Imagine unpacking your moving truck and about three quarters of the way through you realize that your storage unit is completely packed. It happens more often than you may think. Selecting the right self storage unit size for your needs can be tricky sometimes. The staff at Reno Ample Storage has been providing self-storage for decades, so we have a few pointers for you. These will keep you from ever finding yourself in this position again.
One of the biggest clues to how large of a unit you need is the size of the truck used. If you loaded up a 24-foot truck, there is no way that everything will fit in a 10x10 unit. However, if you barely filled a 10-foot truck, renting a large storage unit will leave a lot of unused space.
Some items are more stackable than others. While boxes can allow for more stacking and thus more efficient use of space, unbroken down tables and couches take up more space. Furthermore, their irregular shapes can prevent effective stacking. If the items you are trying to store are composed mostly of boxes, you will require less space than if you are storing a hodgepodge of differently shaped items.
On our website we break down each unit by the home size they can usually handle. These estimates come from the average amount of items that can be found per square foot. If your home has more or less items than normal, these estimates can be off. It is important to consider this when using a self-storage guide like this one.
At Ample Storage in South Reno, we know our self storage unit sizes. We don’t want you to have to go through the hassle of having to move your items from an over-packed unit into something more appropriate. We also don’t want you to have to pay more for storage than you have to. By considering all of these aspects you will be better prepared to select a Reno storage unit size that will fit your belongings perfectly. We also have one of the most experienced staff for self-storage in Reno, so if you are uncertain, bring your truck down and we will help you figure it all out, no problem.
You may think that simply putting your furniture in storage will provide all the protection it needs while you’re not using it, but this is not always true. Nonchalantly placing furniture that is dirty or hasn’t been properly disassembled is not proper storage etiquette. You want your furniture to be secure and safe while it’s in a storage unit and this starts with how you store it in the first place. If you want your furniture to come out of storage looking just as it did before, or even better than when you put it there, then take a look at these furniture storage tips.
It’s important to prepare your furniture for long term storage. Depending on the length of time your furniture is in a storage unit, it could affect how well your furniture stays intact. Help keep your furniture in the best condition possible by taking care of it before it goes to sit in storage.
Begin by cleaning your furniture. Use a leather cleaning solution to clean leather sofas and chairs. You can find multi-surface cleaners to tackle dirt and dust on tabletops and matching stools or chairs. For end tables and coffee tables made of glass, use a glass cleaner to get streak free results. Also, you can use a rust protectant for furniture made of metal. Properly cleaning your furniture is the first step to maintaining its quality.
Another preparation you should make before putting furniture in a storage unit is to disassemble anything you can. You can take the legs off of tables and chairs, dismantle bookshelves, and take apart bed frames. Make sure you keep all parts of the piece of furniture together. You can place nails and screws or other small hardware pieces in plastic bags and attach it to the furniture so you don’t misplace or lose it. Disassembling furniture makes transporting and storing such items much easier. This will also allow you to have extra room in your storage unit for other items or even more furniture.
After you’ve cleaned and disassembled all the furniture that you could, go the extra step and cover your furniture for further protection. You can buy couch and sofa covers that are fitted to form around the entire sofa. Sheets can be used to cover mattresses and other large pieces of furniture. Another helpful tool you’ll want to invest in is stretch wrap. This will keep your furniture secure and can also cut down on dirt and dust that might collect on your furniture.
Now that you’ve prepped your furniture for travel and storage, it’s time to organize your furniture into your storage unit. You want to be careful where you place things because carelessness can result in damaged furniture and that’s the last thing you want to happen. You also want to be strategic about your placement in order to get the most out of your unit. Think of it as a game of Tetris, and try to utilize as much space as possible without damaging any furniture.
It’s important to know that not all storage units come with climate control, so you’ll want to research this before settling on a storage unit. Climate control can really affect how your furniture keeps while it sits in long term storage. High heat can ruin leather and the cold can weaken wooden tables and chairs. Maintaining the temperature of your unit can help avoid tragic mishaps like damaged furniture.
If you’re looking for self and secure storage in Reno, NV, then give Ample Storage a call today. We have a variety of sizes ranging from 5x5 to 20x20. We pride ourselves on our competitive pricing as well as our security. Our storage facility is equipped with 24-hour video surveillance as well as onsite staff. Whether you need long term or short term storage in Reno, Ample Storage is here to assist in all of your self storage needs.
