Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Moving between Homes during COVID-19

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Moving is stressful in good times. It is much harder during a worldwide pandemic. With all the different guidelines and restrictions in place, do you know what steps you need to take to make your transition? All it takes is some careful planning and preparation, and before you know it, you will be enjoying your new home or apartment.

At 5A Rent-A-Space, we make it our mission to keep you safer by taking extra precautions to keep our facilities clean. When you reserve your space at our storage facility near Maui, we will have it cleaned and ready for you to move in. 

6 Suggestions for Moving Safely during a Pandemic 

Besides having your sanitizer, mask, and disinfecting wipes handy, utilize these six tips to keep safe while moving during a pandemic:

  1. Talk about logistics with your moving company. Businesses are doing much to make things safer for their employees and customers. They may carry disinfectant spray and hand sanitizers or reschedule appointments if you or a family member is feeling ill. Feel free to ask questions and work out the best way to handle your move, including social distancing.

  2. Feel free to rent a truck. Rental truck companies are also working hard and taking steps to up their vehicle cleaning procedures. If you rent a truck to haul your belongings, take time to wipe down the steering wheel, gear shifter, and door handles before you get in. When you rent from 5A Rent-A-Space, we will move your items to your self-storage unit for free! You load it up, we drive, you unload, and we can keep social distancing.

  3. Limit the number of people helping. This will be hard when you want all hands on deck. It is vital to limit how many helpers you have, to ensure you can practice active social distancing. It may mean you work in shifts or some stay outside unloading while others are carrying items into the house. 

  4. Buy moving boxes. You will want to buy moving boxes instead of heading to your local liquor store or grocery for freebies, to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. You can purchase all types of moving boxes from 5A Rent-A-Space, including specialty boxes for your television and other odd-shaped and fragile goods.

  5. At your new address, deliver your belongings to the garage and a storage unit. Consider placing your belongings in your garage and rental space. Then you can leave items for a few days before unpacking. Additionally, it allows you to clean your home and then each item that you bring into it.

  6. Clean your new home. Take the time while you quarantine your stuff to do a deep clean of the walls, floorboards, cabinets, bathrooms, light switches, and doorknobs. Ideally, you will want to clean everything first, and then follow up with a disinfectant.

Use a Storage Unit for Your Move during the Pandemic and Beyond

Take advantage of the extra space to allow you to thoroughly clean your items before unpacking when you rent a self-storage unit near Maui from 5A Rent-A-Space. You can impose a “quarantine” of items handled by others and feel confident that you are keeping your family safe. Give us a call and let us help you through this transition.

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 808-745-1616 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you. 


How to Choose the Right Storage Unit for You

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Finding the best storage unit for you doesn’t have to be hard. It pays to do a little investigation and locate the self-storage company that meets all your needs. Where do you start? Start with 5A Rent-A-Space!

Choose a company that offers convenient self-storage solutions for your needs – personal and business. At 5A Rent-A-Space, you can choose from a wide range of unit sizes. When you rent from 5A in the Lafayette area, we will move your stuff to your unit with our free moving van. Need some packing supplies? We have you covered! Come by for a visit and see what we have available for you.

4 Tips to Find the Perfect Storage Space 

Start your search for a convenient storage unit with these useful suggestions:

  1. Decide the type of storage you need. Your first step is more than just finding the perfect size of unit. The kind of storage facilities available include indoor, outdoor, and specialty. For example, you may want the ease of being able to organize your area even if it is raining outside. If so, an indoor space is a better choice. However, outdoor spaces are great for driving right up and unloading or loading. Another option is a specialty facility for those that have wine collections or antiques. These facilities are tailored for the delicate nature of goods to be stored inside.

  2. Research the facilities in your area. The easiest decision may not be the best choice. It is easy to go to your nearest self-storage facility and sign your name on the dotted line. Resist the urge. First, take inventory of all locations near your home. Then check reviews and look at the ones that have the highest ratings. Look at their gate hours vs. their office hours. It doesn’t pay to rent a unit near your home if their office hours are not convenient for you. It may pay to drive ten more minutes to get what you want.

