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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.