Organizing your Storage Unit

It would not make a whole lot of sense to toss your valuable possessions into your storage unit, aimlessly. Nevertheless though, it happens all the time. That’s fine. It’s your right as a customer. But we encourage all our consumers at All State Self-Storage to store smart. Procuring the space is the first step, stocking it is the next.

Plan Ahead

This is the single most important thing you can do. Just like a good chess player with a clear mission in mind and their end game in sight, storing smart requires looking ahead before moving items into play. Utilize the space properly. Heavy boxes should be placed on the bottom of a column stack, sort of like a corner stone. Moreover, hooks and shelves are available in storage units in order to maximize the available space. Planning ahead is the single most important thing you can do when storing valuables.

Paper or Plastic?

Avoid using paper whenever possible. Cardboard is liable to tear or rip, and plastic is not. Plastic containers may cost a bit more upfront, but the security they offer and the damage they prevent are worth the extra cash. Moreover, plastic offers the unique advantage of transparency. You can see what is stored in the box!
Label Boxes

Although utilizing plastic boxes facilitates transparency, its best to label every box for quick access. Often, the items in a plastic container can become obscured by clutter. It can be difficult to determine just what is where. Drafting detailed labels for your belongings is the best way to quickly recoup the items you’ve stored.

Most importantly, don’t forget to be creative and have fun while storing your belongings. If you do it right, storing boxes should feel like a giant three dimensional puzzle with heavy objects.

Making the Most Out of a Small Living Space

If you’ve recently downsized from a mansion to a house, a house to a condo, or a condo to an apartment, then it’s possible you may have more stuff than space available. It’s important to feel comfortable in your new living space, unfettered by clutter. Give yourself a break and opt for storage space. At Allstate Self-Storage we can help you maximize the comfort and aesthetic appeal of your new living space—downsizing is hard enough.

Interior Design Tips

To avoid feeling like Harry Potter locked in a cupboard, stay organized and refuse to tolerate clutter. Every inch of your apartment must be utilized, free space included. In order to successfully downsize to a smaller living space, a minimalist philosophy is always the best bet. Female club goers may be familiar with this concept, essentially, less is more. Also, functionalism is important. Just like a good chess player, you need to make every object in your apartment count and work together.

What to do with Superfluous Items?

When downsizing and redecorating with minimalism and functionalism in mind, there will usually be extra items left over. In the case that you have more furniture or artwork than you need, your best bet is to invest in a safe storage unit to protect your valuables and keep your living space free from clutter. At Allstate Self-Storage we offer climate controlled storage units, protected by qualified security professionals around the clock.

Often, downsizing necessitates the need for space to store truly superfluous items. For instance, your holiday decorations. That ten foot fake Christmas tree or inflatable pumpkin with a heavy air pressurizer included will no doubt take up more space than you can manage. However, these items have too much sentimental value to throw away. Consult a storage expert to keep these safe. You can always retrieve them for the holiday season, or bring them back to your garage if you regain a larger living space.

Storing Valuables for an Extended Trip

Sometimes, life pulls you toward adventure. Whether you’re deployed on military service, moving oversees for business, or stricken by wanderlust, it’s important to make arrangements for the safe keeping of your belongings. At Allstate Self-Storage, we are happy to serve as guardians of belongings, keepers of valuables, and protectors of possessions.

First off, make sure you pack your valuables with bubble wrap or tissue paper. During transit, it’s highly probable that something could go wrong, and your valuables could break or shatter. Secondly, make sure that your clothing is dry before storing. Storing damp clothes can lead to the formation of harmful bacteria such as mold. Also, damp clothing serves as a hotbed for spawning moths, which will eat your clothing until it’s nothing.

While backpacking through northern Italy it’s highly probable you will forget about personal possessions—great. But there will of course come a time when you will need to reclaim you possessions. When this time comes, make sure that you are prepared. Label all boxes properly so you can avoid the inconvenience of opening every single box to find your desired possession. This can be done with a sharpie, or masking tape and a ballpoint pen.

Another imperative for safe storing, requires choosing a self-storage provider that offers climate controlled storage units. Allstate Self-Storage offers such units. Rest assured that your possessions will remain in the same condition you left them, safe and sound, unharmed by the elements. It’s our job to protect your things, and it’s your right not to worry about them. Otherwise, why are you coming to us in the first place?

At Allstate Self-Storage, we pride ourselves in being more than a self-storage provider. We are guardians of belongings, defenders of valuables, protectors of possessions.

Allstate Self Storage Supports the U.S. Department of Justice’s Law Suit

Allstate Self Storage Supports the U.S. Department of Justice’s Law Suit against a Storage Company Auctioning Deployed Veterans Belongings

In March, The U.S. Department of Justice dropped the hammer on Horoy Inc— DBA Across Town Movers— for selling the belongings of deployed service members. At Allstate Self Storage we are appalled by the actions of this company, and wholeheartedly support the indictment levied by the U.S Department of Justice.

