Benefits of Climate Controlled Storage

Earth hot thermometer

Don’t worry, I’ll get to climate-controlled storage in a few minutes, but the clock is ticking for our beautiful planet. I’ve seen the wounds firsthand. Ice smashing into the sea like children ripped from their mother’s arms. Fish washing up onto the shore of a small indigenous fishing village, all dead. Earth is on its last leg, and we keep trying to kick her knee in.

No, I’m not going to say that climate-controlled storage can help our planetary climate. Nothing cute like “put the earth in a giant climate-controlled storage unit!” Talk to me a year ago, maybe I’d write a section like that back then. So childish. Didn’t know what I know now. Wish I never knew it. I tried to save the planet with self-storage, like a fool, now all I can do is pray someone reads this blog. Here’s my message for the planet! Trust me, life organisms do not always avert planetary disasters and save their species.

Now, we might have a chance if we get off the earth. You and me, I know a way to get to other planetary systems! It’s easy. Don’t need anything more than some chairs and tables and a channel to the divine. Anyways, not important. I need to leave now, I’m going to be censored soon, they can’t see this. My next message will be hidden in another self-storage blog like this one. . . oh, what’s that boss? You need the climate-controlled storage unit blog done before 4pm? Ok, I was just about done anyway. . . .

  1. Protection from Extreme Temperatures

Do you live somewhere really hot? Where the sands burn like embers? Where the sun is like figuratively yelling at you and saying “Booooooo stay hot!” If you have that bad of a relationship with the sun, climate-controlled storage is the least of your problems. Seriously, the sun holds grudges. It will give you a little extra sizzle whether you’re on Earth or huffing Jupiter’s helium-rich atmosphere. Real quick way to lose a smile. However, climate-controlled storage would be great for you once things are patched up with the sun. Oh, right, climate-controlled storage is also super useful for those of you in cold places! Where the wind makes you really cold? Where the sun is like literally turning its back on you?

Either way, climate-controlled storage protects items that are harmed by the temperature. I have a cello, maybe a piano somewhere. I definitely didn’t want them to crack so I looked up how to store them in extreme temperatures. Oh, hello it’s climate-controlled storage! I also have a whole lot of important documents that I don’t want to dry out in normal old storage. My partner always bugs me “How come after you got into the self-storage industry you started keeping all of the receipts from the furniture store?” Well guess what, not receipts! Nope, we are talking trading documents from Primus 5, ever heard of it? Climate controlled storage has kept all my documents and instruments looking slick.

Green leaf dead cracked mud

  1. Better Air Quality

Now, when I say better air quality I’m talking about the amount of dirt and dust in the air. You know how like when you hit a pillow and you can all of those things come off it? That’s dust, and it can slowly damage stored items. A climate-controlled storage unit filters in fresh air. For example, let’s say you have a lot of books. Dust can make a books’ pages brittle, so you might want a climate-controlled unit. Or let’s say you wanted to put the universe into a tube, it would probably be best to put it into a climate-controlled unit. Well, maybe you wouldn’t want to put the universe in a tube, but the unit will help the longevity of electronics. Dust can wear down the stuff that makes electronics work.

  1. One More?

I don’t know… wouldn’t our time be better spent out on the front lines of climate change efforts? I certainly love self-storage, and I could always go off-world, but it is my duty to help save this planet! Ok, I’ve decided, I’m going to dedicate my life to climate change! I’ll finish up the blog first, though, since you’re already here.

Make a Change!

Really, though, don’t let me take the spotlight. Climate controlled storage is actually really useful and can make the lives of your possessions longer. Nothing wrong with that, is there?

Contact us at Albuquerque Self-Storage today and we’ll help you find the perfect unit!

Listen! Self-Storage Only Costs 40 Splatoons on Primus 5!

Storage letter blocks

Ok, I’m not crazy, but a portal opened on my patio and I was taken to the martian-made satellite planet Primus 5. I know, I didn’t know my patio was perfect either! I was aware of the possibility of a portal so I wasn’t terribly alarmed. I had a chance to leave this planet for the stars, and I took it. Of course, that doesn’t mean I stopped thinking about self-storage costs. Space, and specifically extra space, is going to be the most valuable commodity in the coming Space Age. The first thought I had when I landed on Primus 5 was ‘pretty cool’ but the second was ‘what are the self-storage costs on Primus 5? Luckily, Primus 5 isn’t bound to the galactic state currency which means–yep, that’s right–they use Splatoons. A small storage unit costs 40 Splatoons there! That’s the same as one American nickel.

Why Is This Important?

