10 Fun Things to do in Albuquerque

Welcome back to the Albuquerque Self Storage Blog! We want to give you some ideas of what to do during your next trip to Albuquerque or new things in Albuquerque for you to try. Albuquerque, New Mexico is a city filled with history and excitement. From old to new locations there is no shortage of things to do and see in Albuquerque. The history of this city is believed to have begun over 12,000 years ago with Paleo-Indian hunter-gathers.

Officially founded in 1706 the history to see and walk on is endless here. Since 2,000 B.C. the Rio Grande Valley has been cultivated and populated with the Pueblo people who were highly advanced in ceramics and masonry, which are still very present in today’s culture. Although a more high-tech city today the history goes on forever.

Here we have listed a few fun things for you to do in Albuquerque:

1. Old Town Plaza

With Native American and Spanish cultures shaping this area the Old Town Plaza is the origin of Albuquerque. Cobblestone streets, original adobe homes, and now restaurants that line the streets you can enjoy Old Town for a few hours before heading off to your next adventure.

2. International Balloon Fiesta (October 6-14, 2018)

If you’ve ever wanted to go in a hot air balloon Albuquerque is the place to do it. With the dry climate it is ideal to go hot air ballooning here, especially during the first week of October when thousands come to Albuquerque’s festival. If you attend you will witness the mass launch of over 600 balloons flying before sunrise, illuminated in the sky. With morning and evening events your tickets will buy you a one-day pass. The park opens at 4:30am for morning festivities and again at 3:00pm for evening festivities.

3. ABQ BioPark

Right on the Rio Grande River the BioPark houses an aquarium, botanical garden, a zoo, and Tingley Beach. These places will certainly keep the kiddos in line and interested! From a 285,000-gallon shark tank, to 200+ species at the zoo, a 36-foot acre botanical garden, and a beach park to hike, bike, and run – there is endless fun in the BioPark.

4. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The culture of the indigenous Pueblo tribes is preserved at this cultural center. A facility of art and history is educational with workshops, lectures, and hosts fun events. Look on the centers website to see when dancers will be performing, and if you want true southwest souvenirs this is the place to get them!

5. Sandia Peak Tramway

If you’re looking for extremely fun things to do in Albuquerque this is one of them! Climbing almost 3 miles in a cable car you receive amazing views of Albuquerque. Once at the top of Sandia Peak – which is over 10,000 feet high – you can see the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. With clear skies you can see over 11,000 square miles with excellent hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

6. Paseo del Bosque Trail

If you want to get around the city without traffic Paseo del Bosque Trail is one of the best ways to do so. A 16-mile trail for walking or biking follows the Rio Grande River. With local artists and wildlife walking all around this is a great way to enjoy nature and the city. Be warned that on the weekends it can often get crowded, but if it’s too crowded or you get hungry you can easily veer off to Central Ave for a good meal.

7. KiMo Theatre

A Pueblo Deco picture palace opened in 1927 this theatre is home to a variety of performances. From movies, concerts, theatre shows and more. If you wish to view the theatre you can do so during office hours from Tuesday thru Saturday. If you click the link to the website, you can see when events are taking place and when free tours of the theatre are held. Believe us, you won’t be disappointed by this theatre’s beauty!

8. Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Hidden beneath the desert wildlife of Albuquerque are over 100 known caves formed from sulfuric acid that dissolved surrounding limestone which created caves of all different sizes. You have the option of using the natural entrance or the elevator. If you are able to walk the natural entrance, we highly recommend it.

9. Downtown Ghost Walk

Over a mile of visiting Albuquerque’s dark side this falls high in things to do in Albuquerque. Visiting historic – reportedly haunted – sites downtown such as the KiMo Theatre, Wool Warehouse, and even “Hell’s Half Acre” the former red-light district. For only $5 this is a fun event for you and everyone in your party!

10. San Felipe de Neri Church

The first chapel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The early Spanish settlers of this area were extremely religious. Although it has been remodeled a few times the original adobe structure is still intact today. If you want a good piece of history from Albuquerque this is one of your best bets to get true history here.

There are a ton of things to do in Albuquerque and we’ve only listed 10! Feel free to visit Albuquerque’s websiteto see what else is offered to you on your trip or for more fun things to do. Contact uswith any questions you may have regarding Albuquerque!

