It’s that time of year again… the time of year where temperatures are dropping and you’re not spending as much time outside as before. It’s time to start thinking about storing your toys for the winter.
Do you have a 4-wheeler (or other ATV), jet ski or motorcycle that won’t be used until spring? We know these are items you love and cherish your time spent using them. We also know it can be hard to store these large and bulky “toys” and all too often they get stored in our driveways or backyards. And even if you have an oversized garage with space for them, are you heating it year-round? If not, the temperature fluctuations can be damaging your treasured toys. Also, protecting your toys from the elements (snow, wind, rain, etc.) will ensure many years of fun ahead too!
So, if the garage, your yard or driveway isn’t the answer to storing your 4-wheeler, jet ski or motorcycle, what is? Self storage! Self-storage is a great, affordable choice to free up space on your property and provide a climate controlled environment to prolong the life of your favorite toys. If this is your first time renting a storage unit, take a read through our “Beginners Guide to Renting a Storage Unit” for tips on what to expect and look for in a storage unit.
After selecting a storage unit, you will then want to prepare your toy for long term storage. Although your toys may not need the same level maintenance and preparation as storing a car, it is still important to go through a quick checklist before you give it a rest.
- Thoroughly wash and clean
- Drain the engine and add fuel stabilizer
- Remove the battery/add a trickle charger
- Change the oil
- Inflate tires (if it has them)
- Cover with a breathable fabric
Following these basic steps should ensure your toys are in top shape when you’re ready to start having fun with them again next year!
We’d love to help you with your short and long term storage needs at Pearman Dairy Self Storage in Anderson, South Carolina. We have various size storage units for your storage of 4 wheelers, jet skis, motorcycles and more! Please contact us to today!
Are you in need of a storage unit? Is this your first time renting one? People look to renting storage units for many reasons, moving, military assignment, or to reduce clutter and organize their homes. Whatever your reason, here are the basics you should ask yourself before renting a unit.
What type of storage unit do you need?
This should be the first question you ask. There are four main types of storage units to consider:
- Standard Accessible Storage Units – available in many sizes to fit your needs/the number of items you’re looking to store.
- Climate Controlled Storage Units – available in many sizes and perfect for storing items sensitive to extreme heat, cold and humidity. For example, furniture, clothing, documents, and photographs need to be in climate-controlled, air-conditioned storage.
- Vehicle, RV & Boat Storage Units – facilities or lots (covered or uncovered) specifically for storing cars, boats, motor homes or other recreational vehicles.
- Drive-up Storage Units – sometimes call self-storage garages, with immediate drive up access. These are typically not climate controlled.
Take into account what you are looking to store and search for the type of storage unit you will need.
Do you need a climate controlled storage unit?
Most storage units available are climate controlled and as mentioned above, it is necessary to protect your belongings from heat, cold and humidity. In doing so, it can prevent things like furniture warping and cracking, mold and mildew buildup, among other gross things from happening within your unit.
What should I look for in a storage unit?
While searching for self storage units in your area, we recommend considering these additional key features:
- Hours – is access limited to certain hours or available 24 hours a day?
- Pest control – do they regularly spray to keep bugs and rodents out?
- Security – is there full-time security? Surveillance cameras throughout the site? Are there door alarms and individual keypads?
- Sizes available – are there sizes large enough for my items?
- Pricing and contracts – are month-to-month leases available? Are discounts offered for longer terms? Is online payment/billing available?
- Positive online reviews – do people have good things to say about the facility?
Do I need insurance?
Check your homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies as some cover items in storage up to a certain dollar amount. If not, you will need to consider purchasing an individual policy for your items in storage. Not all but many storage facilities require you to have insurance for your unit.
Hopefully the information detailed above gives you enough information on how to rent a storage unit! If you have additional questions, please contact us! At Pearman Diary Self Storage of Anderson South Carolina are happy to answer any questions you may have and hope to make your first self storage experience a positive one.
Interested in one of our self storage units in Anderson, SC? We’re sharing our most commonly asked questions. These are things you should consider when looking for a storage unit to best fit your needs. However, if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact our awesome, on-site team!
1. When did you open?
We literally and figuratively opened our self storage doors in 2019! We have a beautiful, modern new facility to store your personal or business property!
2. Do you offer climate controlled self storage in Anderson?
Yes! All of our indoor units are climate and temperature controlled!
3. Do you offer drive-up storage units?
We do offer outside boat, RV, and vehicle storage. However, all of our self storage units are located inside for safety, accessibility, and climate control.
4. Do you offer autopay plans?
Yes! Get in touch with our friendly, on-site team to reserve a unit and set up monthly autopay!
5. Are my items secure?
In addition to gated access, we offer individual unit locking, have the best in alarm and security surveillance, and have a team on-site to monitor the property.
6. When can I access my self storage unit?
Typical access hours are 7 days a week from 7AM – 10PM but can vary with holidays. Office hours are convenient during the week as well and can be found here.
7. Where is your facility?
We are located right off of Pearman Dairy Road in Anderson, South Carolina. Click here for directions.