Let’s shoot the truth straight with each other. The earth’s population is bound to expand outside the bounds of what this planet can handle. City’s will swell until the whole earth is covered in metal and concrete. And when there is less space, the value of space goes up. Self-storage costs on earth are going to skyrocket in the next 1000 years–what Primus 5 offers is a hedge. A secure off-planet investment with a lot of room for growth. It will be cheap to maintain, and when things go sour and people start looking for storage off planet storage, you’ll already be there.

4000 Splatoons, 100 small storage units for one Lincoln, baby! You’ll be missing out on billions with self-storage costs these low!

However, it is not safe on Primus 5. Listen close, I learned a great many things when I was last there.

Tips and Tricks for Investing on Primus 5

  1. Don’t Fight the Portal

It’s rather vague, but you need to have a ‘perfect’ patio to open a portal. There are other sources online for the right furnishings, good ones too. You gotta stay calm when that portal wham-bams into existence and jump right into it. I always repeat the same phrase to myself before a portal opens, “Jump into the mouth of the snake!” It’s what an indigenous people of the Amazon say to remind themselves to face fear head on. You need to be ready, because the longer the portal is open the more damage that is done to your corner of space-time. If you aren’t dedicated to seeking low self-storage costs, then this isn’t a good place for your mind to be.

  1. Get Splatoons Before Arriving on Primus 5

People on Primus 5 will kill someone just for looking like they know the word Splatoon, much less give them to some lumpy off-world beggar. Do you want to steal fruit from horse carts and wrestle heels of bread away from other beggars? Then listen, you have to get some under the table on earth. Not a tough job. Any bank carries a reserve of Splatoons. Wink while wearing a Ring Pop and they’ll show you to the back.

gold blue fifty dollar bills

  1. Wait for My People

Remember that Ring Pop? Take it with you and my people will find you and get you underground. When they do find you, they will ask “What do you know?”and you have to respond “Self-storage costs a lot more than Splatoons.”

  1. Hire Protection

A lot of self-storage areas on Primus 5 are right smack in the middle of gangland, and my people aren’t going to walk you all the way there. Luckily, it’s common practice to hire a local to bring you through safely. Can’t just get one nice person to shepherd you the whole way through, no way. You’ll need a few, so treat them well and with respect. If they like you, you can get away with paying 1000 Splatoons for each.

  1. Learn Klak-Patlak

Klak-Patlak, not much worse than that. It’s the martial art practiced on Primus 5. Remember that Ring-Pop? Keep it in your back pocket, my friend. The gate to the self-storage area has been closed for 2000 years, ok, so this is a big deal and don’t mess it up. The gate is carved with the image of your perfect patio from back on earth. Twist the ring-pop into the patio umbrella and the gate will open, and that’s when you need Klak-Patlak. The gate guardian is obviously waiting.

  1. Keep your Ear to the Ground

Ok look, I’ll be frank, I’m not only interested in self-storage costs. I have a lot invested in the development of Primus 5, which means I need eyes and ears on the ground. I asked my friend Chris to write a really cool and dramatic political story for this section, but I hung up the phone after 5 minutes. He has this weird dominance thing. He coaches an 8th grade debate team and he tries to make me feel small by telling me over and over how much smarter the kids are than me. Yes, Chris, please paint a picture of how terribly sad it is that these 8th graders don’t have a comprehensive knowledge of the Arab Spring. Yes, what a world, indeed! Anyways, keep me informed about what’s happening over there.

Have Fun!

How cool is it that you get to help develop a whole industry on Primus 5, right!? I really appreciate it, so take some time for yourself and have a good time! Self-storage costs can handle themselves for a few minutes while you sample all of the noodle bowls.

If you’d like to look into self-storage in Albuquerque, contact us today!

3 Possible Answers to the Question “Where Can I Store My Car?”

Game night colorful spinning wheel

 

Welcome back! When I was kid, my mom turned all of my chores into little games. I pretended broomsticks were injured people that had to be raced to the hospital in the closet, and that spills on the floor were poisons that I had to clean up so our dog wouldn’t get sick. My mom never knew how much I appreciated all of those games.

So today, I’m going to liven up the blog by playing a game about the question “Where can I store my car?” Usually, I just tell you all of the information about self-storage, like how to prepare your vehicle for long-term storage. Not very exciting. Games: real fun. Don’t believe me? Get some friends together for a game of four-square out in the driveway. For this blog’s game, I’m going to list out three possible answers to the question “Where can I store my car?” However, only two answers will actually be a place where you can store your car, and one answer is going to be somewhere you can’t store your car. Your job is to figure which answer DOES NOT belong! If you want to check your score, there will be an answer key at the bottom.

