A Good Time to Checkout Our Great Rates

Sandy Mini Storage prides itself on being the low-price leader in the Sandy, West Jordan and Midvale markets. We make sure to keep our overhead low, while still providing exceptional storage units.

What makes us better? Our entire facility is fenced, with gates that require individual pass codes to enter. A log of all entering and exiting tenants is kept electronically. We have a state-of-the-art camera system that record 24/7. We also have an on-site-residential manager who patrols the facility. The buildings are made out of stone masonry, so you know that your units are safe and secure. We have a many sizes to choose from, so you know you can find a unit that will fit your needs. Our units are clean and rodent free.

Choosing the best storage unit can be difficult, but we make it a clear choice. Come see why we are one of the storage leaders in the community.

If you would like to learn more about our storage facility, please call the facility manager at 801-251-0801.

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Spring Cleaning

If you’re like me, you’re starting to get a little spring fever. Spring in Sandy, Utah is like riding a roller coaster: one day it’s sunny and 80 degrees and the next day it’s snowing. But, by the end of the month, the weather should begin to moderate as we move into the summer season. And if you’re also like me, you start feeling the need to clean up your house and yard. As I begin cleaning by garage this past Saturday, I came to the realization that I needed more storage for my tools, bikes and other items.

If you find that you need more space for storage, Sandy Mini Storage can help. We have storage unit sizes from 10×7 to 24×30. We have some of the most competitive rates on storage units in Sandy, Utah. We pride ourselves on high level of customer service, quality storage and low prices. Come see why our storage facility is almost full.

Good Thing for Do-it-yourself Movers

Good Thing for Do-it-yourself Movers

Not Everyone Thinks Outside the Box

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It’s often said that innovation requires you to “think outside the box.” Fortunately for do-it-yourself movers, the folks at ABF U-Pack Moving® did just the opposite. By thinking inside the box, U-Pack created the innovative ReloCube™ moving and storage container.

The ReloCube is a portable moving and storage container that’s 6-foot deep, 7-foot wide, and 8-foot high. A ReloCube is large enough to accommodate one room of furnishings, yet small enough to fit into a parking place. Load it, lock it, and keep the key – ABF does the rest.

Custom-built expressly for ABF®, ReloCubes are made of steel and aluminum. Because of their easy access and secure clasp, ReloCubes are extremely popular options for a wide variety of customers.

Ashley White used two ReloCubes when she moved from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Nashville, Tennessee. “I liked the fact that they’re so easy to load. The ground-level access means you can just walk in – there’s no walking up a ramp with a heavy box. Plus, there’s no need to rent and drive a truck,” said White, an MBA student at Vanderbilt. “Will I be using ReloCubes again when I graduate? You bet.”

ReloCubes also have become a staple of ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Every project requires precise coordination and logistical management to meet a rapidly approaching deadline.

That’s why they rely on ABF not only for ReloCubes but also for freight transportation, moving supplies, and logistical support.

ReloCubes became a tool in the fight against childhood hunger when ABF U-Pack Moving teamed with America’s Second Harvest, The Nation’s Food Bank Network, to create awareness and raise funds through a virtual food drive called U-Pack A BackPack.

“The America’s Second Harvest Network provides approximately 16 meals for every dollar donation we receive,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of America’s Second Harvest. “The virtual nature of this initiative assures the highest impact in the fight against childhood hunger.”

While many ReloCubes were on location creating awareness of the fight against childhood hunger, others were busy collecting and recycling old athletic shoes.

As part of a national Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program, NikeTown retail locations partnered with their local communities in a drive to recycle as many shoes as possible. ABF U-Pack Moving provided ReloCubes for shoe collection, as well as transportation for the effort. The collected shoes were processed into a granulated material called Nike Grind, used for a variety of sports surfaces donated to underserved communities.

ReloCubes can often be spotted at several special events because of their utility and ease of use. For example, you might see ReloCubes at an American Strongman competition, where events sometimes include the ABF Truck Pull.

So the next time you need to move a few items, consider a ReloCube. They’re ideal for moving from an apartment complex or storage facility where parking is limited.

Meanwhile, test your virtual ReloCube packing skills by visiting upack.com/play to play the U-Pack-a-Cube game. It’s fun, and players are invited to register their score to see how they compare to other master packers!

U-Pack is a service of ABF Freight System, Inc.®, an award-winning transporter of general commodities. In 1997, ABF began offering its shipping services directly to consumers via U-Pack Moving. U-Pack combines the professional driver and equipment of a traditional full-service mover with the cost savings of a rental truck.

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Come See Why We’re Almost Full

Our Sandy storage facility location is almost full, but we still have a few units. Come see why hundreds of people have seen why our storage facility located in Sandy, Utah offers the best value and quality in the Sandy-Midvale area. We offer a wide variety of storage options. Everything from 7×10 to 24×30. There is sure to be a storage unit size to meet your needs.

Our office is Monday thorough Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Our facility recently had a new ultra high definition camera system installed and a reinforced gate put in. You can rest easy knowing that your valuables are safe and secure, while making space in your garage for things like cars, bikes, fourwheelers etc.

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.

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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.