  3. Visit and ask questions. Go to your shortlisted site for a visit. Ask to see a unit in the size you would like to rent. You can ask about any specials, what happens if you miss or are late on a payment, the facility hours and any unique stipulations. 

  4. Make notes and then make your decision. Gather all your research and look over what you have. Which facility fits your needs in convenience and access? Once you make the determination, reach out to the best facility for you and sign up!

Make the Best Decision for Your Storage Needs with 5A Rent-A-Space 

The right decisions require reliable information. Give the team at 5A Rent-A-Space a call. We’ll help you find the best storage unit for your needs, be they seasonal items, household goods, business furniture, and more. We offer you many options to ensure you get what you need. We sell boxes and packing supplies and even move your items right to your storage unit for free!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 925-643-2024 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you. 


What To Store and What Not to Store? A Handy Guide for Proper Storage

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People use storage units for a variety of reasons. Maybe you are moving and need a place to put your belongings while in between houses. You could be downsizing after your children moved out. If you are running out of space at your office, placing items in off-site storage can free up space so your employees move and work more easily. The reasons are many, but if you don’t follow a few rules-of-thumb, you may find that you end up with more damaged goods than you expected.

Make the most of your self-storage facility near San Mateo when you choose 5A Rent-A-Space. We offer a wide range of sizes to fit your needs. We also sell packing supplies, so you lessen the chance of damage to your fragile items. When you rent from 5A, we will even move your belongings with our free moving van.

What to Store in Your Unit and What to Avoid 

Determining what is suitable for your rental unit and what should be left out can be a little overwhelming. Here is a handy guide to help you:

These Items Are OK to Store: 

Seasonal Items – Do you have a closet full of decorations bulging out every time you try to hang up a jacket? Tucking them in a storage unit is a better idea. The same goes for your camping gear, sports gear, and even your lawnmower after it is drained of flammable fluids.

Household Goods – This is where storage rentals shine! Put away extra books, furniture, toys, clothing, linens, kitchen items, and office supplies. You can take out what you need when you need it and know everything is nice and tidy in your unit.

Business Goods and Furniture – Consider utilizing off-site storage to stow away extra office chairs, desks, and unused filing cabinets. You might be able to place some of your inventory in there as well – be sure it is not perishable, living, or hazardous.

Electronics – A storage rental is not always the best place for electronics unless it is in a climate-controlled facility. However, if you need to store your TV, DVD player, and stereo for a short time, it may be worth it. A storage unit inside a building or hallway often escapes extreme temperature changes and is a safer bet for electronics.

Appliances – You can store appliances as long as you ensure they are wiped clean and dry. You also do not want to have one plugged in while it is in your unit. Types of appliances include refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, washers, dryers, freezers, toasters, coffee makers, vacuums, and paper shredders. Clean appliances can have other things stored inside them, as long as it’s not perishable.  In fact, it’s a good idea to prop doors and lids of appliances open so they won’t mold. 

 

These Items Are Not OK to Put into Storage:

Hazardous Materials – This category includes flammable items such as gasoline, propane, oil, grease, chemicals, cleaners, paint, fireworks, and explosives. Also, remember that toxic materials like fertilizer, asbestos, biological waste, and anything radioactive, are not allowed. Finally, any illegal substance should not be on the premises.

Unregistered Vehicles – Not all self-storage facilities near San Mateo allow vehicle storage, but for the ones that do, they must be registered, insured, and operable. Additionally, they must be registered to the person renting the space. This includes boats, RVs, trailers, motorcycles, cars, and trucks. Fuels must be drained and all batteries disconnected and removed.

Weapons – It is against the law to store your guns and ammunition at a storage facility. If you need a place to tuck your handguns, rifles, or shotguns, a local gun store is a better option. You can even get them serviced at the same time. A locked gun vault at home is also a good option.

Living Things – A storage unit is not the best place to put your pet gerbil or houseplants. Humans should not be residing in a unit either. If you are trying to consider if you can put your cockatoo in your rental space, remember that anything that requires light, food, or water is not allowed in storage.

