Small Business Thrives on Self Storage Facilities
Small Businesses thrive on self storage facilities, when they need more space to scale their business. A small business owner typically lists property overhead as one of the most expensive business expenses. Once a small business is ready to scale up to increase revenue, they find they need more space. However, with self storage facilities within close range they no longer need to rent or lease bigger spaces because they can store items they don’t need in a self storage unit. Once they’ve done this, it allows for them to make more room for more staff or a new machine.
Many businesses go through great pain to find the right location with the right amount of foot traffic. However, once it’s time for the business to scale up, they find it hard to accommodate room for more equipment or staff. This makes it very inconvenient for a small business to operate without facing the fact they need more real-estate. Renting or leasing more real-estate is also very risky, because the overhead may outweigh the increase in profit margins. A business also risks moving to a location that doesn’t feed them as much traffic. Both of these issues could spell disaster for a new company that’s just starting to flourish.
What Business owners fail to realize about self storage facilities…
Many business owners fail to realize that moving from a place that has been working can prove dastardly to an up and coming business. This is why self storage facilities are so helpful, because many businesses can relinquish more room by getting rid of items they don’t need and don’t use often.
In many cases this could be files, desks and other items that aren’t used frequently throughout the course of a month. This could allow a small business to expand their operating area and not have to relocate their whole company. Once they’ve found the right monthly price for a self storage unit they’ll find that the monthly fee for the storage is much more affordable than relocating their whole business.
Self Storage Facilities Are a Better Solution for Small Business Owners
Once a small business owner realizes the amount of money they save by renting a storage unit from a self storage facility, they realize the value right away. They couldn’t deny it even if they tried. The reality is, spending 150-300$ additional dollars for extra space is less costly than moving locations and risking new customer flow and traffic to their business. Accessing a self storage facility once or twice a month to access necessary stock or items. It’s much easier than uprooting a business to a new location. I am sure you agree, Right?
Many storage facilities have very secure operations to guarantee your stuff is safe and sound. The majority of self storage facilities require a small fee for insurance. Additionally, business insurance will insure what you’re storing externally. One of the new phenomena of the self storage industry is climate-controlled storage. There are several climate controlled storage companies out there. Some self storage facilities offer refrigeration and electricity as well..
Now that you’ve become a more educated business owner, feel free to contact Safe & Secure Self Storage to find out what we can do for your business to relieve you of the stress and worry of finding a bigger property for your business or incurring more cost than you really need for your company.
So, you’re looking to store your valuable home décor or artwork for a short or long amount of time in a self storage unit, but do you know how to properly store it? How to store paintings? Well, it’s ok we’ll educate you on how to do this the right way the first time, so you can have it when you’re ready to put it back up in your home or office. Fortunately, you have several options when seeking self storage, and we suggest you choose the following options. Look for and choose a facility that has a good climate control level and you want an indoor storage facility with 24/7 security.
How To Store Paintings and Other Art in Self Storage – Best Practices
So, the question remains, how to store paintings and other art pieces properly to make sure they aren’t damaged while they’re being stored in self storage? We hope to tackle this question by offering some valued objectives for anyone who’s storing their paintings and other artwork in self storage.
Firstly, storing your artwork safely in self storage isn’t rocket science and you don’t need to be an expert on it to do it. Although, finding the right storage company is very important and some of the requirements for storing valuable paintings and other artwork properly are very important. It’s important to find a climate controlled in-door storage facility. Why? Because an out-door facility will expose your artwork to the elements and ruin it for good. A climate controlled facility will offer the ability to keep precious paintings and artwork at a standard temperature so you won’t need to worry about it being too hot or too cold. Leaving artwork exposed to changing temperatures could cause condensation in which could ruin the artwork entirely.
Storing Two-Dimensional Art Pieces in Self Storage
How to Store Paintings and Art Properly in Self Storage:
A big misconception in storing two-dimensional art like paintings, prints and photos is keeping them rolled up in tubes would be the best way to protect them. This is not true. While this may be a great way to transport art, it is not a great way to store it for long periods of time. Not to mention that is there were any moisture it could absorb into the cardboard further deteriorating the art and the cardboard tube.
