Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right for You?

Hygrometer on a table shows comfort temperature and humidity

Putting items in storage does not mean you want to part with them, and it certainly doesn’t mean they don’t have value for you. The fact is often the items you put into storage are valuable in both money and memories. Many products are sensitive to the environment and all the changes that can occur with weather systems. These items need to be stored in a climate controlled storage facility. Depending on what you are planning to store, you may need to check if the facility you’re using can guarantee climate controlled units.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right For You?

Climate controlled storage facilities are on the rise as more and more people are putting luxury items away. You need to know there is a difference between ‘temperature control’ and ‘climate control’, even though they are often mistakenly assumed to be the same. To know if a climate controlled storage unit is what you need, you need to understand what these units will provide.

Temperature and Humidity Controlled

The difference between temperature and climate control is humidity. In a facility that only offers temperature control, that is what they monitor – just changes in temperature. Climate controlled units monitor both the changing levels of temperatures and humidity. Humidity can ruin a lot of valuable items by causing mold to grow, warping, discoloration, and many other damages. These are some items particularly susceptible to humidity:

  • Leather
  • Wood
  • Appliances
  • Collectibles such as coins, stamps, wine and comics
  • Musical instruments
  • Artwork
  • Clothing
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Electronics

When the humidity in the air increases, the air is able to retain heat, and the reverse occurs when humidity decreases – the air temperature will be lower.

Climate Control

climate controlled facility will use a quality HVAC system. They may also use dehumidifiers, thermostats that are customizable, and heavy-duty insulation. Dehumidifiers are ideal for managing humidity levels, and air conditioners are better for dropping temperatures quickly to get below the dew point.

Benefits of Climate Controlled Units

If you have items that are valuable, sensitive, or things you don’t want to be affected by climate change in your area, you should consider a facility which offers climate controlled units. These units will protect your property from damages humidity can cause and also protect it from dust, pests, and other factors.

Solution for Your Storage Needs

Abba Self & RV Storage offers customers state-of-the-art technology combined with excellent customer service. There are no long-term contracts, and we have numerous units in various sizes that are sure to meet your needs. Contact us today if you have property you need to be protected while it is stored. We have climate controlled spaces to ensure your property receives the extra care it deserves.

This post originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/climate-controlled-storage-unit-right/,

Storage Solutions for Contractors

Storage Solutions for Contractors

Small contractors face challenges that large companies avoid, but even a large company will sometimes need temporary storage. You may not always have a dedicated building where tools and equipment can be stored, materials can be gathered, or that can be accessed by employees or subcontractors around the clock. These are a few of the many benefits a storage unit at Abba Self & RV Storage has to offer, in addition to a wide variety of indoor and outdoor storage options.

Out of Town Solutions

Contractors working on a project from out of town need a safe place to keep their tools and materials. A storage unit includes gated access, individual alarms and sprinkler systems, and the convenience of 24 hour access. Month-to-month storage rental allows you to pay only for the storage space and time you need, and makes it easy to pack up and move on when the project comes to an end.

Benefits for General Contractors

General contractors may need to store tools and equipment for a variety of work, from building a foundation to putting on the roof. The staff at a storage unit company can help you select the right size storage unit for your needs, and provide you with some insight on getting everything organized for easy access to everything when you need it. Outdoor, RV storage areas are available for temporary storage of heavy equipment, and units can accommodate a wide variety of tools and even a vehicle or two.

Storing Equipment and Supplies

On-the-go contractors who visit multiple job sites will appreciate the ability to stop by and swap out the tools or supplies they need between stops. For example, a cleaning service may need a floor buffer at the morning’s first job, and ladders with window cleaning supplies for the second. Having easy highway access to your storage unit means you don’t have to clutter your vehicle and carry everything around the entire day, and that can improve your company image while working on site.

Access for Subcontractors

Not all contractors work daytime hours. For companies that burn the midnight oil, a storage unit means your subcontractors and employees can get to tools and supplies around the clock without rousing the boss or making a long trip back to headquarters. Coded gate entry is an easy way to track who comes and goes will give you extra protection for your property as well as creating a documented record of who comes and goes.

