Questions for Existing Customers

Sand Mini Storage’s blog is full of tricks and tips for getting the most out of your self storage experience, from how to store furniture to how to avoid unexpected moving expenses. We are the premier self storage facility in the Sandy, Midvale and West Jordan area of Utah. But being as close to the subject as we are, it’s not always possible for us to anticipate all of the problems that first-time storage renters might face. To get a better idea of issues faced by new renters and the solutions they came up with, we asked our customers a simple question:

What is one tip or piece of advice you’d like to share with other people researching and booking a storage unit?

The following are some of the responses people gave:

1. Finding the Appropriate Size
One of the most common problems encountered by new renters is size expectations not meeting reality. Some felt misled by size guidelines supplied by the facility or booking service:

“Don’t just follow the standard size guidelines. Every site said I needed a 10×15, but I actually needed a 10×20, at minimum. Take the time to figure out the size of your furniture and the volume of your boxes.”

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Like this customer, many found they’d underestimated the size they needed and recommended going with a larger unit to err on the side of caution:

  • “Make sure you realize that the storage unit sizes are not always as large as they seem.”

  • “Don’t underestimate the size of the unit you will need.”

Other renters offered advice on how to better estimate the size you need:

  • “The best way to figure out what size you need is by experimenting with how your things fit together using an empty corner in your home, then measuring the best fit.”

  • “Be organized and know exactly what’s going into the unit in order to make sure you book the right size.”

One of the best pieces of advice was a reminder that while storage units are listed in two dimensions, taking advantage of that third dimension is an important part of fitting everything in:

“Realize that even though the size of the room is small, your items can always be stacked. You aren’t reserving a space that is 5 feet tall.”

Actually, storage units generally are between 8 and 10 feet tall.

There’s a reason why the height of a storage unit is listed. An extra few feet make a big difference when it comes to fitting more into your storage unit. Just be careful not to over load your unit to the point where an object could possible fall or crush other items stored below.

2. Choosing a Facility
One of the biggest decision when it comes to storing your belongings is choosing the right storage unit for you.  While a lot of customers recommended using the Internet to find and compare facilities, many also advocated checking out the facility in person before signing a lease:

  • “Go to the unit in person to check on the security and appearance of the unit you require.”

  • “The Internet is easiest way to find storage. But after looking at facilities online, you need to physically check out the ones you have selected.”

Other customers added that the perks a facility offers–and potential downsides, like limited opening hours or additional fees–often can be more important than price itself:

  • “Check out at least 3 facilities and compare them, apples to apples, including any move in discounts and free truck usage.”

  • “Ask about time access to your unit as far as entrance goes. Ask about any rate increases and additional fees and insurance. For example, do they have a truck available to help you with your move?”

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One of these most important perks is climate control, which is more expensive but helps guarantee the well-being of your belongings:

“Cheaper is not always better. The extra $5 or $10 you may pay each month is well worth the peace of mind knowing that your items are secure, free from pests and ever-changing weather.”

Finally, our favorite hint on finding the right facility:

“Finding a facility is simple and easy with SpareFoot.”

3. Getting the Right Price
The most common piece of advice for getting a low price on a unit was to expand your search area:

  • “I found that storage is cheaper in the outlying areas of town and surrounding communities.”

  • “At first I wanted a storage location closer to where I live, but this one was better by far than those close to home.”

  • “Shop around, try other cities nearby.”

pricePerhaps our most most budget-minded customer recommended some old-fashioned haggling to score a deal:

“Shop around for prices: you can usually bargain for first month free!”

4. Sizing Up the Unit
Many respondents suggested giving the storage unit itself a thorough inspection before signing any paperwork:

  • “Measure the inside of the unit: sometimes measurements like 5′ x 5′ are not exact.”

  • “Make sure you check the lock holder on your new unit. Sometimes they are loose from wear and tear.”

  • “Make sure the storage unit is not easily floodable.”

5. Watching Out for Extra Fees
It is important to make sure that your storage unit is insured. Some home owner’s or renter’s policies may cover a storage unit. To be sure, you should check with your insurance agent,

  • Sandy Mini Storage offers storage-unit insurance through a third-party insurance company–Storesmart Insurance. These plans are simply, straight forward and inexpensive. Having a peace of mind will always put you at ease.

