3 Tips to Prepare for a Long Term Storage

Rented storage facilities are a blessing if you are looking for options where you can safely stow away your stuff for long-term. Long-term storage of your items may be needed if you are planning to move out of your city or country temporarily for business or military deployment, studies, or if you have an extensive remodeling and revamping plan for your existing dwelling. Whatever the reason be, long-term storage of items requires special considerations to ensure their safety. Here are the three most important tips that will help you in preparing for long-term storage.

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Plan the storage

This might sound absurd, but you need to plan the entire long-term storage drill in your head before actually starting to pack your stuff. This includes some serious research about the suitable storage facilities, thinking about the pros and cons of different packing materials, chalking out the information that you will put on the labels, etc. The most laborious and time-consuming aspect of this drill is to make a list of items that you will store. Only when you have thought the entire process through in your head, you should proceed to the next tip.

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Start (and finish) packing

Once you know which item will be going to the rented facility for long-term storage, you should start packing each. There are several points to remember in this process:

  • You should thoroughly clean each item before packing. Even a little bit of dust and dirt should not be left. Use the vacuum cleaner if needed.
  • Apply protective sprays to wooden furniture and leather goods.
  • Use a bleach solution to disinfect the internal surfaces of equipment like the refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher.
  • Ensure that all items are completely dry and odorless before you pack them for storage.
  • Disassemble all bulky items that can be disassembled. This will not only make packing easy but also give you more space when you stack it in the storage unit.
  • Never close the doors and lids of these items completely to prevent moisture build-up during storage.
  • Use only new boxes for stacking the stuff because new boxes are sturdier.
  • Avoid wrapping the items in plastic bags because they can retain moisture in the long run.
  • Pack fragile and delicate items with special care. Use ample bubble wrap and fillers. Use corrugated sheets to separate them and stack all fragile items in one place.
  • Prepare elaborate and tidy labels and paste many of them on each box to ensure visibility on all sides of the box.

Remember to keep this list safe because it will be helpful when you take the items out of the storage facility.

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Choose the right storage facility

The final tip on preparing long-term storage is to choose the right storage facility. There are different kinds of storage units available in the market and each has its own feature. For example, a climate-controlled unit will regulate temperature as well as humidity and may be preferable over a standard unit that doesn’t have these regulatory features. Ask the facility owner about their policies regarding long-term storage and inquire about the insurance details. You should ensure that the storage facility has a sound security system to safeguard your belongings in your absence. The overall maintenance of the facility should also be considered.

If you keep these three tips in mind while preparing for long-term storage, you will come back to find your belongings in great condition. Also, you will be able to retrieve every item without wasting time and making any additional effort.

Mountain Storage | PO Box 6299 Crestline, California 92325 United States
Mountain Storage | PO Box 6299 Crestline, California 92325 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings for the long-term, Mountain Storage has got you covered. Here at Mountain Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections and top-notch security. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://mountainstorage.com/.

 

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5 Storage Unit Tips You Didn’t Know About

When you hear storage units, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Well, when we talk about storage units, it’s often viewed as a moving solution or as a seasonal storage solution. But nobody seems to be talking about how amazing storage units can be during a home renovation. Whether you plan on expanding your living room or adding an additional bedroom, you’ll probably need to make room for the remodeling. Often times “making room” means you got to move your furniture and items away from the renovation site. Otherwise, your furniture will get its own makeover and we wouldn’t want to happen.

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When it comes to home renovations, the most common issue people run into is the lack of space to properly store their belongings. This is where storage units come in handy.

When renting a storage unit, most people have the big aspects covered – comparing prices and locations, noting the hours the unit is accessible, etc. Here are 5 storage unit tips you didn’t know:

Take Advantage of the Amenities

Rental storage units are a business. Like any business, the owner offers perks and amenities to keep their clients satisfied. Offering free amenities might seem counterintuitive for a company trying to make money, but getting more clients based on word-of-mouth reviews is an equal hand-off.