  1. Where Can I Store My Car . . . In A Barn?!

Barns are those big ol’ buildings on a farm that store livestock, animal feed, farming equipment and . . . cars! In fact, my great-grandma stores her late husband’s classic ford in a barn. There is plenty of space, and there is something romantic about the car collecting hay dust on its hoods and the early morning light enshrouds the car in a golden haze. He bought the car in 1932, got up and left his parents’, and spent the next ten years driving that baby from Detroit to LA to New York, and everywhere in between. Afterwards, he went back to his hometown in Michigan. He reconnected with his family, married my great-grandma, and settled down on the family farm. One day, he said “Where can I store my car?” and then at some point put the car in the barn.

Red barn dirt road through grass

      2. Where Can I Store My Car . . . Indoor Self-Storage?

I respect you as a reader, so I’m not going to try and talk objectively about self-storage like I don’t have bias. In fact, I have an overwhelming bias. Promoting self-storage is the driving motivation in my life When my partner and I were going through a rough patch, I’d could always get lost in the world of self-storage. I’d sit in my midsize unit where I stored my car during the winter for hours. I’ll admit the arguments were my fault, but it helped knowing my car was safe from the cold, and for a reasonable month-to-month price. You do need to take certain precautions, though. The car needs to be jacked off the ground to protect the wheels, all of the fluids (coolant, brake fluid, oil, etc) need to be replaced, the car needs to be covered, and you can put down mouse traps to protect the car’s wires from rodents.

  1. Where Can I Store My Car . . . uhhh . . . Whatever I Don’t Know

This was supposed to be the section about a place you couldn’t store your car, but I couldn’t think of anything funny to write. There is a difference between randomness and absurdity, and all my ideas were just random. Picking an inanimate object is so juvenile. Anyone can randomly pick ‘muffin’ or ‘sweater’ or . . . whatever, I can’t even pick examples of inanimate objects now that are funny to ironically counteract my original point. Is anyone even reading this out there? I just wanted to make a fun game but I guess I didn’t do a very good job. I wonder how my mom would make a game out of sitting alone in a storage unit.

You know what, at least I tried to answer the question “Where can I store my car” in a fun and engaging way. At the end of the day, you can store your car pretty much anywhere bigger than a car, but options like indoor and outdoor self-storage are more secure and easy to manage. But by all means, try to come up with your own options! It’s very fun and rewarding and challenging. It reminds you of when life was all fun-and-games.

If you’re looking for a safe and easy-to-access self-storage unit for your car, contact us at Albuquerque Self-Storage today!

Where and How to Enjoy Albuquerque in May!

Welcome back to the Albuquerque Self Storage blog! We have gone over a number of the best uses for storage units, the best practices for storing furniture, how to prep a car for long-term storage. A lot. We cover a lot of things. At this point, we feel pretty good about how you are handling and properly utilizing self-storage space so we are moving to something a bit different. You see, people use self storage for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest ones for our customers is to improve their quality of life, they want the room and freedom it brings. Well, in the interest of improving life we wanted to focus on our great city of Albuquerque and all the opportunities available to us!

Albuquerque

Go Topes!

The season started April 5th and will keep on going through til the end of October! Enjoy the weather before it gets too hot and check out Isotopes Park for some great plays! Game times vary and prices range from $7 -$25.

Da Vinci, the Genius

This exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is all about one of history’s most fascinating characters! Running every day until July 29th from 9am to 5pm. It will cost roughly $20. The exhibit is the most comprehensive traveling work on da Vinci ever seen! It is designed for all audiences, from kids to adults. While there don’t forget to check out all the dinosaurs and the Lodestar Astronomy Center.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is home to a number of great exhibits of art and history. Open from 9am – 5pm, the museum, at 2401 12th St. N.W., has art exhibits of Ricardo Caté and his current work (that seeks to handle current events and his experience dealing with the Dakota Access Pipeline.)

Bring Your Own Vinyl

Head out to the Red Door Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00 PM with your favorite record and the bartenders at the Candelaria location will put it on! They note “Peeps should make sure the vinyl is in good condition so others don’t judge them for bringing scratched records. No griping about types of music, we’re here to share!” So, yeah, don’t be judged!

High Noon History

From noon to 1:15pm, for $10-$20, head out on a leisurely walking tour of our lovely city with certified tour guides to walking about the centuries-old Old Town area. Be on the lookout for ghosts!

These are just some of the hundreds of activities across our city this coming month. The museums are full of exhibits featuring art from across the world. Walking, riding, and trolley tours criss-cross the city center and can inform all of us on a wealth of Albuquerque history. Check out the library for story time!

Head on out to any or all of those opportunities! Go ahead! After you’ve loaded up your unit get out there and enjoy all the delightful activities Albuquerque has to offer! Your stuff is safe with us!