Perishables – We all like to eat, including mice, rats, and bugs. That is why food and other perishables are not to be tucked away in your storage space. That box of stale cereal you tossed in is like putting up an “Eat at Joe’s” sign inviting all types of vermin that can also wreak havoc on your stored items and your neighbor’s.

Storage Solutions Made Easy with 5A Rent-A-Space 

Utilizing a self-storage space efficiently begins with knowing what you can and cannot place in your unit. Reach out to your 5A Rent-A-Space team with any questions. We are glad to help you make the most of your self-storage facility near San Mateo. Call us today to learn more!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call us at 5A Rent-A-Space at 650-338-0016 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you. You can even rent on line at our website 5aspace.com



Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Clear Your Head by Clearing Your Space

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While Americans are spending more time in their homes than ever before, the state of our household is something easily neglected yet of paramount importance. It is no secret that our surroundings greatly impact our mental well-being, with characteristics like prominent colors and open space completely changing how we feel. Neutral colors and Earth tones such as greens have been linked to lowering stress. Warm colors such as red, orange, and yellow inspire passion, but can also heighten feelings of anger

In addition to design choices such as color, cleanliness must not be forgotten due to its impact on our mental health. For many of us, both the act of cleaning itself and the end result of living in a tidy home can go a long way towards easing our minds. As evidenced by several studies, a clear connection has been determined between individuals' feelings of how cluttered their homes are and their levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 

How to Maximize Perceived Space by Minimizing Clutter

  1. Consider High Spaces: One often overlooked area of space in our homes is right over our heads. Either by installing new shelving entirely, or reorganizing some of our less-used possessions, we can remove obvious clutter from our eye-line, thus reducing the impact it has on the overall level of clutter.
  2. Wall Storage to Show Off: Contrasting the idea of hiding clutter away above us, we can also use wall mounts to both store and show off some of our most visually appealing belongings. A stylish bicycle or key ring can be mounted on a wall to both clear up space on other surfaces as well as add a touch of personality to the space.
  3. Use Baskets: Often made from wicker or other woven fabrics, the increasing popularity of baskets in modern home design exemplify the importance of both form and function. They can serve as an eye catching touch to a room while also storing items that would otherwise clutter and complicate the space.

Consider Self-Storage for Your Less Used Items

It is no secret that we often hold on to items for a variety of reasons besides them coming of daily use. Whether it is due to sentimentality or perhaps them having only seasonal use, we as a species enjoy having the right tools for specific occasions when they arise. For this reason, self-storage is a reliable and rewarding option to keep some items available to us when we need them, while also keeping our household free of clutter. A snowboard takes up just as much space in the summer as a kayak does in the winter, so why not store each in a storage unit and use them at your leisure. 

By minimizing clutter through these techniques, as well as renting out a storage unit, any household can be turned into place of rest and relaxation instead of a place of stress. As long as we are spending this much time in our own homes, we may as well make them as conducive to mental well-being as possible. Doing these seemingly small acts will have a tremendous impact on how we feel, how efficient we can be while working from home, and how well we can get through this time together.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Moving 101: Less Stress, More Organization

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Moving day sets most people on edge. The hassle of locating a new home or apartment, signing a lease or purchase, finding boxes, and securing help just to end up sweaty and exhausted, is not a welcome feeling. Packing and transporting a house full of belongings is a task few look forward to. It feels complicated and often frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be.

Ease the stress of moving when you plan ahead and lease storage space from 5A Rent-A-Space. Not only will you have the extra room you need to stay organized, but we also sell packing supplies like moving boxes, bubble wrap, and tape. We will even move you in with our free moving van when you rent a unit from us near Foster City.

6 Tips to Make Moving a Stress-Free and Organized Experience 

Are you ready to feel excited rather than stressed about your upcoming move? Check out these tips:

  1. Decide where you want to live and tell your family. Take some time to explore the areas where you want to move. Check them out at various times of the day. Do some research on the school system and access to the places you need and want. Once you have chosen an area, sit your kids down, and explain what is going on. The more you can prepare them, the more time they have to say good-bye to friends and look forward to their new adventure.

