Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What do you need to get started Spring Cleaning?


  When most people hear the phrase “Spring Cleaning,” they think of projects that need to be done inside their home. Spring cleaning should extend from the inside of your home, to the exterior. The winter months can be just as hard on your home’s exterior and your yard, as you and your family are on the inside. Wondering what should be done this spring to keep your house looking good and in good working order? Read through our checklist below to guide you in sprucing up your home and getting a fresh outlook this spring.


·         Air Conditioner & Heater Filters: Change the filters in your air conditioners, vents and furnaces.  This will help keep clean air running through your home and reduce the allergens and pollens. Also make sure to schedule a service person to make sure your AC and Heater are in good working order.

·         Consider a good carpet cleaning, and an overall home cleaning. There are great services to help you get this done, you’ll be so glad you did - for months to come!

·         Inspect Roofs & Gutters: Conduct a thorough check of your roof making sure there are no leaks. Look at all your ceilings, even in corners and inside closets for the telltale water marks on the ceilings.  Check your gutters for debris that could have collected during these stormy winter months. You can use a rake or a broom to help you remove clogged areas. You can also call a company to clean your gutters for you.

·         Clear out closets and make more room in them. Think “Seasonal” and store away all the winter parkas, ski boots, and all the winter sports equipment.

·         This is a good time to schedule cleaning out the garage too.  You can store what you want to save, give away some of the stuff and make room to park your car in there!  Remember if you park in your garage you save wear and weathering on your car’s exterior.

·         Repair or Replace Damaged Window Screens.

·         Scrape off peeling or damaged paint and touch up with fresh, matching paint.

·         Clear dead plants and shrubs surrounding your home. Replace them so things still look symmetrical in your yard.

·         Plant some bright Spring flowers and enjoy the warmer weather!


For more tips on Spring Cleaning, go to our Clean House Board on Pinterest.

For more information on Home Maintenance, go to our Home Improvement Board on Pinterest.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

4 Reasons College Students Should Rent a Self-Storage Unit



            Going on Summer Vacation soon?  Doing a semester abroad?   Don’t let what to do with your gear be a stressful decision, store it all!  It will be safe and ready for you to retrieve when you’re back?

Is your home in another city, or even in the area but a distance away?   Don’t let porting your stuff back and forth become a nuisance, once again here’s where storage comes in.

Did you find when you arrived that your dorm room just can’t hold all the things you brought with you?  Store the overflow!

We’re 5A Rent-A-Space and we’ve been in the storage business for over 45 years.  We can help you get into the right sized unit, save you money….and; we’ve got boxes, locks and packing materials to help protect your things while they’re stored. So renting a storage unit at our facility, near your campus is an easy solution to these problems.


Here are 4 things to keep in mind when looking for a storage unit.


1.      Facilities near college campuses can fill up quickly. It’s best to reserve a unit in advance to make sure the best sized unit for your belongings is available.


2.      When deciding which size unit to rent, think about what items you’ll be storing. If it’s just clothes and books, you could rent a small 4x4x4 cube. If you will be storing larger items like furniture, shelving or storage containers, you might need a closet sized unit like a 4x5 or 5x5 or even larger. Make sure to speak with a storage consultant at your local storage facility to find out what size would work best for your items.

3.      Make sure that your storage facility is in a safe area. It can be tempting to take advantage of a low budget facility in a not so safe area. This comes with its own risks when it comes to the safety of your belongings. Take a tour of the storage facility and ask about their security measures. Do they have secure gates that require a code for entry?  Are there surveillance cameras throughout their facility? Do they have employees that live on site to monitor the security of the facility? The safety of your stored items is of utmost importance.


4.      When organizing your belongings for storage, make sure to pack them in storage containers that are secure. You want to keep any dirt or dust from getting into your boxes or containers. You also want to make sure that the container you use to store your belongings is sturdy enough to hold them. If you put heavy books in a flimsy cardboard box, it may fall apart when transporting it to and from your dorm room.


Give us a call at AAAAA Rent-A-Space; we’ve been serving college students in our local communities for over 45 years. Stop by our facilities in Foster City, Moraga or Lahaina, Maui to rent a storage unit today!


You can rent on-line at Or call our location nearest you at:

Lahaina, HI:  (808) 643-2024

Moraga, CA: (925) 543-2040

Foster City, CA: (650)338-0016


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why You May Need A Unit At A Self Storage Rental Near Lafayette

Life does not always go as smoothly as we want it to – sometimes unexpected events take us by surprise and we are forced to deal with a tough situation. This could be anything from a flooded basement to a death in the family. It’s more common than you think, but when it happens to you, you should not have to worry about what to do with your belongings. A unit at a self-storage rental facility is an efficient way to create some extra space in your Lafayette home. It can also help s you prepare and cope with a challenging situation by planning ahead and saving time by being organized.  