8. Do you offer a moving truck or supplies?
We sure do! We have a rental truck available to help with your move and moving supplies including boxes, bubble wrap, tape and more right in the office!
9. Can I reserve a unit online?
Absolutely! Our no-obligation online rental system will allow you to reserve your unit online and our on-site manager will be in touch to schedule your moving date.
10. How soon can I rent a unit?
Give us a call today or rent a unit online at www.pearmandairyselfstorage.com!
Are you downsizing or looking to create more space in your current home by moving some extra items into storage? Have you inherited furniture from a loved one that you don’t want to part with but don’t currently have a spot for? Renting a climate-controlled storage unit for your belongings may be your best bet, especially living in and around Anderson South Carolina.
We all know living in South Carolina has many benefits, especially the beautiful weather. However, we know it can get quite warm and humid! That’s one of the many benefits of choosing Pearman Dairy Self Storage in Anderson SC. We ONLY offer 100% climate-controlled storage units.
There really is no limit to how long your furniture can be stored as long as you take care to store it properly. If done correctly, your items can be around for generations to come.
The most important factor you will want to consider when searching for a furniture storage unit is looking for a climate-controlled space. High or low temperatures, along with high humidity, are the leading causes of damage to furniture. Maintaining a consistent temperature and humidity will help maintain your pieces’ current conditions and keep them from warping, discoloring or cracking, or to keep fabric from smelling musty.
Preserving the life of a piece of furniture is best done to a clean item. Take time to thoroughly clean anything before storing and use polish or cleaner when necessary to protect the finish.
When using a furniture storage unit, make sure everything is completely covered, including the floor. Laying down a piece of thick plastic for your items to sit on top of will prevent floor moisture from seeping up into your furniture. You will want to cover all your furniture in the unit. Ideally cover by loosely draping old sheets, blankets, or drop cloths versus plastic wrap. This will allow furniture to breathe and not trap in moisture while protecting them from dust.
Please take these tips into consideration when preparing your pieces for climate-controlled storage and let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with! We are happy to help with your furniture storage needs at Pearman Dairy Self-Storage in Anderson, SC.
You’ve rented a storage unit, so now what? You have extra stuff, or not enough space at your current house, and you want to maximize your Pearman Dairy Self Storage unit. We’ve seen lots of storage units over the years and they’ve varied greatly in how they’ve been organized. There’s no one right way to organize your storage unit, but we’ve gathered our top tips to help you make the most of your space.
1. Use the same size boxes or plastic bins
As you start packing for what will be stored in your storage unit, consider using the same size boxes or totes for most, if not all your items. The fewer sizes you use, the easier it is to stack and the easier it is to access your belongings.
If you can spare a few extra dollars, it may be worth it to purchase plastic bins. Clear plastic containers make it easy to see what’s inside each bin without digging through it. This will save you time when you access your storage unit.
2. Label, label, label
Regardless of whether you use cardboard boxes or plastic bins, label EVERYTHING and be specific. Don’t just write “living room”; detail out what’s inside each box. This way you won’t have to open a box to remember what’s inside when you are looking for something in your unit.
3. Create an inventory of all items stored
Take your labeling to the next level and create an inventory of all items in your storage unit. While packing, write a master inventory of all items packed and number the box you put it in.
It’s difficult to remember everything you’ve packed, and this step will help you account for all items going in and out of your storage unit. You may want to consider a general map indicating where your belongings are inside your unit also.
4. Protect your valuables
While packing for storage, you may not think it’s necessary to wrap valuables as carefully as you would, for example, for a cross country move. However, you’ll be stacking boxes on top of each other and moving them around from time to time when you’re going through your unit. So, take the time to wrap your fragile items in paper or bubble wrap to be sure they’re safe and sound when you want them.
5. Disassemble what you can
Headboards, large tables, tv stands, etc, should be disassembled to maximize storage space. Bundle and wrap together and keep all screws in a bag taped to the bundle. Store items upright and towards the back of the storage unit. This will make more floor space for your other items.
6. Put heavy items on the bottom towards the back
This is a tip you don’t want to forget! Start by putting large, heavy items on the bottom towards the back of your storage unit. Remember this unless you want smaller/lighter boxes to be crushed. This will also create a solid base for stacking your boxes.
7. Place frequently used items towards the front
Have in mind items you will access more frequently than others and plan to place those near the front of your unit for easier access. It may be seasonal clothing, holiday decorations, camping supplies, etc.
8. Go vertical
Another way to maximize your storage space is to go vertical as much as possible. This includes storing larger items upright as mentioned before but also stacking boxes as high as possible. If you’re worried about stability it is also a great idea to use sturdy shelving. (Most storage facilities allow shelving if it’s not bolted to the wall.)
9. Make an aisle
Now that everything’s packed, it’s time to transfer your items to your storage unit. You may be tempted to do this as quickly as possible, but it’s in your best interest to take some time and plan an aisle. An aisle down the middle of your unit will allow you to view and access things throughout your entire unit without having to move as many things around. Have all your labeled boxes face the aisle, and you’ll be set!
