Abba Self Storage Concord

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/

College Students and Self Storage

College Students and Self Storage

As a college student, you may have previously thought of self-storage units only in the context of your grandmother’s antique collection or your parent’s RV. These are, of course, common reasons a person would use a self-storage facility; however, considering a unit of your own may also be a smart choice. There are multiple helpful uses for self-storage for college students, and most self-storage facilities offer flexible storage solutions that can meet the fluctuating needs of a person on a university schedule and budget.

The What and Why of Self-Storage

College years are often characterized by constant change: in class schedules, in living arrangements, even in the campuses you attend. All of that flux can make it difficult to maintain your possessions in an accessible and secure place. And by the end of just freshman year, you have more than a few possessions. Many students find themselves with a pile of expensive books and electronics, like mini-fridges and microwaves, along with furniture items like much-loved couches and often-used desks. When leaving for summer break,  switching between on and off campus housing, or while studying for a semester abroad, it can be helpful to use a storage facility near campus to keep your things until you have a new home to put them in.

 

Self-storage facilities often have multiple unit sizes to choose from, so you don’t have to pay for more than your need; offer flexible access hours, so you can get to your stuff when you need; and provide advanced security, so you can trust that your stuff is safe. With your things skillfully stored in your unit, you don’t have to seasonally liquidate all your belongings or worry about trucking your worldly possessions from your dorm to parent’s home and back again, every year, anymore.

The Who and How of Self-Storage

When choosing a self-storage facility, be sure to find one that fits your needs. Can you access them easily from campus? Do they have short-term leases that accommodate your semester or summer break schedule? And lastly, do they have solid customer service that is compatible with the methods of communication and rental payment you are most likely to use? Once you’ve found a good fit, getting started with a storage facility is easy. Contact Abba Self & RV Storage in Concord to secure the right unit and contract for you.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/college-students-and-self-storage/.

Interior vs. Exterior Storage Units – What’s the Difference?

Trying to choose between an interior storage unit or an exterior one may seem complicated at first, but it doesn’t need to be. Interior storage units are built and designed for more particular applications while the exterior units are more commonly used and typically easier to access when you want. Abba Self & RV Storage provides a variety of storage options to fit every need, from RV lot storage to exterior units to our climate controlled interior spaces.

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Storage Space For Every Need

Some people need one type of storage, some need the other. Similarly, you can pick the size of your unit based on how much stuff you need to store. For some, a storage unit is the best place to keep important documents and family heirlooms, while others use the exterior units to store lawn equipment between mowings. For private contractors, the spaces available make an excellent place to store equipment and materials to reduce job site theft.

Benefits of Interior Units

Every family has photographs and heirlooms which could never be replaced. Storing those items in a climate controlled interior storage unit keeps them safe from weather, temperature, and decay, but keeps them close enough to relive memories whenever you wish. Interior units have been used to temporarily store everything from Girl Scout Cookies to Grandma’s wedding dress. At Abba Self & RV Storage, your precious items are secure inside or out, but only the climate control units remain at a constant temperature around the clock.

Advantages of Exterior Units

Exterior storage units are handy for loading and unloading. Just pull your truck or trailer up to the door and load whatever you need for the day. Large units have enough room to store a houseful of furniture, or all of the tools for a variety of applications. Contractors use exterior units for storing materials and equipment for everything from foundations to roofing, and it is all under secure access so you know who is coming and going.

Mix and Match Storage

Another option is to use a mix of both interior and exterior storage units. A smaller interior unit is great for storing important heirlooms, while the larger exterior unit can assist with everything from tool storage to doing a major remodel job on your home. With so many sizes available, you will be able to scale your storage to meet your needs.

Abba Self & RV Storage is conveniently located in Concord, California. We also have a moving truck available to assist you in transporting your belongings to or from our location. For more rental information, contact us today.

This article was originally posted on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/interior-vs-exterior-storage-units-whats-the-difference/.

5 Points to Consider when Choosing a Storage Unit

Once you’ve decided to purchase a storage unit, it’s time to find one that’s right for you. Choosing a storage unit that’s right for you is important for keeping your belongings safe, in the right condition, and available when you need them. Here are 5 things to consider that will help you find a great storage unit.

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Choosing the Size of Space You Need

Begin by visualizing how much space you’ll need in storage with what you’re planning to store and additional items you may store in the future.  For example, a 5 ft x 10 ft space can fit a dresser, couch, chair, and still have space for a few stacks of boxes. Not having enough space might require you to upgrade, but most storage facilities make the process as simple as possible.

