What Can You Store in a Unit?

what can you store in a unit

what can you store in a unit

This month on the Storage News blog we have been covering the logistics of self storage units, giving you the tips to best pack, sort, and store your belongings. You may have some lingering questions about what you can store in a unit. We’ve covered this before on the blog, but it was going on 5 years ago and at this point it could use some updating. So, let’s get to it shall we?

What can you Store in a Unit?

Okay – Store Away!

All of the following are totally kosher to store in your unit, so long as they are stored properly, legally, and the facility manager gives the go ahead in the off chance they need to be consulted.

Clothing

o Obviously, there are no qualms here. Storing clothes is simple and safe. Put them in a plastic container (to prevent possible pests from disturbing them) and you will be fine.

Furniture

o Classic item for the storage unit industry. People move in together, or size down all the time and with those fluctuations in living situations come an excess of furniture. If you want to get protective with them by all means covering them up with plastic and keep any rodents and insects out.

Electronics

o Electronics are easily and safely stored. The two concerns to keep in mind are the temperature to worry about as well as storing near the back of the unit to deter possible theft from prying eyes.

Antiques

o Easy peasy. So long as they are packed right storing antiques is as easy as anything else. Just be aware if they are sensitive to temperature. That could be a bummer when it comes time to recollect grandma’s old sewing table.

Business Supplies

o Boxes of records, old equipment, fixtures, you name it. So long as they’re not hazardous materials storing business supplies is a-okay.

Food

o Non-perishables like sealed canned foods can safely be stored.

Vehicles

o Depending on the size of the unit or the vehicle, storing an extra car or certain parts is doable, and some facilities even have special vehicle storage areas.

No Way

Anything that follows are things you should certainly not be storing in a unit. There are a number of reasons why some items cannot be stored in a self-storage unit and most of them are fairly obvious, but we will lay out why they are a no-go.

Hazardous Items

o Chemicals, combustibles, anything of the sort are no good for self-storage.

Food

o Fruit, breads, meats, anything perishable should not be stored in a unit. It’ll quickly go bad and ruin everything in your unit as well as neighboring units.

Living Beings

o Come on. Of course not.

These lists have been by no means extensive or exhaustive and if you have any questions about whether or not an item will land you in hot water with your storage facility it is best to ask before moving it in. It will save you the headache of moving and possible consequences should the facility find out.

Even More Self Storage Tips

self storage tips garage

self storage tips garage

So far this month here on the Storage News blog of Allstate Self Storage we have talked at length about storage tips, the ins and outs on how to get the most out of your storage facility. While we hope all that info was of use, we have even more tips to make sure your self storing solution is not just up to snuff, but surpasses it. With this knowledge tucked away you will be storing everything smart, in handy locations, and be rest assured that everything will be there when you need it.

Even More Self Storage Tips

Consider the Facility

o First: location, location, location. The saying goes for real estate but it is just as important for a storage unit. You will want to make sure whatever facility you decide on is rated and trustworthy. Past that you also want to make sure that it is accessible either from home or work easily. The last thing you want is to have to dart across town for a simple pick up.

o Think about what you want out of a storage facility other than price. Do you want 24/7 facility manager? More security or at least a gate? All of these things may increase the cost of the unit but it is worth getting exactly what you want and the peace of mind that comes with it.

Know the Environment

o Specifically, the actual environment. In Arizona we have some critically high temperatures half the year and if any of your belongings will not do so well in the heat then maybe it’s worth it to look into a climate controlled facility. No one needs to store their great aunt Edna’s TV only to find the thing melted when they come back.

Insurance is Assurance

o If you are storing it, it is valuable to you, no two ways about it. While facilities, like ours, are often gated and under 24/7 security and monitoring, there can still be natural disasters, particularly bad storms or worse that might damage your belongings. It’s always a good idea to insure those valuables and have the assurance that even in the worst case scenario, you will be covered.

Smart Storage

o We talked about this last time but it really is the most crucial thing to consider. Storing everything in an organized, effective manner is the surest way to benefit from a self-storage situation. Tossing an extra room and garage’s worth of stuff into a unit, looking like a tornado tore through, will use up more room than necessary and almost absolutely assure you won’t be in any rush to come back and get that ‘One Thing’ you need when it crops up. The specter of that messy unit will haunt you. Instead, make a plan, allow for an accessible path, and stack with care heavy on bottom, fragile and light up top.

Hopefully these tips have been even more helpful to you in your storage odyssey. If you are now ready to take the next step, give us a call, and we’ll find the location perfect for you.

