Albuquerque Self Storage Tips: Winter Storage for Cars

winter storage for carsWhile temperatures have been dipping for a while now, it is never to late to store your vehicle for the winter. The holidays are almost here and maybe you need the space in the garage, yard, street for visiting family. Maybe you just don’t plan on driving that convertible for a few more months. Whatever the reason you are putting those four wheels into storage, here are the tips you need to successfully plan and use winter storage for cars, straight from our Storage Experts here at Albuquerque Self Storage!

Before doing much more, you will want to find your storage location. Any facility with concrete floors is the way to go. Earth floors will have more moisture and if you are in a particularly cold clime that can spell bad news for your vehicle.

Engine Oil

Now is a perfect time to check the engine oil. Pull the dipstick and check it out. If it is particularly dirty and you are nearing (or far past, be honest) the limit on mileage, change it. If you still have some time on the oil then feel free to store and wait for spring before swapping. Newer, modern oils are designed to be safe and stable in the engine for a year.

Fluids

All fluids, not just oil, should be checked regularly and before winter storing is a perfect time. Make sure they are all topped up. Fill the anti-freeze, hit the gas station to keep the tank full and prevent evaporation. Add a fuel stabilizer, run the engine for a few minutes and let it flow through the system. This will help keep your car’s guts in tip top shape over the break.

Tires

There are few bigger bummers then letting your ride sit for the winter, going to grab it for a spring joyride and finding the tires with flat spots. To avoid this

Battery

When it comes to battery there are two schools of thought: Out or In. Taking the battery out of the engine and hooking it up to a batter tender can see its life extending. Leaving it in may see you coming back from the winter to have a dead car.

Wash and Clean

Washing and cleaning your car before the long sit is crucial in getting rid of all contaminants or debris. If any of it is left during the time it is in storage unseen effects could take ahold. Never mind how nice it will feel to pick up a fresh, clean ride when you come back in the spring!

Pest Control

This is a big one and takes place in a lot more than just your car. Rodents would love little more than sneaking their way into your ride and make a cozy home. Chew up wiring and more. To avoid all this, place a blocker of steel wool in the exhaust and plug air inlets. You can also surround the storage unit with moth balls and similar pest deterrents.

Cover

Once all of that and said is done, use a quality, fitted cover. Not only will you feel like James Bond (you will, trust us) but you also will make sure that nothing will make a mess of your ride while you are away.

There it is. The biggest tips to get ready for winter storage for cars. Don’t skip over any step! Unless you want to put a car cover over a dirty car? Tuck a vehicle in a rat nest and let the vermin get it? No! You are storing this car so it will be there later for when you need it!

Long Term Car Storage: 8 Tips for Storing your Car for 6 Months or More

Car storage

If you are putting your car in storage, you clearly care about keeping your car safe and in working order. Keeping the car safe is easy, but keeping the car in tip-top shape after long-term storage… that’s another matter. If you’re considering car storage, you need to take the proper precautions. Otherwise, you may return to rust, rodents, and various broken parts.

However, you don’t need to be a mechanic to prepare your car for storage. Earlier on the blog, we recommended keeping your car insurance during car storage. This is important, but it won’t keep the car running. Today, we will cover 8 steps that everyone considering long-term vehicle storage should take.

  1. Wash and Wax
  • Thoroughly wash all dirt and grime off every surface of the car, including the underside of the vehicle. Dirt, grease, or bird droppings will almost certainly lead to rust and ruined paint.
  • Moisture is the age-old enemy of car storage. You should hand dry the car with a soft cloth to ensure it is completely dry.
  • Apply high-quality wax to protect the paint. This is especially important for outdoor car storage.
  1. Keep a Quarter Tank of Gas
  • Having some gas in the car prevents the buildup of moisture in the engine. A full tank, though, is not necessary. It doesn’t do more to prevent moisture and may negatively affect performance when you return.
    • Over long periods of time, gas starts to evaporate and form gummy deposits. Add a high-quality fuel stabilizer to help prevent both.
  1. Protect from Rodents
  • Clean all food out of the car, even small crumbs or drink stains.
  • Block all gaps that a rodent could crawl through, like the exhaust pipe or the air intake.
  • Lay down some rat/mouse traps around the car.