Back to College Storage Essentials

As the school year approaches you are helping your kids get ready to go back to college, or you yourself are going back to college. You may be sending your kid off to freshman year or pulling items out of storage to move them into a new dorm or apartment. When you’re getting ready to go back to college it’s important to be sure you have everything in your room stored to maximize the most space you can!

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We want to help you maximize your bedroom space while you’re in college. You may have a nice sized dorm room or apartment, but you can never have too much storage in your room… and there are tons of ways to make it unknown. Below are some tips to maximize your storage!

Multipurpose Furniture

Your room comes with a bed, desk, and maybe a dresser or two so you need to utilize the space to the best of your ability. You can use furniture that doubles as hidden storage! Look to a trunk to put at the end of your bed that doubles as seating or an end table, or ottomans that have hollow insides to store items. Even look into small tables (like a coffee table) that opens and has space inside!

Vertical Space

When you go back to college this is a great way to take advantage of all the space in your room. On the back of your closet door, the back of your bedroom door, the back of your bathroom door, there are so many areas you can take advantage of that storage. Storage units like over-the-door shoe racks, towel racks, baskets, and toiletry racks aren’t heavy on the door and allow quick and easy access to your items.

Under-bed Storage

Many dorm room beds can be lifted to allow space for storage bins, drawers, and baskets. If you cannot raise your bed any higher purchasing bed risers will do the job! If you feel that showing boxes and drawers is too messy, you can always buy a bed skirt made for long high beds and dorm beds.

Above the Bed Storage

We know that going back to college sometimes means you may be losing shelving space in your room. You can fix this by buying wall shelves to hang over your bed. Whether you want to choose to put shelves that hang freely or have shelves that go over your bed on the sides and leave room for a small headboard is up to what you need and want the shelf for!

Rolling Cart

Rolling carts are great for many different reasons. You can use them as a night stand, a stand for kitchen items with mugs, plates, etc., or you can use it for toiletries. You can use this for books as well and role it around wherever you need it.

Stacking Bins

Bins that are able to stack on one another save you and your roommates space! If you want to put stacking bins under the sink in your bathroom to separate items and have quick access can make knowing whose toiletries are whose. These bins are great for deodorant, toothpaste, soap, medications, and anything else you may think you need.

Organizers in Drawers

Organize your socks and underwear with drawer dividers to help keep everything decluttered. These organizers are great since they are fabric bins, or you can even use these dividers that just make a small wall in your drawer. Another drawer to organize is your desk. Use kitchen utensil dividers to divide pens, pencils, and other items in your drawer!

Cord Holders

If your cords are constantly tangled and hanging everywhere think of using cord holders. You can use binder clips to thread chargers through the loops at the back of your desk to keep cords out of the way. You can also purchase a cable organizer off of the internet to help you stay organized!

Cork Board or White Board

Going back to college after a summer of vacation can be difficult in the beginning to get back in the swing of things. You can leave yourself reminders and even leave your roommate nice notes! Add items to a cork board like push pins and hooks to hold keys and hang papers.

Baskets

Baskets are a great way to store your throw pillows and blankets instead of putting them on the floor. Use a cute wire basket or weaved basket to hold your decorative items when you don’t need them.

Command Hooks

These will be your life saver!! When you live in a dorm room or apartment building often times you are not allowed to nail anything into the walls. When this is the case command hooks and Velcro will be your best friends! Coming in all different sizes these hooks can hold rather heavy items making it easy to hang wall art, mirrors, towels, or even just keys. These little hooks are easy to hang everywhere, and you’ll be thankful you have them!

We hope this helped you moving back to college and preparing your bedroom and living spaces! Contact us when you need storage during the summer months of school being out. We will help you pick the best size for you!

How to Have an Organized Home

Welcome back to the Albuquerque Self Storage Blog! So, you weren’t born with organization skills, but you are ready to give it a try. Follow our tips and tricks on how to have an organized home and you won’t have any problems!

Getting rid of unnecessary items in your home can be one of the most difficult tasks to complete. You may tell yourself, “Well one day in the future I may use this,” or “I may need this randomly one day,” … be realistic, if you haven’t used it in over a year you probably won’t use it anytime soon!

Do you really need all those pots and pans underneath your stove? A few different sizes are fine, but 10 different pans may not be necessary. What about the toys your kids haven’t played with in 15 years? Children elsewhere will love them if they are kept in good shape to be played with! Get rid of the stacks of magazines, clothes on the floor you don’t wear, and all of the knick-knacks that take up space.