Two Dimensional Art Storage
Two-dimensional art should be stored flat, mounted on matte board (although not permanently). The thickness of the matte board should keep the artwork from curling over time and developing a stiffness to the curl which could ruin the integrity of the art piece forever. Obviously heavier art pieces will require heavier and thicker matte boards. Once you mount the artwork, it’s good practice to cover the artwork with polyester film thick enough to avoid a puncture. However, you want to make sure it’s not attached to the artwork itself (this is what the matte board is for.) It’s good practice to tape it to the back of the matte board and fold it over the front of the matte board. The folded edges over the art piece should be the protection you’re looking for to preserve value. This practice also prevents damage from humidity.
If you have very delicate art pieces that can be easily smudged, a front frame may be a necessary element of the matte board allowing a front facing window with the sides protecting the polyester film from smudging the piece.
Seems tedious doesn’t it?
No. Not if you value the art. Once you have given a matte frame to the art work, it’s recommended that you place the matte board cover over the front face of the piece. This just gives it an added protection. Warning, keep the front covering matte board clipped on or attached like a hinge, so you can reveal the piece when you want to.
If you have smaller items like pictures post cards or stamps you can store them in (ACID FREE) cardboard boxes. You can find these at any local art store. All of this allows you easy access to the art pieces without the hassle of damaging them while attempting to view them. Especially, if you’re storing them in a small 5×5 or 5×10 storage locker.
Storing Sculptures Properly in Self Storage
Now, three-dimensional art work like sculptures and statues will have their own individual needs. The biggest concern for these pieces is to make sure they are stored inside the storage locker with space between them so they don’t get crushed or dented. Depending on how fragile the sculpture is will be the determining factor on how safely you can store the item. We suggest putting the item(s) on shelves to avoid a cluster. Plastic or steel shelving is pretty easy to come by and could be purchased at any major brand hardware store for very little cost. Another good practice for storing sculptures is wrapping them within Styrofoam or within Styrofoam peanuts inside of a box.
Obviously, this may seem tedious or even expensive, but if you value these items it’s important that you follow the suggestions. At Safe & Secure Self Storage we want you to have a great experience and obviously we want your stuff to be safe while you’re storing items with us. Please feel free to read through other material on our blog to educate yourself on how to store items properly.
Knowing How to Use Packing and Moving Supplies Properly
It happens all the time, you make a decision to up and move cross country and then realize you’ve waited till the last minute to plan out the packing and moving supplies to move your stuff without it getting damaged in the process.
Having the correct supplies for a move couldn’t be more important, because it means the difference between your personal items coming out of storage the same way they came in. Safe & Secure offers boxes, packing and moving supplies and we’ve also provided helpful information on packing a storage unit properly and how to pack fragile items. Storage facilities typically offer packaging and moving supplies. However, they’re not there to educate you on how to store items properly within the boxes using bubble wrap for fragile items.
The Bottom Line…
You can’t store your items in garbage bags and expect to get them back the same way you stored them. Garbage bags can cause condensation and crush its contents. In order to protect your valued items, you’ll definitely need to properly pack them for moving and storage if necessary.
The Proper Usage of Boxes for Packing and Moving Supplies
Boxes and Filling Materials:
The cost of packing and moving supplies is peanuts in comparison to how they will protect your valued items being loaded on the back of a truck or in a storage unit. Safe & Secure self storage has several sized boxes available at their Bergen County location in Garfield, NJ. The focus here is the how and why you need to use packing tape, bubble wrap, peanuts and boxes properly. Using smaller boxes for heavier items is the safest way to pack and store. The reason you put the heavier items in smaller boxes for loading on the moving truck or self storage unit is when you go to lift it, it’s light, but also it’s less top heavy when being stored on something else. The extra large boxes are great for storing light items, like blankets, pillows, wardrobe, drapes and much more. You can align the smaller boxes with the heavier items on the floor and stack the bigger and lighter boxes on top of them. If you’re storing documents, it may be best to use file boxes or something that will preserve the integrity of each page. We cannot express enough how important it is to store your items using peanuts, newspaper and bubble wrap for extra cushion and security.
