College Students and Self Storage

College Students and Self Storage

As a college student, you may have previously thought of self-storage units only in the context of your grandmother’s antique collection or your parent’s RV. These are, of course, common reasons a person would use a self-storage facility; however, considering a unit of your own may also be a smart choice. There are multiple helpful uses for self-storage for college students, and most self-storage facilities offer flexible storage solutions that can meet the fluctuating needs of a person on a university schedule and budget.

The What and Why of Self-Storage

College years are often characterized by constant change: in class schedules, in living arrangements, even in the campuses you attend. All of that flux can make it difficult to maintain your possessions in an accessible and secure place. And by the end of just freshman year, you have more than a few possessions. Many students find themselves with a pile of expensive books and electronics, like mini-fridges and microwaves, along with furniture items like much-loved couches and often-used desks. When leaving for summer break,  switching between on and off campus housing, or while studying for a semester abroad, it can be helpful to use a storage facility near campus to keep your things until you have a new home to put them in.

 

Self-storage facilities often have multiple unit sizes to choose from, so you don’t have to pay for more than your need; offer flexible access hours, so you can get to your stuff when you need; and provide advanced security, so you can trust that your stuff is safe. With your things skillfully stored in your unit, you don’t have to seasonally liquidate all your belongings or worry about trucking your worldly possessions from your dorm to parent’s home and back again, every year, anymore.

The Who and How of Self-Storage

When choosing a self-storage facility, be sure to find one that fits your needs. Can you access them easily from campus? Do they have short-term leases that accommodate your semester or summer break schedule? And lastly, do they have solid customer service that is compatible with the methods of communication and rental payment you are most likely to use? Once you’ve found a good fit, getting started with a storage facility is easy. Contact Abba Self & RV Storage in Concord to secure the right unit and contract for you.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/college-students-and-self-storage/.

Top Reasons for Using Self Storage

Top Reasons for Using Self Storage

You may not know it, but you too can benefit from renting a unit or series of units in a self storage facility. Many who utilize this popular option for gaining just a little extra space do so for a variety of reasons, both big and small, and for both personal and business uses. While your space may feel cluttered now, and you may have almost forgotten what it feels like to not be hedged in by so much stuff, a self storage unit can free up your valuable square footage and help give you room to organize your home or business.

Popular Uses of Self Storage

Whether you ascribe to the trend of minimalism or not, many people enjoy the benefits of decluttering their space when they use a self storage facility. By removing what is not immediately necessary in their homes, be it family heirlooms, holiday decorations, or seasonal sporting equipment, storage unit renters find themselves regaining a bedroom, a garage, or even the curbside appeal of their house. For businesses, a self storage unit can help better manage inventory or overstock, or even safely store business vehicles when they are not in use. Other popular uses of self storage include RV storage over the winter, or storing personal and household items during extended travel, when between residences, or during large home remodel projects.

The Benefits of Self Storage

When you have a surplus of things in a too-small space, it can be very difficult to keep your things organized. Self storage units provide the opportunity to create an ordered system of your things and to maintain the quality of an inventory. This benefit is essential to businesses, but can also be helpful to any person with a collection or valuable seasonal items, like fishing gear or ornaments, that tend to become damaged or broken when inappropriately stored. Self storage can benefit seasonal or infrequently used items in another way: they provide flexibility of access. Many storage facilities provide year-round, 24 hour access so you can retrieve your storage items whenever you need, or store them for only a short duration if you need. In addition to easy-access, renters can expect reliable self storage security. With locks on the units only the renter can access, gated facilities with code entry, substantial lighting and security cameras, and staff on-hand to handle issues or questions, in many ways, self storage units are more secure than most homes and businesses.

If self storage sounds like the solution you’ve been looking for, it’s time to do your research to find the facility that fits your needs. Be sure to consider the convenience of its location to you, the level of security and staffing you are comfortable with, and the variety of unit sizes that can accommodate your growing or diminishing storage needs. For self storage in the Concord, CA area, contact Abba Self & RV Storage to learn about our range of storage options.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/top-reasons-for-using-self-storage/.