Make the Best of Any Situation with a Storage Rental Near Lafayette


Maybe you haven’t thought about using a storage unit as a solution to problems you are facing. Here are some of the most common reasons you might take advantage of the benefits of a storage rental unit near Lafayette:


·         Moving – A sudden move may mean that not all of your belongings can be moved at one time. It may not make sense to bring everything with you if your accommodation arrangement is a temporary one. Perhaps there is a delay moving into your new home and your current home is cluttered with packed boxes. You can enjoy peace of mind and less stress by keeping your belongings safe in a storage rental unit until you can use them again.

·         Downsizing – Have your kids recently moved out? Are you retiring soon? Is it cumbersome and challenging to maintain a large home? Items that you want to keep but will not fit in your new, more compact home can be easily stored away. Instead of taking up valuable space in your new home, you can store them and allow yourself some time to settle in properly and decide exactly what you need.

·         Divorce – In the process of dividing up your things and possibly moving out, a storage rental is an easy way to make a divorce much less stressful. Many people prefer to keep their belongings where they can be accessed without encountering the ex-spouse. A storage unit at a self-storage facility also gives you the option of quickly removing any valuables that you owned before the relationship was formalized, so they are not considered shared assets.

·         Disaster – Damage to your home as a result of a flood, storm, fire, or any other disaster means that you might suddenly need a place to store the contents of your home while taking care of repairs and insurance claims. Storage can help: Worry about one less detail as you cope with any unforeseeable situation. By ensuring that your home is organized and less cluttered, you will also find it easier to take an inventory of your belongings in the event that you do face insurance claims caused by damage from a flood or fire.     

·         Death – If your family is faced with the death of a loved one, there are steps you can take to make the situation easier. When preparing a home for resale or clearing out a retirement residence, precious items can be quickly placed in a storage unit to relieve the pressure of immediately deciding what to do with them.

A storage rental facility near Lafayette is a great solution if you are going through any difficult circumstance. You can simplify the situation and focus on what is important by keeping your belongings safe in a storage rental unit.


Contact 5A Rent-A-Space at (925) 643-2024 to ensure you have the space you need. You can rent a unit online at our storage rental facility near Lafayette, CA. Find out how to make the most out of your storage unit on our FAQs page and reserve your unit online now.



Trying to Cope with Changes in Your Family Situation? Rent a Self-Storage Unit at a Facility Near San Mateo

When your family life is turned upside down by a major life event – whether good or bad – you may have to make some quick decisions and some big changes to cope with the new situation. Dealing with clutter in your home only adds to the disorder when coping with these changes. There is a way to keep at least one aspect of your life simple. By renting a storage unit in a self-storage facility near San Mateo, you can keep your belongings separate and safe from the disorder until your family situation is resolved.


Simplify Your Life with a Self-Storage Facility Near San Mateo

When you are dealing with a difficult situation that demands your time and attention, you may not realize that renting a self-storage unit can take such a huge load off your shoulders. Often, a big life change doesn’t just affect your time and attention, but also begins to take over the space in your home. A self-storage facility is a practical solution that allows you to adjust your home’s available space, no matter what new family situation is upon you.


Here are some key benefits of renting a storage unit:

·         Keeping a Divorce Hassle-Free – A great way to reduce stress during a very unstable time is to move your valuables and belongings into a storage unit until things have settled down again. Storage can keep your material possessions separate from the chaos of a divorce and make the challenges of possibly having to move out, a little easier.

·         Changes When Your Child Goes to College – When you have a child in college or university, life can get a little hectic: there is always someone moving in or out during holidays or breaks, and also the possibility that moving out could be permanent. Using a storage unit at a self-storage facility is a convenient option. Keep your student’s belongings there during the school term and utilize that extra bedroom for guests.  Retrieving needed items from the storage unit when your student moves back, can allow these changes to be made with less effort and without stress.

·         Making Room for a New Family Member – Having a new baby can be the best moment, but also the most topsy-turvy time of your life! Babies are small, but they do require many additions to your home. From strollers to cradles, changing tables and play areas, you will find yourself having to make space for all these, and more. Many families will want to dedicate an entire room for their new baby and will need to clear out some of the space to adjust to your tiny new family member. Rent a self-storage unit! That will allow you to keep your stuff organized and accessible without cluttering up your home.

·         Coping With a Death in the Family – When a family member passes on, it is an emotional time for those left behind. After the initial period of mourning is over, something has to be done with all of the deceased member’s belongings. If your family is coping with a tragic loss of this nature, renting a unit in a storage facility can help keep it simple in this difficult time.  The person’s belongings can be safeguarded until the will is read, or the family members decide what to do with the items.  Many may be valuable or antiques.  Storage gives everyone a little time to consider what to do next and when.

