What Shouldn’t You Put Into Storage in Miami Beach?

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While obtaining a storage unit in Miami Beach can be a convenient and cost-effective method of stowing away your personal belongings, you should avoid putting certain things into storage. In addition to site-specific restrictions, keep in mind these general categories of items that are not fit for public storage.


Hazardous Materials

This includes combustible, flammable, toxic, or otherwise hazardous materials. Simply put, storing these items puts you and everyone else in the facility in danger. Examples of such items include:

  1. Gasoline
  2. Propane tanks
  3. Fireworks and other explosives
  4. Weapons or ammunition

Harmful Medical Items

While you will want to check with your specific Miami Beach storage facility, it’s probably best to avoid storing dangerous or prohibited medical materials in your unit. Examples of such items include:

  1. Devices with a radiological or nuclear medicine component (for example, x-ray machines)
  2. Medical waste
  3. Prescription drugs

These items are likely prohibited by law and may pose significant safety concerns for other customers.



While a storage facility may be a convenient place to store an oversupply of bottled water or canned foods, avoid storing perishable goods. Such items include:

  1. Cereal
  2. Meats or fishes
  3. Milk or juices
  4. Produce

These items may spoil and become a health hazard for others using the same storage facility.


The Obvious

While the above categories are important, there are some self-evident items you should always avoid placing in storage. Storing these items implicates considerable legal and health concerns, and it’s best to avoid doing so altogether. This category includes:

  1. Illegal items (for example, drugs or stolen goods)
  2. Living things (animals or plants)
  3. Items with a strong odor
  4. Anything that needs to be plugged in (for example, a freezer with food in it)

If you have any questions about what items are appropriate for public storage, speak with the staff at your local Miami Beach storage facility.

Why Location is Critical for Public Storage in Miami, FL

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Location should play an important role in selecting public storage in Miami, FL. If you choose the wrong location, then you can easily spend more time and money than you need to.


You want to choose a public storage facility that is in a safe area or, at least, provides a safe environment. Miami is a great town, but like every major city, it has areas where you would rather not travel with a truck full of your personal items. There are a couple key reasons to consider security when choosing the location of your public storage facility:

  • Your possessions are valuable—either materially or personally—and you shouldn’t be up at night worrying about whether you made the right decision choosing that “discount” storage facility with questionable security in an unsafe location.
  • You want your experience going to and from the storage facility to be as painless as possible. Any life event that requires the use of significant storage space can be stressful enough; no need to add to that stress with concerns over your safety.
Ease of Access

In a city like Miami, FL, with roads that can become bogged down at even the oddest hours, it’s important to choose a public storage facility that is conveniently accessible from a major road and/or highway. There are a couple obvious reasons for doing so:

  • If you’re using your own truck, why waste money on gas travelling to an out-of-the-way public storage facility?
  • If you made the smart choice and choose a storage facility—such as Doral Self Storage—that provides a free truck to move items, then why waste your precious time trekking out to a remote public storage facility?


Your safety, time, and money are all incredibly important. Consider them when looking for into public storage in Miami, FL.

How to Pull Things Out of Doral Self Storage

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While there is a lot of advice out there on putting your belongings into Doral self storage, you won’t find much in the way of safely and efficiently removing items from a storage unit. Here are some things to consider that we have found helpful when removing items.


Safety First


Even the best organized storage units can’t protect you from a careless removal process. Keep in mind the following advice when removing your belongings:

  1. Before anything else, examine the unit. Items, such as stacked boxes, may have shifted in storage, or the person who loaded the unit may not have done so with removal in mind.
  2. When removing any item, make sure it will not cause anything to fall down and injure you or others.
  3. Test the weight of the things you will be removing—particularly those items stored in high places. Ask someone for help if an item is too heavy for one person to safely remove.

Make a Plan


Whether you’re taking out items to help with your expanding business or finally getting rid of unnecessary clutter, the key to an efficient removal process is a well thought out removal plan. You can use the following steps as a guide:

  1. When you have larger items in self storage, arrange a truck for moving your items ahead of time.
  2. Moving requires manpower. Having a partner will help make the move go more smoothly, and may be necessary with large items.
  3. Identify exactly what will be removed from the unit and where they are located within the unit.
  4. Once you have opened the unit and confirmed the location of your items, set an order in which you will remove each item.
  5. If you are removing a lot of stuff, create different areas outside of the unit—one for trash, another for keeping, selling, etc. There’s no point in extending the process by removing and then sorting.
  6. Always keep safety in mind.