Contractor Storage Units

Building contractors require a lot of tools, gear, and materials to get each job done right and on schedule. This includes general contractors, painters, HVAC, electricians, plumbers and others. Each specialty has its own equipment and expertise, but every contractor wants to load up and leave the job site at the end of the day, and all that equipment needs a place to stay too. Contractor storage units, like those from Abba Self & RV Storage, can help you become more efficient in moving your equipment to and from your job sites.

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Why storage?

While your day to day equipment on any project as a contractor may stay in your car, it’s conveniently storing the gear you don’t need today and keeping all your equipment organized that can really help you save time. It’s easy to remember where the tools you used twenty minutes ago are in your truck, but it’s more difficult to find the tool you have not used since the last similar project a few months ago. That’s where storage units come in. All of your equipment can have a place, including storing vehicles, making it organized and simple to store materials and retrieve them as needed. As you transition to different projects throughout the seasons, your storage unit can easily manage everything you need. That way your entire family can also fit in your truck – not just your tools.

Storage options

A more economical and flexible option than an industrial space or building your own shed is self-storage. Unlike your own shed, a self-storage unit is monitored by security 24/7, keeping all your valuable equipment safe. Self-storage also allows you to easily choose a storage unit size that will be able to fit all of your equipment in an organized, easy-to-use way. Some self-storage facilities, such as Abba Self & RV Storage, also offer convenient vehicle storage. This variety of self-storage units provides an affordable, efficient, easy-access option with a low, predictable cost, instead of the unforeseen repair or replacement expenses that can result from improperly stored equipment.

Self-Storage for Contractors

The team at Abba Self & RV Storage offers a multitude of storage options. Whether you need a large storage unit with outdoor access for vehicles or you need a smaller unit for tools, we can meet your unique needs. Our property offers 24-hour security, keeping your expensive equipment safe, while allowing you convenient access when you need it. If you are in need of storage for your work gear, contact the team at Abba Self & RV Storage today. We would love to help you with all your storage needs.

This article originally appeared here: https://www.abbastorage.com/contractor-storage-units/.

Storage Organization Tips

The Basics of Organizing your Storage Unit

Whether you need to access items in your self-storage unit frequently, or your storage space will be more for long-term storage, keeping its contents organized is key for making your storage space as functional as possible. As with most organizational tasks, there are a few fundamentals that can make your life easier with little to no extra effort, and they can be broken into two phases: preparing your items for storage and arranging your items in the space. Spending a little more time in the details at these two points can save you a lot of time later.

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Prepare Your Stuff

While it may seem that effective use of storage is composed of two simple steps – piling all your storage items into the truck and then unloading it into your storage unit so that it merely fits in the space – taking the time to complete the additional step of organizing your things at the front end can be helpful in many ways. Start by taking an inventory of the things you will store. This can be a simple written list or can be a photo inventory of everything in the unit, which can be kept as a physical copy or a photo folder in an app. This list will come in handy when you are trying to remember where those holiday decorations are, or getting ready for a summer outing. Another helpful preliminary step is to label each container you store. You may think you will remember which color/shape container holds the camping gear, but when next year rolls around you can save yourself some time by clearly labelling the contents of your unit. These labels can be further notated in your inventory as well, for an even more precise and thorough organizational aid. It is also worth noting that the containers you’ve meticulously labelled and inventoried better serve you if they are made of durable materials: plastic may better protect your things from time and the elements than cardboard would.

Mindfully arrange the space

It is important to adhere to some rhyme and reason in the arrangement of your items in the storage unit. What system you create depends on your needs and what you are storing, but there are a few simple things you can do to make your storage easily accessible. To begin, be sure to create pathways or aisles around the space so you can get to any item without having to move and replace layers of stuff to find what you are looking for, no matter where it is placed in the unit. It is also important to place items you will be retrieving or using frequently at the front of your unit. Consult your inventory to determine what these items may be and keep them nearer to the door. Another helpful way to arrange the space is to put larger items at the back of the unit and smaller at the front, so you don’t have to maneuver around the bookshelf or couch to get to your fishing poles.

Need a space to test out these organizational basics? Contact us today!  No matter your storage needs, Abba Self & RV Storage has an easy, secure option for you. Put your organizational skills to use and contact us today at 925-969-9222. We offer a wide range of secure storage choices for all of your off-site storage needs in the Concord, CA area.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/storage-organization-7-great-tips/.