When considering a storage unit, be sure to ask about their amenities. Some places offer anything from a free moving truck to furniture covers.

Understand Your Belongings before Storage

Most people have the general idea of tightly packing as many of their belongings into a single storage unit. We get it; you want to maximize your storage space. However, it’s important to understand your belongings before you store anything in them. Some items may require a climate controlled unit to help maintain your furniture in tip-top condition. Depending on how big your home renovation project is, it could take anywhere between 4 to 8 months before completion. This piece of information is often times overlooked and may possibly help with deciding between a regular storage unit and a climate controlled unit.

Benefits of Climate Controlled Units

Many storage unit facilities offer climate-controlled units for a slightly higher price. You might balk at spending more money than you absolutely have to, but it is something for you to consider if the items you plan to store are fragile or valuable. For example, photo albums can easily warp in units that aren’t climate-controlled.

Storage Unit Security

Arguably the most important factor when it comes to storage units and with good reason. Often times, a clean facility is a good indicator that the facility has security cameras. Think about it, would you litter if you knew someone might be watching you? Live security cameras are an industry standard nowadays when it comes to a storage facility. What often sets a secured storage facility apart from one another is having individual storage unit alarms. This little attention to detail security add-on is a great indication that the facility really cares about you and your belongings.

Reserve the Unit ASAP

If you’re planning on having a home renovation within the next couple of months or years, we highly recommend factoring in your storage unit rentals in your planning. Reserve your unit couple of days or months in advance by communicating with the managers. Keep in mind, storage units fill up fast especially if it’s from a reputable facility with great attention to detail and care for their tenants.

Mountain Storage | PO Box 6299 Crestline, California 92325 United States
Mountain Storage | PO Box 6299 Crestline, California 92325 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Mountain Storage has got you covered in this department. Here at Mountain Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections and top-notch security. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://mountainstorage.com/.

6 Must-Have Storage Unit Tips & Tricks

If you have ever tried organizing small spaces in offices or homes, you will understand how daunting a task it can be. This is because there is a need to place the right items in the right position to maximize space.

The same principles also apply to storage facilities. Rely on the manager for help determining what size unit you will need. Once your unit is rented, you should carefully determine how best to arrange your items in your unit.

The tips & tricks are centered on overall room utilization. Proper space utilization guarantees that your items are well stacked, secure and easy to access.

So, what are those must-have tips and tricks for storage unit space utilization?

1. Consider Your Heavy Items

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While considering heavy items, keep in mind that you are working on saving space and also protecting your items. Heavy items work well as bases, as they are typically more stable, but always check on their fragility to avoid breakages.

Spread out the heavy items around the floor of the room and then start building up from there. Continue to stack boxes according to weight and how fragile the contents are.

Heavy, odd-shaped items like couches may be able to stand on one end depending on how they are constructed. Use items like couches as bases for lighter boxes.

2. Dismantle your Furniture

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Have you ever thought about how easy it would be to carry that piece of furniture in smaller pieces? If you haven’t then you should give it a thought.

Dismantled items are easy to transport, store and even stack. The whole process revolves around making the storage space more flexible. Think about removing legs from dining tables or breaking down modular furniture that you plan on storing for a while.

3. Fully fill your Boxes

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If you are thinking of protecting those fragile items, then you also have to think about fully filling your boxes. Filled boxes reduce the chances of unsafe shifting of items. Ever had a box’s contents shift on you and cause you to lose your grip? The fuller the box, the less likely that shifting will occur.

Apart from the constant knocks and break, there is also the scratching of those precious items of yours. You want to keep your items in good condition, and to do so, you should consider wrapping the items individually. If one item breaks it is less likely to damage another.

Work on placing similar items in the same boxes for easy accessibility. If the boxes are not completely filled, then you can use old blankets, bubble wrap or toys to cover the empty spaces.