Tips For Self Storage in Miami: How to Safely Store Expensive Electronics

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Long-term storage of electronics can be a challenge. This is especially true for people storing devices for the first time. Knowing how to make a storage plan and what things to look for in a Miami self storage facility are the key to preserving and protecting your equipment.


Size Does Not Equal Strength


Some electronic devices are quite large. Many people think size equals strength, and while that may be true for Grandma Howard’s 17th-century armoire, the 60-inch television you bought last year probably isn’t quite as sturdy. LCD screens can be damaged by both impact and pressure, and by temperature, humidity, dust or debris. Items should be stored where they won’t be under pressure or where another item may tip, lean or fall in their direction.


Staying Clean


Cleanliness is always a central concern, so make sure equipment is clean and dry before it is stored to reduce the likelihood of mold or insects. Weather in the southern United States changes rapidly, sometimes in hours, so take this into consideration while planning for storage. While you can’t control the weather, you can be prepared for it. Using a covered or enclosed vehicle, plastic bins, tarps, blankets and towels can keep your items dry should foul weather strike.

Believe it or not, the combination of weather, dust and debris can also cause static electricity buildups which are capable of doing tremendous damage to precision electronics like computers and mobile phones. If you are planning to use a Miami self storage facility for sensitive electronic equipment, mitigating this hazard should be one of your top priorities.


Other Important Considerations


It’s generally a good idea to keep fragile electronics off the floor, as hard surfaces affect temperature and can be damaging to cardboard boxes. It’s also important that wires and adapters be cleaned and stored alongside their devices. Colored labels will help keep your cables organized for quick identification.

It also goes without saying the most fragile surfaces are screens, whether they are on mobile phones or large computer monitors. Make sure those screens are protected with bubble wrap and, if possible, facing away from other items, even if boxed.


Finally, if you still have the original box for an item, then use that instead of a generic box. It won’t take up any unnecessary space and it will be easier to identify when it comes time to pull it out of storage.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Self Storage Fort Lauderdale

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There are many reasons that individuals might use self storage in Fort Lauderdale. While it seems like you probably know everything you need to about renting a unit, there are a number of things that you are probably not aware of. Here are a few things that you may not have known about self storage:

  1. It’s Easy to Reserve Your Unit and Pay Online.
    Today’s customers can choose the size of their storage unit online – using guides that suggest how much a well-organized and well-packed storage unit can hold. Not only that, but customers can pay their reservation fee and even their monthly rent through companies’ web sites.
  2. Local Facilities offer Storage for Businesses.
    Self storage units aren’t just for home or personal storage – customers can use these storage units for business-related documents and inventories as well. The climate controlled features units make self storage perfect to give business owners a bit more space for inventory.
  3. Document Storage for Businesses is Available.
    Paperwork can take up a lot of room in a business setting, space which can be better used for other things. Some self storage Fort Lauderdale companies offer services like digital document storage with 24/7 online access for customers.
  4. Storing Temperature Sensitive Items is Easy.
    If customers do their research, they’ll learn that some self storage Fort Lauderdale facilities offer units with climate control. Climate control is a great feature, especially for customers who are interested in storage for artwork, family documents or family heirlooms, even vehicles and boats.
  5. Protection Plans Give Peace of Mind.
    Many companies offer security, but some companies offer protection plans that cover the contents of your storage unit and protect from animals and insects and in some cases, damage and item loss.

If you’re ready to choose a self storage Fort Lauderdale provider that can offer online reservation and payments, business storage, document management, climate control and more, contact Value Store It today.


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What to Look For When Choosing Self Storage Units in Miami

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When you’re planning to rent self storage units in Miami because you’re getting ready to move or you need more space in your current home, it can be difficult to determine what the right size of that space should be. If you ask, you’ll get multiple suggestions on the best way to figure that out, but it’s helpful to have a single guide to make that choice. Here are a few guidelines to remember.


Guidelines to Help Determine the Right Storage Unit Size


5 x 5 unit: A storage unit that measures 5 feet by 5 feet is typically the smallest of storage units in Miami. These hold an assortment of small items – from small appliances to electronics to small furniture items, like chairs and chests of drawers.


5 x 10 unit: The next size up, this unit can hold slightly larger items – a couch, bicycles, lawn equipment, even a motorcycle.


10 x10 unit: Ten feet by ten feet storage units in Miami are great to hold the contents of a one bedroom apartment. A washer and dryer, dining and bedroom furniture will easily fit into this storage unit.


10 x 15 unit: This storage unit is the perfect size to hold the items that filled a 1-2 bedroom house. Appliances, furniture from the living and bedrooms, as well as a dining set will fit into this particular storage unit.


