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Storage West First-Time Renter’s Guide

Are you in the market for a storage space? You’ve come to the right place! At Storage West, we take customer service seriously. That’s why we’ve created this guide for first-time renters to help you have a smooth rental and move-in experience. Step #1: Find a Facility Near You The first step is to choose one of our convenient Storage West facilities. We have more than 50 locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas, so there’s bound to be one that’s close to you. You can find a location on our website by entering your zip code on our home page. Or, if you prefer, you can contact our Call Center at (877) 252-8105. Our call center is in the… Read More

3 Things That Might Surprise You About the Storage West Call Center

When people talk about customer service, it seems like their focus is on negative interactions they’ve had. That’s understandable, especially when you consider that many American companies have outsourced their call centers to overseas locations in India or the Philippines. The result is an impersonal and often unsatisfactory experience that can be deeply frustrating to customers. At Storage West, we take customer service very seriously. Here are 3 things that might surprise you about our call center. #1: Our Call Center Employees Are Hired by Storage West Our employees are part of the Storage West family, and that includes our call center. Every person who answers the phone on our behalf is hired and trained by Storage West. We don’t… Read More

10 x 20 Storage Unit: Perfect for 3 or 4 bedroom home

Whether you’re preparing for a military deployment or taking an extended trip, you might need to store some or all of your belongings in a safe and secure location while you’re away. For many people, the ideal size is our 10 X 20 storage unit. Typically, this size is ideal for between a three-bedroom and a four-bedroom home A drive-up unit in this size is ideal for storing a vehicle if you need someplace to keep your car, motorcycle, or ATV. You can simply drive your vehicle right into the unit. All of our units are air-conditioned and safe for vehicle storage. You can be sure that your car will be in good condition when you’re ready to use it again.… Read More

10 x 15 Storage Unit: Perfect for one to two bedroom storage

What should you do if you need a place to store your motorcycle or ATV – or if you have a two-bedroom home or apartment full of belongings you need to store? Our 10 X 15 drive-up unit has enough space to accommodate your needs. This  10 x 15 drive-up unit, which is ideal for a couple of ATVs, motorcycles, or approximately a two-bedroom home. Pretty much it’s a shorter unit, everything can get stacked in here within about an hour to an hour and a half. A 10 X 15-foot space offer 150 square feet of floor space plus vertical space as well – something we always remind our clients of. They’re often surprised by how many things they can… Read More

10 x 10 Storage Unit: Perfect for 2 bedroom home or Apartment

If you’re living in a small house (up to 2 bedrooms) or in a one or two-bedroom apartment, then our 10 X 10 unit will provide the space you need to store your items securely and safely. This 10 x 10 unit is ideal for either a two-bedroom house or a one-bedroom apartment. It’s short, it’s small, and there’s so much space in here that you can utilize, and we hope that this size unit is going to fit your needs.” The 10 X 10 unit is perfect for storing everything you might have in your home, including: Beds, tables, sofas, and chairs Books and important documents Home décor items like rugs and lamps Outdoor furniture Holiday decorations Cookware and… Read More

10 x 25 Storage Unit: Perfect for larger homes

Sometimes, you may have a large number of belongings to store. When that happens, you might wonder how big a storage unit you need. The solution may be our 10 X 25 unit, which offers ample storage space for most personal items. This drive-up unit is good for a four or five-bedroom household. There’s plenty of lighting throughout the day for this. The 10 X 25 unit has enough space to accommodate a four or five-bedroom household. It can hold furniture, boxes, and an assortment of other belongings including file cabinets and plastic bins. The 10 X 25 unit is a drive-up unit, which makes it a good choice if you have heavy items to store. You won’t need to worry… Read More

5 x 10 Storage Unit: Home storage solution

Ideally, every home or apartment would come with ample storage for the residents’ needs. Sadly, that’s not the case – and that’s where our 5 X 10 storage unit can come to the rescue. This unit is five feet wide by 10 feet deep. It’s large enough to hold small items of furniture, such as chairs, end tables, or even a twin-size mattress. It’s also a good size for storing foldable lawn furniture and decorations. If you’re someone who loves to decorate for every holiday, this unit can be used to store your Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s, and Fourth of July decorations. It’s also ideal for storing seasonal clothing or sporting equipment, especially ski equipment that you’ll only be using… Read More

