Short Term Storage Solution For College Students

Students often have to move housing locations throughout college. Whether in dorms, sororities/fraternities, and off-campus housing, students frequently change locations. Sometimes it is hard to co-ordinate the move-out date of your original lease with the move-in date for your new lease, which can prove to be a real inconvenience, especially when you have a lot of belongings.

Some students may opt to travel for a semester abroad and are faced with the prospect of finding a place to store their precious belongings. How about when summer and winter breaks roll around and you have to deal with an apartment full of furniture, personal odds and ends? The last thing you want to do is lug your dorm room contents all the way home (especially if your college is far from home and you have to fly or ship your belongings.) Not to mention that your parents’ may not be too thrilled to have your stuff cluttering the house. Continue reading “Short Term Storage Solution For College Students”

How To Keep Your Belongings Safe From Humidity While They Are In Storage

The rising humidity rate level rising on a thermometer past 100 percent to tell you of danger or uncomfortable weather conditions in the hot summer heat
The rising humidity rate level rising on a thermometer past 100 percent to tell you of danger or uncomfortable weather conditions in the hot summer heat

We all care about preserving our stored valuables in their pristine condition. And if you are new to self storage, then you may have questions about how to keep your belongings in great shape while they are in storage. The biggest worry factor is how to protect items from humidity and moisture in the unit, especially sensitive items like electronics, furniture, photographs, documents, wine, and linens. Temperature fluctuations can lead to increased accumulation of moisture in the unit, so it is imperative to protect your belongings. Moreover, excessive dampness in your storage unit encourages the growth of mold, mildew, rust, corrosion, rot and insect infestations. Take advantage of climate controls in your self storage facility to keep your items safe from the damages of humidity.

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7 Invaluable Packing And Organizing Tips For Self Storage Units

You can stuff all your valuables in self storage units but packing for self storage can be slightly more complicated than you think.  The right packing techniques and efficient organization of your unit will prevent damage to your property and also help you avoid injury to people inside the unit. Before moving in your belongings to our storage units located conveniently near the Colorado Springs area, do consider going over these tips as they will enable you to efficiently organize your unit.

Tip #1: Plan Ahead

You will know where things fit if you properly plan before stacking boxes in your storage unit. A little planning and organization can help you fully utilize the space in your unit with relative ease. You can maneuver things around to fit everything in and you only pay for the storage space you use every month.  Make sure you have enough corrugated boxes, containers, packing paper, newspaper, bubble wrap, sealing tape, markers and other packing material at hand before starting on the packing process.

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5 Important Things You Can’t Keep In a Storage Unit

You’ve just talked to a storage provider and asked them to rent a unit for you. Now you wonder what you’re allowed to take and kept it there; something that can be easily packed and can’t be notice by anyone else. There are chances that you must be thinking, “it’s my storage unit, it’s my stuff, I can keep anything what I want it there.” However, storage units are not meant to keep everything you have in your home (including you.) Why? Because of your safety, your tenant safety or the safety of entire storage facility.

Here are the certain items that you’re not allowed to keep in a storage units. While some might seem obvious to you as you go through the complete list and other won’t look like a big deal. Let’s have a look:

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What Is A Climate Controlled Unit? How Does It Work?

Unlike a lot of different household or business items, some sensitive items like clothes, antiques, documents, musical instruments, electronics, furniture or fine art do need to be protected from exposure to humidity or moisture. For that you need to consider a climate controlled unit where it is easier to manage and control the natural elements. Your precious belongings will be safe from environmental problems, like rising or falling temperatures and fluctuating humidity levels. Come summer heat or winter chill, your items in a climate controlled storage unit will be safe from unnecessary damage.

Climate control does not just imply hot and cold. When the climate is properly controlled, humidity levels are kept at an even level as well. And this is hugely important too.  Humidity can cause things to warp and bubble, whereas if a space is dry and not humid enough then items can crack and splinter. Items that are affected easily by either temperature or humidity are best kept in a controlled environment.

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Reasons For Your Business To Budget For Self-Storage

Growing businesses need to scale up with growth and there is always the need for additional workspace. Businesses are always on the lookout to maximize profit, but often with more clients and product requests, there are additional demands to hire more staff, find storage for tons of documents & files, and also the need to keep extra product inventory on hand. Self storage gives businesses access to ample storage space according to their need, which helps free up much needed office space.

Benefits of Self Storage For Businesses

If you are wondering how self storage can help you, then keep reading.