  • “Make sure to see if there are any added fees like the ‘admin’ fee that they charged me an $20 extra for.”A lot of storage facilities add an administration fee. Sandy Mini Storage believes that an administration fee is generally unnecessary and is simply a way many storage facilities get extra money from their customers.

6. Making the Move
Finally, after selecting a facility and a unit and filling out the paperwork, many renters offered solid advice on what to do when you’re actually moving into your storage facility. A

  • “Make sure you call before you arrive at the facility because some facilities are closed for lunch or at other designated times. They could also be closed due to an emergency or a shortage of staff.”

  • “Don’t just assume things went smoothly on the facility’s end. Call the facility to confirm your reservation, including the size and price of the unit prior to moving in.”

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Others dished out some superb packing tips:

  • “If you have furniture, remember to bring a blanket, sheet or canvas to lay out to protect it from the concrete floor.”

  • “Leave some extra empty space inside the unit if you think you’ll ever need to get to anything while it’s in storage. You can’t find anything unless you move it all out of the storage unit, and after that you’ll have to put it back. Lots of wasted time.”

Storage Size Guide

I’ve attached a storage-size guide to help as you decide what size unit is right for you. Sandy Mini Storage offers a myriad of unit sizes. We have everything from 7x10s to 24x30s. There is almost certainly a storage unit size that will fit your needs. All of our 12×20 size units and larger have a power outlet and a light. This allows tenants to access their storage unit after it dark or even see their self storage unit better during the day. Our units are masonry construction, so you know they’ll be sturdy and secure. We also offer 24-hour camera surveillance with a state-of-the-art camera system that is capable of recording is ultra high definition. We also have a night watchman living on sight. Our entire facility is fenced and we have an extra secure gate system, with individual passcodes. All of these features help to make Sandy Mini Storage the premier storage facility in Sandy and Midvale. Storage Guide

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is right around the corner. The trees are starting to bloom, lawns are greening up and the world is coming alive. You know what that means. . .  Spring Cleaning! It’s that time of the year. It’s time to clean out your garage or basement and we have the perfect storage solution for you. We currently have a size to fit any needs, from 10x7s to 24×30 storage units, you’re sure to find a size that fits your needs. Come down to our Sandy, Utah location, just off 90th South is Sandy, Utah. Our professional staff is standing ready to help you find the right size mini storage.

We currently have a special, which offers our storage customers half off their first month’s rent. We recently had our camera system replaced with 4K (highest resolution cameras available), we have also reinforced out security system, so you can rest assured that your valuables are will protect. We also have a night watchmen on sight and individual pass code entry system. Just one more thing to make sure your storage unit in Sandy, Utah Storage remains safe and secure.

Useful Information

Self-storage Tips

We all think we know how to pack – until we actually have to get round to it! In this section you’ll find some tips to help you source and utilize the best self-storage space for your needs:

Choosing a self-storage facility

The first thing you need to consider is which self-storage facility to use. It’s always best to remember that you’re planning on storing your own stuff in the facility and would like it to come back to you one day in the condition you left it in. If you’re unsure, visit some local self-storage facilities and check them out first before you choose. By the time you make your choice you should be confident of the following:

    • The self-storage facility has put in place adequate security measures.
    • You can access your self-storage unit when you want to.
    • The units on offer in the self-storage facility are the right size for you and could cope with any future needs you might have to increase or decrease the space you rent.
    • The self-storage facility offers units that will suit the goods you want to store – for example, if you’re storing valuable items you want an enclosed unit with concealing walls so that nobody can see what’s inside.
    • The climate control in the self-storage facility is adequate for your needs – particularly important if you’re looking to store upholstered items, business goods or archive documents as a few months in a damp self-storage environment will do untold damage.
    • The storage units are tidy and well-maintained – professional self-storage facilities are well kept and clean.
    • Pest control shouldn’t be an issue – the self-storage facility should be able to tell you what types of measures they take – the last thing you want is vermin lodging in your belongings.
    • The contract small print of the self-storage facility has no hidden surprises.
    • If you’re planning on storing a large amount, check that the self-storage facility has adequate access for the removal vehicle you’ve chosen. Many self-storage sites don’t have the space or access for large removal trucks.
    • National trade associations can be a usful source of information; US Trade Association Self Storage Association, UK and Europe Trade Association The Self Storage Association

