Monday, October 27, 2014

Storage Units in San Mateo —A Smarter Alternative to Your Garage, Attic, or Basement

Storage Units in San Mateo—A Smarter Alternative to Your Garage, Attic, or Basement

If you are like most people, you have plenty of stuff that you could store in your garage, your attic, or your basement. Here is the problem with that option: you can’t always guarantee that the things you store there will be safe or in good condition when you go to retrieve them. Even worse, you will forget they are there and replace them, thus spending more money and adding to your clutter.

A storage unit in the San Mateo, Foster City area is a smart alternative but most people don’t think of it. Here are some reasons you should consider renting one to put away your belongings safely and yet, access them when you need them.

1. Musty Odors Get into Your Stuff
You may not have realized that your things can get a musty odor when you store your boxes of stuff in the attic or basement. However, when you go to retrieve them, you may notice that a musty odor has now infiltrated your things.  Basements and attics are notorious for mildew that can go undetected for years while your precious belongings are slowly deteriorating.

At 5A’s  self storage facility in the San Mateo Foster City area, your things can be stored safely in a storage unit. The typical garage, basement or attic simply doesn’t provide the same security and protection for your items.

2. Don’t You Want to Park Your Car in the Garage?

Here’s a fact to remind yourself about: the garage is where you park your car, not store everything you can’t make room for inside the house! If you have so much extra stuff that you are tempted to take over the garage, pushing your car out onto the driveway or street, you have to ask yourself if this is the best use of your garage. After all, you depend on your car to get you to work, to school, and everywhere you go, so why not protect it from the elements and give it more longevity? A storage unit is definitely a smarter choice over using your garage for storage.

3. Storage Units are Easier to Navigate

Aside from the musty smell and unstable temperatures typical to attics, basements, and garages, rifling through your stuff to find the right box can be frustrating and time consuming. Things often get broken in the process of looking for what you need. Storing your labeled boxes in organized sections of the storage unit means you can easily find the Christmas decorations without confusing them with your Grandma’s dainty chinaware.

Over a long period of time, investing in a storage unit is both cost and time efficient compared to storing your items in the garage, attic, or basement.

Call 5A Rent-A-Space at (650) 341-2964 if you have any questions about storage units. You will speak with one of our self-storage experts in the San Mateo - Foster City area. You can also get more information on our FAQ page. Be sure to try out the “Space Calculator” to assist you in getting the right size storage unit. Don’t forget, you can even rent online.

Why Finding a Self-Storage Facility in West Maui Makes Sense …Before the Holidays!

Why Finding a Self-Storage Facility in West Maui Makes SenseBefore the Holidays!

The holidays are a time for family, festivities, and fun traditions. The holidays are also a time for gifts. No matter how big or small your West Maui home is, finding a self-storage facility before the holidays is a smart idea. Not only can you put away some things that you don’t need during the holidays in the storage unit – creating more room for family and friends – you also know that at the end of the holidays, you can store the decorations and trimmings in your storage unit so they are safely out of the way until you want them again next year.

What should you store in your West Maui self-storage facility unit?

Some of the most common items you can safely place in self-storage units are:
  • Seasonal items such as clothing, furniture, equipment and other things you don’t need year round. You probably need your patio furniture all year long in West Maui but you only need that tall Christmas tree or multiple inflatable mattresses once a year.
  •  Appliances and furniture you want to keep but won’t be using anytime soon.
  • Clothing and equipment that isn’t needed immediately. If you have some heavy winter wear that you only pull out to visit your family in Denver, for example, why keep that in your house? Tuck those skis, ski boots, pants and jackets away until you need them.
  • College dorm room items including furniture, supplies, and clothing can be placed in your storage unit until the student in your home needs them again.
  • Items for future generations including baby furniture and clothes, toys, bicycles you are saving for when your kids have kids.

With a unit in a self-storage facility, the items you want to keep safe are less likely to be damaged. In a climate-controlled unit, they will stay clean and dry. Best of all, you can be practical and efficient, renting only the space you need for the months you need it – for example, during the holiday season when your college-going child is home.

Find your self-storage facility before the holidays and you will have checked an important item off your list for the year. When the holidays are over, you can pack your decorations into your storage unit and know that they will be safe until next year.

You can also get more information about our self-storage facility on our FAQ page and reserve your unit online. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at (808) 669-5200 with your questions and talk to one of our self-storage experts today.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back to School

The new school year is here and with it comes added responsibility. Here are some back to school organizational tips to help you and your children stay sane during the school year.

