- Consider Security – Ask questions about the security precautions, procedures, and measures that are in place at your chosen storage facility.
- Ask About Accessibility – Storing something you might need on the weekend? Ask about the hours of operation for the storage facility to determine if the items you are storing and policy of the storage space are a good match.
- Be Mindful of Conditions – Beloved items that are making the move into a storage unit may need careful consideration. Will they be susceptible to changes from moisture, dust, or fluctuations in hot and cold temperatures? Special packing precautions may be necessary for certain objects like photos, electronics, and other valuables.
- Size is Crucial – If you have abnormally large machinery or just a small amount of belongings to store, you’ll want to ensure that the facility will be able to accommodate them. Contact the storage experts at 5A Rent-A-Space for an estimate on the right size storage unit for your needs.
- Think About Timing – Your needs will be different depending on the length of time you need the storage space. If you have a brief gap between residences while moving to a new house, ask about short-term rental units. Long-term additional space can be arranged, but be sure to communicate this and all your storage needs to your storage counselors at the outset of your storage rental agreement.
Monday, October 24, 2016
45 Years in Business - Quality Storage Units Near San Mateo — Store Your Belongings with a historically reliable company
Some things get better with age. When it comes to a storage company, looking for experience and reliability should be your top concerns. 5A Rent-A-Space is proud to be celebrating 45 years of providing high quality storage solutions to customers near San Mateo. After so many years of dedicated service, we have come to learn a number of tips and techniques about efficient ways to store your belongings. Whether this is your first storage unit rental or you are a veteran of transporting and arranging your items in your unit, we would be happy to share our expertise with you. Read below for our top 10 tips to make storing your goods as easy as possible.
- Rent the Right Size Space – Speak with our seasoned experts to determine the size of the storage unit you will need. Many people assume they can squeeze items into a standard unit, but have an unpleasant surprise when it comes time to load your unit. Not sure how your stuff will fit? Use our easy “Space Calculator” to get an estimate. Don’t rent too much either; if you can see all the walls in your unit, you probably have one that is too large and you’re paying too much for extra, unused space.
- Clean Your Belongings – Personal items of all kinds can hold onto dirt, moisture, and odors. Thoroughly clean and check your items before putting them into a storage unit for months. You want to be greeted by your old stuff, not a new smell, when you retrieve your goods.
- Prepare for Environmental Fluctuations – You also need to think about the items you are storing. Are precious family photos going to warp during the humid summer? Will your record player still work if it sits in the cold? Be thoughtful about what you store and prepare the items accordingly to minimize damage and disappointment. Ask your storage counselors questions; they can be a great source of information on the best ways to store an item for its protection and longevity.
- Focus on Time - The duration of your storage unit rental will be determined by your needs. If you are moving, a short term rental space is likely suitable. If extra space is the goal, a long-term rental may be appropriate. Speak with the team at 5A Rent-A-Space to find a unit that is affordable and appropriate for your required timeframe.
- Consider Moving Day – Before you move, make sure every box is clearly labeled with its contents. Nothing is more disconcerting than a blank box that you have to actually unload to find out what’s inside. If you are moving, a short term rental can work. You will want to give clear directions to your moving van or truck so they will be able to find the storage facility. It's a wise idea to meet the moving van at the storage facility and direct how they load your items into the unit. You know what you’ll need and what can be stored for awhile, choosing carefully what you store in your unit vs. what you will need early on as you move into your home. Necessities and items you want to unpack first will be better kept at the front of your unit.
- Label – It might seem like a small number of items when you pack and store them, but months later, it can be tough to remember what you put where. This is especially important for smaller items in boxes. Use intuitive labels to make finding things easy.
- Think Next Season – Packing in the summer pool toys may be a breeze, but bulky snow blowers may present new challenges. If you are looking for seasonal storage, be sure to think ahead and keep in mind all the items you want to store.
- Get Insured – Regardless of the particulars of your storage situation, insurance is a wise decision. While the belongings may not have a lot of individual value, the combined value is always worth insuring. Check your current homeowner’s policy for information about items in storage or in transit. Our storage facility carries a very good policy if you don’t have a homeowner’s policy that covers storage.
- Elevate – Use pallets to keep your belongings off the ground. Dust, debris, or in extreme weather, even water may make its way into your unit, so keeping your items above the ground adds an extra level of protection.
- Wrap Your Belongings – Using bubble wrap and other protective coverings will give an added level of assurance against breakage for dishes, electronics and fragile items. Industrial plastic is ideal for wrapping your boxed belongings. Insects, dust, and moisture will have a harder time getting at your goods if they are tightly sealed. Ask the staff at your storage facility for a list of quality packing and storing supplies. There are even compartmentalized boxes and unique sized boxes for specialized packing purposes.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
You Can Enjoy Outdoor Fun Even with An Urban Lifestyle - Protect and Keep Your Outdoor Gear in a Storage Unit Near San Mateo
Just because you live in the city does not mean you cannot enjoy outdoor activities. You may not have the luxury of a backyard shed, a two-car garage or an attic to store all of your recreational equipment, but you can still enjoy outdoor adventures with friends and family. All it takes is a storage unit near San Mateo and you can get outdoors, have fun but still enjoy the urban lifestyle you love.
Put Your Outdoor Sports and Adventure Equipment in a Storage Unit at 5A Rent-a-Space
Whether you have camping equipment, kayaks, a canoe, fishing gear, snowboards and skis for the winter, or any other recreational items you can’t use within the city; you need a place to store them. Storage units for rent come in a variety of sizes, so you can find the one that works perfectly for your outdoor sports gear. In a self-storage unit, you can access them any time you want them, yet keep clutter at home to a minimum.
