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.

Do You Need Self Storage Tenant Insurance?

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Self-storage tenant insurance is a topic we have covered before four years back but it bears repeat coverage. When utilizing a self-storage unit, you are trusting that your items will be secure, that while you are out of state, in between houses, or whatever reason for using this storage solution that your belongings will be there when you come back for them. But is that always the case?

Much like your own home or apartment, you expect that everything sitting inside behind lock and key is completely safe. Also, just like home or apartment, that doesn’t prevent thing such as natural disasters or theft from occurring. The world is chaotic and we simply cannot plan or expect everything. But we can insure against it!

For any self-storage tenant insurance is a smart idea if the items being stored are of value, sentimental or otherwise. If it is something worth storing, it is something you want to keep around. That means taking the steps necessary to make sure that should anything happen you are able to replace it without too much head- or heart-ache.

While most self-storage units are fairly up to date when it comes to security, including, 24/7 surveillance, secure entry gates needing codes or cards, and then solid locks on each of the doors, those can mean little when it comes to the powers of mother nature. So, what to do when it comes to protecting against that?

When it comes to protecting your stored valuables there often two options. One is a ‘protection plan’ offered by the storage facility themselves. These types of things are offered by the storage company themselves and essentially amount to: “In the case of something unexpected, we’ll step up and help.” The specifics of these are handled differently from contract to contract and they’ll be spelled out, either to going to a specific maximum amount or some other set stipulations.

The second is getting insurance. Just like ensuring your home or car, it is important to know exactly what you are attempting to cover. This can be a bit more difficult when it comes to a unit full of boxes and miscellaneous belongings, as are often the case with storage units. But, if you want to insure your things correctly and accurately you’ll want to know just what inside the unit you are covering. We recommend having an inventory on hand of your unit anyways, to make utilizing the storage unit easier. If you have not done so yet, now might be the time to create that inventory.

With your inventory (with associated values) in hand contact your insurance company and find out what it will cost to add this to your plan. Most insurance companies handle the full range of home, car, renters’ insurance and bundling with your existing insurance can make the self storage tenant insurance even cheaper.

Ultimately, whether or not you insure your self storage unit is up to you and what price or importance you put on the things inside it. If you treasure the valuables you are storing, it is an easy cost to justify.

What Can You Store in a Unit?

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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

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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

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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.