5 x 5 Storage Unit: Low cost home or office storage option

At Storage West, our smallest storage unit measures five feet by five feet. We sometimes refer to it as our “walk-in closet” because it’s about the same size as a closet and can be used for similar purposes. This unit is ideal for storing boxes and plastic bins that can be stacked. We always remind our clients to use their storage unit’s vertical space, too, which is why stacking is ideal for a unit this small. The key is to use sturdy containers and stack the heaviest items on the bottom What are some of the things you can store in our 5 X 5 unit? Here are some examples: Holiday decorations, including Christmas lights, artificial Christmas trees, Halloween décor,… Read More

How a Storage Space Can Help You Stage for Annual Trade Shows

Trade shows are a must for entrepreneurs and business owners. They provide an opportunity to interact in person with an array of potential customers. If you plan and stage your booth properly, a single trade show appearance can lead to new sales – and increased profits. The trick, of course, is having a place to store your trade show booth and props between shows. Things like backdrops, cut-outs, and even printed materials can take up space that you need for other items. Renting a storage space from Storage West can provide the solution you need. Storage for Trade Shows Creating a professional-looking and enticing trade show booth takes time, effort, and money. Few companies can afford to buy new displays… Read More

How to Choose the Right Storage Space for Your Move

When you’re planning a move, you must sort through your belongings and decide whether they’ll be making the trip to your new home. And if you’re downsizing, the best option may be to rent a storage space for some of your things. The tricky thing is knowing which storage space is best for your needs. There are some key questions that can help you decide – and we’re ready to walk you through the process. How Much Are You Storing? The first question to consider is how large a space you need. If you plan on storing bulky items and furniture, you’ll need a bigger space than you would if you were storing only a few overflow boxes. You can… Read More

Prepare Your Vehicle For Long Term Storage – Video

MotorWeek presents a video with master technician Pat Goss who shares advice on how to prepare your vehicle for long-term storage.  There are many great tips in this informational video. Long-Term Storage Video Transcription No matter what the vehicle, long terms of disuse can be very damaging. So if you’re going to have anything in storage for a long period of time, proper prep can prevent damage. Change any of the fluids that are due to be changed. Always change the oil. You never want oil to sit in an engine for a period of time, oil that’s been used. And if it needs transmission or cooling system service, do that before storage. Also, if it’s going to be less… Read More

E-commerce Inventory Storage

Inventory is a major concern of any e-commerce startup. It doesn’t matter if you have thousands of units of a product or just a few dozen handmade objects that you’re looking to sell as a side business. Managing your inventory and having a secure place to store it is just as important as setting up a web portal for your sales and having a detailed marketing plan to get the word out about your product. Are you a smaller startup who doesn’t have a need — or the financial resources — to invest in renting and staffing a warehouse? Are you an existing e-commerce site that has outgrown your spare room or garage? Many e-commerce companies have found success in… Read More

Businesses Win with Self-Storage

There are over 50,000 self-storage facilities in the US alone and the 2.5 billion square feet of available storage space is increasingly taken up not by families but by businesses. If that fact surprises you, ask yourself this question: Does your company use everything in your office on a daily basis? Weekly basis? If you’re like most businesses, you probably have archive files, extra office supplies, and even seasonal decorations that are stacked in some storage room — a room that costs office rental rates. Advantages of Self-Storage for Businesses There are numerous reasons for renting a self-storage unit for your company, but the one that matters most is cost. Why pay office rent of hundreds or even thousands of… Read More

Does Your Club Need a Storage Unit?

Americans are joiners. We form clubs, teams, associations, and organizations at the drop of a hat. Some of these are small, informal groups like a book club or knitting circle. Others are more organized, like a baseball team or Girl Scout troop. In most cases, organizations will have few possessions. They maybe just have a record of meeting minutes or club roster or even a trophy or award. There are, however, clubs that have records and objects that require careful storage. Figuring out when all that property requires a storage unit versus other storage options, can be confusing. Club storage doesn’t necessarily need to be settled in committee, but it doesn’t need to be planned out. Here are some questions… Read More

What to Ask When Renting a Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit can be a scary proposition. You want to know that your treasures and heirlooms will be safe — along with all your off-season clothing and equipment and stuff you just don’t know what to do with. To help you feel better about renting a storage unit, make sure you get answers to the questions below. 6 Questions to Ask Yourself You’ll need to do some research of your own and decide what you need from storage. Some of these should be answered before you search for a specific facility while others will be asked once you’ve chosen a facility but before you sign the lease. What are your storage requirements? – How much space? Drive-up access?… Read More

