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8 Ways to Protect Your Belongings in Self Storage in Cold Weather Climate

Indoor Self Storage

Self-storage is definitely a convenient and cost-effective solution for individuals and businesses that need extra space to store their belongings. However, if you live in a cold weather climate like we do, storing your items in a non-climate-controlled storage unit requires some extra precautions to ensure that your belongings are not damaged. In this article, we'll provide some useful tips for packing and storing your items for indoor self-storage in a cold weather climate that is not climate-controlled. Choose the Right Storage Facility and Storage Unit When selecting a storage facility and unit, make sure to choose a location that is not prone to flooding, as water damage is one of the biggest threats to stored items. Also, whenever possible, it's a good idea to choose a storage unit at the facility that is elevated and has good drainage to minimize the risk of water damage from snow or rain. Consider renting a unit with a high ceiling to give you extra vertical space to store your items up away from the floor, and make sure the unit is clean and free of pests before moving your items in. Small animals such as mice seek out warm, dry spaces when the weather turns cold, so you want to be sure to select a facility that is maintained. Choose the Right Items to Store When it comes to storing items in a non-climate-controlled storage unit in a cold weather climate, it's important to choose the right items to store. Items that are sensitive to temperature fluctuations or humidity, such as electronics, artwork, and antiques, may not be suitable for storage in a non-climate-controlled unit. Instead, focus on storing items that are more durable, such as furniture, clothing, and sporting equipment. Drain Water from Items and Carefully Store Containers with Liquids Drain any fluids from appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines, and clean them thoroughly before storing them. Also, if you plan to store containers with liquid in them, be sure to store ...

April 18th, 2023

Top 5 Reasons to Rent Outdoor Storage

Outdoor Storage

Store your RV, trailer, camper, boat, fish house at an Outdoor Storage

In addition to our many household possessions, here, in our area, including the Princeton, Cambridge, Isanti, St. Francis, Zimmerman, Milaca and Braham areas, many folks also have RVs, 4x4s, boats, snowmobiles and/or other “toys”. Us East Central Minnesotans love to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Not everyone has the space to store all the vehicles however. That’s where storing your vehicle at an outdoor parking storage space can be very handy. People often just think about the cost to rent an outdoor space, wondering whether paying that rent is worth it or not. There are other factors to consider however. If you choose to park your RV, trailer, car, portable fish house or other toys at an outdoor storage facility such as Storehouse Self Storage, you get the huge benefits of (1) accessing your vehicle 24/7, (2) there is plenty of space to navigate in and out of the parking space, (3) the outdoor parking area is snowplowed all Winter to make it easy to come and go year-round, (4) there are security cameras monitoring your vehicle, and (5) the storage facility is fully fenced requiring a code to enter the storage facility. If you choose to park your RV, boat or trailer in your yard, you run the risk of vandalism, it reduces the space you have available for your cars and trucks, and neighborhoods may not always welcome the large recreational vehicles. Below are the most common uses for outdoor parking storage. RV / Motorhome / Travel Trailer / Camper / Camper Van / Fifth Wheel Storage During the Pandemic, the RV industry saw a significant increase in sales. Sales are slowing now, however, if you look at the trend pre-pandemic, the RV industry has been steadily growing since 2017. Currently, over 9 million households own an RV and, according to RV News, 9.6 million households intend to buy an RV within the next five years. People ...

April 12th, 2023

Things to Look for When Selecting a Self Storage Facility

Indoor / Outdoor Storage

If you are searching for a self storage facility, there are a number of things that are important to consider beyond just the price. Assuming the monthly rental cost is relatively the same from one storage facility to another in a particular area, following are some additional factors to think about when choosing where to store your treasures. Rental Terms Most self storage companies offer month-to-month rent, however, you should check the terms to be sure. Some may have a minimum period of time you need to rent. Also, some storage facilities require you to give them at least a 30 day notice before you can end your lease. That becomes tricky if you only planned to rent for a month. You would have to give the rental office your 30-day notice prior to moving in. Sometimes you are not entirely sure what date you plan to move out. This forces you to plan way ahead. Instead, you may want to select a company where you can end a lease just a few days prior to moving out and not have to pay for the entire next month. Location Prior to there being as many mini-storage locations as there are today, the older storage locations were more of a destination and were more tucked away. Newer facilities tend to be built at more convenient locations to compete with all the other locations. It is really nice if you can quickly get to your storage unit. Also, if you are trying to drive a trailer or moving van to a storage facility, it is helpful to find one that is easy to get into. You may want to select a place that is right off a highway with easy in and out access. Once you are moved into a storage unit, it will save a lot of time if you can quickly get over to your storage space. Hours The majority of ...

April 12th, 2023

Top 6 Reasons People Rent Self Storage

Indoor Self Storage

As you probably noticed, self-storage facilities continue to pop up all over the place, even in the Cambridge, Isanti, Princeton, Zimmerman, Milaca, and St. Francis areas. Obviously self storage units are popular in urban and suburban areas. They are also growing in popularity in the outstate areas. Recently, I have even noticed rural farmers building self storage buildings on their farm near me where they have quick access to a highway. We are blessed in this country and have a lot of possessions. Also, people have become more mobile and, as people’s life situations change, our need to temporarily or permanently store all our belongings is becoming greater. Following, are five common reasons people are renting more storage units than ever. Moving Transitioning from one home to another impacts us in numerous different ways. 41% of self storage customers stated they needed storage for moving. Following are examples of when you may need storage if you are moving: Downsizing It seems like the popular thing to do once adults are empty-nesters is to downsize. The large home (and expenses associated with that) do not make sense anymore. Couples often choose to move to a home that is smaller and maybe easier to maintain. Also, with the recent inflation, loss of jobs and other life events, people are choosing to switch from a larger home to a smaller space. As a result, we are faced with trying to decide what to do with all the possessions and furniture that won’t fit into a smaller home, condo or apartment. Moving requires a lot of time and work and often, we don’t have time to sort through everything before the move. Instead of making any rash decisions, you can store excess possessions in storage until you have time to go through everything. You may possibly reuse them again in the future or hand ...

March 24th, 2023