Car with fitted cover for car storage

  1. Cover Up
  • A cover is a necessary item for outdoor vehicle storage, but is also handy for indoor vehicle storage. However, there are a few things to watch out for when buying a car cover.
    • Buy a cover that won’t trap moisture underneath and damage the paint. Waterproof covers can actually cause rust, so look for a cover that s marketed as “breathable.”
    • Order a custom fitted cover. If it is too big, any wind will cause it to flap and scratch the paint. One-size-fits-all is not the way to go here.

Keep the Battery Charged

  • Even if the car is off, a battery will eventually run out of charge. If you don’t want to fire up the car only to find it’s battery is dead, there are a few options.
    • Take the car for a spin every few weeks. Being turned on periodically will keep the battery charged over time.
    • Buy a trickle charger. This handy device “trickles” a bit of electricity into the battery every few minutes. It does the same job as taking the car for a drive, without the driving.
    • If you can’t do the first two options, you can unplug the battery. This method isn’t ideal, but it’s better than leaving it plugged in and dormant.
  1. Change Oil, Lube, and Filter
  • Oil will harm the engine if it sits for too long. If you plan on storing the car for 6 months or more, definitely take this precaution.
  • Changing the lube and air filter will make sure the car is ready and rearing to go when you return.
  1. Release Parking Brake
  • The parking brake will fuse with the rotor if it’s left engaged.
    • Consider using a tire block instead.
  1. Dehumidify
  • The storage area needs to be dry. If moisture collects on the car, you may return to rust and faded paint.
    • Invest in a good dehumidifier if you plan on indoor storage. This keeps the space cool and dry, the perfect climate for your vehicle.
    • The other option is to store the car in a climate controlled storage facility. This is more expensive, but is arguably more effective.

Preventing damage is always better than fixing damage. With these 8 steps, you won’t have to return to a weathered vehicle. Instead, you’ll rev the engine up, roll down the windows, and take your rust-free vehicle out on the open road.

If you are preparing for long-term storage, Albuquerque Self-Storage has the right units for you. Contact us today and find the best indoor or outdoor storage for your vehicle.

 

 

 

Easy Storage Solutions for 5 Common Self Storage Problems

Red storage units in hallway

What problems could you possibly have with self-storage? Our blog has provided tips on self-storage in general, but today we are going to dive into some more specific problems many people face. It seems pretty straight-forward, and for the most part it is. However, once you start packing in more and more items, you start to run into more and more problems. The key is proper preparation and forethought. Otherwise, you may face problems that make storing your items a major headache. Luckily, this blog will be your Aspirin, your Advil, or your lavender essential oil if that is your persuasion. Many people have faced the same problems, and these easy storage solutions are tried and true.

Pests

Ugh. Pests. It seems like pests are a problem for just about every home and business. Unfortunately, self-storage is also prone to pests. With so many items in the typical storage container there are plenty of places for pests to live, settle down, raise a family, attain the American Dream. While this sounds like a paradise for the little critters, it is a major headache for you. The following steps, however, are effective at preventing insects and rodents.

  • Thoroughly check the container for any cracks or openings. Pests and rodents can fit through even the tiniest openings, so seal all of them that you find.
  • Check all your boxes and items for pests before you put them in the unit.
  • Use pest control products like sticky sheets and insect sprays.