Self Storage Tips to Build the Best Storage Set-up

self storage tips to build the best storage set-up

self storage tips to build the best storage set-up

August is here and with it comes school and university, and also one of the most popular moving seasons. With that, we figured it is high time we go over more of the best moving and self storage tips to help get you the most out of your storage unit.

Self Storage Tips

Minimum Necessary

o This applies to both the unit and the packing. Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the unit full while using the least number of boxes possible. Make sure you’re filling boxes full and using space intelligently.

Elevate

o Concrete floors have the unenviable habit of becoming cold and damp on occasion. To combat this lay down 2x4s or place pallets to avoid your items getting damaged.

Inventory of Items

o Knowing exactly what is in your unit will save you a world of headache down the line. Make sure each box is labelled correctly with its contents and then have a separate list of everything. Next time you’re searching for Aunt Ramona’s slow cooker, you will know exactly where it is.

Accessibility

o Speaking of knowing where things are, that will not do you much good if you cannot easily get to it. Plan out your storage space to provide accessibility as necessary. For items, you anticipate you will be needing frequent access to, store them near the front of the unit.

o Further, attempt to leave an aisle down the middle of the storage unit to make for an easier storage shuffle when it comes to find that slow cooker. We did say to get the smallest space necessary, but keep in mind this extra wiggle room when renting. You do not want to have to unpack a full 300 sq. ft. to get to one item you placed too far in the back on accident.

Condense

o If a table or furniture has removable legs or collapsible portions, make sure to fully break down the furniture to save space. If you are saving tools or gardening supplies, store like objects (think rakes, shovels, hoes, etc.) together in a can or barrel.

o Furniture with drawers or cabinets can be utilized to get the most bang for your buck. Wrap up pictures, small items, or knick-knacks and tuck them away into the drawers. You will be maximizing your potential storage space and protecting more fragile pieces. Win win!

Follow these tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your self-storage unit. We have a wealth of more information to make sure that any storage solution you use is the best one. If you still need to get your unit, find your ideal location and together we can store your stuff, securely, safely, and smartly.

The Most Expensive Homes in the U.S. (For Sale): East Coast Edition

Didn’t quite find what you were looking for last time? Maybe you’re more interested in relocating out East with the ‘Old Money’? Well this time around we have a list of the most expensive, and expansive, homes on the the market along the East Coast. Without further ado.

Woodland Manor, Chestnut Hill, MA

Let’s start in Massachusetts where Reebok founder Paul Fireman is selling the 14-acre estate. Built in 1999 with privacy but also city access in mind, the home features 8 bedrooms, 7 bedrooms, and a landscape of ponds, hills, and pathways. Asking price $90 million.

Pumpkin Key, Key Largo, FL

Heading south to Florida we find plenty of exciting places. A personal island in the Keys, with 26 acres of undeveloped island just waiting for…. Well whatever you want to do! It does come with a home and 20-slip marina already. So that’s nice. Only $95 million to own your own island!

Gemini Manalapan, FL

While we’re in Florida already, why not check this property. Sure, it’s a little out of our price range but why not look? This South Florida compound sits on 15 acres, has 33 beds, 38 baths, and 14 half baths. Amenities include pool, tennis court, putting green, and docks. This property just had a $30 million price cut no less! What’s that? Oh, it’s going for $165 million.

Great Island, Darien, CT

Was Pumpkin Key not quite the island for you? Head up to Connecticut where the most expensive home in the state is being listed. Main house, guesthouses (plural!) stables and a cove all for a cool $175 million. There are no interior photos available however, so you’ll have to tour to really get a good idea of what you’re buying. The island has a number of other homes as well, so you got that going for you.

834 Fifth Ave, New York City, NY

The remote island life not quite what you’re looking for? Well why not move to the Big Apple! This corner duplex was built in 1931, taking up the 7th and 8th floors. It has grand rooms, a grander entry, and views of Central Park, all for $96 million. The master suite sits on the second level and includes a marbled fireplace, naturally.

The Most Expensive Homes in the U.S. (For Sale): West Coast Edition

Got a couple hundred million burning a hole in your pocket? Us neither, but isn’t it fun to imagine? Last time we gave you an easy rundown of the tools to use in hunting down your next home. This time we are going to look at the homes no one (at least no one we know) are moving in any time soon. From Beverly Hills, to private islands off the east coast, these are some of the most expensive homes for sale in the U.S. Pop any of these addresses into your favorite search engine and join us on this virtual tour!

2727 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

Want that sweet 90210 zip code? Well with this 20,000 square-foot home you’d get just that, as well as 16 acres, a tennis court, landscaped grounds, oh and a 7,000 square-foot ‘guesthouse’. Yeah. All that for a cool $85 million. Again, yeah.