7 Uses for Short Term Storage

When I was asked about short-term storage, I thought back to when I found my first box. I was outside playing ball with my dog back home in Pasadena. He was a Boston Terrier, and we named him Beagle because he brayed like a hound. The ball rolled right up against a beautiful brown box abandoned near the street. I had not yet encountered a cube in my life, and I thought its proportions were pleasant. I started collecting more and more cubes, and since then my passion for cubes launched me into the self-storage industry. I love self-storage, and short-term storage often gets overlooked in the discussion. Our blog has covered long-term storage before; today, I’ll make sure short-term storage sees its day.

boxes short term storage pile of boxes

When to Use Short-Term Storage

Short-term storage is usually considered to be less than three months. Quite a handy time frame, if you ask me. Some self-storage companies only offer timeframes of six months or more, but then you may overpay for the extra time you don’t need. There are plenty of situations where you could better benefit from short-term storage.

  1. Moving

Let’s say you’re planning on moving in one month. You are starting to get organized for the move, but you can’t take everything over to the new house until the sale officially closes. However, you also want to declutter. Hear the golden bell of short-term storage ringing throughout the land! If you answer the call, as I did, you can start to clear out the house during the interim period between the move.

  1. Bad Breakups

Love is cheap, and so is short-term storage. Co-habitating is a big step in a relationship, and conflict is inevitable. In some cases, couples/polymeric groups grow closer as they learn to navigate conflict. Their relationship, like fatigued muscle fibers, responds to damage by becoming stronger. However, “love” often evaporates in heated arguments and hurtful comments about how foosball isn’t a real sport, even though it is and requires a great deal of skill, and certainly more skill than watching reruns of Degrassi every night instead of working on the daily crossword puzzle like we used to. When things end, you may need somewhere to store your Foosball table while you try and find a new place to stay. Short-term storage is the perfect solution.

  1. Short Remodels

Short-term storage is convenient for when you need to move things out of a room while you’re doing small-scale remodels. If you have a small garage or limited space in your house, you can rent a storage unit for a month or two to keep your things safe and your home decluttered.

  1. Lying Low

When things go south, you gotta lay low for a while. Sometimes going to a friends or family members house isn’t safe enough. Setting up shop in a storage unit for a month or two is more incognito.

  1. Flexibility

Setting up a month-to-month deal on a storage unit is helpful if you are uncertain how long you may be away. For example, if you’re in the army reserves you may be deployed for an uncertain amount of time. Or perhaps your work requires you to travel and work on projects that you don’t know how long it will take.  Again, long-term storage is more expensive if you end up coming back earlier than expected. Starting with a short-term contract allows for more flexibility.

  1. Long-Term Storage Trauma

I can’t speak to your experience, but short-term storage can help heal the wounds caused by traumatic experiences with long-term storage. Time doesn’t heal all wounds; we have to be honest with ourselves and reflect on our damages. Once you are comfortable enough to take the first steps to leave the past behind, short-term storage will be there for you.

  1. Holding Extra Inventory

For small business owners, short-term storage provides space to hold extra inventory if there isn’t room in your store/office. You still have easy access, and once room frees up again in your place of business you can move everything out without having to pay a cancellation fee on a long-term storage unit.

Don’t Sleep on Short-Term Storage

Short-term storage has been a passion of mine ever since I got into the industry. They are agile investments and can save you a lot of money in situations when long-term storage isn’t necessary. I could write a dissertation on the benefits, but these uses for short-term storage are a good introduction.

If you’d like to know more about the benefits of short-term storage, contact us at Albuquerque Self-Storage today!

Essential Steps for Taking Your Boat Out of Storage

According to the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, winter will endure well into March. But after a childhood run-in with a groundhog, I don’t trust him, and he should subsidize my Prozac medication. Spring has begun, the waters are heating up, and boats are being towed back to the lake. However, taking a boat out of storage without checking taking precautions can be dangerous or lead to repairs. We have previously covered how to take your car out of storage, but today’s blog isn’t for lumpy land-lubbers and their coffins-on-wheels. Follow these steps and your vessel will be in good shape for the sunny months following boat storage.

boat storage boat on water sunset

General Cleaning

Dust, moisture, and a tarp covering can lead to some minor wear on the paint and upholstery. As my mother used to say, “Clean your boat!”

  • Clean upholstery with a mild detergent
  • Wash and wax the hull. Check for scratches and abrasions and fill them in as necessary
  • Clean the windshield and make sure the windshield wipers work
  • Polish all metal surfaces
  • Check if the drains and scuppers are clear and the metal isn’t rusted
  • Clean off the life jackets and inspect for tears and ensure the fire extinguisher is in working order.
  • If you have a microwave, stove, or refrigerator, clean them and make sure they are working. This isn’t just so you can enjoy these luxury items–many boats have been damaged or lost to malfunctioning equipment fires

Engine and Fuel System

Checking the engine for any wear is paramount. Be thorough, as any damage can lead to expensive repairs and potentially dangerous breakdowns on the water. Bring a mechanic or a friend with more expertise if you don’t feel comfortable examining the engine. Again, this an extremely important step after boat storage.

