Does Your Business Need Commercial Storage Space ?

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Every business is unique and has its own specific needs, equipment, customers, goals, and—of course—space. Sometimes it may feel like your company’s cramped space is bursting at the seams. You might wonder where all your equipment or paperwork is going to go. If this sounds familiar, consider renting a self-storage unit to give your business the commercial storage space that you require. Whether you need room to grow or need to downsize temporarily, the flexibility of commercial storage can help your business achieve your goals. Continue reading “Does Your Business Need Commercial Storage Space ?”

4 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Storage Unit

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Spring Cleaning Your Storage Unit

Spring means that it is time for green grass, fresh air, blooming flowers, and the most dreaded of all—spring cleaning. Now that you have already thrown open all the windows to let in the fresh spring air, you are probably in the middle of some house cleaning. So why not extend this year’s cleaning to your self-storage unit in Concord. Continue reading “4 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Storage Unit”

Why You Should Consider Self-Storage for Your Business

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Self Storage units have many uses beyond personal storage space. If you own a business, a self storage may be the right option for your commercial storage space needs. If you have extra office furniture and equipment, inventory, or office supplies a self storage unit can help you declutter the office and optimize your office space. Continue reading “Why You Should Consider Self-Storage for Your Business”

How to Minimize in the New Year

If you are like many people, the new year comes with resolutions that aim to make life healthier, happier, and less complicated. Whether you resolve to enjoy more meals at home with friends and family or to practice daily meditation, the goal to embrace simple actions that can lead to beneficial returns is a good one. Decluttering your home is another simple resolution that favors a minimalist approach to the new year and one that can have a big impact on your enjoyment of your space. Not only will your house feel more open and expansive, but the organization and feeling of having just what you need on hand can minimize stress and improve your wellbeing. If you are looking to take a deep dive into decluttering and reorganizing all your stuff, here are four tips to help with the task. 

  1. Prepare for your piles

To get started, gather what you need for the four piles into which you will sort your things: Keep, Toss, Donate/Sell, Store. This can mean getting a self storage unit in Concord for items you don’t need in your home, contacting any group you plan to donate to so you can learn their donation policies, or even renting a large dumpster if you know you will have a lot to throw away. It can also be helpful to use four containers, one for each pile, that you use as you sort the items in each room. 

  1. Take it one room at a time

Paring down the contents of an entire house can feel overwhelming. But if you take it one room at a time, the project quickly becomes more manageable. In order to build momentum, consider starting with an easy room and work your way up to the attic filled with who knows what. 

  1. Organize as you go

Once a room has been decluttered, create an organization system that ensures everything you keep has a place. You can install new shelving or use baskets or storage containers to make the most of the space available. If you find there still isn’t enough room for everything in your Keep pile, you might want to do another pass and add more to your Store pile. 

  1. Have a yard sale

For the items in your Donate/Sell pile, consider putting together a yard sale or posting them on the various resale websites and community forums. Whatever doesn’t sell, you can donate to a local organization. And don’t forget to get a receipt for the value of the donation, this can be used as a deduction for your taxes next year. 

From your bedroom to the garage, decluttering in the new year will open up your home and give you a fresh start. For help in your resolution to minimize, contact Abba Storage for all the items in your Store pile. Whether you just need a small self-storage unit for your holiday decorations and seasonal gear or car storage units in Concord to finally free your garage of the vehicles you rarely use, the team at Abba Storage is happy to help.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: 
https://www.abbastorage.com/minimize-new-year/

Storing a Car You No Longer Use

There are many reasons people turn to car storage units in Concord for their vehicles: the car may hold real or sentimental value but they no longer drive it or have space for it, they may be looking for a secure place to store a vehicle they only use seasonally, or they may be traveling for an extended period and need a place to keep their car. Whatever the reason, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when storing a vehicle. Here are eight ways to help ensure your car remains in great condition while it is in storage. 