Determine if Climate Control is Right for You

Are you storing documents, antiques, photographs, electronic equipment, or musical instruments? If so, you should consider a climate controlled storage unit. This keeps the space within a specified temperature range, helping to keep your sensitive items in ideal condition.

Facility Condition

The facility should be clean, well-kept, and maintained. It’s important for the condition of your storage unit that the entire facility be maintained. Failing equipment can leave your materials exposed to the elements and lead to damage.

Facility Security

The two most important components for storage facility security are a gated fence and surveillance system. The fence should surround the entire perimeter and the gate should either require a code for entry or be staffed during business hours. Second is a surveillance system that covers the entire facility. This security combination helps keep the facility and your belongings safe day and night.

Facility Access & Location

Consider how frequently you think you’ll need to access your storage unit. Are you storing business or household documents that you may need throughout the year? If so, think about locations you visit as frequently as you anticipate visiting the storage unit and which of those places felt a bit too far away. That will give you an idea of what area you should look in for a storage facility. Also think about when you’ll need to access your storage unit. Most people do not need 24-hour access to a storage unit, but if you work at night or are unable to reach the storage facility during the day, you may consider a late-night facility.

Considering these 5 points will help you avoid hassle and frustration later.  Once you know the location and type of storage unit you’re looking for, find a solution that fits your budget. Choosing based on the lowest price alone can leave your belongings vulnerable to the risks noted above. Be sure that you only consider storage facilities that will keep your belongings secure and accessible for your needs. This will help make sure that you have a positive experience while storing your items.

At Abba Self & RV Storage, we have a variety of storage unit sizes available to meet your needs.  We offer climate controlled storage for items that require extra care an attention.  Located in Concord, CA, our storage facility offers secure gate access and closed circuit cameras for security monitoring.  Visit us today!

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/5-points-consider-choosing-storage-unit/.

Unique Uses for Storage Units

storage unit can be used for all sorts of things – if you are willing to be a little creative. From an accountant’s office to warehousing, storage units are perfect for many tasks. Keep in mind, however, that the storage unit owner may have specific rules about how their units can be used, including things such limitations as marks on the floors or paint on the walls.

Accountant’s Office

If your work entails going to someone’s else’s property to crunch numbers, balance books, or simply do a little data input, a storage unit might provide you with all the office you need. With plenty of room for a desk and a file cabinet, your smartphone, a laptop, and a wireless broadband connection are all you need to stay connected and get your work done in relative solitude.

Arts and Crafts

Hobbies always seem to require more and more space for the supplies and projects you want to get started on. With a storage unit from Abba Self Storage, you can organize your supplies any way you wish and still have plenty of room to work on larger tasks. From drawing and painting to furniture building and woodworking, having the room to get started may be the only thing holding you back, and a storage unit is the solution you are looking for.

Gatherings and Meetings

From book clubs to wildlife lovers, having a place for like-minded people to get together and share experiences is always a great idea. Storage units can be selected for their centralized location, or simply as a neutral location for members to meet, share notes and photos, or maintain a collection of items for display. If your organization also holds fundraisers and other events, a storage unit could double as actual storage for your gear between events.

Dance and Fitness

With the right storage unit, your health and fitness regime can take place when you want. Units with 24 hour access give you the opportunity and privacy for dance lessons, practicing a new cheer team routine, or getting together with friends for yoga and other exercise programs. After practice, storing your gear is as easy as designating a storage place inside the unit, and the beauty of individual access codes means you will always know who has been coming and going.

Mini Warehousing

Small business and online sales may require you to have a minimal amount of warehouse space available. Abba Self Storage units are perfect for storing landscaping equipment, building up an inventory for eBay or Amazon sales, and more.  Our storage units can be applied however they best suit the customer, so long as the unit is used for legal and legitimate purposes. If you have a non-standard use in mind, contact us, and we will certainly assist you as we are able to do so.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/unique-uses-storage-units/.

Thanksgiving Food Storage Tips for a Safe Holiday

When most people think about storage, large spacious units to keep mementos and other important belongings come to mind. Let’s consider a different type of storage for this time of year: food. Thanksgiving and the holiday season bring numerous gatherings, parties, and other festive outings. A major part of spending time with family, friends, and co-workers is preparing and serving food. Correctly storing food is crucial for a safe, healthy eating environment.