Palazzo di Amore, Beverly Hills, CA

While we’re in the area, let’s look at this palazzo nearby. You’ll see it has 25 acres, a beautiful waterfall, terraced acres, pool, ballroom, and spa! Previously listed at $195 million, but you’re in luck! It just got relisted following a $66 million price cut. These 12 bedrooms, 16 baths, 7 half-baths, with chef’s kitchen and wine room can be yours for the cool, cool $129 million.

West Creek Ranch, Gateway, CO

Let’s head inward just a little and take a stop in Gateway, Colorado. This ranch covers nearly 7,000 acres! Featuring a 22,000 square-foot, four level house (with elevator!) an airstrip, helipad, stables (all modes of transport covered here) and an observatory. Ready to own your own private kingdom? For $149 million you can!

The Spelling Manor

Alright, we should duck back out to Los Angeles, CA for the single most expensive home on the market: The Spelling Manor. Hollywood royalty Aaron and Candy Spelling previously owned this massive 55,500 square-foot mansion. Sitting on 5 acres in an exclusive neighborhood, the home has 14 bedrooms, 27 bathrooms with such extras as a nightclub, beauty salon, tanning rooms, and a bowling alley. Oh, and for your fleet of 100 cars? Yeah there’s enough parking for them. Just how much will this run you? Well you may need to sell that extra couch in the garage, because it comes with a $200 million price tag!

How to Find Your Next Place?

We’re in the middle of the hottest months – no not for temperature (though that too)! We mean for moves! Most Americans find themselves moving homes between May and September, and so maybe you find yourself in just such a situation. How do you find your next place? Check the newspapers? Drive around looking for signs? While those both could net you a new place, we’re in the digital age – the tools available are better than ever! Here are some of the best ways to locate a new home and get you settled STAT.

The HOME FINDING SITES

Whether renting or buying you can use a wide variety of sites like Zillow, Trulia, Hotpads, and Realtor.com to find a place. They all have widely the same features, viewing in map view, searching with various filters. The big difference, the crucial difference, is that not every homeowner or seller uses each one! If you’re only looking at one and forsaking the others you could miss out on the perfect place for you, just around the corner! To get the most use of these use them all, create set criteria you’re using across the board and make sure your maps and filters are tuned to exactly what you want. Two bedrooms, one bath? 1000 square feet? Dogs allowed? BIG dogs allowed? You can fine tune your search settings to the most specific minute details, and do so!

After you’ve developed a list of top candidates, mess with those settings some more. Why? Some owners or rental companies might not have done their due diligence when it comes to listing. Their home that IS dog friendly might have ‘No Data’ in the pets tab which will cause it to not show on the Pet Friendly search. Reading each listing extremely carefully can net you a few more options than you expected!

Don’t forget craigslist! The site for buying and trading of all sorts has thousands of listings and while the search features might not be as robust, you can certainly find what you’re looking for.

The 2016 Year in Moving (Part Two)

Welcome back to the Storage News blog, brought to you by Allstate Self Storage, where we cover all the news that’s fit to move. Last time we started a two part series on moving stats and talked about the busiest days and months for moves, and the types of homes people were moving. This time we’re going to look at some country wide stats.

Where People Are Staying

Last time we mentioned that over 60% of reported people were moving locally. Well here are where those people are staying: California, Florida, Texas and New Jersey are the top four states for people moving about locally. Of those the cities with the most local moves are New York City, Chicago, and Houston, taking the gold, silver, and bronze respectively. Los Angeles and Miami round out the top 5.

Where People Are Going

The top ten cities people are moving to are made up many popular places. Seattle, Washginton has moved up to number one, while Denver dropped to second. Other hotspots include several southern cities: Charlotte, Dallas, Austin, Orlando, Tampa, and Atlanta, as well as San Francisco and Portland, OR.
The states with the most incoming movers are Arizona, Washington, North Carolina, Texas, and at number one… Florida!

Where People Are Leaving

The ten cities with the most population leaving are all over the country. Chicago is number one for 2016, while New York City and Washington DC make the top three. The rest are spread from Cambridge, MA all the way out to San Jose, CA. Many of the cities being the east coast.
The states with the more residents moving out than in are Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, with Michigan taking the number one spot.
That’ll do it for the 2016 Year Snapshot of moving facts. These numbers and info were all compiled by the websites MyMovingReviews and MyMovingLoads and over 100,000 user quotes. We’ll catch you next week back here at the Storage News blog.

