Did you know that one in five households move to a new place every year? If you’re planning to settle down in a brand new home, you might be curious about when is the best time to do so.
Peak moving season is typically described as the time between the months of June and August but can begin as early as April or end in late October. This timeframe is usually when college students are moving out of their dorms and apartments and potentially finding new ones. Additionally, many families with K-12-aged children want to make sure they’re fully settled in and familiar with the area by the time the new school year starts.
The spring through fall seasons makes for a much better time to move than the winter and holiday season. Who wants to stress about major holidays and family gatherings in addition to moving or looking for long term storage?
Moving is not going to be easy, but it doesn’t need to be a miserable time either. So many things need to be accounted for during the moving process, whether it’s hiring movers, making lists, planning ahead for utilities or schools, and closing on your house. Getting a plan in place has worked wonders for a lot of people when it comes to leaving your old home and settling into the new one. By avoiding these common moving mistakes and planning ahead, you can prepare better for the unexpected and make things run more smoothly.
At Ample Storage, we’ve been helping Northern Nevadans store their valuables since 1987 and have considered your convenience and security first. This also applies to the packing process too, because we’ve been around long enough to know what works and what doesn’t!
Here are some additional tips on moving:
Downsizing when moving is important, and if you’re looking to move some items into storage until you’re ready to use them at your new home, consider using our storage services to keep them safe. Ample Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes with sizes ranging from 5x5 and 20x20.
Free up space in the moving truck and get organized today. Our team looks forward to being a part of your new journey!
Storage units are most commonly used to keep unwanted items out of your home, but there are many other reasons one might seek out the use of a storage unit. Not only do storage facilities help free up space in your home or business, but they also give you the freedom and flexibility to do what you want with your belongings when you’re ready. With our temporary or long-term storage options, you can rent a self-storage unit for as long as you need. And keeping your items with us ensures that they stay safe thanks to our 24/7 security. Whether you’re moving to a new home and need somewhere to put your unused items or just need to keep some seasonal business items away for a bit, a self-storage unit is just the solution you’re looking for.
If you’re like many others who simply just have too much stuff, then you may want to consider getting yourself a storage unit. Self-storage units are great for storing away unwanted or unused household items. They’re also a great solution for families or individuals that are moving and need a temporary place to store their things. Moving is already a stressful event due to the disturbances in your daily life and the hassle of packing. Fortunately, a self-storage unit makes moving easy.
Businesses can also benefit from storage facilities in many situations. Self-storage units provide a convenient and affordable solution for unused items that you’re not able to part with yet. Most companies utilize storage services for archived paperwork that legally can’t be thrown away for some time and for storage of stock overflow. Whether you’re looking to declutter the office or need somewhere to store all your extra product, look to a storage facility for help,
We provide the Reno, NV area with safe and secure storage options for both short-term and long-term needs. With several updated security features and on-site staff, we are committed to keeping your personal belongings safe. Not only are we safe, but we’re also affordable and convenient. Whether you’re moving or have extra belongings to store, consider Ample Storage. Reduce your clutter while still keeping your possessions in good shape and stored away with our self-storage units.
Our Reno self-storage facility constantly gets asked what items can be stored in a storage unit and what shouldn’t be put in a storage unit. Generally, you can put a whole host of things in a storage unit, but there are limits. A self-storage facility is a great place to store unused household items, appliances, keepsakes, clothes, and even vehicles. However, some items are not accepted either due to the safety risk and sanitary implications they pose. So, what can you put in a storage unit and what should you not put in a storage unit? Find out below.
Flammable and combustible materials pose a severe safety risk in storage facilities and are therefore not allowed. To prevent the possibility of fire, all flammable materials should not be stored in a self-storage unit. These materials may include paint, thinners, household or commercial cleaners, and fuel (gas or diesel). Other combustible or flammable materials that should not be placed in storage include:
Like flammable materials, hazardous items should be kept out of storage units for safety purposes. Most hazardous materials have the potential to catch fire, explode, or put others at risk of danger. All of the following items are prohibited from storage facilities:
It’s important that storage facilities maintain health and safety standards to keep storage renters’ belongings safe. Pests and rodents may easily find their way into a storage unit, causing damage to your property. In an effort to prevent this from happening, all items that attract pests are not allowed to be kept in storage units. This includes garbage and perishable foods.
Items that are wet or damp should either be thoroughly dried out prior to storage or kept out of a storage unit entirely. Water attracts mold and mildew which thrive in dark locations and can easily spread to other items in your unit leading to damaged goods and unflattering smells. Because of this, all items that are placed in storage need to be completely dry. Things like umbrellas and even certain appliances such as a washing machine need to be wiped clean and dried before being stored for any amount of time.
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but living things such as animals, plants, and people cannot be stored in a storage facility. It is also against the law to reside or work in a storage unit.
Appliances are commonly stored in a storage facility to clear up space at home or in the garage. Storage units are great for appliances as they keep them safe from the elements and can be easily put away and taken out. You may put microwaves, dishwashers, washers and dryers, refrigerators, and more in a storage unit. Just be sure to thoroughly clean the appliances before storing them, and ensure they are completely dry.