Choosing the Right Storage Facility

There are many reasons people seek the services of a self-storage facility, whether it’s because they are looking to reorganize or transition from their existing home or business, declutter, or have seasonal equipment that needs its own home like gear for camping or outdoor and water sports. Whatever the reason, there are a few important considerations to take into account when selecting the storage facility that is right for your needs, and doing a little research before you store your valuables in your unit can go a long way in ensuring their protection and your peace of mind. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to guide you through the process.

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Determine how much you need to store

It can be helpful to compose a list of all the items you will put in your storage space, including measurements for larger items. This can help you properly evaluate what storage unit size you will need, or if you will require multiple units. This can also act as a helpful inventory you can reference without needing to visit your unit when you are trying to remember where you put those fishing poles.

What unit options does the storage facility provide and what do their contracts look like? It may be important that the storage facility has a variety of unit sizes so you can easily utilize a larger or smaller space if your storage needs fluctuate. For this, and other reasons as well, you may want to work with a facility that does not employ long, rigid contracts.

Access and location considerations

Is the location of the storage facility convenient and what kind of access do they allow? One of the perks of self-storage is that you can govern when and how often you access your unit. Some facilities offer 24/7 access, while others may have more strict hours in which you can enter the site. It may be helpful to reflect on the list of items you wish to store and consider how frequently you will take them in and out of your unit, and then make sure the access the storage facility guarantees is a good fit. Further, it is important to consider if the facility’s location is convenient and also compatible with your access goals. Does it make sense to choose an option that is near your home or business? Or near a place of recreation you frequent and where you use the items in your unit?

Service and security

What kind of security does the storage facility provide? Aside from helping you clear your space in your home or business, one of the primary functions of storage is to keep your valuables safe. There are several features to keep an eye out for when you are researching the facilities, including a fully gated site, computerized entry access, well lit, security cameras, and on site staff and management.

And lastly, what is the customer service like? Like in most situations, it is always preferable to deal with a staff and management that is courteous, responsive, and organized. Whether you plan to regularly interface with staff or simply would be grateful for a positive customer service interaction should questions or issues arise, take note of how the staff interacts in your initial calls and when you visit the site.

If you are looking for a facility close to the Concord, CA area, contact us at Abba Self & RV Storage today. We offer a range of options when it comes to storage spaces. From climate-controlled units to RV parking, our state of the art security options make sure that your valuable items are secure. Our family run business believes in providing excellent customer service alongside flexible options.

This article originally appeared at: https://www.abbastorage.com/choosing-the-right-storage-facility/.

End of Summer Clean Out: Storing your Summer Gear

One day soon, summer will begin to wind to a close and all of your summer gear will need to be stored away. Using a self storage unit is probably the most convenient way to store your seasonal toys and decorations, both for the simplicity and to reduce clutter at home.

End of Summer Clean Out: Storing your Summer Gear

Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall

Getting ready for seasonal events is easier when all you have to do is call up a buddy with a truck to swap out your holiday items. You will be needing a leaf blower more than a lawn blower in the coming weeks, and you can trade in your summer toys for the traditional tools of autumn. With the right size storage unit, you can rotate your seasonal tools and toys as you go, keeping all of it safe until you need it again.

Room for Everything

The end of summer means that you probably have a lot of stuff around the house you are not going to be using much for a while. Pool cleaning equipment, the BBQ grill, floats, noodles, and snorkels, lawn and garden equipment; these are only a few of the many things that can be stored away from the house to reduce clutter and increase safety. Make sure you get a large enough storage unit for everything you need to store and fill it up at your leisure.

Easy Access Storage

No matter how well you plan out your needs, there is going to be a weekend project which calls for something you have in storage. With Abba Self & RV Storage, you can drop by and pick up whatever you need whenever you would like, without having to find a place to keep things in the garage. The end of summer cuts down on the things you need outside, but having them within easy reach year-round is still important.

Abba Self & RV Storage has a storage unit perfect for every need, from climate controlled units to outdoor RV and trailer slots. We are conveniently located near Buchanan Field, just past the curve on Solano Way. Contact us today!

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/end-of-summer-clean-out-storing-your-summer-gear/.

