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Steps to Weatherproof Your Self Storage Items


Items that are loose in your storage unit can be at risk for weather and water damage. Most of the time, people store the same types of items in storage units. Whether you are storing furniture, electronics, family heirlooms, or random documents, you want to make sure they don’t get damaged. There are some steps you should take to keep your things safe from unwanted moisture and debris before you even start the packing process. Today, Marina View Storage gives you some tips to weatherproofing your self-storage items. Choosing the Right Containers Choosing the right containers can be a huge factor when you want to weatherproof your things. Storing your valuables in plastic containers with tight-fitting lids is a great way to prevent water and unwanted moisture from ruining anything. Plastic containers also ensure bugs won’t infiltrate your clothes or other delicate belongings. Not only do these plastic containers block water and grime, but they also stack easily in your storage unit! Wrapping Your Furniture Most furniture is too big for you to find a waterproof container for. The next best thing is wrapping it in a plastic sleeve or completely covering it with tarps and plastic wrap. One thing that can be easily ruined on a piece of furniture in a storage unit is the wooden pieces. Wood can easily be warped due to humidity changes and extreme temperatures. Covering these areas can slow this process down, and sometimes even prevent it! Waterproof Tarps Tarps are a cheap and easy solution to weatherproofing. One of the first things Marina View Storage suggests to do is lay a tarp on your storage unit’s floor. Most of the time, when your storage unit doesn’t withstand the weather, the first things to be ruined are things on the ground. Putting a barrier between your belongings and the group can help prevent this. Also, covering your items with tarps can be a cheap solution to protect your things from weather-damage. Rent a Climate Controlled Storage Unit If you are concerned about ...

October 30th, 2019

Organizing Techniques for Your Storage Unit


It can be tempting to start throwing everything in random boxes during the moving process. Depending on how long it takes you to pack, it can be both physically and emotionally draining. However, if you take the time to organize your items thoroughly, you will thank yourself later. Your new home is just waiting to be decorated and personalized to your family’s style, and the sooner everything is unpacked, the better. In today’s blog, Marina View Storage gives you some options on how you should organize items to make the whole process easier. Label Everything Individual moving boxes, whether they are cardboard or plastic, can easily be misplaced in the move. As you pack, it may seem easier to have a hodgepodge of items in each box. However, if you only keep specific things in each box, it will make for a simple transition from place to place. You can label boxes accordingly when you keep similar items each box. It is up to you how you label them! Sometimes it is easier to label them by which room they belong in. Sometimes it is easier to label them by the person they belong to. No matter how you decide to label your storage boxes, just make sure you do it! Color Coordination Organizing anything by color is one of the easiest ways to remember the importance of each box. This organizational technique could include different colored paper taped to boxes, markers to write on the outside, or even different colored plastic containers. No matter which way you decide to incorporate colors into your packing, it will help keep everything neatly organized. Storage Box Sizes An easy, visual indicator to help with organization is organizing by box size. While you are packing, load things you will not need for a while into larger boxes. Save the smaller boxes for items that will be accessed more frequently. The smaller storage boxes make it easier for you to find items rather than digging through a large bin. Storing ...

October 28th, 2019

How Often Should I Check on My Storage Unit?


You have moved all of your things into a secure storage unit, and finally, that weight is off of your shoulders. But what happens if there is a storm? Or is it unusually hot outside? Is everything in your storage unit safe? The safety of your valuables could be a major concern if you don’t have a secure storage facility. Storage units are meant to give you peace of mind and free up space in your home. At Marina View Storage, we suggest you check on your storage unit periodically. In today’s blog, we list questions you should ask yourself before visiting your storage unit. What Do I Have in Storage? If you have valuable items in your storage unit, especially things that are easily damaged, it is best to check on them frequently. However, if you have storage containers filled with items that can withstand temperature changes, you won’t need to check on them as often. Things such as furniture can be checked on once every couple of months, whereas valuable items like electronics should be checked every two weeks. How Has the Weather Been? Severe weather can cause anxiety for any storage unit owner. Outdoor storage units can be susceptible to various weather events. Before a storm hits, make sure to visit your personal storage unit and assess the quality of your things. If there are any storage containers open, make sure to close them and keep them in a safe location. You might need to rearrange your storage unit to prevent anything from being damaged. After the storm rolls through, revisit your storage unit to make sure all of your items’ quality is the same as the day you moved it in. How Often Should I Visit My Unit? You should visit your storage unit once every month or two. The things you have in your storage unit can be worth a decent amount of money, and if they were still in your home, you are likely to check on them without ...

