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Reasons to Get a Storage Unit if You Live in an Apartment

One of the perils of apartment living is the small space. Many apartments are just large enough for the furniture of its tenants. Storage is a commodity for apartment dwellers.

If it feels like you’ve grown out of your apartment or need more space, a storage unit might be the solution you’re looking for. Here are just a few reasons to get a unit from Access Mini Storage.

Lack of Space

It’s something everyone who lives in an apartment faces. Whether you’re in a tiny studio or living in a two-bedroom with a roommate, storage space is at a premium.

The lack of space is a large concern for apartment living, and it leaves many people wondering how to fit all their belongings. Renting a storage unit while apartment living will provide you with extra storage space for items you don’t use daily. Extra furniture, clothes, or seasonal decorations are ideal candidates for storage lockers until they’re needed.

You’re Downsizing

If you’re going from a house to an apartment, your storage space is going to be cut in half. Whether it’s a temporary or permanent move, everything from your home won’t be able to find a place in your new apartment. Downsizing your space is where a storage locker can come in handy.

Self-storage allows you to keep your excess furniture and boxes from the basement safe while you settle into your new space. Keeping your nonessential items in storage can help make the moving process a little less stressful. Once you have moved in, you can assess what items you want to take back to your apartment, keep in storage, or get rid of.

Use Your Storage Unit for New Hobbies

Small apartments don’t offer a lot of space for living, let alone having a space for hobbies. Storage units don’t just have to be for keeping unneeded items out of the way. You can use your storage unit to house your hobby or supplies for your small business.

Storing office equipment, art supplies or musical instruments are just some ways you can utilize the extra space. This would be great for small business owners or for people whose hobbies take up more space than their apartment can handle.

Moving to a New City

When you’re relocating, sometimes it takes a little time to find your permanent residence. Or maybe your new apartment is smaller than your previous one, and you need somewhere to put the items that don’t fit. It can also help move some items into a storage locker while you settle into your new city.

Let Us Help You Find The Perks

A storage unit can prove to be a great asset when you live in an apartment. Whether you’re using it traditionally for storage or creatively as a new place to house hobbies, self-storage is a great option.

Contact Access Mini Storage  to help you pick out the storage locker that will be right for your needs in Chilliwack. Short term and long term leases are available at our three convenient locations. Check out our blog for more storage tips.


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The Perfect Storage Size To Fit Your Needs

Is your business in need of simple storage solutions, but isn’t quite ready to commit to a warehouse? Do you have more furniture than you know what to do with? If either of these sounds familiar, it might be time to look into self storage options in the Chilliwack area. However, once you’ve decided that it’s time to rent out a storage locker, you still need to figure out what size is ideal for your situation. At Access Mini Storage, we have storage units in a variety of sizes. Here’s a comprehensive guide that will illustrate what size of storage locker is perfect for your situation.

Small units
Small storage units measure between 5’x5′ and 5×10′. This is roughly the size of a large walk-in closet. These types of storage units are ideal for storing everyday items that just don’t quite fit in your house anymore. Boxes of old photos, clothing, seasonal items, old books, records, camping equipment and sometimes even small pieces of furniture. It’s the perfect solution for anyone with extra belongings they want to keep.

Medium units
Medium storage units measure between 10’x10′ and 10’x15′. That is to say, roughly the size of your average living room. These units can fit anywhere between 100 and 300 boxes (depending on their size). This makes them perfect for storing old business records that you just don’t have room for in the office anymore. They can also be used to store old computers, printers, copiers and cabinets that your business doesn’t use anymore.

Large units
Now we’re getting serious: large storage units measure anywhere from 10’x20′ to 10’x25′. That is to say, they measure roughly the same size as a three or four bedroom home. These units are ideal for both personal and business storage needs. If you find yourself with extra patio furniture, baby cribs, multiple mattresses or large household appliances (dryers, washing machines, refrigerators, etc.), a large storage unit can comfortably accommodate your needs. On the business side of things, you can store all your office records along with desks, conference tables, work equipment, cubicles and even pieces of inventory. It’s the perfect option to go in lieu of renting out a small warehouse.