Not Enough Space

Not enough space? Isn’t more space the reason someone buys a storage container? It sounds like an oxymoron, but this is one of the most common problems that turns easy storage into bothersome storage. If you don’t plan ahead, your unit can rapidly run out of room. To get the most out of the available space, consider doing the following:

  • Take apart any furniture.
  • Fill bookshelves, dressers, or anything hollow with smaller items.
  • Stack boxes as high as you can. Put heavier boxes on bottom and stack lighter items on top, and try to put boxes with similar items near each other.

Item Damage

It can really hurt when one of our precious or valuable items is broken. While the storage facility’s security safeguards your unit, your items can still be damaged without taking proper precautions. The facility is not responsible for damaged items so you need to matters into your own hands. Avoid heartbreak (and breaking the bank to replace valuable items) with these preventive steps.

  • Clearly label boxes with fragile items and put them in the unit last.
  • Try to completely fill boxes so items don’t shift. Another option is to use bubble wrap or packing Styrofoam.
  • Lay down cardboard or moving blankets under/on top off furniture to prevent scratches.

Difficulty Accessing Items

Some storage units look like someone filled it the brim and then threw a stick of dynamite inside. Really, some are a complete disaster, like you just walked into a hoarder’s home. Clutter is one thing but an impenetrable wall of boxes is another. If you are continually putting new items in the unit, it is especially important to plan ahead instead of just putting things anywhere. Chaos is the result of poor planning, but these steps will help you ensure order in your unit.

  • Create an aisle through the middle of your things so you can access the whole unit.
  • Put frequently used items in the front of the unit.
  • Label all boxes so you don’t have to mount an expedition every time you need something.

black and white lock on fence

Security

The truth is, there are many storage companies that lack the proper security. Like any other industry there are companies that uphold the highest standards, and those who cut corners. You deserve peace of mind. The other sections in this list are important, but they won’t stop thieves. For this reason, it is extremely important to scrutinize the effectiveness of a storage company’s security systems. One step you can take yourself is to buy a high-quality lock for your unit. However, this isn’t enough. Determined thieves can cut circumvent many locks, so here are some security measures your storage company should use.

  • High fences around the whole facility (barbed wire is a big bonus).
  • Controlled gated access.
  • Lights that illuminate the whole facility at night.

When you open your unit, do you want to be greeted by a chaotic jumble or a clean space that keeps your items secure and accessible? You don’t to be told which option is best. You don’t need added stress in your busy life. With these easy storage solutions self-storage can be easy, safe, and orderly, and you can make the most out of your investment.

If you want to take the first steps in buying your own self-storage space, Albuquerque Self-storage is excited to help. Contact us today and our helpful and friendly staff will make sure you get the right storage space for your individual need.

 

 

6 Creative Uses for Storage Units

Colorful self storage units

Most people’s idea of a storage unit Is rather bland. We have talked about things like insurance before on the blog, but today we’ll cover a more light-hearted and fun topic: what to put in your storage unit. Perhaps you’ve seen Storage Wars and expect a cluttered space with hidden WWll relics, but more likely you’ll just find furniture and old clothes. These are all fine uses, but a storage unit can be so much more. How much more? Well that’s up to you.

Today, we will discuss 6 creative uses for storage units to provide that first flicker of lightning for your epic brainstorming session. These are all well thought out, achievable suggestions, but don’t limit yourself to this list. This is your space, so make it your own. Let’s get started.

1. Office Space

Office space is expensive, and self-storage units are a cheap alternative for dedicated office space. Need space for your small business? If you work alone or have a few employees, most have room for several desks and power outlets for electronics. Dreamed of an open-air office? Throw open the door and drink in the fresh air. Google started in a garage, but imagine if they had utilized a more sophisticated storage unit? Who knows how much big they could have grown.

guitar and drum player with smoke

2.Music Studio

It’s well documented that cramped concrete spaces breed creativity and ignite artistic passion. Grab the guitars, set up the drums, and unleash your inner grunge—without waking the neighbors. No more noise complaints. No more barking dogs. No more mediocrity. A self-storage space is the next step up from the amateurs fiddling around in garages. Well, a small step. Or maybe just a slight shuffling of the feet.