4. Choose the Size of your Boxes Wisely

Take a look at warehouses around you. What is that common stacking procedure that you see? If you have not already noticed it is the same size boxes for the same level of stacking. It’s proven that same size boxes fit into smaller space and are easy to stack.

Typically boxes are stacked largest to smallest. Buy as many like-sized boxes as possible to maximize storage efficiency. When using multiple sizes, just be sure to use the largest ones as the base and the smallest ones at the top.

5. Protect your Items

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Consider keeping your items in good condition even when in storage. Sheets work great for covering large furniture items to keep them from getting dust and dirt. Couches and mattresses especially should have protective covers as they are harder to clean than wood surfaces. Treat your wood items with a nice protector before storing and protect your items by using quality locks for the storage unit.

6. Consider Accessibility

Save on time spent looking through boxes for specific items by planning before moving items. Planning will help you sort out items that you might need sooner. Don’t stack too high and be sure to label the outside of each box with the contents so you can easily find what you need when you need it.

If you have room, try to create a center row that can be used as an access point for all items in the unit.  Remember to always place important things at the front!

Mountain Storage | PO Box 6299 Crestline, California 92325 United States
Mountain Storage | PO Box 6299 Crestline, California 92325 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Mountain Storage has got you covered. Here at Mountain Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://mountainstorage.com/.

 

4 Ways Crestline Businesses Can Take Advantage of Storage Units

Everybody knows that whether you are moving, cleaning out a garage or basement, or just need a place to store your extra stuff, self-storage facilities like Mountain Storage in Crestline, CA are a great place to rent some extra space.

That isn’t really exciting though. Did you know that our storage units can be used in other, more unconventional ways?

1. Using Self Storage for Excess Inventory

Is your business expanding but you are having trouble finding extra space in Crestline? Expansion for local businesses usually happens slowly. Typically, you don’t go from a smaller office to “I need a huge warehouse” overnight.

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As your inventory grows, our self-storage units can offer space to expand. The best thing is, we have a wide variety of unit sizes to accommodate your needs. As you grow, we can find larger units. Our goal is to give you one less thing to worry about when expanding your business.

2. Using Self Storage for File Storage

Tax season is starting now and it is the perfect time to go through your files and organize everything for your CPA. While you are working to get the files you need together, maybe it makes sense to have your employees take some extra time to organize the office.

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Our smaller units can be a great place to store your excess files. It will free up space in your office but still keep them nearby so you have access to them when needed. Think about how that space can be better utilized. If you move out a few filing cabinets, could you make room for that accounting assistant you’ve been talking about? Maybe you would have room to add a desk for a new salesman to help increase revenue for 2019.

Whatever the case may be, we’re happy to help!

3. Storing Items While Redecorating

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Do you have plans to paint your office in 2019? Maybe you are going to redecorate and modernize to improve customer experience. In any case, Mountain Storage can also offer temporary storage for excess furniture and equipment.

4. Using Self Storage for a Photography Prop Warehouse

Are you an on-location photographer? Whether you shoot weddings, newborns or college graduates, you realize how important having the right props for your photo shoot are. Backdrops, lighting, baskets, and boxes…they all take up space. Our storage units offer a convenient and secure place to store all of those. Best of all, your CPA may agree that the rent on the unit is a business deduction!

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Photographers aren’t the only ones that use props. With the real estate market booming, we know that home stagers are getting more and more clients. More houses to stage mean more inventory to store! As your business expands, so do your storage need and we can absolutely help!

Crestline Storage Units for Businesses

Mountain Storage | PO Box 3299 Crestline, California 92325 United States
Mountain Storage | PO Box 3299 Crestline, California 92325 United States

There are lots of different ways that self-storage facilities like ours can help businesses in 2019. Storage units can give your business that much needed extra space. Cleaner, tidier workspaces may help improve employee efficiency and oftentimes result in a better customer experience when clients stop by.