  2. Decide how you are going to move your belongings. This is a decision based on a few factors, namely, money, time, location, and access to help. If you are moving across town and have friends to assist you, then renting a moving truck for a day or two may make sense. However, if you are moving across the country, hiring a long-distance mover who can handle the logistics would make things much easier for you. Each has its pros and cons. Taking time to weigh each will ease your move later.

  3. Start organizing your move at least six weeks out or longer. Once you know where you are going to move to and how you will get your stuff there, start organizing the logistics. For instance, reserve a truck or hire a moving company. Gather packing supplies, including totes, cardboard moving boxes, tape, markers, and bubble wrap. Don’t forget specialty boxes for TV, artwork and mirrors.  You will learn quickly that lists are your friend, so grab a notebook and get busy planning.

  4. Rent an off-site storage unit. When you start packing, you will find that there are some items you want to keep but are currently in the way. A rental storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space gives you the extra room to tuck things out of the way until you are settled into your new place. Consider how putting seasonal sports equipment, Christmas decorations and other things you won’t need right away in your new home in storage, eases your mind and potentially keeps tempers and stress in check on moving day.

  5. Sort and pack room-by-room. Pick a lesser-used room to work in first. As you view each item, decide if you really need it, or can it be stored, sold or donated. Pack it if you want to keep it. Set it aside if you don’t. Once you are done with one room, head to the next one. When you start early enough in the process, you can spend 30 minutes each evening packing and still have it all done before moving day. 

  6. Have a yard sale or donate unwanted stuff. Now that you have a stack of unwanted items, have a yard sale to make some additional money. You can also give away your things and enjoy knowing you have helped someone in need. To move less, you need to pack less, it’s simple!  

5A Rent-A-Space Alleviates Stress When Moving 

You can rest easier by preparing early for your move and by renting a storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space near Foster City. Our locations are convenient, and we sell all the packing supplies you need, including moving boxes. We make moving less stressful. Contact us today!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 650-338-0016 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you. 


Continuing Home Hygiene & Safety during & after COVID-19

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If hindsight is 20/20, then this year 2020 is leaving us with much to remember. The COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, leaving us all stunned and scrambling to find essentials like toilet paper and cleaning supplies. While the pandemic is still a threat, we can take a moment to assess the lessons from this terrible and extremely contagious virus. We can take stock of the new cleanliness habits we’ve made and make our homes a much safer place.

Give yourself a leg up on the cleaning when you declutter and use a storage unit to tuck away those lesser-used items. We have the moving boxes and extra supplies you need to remove unwanted belongings and store them away. When you rent from us, we will even move your stuff to your unit!

6 Habits to Keep after COVID-19 

The pandemic may be subsiding, but that does not mean we should lessen our vigilance. Here are some cleaning habits we need to keep in place to maintain a healthy home environment:

  1. Keep washing your hands. Your best defense against the spread of COVID-19 is by washing your hands. This includes using soap, water, and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. You should wash your hands before cooking, after using the bathroom, and after sneezing or coughing. Use hand sanitizer if you’re outside and always carry some with you, even in your car.

  2. Use protective gear as needed. When it is time to disinfect, utilize the proper protective equipment based on the manufacturer’s recommendation. For example, you may want to wear a mask to buffer out fumes or safety glasses to ward off splashes. Gloves may be needed, especially for caustic disinfectants like bleach. Even the use of a rubber, or construction apron will help avoid damage to your clothes.

  3. Understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. We sometimes use the terms interchangeably, but they are different. As noted by the CDC, cleaning refers to removing dirt, grime, germs, and impurities from surfaces. Disinfecting is killing bacteria and viruses on surfaces with chemicals, but not necessarily eliminating dirt. By disinfecting after cleaning, you stand a better chance of stopping the spread of infections, including COVID-19.

  4. Disinfect high-traffic spots daily. The studies are still out, but it appears COVID-19 can live on some surfaces from a few hours to a few days. That means you may want to wipe down handles, doorknobs, keys, cellphones, tablets, and light switches. If you have several people touching common areas, wipe them down frequently.