You might be wondering: how much is it to rent a storage unit? Call us today at Access Mini Storage and get a quote. In addition to the self-storage unit itself, we can also provide all the packing supplies you need. Visit us here for more information regarding our Chilliwack units.

Paying For My Storage Unit

If you’ve never rented a storage unit before, you might not know exactly what goes into the process. At Access Mini-Storage Ltd., we’re here to tell you that it’s easier and more cost effective than you might expect. It’s so easy, in fact, that once you’ve moved all the excess clutter from your attic into a storage unit, you’ll probably wonder why you hadn’t taken advantage of one earlier.

How much does a storage unit cost?
There are several costs that go into renting a storage unit, and at Access Mini-Storage we’re committed to total transparency on billing with our customers. With us there will be no unexpected or hidden costs to your storage unit. First, you should take into account upfront costs that go to packing supplies and the initial renting of the self-storage unit at our Chilliwack facility. After that there’s a simple monthly charge, unless your storage needs change. The exact monthly cost will depend on what size unit you rent.

What does that cost include?
When you rent a heated storage unit at our Chilliwack facility, you get state-of-the-art security that ensures only you can access your possessions. We have security cameras, onsite managers, and temperature controls to ensure that your stuff will be in the same condition no matter when you decide you need it again. All our units are individually alarmed with several redundant security systems including physical locks to each unit that only our customers have the key to as well as security access codes at the entrance to our gated property.

What kinds of payment plans are available?
At Access Mini-Storage Ltd., we offer pre-authorized payment plans that help everyone get the storage they need at a price they can afford. All our customers should also consider insurance for their stored possessions. Although we do everything possible to keep your items safe and secure, only our customers have direct access to the objects so we are not responsible for any damage that occurs to the items within the units.

If you’re in need of packing supplies or self-storage service options, contact us today at our Chilliwack facility. At Access Mini-Storage Ltd., we’re committed to customer service. That means we’ll do whatever we can to make sure that you have a great experience at a great price.

How Does Storage Work?

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At Access Mini-Storage Ltd. we want everyone to know how easy it is to find packing supplies and heated self storage options in Chilliwack. Whether you’re moving and need a temporary space to hold your possessions or you own a small business and need space to store your products, a storage company can find the option that’s right for you. Self storage is also a great option for those looking to free up some space in their homes. By keeping things you only need occasionally or seasonally in a storage unit, you have access to them when you want but don’t need to keep them right at hand. If you think you’ll need storage, here are four simple steps that go into the process:

1. Contact a storage company
To make the most of your storage unit, you should know exactly what your space needs will be. Once you’ve determined how much space you’ll need, you can contact us to arrange for the perfect space for you. Our team will be able to tell you about any special storage features you might be interested in, such as temperature-controlled spaces.

2. Pack your items
At Access Mini-Storage, we don’t just offer storage space. We also offer all the packing supplies you’ll need to get the job done right. From boxes to shrink wrap to mattress covers, we have the packing supplies you’ll need to make sure your possessions will be safe for any period of time.

3. Drop them off
Once you’ve arranged for your space and packed your items, you’re ready to drop them off at our secure, heated self storage facility in Chilliwack. Our facilities have state-of-the art security equipment and our clients only have access to the floor of their own storage units, offering you both security and ease of access.

4. Pick them up
We have a minimum 1 month stay period. Our gates open daily at 6am and lock at 10pm. Whatever your storage needs are, our friendly staff are here to make it happen. If you need more or less space in the future, just let us know and we can accommodate you.

At Access Mini-Storage, we’re committed to customer service. Whether you’re looking for packing supplies, heated storage facilities or regular self storage options, we can find a solution that’s right for you or your business. Contact us today at our facility in Chilliwack to find out more about how easy it is to have all the storage space you need.

Most Common Self-Storage Questions & Answers

The most common questions we get asked are:

  1. Why self storage?
  2. Can I use self storage as office?
  3. Can you live in a self storage?
  4. What does self storage cost? How much is self storage per month?
  5. What is self storage insurance?
  6. How safe is self storage? How secure is self storage? Are self storage safe?