3. Mini-Basketball Court

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of dodging furniture and children while crushing dunks on my mini-basketball hoop. A storage unit, however, is the perfect solution. No distractions, just pure competition. It’s not Madison Square Garden, but it is a square, and that is about as close as any of us will ever get. If you aren’t really into basketball, the space can be easily converted into a finger-football stadium as well (keep band-aids on hand for papercuts).

4. Personal Gym

Exercise equipment can take up a lot of space. While it’s not glamourous, a storage unit is an open, private space to work out. Besides, sunlight is for the weak, fluorescent light is for the strong. Plus, you can furbish it yourself with your favorite equipment. Looking to bulk? You can easily fit in a weight rack. Working on cardio? Store your bulky workout bike that’s taking up space in the garage. Are you a boxer? Hang up a side of beef and train like Rocky. We recommend salting the beef to keep it fresh for as long as possible.

5. Apocalypse Cache

Not everyone can afford a military grade nuclear-resistant bunker in the New Zealand wilderness, but a storage unit is a cheap alternative for storing your supplies. Is your stash of canned goods clogging up the pantry? Running out of space in your gun locker? Are tin-foil hats taking over your closet? Perhaps it’s time to invest in a self-storage unit. You can covertly prepare for the end times while keeping your home clean and tidy. Super-volcano eruption? Zombies? The rise of fidget spinners? No problem. Rest easy knowing you and your family are prepared for world destruction.

*Food and supplies can also be used to barter in the post-apocalyptic wasteland.

6. Create your Own Dream Space

Really, calling them ‘storage units’ is too narrow a term. What they should store, really, is your dreams. Approach your storage space with the mind of child; take the grand, wonderous expanse of your imagination and stuff it into that 10×10 concrete space like clothes into a suitcase. Because when you fill a storage unit with all of your dreams and fantasies, you free up space in your brain to think about more practical matters, like tidying up the garage or figuring out what to do with all your old furniture.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes, you need to think outside of the box. Once you’ve done that, though, you need to force those thoughts back into the box to fit them in a storage unit. Hopefully, this blog has made you rethink the term ‘self-storage’. If you are interested in discovering yourself through the process of self-storage, contact Albuquerque Self-Storage today. We’ll help you find the best sized unit for your individual needs.

 

 

 

 

 

Business Storage Solutions and You, Getting into the Black

Supply, demand, profit, buy low, sell high all of these economic terms can have our head spinning. We’re business folks ourselves of course, but we have fine-tuned our business to one thing, space. We have a set supply (number of units) and the demand is always revolving and so for us at least we do not have to think too hard about how we are going to meet demand aside from the occasional decision to grow and add more units. But this blog is not about us, it is about you, and how self storage facilities (like us at Albuquerque Self Storage) can assist you and your business. Storage solutions cover a wide net, so let’s get to it!

Business, Storage, Solutions!

We have talked about it at length earlier this month, the benefit of a storage unit that makes them profitable is their providing the resource: space. How you use that space is up to you. We have talked previously on the blog about some examples of business storage. Solutions can be many things, as we point out there. It can be simply using the space to act as a stockroom, so that your headquarters or office is not littered with products. If a small personal business, maybe you do not even have that so a storeroom is greatly more appreciated than a garage, attic, or backyard space.

business storage solutions

You can use this space in whatever way your business needs. Not quite ready to upgrade to a new office or stuck because of your lease? Finding secure, legal storage solutions may be the step you need. So really it boils down to that. Space. How can your business use the extra room to better run efficiently? Do you need all those cumbersome desks that are not in use? To this we unfortunately cannot speak, we do not know your business perfectly. But you do, and you have a better idea on how that space can be utilized for you and your business.

