Monday, September 23, 2019

Buying a Fixer-Upper Home? Be Creative, Efficient, and Smart!

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Many buy a fixer-upper as a bargain that they can turn into a beautiful home full of character and their style. With many shows on television giving you ideas, it is easy to get caught up in the fun that comes from donning some old clothes and hanging a tool belt around your waist. It is also extremely satisfying to redo your new home using cash instead of going into loads of debt. When money is tight, there are things you can do to brighten your home while going easy on your wallet.

Roll up your sleeves, grab the paint brushes and shovels, and get ready to make your house a home that reflects you. While you are at it, utilize a storage rental near your San Mateo abode to house those items you do not need yet or some of your supplies. Rent a unit from 5A Rent-A-Space and use our free moving van to transport your belongings.

6 Suggestions to Spruce up Your Fixer-Upper

If you are not sure where to start, here are some areas that you can work on for big payoff with minimal exertion:


  1. Start with Your Main Systems: Look at any structural problems that need addressing. These can include doors, windows, and floors.
    1. Floors: Look for floors that are broken down or have holes. Think safety first. Take iot one room at a time and choose flooring options that give you the effect you're looking for while keeping your costs down.
    2. Windows: If your budget allows, replace windows. If not, install weather stripping, apply caulk, or replace trim.
    3. Trim: Take up loose trim and replace or repaint.
  2. Lighting: Replace outdated lighting easily and relatively inexpensively.
  3. Paint: One of the cheapest ways to spruce up your house is with a coat of paint. Pick some fresh colors and remember to paint the ceilings.
  4. Cabinets: Replacing kitchen cabinets can be expensive; hopwever, applying paint or whitewashing the cabinet doors can make a huge difference. Think about replacing the hardware as well.
  5. Fixtures: Replacing the fixtures in the bathrooms and kitchen can give your home an easy update.
  6. Outside: Head around the structure and look for ways to repaint or replace the siding. Additionally, upgrading the landscaping will add curb appeal.
Choose a Rental Unit to Ease Your Fixer-Upper Projects


Make your new home your castle when you pick projects that give
more bang for your buck. Remember to pick out your storage rental
near San Mateo and ease the burden of your projects. We provide a
variety of sizes, just right for your needs.
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.

It’s True: Sharing Is Caring, But It’s Not Always without Risk

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Storing your belongings is easy when you have a rental unit. You sign your name on a lease, box up your stuff, and stow everything away in a convenient place. What happens when your mom wants you to hold a few items in your unit for a few weeks, but it turns into several months? Maybe your best friend is in between jobs and needs a place not only for himself but for his possessions. Should you be the "good" friend and offer up some of your rental space?

Sharing is honorable. It shows people that you care. It can also cause problems in a relationship if things are not handled with care and foresight. At 5A Rent-A-Space, we encourage you to use caution if the opportunity to share your unit comes about. We also offer several options for storing your stuff and a free moving van near your San Mateo home when you rent from us.

Why You May Want to Avoid Sharing Your Rental Unit

When funds are low, it may make sense to share the costs of a storage rental unit. If you trust explicitly the person you are sharing with, then it can be beneficial. Here are some reasons why you may want to reconsider splitting a rental space:

  1. Your partner fails to pay their portion of the bill: Generally, only one person is connected with a storage unit. If you split the costs and your best friend cannot pay their portion, you will have to cover the full amount. That can quickly put a wedge in your relationship.
  2. You cannot be entirely sure what other people are storing: It is always possible that a friend's couch is infested with fleas. Your cousin's mattress may be harboring bed bugs. That box of kitchen items from your mom may have forgotten food in it that invites insects into your unit and your stuff.
  3. Only one person can have access to the unit: If you are not one the lease, then the rental facility is not going to open the unit up to you. It also means that if your friend gets upset with you, they can keep you from accessing your belongings.
  4. Time may last an eternity: Remember that box of china your mom wanted you to store for a few weeks? There is no way to predict the future. You may find that you still have it a year later. That means you lose out on space for your own stuff.
Encourage Others to Rent their Own Unit from 5A Rent-A-Space

Renting a storage unit is simple, painless, and not as expensive as you may think. Before you agree to store someone else's stuff, think about the consequences if something goes sour. At 5A Rent-A-Space we have many different sizes to meet you or your family's needs. We even help move your items with a free moving van when you rent with us.

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.