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Packing for self-storage

Although some self-storage companies will offer packing as an additional service, you will pay for the privilege and, in most cases, you’ll be packing up yourself. Packing for self-storage is an art and you’ll need to put some thought into it before you begin. After all, one of the primary advantages of using a self-storage facility is the fact that you can continue to access your items even in storage.

The first thing to remember therefore is to pack in such a way that you can find things at a later date quickly and without unloading absolutely everything you’ve put away. Make an inventory of what you’ve packed and where it is as you go along. Other packing and storage preparation tips include:

  • Make an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store to help with accurate insurance policies and in case of unforeseen damage in the self-storage facility.
  • Invest in good quality sturdy boxes and packing materials – box strength degrades with use. If you buy boxes of similar sizes it’ll be easier to stack them securely in the self-storage facility and will save you space.
  • Box everything that you can – everything that is left unboxed in a self-storage facility will get dusty and potentially dirty.
  • Fill boxes to capacity wherever possible to avoid breakages but avoid making them too heavy – remember you’ll have to be able to lift them. You can use materials such as paper or towels or can buy special packing to fill spaces if necessary. Depending on the space you opt to rent from your self-storage facility, you might be stacking boxes on top of each other and the lower levels need to be sturdy enough to take the strain. Boxes that are only partly filled may tip over or collapse.
  • Label all boxes clearly so you can identify the contents and keep an inventory. Label them on more than one side so you can see what’s what quickly. Mark ‘Fragile’ on any boxes containing breakable items.
  • Don’t be tempted to fill large boxes with heavy items such as books as they’ll quickly become impossible to carry and may break. You can buy small book boxes from your self-storage facility that will do the job just as well. If you do pack heavy items in a large box put in just a few and then fill the box up with lighter items.
  • Don’t pack items into sealed plastic bags, as humidity can cause mildew.
  • Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines.
  • Don’t store wet items in a self-storage facility as they can cause water damage, mould and mildew.
  • Large appliances need care before placing in a self-storage facility – make sure you defrost fridges and freezers thoroughly before storing them otherwise you’ll be leaving yourself open to water damage. Tie doors up for the move, although you should leave them slightly ajar once in storage to stop condensation forming and help ward off bad odours. Drain washing machines before storing them and tie down hoses etc. Appliances should be clean and dry and it’ll be worthwhile wiping the insides over with bicarbonate of soda before you store them.
  • Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments etc separately. Paper will do but bubble wrap is a good investment. Pack them tightly into strong boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Try to avoid putting heavy items on top of fragile ones in a self-storage facility.
  • If you’re going to be storing clothes think about buying wardrobe or clothes boxes – you’ll then be able to simply hang the clothes in them and they’ll keep their shape. It’s not wise to simply put your clothes in bin liners in a self-storage facility as moisture can get trapped inside when they’re sealed and your clothes could be ruined.
  • For the best protection for mirrors and pictures in a self-storage facility, wrap them in a protective covering such as bubble wrap and stack them on their ends. Mirrors and pictures should never be stored flat. Mark them as ‘Fragile’.
  • Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection.
  • If you’re storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas in a self-storage facility it might be a good idea to invest in covers, bags or sheeting to give them some additional protection. Stand sofas and mattresses on end wherever possible to save space and don’t stack too much on top of soft furnishings. Mattresses are best stored on the long end and should be ideally raised above floor level or laid on protective sheeting.
  • If you’re storing a few items of furniture on top of each other a simple dust sheet or cover placed between items will minimize scratching and damage in a self-storage facility.
  • You’ll save space if you can dismantle furniture such as beds and tables before you store it in a self-storage facility – make sure you keep hold of all the bits so you can get it all back together again! Wrap and cover furniture sections and keep them together, clearly marked, for quick retrieval. You can put components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic bag, mark them clearly and tape to the relevant piece of furniture. Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space in the facility.
  • Chairs can be stacked seat to seat to save space. Cover chair legs with protective wrapping for extra protection.
  • Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture spray before storing it in the facility to give it some added protection.
  • Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos and computers should be packed in their original boxes wherever possible. If this isn’t possible, pack them into boxes that are about the right size making sure that you pack gaps with paper etc. Make sure you tie down the player arm of a record player and secure your turntable.
  • If you’re storing items with fuel tanks such as lawn mowers and cars etc in a facility, expect to be asked to drain the tanks before you put them in storage. Fuel is one of the few things that you CANNOT store in a self-storage facility.
  • Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing to avoid rust formation.
  • You can tie tools and long-handled items in bundles. Don’t store a brush resting on the bristles.
  • Don’t store vacuum cleaners with the bag in – throw it away before you store them in the facility.
  • Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them.
  • Think hard about whether you really want to store photographs in a self-storage facility. If you do store loose photographs, place them between pieces of clean cardboard and tape them together to avoid curling. Photographs will suffer temperature damage and, if the facility you have chosen is not climate controlled, you might want to keep them out of storage to avoid losing them.
  • Think creatively and you’ll make more space. Plan to use furniture drawers as an extra box (they are especially good for fragile items) and you can use the inside of wardrobes to store boxes. Kitchen appliances such as stoves and fridges can also be used in this way.
  • Seal all your boxes with packing tape before you put them in a self-storage facility – this will help keep dust out of the contents.