Using Mattress and Furniture Covers
Bedding and furniture items are the easiest target for mold from condensation, especially if stored for a long time. In the old days people would store mattresses with covers hanging from the rafters with mattress covers. Mattresses and furniture should always be stored with covers on them. There are several sources for mattress covers and other items and luckily with Amazon, next day delivery is always available. During your packing and storage process whether it be in a moving truck or a storage unit, cover wood and leather furniture with the proper sized furniture covers. If you don’t have time to grab some use old linens to protect them. Remember, using plastic on wood and other furniture could cause condensation.
Using Various Miscellaneous Supplies
Several storage companies, including Safe & Secure offer various packing items. Rope and other items to tie down your items during the move are typically available at a moving and storage facility. Packing tape is always available at storage facility’s. If you want some kind of order to your storage experience, use an inventory list to document boxes and items within them. Seal each box that you put into your storage unit to avoid dust accumulating on the boxes contents. It’s best to bring some screw drivers and a box cutter to have the ability to disassemble furniture and cut open boxes.
If you follow these guidelines, it will save you from having to worry about your items while in long distance transit or long term storage. Many people in the middle of a move wind up not having a great experience and the same goes for storage, but if you pack items properly using the correct protection this give you added assurance.
22 Tips for Organizing A Storage Unit Properly
Storing your items in a storage unit is actually an art form in many ways. Anytime your store your items in self-storage, it’s very similar to solving a geometry equation. If you don’t store your items properly it could result in underused space and higher costs, this is why organizing a storage unit properly is very important. Many, stack items on top of one another, but fail to realize that if they don’t stack them correctly, items can topple and crush other items. This brings to light, the fact that people need to know how to properly organize their storage units.
Knowing how to organize your storage locker will also help you during the time of your storage experience to access frequently used items without having to search through the storage locker and clutter things up. Safe & Secure Self Storage decided to educate you the reader on how to save space, time and money by organizing a storage unit properly when you store your goods with us.
Without Further ado…
Here’s 22 Tips on Organizing A Storage Unit
12 Tips for Packaging Boxes Correctly
1. Organizing: Before boxing your things, make a list and assign each room that your packing to groups of boxes, then sub label them to identify what’s in them. Make sure you have the label clearly marked on the box, so you can see it when searching for it in your storage locker.
As you’re making the list, it’s good to note the estimated value of the items inside, this helps you gauge the value of the items in your storage unit for insurance that most companies make you purchase when storing with them.
2. Don’t use more than two different sizes of boxes: This allows you to stack boxes on top of one another much easier. If you watch “Storage Wars” or have ever been to a storage auction, then you’ve seen what stacking big boxes on little boxes can do. It’s important to stack smaller boxes on top of bigger boxes and to make sure that the bottom box is sturdy enough to hold any boxes on top of it.
3. Avoid dust: Make sure you put all items in boxes to avoid dust and mildew.
4. Don’t waste space: Make a good attempt to fill every box, but don’t pack a lot of heavy materials in one box. This will allow you to conserve space and avoid pulling your back out, moving it. When packing the bigger boxes, pack the heavier items first, then fill the rest with the lighter items to assure maximum space usage.
5. Don’t Use Plastic Bags: Storing items in sealed plastic backs could seem like it’s safe, but it’s not. Storing stuff like cloths in plastic bags and other fabrics could potentially spell disaster due to mildew.
6. Pack Books Wisely: If you have a lot of books that need to be stored, store them properly. Using smaller boxes will assure you can move them easily and that they’re not being crushed by other books. Store books on their sides to assure there is no spine damage to the books while in storage.