Stay Organized

It's too easy to lose a vital assignment or paper in a backpack or messy room. Creating a file folder can help your child stay organized with any worksheets or papers they receive each week in class. This way all of their loose documents can go into one location.

Stock Up 

School supplies are something that no matter how many we purchase, we feel that we never have enough. Maintaining a cache of school supplies in an unused drawer can help keep you prepared for any surprise projects or assignments. The worst thing that could happen would be running out of construction.paper the night before your child's project is due.


When you have some time, go through your child's unused clothes and put the clothes in a box to donate to a worthy organization. You'll be surprised how much space you can free up simply by getting rid of unworn clothing. And it never hurts to donate to a worthy cause!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It’s the First Time I’m Renting At A Self Storage Facility in San Mateo — Where Do I Start?

It’s the First Time I’m Renting At A Self Storage Facility in San Mateo Where Do I Start?

If you have made the decision to rent at a self storage facility in the San Mateo, Foster City area, you have already made a good start. What’s next? If this is your first time storing items, follow these steps to ensure you get an efficient and cost-effective storage experience:

1. Choosing the Right Storage Facility

If you decide to phone shop first, be sure to call more than one storage facility.  Many facilities have similar pricing, but the difference between actual locations and storage facilities can be worlds apart. 

Before renting a unit online, visit the facilities. Select one in a part of town that you are comfortable with.  Ask yourself these questions:  When you visited, was there a representative on the premises to help you?  At 5A’s self storage facility in San Mateo – Foster City area, someone is available on site 7 days a week.  Did the storage manager make you feel welcome and that your business would be appreciated? At 5A, every customer is important to us. To show our appreciation, we give a free gift for simply stopping by and inquiring about storage. We provide a $20 rent credit if a customer refers us to a new renter. In addition, we offer a $10 Safeway card to someone who isn’t even our customer but refers a new renter.

2. Determine How Long You Need to Store Your Stuff

While there is plenty of flexibility to extend your rental agreement, it helps to know how long you will need to store your belongings at the rental facility. Estimating the length of time gives the storage consultant an opportunity to work out the best price for you.

3. Figure Out How Much Space You Need

Make a careful assessment of the items you plan to store. Put together a basic list of items you want to store and the storage consultant can help recommend the perfect size to fit your needs. Remember to factor in some extra space for ‘wiggle’ room in case you underestimate or change your mind about how much stuff you want to put into storage.

4. Decide How Often You Will Visit the Self Storage Facility

If you will visit often, you’ll want a storage unit that is easier to access. If you plan to store your things once and then go away for an extended period of time, you can choose a unit that costs a little bit less simply due to its position at the facility, such as a unit on the upper floor. The 5A self storage facility in San Mateo – Foster City area has a freight elevator and 4-wheel, flat bed dolly to make it easy to store on an upper floor.  When you pack your self storage unit, remember to put the things you may need often near the front of the unit, while items you won’t need can be near the back or against the walls.  If you will be accessing your things frequently, leave a walkway down the middle.

5. Carefully Pack and Store your Belongings

Get some good, strong boxes and pack things right. Stack heavier items on the bottom to create a safe base and put lighter items on top to prevent damage. Take apart furniture, if you can, and wrap items individually to ensure the best protection. The 5A self storage facility in San Mateo – Foster City has a complete line of boxes, packing materials and specialty use items to protect your stored belongings.

6. Get the Right Insurance

Self storage facilities now require that you carry insurance on your stored items. The self storage company is not responsible for your belongings stored in the unit. You need to have insurance to protect yourself from losses. You may take the convenient, low cost insurance the self storage facility provides, or a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy is another option to cover your belongings while they are stored. For those who are traveling, if you are packing your belongings into a self storage facility and leaving the country to travel for a few years, you’ll want to have the peace of mind knowing that your stuff is well protected while you are away.

7. Getting Life Organized

Self storage is an excellent way of getting organized. Once you’ve cleared out all the extra stuff from your home or office and stored it, you can enjoy more comfort and the convenience that extra room and spaciousness provide!

Call 5A Rent-A-Space at (650) 341-2964 with your questions and talk to one of the experts at our self storage facility in the San Mateo - Foster City area. You can also get more information from our FAQ page, use the “Space Calculator” to assist you in getting the right size, and even rent online.