If you rent a large enough storage unit, you are more than welcome to store your motor vehicles inside. Cars, boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, RVs, motorcycles, and lawnmowers may be stored. However, some facilities will require that the vehicle is operable, so the classic vehicle that you’re trying to get up and running may not be accepted. Check with your local self-storage facilities to see what their policy on storing non-operable vehicles is.
When it comes to storing clothes and linen, it’s important to keep them in an airtight container to prevent pests and humidity from getting a hold of them. Clothes, bedding, towels, blankets, outerwear, and even shoes may be kept in a storage unit.
Just about any home good or household item that isn’t flammable, hazardous, or a living thing is acceptable to be kept in a storage facility. Common home goods that are placed in storage units consist of memorabilia, keepsakes, trophies, antiques, photos, books, and even electronics. Just be sure to protect your delicate items such as electronics by putting them in airtight containers.
Furniture is one of the most common items to be kept in a storage facility. All outdoor and indoor furniture including sofas, tables, chairs, shelves, and bed frames may be stored. Mattresses are also acceptable, but they should be properly wrapped in plastic and covered for the duration of their stay. All furniture should also be cleaned and properly protected prior to being stored.
Seasonal items are also commonly stored in storage facilities. As long as the materials are not flammable or hazardous, they can be stored. Things such as lights, signs, inflatables, and other holiday or seasonal decor may be kept in a storage unit.
Here at Ample Storage in Reno, NV, we understand that you want to hang on to the belongings that we’re storing for you. To that end, our safe and secure Reno storage facility is equipped with security features that will keep you and your stored possessions safe as a bug in a rug! Whether you’re looking for short or long-term storage, a large or small unit, and affordable pricing, Reno Ample Storage provides you with all you need to keep your property safe and secure. Connect with us today!
When storing your clothes it may seem as easy as packing them up and tossing them into the storage unit. However, that is not the case if you want your clothes to stay in good shape for years to come. From baby clothes to seasonal clothing, it’s necessary to store them in the proper way when it comes to folding, the type of container, and ideal storage conditions. This blog from Ample Storage is here to offer some expert advice on how to store clothes in a storage unit.
When you’re getting ready to store clothing, it’s obvious that the clothes you are going to store aren’t going to be used in the near future, but there may also be some that you definitely will not be needing anymore. Look for those clothes you know you haven’t worn in months and throw them in a pile to sell or donate at your local Goodwill. Keep an eye for anything ripped, stained, or clothes that don’t fit anymore to reduce the amount that will eventually be put in the storage unit.
Before you even start packing up your clothes make sure that everything is washed and properly dried. Dirty and damp clothes can allow mildew and mold to grow and start to smell awful if left untreated. Stains from food can also attract rodents and insects that can destroy your clothes if they happen to get in.
While it may be easier to use old cardboard boxes or plastic bags, it’s not ideal for storing clothes. Cardboard and plastic are vulnerable to water damage, bacteria, mold, or pests that will ruin your clothes. We recommend using plastic bins that can be closed shut for protection.
Mothballs have been the most popular choice to deter pests and insects from storage units, but there are a few different less toxic and less pungent alternatives to use as mothballs are very toxic. Try a few of these mothball alternatives:
If your clothes will be left in your storage unit for multiple years, it’s a good idea to go back through and repack and refold them every year or so. Over multiple years, your clothes are prone to permanent creasing and wrinkling. You can also use this chance to check for any water damage, insects, or pests in your unit or clothes.
Here at Ample Storage, we take pride in being able to spread our knowledge to our customers, and hopefully, this blog has offered some insight into how to store your clothes in a storage unit for your clothes to last. As usual, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns!
We’ve all probably moved at least once in our lives. It’s a bittersweet ordeal that is always stressful, but relieving when you've finally moved in the last box. To help, this blog will offer a moving checklist and some advice on things to do before, during and after you move.
Here at Ample Storage we take pride in excellent customer service. Our wide selection of unit sizes and no contracts guarantees you will find something to fit your storage needs. A storage unit from Ample Storage will help you with all the necessary things to do before, during and after your move. Contact us today to get started!
When you first open up your Ample Storage space you’ve been desperately needing, it can look huge. Once you get a few pieces of big furniture, space can quickly dwindle away. Maximizing your storage space can be cost-effective, efficient, and overall easier to use. These tips and tricks can help you figure out how to maximize your storage unit and make your unit feel organized and clutter-free.
This is the easiest, simplest way to make room in your storage unit is to get rid of some things. Go through piece by piece of what you plan to keep in your storage unit, and thoroughly assess if you will need this item or if it will just be collecting dust in the back of the unit. This will help you save space before you even start. Instead of just throwing unwanted items away, you can donate them to your local thrift store.
Chances are, you won’t be able to remember every single item that you put in your storage unit. Creating a list of inventory will make it easier to grab things from your unit when you need them, and you won’t have to dig through a mountain of stuff to get to it.