The steps we have listed below to tidy up your room, closet, and whole house. We promise you will feel so much better about yourself and your new organized home once you get into the habit of following through on the choirs you set for yourself each day.

Donate

Don’t just throw items you no longer use or want in the trash, donate them! Whether you donate to The Salvation Army, Goodwill, or a local shelter your generosity will help someone in need. The best way to follow through on this is to keep donation bags in every closet. Once your clothes no longer fit, or you realize you probably won’t wear an item again put it in the bag. If you no longer wear shoes that you loved 5 years ago, someone else will love them today.

Look in your linen closet, do you need 10 sets of sheets between 3 beds? Probably not. Give your linens, blankets, and extra towels to homeless shelters or animal shelters. Be sure everyone in the household keeps a donation bag in their closet.

Tidy Your Room

The best thing to do as soon as you wake up in the morning is to make your bed. Making your bed creates a feeling of tidiness, so why not start with that each day. Teach everyone in your household to do this every morning. Once your bed is made now you don’t have an excuse to place all that nice, clean, folded laundry on the floor. Pick it up (place it on the bed if you must for a moment) and put it away! Don’t allow your room to become cluttered on the floor, chairs, or bed and your mind will thank you later on!

Label

Everything in your house or apartment belongs somewhere. Whether you put mugs on one shelf, glasses on another, and dishes on another then label the shelf so everyone follows. Everything has its place, and everything should be in its place. In your drawers’ label which container holds forks, knives, and even where certain tools and pens go. This will help to keep each drawer and cabinet in tip-top shape. You can buy a label maker at Target or Walmart– believe us once it’s in your hands you’ll go wild!

Clean, Clean, Clean

Okay, so this whole article talks about organizing and cleaning your house, but we can’t forget to wipe down the house. Start by making sure you start the dishwasher each night and empty it each morning. This will help to keep dishes out of the sink throughout the day if it’s already emptied, which then leads to keeping dishes off of the counter. With clear counters it is quick and simple to wipe them down.

Next, whenever you use an item when cooking put it away or clean it immediately after use. This means everything is already wiped down and washed before you are even full of all that delicious food you made. When you clean up after yourself immediately you create an easy area to clean and wipe down each evening.

It can be difficult when you are rushing in the mornings to get everything done you need to, but if you start each morning making your bed, emptying the dishwasher, and throwing a load of laundry in believe us, you will thank yourself later in the evening. If you have any items you want to put into storage after going through your home to tidy it up contact us and we will discussion which unit will be the best for you!

5 Benefits of Outdoor Storage

Are you looking for somewhere to store your car, boat, camper, or truck? Let me guess, your neighbors are annoyed with the big boat blocking not only your driveway, but part of theirs too? It’s time that you look into outdoor storage! We give you tips on what you need to look for and be aware of when looking for the best unit for you.

Outdoor storage is similar to a large parking garage. Many people use outdoor storage for large items that will not fit in a closed unit such as boats, RVs and campers, trucks, and sometimes cars. It is often just cement, asphalt, or gravel with coverings and sometimes surrounded by basic open walls. Depending on the facility and what you are looking for outdoor storage can resemble your New York City parking garage that costs $90/month or can be as simple as an open area to store your RV.

Outdoor self-storage is a benefit for many reasons. Here are listed just a few benefits for you:

1. Affordable rates

Having prices based per square foot allows outdoor storage to be one of the most affordable types of   storage. If you don’t need a large amount of space, you can pay very little. At Albuquerque Self Storage we have lots between 20’ and 35’ for you to choose from.

2. Amenities

While every facility is set up differently, most facilities offer amenities for outdoor storage such as metal roofs or hookups for RVs to protect your items. Having a roof hanging over your vehicle or boat can protect it from sun damage, but don’t forget to protect your items with a cover to even more prevent sun damage and insects ruining your valuables.

3. Business Solution

Short haul trucking companies require parking spots to keep their trucks when they aren’t in use. Landscaping businesses and other companies that require large areas of land to store their business equipment require outdoor storage.

4. Reasonable parking

In metropolitan areas with extremely expensive parking, outdoor storage is the answer. Consider outdoor storage when you want to save a buck on your parking spot.

5. Location

Be sure to consider the location of your outdoor storage facility when looking. Will you need to have access often to your items or can you have it be farther away and not need your stored items as often? Located in Albuquerque New Mexico we have you covered on your outdoor storage.