Food Container Or Plastic Food Storage Containers.

Food Storage Tips for a Healthy Holiday

  1. Clean Work Area

Proper food storage starts at the time of preparation. Consider implementing extra cleaning measures prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Prior to purchasing your holiday food, spend time cleaning your refrigerator and wiping down counters, cutting boards, and other spaces for preparing food. During the food preparation and cooking process, keep these general rules in mind.

  • Keep your preparation and cooking area clean.
  • Practice proper hand washing especially after handling fish and poultry.
  • Use an antibacterial spray to wipe down counters and other cooking areas.
  • When handling the turkey, use separate (or wash between uses) cutting boards, plates, and other cooking utensils.
  • Cook all food items as directed.
  • Do not thaw the turkey or other poultry on the counter. Use the refrigerator to thaw the meat.
  • Using warm water, attempt to keep your dishes washed as you progress through the cooking process. Unclean dishes, utensils, or cooking ware may harbor bacteria.

Implementing basic precautionary measures in the kitchen will help you maintain a healthy holiday.

  1. Watch the Temperatures

Another crucial component of proper food storage is temperature. When serving food, keep in mind, hot foods need to stay hot. Cold foods need to stay cold.

  • Using warming plates or slow cookers to keep food around 140°F.
  • Place ice in larger bowls than set your colder dish down into the bowl. The ice will help maintain the proper temperature.
  • Use a food thermometer. Checking temperatures help in keeping the food safe from forming bacteria.
  • Do not leave food set out for long periods of time.
  1. Storing Food Properly

After eating the Thanksgiving feast, storing food properly is vital for healthy, edible leftovers. Plastic containers, bowls with lids, freezer bags, tin foil, and plastic wrap are all valuable items for storing food.

  • Use shallow bowls or containers for warmer food storage. Once placed in the refrigerator, the food will cool down at a faster rate.
  • If applicable, remove the stuffing from inside the turkey prior to storage.
  • Cut turkey into smaller pieces or remove from the bone for easier storage.
  • Remove food from cooking dishes. Place food into smaller, easier to store containers.
  • Limit food storage in the refrigerator to up to four days.
  • Placing turkey in high-quality freezer containers or bags provide a longer storage time. Consume frozen turkey within four months to maintain flavor.

Proper food handling, preparation, and storage is a vital part of the Thanksgiving meal. Failure to implement basic guidelines may result in illness from bacteria.  At Abba Self & RV Storage, we have a variety of storage unit sizes available to meet your needs, including storing any leftover holiday decorations.  Stop by today to tour our storage units in Concord, CA and find the one that will work best for you.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/thanksgiving-food-storage-tips-safe-holiday/.

Business Storage Needs

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There are many reasons business storage can come up this time of the year. This time of year many businesses are busy getting ready to file their end of year reports.  On top of that if your business is seasonal you may also be surrounded by inventory right now and wondering how you can keep it all organized and out on time.

November and December are great months to start carving out time to prepare and get organized for the following year. Business storage can help many businesses get through the year end and start a new year organized.

Business Storage Needs

If you are running out of space in your office there are things you may be able to store away to help you stay organized and uncluttered, these may include the following:

  • Boxes of Files
  • Filing Cabinets
  • Office Furniture
  • Inventory
  • Large Equipment
  • Work Vehicles
  • Seasonal Items
  • Seasonal Giving

The good news is you don’t have to spend a whole lot of cash obtaining the extra space you need.

Affordable Business Storage Solutions

If you are looking for business storage that is easily accessible yet also affordable, self-storage is one of the best solutions. From monthly rent prices to size, you can customize a storage solution to fit your needs and easily change that solution as your business grows.

Self storage gives you the flexibility that you won’t get when you are paying for commercial or office space. As the season’s change and your storage needs decrease or increase so can your storage options. If something goes wrong and you need the extra money you are putting into storage, you are not locked into a long-term contract. This can be important especially when you are running a small business.

Size and price are not the only options you have when it comes to self storage. If you need to protect documents, wood furnishing or other precious items you may want to look into a climate controlled unit. This gives you the ability to control the climate inside your storage unit, keeping items protected from warm and cold spells as well as humidity.

As you can see self storage is a great option for your business storage needs.

Would You Like to Know More about Business Storage?

The team at Abba Storage can help you with any questions you have relating to your storage needs. Let us help you work out a storage solution that fits your businesses unique needs.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/business-storage-needs/.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right for You?