The winter season has been a brutal one in Reno, Nevada. With spring in our eye view, it's time to knock out some of those chores you've been putting off all season. With the help of Reno NV self storage companies like Ample Storage, you can take on all of your spring cleaning tasks and make space in your home for new items.
Winter is coming to a close and it's time to make room for your spring and summer wardrobe. We recommend going through your clothing and gathering all of your winter coats, sweaters, boots, and other garments. After you've removed all of your winter clothes, label and pack them away into boxes and containers. Then come next winter, all you have to do is go into your self-storage unit and retrieve your winter clothes!
We know that cleaning can be a daunting task. Many people try to fit all of their home cleanings into a few hours, but after a while, you will start to run out of steam and lose all motivation. To remedy this, try splitting your home cleaning into several days, devoting one day to a specific room in the house. Stick with this schedule and you'll be done with your spring cleaning in no time!
Spring cleaning is all about assessing what items you absolutely need. This can be clothing, books, toys, accessories, anything! All of the items you are not using, but still would like to keep can be stored away; and all of the items you don't need or have no use for can be sold/donated. Once you've put together all of the items you no longer need, set a date for a yard sale.
Whether you are looking for a large or small space to store your items during the spring and summer seasons, Ample Storage will help you choose from the perfect self-storage units in Reno, Nevada for you and your needs.
Decorating for the holidays should be an exciting activity to do with your family, but often times the worry about where to put it all causes unnecessary stress. If you live in a house that’s limited on storage space, you know this stress all too well. Where are you going to store the tree? How can you keep ornaments from breaking? Tis’ the season for storage containers and holiday storage units! We’ve got just the ones for you.
Getting the right holiday storage units can make all the difference this holiday season, especially if you’re using Ample Storage. So, here are a few holiday storage tips to reduce stress this season.
Fake Christmas trees take up a lot of space and can be a hassle to assemble and store, but can be a good investment if you take care of them. Neatly packing your tree into a storage container can help keep the branches looking new and allow you to use it for many years. If your tree stays assembled all year round, you can cover it and store it upright in your storage unit, or buy a special bag for even easier storage. Whatever method you choose to protect your tree, keep it in a storage unit and save space in your closet or attic.
Disassembling a Christmas tree is already a sad thing to do at the end of the holiday season, don’t let broken ornaments make it even more difficult. A few handy storage containers can make packing up holiday decorations a breeze. Creating a good organization system will keep delicate ornaments from breaking, and also easy to find the following year. Investing in some of these organizational containers can protect your precious ornaments and make taking the decorations down a little less painful.
It’s very easy to want to throw out left-over holiday gift-wrap, tags, bows, and bags after the holiday season is over. While you may think it’s only a few dollars, that money adds up. Storing away gift wrap and accessories in a neat container can allow you spend the money you saved on more presents. Purchasing an organizational storage container and putting it away in a storage unit will prepare you for next year and save space in your house.
Because holiday decorations are only used once a year, it makes sense to save space in your home and store them elsewhere. Renting a storage unit will be one of the best decisions you make this holiday season. Once you have an affordable storage unit, make holiday decorating a breeze by scheduling a day to pick up all your holiday décor.
After the holidays, write on your calendar a day to take everything down and take it back to storage. Your house will remain clutter free, and you can start the New Year off right.
Storing your Christmas decorations in an affordable storage unit will keep it out of sight and out of mind during the rest of the year. It’s a great way to free up closet space and make space for things you use more often. As an extra bonus, it cuts down on clutter and makes the holidays a “special time” when you get to bring out the décor each year.
Don’t let anymore time go to waste! Call Ample Storage today to find the perfect affordable storage units in Reno, Nevada for all of your holiday decoration needs.
Keeping things in personal storage units has grown increasingly popular over the last few years. People who live in small quarters or in areas with unpredictable weather commonly opt for storage units, like in Reno, Nevada.
Storage units allow owners to keep their items secure. However, you need to know that there are certain things which are not meant for storage in Reno NV.
Canned foods often can be kept in storage units, but perishable foods should not. Items like vegetables, cereal, produce and grains are likely to rot. As a result, the rotten food may attract ants and other insects, increasing the chance of spoiling the other possessions present in the storage unit.