When searching for the best self-storage option for you be sure to search for storage size, type, and security. Keep in mind every trait that is beneficial to you when choosing a self-storage facility. Also, be sure to inquire about insurance and if it is offered by the facility or if you need to check with your home insurance to see if it covers storage.

When choosing a facility also think of the weather where you will be using an outdoor storage unit. If it is humid or frigid you may want to consider storing items indoor, especially vehicles. Not to freight, we will answer any questions you have about outdoor storage and if it’s right for you. Contact us and we will set you up with the best outdoor storage unit for you!

Office Storage: How to Use Your Storage Unit

Welcome back to the Albuquerque Self Storage blog! So, you have a business and need space for your office. You either need to create an office to work from or have space to store those extra items from the office. Working from a storage unit sounds like the perfect idea for small business owners or companies getting on their feet, but turning a storage space into an office is often not allowed.


Because of office zoning laws many storage facilities do not fall under the met requirements for businesses to operate. However, there are some locations that do meet the requirements and provide space for businesses.

Inventory Storage

If you have a small office in a zoned area and are seeing items pile up you may want to consider storing some inventory in a storage unit. Many retailers and shop owners store clothing and other items they sell in a storage unit to prevent clutter inside the store. Even if you have a closet for inventory, things pile up quickly and may overtake your office space. Many people utilize these spaces to store their inventory and office supplies to be able to move around and not have an eye-sore for a store or office.

Office Space

Look at Google, they started in a garage, so what’s stopping you? Ahhh, there’s no room in your garage because it holds all your other items, right? Maybe it’s time you put all that cluttered stuff into storage, so you can begin your dream company out of your garage and become Steve Jobs!

It is more often than not illegal to create an office to use in a storage unit, so it is better – and safer – to put your valuables in storage. However, some companies meet the local zoning requirements to operate businesses from their units. If you’re storage facility has the proper requirements met, then sometimes it is nice to operate a small business out of a unit. If you want to run your small business from a storage unit and keep your items in the garage some places that allow this are LifeStorage, and GreenBox.

Utilizations for Business

While you may not be able to run a business from your storage unit, many businesses profit from storage units. Here we have listed a few types of business that could use storage units to their benefit.

  1. Publishers

Many publishers have books, magazines, pamphlets, and many other products in their possession. Storage units are a good way for publishers to store all of the inventory they have before shipping it off to retailers.

2. Contractors and Landscapers

Many contractors and landscapers need to store their tools which can be difficult in small spaces. Many of the items contractors and landscapers need are very irregularly shaped, making it difficult to store. A storage unit is especially beneficial to these businesses as they can hold things such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and saws. Not having room in the truck or home can be difficult to store those items.

3. Artists

Artists can greatly benefit from a climate-controlled storage unit to protect their items and art. Whether these artists are storing their own personal art from a gallery or are artists for a theater this is a great way to ensure that nothing will be damaged from improper packing and storing. Storage units are also great to store any of the inventory that artists may have before sale.

4. Retailers

One of the best ways for retail stores to keep inventory is in a climate-controlled storage unit. Keeping clothes, jewelry, and other items sold in store in a storage unit can help to keep the backroom with other inventory cleaner and easier to maneuver. For business owners with retail stores a self-storage unit allows flexibility in a smaller store.

In the end there is a lot you can do to your storage unit to benefit your office storage and your business. If you are looking for extra space for your office contact us and we will help you find the perfect sized climate-controlled unit!

Motorcycle Storage: How To Prepare Your Bike

Motorcycle storage is fairly easy if you prepare your motorcycle properly. It is necessary to be sure you’re keeping your motorcycle clean and running so that it is quick and easy to use it again. Here we want to give you a few tips on how to prepare your motorcycle for storage, and how to be sure you can let your hair flow in the wind the day you take it out!

Clean Your Bike

Be sure you clean your bike thoroughly, not having any gunk or residue left behind. If you don’t clean your motorcycle, coming back to a bike with debris that has sat for weeks, months, or years will only delay your riding. After you’ve washed and thoroughly dried the bike you’ll want to wax your motorcycle before placing it in storage to prevent any parts from rusting. Spray your pipes with WD-40 to prevent any moisture from building up on the metal while it sits in your storage unit.