  5. Use disinfectants approved to eliminate SARS-CoV-2. As mentioned above, cleaning and disinfecting are two different actions. For a better idea of what disinfectants and will kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, check out this list from the EPA.

  6. Keep clutter to a minimum. Ramping up your cleaning routine will be much simpler when you don’t have a pile of clutter to work around. Utilizing moving boxes and a storage rental unit to house infrequently used items will save you time and energy, and leave you with a much cleaner home.

Keep Cleaning Simple – Use a Storage Unit for Occasionally Used Items

Simplify your cleaning routine by decluttering your home. Use a storage unit for those seasonal items and know you are keeping your family safer from the likes of the COVID bug. Our spaces offer you the opportunity to make your home a haven from the outside world. Give us a call, and let’s get your items moved! Stay organized with quality moving boxes to pack your belongings.

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 808-745-1616 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you. 


How to Prepare Your Home for Short-Term Renting

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Since its inception in 2008, Airbnb has helped homeowners earn supplementary and even fulltime income by renting out a room or their entire house. However, there is more to cleaning out a room and posting a few pictures. If you want to take full advantage of the opportunity, you’ll find that the owners who make the most money are the ones who do the “little” things that add up to a big payoff in repeat business and sound reputation.

Make the most of the short-term rental opportunity by preparing your home and making it guest friendly. 5A Rent-A-Space helps by providing off-site storage units near your Maui home. Remove the extra clutter and leave a spacious area for your guests to enjoy during their stay. You may even enjoy more 5-star ratings.

5 Tips to Make Your Home Short-Term Rental Friendly

Before you put out the vacancy sign, use these tips to make your home more appealing to renters:
  1. Think about safety. Guests want to stay in safe places, not just in terms of geography, but also within the home. Take a moment to walk around and look with a critical eye for things that may not be safe. For example, are there exposed wires or loose steps? Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Place fire extinguishers in the appropriate areas. Leave your phone number and email address, so your guests can contact you easily, if needed.
  2. Deep clean and declutter. No one wants to walk into a rented, unkempt home or room. Take time to do a deep clean. You may even want to invest in a professional cleaning service. Remove personal items such as family pictures, jewelry, financial and legal paperwork, and anything else important to you. Remember to clear out the closets and remove all the stuff stashed in them. Rent a storage unit from 5A Rent-A-Space to make it easier to store all those cleared out belongings.
  3. Make the bedroom a welcoming place. This is the one room your guests will probably spend the most time in. Consider investing in a new mattress or at least a memory foam mattress top. Add extra pillows and don’t skimp on the quality of sheets. You may want to add some earplugs, sleep mask, a small fan, and a universal charging station to the bedroom as well. Look at the decorator magazines to get good ideas on how to make your guest bedroom welcoming and comfortable.
  4. Place basic toiletries in the bathroom. Inevitably, we leave something at home when traveling. Gather up all those extra hotel shampoos, lotions, soaps, and travel tubes of toothpaste you have collected and put them in a basket for your guests. Do check to see that none of these are past their “best before” dates! You can pick up some inexpensive toothbrushes to have on hand as well. Don’t forget the extra towels.
  5. Put the basics in the kitchen. Guests choose to rent an Airbnb so they can save money on other things like eating out. Purchase a set of pots and pans for them to use. Place matching (and extra) towels and dishcloths in the kitchen, as well as add trivets and potholders. You don’t need to be fancy, just practical. Your guests will appreciate the convenience. You might consider coffee “K” cups for a Keurig, sugar, salt & pepper and a few other spices. Make sure there is a toaster or toaster oven and dishes, glasses and utensils.

5A Rent-A-Space Helps Make Room for a Welcoming Place

Enjoy more profit and fewer headaches when you make an effort to create a place that guests will rave about. Your convenient 5A Rent-A-Space storage units near Maui give you the extra support you need to keep your short-term rental decluttered and traveler-ready. We also offer packing supplies and will transport your belongings to your space with our free moving van. We aim to make life easier for you. Check us out today!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 808-745-1616 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.