That said, there are always some stipulations and it would be in our best interest as well as yours to make note of them. For instance, there are some things that just should not be stored in a unit. Things like chemicals, flammable or otherwise, are not usually permitted. The number and type of items that cannot be stored in a storage unit does vary from business to business so it would behoove you to speak with any prospective storage facility to see. Chances are if you have to wonder about it it’s very likely not storage unit material and may need a safer storage solution.

Ultimately, it is up to the business to determine if using a self-storage facility like ours is a solution to their storage woes. We just want to get the word out that they absolutely are an option if what you are looking for is cost effective square footage. If you determine that is something you could use, reach out and contact Albuquerque Self Storage today!

Are Storage Units Profitable?

Ever since a whole genre of reality television blew up around the concept, it is a question we see popping up frequently. ‘Are storage units profitable?’ Often the thought behind it is whether or not purchasing up old storage units and flipping their contents a worthwhile endeavor. This is not the only way storage units can be a profitable endeavor. Do not worry, we will address that original question in a moment. But before we do, we want to offer this: profitable can mean many things. It can mean a worthwhile investment, a sound financial choice. It does not have to be just selling items for profits. More on that later, but for now let’s answer that first question!

Are Storage Units Profitable?

That depends. In the ‘Storage War’ mode of profitability, buying up storage lockers contents and trying to resell is, well, a gamble. You could be so certain that a unit has a treasure trove buried in the back and end up dropping hundreds on 12 x 12 square feet of trash. That’s a bust, and yet, with the same flip of the coin, you can be like the couple on one episode who happened to win an auction the crew were running and ended up with almost a cool half million in literal pirate treasure. Obviously, this isn’t the most common of scenarios. If every lot auction ended with the contents being massively valuable well, they probably wouldn’t be auctions in the first place!

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Rethink ‘Profitable’

While you can certainly go on and attempt to scoop up units at auctions, storage units are definitively profitable when used for their intended purpose. We have written about it elsewhere on the site on our blog answering ‘Are Storage Units a Good Investment?’ To expound here, storage units provide one thing specifically: space. Storage unit is the tool, space is the resource being provided and how you leverage that resource can see you coming out ahead financially.

Profitable does not have to only mean financial gain as well. Profitable can be any positive to your life. For instance, if you using the new space provided by your storage unit to clear out your garage, you can then park your cars inside or use as a workshop. Protecting your cars from the outside weather, or making them safe. If the space provided allows for an extra bedroom for guests your life can suddenly be given a whole lot more joy. That’s why we suggest rethinking what ‘profit’ means.

Are storage units profitable? Heck yes! Regardless of whether or not you go on a storage locker auction frenzy, owning and utilizing a storage unit for your personal use can allow you the means to bring other joys (not to mention savings) to your day to day life. If you are looking to get a storage unit for yourself or your family

The Ins and Outs of Moving Truck Rentals

When it comes to self-storage, the storage units themselves are not the only piece to the moving puzzle. After all, all those belongings you are putting into storage need to get there somehow. That’s where moving truck rentals come in. When you don’t have the vehicle to move everything, when you don’t have the time to make multiple trips, or maybe you don’t need a storage unit at all.

moving truck rental

Renting a moving truck can be the solution to your conundrum. But there are things to take into account before you roll up to U-Haul or wherever. Follow this blog to know everything you need to know before making your moving truck rental.

 

Assess Your Space Requirement

Before you head down to the moving truck rental place, have an idea about what size truck or trailer you are going to need. Keeping in mind that a truck will be using space as efficiently as possible, as well as stacking vertical at times. It’s not just square footage you will be using, it’s cubic! Now give yourself a little wiggle room as nothing will fit perfectly, you don’t want to have to make even just one more trip than you anticipated.

Gas or Diesel

Moving trucks can be gas or diesel fueled so you will want to have an idea of which of these you would prefer. Diesel trucks do get better miles per gallon making them a sound option for a long-distance move. However, diesels also are a bit at the whims of weather as anything colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit can give them trouble starting up.