October 24th, 2019

Four Signs That You Need a Storage Unit


Do you see things that never get used as you walk through your home? Or maybe you’re moving to a new place and your living room is full of boxes. Overcrowding is one of the most significant reasons to rent a storage unit, since space can be hard to come by in many homes. Sometimes, it’s not until you pack that you realize how much stuff you have. Before your living space becomes overrun, check to see if any of these signs apply to you. Moving Homes Moving is one of the most stressful yet rewarding life decisions you will make! Boxes will begin to fill up the common areas, making you question whether you should have bought a bigger house. Consider renting storage for the time between moves. These storage units will immediately free up space in your home, making the moving process much easier. It will also make it easier to move into your new house since all of your things are in the same place! Overflowing Bedrooms Extra bedrooms can quickly turn into makeshift storage closets. But what happens when you have guests? With a storage unit, you can free up your extra bedroom and use it how it was meant to be used. Before your bedroom overflows with extra stuff, rent a storage unit! Storage for Different Seasons Most things put into storage are being held onto for later. A Christmas tree can take up a lot of space in a house or apartment. Not to mention all of the other decorations that come with that season! Seasonal storage also applies to things such as storing your lawnmower during the winter or your cold-weather clothing during the summer. Working From Home If you have a home business, things like extra desks, file cabinets, and documents can take up a majority of your space. You want to be comfortable and relaxed when you work from home, so don’t clutter your area when you don’t have to! Rent a personal storage unit to hold some of ...

October 22nd, 2019

How to Store Your Large Vehicles


One of the most challenging things when looking for the perfect storage unit is determining what size you need. The size of your perfect storage unit will depend on the duration of your stay, how long your items will be in storage, and the size of the items to be stored. Sometimes a single item will take up most of your unit. Storing large vehicles such as RVs, boats, and trucks can make your storage unit choice more difficult. In today’s blog, Marina View Storage gives some advice on how to store these large vehicles. Measure the Dimensions Before you make any decisions about your storage unit, you should know the dimensions of your vehicle. Measuring the length, width, and especially the height will be step number one. You will need to find a unit that can accommodate the unique dimensions of your vehicle; don’t forget that you will need to rent a storage unit that has an entryway large enough for your vehicle to go in! Once you are sure about your vehicle dimensions, you can decide on a storage unit that will fit perfectly. Boat Storage Boats are a very popular vehicle to keep in storage due to their seasonality. There are specialty boat storage facilities; however, if you are looking for a personal storage unit for secure keeping, you need to find the right space. When storing a boat, you will need to account for the engines on the end, as they can take up extra room. Leave enough room on the sides for accessibility and storage space for boat accessories. Before you move the boat completely into the storage unit, make sure to put a boat cover on the top to prevent a build-up of dust and debris. RV Storage RVs can be tricky to find storage for due to the length of the vehicle’s body. There are specialty storage units designed to fit oversized RVs or trailers, so before settling on at-home storage or uncovered storage, research RV storage in ...

