RV and Boat Storage Month with Allstate Self Storage Part II

We are continuing on this month with our discussions of RV and boat storage, specifically when it comes to using self-storage facilities! Last time we made an argument for why you would (or should) look at using self-storage facilities as your RV and boat storage solutions. Assuming you have already made that decision (smart!) here are some tips to make sure you are getting the best results from it.
 
RV and Boat Storage Tips
 
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When storing your RV for the winter (or whichever offseason you happen to store during) there are a few tips and tricks that can make the process not only easier for you but also save money!
• Save money by canceling any services you won’t be using while it sits. If your RV is stored on private property, you may not need to keep your collisions, medical, and other insurance policies current on it. Keep comprehensive coverage active during this, you don’t want to have coverage lapse and end up in a stickier situation. Just know what you can cut back on.
• If your RV has satellite services for TV then this is certainly something you can deactivate while the vehicle is stored. Certain providers may even offer an RV specific month to month, pay as you go plan that may help.
Storing the batters for winter or any other time require a few upkeep steps to ensure everything is in proper working order. Remove the batter and do the following:
• Clean the battery and terminals!
• Check water levels and add if any is needed.
• Test the batter to ensure it is fully charged
• Use a maintenance charger to keep batteries charged and avoiding sulfation.
• Store the battery in a cool, dry space.
 
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Preparing to store your boat starts even before you leave the water. Here are just some tips to ensure your boat is still seaworthy when you come back for it after the offseason.
• Take the boat out one more time. Aside from enjoying that final cruise, you should listen and look for anything out of sorts. Getting repairs done during the offseason will save you a lot of headaches when it is time to take your ship out again.
• After you’ve had your last ride of the season, give your ship a thorough scrub down. Inside and out! Do this before it is allowed to sit and become an even tougher job to take care of. Dry it off thoroughly.
Maintenance steps to take before letting your boat sit in storage:
• Change the fluids! Oil, antifreeze, fogging oil, you name it, it should all be as fresh as possible.
• Adjust belts. You don’t want your drive belts sitting tensely all winter as they can develop cracks.
• Grease up the steering and control joints to keep them moving smoothly.
• Tend to the battery just like you would an RV
• Fill up the tank!
For both vehicles, you want to take measures to avoid any possible damage while in storage. Specifically, you don’t want to come back to your vehicle in the spring and find a large extended family of rodents has made your boat or RV their RV. Make sure the vehicle is properly covered to help avoid this.

These have been just some of the steps to take when storing your RV and boat. No doubt if you own them you have a good handle on their care and upkeep, but these reminders are here for all. Take the necessary steps, move your vehicles into storage and rest easy knowing that come time to take them out again they will be ready and waiting for it.
We will see you next time on the Allstate Storage News blog, and as December winds down Happy Holidays. If you are in need of RV and boat storage contact our storage experts and we will be happy to help. Until next time!

RV, Boat Storage Month with Allstate Self Storage

Welcome back to the Allstate Storage News Blog! It’s the end of 2017 already, and deep into winter. RV and Boat season has passed us by (unless you are a snowbird living in your RV, in which case the season is in full swing!) and it is time to figure out where you are going to be storing the giant things. RV, boat storage can be done in a number of ways, though by the end of this blog you might have an idea of what we think is best.
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RV Boat Storage Options

When it comes to storing your RV for the off season you have a few options. The classic, of course, is to park it in a backyard or lot, whether it be yours or your families. We’ll give you a hint here, this is the least preferable for most. Not only is it a bit of an eyesore to have a massive recreational vehicle poking up above the fence, it also does some damage to the yard that it sits in. It is slightly better than leaving it parked in front of the house on the street but only barely. You can also find a parking facility or RV lot that will allow the space to be rented and parked.
Storing a boat is similar. Depending on the craft or the options you have available. A boat can be stored at a marina, sitting in the water while you wait to take it out again. It can also be pulled out from the water and put on a trailer. Then the decision of where to put that trailer. If you have space in the backyard you may do just that, leaving the boat on the trailer and parked over the offseason. Leaving it out on the street can be an option but often not for long.
When it comes down to it, you may just not have the space to store RVs or boats, no sizable yard to take up or just prefer to keep a tidier appearance when it comes to your landscape. In those scenarios, there is another option that may not occur to most but is certainly viable.
Using RV Boat Storage from a storage facility! Self Storage facilities (like Allstate) often have more than just drive-up shuttered units. With access to a large fenced area, you can utilize their space to park or store your vehicles during the off season and not have to think twice about any of the details.
Is it legal? Absolutely, no need to worry about getting a ticket when the large vehicle is stored in a facility! How does my yard look? Certainly does not look like a shanty town with vehicles parked all over! Your home keeps its perfect, homey look and your yard does not get torn up by vehicles driving across it. What about security? Being in a self-storage facility means it is under watchful eyes of management and you do not need to worry about theft or vandalism like you may if parking in front of your home. If you have a boat or RV and store it in your vacation destination rather than trek it back home, you can rest easy knowing that while it is out of your sight, it is secure and protected by surveillance and fences.
Using a storage facility for RV/Boat storage might not be the first idea that comes to mind but it can really be the best option available. For the cost, you are getting a number of assurances that you will no longer need to think twice about. Your vehicle is secure, safe, legally placed and will be ready for you to pick up whenever you see fit.
That will do it for us this time on the Allstate Storage News blog! If you are looking for a place for RV boat storage contact one of our Arizona or Nevada locations and see what arrangements can be made. Until next time, Happy Holidays from all of us here at Allstate. See you next time.