  1. Find secure storage. Just like you would vet self-storage or contractor storage units for your valuable stored items, look for a facility that offers secure car storage. This means your vehicle is kept safe from the elements, only approved people have access to the facility, and security measures like cameras and on-site staff are in place. 
  2. Prep your car for storage. Though it may seem counterintuitive, it’s a good idea to prep your car as if you were going to show it off before you tuck it away for an extended period. Thoroughly cleaning your car means it will hold up better over time. This includes vacuuming, cleaning, and oiling the interior to ensure nothing attracts rodents or insects and washing and waxing the exterior to help preserve the paint. 
  3. Fill the tank. Again, it may not make sense to have a full tank of gas for a car to sit in one spot, but filling the tank and adding a gasoline stabilizer is a smart move if you are storing your car for longer than 30 days. This prevents moisture from accumulating in the gas tank and keeps the seals from drying out. 
  4. Consider a vapor barrier. If your car will be parked on unsealed concrete or another porous surface while in storage, lay down a plastic sheet or tarp to create a vapor barrier. The sheet will keep moisture that evaporates from the floor from reaching the underside of your car. 
  5. Remove the battery. Even when you are not using your vehicle, some electrical systems in your car can end up draining your battery over time. To preserve your battery, remove, inspect, and clean it and store it inside your car or on a clean dry surface in the facility. 
  6. Lubricate the hinges. For parts that might be vulnerable to moisture build-up and corrosion, like door hinges or the hood release hatch, give them a good once-over with a quality lubricant to protect them from damage. 
  7. Seal the engine. Ideally, your car storage facility does not have an issue with unwanted critters, but just to be safe and make sure no one makes a home out of your engine, take moment to seal it off. This can be as simple as placing clean rags in any openings like the tailpipe, fresh air intake, and the engine air intake. However, remember to take the rags out before getting your car back on the road!
  8. Give it a spin occasionally. If possible, start up your car and give it a spin at least every 60 days, ideally for 30 miles or more. 

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site:  https://www.abbastorage.com/storing-car-no-longer-use/

Is Insurance Really Needed for Your Items in Storage?

For most people who rent self-storage units in Concord, they aren’t simply looking for a space to put their junk. One of the main reasons to spend money on a storage unit is to keep valuable items safe and secure. For this reason, it is important to consider purchasing insurance to make sure those valuable items are even further protected in the event they are damaged or stolen. Read on to learn the dos and don’ts of storage insurance so you can feel confident in the security of your stored items. 

Do check with your current insurance agency

Some homeowners’ or renters’ insurance agencies provide coverage for your possessions, no matter where they reside. However, this is not a standard feature of most policies. Many insurers only cover your possessions when they are on the property of your main residence. If this is the case, ask if they have policies with storage insurance, which will cover your stored items for incidents like natural disasters, damage, or theft. 

Don’t forgo insurance if your agency doesn’t provide it

If your homeowners’ insurance agency does not offer a policy with coverage for your stored items, don’t give up. After all, these are likely important possessions with a great deal of real and personal value if you have taken the step to put them in storage. There are some insurance agencies that specialize in storage insurance policies that may also be able to offer flexible terms for policy duration that match your storage unit lease terms.

Do ask your self-storage unit facility for assistance

If you are not sure where to start, the customer service representatives at your storage facility can be a great resource. They can point you in the direction of insurance agencies they know and other storage renters recommend, or they might offer their own insurance at the facility for items not covered by homeowners’ insurance. 

Ready to put your items in a self-storage unit in Concord, CA?

Now that your valuable items are insured for storage in a self-storage unit, you are ready to find the right storage facility for your needs. Contact the team at Abba Storage in Concord to learn about the various security features of their facilities and their range of storage services – from small self-storage units to warehouse for rent

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: 
https://www.abbastorage.com/is-insurance-really-needed-for-your-items-in-storage/

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Can You Make Money at a Storage Auction?

Across the US, many folks have taken to the bustling business of bidding at storage auctions with the hope of turning a nice profit. If you have attended one of these auctions or seen the crowd that gathers at one as you visit your own self-storage units in Concord, you may have observed the popularity and high-energy of these events. While storage unit auctions can be a bit of a gamble – few allow bidders to spend time perusing the contents of the unit and instead offer a brief glimpse of the front of the unit just before bidding starts – there are a few things you can do to help your chances of making a good bet. Read on to learn some helpful tips for bidding on a storage auction and getting the most bang for your buck. 