Organizing your self-storage unit

At this stage in your self-storage process, it’s worthwhile taking some time to plan exactly how to pack your items into the unit. Unit sizes are determined by price so you can be save money here by assessing what you have to store and planning to pack it in efficiently – a smaller and well-packed unit will be cheaper than a larger one that is badly organized.

There are two key things to remember when organizing your self-storage unit. Firstly, you need to make sure that you can easily access the items you’ve stored in the facility when you want them. Secondly, you must take care when storing – these are your belongings and there are measures you can take, apart from careful packing, that will help protect them during their time in the facility.

  • If you’re worried that the floor space in the facility is not clean enough and might cause damage in itself put down protective sheeting or boards.
  • If you’re storing heavy items or boxes check with the facility to see if they have trolleys or other machinery you can use. Some self-storage companies will offer these free of charge.
  • In all but the smallest units, try to create an aisle and leave enough room to be able to get round the back.
  • Store your largest items first.
  • If you’re stacking your unit high with boxes, always make sure to put the heaviest boxes at the bottom to avoid damage.
  • Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space.
  • Try not to lean furniture against outside walls.
  • If you’re storing metal objects avoid resting them against items susceptible to damage.
  • Try to assess what you’ll need to access frequently and keep it at the front of your unit.
  • Fill anything that’s hollow – i.e. wardrobes, drawers, washing machines and fridges with small boxes and other items to maximize your available space.
  • Make sure to stack boxes and containers so that you can see the labels you put on them.
  • Wedge the doors of all kitchen appliances whilst in the facility open to avoid bad odours and mildew etc., building up.
  • Don’t store anything in the facility that you’re not sure is sturdy vertically – if it seems wobbly store it horizontally.
  • If you’re worried about the atmosphere/environment in the unit put down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and vermin bait.

Five Mistakes to Avoid During Moving

Storing items during a move can be a balancing act. You’ve got the movers on one hand and the storage facility on the other. Everything has to come together just right or you’ll run into big—and potentially costly—issues. Here’s a look at the top five mistakes people make when moving things into a storage unit and tips on how to do it right.

Mistake 1: Not Knowing What the Movers Will Bring on Moving Day.

Before renting a storage unit, get a firm answer from the moving company about what type of vehicle the movers will be using. Many companies use moving trucks, while others use everything from a trailer pulled by a pickup truck to an 18-wheeler. Verify the vehicle type then get the dimensions—width, length, height, and weight at maximum capacity. Fortunately, Sandy Mini Storage, located in Sandy, Utah has extra large drive aisles, so most full-size semi trucks can get through.