10. Consider a larger unit
You’ve wedged everything in and can just close the door! Congratulations!? You may feel very accomplished, but this will make retrieving anything from your storage unit very difficult. A little extra space may be just what you need to organize your unit, create an aisle for more accessibility, or give you room to add shelving.
Obviously, you don’t want to pay for space you won’t use, but Pearman Dairy Self Storage is happy to help you find the right storage unit for you in Anderson, SC. Contact us today to help determine the right storage unit for you!
Storing your boat can be as simple as dropping off at the nearest storage unit after a day of fun or as complex as storing for a season or a long period of storage.
Short-Term Storage Options
There are many options for storing your boat on a monthly or short-term basis. Popular options include yard storage, dry stacking, and utilizing an indoor or outdoor storage unit. While inexpensive, self-storing in your yard depends on available space, homeowner association policies, and convenience and aesthetics.
Dry-stacking is another option but is usually the most expensive option. While your boat is kept secure and indoors, it can be inconvenient if you want to arrive before or after the marina’s open hours. Your boating schedule must revolve around their operating hours.
At Pearman Dairy Self Storage, we offer secure, convenient short-term boat storage within our gated parking area. Not only are we nicely located to grab and go, but our boat & RV storage lot is safe, video-monitored, and a quick option to return your boat to after a day on the water.
Long-Term Storage Options
Contrary to popular belief, long periods of storage can put wear and tear on your boat. So, when it becomes time to pull the boat out of Lake Hartwell for a longer storage bout, just remember, it may make sense to prepare your boat for storage rather than risk potential issues and expensive repairs.
There are 10 steps you can take to ensure your boat is prepared for long-term storage:
- Change your oil filter and oil
- Disconnect the battery
- Use a battery tender if possible
- Consider removing drive belts
- Fill your gas tank
- Utilize a water remover and fuel-line antifreeze
- Ensure all perishables are removed
- Wash and clean interior and exterior
- Wax to prevent rust if storing outside
- Utilize a cover to protect from the elements
In addition to boat storage options, Pearman Dairy Self Storage in Anderson, SC also provides storage for:
- Oversized Items
- Self-Storage Units
Want to check out our Anderson, South Carolina boat storage location for yourself or ready to rent a boat storage space? Give our friendly staff a call today or reserve online for stress-free booking!
When you’re not on the open road with your RV, camper or trailer, it’s important to ensure it’s safe and stored properly so you’re ready for your next adventure. RV storage is a popular option for many people because of limited space at home or restrictions against large-vehicle storage by cities and homeowner’s associations.
You’re ready to store your RV. What’s next?
Here’s a quick checklist when keeping your RV in storage:
- Remove all valuables
- Drain water tanks and clear water lines
- Fill up fuel tank (if leaving for longer than a few months, drain it)
- Clean the vehicle thoroughly inside and out
- Leave the refrigerator door propped open
- Find a secure RV storage location
Preparing the Interior of Your RV & Protecting Against Pests
A thorough cleaning of the inside of your RV and removal of all food is the first step to ensure unwanted guests don’t camp out.
Not to sound like your mother, but “are you sure it’s clean?” Wipe down every and all surfaces, countertops, tabletops, cabinets, bathrooms and floors. Clean the refrigerator and freezer and leave the doors open for ventilation and to prevent mold. It is also smart to leave drawers and cabinet doors slightly open to prevent odors. Wipe out the oven and microwave. Sweep and/or vacuum all floors.
In addition to your cleaning, think of all places insects or rodents could enter and make it harder for them. Cover vents and filters. Check the undercarriage of your RV for loose panels or any gaps and cover as needed prior to storage.
It is also important to drain all water from your storage tanks and water lines. Most people choose to add a non-toxic RV antifreeze to keep the pipes from freezing.
Finally, when going through your interior prep checklist, unplug or remove the batteries from small appliances and shut off the main breaker and LP gas supply valve.
Keeping it Dry and Other Exterior Prep
If your RV has ever had moisture or mold damage, you know that’s not something you want to deal with again and want to prevent it as best as possible. The two keys to this while in storage are good seals and ventilation.
Check all exterior seams and rubber seals for cracks and repair as necessary. Minimize the chance for leaks around slide-outs by retracting them. Also, if you don’t already have them, you should install roof vent covers. These allow air to flow freely while keeping out the elements and pests.
Also, when parking outdoors, to maximize the life of your tires, you should place wood or plastic beneath them to make sure they’re not touching the ground. It will prevent the rubber from aging and cracking.
Finding an RV Storage Location
Security is key when selecting an RV storage location. RVs can be a target for thieves because of expensive electronic equipment within them.
When searching for a location, be sure to visit the site, look for and ask about security cameras, controlled access, and accessibility.
At Pearman Dairy Self Storage of Anderson, SC, we have an onsite, gated parking lot with secure access for your convenience and would be happy to help with your RV storage needs. Please contact us with any questions!