Charge Your Battery

Each bikes battery is different, and you can do what you wish to keep your battery charged. Newer motorcycles tend to drain battery slightly when the ignition is off for long periods of time to maintain automatic features such as the radio and clock. If you wish to keep a fully charged battery in your motorcycle while storing that is fine. You can also charge it every so often throughout the time it is in storage. However, make sure you do not let the battery die on you.

Tend to Tires

If there is a possibility of you being able to store your bike off the ground without its tires that would be ideal. But fret not, you can also store your bike with tires on a stand. Be sure to fill the tires until the maximum volume recommended. Then set the motorcycle on the center standand remember to rotate your tires every week to avoid flat spots. Not only will you save your tires, but you’ll also save your suspension.

Fuel and Oil

Tend to your fuel and oil by being sure everything is fresh and clean before storing your bike. Always check your coolant levels, your brakes, and your clutch. If anything needs to be refilled or replaced be sure to do so before you leave it sitting for months on end. If you prefer to completely drain the fluids from your motorcycle before storing then certainly do that, but do not leave previously used fluids in the bike. Allowing what was once bright and shiny oil and fuel to sit after having become dirty means possibly eroding engine parts.

We hope these few tips will keep you prepared for putting your motorcycle in storage. Don’t forget, you want to be sure you follow through on everything so that you can quickly and easily let your hair flow in the wind after taking your bike out of storage. If you need somewhere to store your motorcycle contact usand we’ll set you up in one of our climate controlled units!

Do You Need Self-Storage Rental Insurance?

Questioning if you really need that rental insurance to protect your items in storage? I mean, what can really go wrong. All of your things are locked in a climate controlled unit, so everything’s peachy, right? WRONG! No different than car insurance or homeowner’s insurance you want to keep your belongings safe, and storage rental insurance is a big part of that. If you are renting a self-storage unit, you need to be sure that you insure your items. Companies do not take the fall if damage is done to your storage unit during something such as a natural disaster. While you don’t think something like that can happen to you, sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas in store.

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Depending on the company and level of homeowner’s insurance you have you may be covered for items kept off site; however, this is not always the case. It is smart to check with your insurance company first to see what is covered under your insurance, and up to how much is covered. The average coverage often ranges from $1,500 to $50,000 (or sometimes 10% of your coverage limit). When asking your company for storage insurance you will need a detailed list of everything you plan to put away, this is where our tip from earlier in the month of keeping a checklist while packing becomes helpful! If your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance does not cover items kept off site be sure to speak with the facility you are renting from to see if they offer insurance – or can recommend a good insurance company.

If you are covered by your insurance agency always bring proof to the facility you are renting from, as most storage facilities require insurance before moving items into a unit. It would stink to be all packed and ready to unload your truck only to have the facilitator tell you that you need proof of insurance first. So, call up your company and double check with your facility to see what policies you may be provided with or may need. Also, discuss bundle deals with your insurance agency if you have not already done so. Handling all of this in the very beginning will be beneficial in the end, leaving behind unnecessary headaches and possibly outrunning Mother Nature.

While insurance may not be necessary for your facility, always double check and be prepared. You want to be sure you take every precaution to prevent anything terrible happening to your valuables. So, if you are wondering about insurance policies offered by Albuquerque Self Storage feel free to contact us and we will help you with a unit and policy today!

You Need Self-Storage

Like many people, your house is often cluttered with books, clothes, furniture, and things you seldom use, but don’t want to get rid of. Well not to worry, with self-storage you can keep all of it! Storage allows you to keep items that you don’t typically use, but may one day need. Self-storage units are a space rented to a tenant usually on a monthly to yearly basis. The beauty of self-storage is YOU. You are able to go in and out of your unit as you please, load and unload items when necessary, and have full control of everything in your unit.

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Reasons You Need Self-Storage

  1. Moving out of a dorm room

We know how difficult it can be moving your child, or you yourself, from the dorm at a university. What do you do with the bedding, the lamps, the bean bag chair (which was way too big for the small room)? Easy solution … self-storage! Effortlessly place your items during summer or winter break in a storage unit for an affordable price.

  1. Moving an elderly parent

Whether you are moving an elderly parent to a nursing home, or your own home, some antiques and furniture may not be able to go with them. For safekeeping and preventing damage it is smart to store those important keepsakes in a self-storage unit. Make sure you invest in a climate controlled unit to ensure nothing happens to your loved one’s valuables.