5 Things You Should Know About Storage Rental in San Mateo

­5 Things You Should Know About Storage Rental in San Mateo

Anytime you store your belongings in a storage rental unit, you want to be sure that they will be in the same good condition when you retrieve them. The following are some important things you should know before you rent a storage rental unit in San Mateo.

1. There is a Right Way to Pack your Storage Rental Unit

Depending on how you plan to use your unit, as temporary storage during a move, for example, or as a secondary place for seasonal items, packing your storage rental unit takes a little planning. Keep items you plan to access often, like boxes of holiday decorations or sports equipment, in accessible spaces. If you will be going in and out of the unit often, plan a walkway space or aisle between boxes and other items.

2. You can Right-Size your Storage Rental Unit

Make sure you get the right help and guidance when choosing the appropriate size for your storage unit. Right-sizing your storage rental unit depends not only on the items you are storing, but also how often you plan to access the unit, your reasons for needing storage space, and how long you will be renting the unit. Use our Space Calculator to get a suitably sized unit and discuss your needs with our storage counselors. We’ll help you get the right unit and avoid over paying for space you don’t need.

3. Don’t Let Weather Become Your Enemy

Constant changes in temperature and humidity are common in San Mateo, California and these can also be the primary culprits of damage to stored items. Moisture can mildew fabric and warp wood, so it is important to protect your belongings from the outside elements and keep items off the ground. To best protect items like furniture, electronics, clothing, or machinery, you may ask for a free wood pallet to place items on. You can store your items upstairs where there is less exposure to weather conditions. We also offer moisture kits called “Driz Air” that take humidity out of a unit.

4. Careful Packing Will Save You Money and Heartache

Some careful planning will save you money and heartache when it comes to fragile items. Wrap glass and other breakables individually. Use bubble wrap, foam sheets, and packing peanuts to keep individual items separated. To keep fragile items from breaking, square off some space for them in a corner of your storage unit. Put heavy items, such as boxes, on the bottom of any stack.

5. Make Sure Your Insurance Covers the Items in your Storage Rental Unit

It is now mandatory that anyone storing items in a rental space has insurance. Hence, we require that our clients insure the goods they intend to store. Storage insurance is always available to you when you rent your unit, but you can also contact your homeowners’ or renter’s insurance company to get coverage for the items in your storage rental unit at very little additional cost (if any).

You can also get more storage information from our FAQ page and reserve your unit online. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at (650) 341-2964 with any questions and talk to one of our self storage experts in the San Mateo - Foster City area.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5A Rent-A-Space Hosts E-Waste Recycling March 15th!


AAAAA RENT-A-SPACE in Lahaina, assisted by Maui County Electronics Recycling and Habitat For Humanity, is holding an Electronic E-Cycling event on Saturday, March 15th from 7:00 am – 11am in 5A Rent-A-Space’s Parking lot at 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd. 
5A Rent-A-Space, with the cooperation of the Maui County Electronics Recycling Program, will accept Electronic Waste Equipment and deliver it to Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store Warehouse in Wailuku for refurbishment or recycling.
5A invites our communities to “Join us as we work to keep our Island Home Clean & Green!”  The following items will be accepted:  TV’s, Keyboards, Laptops, Computers, Computer Monitors, PDA’s, MP3 Players, CRT & LCD Monitors, Printers, Scanners, DVD & VCR Players, Telephones, Cell Phones, Fax Machines, Stereos, Speakers, Video & Digital Cameras, Microwaves, Household Batteries and Power Tool Batteries.
Recyclables include items with electronic circuit boards—computers and TV’s—and everything that attaches to them, as well as audio, phone, and most office equipment. Useable equipment is donated to Habitat families, schools or nonprofits.  Items that are not useable or re-sellable will be shipped to the Mainland for recycling.  The e-cycling program guarantees responsible recycling of electronics byproducts. 
No appliances, auto or marine batteries or hazardous waste will be accepted.
This e-cycling event is one of the many community service activities and projects sponsored by 5A Rent-A-Space, Habitat For Humanity and Maui County Recycling Program.
Items may be dropped off at 3600 L. Honoapiilani Rd. between the hours of 7:00 am – 11:00 am on Saturday, March 15th, 2014.
For more information call Liz May at 669-5200
Liz May  

 5A's truck loaded with electronic waste ready for recyling.