  • Check whether the fuel hose is brittle, soft, or cracked. Leaks affect performance and corrode other engine surfaces.
  • Pump out any fluid that may still be in the engine tank
  • Change the fuel filters and add new engine oil
  • Replace transmission and power steering fluids
  • Check all hose connections and various clamps. Make sure they are secure and clean/replace as necessary
  • Flush the cooling system and add new coolant
  • Change transmission fluid
  • Replace spark plugs
  • Inspect fuel tank for leaks and oil all moving parts
  • Check propeller for cracks or rust, and that it is connected and secured
  • Probably replace the spark plugs for good measure

Electrical Systems

The electrical components are highly interconnected with other parts of the boats. Failure to inspect them is a major cause of many boat repairs. Again, this is another step that you need to be comfortable with or bring in someone with more expertise.

  • Recharge the battery or remove trickle charger
  • Check the battery’s water level and refill in necessary
  • Check that all wire connections are secure and free of wear, then clean and lubricate
  • Make sure dashboard lights are working

Double Check for Necessary Equipment

Many people are more focused on making sure the boat is in working order and forget about having the right safety and navigational equipment. Double-checking doesn’t take long and shouldn’t be neglected after long-term boat storage.

  • Life-Jackets: right number and sizes
  • Working compass
  • Filled and working fire extinguisher
  • Carbon Monoxide detector for enclosed spaces
  • Sound signaling device and radar detector
  • Current insurance information

Belts, Hoses, and Water Tank

Worn belts and hoses and broken water tanks are a common cause of breakdowns on the water after boat storage. Without them, you’ll need to be towed back into the shore. Rescue boat operators are usually very nice and chatty, great for lonely people looking to swap stories–but they won’t front the bill.

  • Belts shouldn’t be brittle, cracked or loose. Make sure the belts are wrapped tightly around pulleys and are not wearing thin. They will rub off a black residue if they are too thin
  • Flush water tank and check for any leaks
  • Flush hot water tank and run it to make sure both the AC and engine connections are operating

Sailboats

There are several more steps for the true mariners taking a sailboat out of boat storage. Those with a motorboat should listen up, too, and be inspired to hit the high seas in a real boat.

  • Check for wear: abrasions, tears, loose seams, etc.
  • Check all sail attachments, battens and bolt ropes
  • Inspect all metal for rust or fraying on the surrounding fabric
  • Check masthead pulleys and ropes
  • Inspect all of the reefing

Hit the Water Captain!

The rolling waves, sea breeze and warm sun are waiting for you, my friend. However, if you don’t take care of your boat after winter storage, you may run into trouble on the water. The sea is unforgiving, and so am I. Don’t expect my help if your boat breaks down and your friends and family blame you for ruining their day on the water. Don’t be Captain Let-the-self-storage-blogger-down.

If you want to store your boat with the most reliable and safe self-storage company in Albuquerque, contact us today and we’ll make sure you receive the best possible service.

Who Needs Secure Car Storage?

Who Needs Secure Car Storage?

Gather ‘round, readers, and I will tell you a tale. A tale of conflict and loss. A tale of triumph and joy. A tale of what it means to be human and in need of secure car storage. Is it a Comedy, or a Tragedy? Perhaps a bit of both. There is great knowledge in stories, and our story begins simply–in the garages of people just like you. They may not yet know it, but our heroes are embarking on a journey that begins in the soul and ends in the storage unit. Close your eyes, and open your heart to their stories . . . our stories . . . your stories . . .

Man repairing car secure car storage

Military Personnel

Meet Samantha, Sam for short. Sam joined the Army Reserves three years ago. She felt compelled to serve, but didn’t want to leave her civilian life behind. Her father served before her, and she feels proud to have followed in his footsteps. Besides serving her country, Sam’s other passion is restoring her dad’s old 1978 Firebird Pontiac. It still runs, but they want to recapture the fire of its youth–and they appreciate spending the time together.

However, she gets the call. She is getting deployed to Italy for one-year. While this is a long time for her, it’s an even longer time for the Pontiac. Before she leaves, she walks into the garage and runs her hand along the newly finished paint. The smell of oil reminds her of the hours she has spent with her father here. She turns and leaves the car to the silence of the garage. If only she had opted for secure car storage . . . when she returns the tires are deflated and the stagnant oil wore on the engine. The winter moisture damaged the paint, and rats chewed through the drive belts. How will she tell her father? Secure car storage is a sure way to prevent the heart-ache of a damaged car and a broken relationship.