Storage Rental Prices, Sizes, and Other Things to Consider

When it comes to self-storage, rental prices are often the first thing on peoples’ minds. Understandably so, the financial aspect of storage rental is one of the biggest components of it. Welcome back to the Allstate Storage News blog where this time around we wanted to take a deeper dive into storage rental prices and sizes, things you should consider before you make any commitments!

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Storage Rental Sizes

Self-storage facilities traditionally offer a variety of sized units to provide the best service to their clients as possible. While it is easier to keep track of an inventory of all identical sheds, a great facility will offer a range of space to make sure you aren’t renting anything more than you need.

Allstate, for instance, has a number of sizes depending on need and location. Ranging from the smallest, 5’x5’ in 5 sq. ft. increments up to 10’ x 30’, we are sure to have the right size for your needs.
If you are unsure about how much size you need, feel free to utilize our Space Estimator to figure out just how much storage room you are looking for.

Storage Rental Prices

The prices for storage rentals can range, just like the sizes. Supply and demand rule the market, even in the self-storage biz. That said, you still want to have an idea of what a unit might run you. To that end, we can only give you our storage rental prices. These, of course, will still vary by a number of things.
Say you decided a 10’x20’ unit is the size you are needing. That’s about a big enough for a 5-bedroom home to be condensed. A unit of that size will run you $40 even in Las Vegas, NV (and most other places) while one in Phoenix, AZ with climate control will run closer to $80.

That difference is in the features available to the facility. These range from climate control, video surveillance, wine storage, drive-up units, commercial storage, or RV& Boat storage. It is important when comparing prices to understand these variables between facilities. If you don’t think you need climate control in your storage unit then it may benefit you more to find a facility that offers a better price.

Ultimately, storage rental prices are made up of much more than just the dollar on the price tag. The location, the ease of use, and the features provided all will affect the desirability and actual cost of the unit. A facility that is closer to you, and allows 24-hour access but costs a bit more per month may be a better value for you.

No matter the case, if you are in the market for a storage solution, Allstate has you covered, from 5’x5’ climate-controlled units to 10’x30’ with additional RV & boat parking, we can accommodate you. Reach out to your nearest facility and let’s get you moved in.

RV Storage Ideas

Welcome to another Allstate Self Storage blog! We are continuing our month-long work on RV storage ideas, how to get it, and the prices for space. It’s heading into winter which means some folks are parking their recreational vehicles til the seasons and temperatures change for the better, while others are out using them in force, driving south for the winter. Last time we discussed secure RV storage, this time we are going over some ideas to get the most of your RV storage!

RV Storage Ideas and Tips

Storing your RV ain’t the only kind of storage we are talking about here. What about actual storage inside the recreational vehicle? To that end here are some tips on how to maximize the space available to you.

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Mountable Magnetic Strips

Magnets! How do they work!? Well, like magic. Magnetic wall strips will also help you use all the verticle space available to you, especially useful when you have only so many drawers and cabinets

Hanging Jars

Hanging mason jars from the bottom of shelves and cabinets also go a long way to making efficient use of vertical spaces. Since they are smaller, they also work for all the assorted knick knacks and miscellaneous materials we invariably end up accruing. Simply screw through a lid into the bottom of a cabinet or shelf, fill the jar and twist it into place.

Velcro Control

Nothing says ‘recreational’ quite like vegging out in front of television, that’s probably why so many recreational vehicles come equipped with TVs and media players, each with their own remote controls. When you are bombing around the highways, the remotes are sure to slide their way to hidey holes you didn’t know were possible unless they’re secure. An easy way to combat this is to Velcro them to the backs of chairs, under tables, or along walls. Secure, stationary, and easy to find when you need them!