  1. Moving or Renovating

Whether you are moving, or renovating your home, you need to find somewhere to hold all that furniture. What better place than a self-storage unit where you have total access to everything on your own time! Keep it simple by renting a storage unit per month for the short period of time during your move or renovation.

  1. Stocking Inventory

So, you have a small business, but not enough closet space in the office? Instead of keeping all the inventory in the trunk of your car, think of how much simpler it would be to rent a storage unit. Keeping inventory in a climate controlled unit will give you space and allow you to quickly grab items when you need to restock.

  1. Clearing up driveway space

Not sure where to put your motorcycle, car, or boat that your neighbor keeps bugging you about taking up space on their property? Look no further than outdoor storage. While not every company offers outdoor storage, Albuquerque Self-Storage does. We offer you between 20’ and 30’ of space for whatever your outdoor item is.

Choosing a Facility

Often times you want to choose a storage facility close to where you live so that it is easily accessible. Beyond location, look into the size of the unit you will need as well. For instance, we offer indoor and outdoor storage, with sizes ranging from 25 to 300 sq ft for you to choose from depending on your needs. Look for a climate controlled unit for your items, as well as a facility with security (whether it be surveillance cameras or security guards). We provide you with fenced security, controlled access, and climate controlled units to protect your items from theft and damage.

The cost of a self-storage unit varies on location and the size of the unit you rent. For example, a company in Chicago will charge much more than our company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many facilities also require you to buy a secure lock for your unit; however, we provide each unit with a secure lock and insurance! Do your research and find which facility works the best for your needs.

Why Self-Storage is The Best

Self-storage allows you freedom to store what you want, when you want, however you want. What more could you ask for? Now that we’ve told you the importance of self-storage and why you need it contact us and feel free to ask any questions you may have!

Tips on How to Transport Your Items to Storage

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Prepare for Transportation

Clean All Items

Clean all items prior to packing to ensure no mold or dust residue and buildup. Not cleaning any items before storage, especially furniture which will likely be open to the air, can cause mayhem in the end. Before storing furniture wipe down items with a dry cloth and then clean with an appropriate cleaner for the material (iron, steel, wood) . Once you have cleaned the item thoroughly allow it to dry completely to ensure no moisture is trapped in the furniture.

Label All Boxes

Label all boxes to make sure you know where everything is. Don’t just write in a dull sharpie on the box – use colored tape and large letters to know what items go together and what is in each container. Although this takes more time, create a checklist of every item in each box.

Be sure to buy moving/storage grade boxes. Buying storage boxes means you are buying a thicker, studier box to hold all of your items – especially for those items that are heavy. Using the appropriate containers allows for better preventive care.

Dismantle Large Items

While not all furniture may need to be disassembled, it is smart to tear down large items in order to save space. While taking apart furniture such as bedroom sets or tables, do not do this without a partner nearby to help prevent injury. Once your large items are dismantled, be sure to wrap them in sheets for protective covering. Avoid using plastic as it can carry moisture, ruining furniture and certain materials. Once you are done taking apart large pieces, attach screws and hardware to the wrapping of these items to prevent losing any necessary parts.

Padding, Padding, Padding

Padding is an absolute necessity to packing up for storage. Whether you need to cover a mirror, dresser, or fragile items in a box, finding the right padding is crucial. You have a range of items to use for padding, such as bubble wrap, foam wrap, packaging paper, and moving blankets. You can also use household items such as tissue paper to wrap more fragile items to prevent chipping, and pillows and blankets you have lying around the house.

 

Packing the Truck

Back to Front

When packing the truck make sure to load the heaviest items first, focusing on putting those items against the walls of the truck to distribute weight evenly. Heavy items tend to be your larger items, allowing for room in the center of the truck once you load those first. Once the sides of the truck are loaded begin to work from back to front, placing more important items in the back of the truck (see why in just a moment).

Stacking

Use light weight items to protect more fragile items – such as pillows against a mirror, or a mattress against drawers – doing so saves space and gives added protection. You also need to stack items heaviest to lightest in the truck to give you the most room and protect lightweight items from being crushed. For example place your books on the bottom, and your fragile items on top.

Strapping

Be sure to strap down items to ensure nothing moves or breaks during the drive, especially heavier things such as broken down bed frames against the walls of the truck. By strapping these down you are able to prevent anything from falling over into the center of the truck, possibly crushing boxes.