Whether dead or alive, plants are not allowed inside most storage units in Reno, Nevada. Plants often attract insects and also can be difficult to transport.
Combustible, flammable or hazardous materials are prohibited from storage units. Items such as gasoline, propane tanks, kerosene lamps, fertilizers, paint and chemicals are considered “inherently dangerous” and are not allowed.
No storage facility in Reno NV will accept stolen goods. Furthermore, You must be registered or insured in order to store vehicles. You must have authority or a legal license for everything you are placing in a storage unit.
Most storage units in Reno NV will not allow the storage of guns or ammunition in their facilities. If they do allow this, strict security guidelines must be followed.
Ample Storage can provide storage units in Reno, NV for the best value. We provide trouble-free, secure and convenient storage units. Our Reno storage units can be rented out to save your possessions from bad weather or to keep them secure during a move. The units are available in many different sizes and can suit a variety of storage needs.
Organizing your belongings before you move them into a South Reno self storage unit helps you in the long-run. Often, we are in a rush and crunched for time, but taking a moment to organize and categorize your belongings will improve your overall moving experience. While organization is always helpful there are several other considerations you should make.
Before you move, organize your items based on their size, weight and category. This will allow you to pack them in appropriately sized containers that will maximize your space usage. To really get your money's worth out of storage units in Reno, Nevada, you will want to maximize your space usage. Consider the following:
Before packing appliances, here are some tips:
Ample Storage is a trusted storage provider in Reno, providing clients reliable storage units in Reno, Nevada throughout the year. We aim to provide excellent customer service and trouble free storage units perfect for storing all of your belongings. Rest easy at night knowing that your belongings are safe and secure in our trusted Reno storage facilities. If you, or someone you know is in need of a Reno storage unit or storage unit resources, get in contact with us today. We are happy to help!
The A&E reality television series, Storage Wars, debuted in December of 2010. Since then the show’s gain in popularity has influenced the creation of multiple spin-off series. This popularity has also created a rise in the interest of auction “hunters” in real storage auctions. So, we thought you might like the nitty-gritty lowdown on: how real storage auctions are.
Even if you don’t watch the series, there is still a good chance that you have heard of the show. Possibly because of the numerous lawsuits that have surrounded its short 3 year lifespan. These suits range from authenticity to salary disputes and have caused grief for much of their fan base and the “reality tv” sector as a whole.
In the Storage Wars series, each episode will showcase multiple storage units being auctioned at one location. This in itself is not accurate.
In reality, the frequency of people abandoning their unit with all of its contents is not high. This frequency diminishes even more so when people have valuable things within their storage unit.
Which brings us to our next point... there may be treasures that turn up in abandoned units but unfortunately, not as often as we would like. Storage Wars has a pretty consistent 2 out of 3 ratios that they work with. Most episodes showcase two units that are winners and one that is a dud. Generally only one BIG winner, but nonetheless the auction hunters who get these units walk away profitable or at least breaking even.
One piece of very valid information that every prospect hunter should know, and that Storage Wars either misrepresents or skips over completely... sunk costs.
Think about this, when a storage unit is auctioned off you are buying everything in it, whether gold or garbage, and becoming responsible for removing all said content.
To ensure the removal of all content many storage facilities charge a clean-up deposit.
Then you have to be able to remove everything so, do you have a truck? If not you’ll need to rent one.
On top of that, garbage dumps will often charge fees to dump.
Finally, unlike the auction hunters on TV most of us don’t own pawn shops, vintage stores, or have 50 friends who happen to “experts” on dating priceless nic-nacs, so you will need to be having to pay a percentage fee to put whatever you do find in someone elses store.
One thing that the television series has dead on is that when there is an auction, bidders are not allowed to enter the unit. This helps keep the auction moving at a fast pace and eliminates the risk of something being removed before it has been auctioned.
Auctions are always a LAST resort...
Although this type of auction has become popular, we'd like to emphasize we don't jump to auctioning a unit’s contents. The process of trying to contact a client is very long and very thorough. We will exhaust every option for contacting a client, including emergency contacts, before we consider putting the unit on auction. Even after the unit is set to be auctioned, if at anytime we receive contact from the client the auction process will be stopped.
Group auctions aren’t always how facilities get rid of a unit’s contents either. Some laws forbid this type auction so, the unit will be auctioned off one piece at a time.
