How self-storage can simplify your retirement plan

The golden years of retirement look different for everyone, but for many, they are about changing pace, experiencing different places, and focusing on what matters most. In this pursuit, the transition to retired life offers a whole new set of choices: some of them are more logistical (Does it make sense to move to a smaller home?) and some of them are more fun (Is a boat or an RV my ideal retirement vehicle?). However a person’s retirement shapes up, self-storage units in Concord can simplify some of those decisions and get them on the road to the retired life they want.

Easily downsize

For some people, achieving the relaxation of retirement means opting for a home that requires less maintenance time and costs. Whether that means moving from the five bedroom family home with a big lawn to a smaller space, or foregoing foundations altogether and making a life on the road or the seas, there are likely many items that will need to be stored. Self-storage units are a perfect option for retirees looking to downsize. With the variety of unit sizes available, self-storage facilities can ease the transition from big to small.

Securely keep the important things

Many self-storage facilities feature advanced security systems and options for boat or car storage, so customers can rest assured that their prized possessions are safe. For retirees, this means that the family heirlooms that the grandkids aren’t ready for are kept in a secure place and the restored vintage car isn’t crowding the driveway or unnecessarily exposed to the elements.

Streamline living spaces

In many ways, retirement is a time to declutter and self-storage units can be a helpful resource in streamlining living spaces. For items that are still useful or valuable but not regularly utilized, such as tools, crafts, record collections, or seasonal clothes, self-storage can help organize them while decluttering the home. Additionally, many self-storage facilities have flexible hours and onsite staff to ensure you are able to access your things when you need.

Save money in the long run

Self-storage can save money for retirees in the long run by offering a secure option for keeping important possessions without having to continue to pay for a too-big home and can also protect cars, boats, and RV’s from costly damage. And as the family takes on the heirlooms or it makes sense to sell that record collection, it’s easy to relocate to a more appropriately sized, less expensive unit with flexible month-to-month contracts.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/retired-use-self-storage-to-downsize/

Helpful Supplies for Organizing and Damage-Proofing Your Storage Unit

There are few approaches to keeping storage units organized. Instead of simply throwing your items in a storage unit, you can store your belongings orderly for safekeeping. The supplies you use will help you to prepare and place your items in your newly rented space. A little planning at the beginning and a few key supplies can go a long way to make it easier to access everything in your unit for the duration of your rental and to eventually move all your belongings out in an organized fashion when you no longer need self-storage services.  

Packing before you move in 

Four simple items that can be found at any packaging or office supply store can help organize your move in process: colored dot stickers, blank paper, sturdy waterproof boxes or containers, and markers. To begin, use the blank paper and markers to make a layout of your storage unit and plot the placement of your items. It is often helpful to place the items you will need to access more frequently toward the front of the unit and items you will not need, like furniture, toward the back. Next, create a color-coding system that groups your belongings and will make it easy for you to identify the contents of a box without needing to open it. For example, you might use pink dots for kitchen items, red dots for important papers, and green dots for items you will need to find easily. Pack your items in like groups in your waterproof containers and label them with the appropriate dot sticker.   

When you’re in your unit 

Though you’ve taken precautions to ensure the self-storage facility isn’t in a flood plain and your unit has no structural damage, it’s best to come prepared so you can safely store your important items, records and documents. For this reason, there are four more essential supplies you can purchase for safely storing your belongings: plastic sheets, metal or plastic shelving units, large soft cloth covers, and strong packing tape. In order to avoid the potential for water damage, you can keep your smaller boxes off the ground and organize them on the shelving units, colored-dot facing the entrance. It is also a good idea to thoroughly tape up your boxes with the packing tape to deter pests from finding a way in and making a home out of your valuable belongings. The plastic sheets offer another layer of protection and can be draped over the shelves and boxes. For furniture, it is better to cover them with soft cloths to reduce the risk of trapped moisture leading to mold or mildew growth. After using whatever combination of these strategies best suits your storage needs, you can rest easy that your belongings will be safe and organized in your unit. 

Abba Storage can assist you with all of your storage unit needs. Our state of the art storage facility includes a range of security measures to keep your belongings safe. We offer a variety of sizes and options including air-cooled spaces. Contact our storage experts today at 925-969-9222.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/helpful-supplies-for-organizing-and-damage-proofing-your-storage-unit

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/.

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/.

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/.

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/.

5 Points to Consider when Choosing a Storage Unit

Once you’ve decided to purchase a storage unit, it’s time to find one that’s right for you. Choosing a storage unit that’s right for you is important for keeping your belongings safe, in the right condition, and available when you need them. Here are 5 things to consider that will help you find a great storage unit.

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Choosing the Size of Space You Need

Begin by visualizing how much space you’ll need in storage with what you’re planning to store and additional items you may store in the future.  For example, a 5 ft x 10 ft space can fit a dresser, couch, chair, and still have space for a few stacks of boxes. Not having enough space might require you to upgrade, but most storage facilities make the process as simple as possible.

Determine if Climate Control is Right for You

Are you storing documents, antiques, photographs, electronic equipment, or musical instruments? If so, you should consider a climate controlled storage unit. This keeps the space within a specified temperature range, helping to keep your sensitive items in ideal condition.

Facility Condition

The facility should be clean, well-kept, and maintained. It’s important for the condition of your storage unit that the entire facility be maintained. Failing equipment can leave your materials exposed to the elements and lead to damage.

Facility Security

The two most important components for storage facility security are a gated fence and surveillance system. The fence should surround the entire perimeter and the gate should either require a code for entry or be staffed during business hours. Second is a surveillance system that covers the entire facility. This security combination helps keep the facility and your belongings safe day and night.

Facility Access & Location

Consider how frequently you think you’ll need to access your storage unit. Are you storing business or household documents that you may need throughout the year? If so, think about locations you visit as frequently as you anticipate visiting the storage unit and which of those places felt a bit too far away. That will give you an idea of what area you should look in for a storage facility. Also think about when you’ll need to access your storage unit. Most people do not need 24-hour access to a storage unit, but if you work at night or are unable to reach the storage facility during the day, you may consider a late-night facility.

Considering these 5 points will help you avoid hassle and frustration later.  Once you know the location and type of storage unit you’re looking for, find a solution that fits your budget. Choosing based on the lowest price alone can leave your belongings vulnerable to the risks noted above. Be sure that you only consider storage facilities that will keep your belongings secure and accessible for your needs. This will help make sure that you have a positive experience while storing your items.

At Abba Self & RV Storage, we have a variety of storage unit sizes available to meet your needs.  We offer climate controlled storage for items that require extra care an attention.  Located in Concord, CA, our storage facility offers secure gate access and closed circuit cameras for security monitoring.  Visit us today!

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/5-points-consider-choosing-storage-unit/.