For any business that needs it, including home-based businesses like photographs, property stagers, and even home-based sales…we have a wide variety of storage units to fit your growing needs.

Do you have a different reason for needing storage for your business? Give us a call or visit our website at https://mountainstorage.com/. We’d be happy to discuss options to find the right fit for your business!

 

Prepare for the Holiday by Decluttering

It’s that time of year again to make some space in your home.  Between more items entering your living space, and relatives and friends coming over, you might consider de-cluttering.  Cleaning up for the holidays will make it much more enjoyable for your guests and your life a lot more stress-free.  Even if you aren’t hosting any parties, these tips can also help you prepare for the new year.  Here are a few places in your home that could do with some clutter management.

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Kitchen

The kitchen can be one of the busiest places in your home when you have people over.  When you’re baking, cooking, and serving drinks, it’s better to have everything to be organized and not overcrowded. Go into your fridge and remove anything that is expired.  Non-perishables such as rice and canned goods can be donated to food banks or charities.  Then go through your cabinets and find things you no longer need or have too many of.  Kitchen tools, appliances, and other miscellaneous items can also be donated.

Now that your kitchen is slightly more clutter free, now it’s time to store the remaining items.  Keep things you use every day up front, like pots and pans, so they are easily reachable.  If you happen to be hosting and baking during the Holidays, put everything you know you’ll use in one cabinet that is easily accessible

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Garage

Spend some time in your garage making room.  You’ll want access to decorations, shovels if you need them, winter supplies, and other things you might want to pack away once the holidays are over.  Garages are often the place we leave neglected items, things we no longer have a use for.

Give away anything that fits this description or, if it’s no longer useful, toss it out.  You may want to store the remaining items on shelves rather than the floor of the garage.  This will give it a neater appearance.  Anything that still has use or sentiment can be put away in a storage unit for safe keeping.

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Kids Rooms

If you have children, then you’re aware of the clutter that can pile up rather quickly, between games, crayons, books, and toys.

Think of all the items your child no longer uses.  These things can be donated to a local charity or family in need, especially during this time of the year.  Anything that has been outgrown or forgotten will certainly be well loved by a family less fortunate.

Some children may be more attached than others to certain items.  If they don’t really use it, try putting it away for a while and if it isn’t used again then consider donating it.

Mountain Storage | PO Box 6299 Crestline, California 92325 United States
Mountain Storage | PO Box 6299 Crestline, California 92325 United States

Self Storage is another option when it comes to anything you may want to put away for a while, but don’t want to give up.  Holiday decorations are especially good for a storage unit as they don’t clutter up parts of your house for the rest of the year.  If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Mountain Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Mountain Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://mountainstorage.com/.

 

4 Benefits of Self-Storage

You may be considering self-storage, but are also wondering if it’s actually worth it.  There are a number of benefits to renting a storage unit, many you may not have even thought of.  Here are just a few reasons self-storage may be a worthwhile investment.

Cleaning up clutter and Holding onto valuable items

Do you ever wish you had more space around your home, but don’t want to give up everything you own?

You may be reluctant to cast an item aside, even if you don’t use it often and it’s in good condition.  You may wish to keep it in case you want to use it in the future or pass it along to somebody else.  Maybe it’s a toy, an old bike, or some books.  That furniture you don’t need could be stored away when your children buy a home and need a few dressers.

More and more, people want to own fewer possessions.  Some people would rather have fewer things around the house, but if you’d rather not completely get rid of those things then self-storage may be the right choice.  If you are downsizing, but aren’t entirely sure which pieces are staying or are being sold or tossed, a self-storage unit will help while you make a decision.

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There are more people in your living space

Whether you have a baby on the way or moving in with new roommates, and need to completely clear a room, you don’t have to put everything up for sale. Put any spare beds along with any furniture that you don’t need into a storage unit.  If your situation changes you can always take them back out and use them or sell them.

