in your life at this moment, self-storage can be a great way to keep the things you want safe and secure. Self Storage of Windsor offers a range of storage options to help you through the changes in your life. Contact us today to learn more.

This article originally appeared on Self Storage of Windsor’s blog at http://selfstorageofwindsor.com/relocating-renovating-downsizing-storage-options-every-life-stage/.

Great Winter Escapes

great-winter-escapes-copperknoll-mini-storage-auburn-caSometimes the long weekends of winter can cause even winter lovers to go stir crazy. Luckily we live in a great town that leads to several great spots throughout the state for winter trips. From a week long vacation to a quick two-day getaway, these great spots will help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of winter.

Great Winter Escapes

30 Minute Drive from Auburn, CA

  • Sacramento – Great winter getaways don’t always have to be about snow. Just 30 minutes from Auburn, CA,Sacramento is perfect for a weekend getaway. Museums, wineries, 32 miles of bike trails, and hundreds of restaurants make Sacramento perfect for a family getaway or a quick romantic weekend away.
  • Folsom Lake State Park – If you enjoy a little tranquility without having to travel for hours, Folsom Lake State Park is a great place to visit. Swimming, windsurfing, fishing, and historical markers allow for plenty of time out in the sun and fresh air. Family campsites and RV camping provide for easy accommodation.

1 Hour Drive from Auburn, CA

  • Georgetown, CA – This historical town, Georgetown, CA, is located on the edge of Eldorado National Forest. Small restaurants and quaint lodging are just a short drive away to the gate of the National Forest and hiking and exploring. Perfect for both a winter or summer getaway, Georgetown is a slow-paced getaway, perfect for a relaxing and refreshing weekend.

2+ Hours from Auburn CA

  • Nakoma Resort – Surrounded by lakes, rivers, and the Sierra Nevada, the Nakoma Resort is a great getaway and just a little over two hours from Nakoma. Activities including hiking, biking, golf, and fishing keep guests entertained. Don’t forget winter fun at Nakoma – tubing, snowshoeing, and family fun in the snow can help break up those long winter months.
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park – A range of lodging including Drakesbad Guest Ranch, camping cabins, and a campground make staying at Lassen Volcanic National Park easy. Plenty of outside fun including backpacking, hiking, boating, stargazing, and snowshoeing in the winter make this a great destination no matter what time of year it is.
  • North Lake Tahoe – Winter sports are huge in North Lake Tahoe. From winter skiing to great shopping when you are not on the slopes. Accommodations are taken care of with options including bed & breakfasts, large resorts, and everything in between.

If you are in the Auburn, CA area and looking for storage for your winter skis and equipment, we can help. The team at Copper Knoll Mini-Storage offers a range of storage options to help you stay organized all year long.

This article originally appeared on Copper Knoll Mini-Storage’s blog at http://www.copperknollministorage.com/blog/great-winter-escapes/.

Give Yourself Extra Space with Self Storage

If you feel claustrophobic in your home because there is stuff everywhere no matter where you go, it may be time to look for more space.

Upgrading your home’s square footage may not be possible. Buying a new home can be pricey as can adding an extension to your home.   Most people buy a bigger house only to fill it again and once again run out of space.

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Give Yourself Extra Space with Self Storage

A great solution to gaining some extra space without having to spend too much money is self-storage. A self-storage unit allows you the extra space you need with some great advantages.

  • Self-storage is flexible, you can upgrade and downgrade space as you or your budget needs.
  • Self-storage allows you to keep the things you don’t need till you need them while freeing up space.
  • Self-storage gives you the ability to keep books, equipment, and even cars without making you feel like your home is closing in on you.
  • Self-storage is not just for storage, you can also create an office space, library, gym or other free space that you can use whenever you need.
  • You can keep what you need close to home by choosing a self self-storage unit that is close to your home. When you need something you have quick and easy access.

Self-storage units are a great way to help you free up space in your home without having to throw away those things you really want to keep.

The team at Tri-City Self Storage can help give you extra space at an affordable price. We offer a range of options when it comes to budget and space, allowing you to keep your valuable items safe and secure.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/give-extra-space-self-storage/.

Storing a Car You No Longer Use

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If you have a car that you aren’t yet ready to part with but you also don’t drive that often, you may be ready to put your car in storage. Before placing your car in storage there are some things you should do to make sure your car stays in great condition.