7. Avoid a water mess: You usually only have to worry about this in an out-door storage unit, but if you’re storing in an out-door storage unit, it’s best to listen. Freezers and refrigerators should be completely de-thawed before being stored in a storage unit. Drain your washing machines completely. Then, make sure that your valuables aren’t on the floor. Lastly, ask the storage company if there have ever been any problems with flooding, especially if the storage company is located in a flood zone or close to water level.
8. Storing Fragile Items Properly: We covered this here in-depth, but to further the discussion, packing breakables in bubble wrap and tape padding onto pictures, to assure maximum safety.
9. Wardrobe Boxes are the best: When packing cloths, we suggest using wardrobe boxes where you can. You can hang the cloths inside to ensure their shape stays the same.
10. Make use of old towels and sheets: When wrapping your stuff, use old cloths and not plastic.
11. Storing Tools and Equipment Safely: When preparing metal equipment for storage, you must drain the fuel completely. (In many cases this is requested by insurance.) Giving the tools a rubdown with oil will keep them from rusting.
12. Use packing tape to seal boxes: Sealing your boxes with packing tape will help ward off dust and mold.
10 Tips for Organizing A Storage Unit After Boxing is Done
1. Planning ahead: Making a plan of how you’re going to be inserting the boxes into your unit before you get started with the loading of your items will save you a lot of time in the long run.
2. Using pallets on the ground: Before loading your boxes, you may want to arrange raised pallets according to the plan you develop. This will prevent rats, ants and silverfish from building a home in the bottom of your boxes. (This usually only applies to outdoor storage.)
3. Avoiding Mildew: Don’t store wet items because wet items can cause mildew, mold and water damage.
4. Using shelves for storage: If you have shelves available, you may want to think about using them for your “storage plan.” Using shelves to store smaller items and the items you may need access to on a regular basis are a smart idea.
5. Smart Storage: Store mirrors and frames on their sides and never flat. This avoids them being crushed. It’s also good practice to wrap them in blankets.
6. Storing for best access: It’s always best to stack boxes in such a way that they can be readily accessible. If you can, make an aisle that will help you move through your storage unit to find items you’ll need throughout your storage lease.
7. Keeping the important stuff in the front: Placing boxes that contain items you may need later are best suited in areas easy to access.
8. Dismantling furniture to save space: For example, storing a table or chairs with detachable legs disassembled is the best way to maximize space. Use drawers to store small items as well. We covered this here.
9. Conserving Space: Use hollow areas of the furniture to store small items to make your unit appear less cluttered and your important items easier to find.
10. Avoid infestation: Use moisture absorbers, mothballs, and rodent bait within your unit to assure the maximum safety of your stuff.
Selecting a Safe & Secure Storage Unit for Organizing a Storage Unit Properly
One of the more important decisions is choosing the right storage facility and making sure it’s going to meet your needs. Safe & Secure Self Storage has several thousand units for anyone looking for self storage in New York City or New Jersey.
Practicing the fundamentals we have described above will assure your stuff is stored correctly, easy to access and safe for its stay and years to come.
What is Climate Controlled Storage?
Climate controlled storage is a storage type that provides regulated temperatures for storage units holding people’s items. The average temperature in a climate-controlled storage unit varies from about 75-85 degrees. The variances depend on the weather outside, warmer in the cold and cooler in the when it’s hot outside.
Climate control protects items from being ruined in the elements. For Instance, if you’re storing plastic and the heat exceeds 101-105, the heat has potential to melt your plastics or effect your furniture. In other words, climate control storage services protect your items and below are some of the items you may want to make sure are stored in a climate controlled environment.
What many newcomers to self-storage don’t realize is, many everyday items are at risk if they don’t store them in a climate controlled storage environment.
What Should Be Stored in A Climate Controlled Unit?
Although climate controlled units are great for all storable items, it may not be required for all of them. The question is, “what items should be stored in units with climate control?”
If you’re looking for extra storage space should you consider climate control storage?
What is the difference between climate controlled and non-climate-controlled storage units?
- Climate control units are often a bit more expensive than traditional units.
