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Why Rent a Storage Unit?


Storage units can be used for many different purposes, more than one might think! There are numerous benefits to keeping your belongings in a storage unit, but what if you don’t need the extra space? Even with storage space in your home, storage units can play a significant role in many different projects or transitions. In today’s blog, Marina View Storage explains a few reasons why you should rent a storage unit! Free Up Space The most common reason people rent storage units is to free up some extra space in their home. Homes can get overcrowded very quickly with the addition of new furniture, new decorations, and even new people! Extra space quickly becomes filled up with seasonal decorations, outdated furniture, and other unneeded items. Renting an affordable storage unit could greatly benefit your cluttered home — you could finally use that guest bedroom again! Keep Your Belongings Secure Storage facilities are great for keeping your personal items safe. With secure storage, you will have peace-of-mind as your valuable family heirlooms, furniture, and electronics are safe in your storage unit. Many storage facilities offer both indoor and outdoor storage units that are protected by a gate, video surveillance, and industrial locks. Even if you are nervous about the security precautions, talk to a staff member about how they ensure security! Maintain Easy Access While storage units are not in your home, they are still very accessible. After entering your personalized gate passcode, you can pull right up to the unit to access your belongings. Our storage units are built to be accessible, so you can quickly get in and out without having to dig through the entire unit! To make things even easier, make sure to organize your items as you put them in the storage unit. Make Moving a Breeze It can be challenging to find a space to put awkwardly shaped furniture or bulky items. If you are worried about moving all of your items from one home to another, or you are in between ...

July 31st, 2019

Common Storage Unit Questions


Many customers have important questions before they decide on a storage facility, and Marina View Storage is here to provide the answers! If you have concerns about renting a storage unit, we want to help you get all the information you need to make a smart choice. In today’s blog, Marina View Storage takes the time to answer five of the most frequently asked questions about storage units. How Secure Is a Storage Unit? Most storage facilities are secure, however, some are more secure than others. If it is an advanced facility, they will have 24-hour cameras, secure gates and fencing, security staff, and more. If you want a top of the line storage unit that is secure, look no further. Marina View Storage has high-quality storage locks, fenced and gated property, 24/7 video surveillance, and staff to keep your storage safe! What Size Storage Unit Should I Rent? Knowing what size self-storage unit to rent can be difficult, especially if you have never rented a storage unit before. Storage units can range from 5x5 to 15x50 at Marina View Storage, so we always have the perfect unit for anything you might need to store. For an average one bedroom apartment, our 10x15 size is a perfect choice. If you are unsure what size would be best, our friendly customer service team is happy to help! What’s the Best Way to Protect Belongings in a Storage Unit? The best way to keep your belongings safe and secure for the long run is to rent a climate controlled storage unit. Our advanced climate controlled storage units maintain balanced temperature and humidity levels while filtering the air and reducing dust. If you are planning to store your belongings for an extended period of time, we recommend a climate controlled storage unit. How Long Will My Lease Be? Storage facilities often offer month-to-month leases, so customers never have to be locked into a contract. Before signing your lease, always read through the contact to ensure you understand what you are ...

July 29th, 2019

Storage Unit Sizes: What Will It Fit?


Picking a storage unit can be tricky. You will want to have the right amenities, such as drive-up access and climate control. You will also want to choose a facility that has great security as well as great customer service. Once you find the facility that’s right for you, the next step is choosing the right size storage unit for your needs. Marine View Storage has excellent amenities, security, and customer service, and we also have plenty of sizes of storage units to choose from. In today’s blog, Marina View Storage explains the details about what will fit in our various storage unit sizes. Small 5x10 Typically a 5x10 storage unit is around the size of a walk-in closet. If you are storing items for a studio apartment or a single bedroom, these 50 square feet of space will be perfect. Usually, they can fit anywhere from 10-15 boxes and two pieces of furniture. Medium 10x10 Most often referred to as the “family room unit,” this 10x10 storage unit offers 100 square feet of space. It can hold the contents of a standard living room, two bedrooms, or a large home office. If you stack and organize your belongings inside the unit, you will be able to store several small boxes and a couple medium sized boxes as well! 10x15 Roughly the size of a one car garage, the 10x15 unit gives you a fair amount of space. This storage unit size typically can fit three bedrooms, including furniture, mattresses, and boxes. The size of a 10x15 unit is ideal for larger items such as televisions, dining room tables, and more! Load in your furniture first to stack some of the extra boxes on top! Large 10x20 Some would say a 10x20 storage unit is perfect for storing all the contents of a multi-bedroom home. While this is true for a minimalist or a person who doesn’t have a large amount of belongings, it might not be the case for a standard home. This is great for holding several bedrooms and ...