Inner Door Storage

The doors into your RV are another place where vertical storage could be perfectly implemented. Either attach a ready-made net or fashion your own mesh storage solution to keep shoes, a flashlight or first aid kit, anything you don’t want to be fumbling around in your RV for that you need -now-.

In case it wasn’t clear enough by now, the biggest thing you can do to really best utilize your RV storage space is to go up! Using suction hooks, command strips, command hooks, wire hangers, clips, all sorts of small pieces can make the insides of doors, cabinets, walls, and more new storage spaces.

Whether you are looking to store your RV, or RV storage ideas, Allstate has your back. If it’s time to dock the RV for the season, give us a call and we can get your mobile command center secured away for the season. For those of you still on the road, put these tips to use and see your trips much more fun and less puzzling space issues.

Secure RV Storage – What, Why, and How

Welcome back to another insightful (we hope!) blog here at the Allstate Self Storage Storage News blog. This might seem out of season, but the reality is the topic of focus this month’s blogs is timeless: RV Storage. ‘Timeless?’ you scoff! ‘Timeless!’ I say resolutely! Whether you are from the northern states on a snowbird trek down to the ‘warmer’ climes, or living in the south and have no need for your RV until spring or summer, now is the time to start thinking about secure RV storage. So let’s answer all them

What is Secure RV Storage?

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Secure RV storage via self-storage facilities (such as Allstate Self Storage) is parking spaces inside a larger, secured lot. These are fenced, or otherwise restricted, as well as having surveillance, personnel, or other forms of security (depending on the facility). For a low cost per month, you can have your RV parked somewhere other than in front of your home or out of your backyard and be secure (ha!) in knowing it is safe.

Why Secure RV Storage?

Secure RV storage is important for anyone who owns a recreational vehicle. B definition, these vehicles are not our daily drivers. We use them for specific road trip adventures and then they sit while we toil away at the day job, accruing the time to take our lives out on the road. These little (ok, sometimes massive) mobile living command centers are our homes on the road. While we are out we make secure plans for our actual homes with neighbors or family friends checking in, collecting mail, etc. Why should we treat our RVs the same when we are at home for lengths of time?

How to Secure RV Storage?

As for ‘how’, that’s the simplest part yet! Simply find your nearest self-storage facility and see if they offer vehicle storage and their going rates. Not all do, of course, many simply sticking to units but they are out there! Make sure in your inquiry that you clearly state you are looking for a place to secure your RV so they know what kind of space you are needing. For instance, at Allstate Self Storage facilities that offer RV storage, we have two sizes – 10×15 and 10×20 – sized perfectly for RV parking.

So there is the what, why, and how to getting yourself a secure RV storage situation! This has been just the first entry in our month-long discussion of RV storage. Come back next time where we will look at the steps you should take for storing your RV and later on the price of storage (here’s a hint, there’s more to the equation than just the price tag!) We will see you next time here on the Storage News blog.

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The Unseen Tool for Small Business: Storage Units

Welcome back to the Allstate Self Storage blog! This month we have been covering a wide range of storage topics from simple home hacks to the pros and cons of utilizing an outdoor storage space. This time we are looking at another niche need that storage units can meet: small businesses.

 
Struggling Small Business? Storage Units Can Help
 
Often, small businesses are not small because they are desired to be. The realities of resources confine the business, preventing it from evolving or growing at the rate that its owner, workers, and even customers and market might wish. A business might be the best fit to fill a specific need in the marketplace but until the operators have the resources to expand they may never be able to break through to that next tier of business.
 
That’s where self-storage comes in. Where small businesses are strapped for resources; capital, materials, space, consumers, etc. Storage facilities like us deal in one such resource: space. For a small cost, we can supply a small business storage units that will double, triple or more their available space.
 
How a business utilizes that space is then up to them (within the realms of the agreements) and there are many ways that businesses can benefit.
 
A business can use the storage unit as a storage facility for products on their way to customers, or as a stock room. Depending on what kind of inventory is being stored you can find the right storage unit for you. For instance, electronics or pharmaceutical reps would benefit from using a climate controlled unit.
 
Some facilities, though not many, allow work to be conducted in the unit. The kind of work is limited, as there are many laws and regulations in place on what units can be used for, but it may be possible. Speak with a facility manager about what is possible.
 
Use a storage unit space as a showroom to show off your products in an enticing space. For small businesses making custom furniture or home pieces, having a space to show example pieces can be the crucial step in expanding the business.

