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

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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.

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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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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/.

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/.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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/.