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Moving between places

We all know how stressful it can be to move, making sure all your furniture can be transported, your breakables in a safe place and making sure nothing gets left behind.  Sometimes, self-storage is a great option when you want to store certain items before your move so that nothing gets lost, and you can figure out what your space is going to be like before you bring everything into it.

Sometimes, people have to move out of the home they are selling before they can move into their new place.  Renting a self-storage unit is ideal in this situation as it gives you a safe, secure place to store your belongings until you can move those items for good.

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Keep seasonal items

All of those Halloween cobwebs and Christmas tree lights and wreaths are taking space up in your home.  You don’t need to keep those decorations around all the time (unless you’re a fan of Christmas in July).  Storing them in a self-storage unit is a good solution for keeping those items out of the way when they aren’t being used.  Take those Halloween decorations and costumes back out when the spooky season starts again.

Mountain Storage | PO Box 6299 Crestline, California 92325 United States
Mountain Storage | PO Box 6299 Crestline, California 92325 United States

These are just a few reasons Self Storage might be a good option for your situation.  If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Mountain Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Mountain Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://mountainstorage.com/.

 

Why You Should Store Your Furniture in a Self Storage

Sometimes you may need to store away your furniture for a while.  You might be moving to a new place, or you may no longer have the space to keep all of it.  Whatever the reason may be, storage facilities are a great option if you don’t want to get rid of those items.  However, there are precautions you should take when storing more delicate pieces of furniture.  It might take some work, but these tips are extremely useful in helping to keep your possessions in working order and looking good when you retrieve them.

  1. First, be sure to make the necessary repairs that need to be made. If any of the furniture is damaged, it is likely to become even more damaged in the process of moving or while stored away.

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  1. Cover your Furniture. Any upholstered or wood furniture you have can be wrapped with plastic wrap or shrink wrap. Wrapping can prevent furniture from rubbing together and help keep insects or animals from burrowing in them.  If you don’t have plastic wrap, use blankets, sheets, old curtains, or anything else you can think of to cover. Lining the floor of the storage room with thick plastic sheets helps protect both your furniture and the floor in case any moisture occurs in the unit.  Another good idea is to place padding on the edges and corners of your furniture to prevent breakage of other fragile items.

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  1. It may be a good idea to disassemble any wood furniture you have to prevent damage. Wood expands or contracts according to the climate. Remove the legs on tables and chairs, and the headboards and footboards on bed frames.  Make sure to keep the screws, nuts, bolts, locks, and keys in a labeled container with the pieces so that when the time comes to put the furniture back together, you aren’t missing anything.

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  1. If wood dries out, it’s more susceptible to cracks. To prevent that from happening, use a wood cleaner to protect the finish. You may then treat your wood furniture with furniture polish, which adds moisture, before storing it. If you can, store dresser drawers and desk drawers separately.

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  1. Before you store your fabric furniture, make sure it is clean by wiping it down or vacuuming it, to be sure there is no dust, mold, or mildew. You can use an antibacterial wipe, one that is safe for fabrics. Make certain your furniture is completely dry before wrapping or putting away.

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  1. Store electronics and televisions in their original packaging. If you put away appliances such as these, it is best to protect them as much as possible from dust, so placing them in their packaging should help.
Mountain Storage couch
Mountain Storage couch
  1. Polish metal furnishings made from metals such as brass, nickel, or silver to prevent oxidation. Use a polishing cloth and a metal cleaner to do this. This will get rid of any current oxidation and help in delaying future tarnish.

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  1. If you bunch up your belongings, you run the risk of objects brushing up against each other, which could lead to cracks in wood tables or chairs. Make sure there is plenty of space. Start with the largest items and work from there.  Be sure to create an aisle that makes access through the unit easy.
Mountain Storage | PO Box 3299 Crestline, California 92325 United States
Mountain Storage | PO Box 3299 Crestline, California 92325 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Mountain Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Mountain Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://mountainstorage.com/.