July 26th, 2019

Things To Consider When Thinking About Summer Storage


Summer is a popular time to begin renting a storage unit. Whether you’re moving to a new home, storing your boat, or just freeing up some space, a storage unit is the perfect solution. Summer months are a great time to use a storage unit, but there are some important things to consider about summer storage. Before you throw all of your extra belongings into a storage unit, read on as Marina View Storage provides some summer storage advice! Temperature Temperatures can get intense in an outdoor storage unit. The summer sun can generate a lot of heat, and you will want to be sure your belongings are safe and secure. Depending on where you live, the heat can be far more extreme. So be sure that you are not storing any delicate items that could become damaged. Items like electronics, leather furniture, and delicate garments should be stored in a cooler environment. Humidity Humidity plays a significant factor in the preservation of certain types of stored items. Items such as electronics, books, antiques, and wooden furniture can be damaged when humidity levels vary. Without controlled humidity levels, you run the risk of mildew and mold. One of the most common problems renters encounter when humidity levels are not taken into consideration is the warping of wooden furniture. These delicate pieces absorb the humidity, causing them to swell and ruining the piece completely! Accessibility During the summer months, you will want to access your belongings easily. This is especially true if you are storing something like a car, boat, or seasonal gear. An outdoor storage unit makes accessing items simple and easy. All you need to do now is organize your storage unit for easy access! Rental Terms It’s important to understand your rental terms, whatever the season! Many storage rentals are based on a month-to-month contract, but you can choose longer rental terms if you prefer. Understanding your rental terms will help you save time and money. Some storage facilities offer promotions for summer renters, college students, ...

July 25th, 2019

5 Hacks to Maximize the Space in Your Storage Unit


Storage units are limited to a set square-footage unless you want to pay more for a larger space. It can be complicated to know exactly how much you can fit without stepping foot in the unit itself. Storage units typically range from 20 square feet all the way up to 300+ square feet. However, if you are on a budget, you will want to maximize the space within your storage unit. In today’s blog, Marina View Storage lists five hacks to get the most out of every inch of your unit. 1. Stack Boxes High Stacking boxes is a straightforward idea; however, it saves a tremendous amount of space. Make sure to use sturdy cardboard boxes that can easily stand on top of each other without having to worry about them falling. Typically, storage units have 8-10 foot ceilings, and we almost always cover the floor with belongings rather than stacking. By moving boxes from the floor to a stack, you will immediately free up several feet of the storage unit. 2. Vacuum Sealed Storage Bags Items such as clothing, bedsheets, towels, and other fabrics take up a lot of room. Because they are plusher than cardboard and other loose items, they eat up space quickly. To save storage space, put all of your clothes that will stay in storage for an extended period of time in vacuum sealed bags. The vacuum takes all the excess air out of the bags, reducing the size. After extracting all of the unnecessary air, you will see a difference in how much space you have! They are also great for repelling moisture and dirt for long-term storage. 3. Organize Your Belongings Before you completely put everything in storage, organize each box you have. Packing your things in storage containers tightly will help with both your space concern and reduce the risk of breaking during the move. Make sure to organize similar items in the same boxes so your belongings aren’t randomly scattered throughout the unit. It is ...

June 24th, 2019

How Do I Choose The Right Storage Unit?