 

Unloading the Truck

Rent a Dolly and Have Extra Hands on Deck

Having a dolly will help the physical demand of carrying heavy items from the truck to the storage unit. More than just two hands moving everything will also create ease and efficiency, as well as safety loading and unloading heavy items. Ask a friend or family member to help you with a fun day of moving around!

Store Items How You Will Need Them

If you are storing items that may not be used or taken out as often, place those in the back of the unit. Placing items used or taken out more often in the front will create ease when you need an item from your boxes (this is where labeling helps). Having items not as needed in the back allows you to quickly find what you do need upfront.

Stack Items Properly

Stack boxes on top of one another, of course placing heavier boxes on the bottom. Also make sure to place fragile items in a safe place where they will not fall or be crushed. Be sure not to stack items too high as that will often cause your items to topple over.

Leave an Aisle

Climbing over boxes certainly isn’t efficient to retrieve items in storage. A small aisle – no wider than two to three feet – will help when the day comes that you need something from the back of your storage unit.

 

Now you’re an expert at packing up and getting ready to move all your items into storage! If you need help with deciding which storage unit is best for you, or other ways to transport your valuables contact us here and let us guide you.

Self-Storage Locks For Your Unit

There are many ways to keep your storage safe but were going to focus on the most effective. Self-storage locks come in different shapes, sizes, and strengths which is why it’s important to know what you’re shopping for. Not all locks are as effective as consumers think. Most storage facility tenants rely on their storage provider to keep their belongings safe. This is not realistic, it is very possible that another storage facility tenant that has access to the same storage facility as you could easily break into your storage unit. Therefore, self-storage locks are crucial when it comes to not only having your valuables protected but secured.

Let’s discuss the first self-storage lock. It’s the most basic form of lock that is most commonly used in all self-storage units: “the padlock”. Please do not use this lock, this lock is so easy to bypass it should not even be called a lock. Anybody with internet access can easily pick this lock. In fact, if you google search “bump key” you can figure out how to pick this lock in a matter of seconds. On top of that this lock can easily be snapped off in no time at all. One pair of bolt cutters that you can purchase at Walmart will suffice in taking all your valuables in less than 5 minutes if you choose this lock. The only thing good about this lock is its price, but when you consider how much money you’re going to lose you’ll be wishing you splurged a little.  Meta Data: Lock

Next, there is the disk lock, now this lock is much better than the padlock but it’s still not the best. The main difference between the disk lock and the padlock is bolt cutters. Bolt cutters can easily snap a padlock within seconds, but disk locks don’t allow that. The metal used to hold the lock together is much thicker. However, they are both the same in that you can still use a bump key to pick both. To pick the disk lock much more time is required. Whereas the padlock lock picking can be done in minutes.

The latest in cutting-edge self-storage locks are electronic locks. Now not all storage facilities offer these. They are top of the line and can be expensive as well as hard to use. Here’s how they work. Storage locks are attached to kiosks essentially dispensing new code every 24 hours. This is ideal when it comes to self-storage because this doesn’t allow for criminal’s time to prepare to steal your code. There is a greater chance that a criminal cannot prepare to steal your valuables than if you had a lock. This is because the code or your self-storage lock is constantly changing every 24 hours.  Think about it in these terms, it’s far easier to hit a target that isn’t moving than a target that is.

Another form of lock is called a cylinder lock this lock is a more generic form of lock. This is the form of lock most of us are used to. This lock although common is extremely effective because it’s in the door or storage unit so it makes it more effective at deterring robbers. Combine the cylinder lock with the disk lock and you have your ultimate form. Although both locks can be bumped the chances of you bumping two locks and successfully getting away with it or not being seen are significantly lower than if you were to bump just one lock.

Make sure that whatever type of lock you’re purchasing, that it’s made up of expensive metals or at the very least not made up of aluminum. Aluminum locks are easily broken and top of that they rust incredibly easy which makes them vulnerable. Granted most storage units don’t have to deal with rain, but occasionally there are leaking problems within storage units. This means water damage in the future could be a possibility so don’t wait until it happens and be prepared now. Ultimately if you want to achieve premium security and protect your valuables you have three primary choices. The first is the disk lock, standard but will get the job done. Second is to combine the disk lock and the cylinder lock, creating two standard locks that combine to make a secure storage unit. Last your best option would be to opt in for the cutting edge electronic self-storage locks. However, these locks are considered premium and are not always offered in most storage facilities which are why I recommend taking this option no questions asked if available.