Abba Self & RV Storage is conveniently located near highways 4, 242, and 680 in the East Bay area. To talk to a representative about the benefits of self storage for a contractor, please contact Abba Self & RV Storage today.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/storage-solutions-contractors/.

Finding the Right Storage Solution for your Needs

Storage Options to fit Your Individual Needs

Your belongings mean a lot to you. If they didn’t, you wouldn’t be searching for storage solutions to avoid having to get rid of your possessions. So if you aren’t just willing to get rid of your things, why would you want to store them just anywhere?

But if your possessions are valuable enough to you that you’re willing to go out of your way to keep them, what does that mean for your choice of storage? The answer is that each situation is unique, and yours will dictate what kind of storage solution will work best for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.

How much do you need to store?

The first thing to know is how much space you need. Your space needs might be different if, say, you’re putting your entire household or apartment into storage while you wait for a new place to be ready, rather than just trying to make a little extra room in your garage or decluttering your home while it’s for sale.

For instance, if you’re just looking for overflow storage to make more room in your basement or garage, or perhaps to clear out a guest room for an extended stay, a small storage unit will probably do. A 10×8 or 10×10 would be perfect for removing some extra furniture and clutter from your home while you sell it. Moving in with someone to save money or to wait for your new home to be ready? A 10×15 or larger unit will allow you to put your entire household into storage.

Do you need climate controlled storage?

The benefit of indoor storage is the ability to keep the temperature and humidity the same as inside your home. The temperature swings and changing humidity of outdoor storage can be hard on furniture, books, clothing, and other items that are typically kept inside. Indoor storage does come with an increase in price, however.

How long will you need your storage unit?

Sometimes it can be difficult to say how long you’ll need a storage unit. A few months can quickly turn into a few years. But if you’re looking for overflow storage, you can probably safely assume it’ll be long-term. If you’re selling your home or moving into a new house, on the other hand, your storage needs will likely remain short term, even with the inevitable delays.

This is important because it’ll determine how you pack your items. Short-term storage can be tightly packed to make the most of the space, as you’re less likely to need access. Long-term storage, on the other hand, will need to be packed intuitively, so you can get to your belongings when needed.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at https://selfstorageloomis.com/finding-right-storage-solution-needs/.

Organize and Optimize Your Storage Unit

Keeping your Storage Unit organized

Piles of cardboard boxes on a white background

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

First Dinner in New Home

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/.

Can You Make Money at a Storage Auction?

If you have ever watched a show like Storage Wars, you may have questioned whether the adventures of blindly bidding on what is in a storage unit can actually lead to making money.

Thanks to these reality shows, storage auctions have become a big deal across America. Many amateurs set out hoping that their bid wins them a pile of, but for everyday people are storage auctions really profitable?

Can You Make Money from Storage Auctions

The answer to this question totally depends on what is in a storage unit and that can be hard to know. You don’t get a preview or time to leisurely walk through a unit, spotting all the wonderful things you can sell. What you do get is a quick glimpse from outside the unit right before the bidding starts.

Whether you make money from what is in a storage unit will depend on what you can quickly sum up from a quick preview.

Clues that Items in a Storage Unit Might Be Worth Something

There are some things you can do when that storage unit opens to give you a better idea if what is in a storage unit might be valuable.

Take a flashlight and look at as much as you can before bidding.

  • Breathe in. You can tell by the smell of the unit if things are rotting or water damaged in a storage unit or if the owner may have been a smoker.
  • Get a look at anything that is lying out in the open. If these items are valuable chances are there are other valuables hidden away.
  • Look for professional moving boxes, professional movers are expensive and there is a higher chance that things in the boxes may be valuable.
  • Be sure to note whether the items and boxes look well cared for or not. There is a better chance that items are in a good condition if the unit looks well cared for.

If things look good in a storage unit, take a chance, just remember to have a set budget before going into a bidding war and be sure to stick with it. Once you have access to the unit you can have items appraised to see what they are worth.

Like anything, the more units you view and bid on the more experience you Our large self storage facility offers flexible storage solutions and lease terms. Contact Abba Storage today to find out more about our self storage property.

This article originally appeared on Abba Storage’s blog.