There are several options, accommodations, and sizes to choose from when researching which storage unit is best for you. It can be a difficult decision if you aren’t aware of what is best for the items you are storing. When looking into renting a storage unit, you will want to consider factors such as size, climate control, access hours, security, and much more. Today, Marina View Storage answers some common questions you might ask yourself to help you make the best decision when choosing your next storage unit. What Am I Storing? Depending on the items you are storing, it will determine how large a unit you will need. Often, there are depictions of what will fit within each scale of unit. For example, a storage unit that measures 5x5 is likely to hold about one piece of furniture, a narrow item such as a lamp, and a few storage boxes. Compare that to a 10x20 unit which holds enough for about 2-3 bedrooms. Before purchasing a storage unit, figure out exactly what you are putting in storage! How Long Will It Be In A Storage Unit? Many things are often stored in storage units that are not made to be left for extended periods of time, especially without climate control. The longer you leave items in storage, the more you risk accidents occurring or dirt damaging the items. However, there are tips for long-term storage unit use. Small factors such as tight packing, sealing boxes and bags, and even checking up on items regularly will extend the lifespan of your belongings. Make sure to evaluate the area before moving in to ensure easy check-ups and a safe, long-term location. Do I Need A Climate Controlled Storage Unit? Climate controlled storage units are highly recommended, especially for expensive or important items. Electronics, artwork, wood furniture, and more sensitive belongings should be stored in a unit where you can change the temperature and humidity. These climate controlled storage units also help protect your items from extreme temperature ...

June 17th, 2019

How to Prepare Your Boat for Winter Storage


The winter season can be very tough on a boat, especially in an icy environment. Without appropriate maintenance, the boat will wear easier, causing a shorter life-span for these expensive investments. It is essential to take the proper steps before heading to your boat storage unit. Today, Marina View Storage walks us through some important steps to prepare your boat for a season in storage. Step 1: Clean the Interior and Exterior Now that your boat is out of the water, you have the opportunity to clean the entire body without any restrictions. Often on the bottom half of a boat, you will find barnacles, grown-on algae, and thick grime. Removing these with a power washer is the best way to clean even the stuck on grime without wasting time. When cleaning out the interior of the boat, make sure to wipe down all leather seats with a leather cleaner. Applying cleaning products will remove any unwanted dirt, helping the interior stay pristine in boat storage. Step 2: Change Out Liquids After a deep clean of the boat, you will want to change the oil. If any water or unwanted liquids were to leak into the oil, it could corrode the entire engine! Keeping the oil in your engine completely sealed off is the best way to protect your engine’s health. Step 3: Drain All Water Inside Before putting your boat in self-storage, make sure it is completely dry. Even a little bit of water can erode electric pieces of the ship. Also, make sure to drain your engine, bilges, water tanks, and anywhere else you might find a buildup of water. It would be even worse if the water were to freeze over the winter, causing severe damage to the engine! Step 4: Disconnect the Battery Right before you load your boat into your storage unit, disconnect the battery. If you were to leave your battery connected, you run the risk of it being dead when you take it out of boat storage. These ...

June 10th, 2019

Benefits of Climate Controlled Storage Units


Climate controlled storage units make for a safe and secure way to ensure the quality of your belongings. But do the benefits outweigh the cost? While many options and amenities come with storage units, looking into purchasing a climate controlled unit is in your best interest. If you are storing items such as antiques, wood, family heirlooms, or other delicate items, the climate they are kept in is crucial. In today’s blog, Marina View Storage lists some of the benefits of housing your things in a climate controlled storage unit. Extreme Temperature Protection Depending on your area, temperatures can change quickly or be severe in certain seasons. After closing the metal garage door to the front of your storage unit, the temperature inside will change, especially if the temperatures are high outside. With a climate controlled storage unit, you can change the temperature upon request. What temperature you want to set the storage unit will be determined by the contents inside. To avoid ruining precious belongings, research the ideal temperature for your items! Humidity Control The humidity inside of a standard storage unit will vary with the weather. High humidity levels can ruin cardboard boxes, causing them to become soggy, which in turn makes the contents inside at risk of mildew. Wood furniture is in most storage units, and with excessive humidity, the wood will warp and swell. This humidity will quickly ruin several things unknowingly. High humidity isn’t the only cause for concern! Low humidity levels can quickly dry out belongings since there is little to no moisture in the air. To avoid these problems and maintain optimal humidity, purchase a climate controlled storage unit! Ensure Quality Climate controlled storage units are the best way to ensure the quality of your storage items. These indoor facilities are secure, safe, and well-maintained which make accessing your unit simple. Being able to change the temperature of the storage unit allows you to adjust to any weather or outside temperature changes quickly. Weather Protection One of the biggest concerns ...

June 3rd, 2019