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Do You Need Climate Controlled Storage?

Regulator climate control. Vector image.Climate controlled storage units are extremely handy when it comes to storing your furniture, antiques, musical instruments, or any fine art. Climate controlled storage units keep items in a constant set temperature. If you are going to be placing valuable items in storage, you will want to consider a climate controlled unit.

  • Furniture – Wooden and leather furniture are sensitive to extreme climates and will want to be stored in climate controlled units. Wooden furniture (bed frames, tables, chairs, dressers, and more ) can be damaged when it is exposed to too much moisture.
  • Appliances – Your household appliances including washers, dryers, microwaves, refrigerator all need climate control storage. Climate control protects electronic parts from cracking and rusting,
  • Musical Instruments –  Musical instruments are very delicate and need to be handled carefully especially if storing for a long period of time. Humidity can dry out wood instruments such as guitars and pianos. Climate control will reduce moisture and help eliminate dust which will preserve your musical instruments.
  • Photography & Artwork – When storing photos climate control is a must. If temperatures get too hot and humid and photos are stacked on top of one another, the prints can start to blend together.

Properly storing your items during the warm summer months will help protect your items from the heat. Climate control is offered at select A-1 Self Storage locations. Check with your facility to confirm.

Rent Online to Save Some Time

Mature woman using tablet computer while relaxing on sofa at homeDid you know that A-1 Self Storage offers the convenience of renting your storage unit completely online?

Don’t waste your time, you can rent online! You can complete a paperless rental online that is fast and easy. Plus you can still get the best pricing and specials. You can rent your storage space from the comfort of your own computer, tablet, or smartphone – day or night!

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How to Organize Constantly Misplaced Items

unhappy girl can not find something in her bagYou are all ready to leave the house when you suddenly realize you don’t have your keys! Does this sound familiar? Searching for misplaced items could set your day back and leave you frustrated. According to U.S. News and World Report, the average American spends one year of their life looking for lost or misplaced items. Do you want to be able to find your personal belongings within seconds?  We will provide you with handy tips that will prevent you from loosing important items.

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Tips for Loading a Moving Truck

Couple moving house, taking a break loading or unloading moving truck.

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!

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