When you put your outdoor equipment into a self-storage unit near San Mateo, take the time to clean and organize it properly. That way, whether you decide to take it out again next weekend or won’t need it until next summer, it will be ready to use and you’ll spend less time getting prepared for your adventure. Your items will also last longer and you won’t have to invest in new equipment. Here are a few tips to help you store everything the right way:
· Boots – Wash your outdoor boots in warm water to remove the dirt. Do not use soap. Once they are thoroughly dry, seal the exterior using a waterproof treatment that is right for the type of material your boots are made of.
· Gas Stove – Disassemble the unit and clean all parts. Inspect the gaskets and O-rings, then lubricate with oil. Soak the needle and shaker jet in gas to remove the gunk and store away. Make sure you store all parts together so it’s easily reassembled for your next use.
· Backpack – Soak and scrub it in a large basin of soapy water. Rinse it with a hose and then hang it to dry. Make sure it is fully dried before you store it to avoid any mildew.
· Sleeping Bag – Most sleeping bags can be washed in your home’s washing machine using a gentle detergent. Dry it in a front-loading dryer and add tennis balls (these will help prevent the filling from clumping). Dry cleaners can also do a good job of cleaning it for you.
· Tents – Clean your tent well. Roll or fold and pack it in its carrying case. Wrap the tent pegs, struts and all parts together in strapping tape and either put them into the carrying case, or wrap them with the tent if you have no carrying case, so they’ll be readily accessible for your next camping trip.
· Hydration Bladder – Scrub it thoroughly with soapy water and then soak it in a diluted bleach solution to sanitize. Rinse clean and dry fully before storing.
· Lifejackets – Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) or lifejackets absorb oil and sun block from your skin. Before putting them away into storage, make sure you clean them with a mild solution of liquid laundry detergent and water, using a soft-bristled brush. Ensure they are completely dry before you pack them away until the next season.
· Bicycles – Clean your bike well; make sure dirt is removed from all its parts. Grease the gear chains and gear sprockets. Wipe down any leather parts, like the seats, handles or saddle bags with a light oil and wipe off the excess. Once in the storage unit, you can place the bike in a rack designed for it, or you can hang it by the tires from large hooks from the ceiling beams, if your unit has them. Place your helmet with the bike so it is easily accessible next time you want to ride.
5A Rent-A-Space helps you enjoy your urban and outdoor love of adventure. Not sure how to pack and store all your equipment and gear? Review our FAQs and see what our experts have to say.
Are you ready to rent? Contact 5A Rent-A-Space in Foster City at (650) 338-0016 today to find the perfect storage unit near San Mateo, CA. Reserve your unit online now and free up your apartment or urban home’s storage space. If you are unsure of how much space you will need, use this quick “Space Calculator” to get an estimate.
New Baby Arrive Soon? Get Your Home Ready! - Put Your Extra Stuff in a Storage Rental Unit Near San Mateo
Babies are small and cuddly, but they can take up a surprising amount of space in your home. From cribs to swings, high chairs, bouncy chairs, strollers, tricycles, wagons, play mats, changing tables, toys, and more; it is challenging to make room for everything your new bundle of joy needs to be comfortable. If you are getting ready to welcome your first baby, you may need to de-clutter and make space for all of baby’s stuff. While you are going through this process, use the opportunity to get fully organized. That way, you are prepared for your little one and will have the time to enjoy parenting rather than stress over finding what you need, when you need it.
Store and Secure Your Extra Belongings in a Storage Rental Unit Near San Mateo
If you are clearing out a room to transform it into baby’s nursery, you may not have adequate space in your home to store the items from that room. Renting a storage unit near your home in San Mateo is a convenient and affordable solution! You can store boxes of clothes, books, toys and furniture. If you have an older child at home who has outgrown a lot of things, these can be stored for the new baby as he or she grows into needing them. By keeping all of these in storage, you can easily access the items whenever you need them.
While you are clearing out, organizing and getting ready for your bundle of joy, here are a few other steps you should take to prepare for the baby’s arrival:
· Wash Everything – Even if it is brand new, it still needs a good washing before baby can use it. Wash all clothes, blankets, linens, burp cloths, diapers (if you are using cloth ones), and towels in the washing machine using a sensitive formula soap.
· Clean Your House – When the new baby arrives, you will not have time or the energy to do extensive cleaning, so do it before hand. If you cannot manage it by yourself, hire a professional agency to come in and give it a deep clean. You’ll be so glad you did!
· Stock Up on Essentials – Make sure you have enough of all the essentials for your kitchen, personal care and bathroom, including food that does not expire quickly, diapers, formula, medicines, baby’s and your own personal hygiene items, and any other baby item you will need for at least the first month.
5A Rent-A-Space has a variety of rental units that can comfortably fit your extra furniture, boxes, bedding, clothes, and more. Regardless of how much stuff you need to move out to prepare for baby, we have the storage solutions to help. Look at our online resources to get expert packing tips so that you can maximize the space in your rental storage unit. 5A’s website has a link to additional ideas to assist you and your family in getting and staying organized: http://www.5aspace.com/pdf/Organizer.pdf
Contact 5A Rent-A-Space in Foster City at (650) 338-0016 today to find the perfect storage rental unit near San Mateo, CA. Reserve your unit online now and move your excess furniture and boxes to make space for the new addition in your family. If you are unsure of how much space you will need, use this quick “Space Calculator” to get an estimate.