September 24th, 2019

Tips and Tricks for Packing Fragile Storage Items


Moving to a new house or apartment is stressful enough, even before you pack up your old place. Moving can cause anxiety as you think about the finances and logistics that go with this life decision. The last thing you want to worry about is your things getting damaged during the moving process. However, this happens more often than you might think. Fragile items such as family heirlooms, glassware, and dishes can break with one wrong move. Marina View Storage wants to keep your belongings as secure as possible. In today’s blog, we look at some tips to prevent fragile items from breaking in storage. Don’t Overpack You might get to the point in the packing process where you notice you are running low on boxes. It can be tempting to rush through and start putting random things into boxes just to fill them to the brim. However, this type of overpacking is something you want to avoid! Overpacking can result in a tight fit, not allowing space for the belongings inside. Breaking is far more likely to occur in storage when boxes are overstuffed, so make sure you leave a little additional space. Wrap Everything Up Bubble-wrap is your best friend when it comes to fragile pieces. This extra padding between the glass and the rest of the items is the safe-haven you need to ensure a more secure moving process. It is advised to wrap each fragile item individually, in multiple layers of bubble-wrap. When you put the boxes into your storage unit, even if the contents shift, they will have the protective layer they need to hold up over the long term. Secure Each Box Taping up each box at every opening takes secure storage to a new level. It might sound like common sense, but taping the slits will significantly benefit your moving process. When some people don’t have tape, they will fold the flaps of the cardboard boxes to a closed position. Boxes that are folded rather than taped are ...

September 19th, 2019

What to Look for in a Storage Facility


Storage facilities need to be safe, secure, and convenient. If you are storing items with financial or sentimental value, you need to know that your belongings are safe. When you are looking for a storage facility, what features do you value most? Many renters value advanced security features, while other renters value convenient access. Today, Marina View Storage shows us what to look for in the ideal storage facility. Security One of the most important factors to consider before renting a personal storage unit is the security of the facility. Most storage facilities have precautions such as a gate, strong fence, and locks on the units. Depending on what you are storing, security can be a huge aspect of your decision. When looking for the perfect storage facility, look for security features such as staff security guards, 24-hour video surveillance, key-code locked gates, and responsive customer service staff. 24/7 Access A big perk of some storage facilities is 24-hour access to your unit. This can be very beneficial if you work irregular hours or need access later in the day. After all, they are your belongings, and you should be able to get to them when you desire. Easily Accessible A feature such as drive-up storage units can set an excellent storage facility apart from the rest. It can be very challenging to move everything out of your storage unit if you need to carry it more than a few feet. Easy access also means the location of the storage facility is easy to get to with a moving van or oversized vehicle. Climate-Controlled Storage Units There are two main types of storage units: outdoor storage units and climate-controlled storage units. One thing that sets apart our storage facilities is the option for a climate-controlled storage unit. These units are secure and can keep the valuable contents inside at the desired temperature to prevent wear. If you need a storage unit for items such as wooden furniture, family heirlooms, leather goods, and more, Marina View ...

September 17th, 2019

Storage Solutions: Make Unpacking a Breeze


Unpacking all of your storage boxes can take days, and by the time you finally decide where you want everything to go, it could be weeks. If you are moving your items into storage during the transition from one home to another, you might be tempted to randomly stack boxes in the storage unit. However, there are many packing strategies that are more effective. In today’s blog, Marina View Storage shares some advice on the best way to tackle unpacking. Before You Pack A large portion of the unpacking process can be made simple with a little bit of planning. Before you pack and move your things into a storage unit, you need to organize your boxes by room, category, or owner. This organizational packing technique will streamline the unpacking process, making it as simple as possible. Writing descriptions of what is inside each stored box will allow for easy unpacking when the time comes. Try your best to pack neatly, as this can keep items from breaking! Decide Ahead of Time When you are moving things into the storage unit, you will want to organize items in a particular order. The first items to go in should be the last items you will take out, so the first items should be things that you plan to leave in the storage unit for an extended period of time. When you are moving your belongings into the unit, you want to be able to access everything easily. So plan what will be taken out first, what will be taken out last, and leave yourself some space to move items around. Unpack Smaller Rooms First If you are planning on moving into a new house, pack the smaller rooms first. Bathrooms and closets can quickly be organized in your new home and will make the unpacking process go by faster. Your storage unit should be organized in a practical way to make the transition a breeze; rather than moving everything out at once, progressively unload your items over ...

September 12th, 2019

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

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