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/.

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/.

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/.

Storage Options for Charitable Organizations

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If you run a charitable organization or you volunteer for one, you may be looking for extra space that won’t cost the world. Many times storage options for charitable organizations mean small spaces to work with yet they have a whole lot to store.

Storage Options for Charitable Organizations

Think about it, you may have some of these things cluttering up your space right now.

  • Furnishings
  • Food Donations
  • Clothing Donations
  • Baby Items
  • Holiday Items
  • Holiday Decor
  • Bedding
  • Paperwork
  • Signs
  • Donation Boxes
  • Seasonal Items

So where do you put all these items as they can quickly take up space in your office or home?

When it comes to storage options there are a few things to consider.

  • It needs to be close to your main office or home.
  • It needs to be easily accessible by those that help run the organization.
  • It needs to be flexible. You may only need extra space over the holiday season.
  • It needs to be affordable.
  • You need to be able to store what you need in a neat and organized way so you can help those that need it without too much trouble.
  • It may need to be climate controlled if food items are involved.
  • It needs to be safe and secure.

Now you could extend your current space to hold all of the extras but this can end up costing a fortune. Another option is to ask volunteers if they have space in their homes however, this can be a lot of trouble if certain things are needed immediately or on a regular basis, this can also cause impatience and trouble down the road when volunteers leave.

One great option for charitable organizations is self storage. Self storage offers flexible lease terms at good prices. This means you only have to pay for storage when you need it the most. There are no crazy lengthy lease terms and prices are often very reasonable. You can be assured your donations are safe and secure and you have easy access to things as you need them.

Self Storage in Windsor

If you are looking for self storage in the Windsor area for your charitable organization, the team at Self Storage of Windsor would love to help. We offer a range of different storage options with flexible contracts.  Our professional staff are here to help you with any questions you might have and will work with you closely to help you find the best options. Contact us today and start freeing up some space now!

This blog originally appears on Self Storage of Windsor’s blog at http://selfstorageofwindsor.com/storage-options-for-charitable-organizations/.

Storage Options for Wineries and Wine Collectors

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If you are a wine collector, you may be running out of room to store all of your beautiful bottles that you have collected over the years. It is important to keep your collection in a safe space that you can easily keep organized and protected from the weather changes.

If you are a winery, you may also be in need of space for not just bottles of wine but casks and other instruments you need for your business. Whether you collect wine or you own a winery, self-storage can be a great solution.

Self Storage for Wineries and Wine Collectors

If you are considering self-storage for your wine collection there are some things you will want to make sure you do before choosing a self-storage company.

  • Check that the Premises are Secure – Your wine collection and wine equipment can be worth thousands of dollars so you want to make sure the storage facility you choose has good security around the clock. A gated facility is a good place to start.
  • Inside Storage Units – Inside storage units are more likely to have some sort of temperature control. You want your wine to age gracefully so it’s important that the storage unit has some protection from changing temperatures.
  • Enough Space – No use hiring a storage unit if you don’t have enough space. The good news is that even the smallest unit can work when you add correct shelving to the unit. Look for a storage facility that gives you different size options so you can switch out as needed.
  • Close to Home – No use having your valuable bottles or business equipment stashed too far from your home or your office. Choose a location that is convenient so you can get what you want as you need it.

What You Can do to Improve the Space for Your Collection

Most storage units are blank canvases, but there are things you can do to improve the space.  With this blank canvas, you can have fun creating the perfect wine storage space for your collection.

  • Add high-quality wine racks to the storage space.
  • Consider adding a cooling unit to help keep an average temperature.
  • Wine is light sensitive so try and make sure there aren’t large gaping holes or cracks letting too much light in.
  • No matter how you store your wine bottles, make sure there is plenty of space between each bottle for ventilation.

How We Can Help You and Your Wine Collection

Here at Self Storage of Windsor, we offer a large range of storage choices for your wine collection and other valuables. Our storage experts are always here to help. Contact us today at Self Storage of Windsor and let us help you keep your wine collection safe and secure.

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