 
Pros to Small Business Storage Units
 
• The month to month nature of storage units means smaller businesses can jump in for the extra space and not be locked into a long-term contract. This saves money and helps curb risk!
 
• Work with your facility and you can have packages delivered directly to them, keeping all mail, packages, and correspondence in one easy to manage the flow.

 
There are plenty of ways businesses can leverage the extra provided space of a storage unit and facility. We provide the resource and with the right ingenuity, they turn it into profit. If a self-storage facility is what your business needs to break through to the next income bracket, find the nearest Allstate Self Storage facility and see if it’s a good match. Until then, keep hustling!

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Needing to Store Outside? Storage Unit Facilities Have Got Your Back

Welcome back to another entry in the Allstate Self-Storage blog. Last time we discussed easy storage tips for around the house, simple little bits that could be easily implemented to get your home organized and space cleared up. This time we are looking outdoors, specifically to outside storage. Units at some self-storage facilities are indoors (which have a wide number of benefits) but sometimes that just is not what you need. Let’s look at it more!

 
Outside Storage Unit vs Outside Storage Space

 
As silly as it seems, there is a distinction to be made here. Choosing the wrong one might see all of your belongings being hit by adverse weather damages you did not anticipate.
 
An outside storage unit can mean something like a drive-up storage unit. Essentially, this is any unit that has its door on a roadway, it is outdoors and can be pulled up right to. This is the most common sort of storage unit and allows for easy loading and unloading. Depending on the facility, these might also have less access to electricity, not needing climate control etc. If you are looking for a storage space and are wondering if an outside storage unit is what you need, it will benefit you to make the call to the possible facilities and see what their outdoor units offer.
 
An outside storage space meanwhile is an open-air area. Think like a fenced in lot and you have the right idea. These are used for storing vehicles such as cars and boats mostly but that’s not their only use. Again, speaking with the facility manager will give you an idea of what is able to be stored in these spaces and what would be better stored in an enclosed outside storage unit.

 
Why Choose an Outside Storage Unit?
 
As mentioned, an outdoor/outside storage unit has a number of benefits that put it ahead of an indoor facility.
 

• Drive – Up Access
 
o Drive – up access makes it ideal when the storage is being used for a move. It will save you a whole mess of hassle when you can simply walk 5 steps and have your truck loaded or unloaded.
 
• Storing for Business
 
o If the storage is being used for business purposes that ease of access will make everything much simple, saving you time – and as you know, time is money.
 
• Cheaper
 
o For the cost of space, outside storage units are drastically more affordable.
 
• Space
 
o Speaking of space, the size of outdoor storage units can be much larger than the often uniform settings of indoor storage facilities.
 
Whatever the reason you need or choose for selecting an outside storage unit, Allstate Self-Storage is here to help. Find your nearest location and speak to a facility management and storage specialist today. Together we can get your belongings safely tucked away whether for an extended trip or in the midst of a move.

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Affordable, Convenient, Easy Storage Tips

Fall is truly here! The air has chilled and people are busting out their Halloween decorations. We here at the Allstate Self Storage blog are going through that process ourselves and it has us noticing one thing. Our storage systems could benefit. After all, we put how much effort into our self-storage units and yet here are the holiday decorations divided across boxes or not properly contained. The point being, our home storage situations could use some help. If you are just like us, then maybe you can benefit from some affordable, convenient, easy storage tips!

 
Affordable, Convenient, and Easy Storage

 
Aside from the standard ‘Self-storage units are affordable storage!’ tips we often offer (though we do always recommend them) here are some affordable, convenient, and/or easy storage tips to put to use around the house and use your space intelligently.

 
Think vertically!

 
• Use all the height available in bigger cabinets! Use smaller, thin shelves to store things like spices above the bottom of the cabinet. These smaller shelves can be easily
 
• The backs of cupboard doors have plenty of extra space just waiting to be used. Tack up plastic bags to get them out of your drawers. Mount a magazine holder to store plastic wrap and tin foil.
 
• Use the height of your cabinets below your sink and install tension rods. With these in place, you can hang up all the spray bottles and make for an easier to find and navigate cleaning supply.

 
Repurpose

 
• Have a bunch of belts hanging on the back of your door? Grab some paper towel holders and wrap ‘em up. Now you have them stored on a shelf in the closet taking up significantly less space and out of sight!
 
• Placing picture shelves next to your bed can act as small nightstand replacements. No longer wonder where your phone or glasses went when they sit at the perfect level next to your bed.
 
• Do you have a veritable dump of papers, mail, and bills scattered across your counters? Grab an old shutter laying in the garage (you know, the one you were going to sand and stain and use for something, well here’s it’s chance!) and mount it to the wall, make sure the slats open upward. Now you can slide in mail and bills and reclaim your counters.
 