All good storage companies are familiar with a stipulation in the Service Members Civil Relief Act that protects U.S. servicemen deployed on active duty. The stipulation guarantees that a lien can’t be enforced against a service member during military service, or for 90 days after the end of that service. Honestly, we feel that more time for our nation’s guardians is merited.

The Department of Justice contends that Across Town Movers has sold the personal property of 11 service members without obtaining the proper court documents. Some of these items include vintage cars, family heirlooms, and precious jewelry. What’s worse, Across Town Movers continued to collect storage rent after auctioning off veteran inventory.
These servicemen deserve special protection, as they focus on guarding our country. Without them, Across Town Movers would be unable to perpetrate injustice. How could they run their business underneath the imminent threat of foreign invasion?

Attorney General Gupta released the following statement, “The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the rights of the men and women who serve in our armed forces.”
The U.S. Department of Justice recommended that storage companies always check the U.S. Defense Department’s Military Database before auctioning off the belongings of a tenant. We at Allstate Self-Storage are more than happy to comply.

Across Town Movers will be forced to pay $55,000 for the first offense, and $110,000 for each additional offense— servetur justicia.

Hedge Funds Move toward Investment in Self Storage

The storage industry has traditionally been dominated by ma and pop shops and small private investors. However, a shift in investment patterns is occurring as large financial conglomerates like Morgan Stanley are shifting investments into self-storage.

Self-storage offers the highest return on investment in the commercial real estate sector. The five year return on self-storage is 24.4 percent, the ten year return is 17.8 percent, and the fifteen year return is 20.3 percent, on average. These incredibly high ROI numbers, as well as the lack of supply and high demand, has increased investments from hedge funds and large investment firms.

Recently, storage space at Allstate has been filling up incredibly fast. The average occupancy for the industry is around 91% percent. Customers also benefit because of the low price for storage cost. Basically, the business model is impeccable. Everyone truly stands to profit from self-storage and that is why storage facilities are ubiquitous and successful.

Some of the firms attracted to investment in self-storage include start up private equity firms. For instance, Carlyle Group partnered with self-storage company, William Warren. Moreover investors Prudential, Fortress, Morgan Stanley and Harrison Street have shown recent interest. These investors are interested in the high return on investment, and also the fragmentation of the industry. There is also room for mergers and follow up acquisitions.

In the next twenty years, you will see a decline in Mom-and-Pop ownership of self-storage as it becomes dominated by private investments. Whole departments are springing up at investment firms, dedicated to the acquisition of what they deem as lucrative self-storage locations. Generally, they are searching for geographical locations that are on the verge of exploding. Investment in high traffic areas will obviously be a more costly endeavor and one that investment firms will likely avoid.

On Choosing the Right Mover (Part 2)

Being in the storage business, we feel that we are natural born guardians. Protecting people’s valuables is what we do. People’s valuables are an extension of the person. Therefore, we protect people. One of the easiest ways to sink a successful storage mission is to choose the wrong mover. Below are a few simple steps to prevent this misfortune from happening.

Research, Research, Research

One of the advantages of the information age is the vast wealth of research material available online. Most moving companies will have a website, a Facebook, or a yelp page available online. These are valuable tools. Customers will often leave reviews on these pages. Avoid any company with a large amount of negative reviews online. One or two is acceptable, because it might be left by a competitor or an anomaly. However, if you notice a pattern of bad reviews then avoid that company like the plague.

Moving Insurance

Any registered moving company operating with a license will have insurance options available. If you are moving across state lines, then that company is obligated by state law to offer you insurance. There are two types of insurance: Full Value Protection and Released Value. The latter requires no additional payment, and it will pay out sixty cents per pound of any item that disappears or is damaged. Full Value Protection cost extra, but it stipulates that the mover will be responsible for the full value of any item that is lost or damaged during the move. At Allstate Self storage we see choosing the correct insurance option as an executive decision, requiring value judgement. Are you moving a priceless bureau, with intricate patterns chiseled in the Rhine Land of France? Or are you moving an entertainment unit purchased from IKEA? Take things such as this into account when making your final decision.

On Choosing the Right Mover (part 1)

At Allstate Self-Storage, we want our customers satisfied and happy no matter what the cost. The easiest way to compromise that goal is to store your stuff in the wrong place—bad area of town, no security, electricity hazards everywhere, basically not with us. But the second easiest way is to trust the wrong movers. We at Allstate Self Storage strongly advise against this.

Consulting amateurs can result in scratched tables, shattered china, and broken hearts. These are things we hope to protect our customers against. Simple things such as checking for the proper credentials, and simple quality control can make all the difference. Below are a few simple tips that can help.

Let me see a License

This may surprise some, but movers are required to secure a license from the federal government and the U.S. Department of Transportation DOT. Qualified movers should have this information on them. But if they don’t, you can verify mover qualifications by phoning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or by visiting the website www.protectyourmove.gov. Any mover without a license is a potential risk, they are most likely uninsured, and the money you might save is not worth the money you put at risk.