Know Your Questions

Not all rental places are the same, there is no set standard. Their prices per miles may be different, insurance rates vary, what moving equipment are included etc. Know what you are interested in and what features you need for your move.

Driving Your Moving Truck Rental

You have gotten the truck you decided on as the best bet for you. Chances are, you have never driven as large and seemingly unwieldy vehicle before. Here are some tips to get you on the road safely.

  • Look for road signs that relate to trucks. You’re driving a new vehicle and need to be vigilant for these things. Weigh station stops, lane restrictions and overhead clearances all apply to you now.
  • Be extra cautious in intersections. You are operating a much larger vehicle than you are no doubt used to.
  • Never tailgate and avoid making any sudden stops. Trucks need more time to stop, never mind the space needed.
  • Don’t try and pass any vehicle going faster than 40 mph, and never pass over hills or around curves.
  • On long trips, make sure you are taking adequate breaks. Stopping every 2 to 3 hours is the best to ensure you are fresh and alert.

This has been only a handful of tips for renting and driving a moving truck rental. Obviously, you will know best what works for your individual needs. But hopefully with this primer in mind, you will have a better idea of what you will need. If, meanwhile, you need a storage unit contact us and we will get you squared away.

Do I Need Insurance for Self-Storage?

do I need insurance for self-storage?

And…. we’re back with the final blog of September. This month we have covered a variety of topics from a handful of different tips for storage as well as the ins and outs of motorcycle maintenance for long term storage. We also like to spend our time together answering questions we get regularly, and one of those is this: ‘Do I need insurance for my self-storage unit?”

When it comes to storing valuables (as surely anyone using a storage unit values them) self-storage is chosen because it is secure. Behind lock and key, surveillance, gates and a whole lot more. But locks, cameras, and fences don’t protect against natural disasters, particularly bad storms, or anything like that. That’s where insurance comes in.

Insurance, briefly, will cover your belongings in the case of some unforeseen catastrophe. Your belongings might not survive the terrible storm, but because you have a policy you can rest easy knowing that you will be able to file a claim with the company and reacquire the items you need.

Do you need insurance for self-storage? That depends. In some contracts, the facility may provide what is called a ‘protection plan.’ This is essentially a clause that states that for the money paid monthly, the storage facility will step in and cover in case of damages. These are not the norm however and they certainly aren’t as air tight as insurance.

Just like renters’ insurance, getting coverage of your self storage unit involves having a detailed and evaluated inventory of the goods you have in the space. This is easier done when first packing your belongings for storage. Once you have that inventory in hand it’s time to call up your home/auto insurance provider who are likely to have services to cover storage which can save you a buck as you bundle them.

With that insurance coverage provided, you will now be able to fully relax knowing that your belongings are not only secure from theft but whatever else Mother Nature might decide to throw your storage unit’s way. With an accurate, adequate policy should disaster strike you will save a lot of heartache and a whole load of headaches.

So, while having insurance is not required for your self storage unit necessarily (some facilities do have differing policies on this) it is just a smart precaution to always be prepared and cover any possibility. Need a unit before you invest in insurance? Contact us and let’s get you the storage space you need.

 

The Ins and Outs of Motorcycle Storage

Welcome back to the Albuquerque Self Storage Blog, where we cover all the news that’s fit to store -we’ve made that joke before haven’t we? Moving on, we cover all sorts of tips from moving and packing to how to store your belongings safely This entry on our blog is no different, it’s something we have covered before but it bears repeating especially in our new longer format. Without further ado, it is motorcycle storage time again.

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The Ins and Outs of Motorcycle Storage

While the weather here in Albuquerque has motorcycle enthusiasts on the road year-round, there are still times when storing your bike may be a necessity. Whether you’re vacationing, or clearing out your garage of your several project bikes, the extra space afford by a self-storage unit can save you the headache. However, depending on how long you are storing these bikes, you will want to come back to a functioning vehicle! Follow these steps to ensure that you bike is ready to ride whenever you come back to it.

