3 Tips to Prepare for a Long Term Storage

Rented storage facilities are a blessing if you are looking for options where you can safely stow away your stuff for long-term. Long-term storage of your items may be needed if you are planning to move out of your city or country temporarily for business or military deployment, studies, or if you have an extensive remodeling and revamping plan for your existing dwelling. Whatever the reason be, long-term storage of items requires special considerations to ensure their safety. Here are the three most important tips that will help you in preparing for long-term storage.

Blue Creek RV & Boat Mini Storage plans for long term storage

Plan The Storage

This might sound absurd, but you need to plan the entire long-term storage drill in your head before actually starting to pack your stuff. This includes some serious research about the suitable storage facilities, thinking about the pros and cons of different packing materials, chalking out the information that you will put on the labels, etc. The most laborious and time-consuming aspect of this drill is to make a list of items that you will store. Only when you have thought the entire process through in your head, you should proceed to the next tip.

Blue Creek RV & Boat Mini Storage pack for long term storage

Start (and Finish) Packing

Once you know which item will be going to the rented facility for long-term storage, you should start packing each. There are several points to remember in this process:

  • You should thoroughly clean each item before packing. Even a little bit of dust and dirt should not be left. Use the vacuum cleaner if needed.
  • Apply protective sprays to wooden furniture and leather goods.
  • Use a bleach solution to disinfect the internal surfaces of equipment like the refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher.
  • Ensure that all items are completely dry and odorless before you pack them for storage.
  • Disassemble all bulky items that can be disassembled. This will not only make packing easy but also give you more space when you stack it in the storage unit.
  • Never close the doors and lids of these items completely to prevent moisture build-up during storage.
  • Use only new boxes for stacking the stuff because new boxes are sturdier.
  • Avoid wrapping the items in plastic bags because they can retain moisture in the long run.
  • Pack fragile and delicate items with special care. Use ample bubble wrap and fillers. Use corrugated sheets to separate them and stack all fragile items in one place.
  • Prepare elaborate and tidy labels and paste many of them on each box to ensure visibility on all sides of the box.

Remember to keep this list safe because it will be helpful when you take the items out of the storage facility.

Blue Creek RV & Boat Mini Storage packing for long term storage

Choose the Right Storage Facility

The final tip on preparing long-term storage is to choose the right storage facility. There are different kinds of storage units available in the market and each has its own feature. For example, a climate-controlled unit will regulate temperature as well as humidity and may be preferable over a standard unit that doesn’t have these regulatory features. Ask the facility owner about their policies regarding long-term storage and inquire about the insurance details. You should ensure that the storage facility has a sound security system to safeguard your belongings in your absence. The overall maintenance of the facility should also be considered.

If you keep these three tips in mind while preparing for long-term storage, you will come back to find your belongings in great condition. Also, you will be able to retrieve every item without wasting time and making any additional effort.

Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage | 2135 Blue Creek Road Billings, MT 59101 United States
Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage | 2135 Blue Creek Road Billings, MT 59101 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings for the long-term, Blue Creek RV & Boat Mini Storage has got you covered. Here at Blue Creek RV & Boat Mini Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections and top-notch security. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://bluecreekstorage.com/.

 

5 Storage Unit Tips You Didn’t Know About

When you hear storage units, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Well, when we talk about storage units, it’s often viewed as a moving solution or as a seasonal storage solution. But nobody seems to be talking about how amazing storage units can be during a home renovation. Whether you plan on expanding your living room or adding an additional bedroom, you’ll probably need to make room for the remodeling. Often times “making room” means you got to move your furniture and items away from the renovation site. Otherwise, your furniture will get its own makeover and we wouldn’t want to happen.

Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage storage tips

When it comes to home renovations, the most common issue people run into is the lack of space to properly store their belongings. This is where storage units come in handy.

When renting a storage unit, most people have the big aspects covered – comparing prices and locations, noting the hours the unit is accessible, etc. Here are 5 storage unit tips you didn’t know:

Take Advantage of the Amenities

Rental storage units are a business. Like any business, the owner offers perks and amenities to keep their clients satisfied. Offering free amenities might seem counterintuitive for a company trying to make money, but getting more clients based on word-of-mouth reviews is an equal hand-off.

When considering a storage unit, be sure to ask about their amenities. Some places offer anything from a free moving truck to furniture covers.

Understand Your Belongings Before Storage

Most people have the general idea of tightly packing as many of their belongings into a single storage unit. We get it; you want to maximize your storage space. However, it’s important to understand your belongings before you store anything in them. Some items may require a climate controlled unit to help maintain your furniture in tip-top condition. Depending on how big your home renovation project is, it could take anywhere between 4 to 8 months before completion. This piece of information is often times overlooked and may possibly help with deciding between a regular storage unit and a climate controlled unit.