Using a Storage Unit for your Business

Everyone knows that renting a storage unit from Abba Self & RV Storage is a great way to store household items. But you also need to understand how a storage unit can be beneficial for small and large business as well. From automotive to warehousing, our selection of inside and outside storage units are designed to fit your company’s needs and applications.

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Contractor Advantages

A storage unit may be the best solution for contractors working on a job in the area. The unit can be used to store materials and equipment, and individual subcontractors can be provided with secure access. Whether you are doing a job from out of town or simply trying to reduce the morning commute for a specific project, we have storage units in an assortment of sizes.

Landscaping and Lawn

It takes a lot of equipment to be successful in the lawn care business, and keeping your investment safe is a major concern. With a storage unit, you can keep your mowers, weed whackers, and hand tools safe and dry without unloading it from the trailer. Instead of having to load up your equipment every morning, your job prep could be as easy as backing up to the unit and hitching up a trailer.

Mini Warehousing

Home-based entrepreneurs are often faced with the dilemma of needing to have stock on hand, but limited space around the house for storage. A climate controlled storage unit is perfect for keeping packages safe, and choosing a slightly larger unit that would allow you to handle repackaging, labeling, and more. More than a miniature warehouse, your storage unit could be a secondary office during peak demand or business expansion. Abba Self & RV Storage can help you choose the right unit size for your specific applications.

Data Storage

No matter what kind of business you have, the records and receipts are going to accumulate and have to be protected. An outside storage unit would work for storing boxes full of papers, but you want to consider a climate control inside unit if you plan on storing office furniture or equipment with your data. A smaller storage unit will probably do fine for private records storage, but we also have larger units available for corporations and other commercial enterprises.

There are plenty of reasons for leasing a storage unit, including security, convenience, and proximity to the job. No matter why you need a unit or how long you need it, Abba Self & RV Storage has units ranging from small enough for a few boxes to large enough for a full-sized vehicle or equipment trailer. You can reduce your office clutter, feel safer about your equipment, and have easier access for your subcontractors. To learn more or reserve a unit today, please call or stop in.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/using-a-storage-unit-for-your-business/

Interior vs. Exterior Storage Units – What’s the Difference?

Trying to choose between an interior storage unit or an exterior one may seem complicated at first, but it doesn’t need to be. Interior storage units are built and designed for more particular applications while the exterior units are more commonly used and typically easier to access when you want. Abba Self & RV Storage provides a variety of storage options to fit every need, from RV lot storage to exterior units to our climate controlled interior spaces.

Interior vs. Exterior Storage Units - What's the Difference - Abba Self & RV Storage

Storage Space For Every Need

Some people need one type of storage, some need the other. Similarly, you can pick the size of your unit based on how much stuff you need to store. For some, a storage unit is the best place to keep important documents and family heirlooms, while others use the exterior units to store lawn equipment between mowings. For private contractors, the spaces available make an excellent place to store equipment and materials to reduce job site theft.

Benefits of Interior Units

Every family has photographs and heirlooms which could never be replaced. Storing those items in a climate controlled interior storage unit keeps them safe from weather, temperature, and decay, but keeps them close enough to relive memories whenever you wish. Interior units have been used to temporarily store everything from Girl Scout Cookies to Grandma’s wedding dress. At Abba Self & RV Storage, your precious items are secure inside or out, but only the climate control units remain at a constant temperature around the clock.

Advantages of Exterior Units

Exterior storage units are handy for loading and unloading. Just pull your truck or trailer up to the door and load whatever you need for the day. Large units have enough room to store a houseful of furniture, or all of the tools for a variety of applications. Contractors use exterior units for storing materials and equipment for everything from foundations to roofing, and it is all under secure access so you know who is coming and going.

Mix and Match Storage

Another option is to use a mix of both interior and exterior storage units. A smaller interior unit is great for storing important heirlooms, while the larger exterior unit can assist with everything from tool storage to doing a major remodel job on your home. With so many sizes available, you will be able to scale your storage to meet your needs.

Abba Self & RV Storage is conveniently located in Concord, California. We also have a moving truck available to assist you in transporting your belongings to or from our location. For more rental information, contact us today.

This article was originally posted on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/interior-vs-exterior-storage-units-whats-the-difference/.

