FAQ's & Tips
So you’re new to storage and you have questions about what you can store, how big of a unit do you need and how to go about picking the right facility? At Allspace Self Storage we are experts in meeting our customers unique storage needs and will help guide you with what you need to know to make your experience easier and more enjoyable.
We offer all types of storage unit sizes including smaller inexpensive units to larger units with drive up access to accommodate all types of storage needs. We have an easy to use storage guide that will help you quickly identify the right unit size and our on-site managers are always ready to help assist. But there are also a few other considerations based on how often you’ll access your storage unit and what you are storing. Are you going to access your unit regularly? If so then consider a “drive up” storage unit. Usually these units are larger in size and serve families and businesses that are storing larger items such as furniture, construction equipment and small business inventory. The advantage to drive up storage units is convenience. All you have to do is drive your car or moving vehicle and you’ll have direct access to your unit from the driveway.
However, some of our customers either don’t have to access their storage unit as often, or their looking for a smaller storage unit without drive up access. In either of these cases an inside storage unit works very well and usually will save you money in monthly fees. Our facilities also offer elevator access and push-carts to load items on from vehicles making it a snap to get to and from your storage unit. Also our driveways and loading & unloading zones are extra wide to accommodate most vehicles’ making it very easy to move in and out.
This is a very common question and you can always contact our onsite manager for more clarity and accuracy. That being said, if you click on our locations page for each facility we have provided you with a reference guide to help you estimate what unit sizes and rates would work best for your needs.
Allspace Self Storage has longer gate hours than most facilities running 7AM to 7PM 7 days a week. We also have onsite managers at each of our locations to help assist our customers with all their storage needs during office hours or in case of an emergency. Our managers are friendly professionals dedicated to making sure our customers are well taken care of and that our facilities are safe & secure and remain in excellent working condition.
Packing your items neatly and carefully so you maximize your space and protect your items from damage can be difficult, so we offer a few precautions and tips to help make this job easier and less stressful. Thinking ahead and marking boxes clearly with content items will make it easier for you when you need to find things later. Here’s a few tips to help:
Tips to keep in mind as you pack:
- Use same-size boxes when possible to help with stacking.
- Fill each box completely to prevent the top or sides from crushing. If your box is filled with odd-shaped or loose items like glassware or toys, fill the open spaces with crumpled paper, bubble wrap or other packing material. Heavier items toward the bottom and loose items towards the top.
- Never fill boxes too full. This may cause them to burst.
- Never make boxes too heavy to move. Use larger boxes for things that don’t weigh much and smaller ones for the heavy stuff.
- Use the right type of box or packing crate. For instance, use a heavy-duty box for your books as this is less likely to break than a standard box. You still need to be careful not to overfill it, though. Wardrobe boxes allow you to hang up clothing and fabrics while in storage.
- Stack books; don’t stand them on end as this could damage the spines.
- Stack plates on end. Wrap dishes individually and place like-sized items together. Nest individually wrapped cups together. Use paper or bubble wrap in-between for added protection.
- Wrap framed art in bubble wrap or packing material. Look for protective cardboard or plastic corners at your packing supply store.
- Criss-cross masking tape across the face of mirrors or glass-covered art.
- Store framed mirrors, photographs and artwork vertically rather than flat.
- Label boxes clearly and on more than one side. Consider providing a general description like ‘kitchen goods’ including an inventory such as ‘potholders, towels, aprons, silverware’ so that no one opens this kitchen box when they need the pots and pans. Be sure to mark boxes as ‘fragile.’
- Clean items like clothing, blankets, drapery or furniture before packing them to prevent germs and dirt from being transported to a new location and odors from spreading throughout your storage unit.
- Polish wood before you pack to provide a little extra protection from the elements.
- Treat leather items with a specially made conditioner before placing them in storage.
- Wipe metal objects with machine oil or another type of rust preventative.
- Take apart items like bed frames and tables, and remove lampshades from lamps. This will help protect them from breaking and make them easier to move.
- Always cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them from stains, tears and scratches.
- Put heavier items on the bottom of your moving van or storage unit.
- Store the least used items at the back of your unit making it easier to get to the items you use more often.
- Hide valuable items like your television behind other items so that they will be more difficult to spot and possibly steal.
- Always place boxes of fragile items on top of other boxes.
- Consider the environment where you plan to store your valuables. Will it be very hot or cold? Consider renting a climate controlled storage room for items that could be damaged by extreme temperatures or humidity. This includes things like software, paper, electronics or clothing. Some items do best in cold storage such as wine and furs. In storage units without climate control consider using a dehumidifier.
- When choosing a storage unit, always factor in a little more room than your belongings take up in order to allow space for you to walk between stacks of items. This will help you to find what you need easier and provide better ventilation.
- Always best to take a little time to plan and organize as you packing strategy for best results and to make it easier to get needed items once they’re in the storage unit.
Flammable, Combustible, hazardous or toxic materials considered inherently dangerous cannot be stored. Gasoline, kerosene, compressed gas, propane tanks, lamp and motor oil, acid, grease, corrosives, fertilizer, paint, cleaners, chemicals, biological waste, narcotics, fireworks, explosives, weapons, ammunition or anything that could be considered dangerous or a hazard.