10 x 20 unit: This is typically the largest of the indoor storage units in Miami. For customers looking to store the contents of a two or three bedroom home, this is a good size. In addition to the typical boxes and appliances, this large unit can be held to store a vehicle, boat or small trailer.


If these attributes are important to you when you’re choosing self storage units in Miami, you might want to consider the storage units and services at Value Store It to keep your items safe and sound.


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3 Big Trends For Self Storage in Miami

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Self storage in Miami, like anything else, is susceptible to trends. Over the past few months and years, certain trends have been developing with self storage clients – regarding why customers need storage units, the age of storage unit renters and how they choose and rent a storage unit. Here’s what we’re seeing.

  1. The majority of customers rent storage units due to family moves. There are other reasons that individuals are renting storage units – they’re students between housing, someone needs to store a vehicle in climate controlled storage or the family home is being renovated. But a large portion of our customers are finding self storage in Miami because of family moves.
  2. The highest percentage of customers are between 25 and 34 years of age. Individuals of all ages rent storage units, but professionals in the self storage industry are seeing that the largest group of customers are in the 25-34 age range, followed by the 45-54 age range. The smallest group of renters declined to give an age.
  3. Customers are turning to the Internet to find and reserve storage units.Years ago, customers had to either call from home or come to a self storage facility to choose a unit. With the rise of the Internet and businesses offering online reservations, many of the reservations for storage units are coming through business web sites. You don’t even have to leave your home to choose your storage unit.

There are many reasons that individuals of all ages might be looking for self storage. There are many facilities in the city that offer secure storage, but Value Store It sets itself apart, keeping customers’ items safe with security cameras in multiple areas around the complex, individual keypads for each unit and for certain storage needs, offering climate controlled storage. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with self storage in Miami.


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Self Storage Miami Facilities and How to Choose One

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When it comes to self storage Miami has many options to choose from. Sometimes the choice can be overwhelming, but with a few simple tips and a bit of careful thought, the choice can become much easier. If you’re having trouble making a choice, consider these tips.


Considerations for Choosing Self Storage Miami

  1. Protection and Contingency Plans. You want to be sure that your items are safe and protected from weather events and other issues, so your top choice in storage facilities should offer protection plans for the contents of your storage unit, as well as a hurricane contingency plan. The fall months in Miami can be full of storms that could cause problems.
  2. Climate Controlled Storage Protects Sensitive Items. When you’re evaluating self storage miami facilities to store family documents, artwork, electronics or even vehicles, you’ll want to choose a storage facility that offers indoor climate controlled storage units large enough for your particular items.
  3. Security is Key. Sometimes putting your prized possessions into storage and having them out of sight can be difficult and worrisome. You can alleviate your fears by choosing a company that offers state-of-the-art security – individual keypads for entry and cameras on each unit are a start.
  4. Business Services Can Be Important if You Store Business-Related Items. Depending on what you plan to store, this may not be as important, but if you’re a business owner looking to make more room in your office or warehouse, you might want to find a storage facility in Miami with a business service center – with fax and computers and even a conference room to use while you’re mid-move or when you’re out of the office.

If these attributes are important to you when you’re choosing self storage Miami, you might want to consider the storage units and services at Value Store It to keep your items safe and sound.


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A Brief Guide to Taking Your Boat Out of Storage

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Spring is here and for many in Pompano Beach area that means it’s time to pull the boat out of storage and have some fun on the water. But, just as you should take care to prepare your boat when you’re putting it into storage, there are several steps you should take when you take your boat out of a storage unit. Consider these tips as you start your springtime fun on the water.


1. Thoroughly clean your boat.As a responsible owner, you probably cleaned your boat before you put it into storage, but during the time that it’s been stored, your boat has probably collected some dust and dirt from the air. Wipe down the interiors and spray off the exterior of the boat and it will sparkle when you hit the water.


2. Check hoses and electronics. Make sure that engine and fuel system hoses are in good repair. If they’re cracked or showing any signs of wear, replace them.


3. De-winterize the engine and charge the battery.Check the oil and replace or replenish if necessary; fill the cooling system and change your fuel filter. You’ll probably want to charge your battery, just to make sure that it doesn’t die and leave you stranded.


4. Check your safety equipment and replace it if necessary.Make sure that your life jackets, first aid kits, flares and fire extinguishers have not been stored past their expiration date. If that’s happened, replace each piece to ensure that they’ll function properly when you need them.


5. Test your engine before launch. Do this outside of your storage unit. Turn on your engine and let it run for several minutes.


If you’re looking for storage in Pompano Beach for your boat or other items, contact Value Store It to see how they can help you protect your belongings.


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