Thermostat

Benefits of Climate Controlled Units

Many storage unit facilities offer climate-controlled units for a slightly higher price. You might balk at spending more money than you absolutely have to, but it is something for you to consider if the items you plan to store are fragile or valuable. For example, photo albums can easily warp in units that aren’t climate-controlled.

Storage Unit Security

Arguably the most important factor when it comes to storage units and with good reason. Often times, a clean facility is a good indicator that the facility has security cameras. Think about it, would you litter if you knew someone might be watching you? Live security cameras are an industry standard nowadays when it comes to a storage facility. What often sets a secured storage facility apart from one another is having individual storage unit alarms. This little attention to detail security add-on is a great indication that the facility really cares about you and your belongings.

Reserve the Unit ASAP

If you’re planning on having a home renovation within the next couple of months or years, we highly recommend factoring in your storage unit rentals in your planning. Reserve your unit couple of days or months in advance by communicating with the managers. Keep in mind, storage units fill up fast especially if it’s from a reputable facility with great attention to detail and care for their tenants.

 

Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage | 2135 Blue Creek Road Billings, MT 59101 United States
Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage | 2135 Blue Creek Road Billings, MT 59101 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage has got you covered in this department. Here at Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections and top-notch security. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://bluecreekstorage.com/.

5 Tips For Storing Your Boat

For most people, owning a boat is a luxury, and it is not needed daily. Those living in places without large water bodies do not need to use boats regularly; instead for them, boating is a hobby.

This is why extra precautions need to be taken for storing and maintaining your boat when it will be unused for long periods. The last thing any boat owner needs is to spend money on damages which could have been easily prevented.

These 5 tips will help you store your boat safely:

Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage fuel tank

  • Empty The Fuel Tank

Your boat’s fuel will determine how long your boat will remain stored. Therefore, you should either treat the gas or remove it.

If you intend to store your boat for only a few months, you may want to fill the tank with a good quality fuel stabilizer. You then need to run the engine for several minutes for the oil to reach the engine and you will be good to go.  The amount of fuel stabilizer needed depends from product to product so be sure to consult both your boats manual as well as the recommendations on the specific fuel stabilizer you purchase.

If your boat will be in storage for more extended periods, like a year or so, then it is advised that you drain all the gas. Remember that fuel, just like grocery, has a shelf life, and long periods of stagnation will lead to the formation of gum, clogging, and blocking of lines, tanks, and carburetors.

Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage dry it out

  • Dry It Out

Once you have dealt with the fuel issue, dry out your boat completely. Use this time to also check for leaks since water can get into your boat through anywhere where there is a leak. Pay close attention to your hatches and vents. Inspect your boat thoroughly, both inside and outside and dry any water present.

Stagnant water that collects in your boat can cause mold issues as well as lead to rust.  By drying the boat completely before storage, you are helping to minimize the risk of damage due to standing water.

Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage boat lock

  • Accessories: Trailer Hitch Locks, Wheel Chocks and Boat Covers

When storing a boat in a parking facility like ours, some boat owners will purchase accessories to help keep the boat/trailer in great condition. Items like wheel chocks and trailer hitch locks ensure that the boat and trailer stay where you park them and aren’t accidentally moved by someone with the wrong unit number.

Boat covers will help to prevent the suns rays from damaging the boat interior and fading the boats paint. Covers come in a wide variety of materials. The best covers have multiple tie-down points which will help keep the cover secure on the boat while it is in storage.

Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage boat cover

  • Trailer Maintenance & Towing Vehicle

When transporting your boat to and from your unit, make sure that the towing vehicle and trailer are in good operation. It is essential to check the vehicle’s manual for safety tips, rules, and instructions on boat towing capacity.

Make sure the towing vehicle is checked for fluid levels and that the hitch is appropriate for the vehicle being towed. You will also want to make sure both vehicles have good tire pressure and the towing chains are properly secured.

Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage | 2135 Blue Creek Road Billings, MT 59101 United States
Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage | 2135 Blue Creek Road Billings, MT 59101 United States
  • Boat Storage at Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage

Our facility works well for boat storage. We offer a variety of parking spaces and are glad to help you find on that is sized right for your boat and trailer. Our secure gate access will allow you to rest easy at night knowing your boat is safe and secure.

We are just a call away! Call now at (406) 969-2626.

If you need any questions answered about spaces to park your boat, get in touch with us.

Experienced storage professionals are in charge of Blue Creek RV & Boat & Mini Storage and would love to help you out!

4 Ways Billings Businesses Can Take Advantage of Storage Units

Everybody knows that whether you are moving, cleaning out a garage or basement, or just need a place to store your extra stuff, self-storage facilities like Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage in Billings, MT are a great place to rent some extra space.

That isn’t really exciting though. Did you know that our storage units can be used in other, more unconventional ways?

