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Tips For Loading A Moving Truck

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Packing a moving truck can leave you puzzled and frustrated if you don’t pack it the proper way!  If you hire a moving company, you won’t need to worry too much about how to pack a moving truck correctly. Although, if you rent  a moving truck and plan to load up the truck yourself, follow these tips to help make your move easier.

  • Be prepared with  moving supplies-  Purchase several moving boxes of the same size to make stacking in the moving truck easier. If you are renting a truck, ask about renting dollies and moving blankets as well.
  • Dissemble Anything You Can – It’s important to break down anything you can because your items will fit in your moving truck much easier. It is time consuming to take a part and put back together things like bed frames or tables. To save yourself trouble tape the the pieces together to guarantee that all the parts arrive together.
  •  Load Heaviest Items First – Large appliances and furniture should go into moving truck first and be against the back wall. Place moving blankets on top of the appliances and furniture to prevent any dents or scratches.
  • Line Mattresses Along The Sides-  Before you load any mattress in you need to take a part your bed frame. Stand Mattresses and box springs along the side walls.
  • Load Mirrors And Pictures Properly-  Big picture frames and mirrors can break easily especially if placed in the back of a truck. Protect your mirrors and pictures by sliding them in between mattresses. Don’t forget to wrap them up before placing them in the truck.
  • Keep Valuables With You- If there is anything you will not tolerate the chance of it getting damaged make sure to pack it in your car with you. Keep important papers and jewelry out of the moving truck and keep it somewhere safe with you. 
  • Use Straps – To protect all of your items use packing straps to keep items safe and secure. It is very likely that your items will shift in transport if you don’t strap them down. Rather than strapping it all at the end it’s highly recommended to strap down sections at a time.

Follow these tips to ensure that your moving process goes much smoother and efficient. Please leave us a comment if you have additional tips you would like to share.

First Time Renting a Storage Unit?

A-1 Self Storage Associate assisting male customer with boxesIs this your your first time using self storage? Are you wondering what to do first? If you have never used self storage before the process can be overwhelming. Don’t get too worried yet, we are providing  with the essential guide to first time renting  a storage unit.  We will also provide you with some of the best questions we recommend you ask when visiting self storage locations: Continue reading “First Time Renting a Storage Unit?” »

Tips to Keeping Your Storage Unit Clean and Pest Free

Hand drawing pest control concept with red marker. Prohibition sign on a cockroach.

While A-1 Self Storage keeps all of its facilities clean, there are steps that you as a tenant can take to add extra protection to for their belongings.  Follow these easy steps to make sure that the items in your storage unit stay clean and pest free. Aside from the steps below we offer some added features such as climate controlled units to keep moisture out. For more information on our storage facility features visit our website and find a store nearest you!

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How To Plan For a Road Trip

Various License Plates from Across The United States of AmericaSummer is finally here! It’s that time of year again, time to pack up your friends or family in the car and hit the road. Planning a perfect road trip can seem very stressful, but don’t worry we’re providing you with some extra tips.

1.  Clean Your Car– Start by removing everything from your car that you will not need. This includes not only exterior, but also cleaning the interior, the trunk, and glove Continue reading “How To Plan For a Road Trip” »

Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

Full suitcase.Have a big vacation planned this summer? Don’t forget to protect your home before you leave. A little preparation will give you peace at your mind, so you can enjoy your vacation without worrying about what might be happening at home. Here are a few things to do before leaving your home for a period of time: 

  1. Stop the Mail – A pile of mail on the doorstop, or envelopes pouring out your mailbox is an automatic assumption that no one’s home. If you’ll be gone for more than a couple of days, go to the post office or fill out the online form to put a hold on your mail.
  2. Create the Illusion of Someone Being Home – You can always set your lights on a timer or even your television to create the illusion that someone is home. Also, it would be a smart idea to leave a car in the driveway. If Possible arrange for someone to mow your lawn once a week.
  3. Be Cautious Of Social Media – Don’t announce your departure or vacation dates on social media.  You don’t want the world to know that you have left on vacation. Play it safe and don’t mention your trip on social media until you are back.
  4. Disconnect Power – Unplug all necessary appliances to protect your home from an electrical fire or power surge. This includes items like TVs, toaster, coffee maker, and other small appliances.
  5. Trust a Friend or Neighbor– Give your vacation contact information and a spare key to at least on friend or neighbor. That way, they’ll know how to get a hold of you in case of an emergency.
  6. Keep valuables Safe – Lock up or hide jewelry, and other important papers or information in a safe.
  7. Alert Alarm Company – If you have a security system, notify the company that you will be away. Also don’t forget to properly set your alarm  before you leave!
  8. Notify Police Department– If available, request a vacation check with your local police department if you going on vacation for longer than a week.  They can do a vacation house check that will provide extra patrol in your neighborhood.

Take these basic safety precautions this summer while on vacation. You’ll be ready for your trip in no time!

Do You Need Help Choosing the Right Car Storage?

IMG_8006 A-1 Self Storage offers three different vehicle storage options. At most locations, we offer outdoor parking spaces, individual storage units, and at our Downtown San Diego location, indoor car storage in a garage-style setting. All of our facilities are very clean, safe, and secure for your peace of mind while storing your vehicle. Here are some things to consider when deciding which type of storage will work best for your needs.

Length of Storage

How long you are looking to store your vehicle? This will help you decide if you want it away from the outside elements or if it will be okay to have it in an outdoor parking space. For long term storage, we offer monthly services, such as trickle charges and tire pressure checks, on the vehicle at our Downtown San Diego location.

Budget

Each type of storage has a different cost. Consider your budget to help you decide which type of storage is best for you. With several different vehicle storage options, we can help you find a space within your budget.

Vehicle Type

Are you looking to store your classic car, or your utility truck? If you are looking to keep your classic car away from the dirt and sun, we have indoor storage to keep your vehicle free form the outside elements. If you are storing a utility truck, an outdoor parking space offers quick and easy access. We offer small and large outdoor and indoor units to meet your needs. We offer standard car parking spaces as well as RV size parking spaces. Our indoor units range in size as well.

A-1 Self Storage is committed to fulfilling all your vehicle and car storage needs with top quality car storage, superior customer service, and convenient locations.

Moving During a Holiday Weekend?

Couple Moving nontransparentAs busy as you are moving, it may not even come to mind that the holiday could change your plans. Keep in mind that most moving companies will take the holiday off.  If you plan to move during during a summer holiday weekend here are tips to consider.

Friends and Family Being Too Busy to Help –  If you’re looking for help on moving day, and plan to move on holiday weekend, you may want to ask friends or family far in advance. Many will have plans that don’t involve spending their day  hauling heavy objects, especially during warm weather holidays. One of the most important moving tips will be to ask early.

Movers May Be Unavailable – With high demand during holiday weekends many moving companies are either booked on holidays or even perhaps closed!

Many Stores Will Be Closed – Moving day often brings with it a need for last minute moving supplies. If you are moving yourself, stock up for every possible moving supplies, including extra tape, extra boxes, snacks, bottled water, garbage bags, packing paper and furniture pads.

Roads May Be Closed –  Often times many holiday weekends comes with a lot more traffic on the roads and even road closures.  Don’t forget to plan you route a head of time!

Hotels May Be Unavailable – Holiday weekends their often a lot of people traveling. If you plan on staying in a hotel the night before your move, book your room well in advance.

If you are moving during a busy holiday weekend  don’t forget to plan ahead!

 

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