Going through one of these significant changes in life is never easy, but you can find peace of mind by storing at a self-storage facility. Having a home that is clean, tidy and organized will help to make the situation much less complicated. 


Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 650-338-0062 to discuss available options at our self-storage facility near San Mateo.  You can also reserve your unit online. Have questions? Read our FAQs to learn more. If you are not sure how much space you will need for your household items, use our online “Space Calculator

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

5 Tips for a Stress Free Move


Moving to a new home or apartment can be a stressful process.  It can be taxing on your body as well as your mind. It’s important to have a plan in place to help your move go as smoothly as possible.  Here are 5 tips to help you make a stress-free move.


·         Clearly label boxes. The quickest way to up your stress level is to not know which room to place each box.  Take the labeling one step further by adding a few details concerning the box contents. For example: Instead of just labeling the box Bedroom, write Bedroom: linens or Bedroom: clothes. Also make sure you’re not mix and matching items in each box. Keep Kitchen items in the kitchen boxes and bedroom items in the bedroom boxes.



·         Purchase specialized packing materials for fragile items. At AAAAA Rent-A-Space we sell special packing materials and boxes for items like dishes, stemware and mirrors. This will help take away your worry about fragile items breaking. Contact your local 5A Rent-A-Space (Foster City, Moraga, Lahaina) to purchase your needed moving supplies. (



·         Keep a box with items you will use immediately in your new home in a place that is easy to access. These items could include toiletries, chargers for laptops and cell phones, a change of clothes, some basic cleaning supplies, and a few dishes/cups/utensils for your first meal.




·         Use Comforter or bed linen bags to store clothing for the move.  This will protect your clothes from any dust/dirt kicked up while moving, and be easy to move.


·         Pack heavy items like books in a rolling suitcase. This will help you transport heavier items without pulling a muscle or breaking a box carrying these items.



For more tips on how to have a stress free move, check out our Moving board on Pinterest.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Saving Storage Solutions For Your Home


Current urban and suburban home development means smaller homes on smaller lots. This type of urban planning has put a premium on storage space within these more compact homes. As our culture learns to live in tighter quarters, everyone looks for ways to maximize the use of their space and reduce clutter.  Popular areas for storage solutions are in closets, kitchens, laundry rooms and home offices. Below are a few ideas for space saving storage solutions in your home.

  •      Rolling Carts: Rolling carts can be an excellent way to maximize storage in small spaces. When you add castors to a cart of any size, it allows you the flexibility to move your storage as needed. Below is one example of how a rolling cart can improve storage space in your kitchen.  


  •         Hanging shelves: Attaching shelving to the walls allows you to use space off the floor for storage. You can use unconventional means of storage such as the wire baskets and peg boards pictured below. This also adds visual interest and design in your space.


  •       Armoires:  An armoire can be a fantastic way to organize your home. They are a stylish piece of furniture to add to any room in your home, and can hold many forms of organization on the inside.


For more space saving storage solutions, check out the “DIY Home” & “A Well Organized Life” boards on our Pinterest account:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mini-Storage Messenger 2016 Renovation Facility of the Year Award

      AAAAA Rent-A-Space is proud to announce that our Foster City site has won the 2016 Facility Renovation Of The Year award from Mini-Storage Messenger Magazine.  Mini-Storage Messenger has been the leading publication in the Self-Storage industry since 1979. Since 1976, the beginning of 5A’s facility in Foster City, we have overseen many changes to not only our facility, but to the cityscape around us.

One of the challenges of our renovation was turning outdated looking buildings into “eye-popping, welcoming, modern self-storage structures.” (Fivecoat-Campbell, KerriAAAAA Rent-A-Space Foster, City, California”. Dec. 2016: 48. Print).  To accomplish this, our owners decided to use strong ribbed metal panels over the stucco to add texture and reflect a 21st century, high-tech feel. GT Aubert Construction added high quality, 24 gauge seamless rib roofing that will help stand the test of time. Our facility now has Solar Panels, which will allow us to run our business more efficiently. The paint on the buildings inside the facility was updated to a soothing blue color as well as updating and installing 600 new blue roll up doors to units throughout the facility. Our on-site Managers, Marisa Boldt and Roxanne Porter were key players, helping to keeping our tenants updated on the progress of our site remodel. We would like to thank Mini-Storage Messenger for this award as well as GT Aubert Construction and Galen Grant of FCGA Architecture Firm, in the renovation process.

Updated entry, blue interior walls 
Blue walls & doors, roofs with solar panels
Office has new windows and eye catching awning

 Exterior will soon be painted blue as blue roll-up 
doors are installed,with exterior lighting