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An Overview to the Security Features Offered by Storage Units

When it comes to keeping your unused items at a self-storage unit, whether it is for short term or long term purpose, one of the most common questions that strikes everyone’s mind is, “Is it safe to store my belongings there?” If you are renting a storage unit for the first time and don’t know much about the offered security features, go through to the list of features mentioned below to have a rough idea about what kind of security is given by storage facilities and determine what feature suits you the best!

Security Parameter

The first and foremost thing noticed by every renter while walking into the storage facility is if the area is equipped with a security parameter – it’s a kind of security feature that doesn’t allow anyone to walk onto the property without any prior notice. Thus, it is important to look for a storage facility that offers protection to your belongings with a cement walls. Some facilities are also equipped with security beams that sounds like anything if anyone walks through them after they’ve been activated.

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Choosing Boxes For Storage

In the entire moving process getting the storage location right is vital, as is making sure that your items are properly protected both during the move and while in storage. The safety and protection of your household goods, and other items in storage is dependent upon the boxes and packaging materials you choose to use. Often people who are moving their valuable items into self storage use old boxes from grocery stores, which may be okay for a quick move door to door but they fall woefully short for long term storage. If the integrity of the boxes used for storage is weak, the old, “second hand” boxes break down easily. Weak boxes can be compromised by bugs and pests or even suffer from water damage too. Moreover, the different sizes of these boxes often make it difficult for the renter to use the storage facility space effectively.

Using old boxes may be cheap and they are easily accessible. But you will find that it isn’t worth saving money on inexpensive supplies, especially if your items end up getting damaged because of improper packing material. If your items are valuable enough to store, then isn’t it wise to protect them too by purchasing new, good-quality boxes to store them in, especially if you intend to store for a long period of time.

Advantages Of Purchasing Boxes

You can save time by getting all your packing material in one trip rather than rather than hunting from different stores and relying on what is available

When you set out to buy boxes, you can easily find the different sizes you need according to the goods you are putting in storage. Boxes come in standardized sizes from small to extra-large and they are often grooved so that the flaps can be used to make different sizes.

Along with standard dimension boxes intended for general use, you can also purchase unique specialty-purpose boxes specifically designed for special items, such as large mirrors, pictures, or wardrobe boxes with hanging rods.

We at AAA Platte Self Storage are happy to help our customers get the right box sizes for your move. You should ideally use boxes that are of similar size and shape so that stacking and organizing your storage unit becomes easy.

Take full advantage of the vertical space in your unit to make the best use of your self storage space. With new boxes you are guaranteed durability and cleanliness, with less risk of collapse so that all your fragile items are safe.  Sturdy, quality boxes will not collapse as easily under other boxes.

If you’re using a moving company, they often typically require that you use high-quality and properly sealed boxes. If your boxes are old, dirty or flimsy, they may decide to repack your boxes for an extra charge.

Purchased boxes give you peace of mind for a long period of time, as they can be used longer. You can also reuse new boxes by cutting the tops off boxes and stacking them on their sides to create shelving in the storage unit

What Type of Container Is Best for Long Term Storing?

The type of box you use to pack your belongings will also depend on where you are storing them.  Cardboard does breakdown easily over time due to weather changes. Using these types of containers may not be a safe solution, unless you are storing your stuff in a climate controlled storage unit.

If you have rented a unit with concrete floor, then you must also be aware that concrete often holds moisture and is no good for the longevity of your belongings. Always use pallet wood to keep the boxes from touching the ground to prevent any moisture from getting into any of the boxes. This will stop mildew and mold from growing on your items.

Storing anything for a long period of time is best done in plastic, airtight containers. While these are costlier than cardboard boxes, they do last much longer and also help to protect your property against all natural elements. Water cannot seep into the containers once they are shut properly and pests and rodents also cannot make their way in. Plastic containers are usually clear which allow one to see what is stored inside them and they can be stacked nicely.

You can buy your packing supplies, boxes, locks and covers from storage facilities or packing supply stores. Speak to the self-storage facility manager at AAA Platte Self Storage for creative ways of using different packing materials and boxes to solve all your moving and storage problems. Give us a call, at 719-602-4802

Preparing Items for Long-Term Storage

Once upon a time, I knew a girl who insisted everything she owned have handles. You see, she had regular flights of fancy, where she would load all her possessions into her Volkswagen Minivan and take off down the road searching for new adventures.

Years later, I can report, she doesn’t do that anymore. One marriage and two children later, she’s about as firmly planted as the rest of us.

But, her life has taken some unplanned twists and turns along the way. Down-sizing. Moving – a few times. The challenge she faced each time: what to do with all the stuff acquired throughout a lifetime?

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