Things You Should Never Put in a Storage Unit

If you ask a random person what they have in their storage unit, you’ll get a different answer from every one. The whole point of renting a unit from companies like Storage West is to have a place to keep your stuff — and you get to define which of your stuff belongs in storage. Well, you almost have free reign. As with any other rental property there are limitations on what you can — or should — store in your unit. Now, you will hear stories about people living in a storage unit or see news stories of fantastic things that were found in a specific unit, but that doesn’t mean you want to follow those examples. Here’s a quick list… Read More

Self Storage Size Guide

For your convenience, Storage West offers a comprehensive self storage size guide that can help you figure out what size storage space is right for you or your business. Efficient packing and storing can allow many items to be stored in a relatively small place. Listed below is a quick reference guide to help determine the amount of space needed. If you need additional help in estimating your storage needs or would like to rent a unit, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly self storage managers or one of our knowledgeable call center representatives. Size Guide 05′ x 05′ Equivalent to: 04′ x 08′ Trailer or Small Closet Will Hold: 10-15 average size boxes or Small furniture and misc. household items 05′… Read More

Lake Forest Takes Part in Storm Water Damage Initiative

The song says that it never rains in Southern California, but it pours. The truth is that it doesn’t pour very often. Southern California is in a nearly-constant state of water emergency, and that’s something that’s led to the launching of a new initiative designed to help conserve Orange County’s limited water supply. Lake Forest is one of the municipalities taking part. What is the H2OC Initiative? The H2OC Initiative is designed to make better use of Orange County’s water supply by minimizing the contamination and waste of run-off water. The initiative encourages residents and businesses to capture rain water, so it can be repurposed. Here are a few examples of ways that people can participate:   Install one or… Read More

A Year Later, Houston Residents Reflect on Hurricane Harvey

At the end of August in 2017, Hurricane Harvey tore through Houston. In its wake, it left catastrophic flooding in the city and the surrounding areas. All told, it caused $125 billion in damage, tying it with Hurricane Katrina as the most expensive storm in United States history, and ended the lives of 107 people, 106 of whom were American. It’s been just over a year, and many of Houston’s residents are still recuperating from what they experienced as Harvey passed through. Cinco Ranch Remembers The residents of Cinco Ranch, a community in Katy, Texas, experienced exceptionally heavy flooding during Hurricane Harvey as a result of the release of Barker Reservoir. Many were forced to evacuate their homes and leave… Read More

Disneyland’s New Eatery Will Bring Asian Fusion Cuisine (and Tiki Torches) to Adventureland

Disneyland first opened in Anaheim in 1955, and one of the things that keeps the experience of visiting the park fresh is that it is always changing. A case in point is Disneyland’s Tropical Hideaway eatery, which will offer an assortment of Asian fusion cuisine to the park’s visitors. The Tropical Hideaway Menu The Tropical Hideaway menu might be best described as pan-Asian because it draws inspiration from many countries in Asia. Here are a few examples of what you can expect to find on the menu when the new restaurant opens in late 2018. Bao buns are popular in China and Malaysia. They’re soft steamed buns traditionally filled with a pork mixture, but they can be filled with any… Read More

Tempe is One of the Top Affordable College Towns for 2018

For today’s students, coming up with enough money to attend college (and avoid graduating with a mountain of debt) is a significant challenge. Choosing a school in an affordable location is essential, particularly if a student wants the option of living off-campus. Move.org recently released their list of the top 25 most affordable college towns in 2018, and Tempe makes the list in the number 10 spot. That’s good news for Tempe’s colleges and universities as well as for local landlords and business owners. The Rising Price of College Tuition How expensive is college in 2018? A CNBC report from 2017 revealed that the cost of attending college has outstripped the housing market and other expenses. Let’s start with private… Read More

Our Call Center Embodies Our “Here for You” Philosophy

At Storage West, we work hard to create a friendly, helpful environment for our clients, whether they’re visiting us in person or contacting our call center with a question. That’s why we created our Here For You Guarantee. Here For You is not just a motto – it’s a promise. You might be wondering what that means. It’s actually an acronym we created to sum up our Storage West philosophy as it applies to customer service: Honest – Our employees will never be dishonest or misleading Educate – We’ll make sure you understand your rental and all issues related to it Reliable – Your call will be answered promptly Empathy – Our employees are understanding and compassionate Friendly – We… Read More