Hygrometer on a table shows comfort temperature and humidity

Putting items in storage does not mean you want to part with them, and it certainly doesn’t mean they don’t have value for you. The fact is often the items you put into storage are valuable in both money and memories. Many products are sensitive to the environment and all the changes that can occur with weather systems. These items need to be stored in a climate controlled storage facility. Depending on what you are planning to store, you may need to check if the facility you’re using can guarantee climate controlled units.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right For You?

Climate controlled storage facilities are on the rise as more and more people are putting luxury items away. You need to know there is a difference between ‘temperature control’ and ‘climate control’, even though they are often mistakenly assumed to be the same. To know if a climate controlled storage unit is what you need, you need to understand what these units will provide.

Temperature and Humidity Controlled

The difference between temperature and climate control is humidity. In a facility that only offers temperature control, that is what they monitor – just changes in temperature. Climate controlled units monitor both the changing levels of temperatures and humidity. Humidity can ruin a lot of valuable items by causing mold to grow, warping, discoloration, and many other damages. These are some items particularly susceptible to humidity:

  • Leather
  • Wood
  • Appliances
  • Collectibles such as coins, stamps, wine and comics
  • Musical instruments
  • Artwork
  • Clothing
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Electronics

When the humidity in the air increases, the air is able to retain heat, and the reverse occurs when humidity decreases – the air temperature will be lower.

Climate Control

climate controlled facility will use a quality HVAC system. They may also use dehumidifiers, thermostats that are customizable, and heavy-duty insulation. Dehumidifiers are ideal for managing humidity levels, and air conditioners are better for dropping temperatures quickly to get below the dew point.

Benefits of Climate Controlled Units

If you have items that are valuable, sensitive, or things you don’t want to be affected by climate change in your area, you should consider a facility which offers climate controlled units. These units will protect your property from damages humidity can cause and also protect it from dust, pests, and other factors.

Solution for Your Storage Needs

Abba Self & RV Storage offers customers state-of-the-art technology combined with excellent customer service. There are no long-term contracts, and we have numerous units in various sizes that are sure to meet your needs. Contact us today if you have property you need to be protected while it is stored. We have climate controlled spaces to ensure your property receives the extra care it deserves.

This post originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/climate-controlled-storage-unit-right/,

Storage Solutions for Contractors

Storage Solutions for Contractors

Small contractors face challenges that large companies avoid, but even a large company will sometimes need temporary storage. You may not always have a dedicated building where tools and equipment can be stored, materials can be gathered, or that can be accessed by employees or subcontractors around the clock. These are a few of the many benefits a storage unit at Abba Self & RV Storage has to offer, in addition to a wide variety of indoor and outdoor storage options.

Out of Town Solutions

Contractors working on a project from out of town need a safe place to keep their tools and materials. A storage unit includes gated access, individual alarms and sprinkler systems, and the convenience of 24 hour access. Month-to-month storage rental allows you to pay only for the storage space and time you need, and makes it easy to pack up and move on when the project comes to an end.

Benefits for General Contractors

General contractors may need to store tools and equipment for a variety of work, from building a foundation to putting on the roof. The staff at a storage unit company can help you select the right size storage unit for your needs, and provide you with some insight on getting everything organized for easy access to everything when you need it. Outdoor, RV storage areas are available for temporary storage of heavy equipment, and units can accommodate a wide variety of tools and even a vehicle or two.

Storing Equipment and Supplies

On-the-go contractors who visit multiple job sites will appreciate the ability to stop by and swap out the tools or supplies they need between stops. For example, a cleaning service may need a floor buffer at the morning’s first job, and ladders with window cleaning supplies for the second. Having easy highway access to your storage unit means you don’t have to clutter your vehicle and carry everything around the entire day, and that can improve your company image while working on site.

Access for Subcontractors

Not all contractors work daytime hours. For companies that burn the midnight oil, a storage unit means your subcontractors and employees can get to tools and supplies around the clock without rousing the boss or making a long trip back to headquarters. Coded gate entry is an easy way to track who comes and goes will give you extra protection for your property as well as creating a documented record of who comes and goes.

Abba Self & RV Storage is conveniently located near highways 4, 242, and 680 in the East Bay area. To talk to a representative about the benefits of self storage for a contractor, please contact Abba Self & RV Storage today.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/storage-solutions-contractors/.