Tips for evaluating units before bidding

At most storage auctions, the whole of the unit’s contents are what people bid on and since bidders often do not get the chance to look over the items in a storage unit, it’s important to make some quick, educated guesses about the unit’s worth. For example: 

  • Does the unit appear well organized? If so, the care taken in keeping the unit orderly could indicate more valuable items or at least items that are in good condition. 
  • Does the unit smell musty? If the unit gives off an unpleasant odor, like that of mildew or cigarette smoke, the chances are good that the items will be water damaged or will need repair or cleaning before fetching a good price. 
  • Are the items stored in professional moving boxes? Professional movers can be an expensive service and one not typically used for moving and storing junk. If it looks like the items in the unit were packed and hauled by professional movers, that is a good sign.  

General auction tips

Beyond these ideas for quickly assessing storage units before bidding on them, there are a few good things to keep in mind when it comes to bidding at storage auctions in general. For one, remember to bring a flashlight. Not all units will have a well-lit interior, and a flashlight is crucial in helping you get a good look. It is also important to set a budget before bidding and stick to that budget. You don’t want to get stuck in a situation where you’ve overspent your limit and the items in the unit, for whatever reason, don’t make your money back. 

And if you need a place to store your newly acquired items before appraisal and resale, you can contact Abba Storage today. Our customer service team would be happy to discuss the variety of storage solutions we offer and find one that fits your needs and budget. Whether you want a small self-storage unit or need a warehouse for rent, we can help you get started. 

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/storage-auction-in-a-storage-unit/

Portable Storage or a Self Storage Facility: Which is Right for You?

Many people in the U.S. use a storage option at some time in their lives and have likely weighed the pros and cons of portable storage versus an off-site storage facility. Each storage option offers ways to meet different needs, but one may be better than the other for your current storage situation. If you are looking for self-storage units in Concord and are trying to determine how to best store your belongings, read on to learn more about these two popular options. 

Off-site storage facility

A self-storage facility is a great option for people looking to store their items for a longer time period. The monthly cost of  a self-storage unit is usually very reasonable, and often includes security systems, on-site staff and customer service, and convenient hours in which you can access your unit. Off-site storage facilities can also be versatile in what they help store. For example, some facilities offer contractor storage units for business contractors or vehicle storage like for boats or RV’s. Additionally, self-storage facilities can be flexible over time, allowing you to move to larger or smaller units, depending on your changing storage needs. It is important, however, to find an off-site facility that is easy to access, so you don’t have to travel far or out of your way to get to your unit. 

Portable Storage

Portable storage can be an easy option for people who are moving or only need storage for a short time, as in the case of home renovation projects. Portable storage can be very convenient in a moving process, as the storage container is delivered to your home where you load up your items, and then the container is driven to your new home for you to unload. For homeowners who need to clear a room or section of the house for a remodel, the storage container can keep all the furniture and other home items secure until they are ready to be placed back into the newly renovated space. The timeframe for your portable storage rental, however, should be as short as possible. They are more expensive to rent and should be loaded, unloaded, and returned quickly. 

For help navigating your storage options, you can contact Abba Storage today. Our customer service team would be happy to discuss the variety of storage solutions we offer and find one that fits your needs and budget. Whether you want a small self-storage unit or need to store your car or boat, we can help you get started.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/self-storage-facility-right-choice/

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How to make your self-storage adventure a great one

Every great adventure benefits from thoughtful, thorough preparation and experienced know-how on the journey. Self-storage is no different. Whether you already use a storage unit or are exploring your options for self-storage units in Concord, you too can benefit from these tips for making the most of your experience – before and throughout the duration of your self-storage lease.

Before you reserve a unit…

Assess for security: Be sure to ask about, or better yet, observe first hand the security measures the self-storage facility has put in place. These can range from separate security for each unit and cameras throughout the site, to on-site staff and electronic entry. Additionally, be sure to check your potential unit for signs of water or pest infiltration.