The 2016 Year in Moving (Part One)

Welcome back to the Storage News blog here on Allstate Self Storage. This past month and change we’ve been looking for ways to keep you from getting injured or taken out by the heat while you’re moving all your belongings around. We have covered the topic it fairly well at this point, so it’s time to move on. Let’s look at 2016 through the moving lens, using sources from Mymovingreviews.com and mymovingloads.com. This takes user submitted data in regards to moving

Busiest Month

The busiest month for moves this past year was June with a whopping total of just under 14% of moves! July and August are close behind with 12.6% and 11.39% respectively. This is keeping with 2015 numbers.

Moving Day!

The busiest moving day in the entire year was June 30th with August 1st and June 1st coming in a close second and third. The busiest days of the week for moves stuck to the usual trend of Friday/Saturdays at 19.45% and 17.69% respectively. Monday is a close third at 17.61%

Move Sizes

When it comes to home sizes, the number of folks using movers to move their one bedrooms has declined 14% while 2, 3, and 4 bedroom moves have all seen an increase. Everyone’s moving on up! 23% of movers are in 2 bedrooms, 17% are in 3 bedrooms, and 10% in 4 bedrooms.

Keeping it Local

Of all the moving quotes requested on the MyMovingLoads site, 60% were for local moves, the same as the previous year. Folks are, on average, sticking to their current locales.
We will go ahead and put this on pause for the moment as there are loads more stats to pick apart. As you no doubt prepare for your moves (14% in June!), we hope you’ve found these a fun diversion from the stress of planning. After all, it has been about moves; surely that counts as planning. We’ll see you next time on the Storage News blog.

Avoiding Heatstroke

The summer is here and with that comes additional concerns when it comes to moving! Unless you want your move to take twice as long, if not stopped entirely, avoiding injury is key. As we talked about last time, lifting incorrectly can do just that. But improper lifting or dropping something heavy are not the only ways to hurt yourself during the move. Moving around outside, in the confined spaces of metal containers (moving trucks and storage units) can be a recipe for heatstroke if you are not careful. To that end, here are some tips to avoid heatstroke!

Drink Plenty of Water
o Staying well hydrated will keep your body cooling itself correctly via sweat.
Wear Proper Clothing
o Loose fitting and lightweight clothing allow your body to cool properly.
Stop Sunburn
o Sunburns also tamper with your body’s ability to… you guess it, cool itself. Wear sunglasses, wide hat and use sunscreen if you’re outdoors.
Look for Medications
o Some medications have side effects that will worsen or may cause heat related issues. Know what you are taking and its possible effects.
Avoid the Hottest Hours
o While the desire to move everything fast and furious is there, it may be a good idea to take a lunch break or plan all the moving for the morning and late afternoon.
If, despite all attempts to the avoid heatstroke and exhaustion have been in vain then take these steps to recover:
• Rest in a cool place. Air conditioned, shade, so long as you’re out of the heat and sun.
• Drink cool water. The coolness will bring your temperature down while the water replenishes your body.
• Loosen your clothes. The fewer restrictions in the way of your body cooling itself the better.
• Take a cool shower or bath.
• Apply other cooling means (i.e. fans, cold towels, etc.)
We hope this information has been helpful to you in your move and work. Remember it is not just the summer sun that can get to you so be mindful of how you are feeling and take care and preventative measures.

Where to Live? Tips on Finding Your Next Home

Welcome back to the Allstate Self Storage blogs. This month we’ve been covering topics related to moves, specifically how to do so in the safest manner. In the process of researching for it a thought occurred to us, how do you even know where to live? For a lot of us we never really had to make a conscious decision. We moved with our families, grew up, found work, moved out on our own nearby and so the cycle repeats. But what if you have the opportunity to move whether across town or to entirely fresh start, how do you decide? We’re going to go over a few tips to help you decide where the next chapter of your story should begin.

Affordability

o No matter how you slice it, the price to rent/buy a home and the cost of living varies and is one of the biggest considerations. If you can barely afford rent at your swank apartment, you won’t be able to enjoy that location.

Location

o Speaking of, another one of those big considerations: location. Determine what is important to you. Is it access to lots of different restaurants, quick access to the freeway and a grocery? A park? Whatever it is that will make you the happiest day in and day out, narrow your search there.

Commute Time

o Assuming you already have a job, consider the time your commute will take. It might not seem like much, but this is a daily consideration. If a longer commute time works for you, then you’ll have a much larger search radius to choose a place from.

Employment Opportunities

o The last thing you’ll want to do is make a big move only to find there is no need for your field of expertise. Be honest with yourself about how easy (or not!) work will be to find in your potential areas. If you’re relocating across state lines, lining up a job first is the best step, and it can help you in deciding on where to live!

These have been just a few tips on how to search for a place to live. While they may sound obvious to you, we hope they’ve been of some help to folks. We’ll catch you all next time on the blog!