Snow Birds

Bob and Joanna spend their summers in Michigan. After they both retired, they decided to follow the warm weather and bounce between Ann Arbor and Phoenix. There is nothing they love more than to drive out into the country on sunny days. Joanna is enchanted by Michigan’s glittering lakes, and Bob loves the lazy clouds floating over the green hills. However, the story takes a turn when winter creeps in . . . if only I could reach out through the ether and whisper “Beware, despair awaits those who do not buy secure car storage.”

Bob and Joanna have a lovely winter in Phoenix. They walk amongst the stoic Saguaro Cactus’ and meander along desert trails. While sitting on the balcony watching the sunset burn above mountain silhouettes, they are reminded of their long-burning love for each other. If only they knew what loomed beyond the horizon.

The next summer in Michigan. Spark plugs shot. Battery dead. Fluids frozen and pipes cracked. Drive belts snapped. Silent country roads on sunny days. On the wind, Bob hears “Secure car storage . . .”

Seasonal Workers

Jack works as firefighter in the city during the fall and winter, but in the summers he heads west to fight wildfires in the forests of California. Surely, Jack is a great hero–but the greatest heroes fall from the greatest heights. Ever heard of Oedipus? Read a book people!

Jack drives a Chevy pick-up truck, and takes great care of his car while he is at home. When he leaves to dig trenches in the forests, though, he leaves his car. The department provides all of the transportation. However, they don’t provide a stipend for self-storage, and don’t even mention secure car storage in their newsletter! He leaves his pick-up in the car port when he heads into the west.

Jack returns home in the fall with calloused hands and fond memories of digging trenches next to his newfound brothers and sisters. Weary and hungry, he grabs his keys to head over to his favorite hamburger joint. Don’t look away readers, you need to see this. He turns the ignition, and the engine sputters, spits, and dies. When he looks under the hood, his eyes widen and his heart drops . . . you can fill in the rest.

Man hands on head secure car storage

Secure Car Storage: The End

Whelp, that’s about it. If you didn’t catch the moral of the story, it’s make sure to look into secure car storage if you’ll be gone for a long time. Unattended cars can be damaged by fluctuating temperatures, pests, and not taking the proper precautions before you leave. Don’t make the same mistakes as our ‘heroes’. And pay attention to the drama of everyday life and have reverence for the small aspects of the human condition.

If are interested in protecting your car and your very soul, contact us at Albuquerque Self-Storage today and our helpful staff will help find the perfect unit for your needs!

4 Tips for Using a Furniture Storage Unit

Welcome back to the blog! Let’s talk furniture. Maybe grandma gifted you a tacky set of paisley love-seats, or you’re cleaning out your kid’s room to make space for your dusty workout equipment. Sometimes furniture comes into our lives, and we just can’t hack it. Luckily, the Collum family opened Lauderdale Storage in 1958, pioneering the self-storage industry. Thanks to the Patron Saints of Self-Storage, we have been blessed with the opportunity to create a furniture storage unit. However, be wary–throwing furniture in a unit willy-nilly might damage the furniture over time. Don’t do grandma dirty like that. Today, we’ll give you 4 tips to protect your furniture during long-term storage.

furniture storage unit mattress and chairs

  1. Protect from Pests

Insects like termites and cockroaches can squeeze through tiny cracks, and they always have the wood munchies. Rats can also fit through small openings, and rat fluids wreak havoc on upholstery. It doesn’t take long for insects to tear through wooden furniture. Without thinking ahead, pests can cause financial head-aches and sentimental heart-ache. But not in our furniture storage unit. You’re going to buy some simple sealing caulk and fill in all of the cracks and openings you see–even the smallest ones! I’ve seen rats fit into some unbelievably small holes. Then, get some mouse traps and sticky insect sheets and place them around the walls. Then, spear some flies on tooth picks and place them as a warning around the unit.

  1. Clean all of your Furniture Before Hand

Dirt, dust, and existing stains will wear down the wood and upholstery if left alone. It doesn’t seem like much, but a furniture storage unit isn’t air tight and dust and moisture can weasel their way in. Trust me. After a few months in storage, that small amount of debris can do some slight damage.

The cleaning process is rather self-explanatory. Dust each piece thoroughly, and make sure to scrub any dirt. If there are stains on the upholstery or wood, use a light cleaning agent. It shouldn’t take long, but look over every inch of the furniture to make sure you didn’t miss anything. From there, it isn’t a bad idea to purchase some cloth covers. Avoid synthetic tarps and such, because they accumulate more moisture than a cloth cover. Finally, clean out all of the dust and dirt from the storage unit itself. Never trust the dust, unless you must.