Despite the reality check, storage auctions are real. They very well could be the new, landlocked, non-violent and completely legal equivalent of being a pirate... which is awesome. If you are interested in finding out when and where there are going to be auctions in Reno, check out StorageTreasures.com.
Or go ahead and give us a call and we’d be glad to answer your questions!
At Ample Storage we talk a lot about security; this is an indication of our priorities. Nothing is taken more seriously at our facility than ensuring that your belongings are safely stored in your unit. It has long been our goal to be the most secure self storage in Reno. We go about achieving this in several different ways. Our experience has shown us that no single precaution is effective. That is why we have several top-rated features in place to provide the highest level of security possible.
It sounds simple but adequate fencing really does work to deter potential threats. Our fence is consistently checked to guarantee that it has not been compromised. We do regular inspections to confirm that no links have been cut and that it is completely intact.
A fence is only effective when combined with a gate that can restrict access from the public. No one comes through the gate that is not currently renting a unit. If a person does not have a unit in our facility then they probably have no reason to be on the property. By regulating access we can cut down on theft substantially.
While regulating access provides significant security advantages, it does not complete the package. Our facility is under 24-hour surveillance. We have security cameras placed in strategic locations monitoring the actions of everyone who comes inside. If someone is trying to get into a unit that does not belong to them, we will see it.
To ensure that our cameras have the ability to operate not only during the day, but also at night, we have installed a lighting system that covers every inch of the property. This has the added benefit of deterring theft as well. Thieves love to hide in dark places. When there are none to be found they tend to look somewhere else.
All of the features combine to guarantee that when you choose us as your location for self storage in Reno, you can rest assured your belongings are safe. Plus, our manager lives on site. This allows for quicker response times in the event someone breaks in and is a great deterrent as well. Even with all our security features, we still are a very affordable option. Call or bring your truck down and we will be glad to give you a quote. We take the worry out of Reno storage.
You may have wondered why Ample Storage is not one of the 24 hour storage units in Reno, NV. It is a common trend for many places to offer this service and the convenience sounds desirable. They rely on their gates, security cameras and lighting to deter thieves. However, our experience has shown that this simply is not enough to provide a high level of security. There are significant storage unit risks when 24 hour access is available in Reno. We want your belongings to be safe, first and foremost.
If you have the best fencing and gates on the market, these security features are immediately rendered useless once the person has gained access. Now you only have security cameras and lighting for defense at this point. Considering that theft is much more likely to occur at night than during the day, this is problematic. Our cameras are always running but at this point the person has already gained access to the facility. Meanwhile they are cleaning out all the valuables from your unit.
There are also instances of people who have been approved to access the unit coming in and stealing. These thieves choose night to come in because they have a better chance of pulling it off without suspicion from staff and it is also less likely that you will happen to be swinging by to spoil their plans.
Considering that these plans are far less likely to be successful during the day, we have made the decision to close our facility down at night to provide the most optimal security. This does not mean that we are inaccessible. Our facility is open late and we feel that our hours cover all the areas of high and medium traffic. We want you to have access to your Reno storage unit, but we also want them to be safe. As the best self storage in Reno, we believe we've reached that balance.
When you place your belongings in self storage in Reno, the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether or not they will be there when you return for them. When you choose Ample Storage to be your option for secure Reno storage, this concern is virtually eliminated. We work to ensure that your belongings are in the safest place possible. Here are a few features we have to ensure that our promise to keep your belongings safe is kept.
Every inch of our property is drenched with light, 24/7. It is much more difficult to steal when you are completely visible.
Our security gate can only be opened with a code. Day or night, nobody gets in without a code.
Believe it or not, theft is common from people who have purchased a unit just to get a code. They prey upon 24-hour facilities, coming in once traffic has died down. However, at Ample Storage, this is not an option.
All of these features would mean little if there wasn’t someone there to ensure they are working properly. We never leave your belongings unattended. Our manager lives on-site and is constantly guarding your valuables.
To go above and beyond the self storage services we are providing, we also recommend that you buy a good sturdy lock. When combined with all of our other security features, your belongings are likely more secure with us in your Reno storage unit than in most homes. We take pride in keeping your belongings safe and we understand that it is one of the reasons why we are still your best choice for secure Reno storage.