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FAQs

The experts in our call center are asked many questions about self storage every day. We thought we would share the most popular questions asked by customers shopping for a storage unit.

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  • Elevator Access Units: Won’t it be hard for me to get my stuff moved in?

No, our elevators are large (hospital sized) and are able to accommodate large items that can be hauled on the flatbed carts we provide. Select locations even offer drive up elevator access that allows you to pull your car up to the elevator, unload your items onto a cart, and take the elevator up to your unit. Aside from still being convenient, elevator access units are a great way to save money.

  • Climate Control: Do I need it?

Climate controlled storage units are usually necessary for pharmaceuticals, film, antiques, pianos, or old paintings. Everyday goods don’t necessarily need climate control, however, they are your items so the final decision is up to you. Our facilities do have vents throughout the hallways that help circulate air and keep the temperature down. If you would like a cooler unit, try and request a ground level storage unit, as those are usually the coolest.

  • Ground Level Access vs. Drive up Access: Which one is best for me?

A ground level storage unit is on the first floor inside the building, whereas a unit with drive up access is located on the exterior of the building. Since storage units with drive up access are the most convenient they tend to be more expensive. Ground level units are still convenient as well, given that we provide flatbed carts to transfer your items. It simply comes down to price; if you would like to save a little money then go with a ground level unit, if convenience is most important then go with a drive up access unit.

  • Storing a Mattress: Can my mattress fit in a 5×5 unit?

When storing a Full size mattress or larger we recommend a 5×7 to a 5×10 unit depending on the size of the mattress. You might be able to somehow squeeze a queen size mattress into a 5×5 storage unit, but there is a high possibly it will be damaged. It is best to get a large enough unit to allow the mattress to be stored flat to ensure that it keeps its shape. Check out our Unit Size Guide to get an idea of what can fit in each size unit.

Donate Your Unwanted Items at A-1 Self Storage Now!

A-1 Self Storage is a proud sponsor of Serving Hands International. Serving Hands International is not-for-profit charity that provides aid to individuals in need. With your help, we are able to raise funds for local and national charities.Donation Box Large

How it works:

Simply donate your quality unwanted items at any A-1 Self Storage facility, and we’ll give you a tax deductible receipt. Items collected will be placed in our charity storage unit and sold at our next storage auction. The revenue collected from the auctions goes directly to Serving Hands International. We accept monetary donations as well! A-1 Self Storage will proudly match funds, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million.

Here’s where your gift goes:

  • Educational Scholarships
  • Portable Classrooms
  • Medical Services
  • Food & Blankets

Each A-1 Self Storage customer and Associate helps to make the work of Serving Hands International possible each and every day. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.servinghands.org.

Visit us at the University Center for Your USD Summer Storage Needs!

Beat the rush, rent your Summer Storage unit online today!  

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A-1 Self Storage is offering 1 month FREE* rent to University of San Diego students!  We offer quick & easy college storage solutions.  We have all sizes of student storage units to fit your needs, and your budget!  And with 4 San Diego A-1 Self Storage locations conveniently located within minutes of the USD campus, you’re sure to find the perfect summer storage unit!  Go to a1storage.com/usd for more information!

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Customer Access Restricted on 4/25/15 at Paramount Location

Due to a planned power outage by Southern California Edison in the Paramount area, on Saturday, April 25th from 8 AM to 8 PM, our A-1 Self Storage on Downey Ave may have limited customer access. Please plan accordingly.

We apologize for the inconvenience. All access and services will be available once electric service is restored.

The power may be off for the whole period or may be turned off more than once throughout the period, therefore we encourage our customers to call the store before coming by:

Store number: 562-272-2727

Donation to Support the SDPOA Widows & Orphans Fund

20150420_145402We are proud to have donated and taken part in the 7th Annual  SDPOA Widows & Orphans fund Charity Gold Tournament. The charity event was at Torrey Pines South Course on Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 1:00pm.

We had a lot of fun attending this event and meeting new people. Knowing that we were supporting  such a great cause made it that much more enjoyable.

The Widows & Orphans Fund is an important part of the San Diego Police Officers Association.  In the tragic event of a member’s death, the Widows & Orphans Fund provides monetary support to the member’s beneficiary.  The SDPOA Widows & Orphans Fund also provides assistance to their members in the case that they are faced with the loss of a spouse or child.

The San Diego Police Officers Association raises money each year through fundraisers, sponsorships and private donations to ensure that the Widows & Orphans Fund is available to support their members and their families in their greatest time of need.

If you would like to learn more about the SDPOA Widows & Orphans Fund and/or make a donation, please visit their website at: http://www.sdpoa.org/sdpoa-wof.aspx

Now Hiring! Full-time Floater Sales Associate in San Diego, CA

Join the A-1 Self Storage TeamUPDATED 4/30/15 – this position has been filled.

We are looking for a full-time SALES ASSOCIATE for our greater San Diego area A-1 Self Storage locations. This position requires working at various San Diego locations from Chula Vista to Mira Mesa. The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic, outgoing, highly motivated, great at customer service and have a strong retail sales background. This position involves providing superior customer service in-person and over the telephone. It also includes ensuring the property is clean, well-maintained and meets company standards. All positions require some janitorial duties and weekend scheduling.

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Now Hiring Full-Time Floater Sales Associate in San Diego, CA

Now Hiring with Customer SquareUPDATED 4/16/15 – This position has been filled.

We are looking for a full-time SALES ASSOCIATE for our East County San Diego area A-1 Self Storage locations. This position requires working at various San Diego locations from Lakeside to Kearny Mesa. The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic, outgoing, highly motivated, great at customer service and have a strong retail sales background. This position involves providing superior customer service in-person and over the telephone. It also includes ensuring the property is clean, well-maintained and meets company standards. All positions require some janitorial duties and weekend scheduling.

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Easter Holiday Schedule

All A-1 Self Storage locations will be closed in observance of Easter Day on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

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Normal access hours are available at most locations. Please check with your self storage facility to confirm the schedule. For your convenience, we also offer a 24 hour rental/payment kiosk at 18 of our A-1 Self Storage locations! We will reopen on Monday, April 6th.

We wish you a very Happy Easter!

 

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