- Most climate controlled storage companies are located in-doors. Indoor storage facility’s keep the storage units themselves away from the effects of
water damage from rain and snow, sleet and hale as well as extreme heat.
- Mold and Mildew are often not an issue with climate-controlled units.
- Most storage facility’s that offer climate control are much cleaner then those that are outdoors.
- If the storage complex exists in a region that has various seasons, you should consider upgrading to climate control. Safe & Secure Self-Storage offers climate controlled storage units for rent.
- If you’re looking for a specific temperature to store your items in, it’s best to call the storage facility first to find out whether they can meet your needs.
What Items Should Be Stored in A Climate Controlled Environment?
- One-of-a-kind Items that are irreplaceable
- Wooden Furniture that can warp or crack
- Items containing leather
- Paper Documents and highly valued books
- Family heirlooms and
- Items that are valuable or one of a kind
- Wood furniture that can crack or warp
- Leather furniture
- Books or important paper documents
- Aantique’s or family heirlooms
- Musical instruments that can be damaged by changes in temperatures or humidity
- Paintings or photographs
- Clothing such as fur or leather
Ultimately, the choice is up to you, but if you’re storing items that mean a lot to you, climate control storage is the best option. Many customers that choose Safe & Secure Self Storage, find that they prefer climate control over the traditional storage services. We advise that you look into how extreme varying temperatures will affect the items you want to store.
Storing and Packing Fragile Items Properly
There’s no doubt that you have to put a little more attention into packing fragile items properly in self storage. If fragile items aren’t carefully placed into a car or truck, they’ll most likely break. Of course, moving is a very stressful event, but it doesn’t have to be if done right. The last thing you want to do is open up your boxes after you’ve relocated to New York or New Jersey and find out you’ve got a lot of broken items. Safe & Secure Self Storage has a few tips to store your fragile items properly.
Self Storage Tips: Storing Fragile Items Properly
Using Heavy-Duty Plastic Containers
When it comes to the storage of fragile items, you may want to take a pass on the boxes. It’s going to be more beneficial to pack your fragile items in plastic containers. Our first reason behind this is the handles often associated with plastic bins make them easier to move around without fear of dropping them while loading them into a self storage unit. Our second reason behind suggesting plastic bins for fragile goods are their stack ability. You can easily stack plastic bins one on top of another, which saves a lot of space. Additionally, you can always leave the larger heavier containers on the bottom making it even easier to load or unload.
Using Lots of Bubble Wrap
Many people decide to pack glasses and other fragile items in bubble wrap, but we would suggest avoiding the usage of paper and rely on bubble wrap instead. Foam peanuts and bubble wrap are definitely the best sources of cushion for your fragile goods. When you’re using plastic bins with bubble wrap and foam peanuts, your items will most likely arrive at their destination with no issues and definitely won’t bust while sitting inside a storage unit.
Choose Climate-Controlled Storage Units
Aside from packing fragile items properly, where you store them is also important. Storing fragile items like glass and dishes or other fragile items in a non-climate-controlled storage unit will most likely result in broken items, due to the fluctuation of temperature. If you’re looking for the most safe and secure way to store your fragile items, choose climate-controlled storage units to store fragile items. Extreme heat and cold can devastate documents being stored like glass, electronics and several other items. When storing fragile items in a unit be sure to keep them close to the ground so they don’t break in the case of an accidental tip over.
Self Storage Tips for Packing Fragile Items Properly
Ultimately, taking the time to pack your fragile items the right way will give you some additional comfort in knowing that they are safe and won’t break while in storage. Using a climate controlled storage unit will also add to some comfort and ease knowing that they will not fall victim to the elements. Safe & Secure Self Storage offers climate-controlled storage for the residents of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic County’s. Give Us a call below!
Using Mini Storage Units for Storing The Important Stuff
There are times when one just requires more space and thus they end up renting mini storage units. When using a storage unit one should put several factors into consideration. One of them is wrapping whatever can be wrapped. That helps in ensuring that everything is well sealed and thus they will not end up collecting dirt or even dust.