1. Using Self Storage for Excess Inventory

Is your business expanding but you are having trouble finding extra space in Billings? Expansion for local businesses usually happens slowly. Typically, you don’t go from a smaller office to “I need a huge warehouse” overnight.

Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage inventory

As your inventory grows, our self-storage units can offer space to expand. The best thing is, we have a wide variety of unit sizes to accommodate your needs. As you grow, we can find larger units. Our goal is to give you one less thing to worry about when expanding your business.

2. Using Self Storage for File Storage

Tax season is starting now and it is the perfect time to go through your files and organize everything for your CPA. While you are working to get the files you need together, maybe it makes sense to have your employees take some extra time to organize the office.

Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage files

Our smaller units can be a great place to store your excess files. It will free up space in your office but still keep them nearby so you have access to them when needed. Think about how that space can be better utilized. If you move out a few filing cabinets, could you make room for that accounting assistant you’ve been talking about? Maybe you would have room to add a desk for a new salesman to help increase revenue for 2019.

Whatever the case may be, we’re happy to help!

3. Storing Items While Redecorating

Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage office

Do you have plans to paint your office in 2019? Maybe you are going to redecorate and modernize to improve customer experience. In any case, Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage can also offer temporary storage for excess furniture and equipment.

4. Using Self Storage for a Photography Prop Warehouse

Are you an on-location photographer? Whether you shoot weddings, newborns or college graduates, you realize how important having the right props for your photo shoot are. Backdrops, lighting, baskets, and boxes…they all take up space. Our storage units offer a convenient and secure place to store all of those. Best of all, your CPA may agree that the rent on the unit is a business deduction!

Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage photography

Photographers aren’t the only ones that use props. With the real estate market booming, we know that home stagers are getting more and more clients. More houses to stage mean more inventory to store! As your business expands, so do your storage need and we can absolutely help!

Billings Storage Units for Businesses

Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage | 2222 Virginia Lane Billings, MT 59101 United States
Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage | 2222 Virginia Lane Billings, MT 59101 United States

There are lots of different ways that self-storage facilities like ours can help businesses in 2019. Storage units can give your business that much needed extra space. Cleaner, tidier workspaces may help improve employee efficiency and oftentimes result in a better customer experience when clients stop by.

For any business that needs it, including home-based businesses like photographs, property stagers, and even home-based sales…we have a wide variety of storage units to fit your growing needs.

Do you have a different reason for needing storage for your business? Give us a call or visit our website at https://bluecreekstorage.com/. We’d be happy to discuss options to find the right fit for your business!

 

Prepare for the Holiday by Decluttering

It’s that time of year again to make some space in your home.  Between more items entering your living space, and relatives and friends coming over, you might consider de-cluttering.  Cleaning up for the holidays will make it much more enjoyable for your guests and your life a lot more stress-free.  Even if you aren’t hosting any parties, these tips can also help you prepare for the new year.  Here are a few places in your home that could do with some clutter management.

Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage kitchen

Kitchen

The kitchen can be one of the busiest places in your home when you have people over.  When you’re baking, cooking, and serving drinks, it’s better to have everything to be organized and not overcrowded.    Go into your fridge and remove anything that is expired.  Non-perishables such as rice and canned goods can be donated to food banks or charities.  Then go through your cabinets and find things you no longer need or have too many of.  Kitchen tools, appliances, and other miscellaneous items can also be donated.

Now that your kitchen is slightly more clutter free, now it’s time to store the remaining items.  Keep things you use every day up front, like pots and pans, so they are easily reachable.  If you happen to be hosting and baking during the Holidays, put everything you know you’ll use in one cabinet that is easily accessible

Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage garage

Garage

Spend some time in your garage making room.  You’ll want access to decorations, shovels if you need them, winter supplies, and other things you might want to pack away once the holidays are over.  Garages are often the place we leave neglected items, things we no longer have a use for.

Give away anything that fits this description or, if it’s no longer useful, toss it out.  You may want to store the remaining items on shelves rather than the floor of the garage.  This will give it a neater appearance.  Anything that still has use or sentiment can be put away in a storage unit for safe keeping.

Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage kid

Kids Rooms

If you have children, then you’re aware of the clutter that can pile up rather quickly, between games, crayons, books, and toys.

Think of all the items your child no longer uses.  These things can be donated to a local charity or family in need, especially during this time of the year.  Anything that has been outgrown or forgotten will certainly be well loved by a family less fortunate.

Some children may be more attached than others to certain items.  If they don’t really use it, try putting it away for a while and if it isn’t used again then consider donating it.

Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage | 2222 Virginia Lane Billings, MT 59101 United States
Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage | 2222 Virginia Lane Billings, MT 59101 United States

Self Storage is another option when it comes to anything you may want to put away for a while, but don’t want to give up.  Holiday decorations are especially good for a storage unit as they don’t clutter up parts of your house for the rest of the year.  If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Blue Creek RV & Mini Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://bluecreekstorage.com/.