Getting Your Car Ready for Storage

  • Clean It – The first thing you will want to do is have your car washed. You may also want it polished and waxed. Before driving it into the storage unit make sure it is completely dry and there is no debris, mud or grease.
  • Have an Oil Change Done – If you are storing your vehicle longer than a month it is a good idea to get the oil changed. Used engine oil can often have contaminants, these can do damage to your car’s engine while it is stored.
  • Fill Up the Gas Tank – Filling up your car’s gas tank can help prevent moisture from building up and accumulating inside the tank. It will also keep seals from drying out. Think about adding a fuel stabilizer to your gas tank too.
  • Start or Drive Your Car Often – You will want to at least start the car every two weeks. By keeping the cars battery charged your car will be ready to pull out of storage when you need it. If you leave the battery to sit without starting it, the battery will lose its charge.
  • Take off the Parking Brake – Look for a flat pad to store your car on and don’t use the parking brake. When the parking brake is constantly engaged there is a chance that the pads and rotors may fuse together. If you are worried about your car moving, use a chock.
  • Keep Critters Away – Take a proactive approach to keeping critters away from your car by laying out traps in the storage unit. You can also use mothballs or cotton swabs with peppermint oil.
  • Use a Cover – Even if your car is in a storage garage, using a cover can help keep your car in great condition. If your car is being stored outside, be sure to use a weatherproof car cover!

Once your car is ready you will need a secure place to store it. The team at Self Storage of Windsor can help. We offer a range of different storage options to suit your budget. You can be assured that your car is secure and protected from the elements till you are ready to drive it again. Contact the team at Self Storage Windsor today to learn more about our car storage options.

This blog originally appeared on Self Storage of Windsor’s blog at http://selfstorageofwindsor.com/storing-car-no-longer-use/.

Mountain Winter Fun

Snow landscape on Mammoth Mountain in California, US

Now that the weather is cooling down you might find yourself looking forward to a winter retreat.  If you are looking for some mountain winter fun in California check out these great destinations.

 

Mountain Winter Fun in California

These four great mountain winter locations are great for a day trip or for a special family winter vacation.

  1. June Lake – Just outside of Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain is an uncrowded winter spot that the whole family will enjoy. Snowmobiling, sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and skiing are just some of the fun you can enjoy at June Lake. For the more adventurous there is ice climbing, a drive up the mountain or backcountry skiing. Don’t forget to stop at the Tiger Bar and Café to warm up.
  2. Mammoth Lakes – The Mammoth Lakes area is a winter wonderland. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or you are looking for a family-friendly winter vacation this is the place to be. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing. If you are looking for some fun grab a tube  or watch the dog sledding. No matter what you decide to do or where you stay Mammoth Lakes is a great winter getaway.
  3. Big BearBig bear lake isn’t just a great Summer and Fall destination it is also the perfect place to spend a winter weekend. Inner tubes, winter ziplining, snowshoing, and skiing are all popular activities in the area. This is in addition to skiing and snowboarding. Pack up the whole family and head to big bear for the perfect winter experience.
  4. Yosemite – If skiing and snowboarding are  not your things but you would love to take in the glistening leaves and snow-capped mountains, Yosemite is the place to visit. There are many lodges throughout the area that offer up activities such as ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Take a winter hike or chill out by the fireplace, either way, Yosemite is an uncrowded wonderland in the winter months.

If you love to ski, snowmobile or enjoy winter sports and you need some extra storage space for all your winter gear, self-storage is a great option. The team at Tri-City Self Storage can help you with all your winter storage needs. Contact us today and chat to one of our storage experts.

This blog originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/california-mountain-winter-fun/.

Self Storage While College Kids are in School

Parents Helping Teenage Son Pack For College

School is back in session and perhaps you find yourself as an empty nester for the first time in many years. This initial period of freedom can  be tricky when your kids first go off to college and maybe you want to try and keep things just the way they are.

On the other hand, you may realize you now have all this space and perhaps you are envisioning a sewing room, library or home office,  but what do you do with all your children’s things?

Making Space Once the Kids Leave for College

Now is your time. A time to take up new hobbies,  work from home more or even think about retirement and all those things you have wanted to do for many years. Now is the time to free up some space in your home.

No doubt  your  children will want their things when college is finished, they may even want access to them every time they come home on a break. So you need a solution that keeps everyone happy.

Self-storage is a great solution because it allows you to free up space in your own home while still keeping your children’s belongings  safe and sound.

How to Store Your Kids Belongings

If you are looking to keep your child’s belongings in good condition it is important to store it right. Here are some tips when it comes to using Auburn storage units to free up space in your home.