Prioritize service and convenience: A friendly and readily available customer service team and on-site staff can go a long way in making sure your storage needs are met. Also consider the times of the day your unit is accessible to you (24 hours? 9 am to 9 pm?) and if those hours, along with the location of the facility, are convenient for you.

Evaluate price and flexibility: As with any other service, you should take time to research and compare your options. Ask for quotes from multiple facilities and evaluate the terms of the lease for flexibility. You never know when your storage needs will change and you don’t want to be stuck in a contract that doesn’t fit anymore. Furthermore, check to see if the storage facility has a variety of storage options that can meet your evolving needs, such as scalable unit sizes or other types of services like RV, boat, or car storage.

Once you have a unit…

Insure your belongings: Self-storage insurance is a smart idea for everyone to consider. Some renter’s and homeowner’s insurance provides coverage for property that is stored off the residential premises, so it is worth first reviewing your existing policies. If your insurance does not cover your items in storage units, you can ask the self-storage facility if they provide insurance or if they recommend a third-party insurer.

Keep it organized and clean: It is essential for the accessibility of your stored items, and for their protection from damage, to keep an organized unit. You can use water-proof containers and shelves to sort and stack your items and create a color-coding system or unit map that gives you a quick reference when locating particular items. It is also important to regularly clean out your unit so you can make room for more belongings if necessary and you aren’t paying to store things you no longer need.

With this advice in hand, you can rest assured that your stored items will be safe, secure, and well-organized. As you explore your options for self-storage in Concord, contact Abba Storage today to learn more about their storage services and how they can help you on your self-storage adventure. We offer a range of different storage options and our friendly staff is always here to help.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/quality-self-storage-in-concord/

Storage Unit Supplies Keep Your Items Safe and Organized

Whether you rent a self-storage unit for your personal items or are using contractor storage units  for your business, keeping your items safe and organized it the top priority. Before you begin moving your things into your unit, consider purchasing the items on this shopping list.

Read on to learn about the supplies that can help protect your belongings while they are in storage and some tips for using them so navigating your unit and finding what you need when you need it will be hassle-free.

Your shopping list

  • Waterproof containers: Though cardboard boxes tend to be the baseline for storing things, consider upgrading to waterproof containers for your important items. Sturdy plastic containers offer added protection from moisture and can be stacked to maximize the space in your storage unit.
  • Strong packing tape: Essential for sealing shut your boxes, strong packing tape is a must-have. Be sure to apply several layers of tape to any seams on both boxes and plastic containers to deter pests from getting inside.
  • Colored-dot stickers: Colored-dot stickers are useful for creating an easily visible color-coding system in your unit. For example, you will be able to enter your unit and quickly find the blue dot boxes, which is your color code for office supplies.
  • Wide-tip markers: In addition to the colored stickers, you can further label your items for clarity. A dark colored marker with a wide tip will be the easiest to read from the entrance if you orient your labels toward the front.
  • Plastic sheets: Plastic sheets are great for draping over large items and will help prevent dust accumulation or water damage in the event of a ceiling leak.
  • Large cloth covers: For furniture, soft cloth covers work better than plastic sheets, which can trap moisture and cause mold or mildew damage on wooden or upholstered items.
  • Shelving units: Metal or plastic shelving units make better use of your space and can keep smaller or more valuable items off the floor. They can also help you to arrange your area into accessible rows, so you don’t have to move things around to get what you need.
  • Blank paper: Once you have organized your items in your unit, create a map of the space for reference. If you used a color-coding system, you can fill in the map with the relevant colors and make a key for what each color represents. It may be helpful to have two copies, one for you to take with you and one to leave at your unit. For the map in your unit, be sure to place it in a protective plastic sleeve.

With these supplies and storage facility that prioritizes security, your belongings are sure to be safe and organized. Abba Storage provides self-storage units in a state of the art facility with top-tier security features and offers a variety of unit sizes and climate-controlled options. Contact our storage experts today at 952-969-9222.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/storage-unit-supplies-keep-your-items-safe-and-organized/