What to Do With Your Business Assets After the Business Closes

Closing a business can be a difficult and emotional thing to do. Even if you know it’s the right choice for you, you put a great deal of time and energy into starting your business. It’s natural to have mixed emotions and be unsure how to handle certain aspects of the closing. One of the most important questions to ask is what to do with your business assets and belongings. Depending on what your business did, you may have a variety of items. You may need to keep some by law, while others you can store, donate, or sell. Here are some things that may help you through the process. Documents to Keep You need to retain many of the… Read More

Real Estate Agents Dealing with Foreclosure: What to Do with the Items Left Behind

Most of the home sales you take on as a real estate agent are probably straightforward. The sellers hire you to sell their home, or you get a call from buyers in the market for a new place to live. You have the expectation that if the home your client buys is still occupied, the current owners will remove their personal belongings prior to the closing. That’s not always the case when you sell a home that’s in foreclosure. In fact, you may be left with an array of personal belongings ranging from valuable to worthless, and you have got to know what to do with them. Here’s how you should handle it. Coordinate with the Lender The first thing… Read More

Military Deployment: What to Bring (and Not Bring) on a Deployment

You’re settled into your home and things are good – and then you get the word. You’re being deployed, and you need to work quickly to determine what to do with your belongings. That means figuring out what to bring, what to get rid of, and what to store. If you have a family, then your large items will stay with them. However, if you live alone, you’ll need to think about storing furniture and other items, so they’ll be ready for you when you get back. Here are some tips to help you. What Should You Bring on Deployment? Let’s start with what to bring. You’ll have some resources from the military, but you may want to check out… Read More

Moving in with a Significant Other for the First Time

In modern relationships, moving in together is often a precursor to marriage – or, it may just be a way of blending your lives without the formality of getting married. Either way, it’s a big step to take. The good news is that it can also be a lot of fun to live with someone you love. Here are some tips to help you make a smooth transition – and build the life you want together. Planning Your Move Once you’ve decided to move in together, we recommend having a conversation about what that means. Will one of you be moving into the other person’s place? Will you both give up your current apartments and find a new one together?… Read More

Coping with Eviction: Tips for Getting Through a Difficult Time

Apartment and home rentals are very common, but they can also be expensive. If you run into financial difficulties, whether it’s because you lost a job or had unexpected medical bills, you might find yourself facing the prospect of eviction. Coping with eviction presents some real challenges, both emotionally and physically. It’s important to know your rights as a tenant and also, to have the local resources and coping mechanisms to get through a difficult time. Your Rights as a Tenant As a tenant, you have rights. If you’re worried about eviction, you’ll need to know what those rights are. Since Storage West has locations in both Arizona and California, we’ll cover the laws in both states. In Arizona, landlords may… Read More

Preparing a Washer & Dryer for Moving – Video

How do you prepare your existing washer and dryer for moving to a new home? You may have just bought the system and want to take it with you. This video shows how to remove the hoses, cords, and vent pipe from your washer and dryer. Please note that often delivery firms require this preparation prior to pickup of your appliances. Removing the Old Washer and Dryer – Video Transcription My name is Gary, and recently, we bought a new washer and dryer, and before the delivery guys will pick up the old washer and dryer, I need to prepare them for the pick-up by removing the washer hoses, drain pipe, the dryer power cord, and the dryer vent pipe.… Read More

Dorm Cleaning Tips – Video

Learn from the best in this cleaning and organizing video: airmen at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base demonstrate dorm cleaning tips and show how to prepare your room up to Air Force inspection standards. Lots of great information for university and college students of all types. Basic Dorm Cleaning Tips – Video Transcription In this segment, we will show you some basic cleaning techniques that will help transform your room from this… to this. When cleaning your room, it’s always best to start with a checklist so you don’t miss anything. Check with your airman dorm leader or ADL because they may already have one created for you. Our checklist will look something like this. For windows, use your glass cleaner… Read More

How to Prepare to Rent Your House

Real estate investments are one of the best ways to earn money. Whether you seek out and buy a rental property or decide to rent out your home, you can collect rent and with any luck, make a nice profit with minimal effort on your part. If you want to rent out your home, you must first prepare your home to show to potential tenants, and then take care of some specific measures to protect yourself legally and financially. Here are the steps to follow. Cleaning and Repairs The very first thing you must do if you want to rent your home is to give it a thorough cleaning and repair anything that’s broken. That means cleaning windows, floors, walls,… Read More
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