No matter how tedious this may seem, it is a great way to save storage space. While you’re creating an inventory list, you can also start to map out where exactly you’ll be putting things. You could even resolve some problems before you start, realize you could get by with a smaller unit or need to get a size up. Try to think where is the best place for fragile items? Seasonal items? Outdoor gear? These are all important factors that can maximize storage space.
Disassembling large items is a sure-fire way to create some more storage space. Check and see which items you can disassemble, (many new furniture pieces can be quickly disassembled for ideal storage) and refer back to your floor plan on where the best location would be. Be sure to hold on to all the extra pieces!
While this seems intuitive, it can easily be overlooked when you get started filling up your storage unit. You’ll be able to stack lighter items on top, and you won’t have to dig through your heaviest items just to get to those family photos in the back. Once you start putting things away, it’s hard and time-consuming to have to take everything out and start over. So again, refer to your custom floor plan so you don’t forget!
Starting with the heavy items on the ground (of course) stack boxes, crates and storage bins as high as you can. This will enable you to utilize the full capacity of the storage unit. You can even stack furniture like couches and tables upright to make more space. Also, take advantage of extra storage space if you’re storing items like bookcases or shelving.
We hope this blog has provided some insight into how to maximize storage space and taken some of the stress out of the process. Here at Ample Storage, we strive for customer convenience, and we guarantee the safety and security of all our self serve storage units. Feel free to contact us or pop into our office at 8057 S. Virginia Street to get started!
Moving can be stressful and can cause some necessary things to be overlooked, but Ample Storage has offered up some Reno moving help with these 2020 moving tips. The first steps you take to start moving are the most important and are often the ones that people dread the most. You can either choose to make the move on your own or hire movers for help along the way. Either way, the steps you take in the beginning make the whole process a lot easier for everyone.
Begin by taking note of everything that you plan to move. Write down what’s most important, what’s fragile, and even label what room you want each box to go in. This will help you organize your boxes and will help you keep track of where everything is.
Throughout this process, you may begin to realize how much unnecessary stuff you actually have. Over the years, it’s easy to accumulate a lot of things that you might not need in your new home. Getting rid of these things you don’t need anymore will ease the packing load and will cut down the time of your packing process. Donate the things you decide you don’t want to take with you on your move.
After you have taken note of everything, it’s time to decide where you are starting the packing process. The key to this step is not moving to another room until the first room you chose is completely packed and ready. Packing can be a long process, so it’s best to start with a room that you don’t use often. This will help you keep a sense of normalcy in your most-used rooms as long as you can. You can also choose to get the most difficult things to move out of the house first! Get the big, heavy things out so you can just focus on packing the rest of the house.
You will be surprised by how much you actually need to pack! To help with this, get the non-essentials out of the way. These are the things you won’t need to use from now until you are all settled in your new home. These items could be decorations, cooking items you don’t always use, toys and even your electronics! Get those out of the way so you just have to focus on the main things in your home.
Packing can be very overwhelming! Getting professional help can only make your moving process smoother and take away some of your stress. Do your research on companies, compare quotes, and read reviews to make sure you are hiring the best company for your move. Then let the movers take it from there and move i!
There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you plan on moving. Storage units are a great way to help you keep your belongings organized and hopefully ease some of your stress. Ample Storage is here to fulfill your Reno self storage needs with the right sized unit for all of your possessions. Contact us to hear about our current specials that other Reno storage facilities are not offering!
If you are planning on moving valuable items into a long term storage unit you should take special consideration in storing them properly to ensure their quality and life. We want to make sure you have all the resources you need to help you appropriately store your items, whether leather boots, handbags, jackets, fur coats, or quality upholstered furniture.
It is very important to know how to store leather, furs, and quality upholstery. Here is a short list of steps to take when storing your special items:
Making sure your leathers are clean will help uphold their quality during storage and treating them with leather conditioner will also help with the quality and life of your leathers.
The absorbency of acid-free paper helps to keep a balanced moisture level.
For items you plan to hang make sure you are using wide, sturdy hangers. Because leather is heavy, you don’t want creases to develop on your items or have the hangers bend and/or break during storage.
Store hanging items in a fabric bag, plastic bags or wraps will hold in unwanted moisture. Suitcase or wooden trunks would be best for non-hanging items. Leather needs to breathe properly to avoid mildew.
If storage unit is too hot leathers can dry out and crack.
Having your leathers cleaned before storage is always good to assure quality is maintained during storage.
As with leather, too much moisture can cause mildew in fur fabrics. It is good to allow them to breathe to make certain all cleaners and any other moisture is completely dried.
The easiest way to ruin furs is by storing them in undesirable climate.
Make sure to clean covers and surfaces well. Fabric disinfectant would be most beneficial here to help further protect from mildews and mold.
To make moving and organizing within your storage unit it is best that all pieces of furniture are broken down as much as they can be.
This helps protect your furniture from dust as well as keeping unwanted moisture out.
This is a very unlikely scenario but if your items are worth storing, they are worth protecting. That means preparing for the worst.
Concrete draws in moisture so creating a barrier between the floor and your items will help keep that moisture out.
If you have any questions about what type of conditions our Reno NV storage units provide or if you are looking for any other long term storage tips please contact us.