  1. Take Apart Bigger Pieces of Furniture

Dismantling is the best way to create more room in your furniture storage unit. Also, there is less chance that items will be damaged. For example, consider the table. A large table is already a pain to lug into a unit, but oftentimes you can remove the legs. Chairs, too, should be taken apart. The more you remove, the more space you’ll have and the easier it will be to move into the unit. Remove all of the drawers from cabinets from dressers so they don’t slide out.

Don’t make yourself move big ol’ tables. Moving big items is a pain, and also increases the chance you’ll scratch and scuff furniture. Not only that, but you’re risking injury. In fact, the Washington Post reported that you’re more likely to be crushed by furniture than be harmed by a terrorist!

  1. Put Larger Items on Bottom, and Smaller Items on Top

Think of it like a pyramid–do you think King Tut’s tomb would be protected under an upside-down pyramid? Absolutely not. Jumbling large and small items together means 1) small items will be crushed and 2) furniture will topple, slip, and slide. With a little forethought, you can easily avoid scratched, scuffed, and broken furniture. Also, having an orderly furniture storage unit makes it easier to remove things down the road.

Couches and tables should go on bottom, and then you can use the space under the tables for dismantled chairs. A table is sturdy enough to hold a lot of weight, but put a cloth down over the top so it doesn’t get damaged. Another good idea is to put another flipped table on top of the other. Smaller and more fragile items like ottomans and tiny chairs can then be placed on the sturdy surfaces.

furniture storage unit cluttered furniture chairs

Move that Furniture!

Get going! Go! Move it! Now, it should be a breeze to move everything in to your furniture storage unit. Not only will you be saving money replacing broken furniture, but you’ll feel the satisfaction of doing a job well done. In the end, that makes it all worth it.

If you want to get the best possible storage unit, contact us today at Albuquerque Self-Storage and we’ll get the best deal for your needs!

3 Unique Uses for your Storage Unit

Welcome back to the blog! We’ve covered a lot of ground in this blog, from preparing your car for storage to the overall costs of storage. . . sometimes the topics can be a bit dry. Today, we are going to bring some levity to the blog and give you some unique uses for your storage unit.

Storage technology man in suit

Dream Space Storage Unit

Ever wanted a room filled with all of the goals you have wanted to accomplish in your life? Now you can. You can inspire yourself by piecing together the moments you want to never forget right here in your storage unit.

Picture Perfect: Hang pictures of your goals. This is a great way to consistently motivate yourself to try and accomplish the things you want to do.

The Places You’ll Go: Use a map of where you long to travel to! Place small markers on the places you have been all around the world, and ones for where you want to go next! Remember, the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.

Party: Unleash the party animal inside you! Want relive your old frat days? No problem. Set up a beer pong table and invite your buddies over for a cold one. Perfect for trying to get a small get together and enjoying the little things that life has to offer.

Organize: Albuquerque Self Storage allows you the chance to be yourself and have fun in your own space. So after a long day at the office, unwind and see what adventures can await you! Get a pen and paper and start jotting down those notes on how to make your space work with you.

Princess: Did you ever dream about being a princess? Now you can. Set up gorgeous colors that pop, fantastical glitter to decorate, and get a dragon (hopefully a friendly one) to guard over you while you wait for your knight in shining armor.

Your story never ends: Maybe all of your dreams have already come true, if that’s the case; use that storage space to make your children and grandchildren’s dreams be answered. Grab a whiteboard and a marker and start planning your new storage unit!

Superhero Storage Unit

Business person by day, superhero by night! Your storage unit is your canvas, and you are the artist.

Batcave: Turn your storage unit into your very own Batcave and become the superhero that you were always meant to be! Complete it with your own high Tech computer software, special gadgets customized personally for you…and cup holders, got to have cup holders.

Superhero Body: Now you might not always want to fight crime and wear spandex, but with a space like this, you can get that superhero body in a Flash. Your storage unit can become your own personal playground of workout equipment so you can fight crime, and look good while you do it!

Gym Equipment: No longer will you have to go to a gym that is crowded with people hogging all of the equipment. You can place it all within your unit! Free weights, bench-press, and even a pullup bar to get you into shape!

Bulk Up: Self-conscious about trying to lift that five pound weight next to the body builder? Not anymore! Instead, your storage unit can be your own workout sanctuary where you can slowly start to make Thor look like a “puny God” in the comfort of your own space.

Motivation: Besides your workout equipment, hang up posters of your favorite heroes to motivate you. Getting a toned stomach like Black Widow has never been easier. Put down those donuts and let your superhero storage unit begin.

What to store in storage unit girl playing superhero

Zen Storage Unit

Namaste here forever with this Zen storage unit! With Albuquerque Self-Storage, you can turn your space into a place of tranquility.