A small lock is also important when one is using mini storage units. Most of the units invest in security. However, a lock is important since the security attendants might not be paying attention at all times. Having a padlock, therefore, helps in ensuring that the items in the storage unit are well protected.
Labeling is important when using mini storage units even when one is aware of what exactly is in the storage unit. That greatly helps in ensuring that one will not have to struggle opening random boxes when looking for a certain item. Labeling also helps in ensuring that one is able to handle all the items with the care that they require.
Utilizing Mini Storage Units Space
Temperature changes plans should also be made when a storage unit is being used. Some items are greatly affected by heat or even cold. Therefore, one should well insulate the items or even double insulate them to ensure that they are safe from weather changes. That, therefore, helps in protecting the items from damage that is caused by weather change.
The space provided should also be well protected. Many are the times when individuals only focus on protecting their items and they end up damaging the units. However, one should always ensure that they handle the unit appropriately and not damage it at all. That greatly helps in ensuring that one does not end up being fined for damages at the end of their tenancy.
Proper management of the mini storage units and the available space is also a factor that one should always consider. That is because even the spaces that are considered to be small can end up holding a lot of items. Therefore, one should ensure that all the items are arranged in a manner that is wise and the items can go up to the ceiling if necessary. Proper management of the mini storage space helps in ensuring that everything is arranged in order despite the fact that the space is considered to be small.
It is important to ensure that the items are kept off the floor. Many people consider this to be silly but it is a very important factor. That is because there can be spills that might come from the neighboring units or the melting snow might also end up coming under the door thus damaging the items that are in the storage room. Therefore, one should prevent that by ensuring that the items are not placed on the floor.
Considering the factors stated above helps in ensuring that the mini storage units are well used and that they are protected from any damage. It also helps in ensuring that the items in the units are well protected.
Why Should You Choose Safe & Secure Self Storage Facility for Your Storing Needs?
Safe and Secure Self Storage Company Garfield, NJ is the best in offering mini storage services in New Jersey. The tenants are free to come and also leave any time they want. The storage building is convenient for tenants and it is well protected since there is proper digital surveillance thus ensuring that the units are well secured and every movement in the facility is monitored. The
storage facility types are different and the sizes also vary from small to big. Therefore, the tenants have the freedom to choose options of their liking and also the right size according to the space that they require. Our self-storage facility’s has been designed to be very accessible as well.
The storage company has safe storage options and thus the items in the units are well protected. The gate access is electronic thus making it hard for random people to break into the facility. Security monitoring is operational all through and there is digital surveillance as well. The staff in the building are professional and very friendly. This helps in establishing a good working relationship between the staff and the tenants. Insurance is available for the tenants and that also contributes in assuring the tenants that their items are safe in the facility. The storage facility is well fenced and there is proper lighting.
Renting Storage in New Jersey or New York
Storage for rent in New Jersey varies with the space that the tenant requires. The facility offers small, medium, and large units to the tenants. The prizes vary according to the size but Safe & Secure has very affordable rates when compare to the rates of New York City Mini Storage. The facility offers rentals that are month to month. Supplies in moving and packing are also offered in the facility. Video surveillance is recorded in the facility.
Booking is done online and thus tenants can always book anytime they require a storage unit. Payments are also made online thus making it convenient for tenants to make their payments in good time and using an easy way as well.
The facility has various storage types. There is document storage facility and that allows tenants to store their documents safe and they can easily access them. The facility also has proper storage space for household items. The facility also offers materials for packaging and boxes and that helps in making it easy for the tenants to store their items appropriately. The facility helps in business storage and thus important business tools can be stored in the units. Storing vehicles is a cheap way through which a vehicle can be kept in a good condition when it is not in use. The facility, therefore, has perfect storage units for vehicles and it also ensures that any type of car can be stored in the facility. The facility is, therefore, very convenient for tenants since it is affordable and it also offers perfect services. The facility can store any type of item thus relieving tenants of the stress regarding where to store their items.