Choosing Between Local or National

This is contingent upon where you are moving. If you’re are crossing state lines then its best you go with a national moving provider, such as U-Haul. However, if you’re are remaining in state, a local provider should suffice and it will be cheaper. Make sure to do some quality control. Often local companies will resort to temps or day labor to fill spots on their roster. You want to avoid this because day laborers are likely to be unqualified.

Why Self-Storage is the Safest Option

Allstate Self-Storage provides safe storage units for the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Allstate Self-Storage has eight locations: Indian School rd., 16th st., Thunderbird, Bell rd., Glendale, Cave Creek, Tempe, and San Tan Valley. Self-Storage offers the chance to free up space, but it also provide a level of security that an office or home cannot.

Superior to Office Storage

Allstate Self-Storage is pleased to service a multitude of businesses in Phoenix, Arizona. Businesses come in all shapes and sizes and so do storage spaces. Indeed, if you have storage needs, then Allstate Self-Storage has space. Often, our sales force will call upon a small business to offer storage space, to which the said business often replies: “we store our surplus inventory in a neglected closet in the office and pay nothing extra for it.” But what this retort fails to account for is that your neglected closet is highly vulnerable to theft. It’s a well-known fact that a majority of theft is perpetrated from within. Those extra computers stashed away in the broom closet are just asking to run away with an unscrupulous employee. It happens all the time.

Better than the Garage

Storing valuable items in the garage has many shortcomings. First, utilizing the garage as self-storage will inevitably result in clutter. Before you know it your garage will be packed to the brim, and that extra car you wanted to purchase will never have a home. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, valuables are not safe in the garage. Guests, kids, friends of kids, or perhaps a disgruntled ex are all potential perpetrators of storage larceny. If one has anything truly valuable stashed in their garage, or several moderately valuable items stacked to the point of clutter, then self-storage is the logical option. Our facilities employ a quality security team to make sure your valuables are safe. Prices are low, and the incentives are great. To argue otherwise would surely be an exercise in irrationality.

Choosing the Right Storage Facility

Any Arizonian that has traversed the 101 can attest to the fact that they’re a lot of storage facilities in Phoenix, Arizona. Some may think that all storage facilities are created equal, after all its just empty space. Proponents of this notion are mistaken. Choosing the wrong storage unit would be like choosing the wrong spouse. Before you know it, you’re paying out the wazoo for something that’s going to deprive you of what’s valuable. Don’t get caught up with an unreliable, and untrustworthy storage provider. Get in touch with the good guys at Allstate Self Storage for a long relationship of mutual benefit, protecting what’s important to you.

Assessing the Obvious

Just like it might be a bad idea to get involved with someone who pounds two bottles of wine at dinner, and then falls off the chair, it might be best to stay away from a storage unit with broken gates, a dusty facility, and a location in the worst area of town. Allstate Self Storage facilities are always maintained to the highest degree of care, executing repairs and regular cleaning as needed. Our storage facilities look great and they function as well as they look; indeed the only thing that exceeds their outer beauty is their inner beauty. In other words, we are reliable, trustworthy, and hard working.

Associate with the Employees

Another way to assess the quality of a storage facility is to mingle with the staff: security guards, managers, and administrators. If the staff seems sketchy, or volatile then you probably should find another storage provider. We treat our employees with care and respect at Allstate Self Storage, and consequently, they return the favor by taking care of our valued customers. Although we believe all men are created equal with certain unalienable rights, we do not believe this applies to storage facilities. Reach out to us for safe, secure, space.

Pay Online and Save Some Time

As the information age dawned, everything changed, including payment processes. Time can be melted away by simply logging on to a PC, inputting simple payment information, and securing a storage unit. Allstate Self Storage’s payment system is automated, allowing for monthly billing and the option to cease payment at the click of a button. Indeed, the times have changed. No longer is it necessary to engage a customer service rep in a tedious phone call, or take time out of your day to drive to a storage facility and discuss payment options with a facility manager.

No Deposit Required

Freeing up cash for a safety deposit is never a welcomed endeavor. Cash is king, and we know our customers would prefer to keep it readily available in case of an emergency or a lucrative investment opportunity. That is why Allstate Self Storage’s pay online system allows you to simply input credit card or bank information, and begin streaming payments unfettered by the ball and chain of a deposit. Those who are not tech savvy will have no problem setting up online payment for Allstate Self Storage. Our website is user-friendly, and guides your through the process of online payment, gently.

Safe and Secure Payments—Safe and Secure Storage

Our wire is safe and secure, free from cyber-attacks or hackers. Our team at Allstate works hard patrolling the web for any threat that may occur to our easy online payment system. And we also work hard patrolling our storage facility for any unscrupulous individual who wishes to make off with your valuables. In the world of storage, safety is the primary concern. We take it to heart that people trust us with their money and their valuables. Betraying that trust is something we will never do.