There are plenty more of these easy storage tips out there. From utilizing zip ties for cord management to specially made devices for laying and stacking t-shirts, the organization is a big industry. If you have gone through your home and made all the organizing efforts you can, but still find yourself tripping over knick-knacks and unable to open your closet, it might be a larger solution you need. For that, we can help. Contact your local Allstate Self Storage facility and get yourself the most affordable, convenient, and easy storage solution: a self-storage unit!

What is a Self-Storage Unit?

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Here at Allstate Self-Storage we bring you the info you need to know to leverage self-storage as a space solution. We go in-depth on specific tips to get the most out of your rented space, or the value of tenant insurance. Sometimes that means we may go a bit too deep. This time on the Storage News blog, we are going to zoom out a bit and answer maybe the simplest question: “what is a self-storage unit?”

What is a Self-Storage Unit?

Simply put, a self-storage unit is like a garage you don’t have to try and park in. They look a lot like rows of garage doors, in which rooms ranging in size are able to be rented out for individual use. You pick a size, pack up your stuff, drive up to the unit and store. Lock it up, pay your rent monthly, and your belongings remain under lock and key, tucked out of your way for as long as you need it.

These can be useful for any number of possible reasons.
• Downsizing homes
• Moving in with friends, family, significant other
• Clearing out garage space
• Simplifying your life
• Going to college
• As storage for a small business
• Storing extra cars or motorcycles

The list really does go on and on. So long as you need extra space, a self-storage unit can be the answer. What makes it ‘self’ storage? Well, self-storage facilities like us provide the space but you the renter do all the moving and actual storing. You put a lock and key on that you prefer and we do the rest by providing secured premises. With gates, surveillance, and restricted access we provide the security of knowing that while your belongings are out of the way, they are still safe.

When it comes to self-storage units, the name of the game is freedom. Freedom to rent and use, freedom from clutter, freedom to stop anytime. It’s meant to make the rest of your life easier whether through a life transition like a move or simply getting all the winter holiday decorations out of your living room.

If you would like to know more, feel free to peruse our FAQ section where we go over some of the most common queries in regards to renting a unit from us. If you think self-storage is the solution to your space troubles, then look over our locations for one nearest you. Contact us and we can help you take that weight off your shoulders, and out of your garage.

Deep Dive into Self Storage Tips: Inventory

Previously on the Allstate Self Storage News blog, we gave a rundown of some of the best tips to make using a self-storage unit as easy and effective as possible. While each and every point we provided is worth considering, it occurred to us that some of them could use a more in-depth coverage. Specifically this time, we are going to go deeper into: Inventory.

Previously we simplified the concept of inventory down to ‘Knowing what is in your unit.’ But there is a whole lot more that can go into having an inventory of your unit.

Self Storage Tips Deep Dive: Inventory

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Building an accurate, useful inventory relies on three things: having a list of all items and where they are in the unit, clearly labelling the boxes to match, and staying updated! This process begins before you even get to the unit.

Building the Inventory & Labelling the Containters

This is easier done when packing up the first time. As you fill cardboard boxes or plastic storage containers, keep a running list of items. Something akin to:

Box 1

• Christmas Lights
• Staple Gun
• Yard Decorations

Then label the side of the box with the accurate info. Move on to the next box and keep on working. When it comes to keeping an accurate and easily understandable accounting of items in the unit we recommend packing in plastic containers as well. Aside from the many other benefits of plastic over cardboard (pest control, stackability, etc) the clear sides will allow you to easily confirm what is written on the inventory and container itself is accurate.

Stay Updated

One of the reasons people use storage unit is to have easy access to things they need occasional access to. That means regularly returning to the unit to grab ‘just this one thing… and maybe this too… and that!’ Soon enough you’ve grabbed five different items from three different boxes. Thankfully for your inventory it was a breeze to find and grab those few needed items but if you don’t make a note of the changes you may tuck your blender from box 2 back under the cabinet or lend to a friend and when it comes time to find it again be at a loss.

Just like old time library cards, consider having our inventory hanging in the unit itself and whenever you move or take an item adjust its location on the inventory sheet. If you’re not going to be putting it back right away, being able to change the labelling of the container is also recommended.

Sure, this may hardly seem a self-storage pro tip but things tend to slip the mind when we are in the middle of a drastic move. By being prepared and organized you will save yourself a world of time and headaches later, and ensure that you are using your self storage unit efficiently. We’ll see you next time on the blog and if you’d like to get started in storing today search for the location nearest you and let’s solve that storage problem.