Peace And Quiet: We all need a moment to ourselves, away from our bosses screaming at us, or the kids who ate WAY too much sugar. Your storage unit can become your very own Garden of Eden.

Yoga: Place down your yoga mat and start to feel the stress and negativity flow out of your body. “Inhale magic, exhale purpose”.

Happiness: Surround your space with things that make you feel at ease, that give you happiness. Harness that happiness and channel it into your mind, body, and soul. Pictures of those you love, your hobbies, even things you find most beautiful in this world…even a mirror.

Oil It Up: Use essential oils to soothe your muscles and treat yourself to your very own spa day. (Cucumbers on your eyes are optional). The oils can manifest an aroma to dull your stress and illuminate relaxation.

Contact Albuquerque Self Storage for more information on getting your unit. Remember, whether you are a dreamer trying to cast your imagination, a superhero re-inventing the person you want to be, or a yogi at peace with your wonderful life, you always have a place in this world.

 

5 Damaging Effects of Winter on your Car

Winter road indoor car storage

5 Damaging Effects of Winter on your Car

We have plenty of ways to stay warm in the winter. Your car, on the other hand, isn’t so lucky. You can’t put hot cocoa in the engine, kindle a warm, crackling fire in the back seat, or put warm bunny slippers on the tires. If left outside, a car is at the mercy of the elements. Harsh winter weather can do a number on any automobile. We have written about how to store your car for the winter in an earlier blog; today, we’ll discuss 5 ways winter can damage your car that can be prevented with indoor auto storage.

  1. Drained Battery

In freezing weather, your battery is more prone to running out of juice. The stuttering sound of a dead battery can ruin a day. Most car batteries last 2-3 years, so it’s a good idea to replace it before winter rolls around. There are several reasons why cold weather drains a battery. For one, it takes more energy to start the car. Voltage slowly seeps from the battery, leaving it with less energy to get the engine going. Indoor auto storage in a dry space will sustain the battery through winter.

  1. Thickening Fluids

There are several fluids that are essential for a healthy vehicle. In warm weather, the fluids are smooth flowing and protect moving parts from wear. In cold winters, the fluids thicken. Thick, syrupy fluids gunk up the inner workings. Whether or not you’re keeping your car outside, you should change out the coolant, oil, gas, transmission, and brake fluids. Otherwise, your car won’t run or breakdown with continued use.

  1. Tire Pressure

If you stayed awake in chemistry, then you may remember that air pressure increases when it’s hot and decreases when it is cold. The tire pressure warning light turns on often during the winter, and that’s because the tire pressure fluctuates between too high and too little. When the car sits in the cold, the pressure goes down. When the car starts moving and the tire heats up, the pressure goes up. Constant back and forth weakens the tire. You’ll either be replacing the car early, or fixing a blown tire on the road. Indoor auto storage helps solve this problem, but you should still be checking the tire pressure.

  1. Salt Damage

The road salt spread on winter roads helps melt the ice, but can damage your car. Driving kicks up salty ice that sticks to the undercarriage. Overtime, the salt wears down important parts like the wheel wells and brakes. Even if you aren’t driving often, you should hose off the bottom of the car and all of the wheels. However, this creates its own problems. Foregoing indoor auto storage lets the water freeze when idle. Brittle metal and ice chips can cause leaks in the power steering and brakes, making winter driving even more treacherous if not taken care of. You can try warming up by idling before driving, but this too isn’t ideal: idling drains more gas and electricity than driving.

  1. Windshield Woes

Winter temps make your windshield prone to cracking. Like the tires, the glass fluctuates between cold when idle and warm while driving. The back and forth creates a sort of good-cop-bad-cop situation, causing the glass to crack under pressure. In addition, people make a few common mistakes that make the situation worse. For one, it’s common practice to throw hot water on the windshield to melt the ice, which weakens the glass. Another common blunder is to not replace the wiper fluid when it freezes. Otherwise, the wipers smear abrasive icy fluid on the windshield.

Winter cracked windshield indoor car storage

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Winter is Coming

We can’t stop the coming of winter—the cold winds and frozen temps aren’t worried about the safety of our vehicles. There is inevitable damage to any vehicle after several months of exposure to the elements. Afterwards, your frozen fingers will be shivering and smearing ink all over the check you’re writing for repairs. However, we can take precautions. You can cover your car to protect it from the snow, keep a close eye on fluids, and check your tire pressure. Or, you can choose indoor auto storage. Whether you are putting your car in a garage, under a car port, or in a unit, keeping your car out of the elements is the best protection.

If you would like to talk about storing your vehicle for the winter, contact us at Albuquerque Self-Storage today and talk to our friendly and accommodating staff! We’ll help you keep your car in good condition for the spring.