Mistake 2: Not Finding Out Whether the Moving Truck Will Fit.

Now that you know what type of moving vehicle that’ll be used, you need to ensure that it can get into the storage facility and to your unit.

If you’ve ever been to a storage facility, you’ve probably noticed some areas can be a little tight. Storage facilities make money renting out space, so they understandably maximize the number of buildings and units. This can result in tight turns and becomes challenging to navigate, especially for 18-wheelers.

If you find out on moving day that the vehicle won’t fit in the facility, it usually means two things—both of them bad. First, a shuttle truck may have to be used, which costs more money. Second, the movers will be forced to touch everything twice, doubling the chances of something going awry.

When considering your storage options, ask about clearance heights and widths for getting into the facility and to your unit. You’ll also want to find out how trucks access the property and whether there are any load maximums. Use the truck dimensions provided by the movers to figure out whether you’ll have enough space.

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Mistake 3: Not Giving the Movers Unloading Directions.

Professional movers are the expert unloaders, but you’re the boss on moving day. It’s best to let them know how you want things arranged in the unit before unloading begins.

It’s especially important to speak up if you want to move around and look for certain items later on. This takes some thought and planning before the unit starts getting filled. Aisles will need to be created and boxes will need to be arranged so that all labels are visible. You should direct the movers whether you want furniture to be stacked.

Mistake 4: Not Securing Enough Space for Your Stuff.

It can be tricky figuring out how much storage space you need. If your belongings already are organized and boxed up, this is easier to determine. But when in doubt, get advice from the facility. If you cut it too close and your belongings won’t fit, you’ll have two options:

1. Check with the facility about renting a second, smaller unit for the overflow.

2. Return the overflow items to the moving truck and take them to a family member’s garage or friend’s attic.

If you’re not sure everything will fit into your storage unit, line up one of the two options above in advance. Having a backup plan will reduce stress and minimize cost, particularly if the movers are working by the hour.

Mistake 5: Visiting the Storage Facility When Everyone Else Is There.

Typically, people move their things into or visit their storage units on the weekends or after work on weekdays. This might be the only time that fits into your schedule, but if you’re paying movers by the hour, you could cut down on the cost by moving during work hours on a weekday when fewer people are around.

Great Storage Ideas from Sunset.com

http://www.sunset.com/home/architecture-design/small-home-organization-tips

I saw this article today from Sunset.com and thought it had some great tips for better utilizing space.

Also, at Sandy Mini Storage, we have some new prices on our storage units. We pride ourselves on being the premier storage facility in Sandy, Utah, Midvale, Utah and West Jordan, Utah. If you have any questions about our storage facility, please call our friendly staff at our Sandy location. Our phone number is 801-251-0801. One of our storage experts will be waiting to assist you with any and all of your storage needs.

Valentine’s Day

Well, we have managed to weather the worst of the winter here in Sandy, Utah. That means spring is right around the corner. Many people want to wait until the weather warms up before cleaning out there garage or basement. Don’t put off cleaning up your basement until spring. Because once spring has arrived, you’ll want to be out enjoying the warm weather and longer days.
Sandy Mini Storage is now offering discount on all their units. For example, we currently have our climate controlled storage units in our Sandy, Utah location priced staring at $40.00. These prices for self storage are unheard of. Came before Valentine’s day and take advantage of these great prices. They won’t last forever!
If you have any questions about our great storage units, please give me a call at 801-251-0801. You can also stop by our office located at 8685 S Harrison Street, Sandy, Utah 84070.

Things that Should be Cleaned Everyday

http://www.countryliving.com/home-maintenance/g3005/things-you-should-clean-every-day/

I was looking on the internet and say this list of things that should be cleaned everyday. I thought this was a really interesting article. Although this does not directly relate to storage units in Sandy, Utah, there are some great tips.

Please read and let me know if you have any other tips for items that need to be cleaned daily. I must admit that I don’t clean all of the items on this daily. This was a good reminder that I should. One thing is important: You should never put a dirty item into storage because it will quickly attract dust and other unwanted guest.