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.