  • Use Clear Plastic Containers – This will make things easier to find and keep items protected from moisture.
  • Stack Items Needed Often in the Front – When you are filling up Auburn storage units, stack buckets or items that have things that will be needed more often up the front of the storage unit.
  • Wrap Furniture – To protect furniture be sure to wrap it in soft blankets or sheets. This will allow you to protect the furniture without worrying about condensation or moisture being trapped. Avoid wrapping furniture in plastic.
  • Climate Control – If your child has a comic book collection or they have other items that are sensitive to temperature changes and moisture levels, using climate controlled Auburn storage units can help.
  • Stay Close to Home – Finding Auburn storage units that are close to home is a good idea. This way when children return for the summer, they don’t have to go far to grab their belongings. It also makes it easier when you get those notes from school asking you to send them their favorite sweater!

Auburn Storage Units for All Your Storage Needs

If you are looking for storage while your children are away at school, the team at Copper Knoll Mini Storage can help. We offer a range of great Auburn storage units to meet your specific needs.  Contact the team at Copper Knoll Mini Storage today!

This blog originally appeared at Copper Knoll Mini-Storage’s blog at http://copperknollministorage.com/blog/self-storage-college-kids-school/.

Storage Options for Contractors

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If you are a contractor you likely understand that plenty of bits and pieces come with the job. The tough part is these bits and pieces are not always small and it can be hard to find space to park and store all of your contractor equipment.

Storage Options for Contractors

When it comes to being a contractor there are many pieces to the puzzles. Many of these pieces need extra space that you might not have at home or at your office. These may include;

  • Forklifts
  • Bobcats
  • Small Machinery
  • Tool Boxes
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Jackhammers
  • Ladders
  • Pipes
  • Electrical Wiring

The list goes on and on when it comes to electrical contractor storage needs. So how do you exceed and grow your employment without taking up all the extra space at your house?

Contractor Storage Solutions

If you are in a situation where your work equipment is taking over your home, yard or office space, then you need a solution.  Off-site self-storage can be a great solution. You can pick a facility that is close to both home and your work sites making it easy to access the tools you need on a day to day basis.

In addition to convenient access, you can be assured your tools are safe. A good storage facility will have 24-hour security. Security measures should include a gated facility, cameras, keypads on the storage units and a secure way to get in and out of the property so that only owners are entering.

The ability to choose the right size for your needs and upgrade or downgrade as you go is also a positive. Right now you may just need space for tools but in the future, you may need vehicle storage as well. Having the ability to adjust your storage space without having to pay a whole lot more can help as you grow your business.

Finally, off-site self-storage is an affordable option.  This is especially true when you compare the cost of office, residential or commercial space.

Contractor Storage in Windsor

If you are looking for space to store your contracting equipment in the Windsor area, Self Storage of Windsor can help. We offer 24-hour state of the art security giving you peace of mind. Our contracts are well priced compared to renting more office or commercial space and we give you the ability to adjust your storage size as needed.  If you are looking for contractor storage in Windsor, contact Self Storage of Windsor today one our storage experts will be happy to help!

This blog originally appeared on Self Storage of Windsor’s blog at http://selfstorageofwindsor.com/storage-options-contractors/.

Business Storage Needs

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There are plenty of options out there when it comes to your business storage. You could find a bigger commercial or office space that comes with more storage room. This option is often quite costly and time-consuming and you might already love your current space.

Another option is to do a big clean out. You may have things tucked away that you don’t need. While this can be a great short-term option it is likely you will find within a few months that you are out of space again.

Many business owners end up using their home as extra storage. While it might seem very handy to have work items in your home, this is not always a great idea. It can be hard to keep track of where everything is. It may also cause contention with those living in your home.

So while these options all have their pros and cons, there is one option that makes sense no matter what you are storing.

A Great Solution for Your Business Storage Needs

Self-storage is one of the best solutions you can find when it comes to business storage, there are several reasons for this.

  • It is much more affordable per square foot than office or commercial space.
  • It is flexible, you can start with a smaller size unit then move up and down as needed.
  • You don’t have to sign a long-term contract locking you in.
  • You can find a space that is close to both work and home.
  • You will know that your business storage is safe and secure.
  • You can store just about anything in self-storage and organize it as you wish.
  • Your business can grow without you having to worry about finding a new office space as you grow.

Self-storage units make perfect sense when it comes to business storage. If you would like to know more about self-storage options for your business, contact the team at Tri-City Self Storage.

This blog originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/business-storage-needs/.