Storing your Summer Toys

Summer is coming and it is time to get outside and play. The water, mountains, and roads connecting you to your next adventure are waiting for you. It’s a great time to get your gear ready, update it, and maybe make a few new purchases.  It is also a good time to think about where all your summer toys can fit.  Self-storage facilities provide terrific storage options for RVs and boats, in addition to climate-controlled indoor storage for gear, kayaks, and skis/snowboards.

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RV storage

Finding a place for your RV can be tough. A friend will always offer to let you store it at their place, but the logistics never quite work out. Other options include expensive lots, and of course, the driveway. That’s the short list. Did you know that self-storage facilities also include RV storage options?

Storing your RV at a self-storage facility is extremely convenient and available at a low price. Features could include covered parking with a paved concrete pad, service areas for washing your RV, dump stations, and gated access with video surveillance.

Boat storage

Boats are cumbersome out of the water. They do not fit easily in most places, including driveways. Often the choice is between using up multiple functional spaces or boat storage. Alternatively, you can look to self-storage as a way to store your boat year round. You can store boats up to 40 feet in a space that is easily accessible and safer than at home or another unsecured property.

Kayaks & Outdoor Gear

Everyone who has adopted an outdoor activity quickly realizes the astonishing amount of equipment available to facilitate every aspect of that activity. While you may not need the most collapsible, lightweight product in every scenario, gear makes many outdoor activities accessible. From backpacks for hiking to fishing equipment to kayaks for water exploration, gear lets you do the activities you love the most. It also takes up a lot of space.

Stop dealing with unorganized gear all over the place and get your gear organized in a storage facility. Self-storage spaces are large enough to fit all of your gear easily and in an organized manner.  It makes it so much easier to prepare for weekend getaways when you know where everything is, and it is easily accessible. Get out and adventure more by storing your gear in self-storage.  Contact Abba Self & RV Storage today to learn about the variety of storage options we have available meet your needs.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/storing-summer-toys/.

Spring Cleaning? Organize your Home and Storage Unit

Clutter just seems to appear during the year. No matter what you try, as winter ends, suddenly it seems like a tornado came through your home. Especially during the short winter days, things seem to collect everywhere.  Shedding that built up clutter and restoring some order is a great feeling. That is why spring cleaning is so important. At some point, we must either fix the clutter or watch it get completely out of hand, and getting yourself ready for the bright, sunny days of summer is a great time to tackle organizing both your home and storage unit head on.

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Prioritize your summer items

It’s important to include your storage unit in your spring cleaning. Just like your home, a storage unit needs to be cleaned and reorganized occasionally to keep its content relevant and easy to use. One way to approach organizing your home and storage unit is to revisit what items you want accessible over the summer. For example, do you have summer gear in the storage unit that you might want to replace with winter clothes from your house? Or there may be a renovation project that you’ve been planning that could be facilitated by moving some items to your storage unit.

Identify infrequently used items at home

Are their items in your home that you can’t remember the last time you used but are not ready to let go of yet? Moving rarely used items from your home during spring cleaning can really help reduce clutter.  On the other hand, if you’ve found that you’ve been accessing your storage unit more frequently than you planned, there might be some stored items that you do want to move back to your house.

Organizing your storage unit

If you are moving several items in or out of your storage unit, you may need to find a storage unit configuration where everything fits. The first step is to categorize items by how often you want to use them. Are there some items, such as outdoor equipment, that would be best be stored but you want to use a few times over the summer? Place items you will use less frequently furthest from the door, and frequently used items closer. Make sure that you leave a path through your storage unit to be able to reach all the items you plan on using in the coming months.

Finally, set yourself up for success. Spring cleaning is a big project. Once you’ve created an organizational strategy, make sure that you give yourself enough time to finish. Split up your spring cleaning across a few weekend sessions. Start with moving items to their final location, then working through each area cleaning and organizing.

At Abba Self & RV Storage, we have a variety of storage units to fit your needs.  If you find that you need a larger unit or have moved items back into your home and need a smaller unit, our friendly staff is here to help.  Plus, we can work with you to determine the best way to organize your storage unit.  Contact us today!

This blog was originally posted on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/spring-cleaning-organize-home-storage-unit/.