  1. Clean the Bike

When you are getting ready to store your motorcycle, take the time to ensure everything is sitting in tip top shape. Any gunk or debris that is left to sit will only become harder to get clean when you come back for it, or worse cause damage to the paint, metal or other surfaces on your bike.

  1. Tend the Battery

Batteries don’t like to be left sitting it turns out. If you are worried about the battery getting cold you should make sure its fully charged and pull the battery, then keep it somewhere warm (but not too warm of course).  Another option is to leave your battery in the bike but hook up a battery tender which will keep the battery charged and ready. This is especially handy if you might stop in and pick up the bike for a short ride.

  1. Fuel and Oil

If the tank is empty you need to fill that bad boy up, lest the space in the tank invite condensation. As soon as condensation begins to form the chance for more damage (say to your carburetors for instance!) rockets so best to avoid that.

When it comes to oil you gotta swap out the dirty, old oil for fresh stuff. Oil breaks down as it used and the acid levels fluctuate in such a manner as to break down internal pieces on the bike. Dirty oil also has accumulated particulates that when left to sit for months can make the whole thing harder to change out when the time comes to get riding again.

  1. Prop it Up

Letting your bike rest on its tires for long stretches is a sure-fire way to ruin the tires, especially in the cold or if the tires are already low and flat. By putting the bike up on a stand you’ll be saving the tires and he suspension as well so go ahead and get yourself a service stand.

With all this sorted, your bike should be perfectly ready to ride once you are ready for it. Just remember to put those wheels on first! If you need a storage facility for your ride, contact us and we’ll get you into one of your units, where even a small 4×6 will do the trick.

 

More Self Storage Tips

This past month on the Albuquerque Self Storage blog we have spent most of our time discussing the value of self storage, whether or not it is a good investment and the like. After those two entries, we have hopefully sold you on the value of self-storage units. Assuming so, let us go ahead and move on to the next bit of knowledge you’ll know doubt be looking for.  Here are some more self-storage tips to get you packing away your belongings with ease.

Self Storage Tips

  • Choose Your Facility
    • When settling on a facility make sure the company you will be entrusting to secure your belongings is worthy of that trust.
  • Consider More Than the Tag
    • The price of the storage unit might be exactly what you are looking for but that is not all there is to think on. Consider how close the unit is to your home or work, wherever you will be accessing it from the most frequently. What about security? IS the unit gated or have a 24/7 manager on site? If you value those specifics, it may be worth it to spend the extra few dollars elsewhere to have the peace of mind.
  • Evaluate the Environment
    • This really could be more of an addendum to the last point. Evaluate the environment you will be storing in. Albuquerque for instance has some of the best year-round weather in the US but not everyone is so lucky. Not to mention that even with those mild temps, occasionally it does get into the 90’s and if there are belongings that need to be kept out of the heat you will want to know just what they can handle. This evaluation will help you decide on what type of unit you need, maybe climate controlled is the way to go.
  • Insure Your Possessions
    • Whatever it is you are storing it is clearly valuable to you. If that is the case, then you should also be willing to get some insurance on your belongings. While units are secure, disasters or acts of god are particularly difficult to predict (go figure.) and if anything should happen if you are uninsured, it will be much harder to come back from.
  • Store Smart
    • The BIG tip. Storing your items effectively is the best thing you can do when it comes to using a storage unit. Throwing a bunch of stuff in a unit haphazardly is a quick way to run out of usable space. Instead make sure everything is stored in boxes or bins and stacked correctly, all organized efficiently. While you’re at it, make sure you know where everything is. Fragile items up top, while the heavy items sit on the floor, not on top of other less dense boxes. Then, make sure you have a way to access any area of the unit without too much box shuffling.

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Take these storage tips to heart and you’ll be using your unit in the best way possible.