Whether you are moving or have an extra car on hand, a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo can provide the perfect unit to store your car in. To make sure your car stays in the best shape during its stay in one of our units, we have provided a list of preparations you should be taking before leaving your car.


Check all of your Fluids

Before placing your car in storage you will want to make sure all of its fluids are clean and full. Change your oil and check your transmission and coolant fluids to make sure your car is in the best shape for the duration of its stay. It is also a good idea to fill your car with premium gasoline to avoid any empty space where water can accumulate.


Clean it

When you are preparing your car for storage you will want to make sure it is cleaned inside and out. Remove any remnants of dirt or food particles. Give the outside of your car a good wax to help deter dirt and dust accumulation. It may also be a good idea to use a car cover for an added layer of protection.


Exterior Automotive Care

There a few things you will want to check off your to-do list before leaving your car in storage. Make sure your tire pressure is at the level it should be. Check your tires for any tears or holes to make sure you don’t get a flat during its stay. Place a rag in the exhaust pipe to protect your car from any unwanted guests making a home. You will also want to replace your battery with a battery maintainer if you are planning to leave it in your unit for more than a month.


Double Check

As you finish your preparations you will want to do a walk around the car and make sure everything is in order. If you are worried about the inner workings of your car or you find that you have any fluids leaking, it is a good idea to take your car into a mechanic you trust. Get any of the repairs now before you place your car in storage for an extended amount of time.


Having your car placed in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo will give you the peace of mind you need knowing that it is safe and secure for the duration of its stay. For more information about the necessary preparations you should be taking before placing your car in storage feel free to call us today!


As a parent you will quickly discover how fast your babies outgrow their clothing and toys. Rather than having it take up much needed space in your home, you can place all the outgrown items in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City. Our units will keep all of your baby essentials safe and secure until you are ready to use them once again. We have provided a list of preparations you should take before placing your baby’s items in storage.


Prepping Baby Clothing

Before placing your child’s outgrown clothing you will want to make sure you wash and dry them. When throwing them in the washer, try not to use scented laundry detergents. Scented laundry detergents are known to attract unwanted guests, such as bugs, into your storage units. Once the clothes are cleaned and completely dry you can organize them by gender and size. This will save you time later on when it is time to retrieve the clothing for your next child. Place the clothing in plastic containers with sealable lids. These are known to be the best when it comes to protecting the clothing from moisture and bugs. Label the container and place in an area in your storage unit that will be easily accessible later on.


Baby Swings and Rockers

Before you know it, your little one will no longer fit in their beloved swing or rocker. You can keep these items safe in a storage unit with a little preparation. If the swing or rocker has removable cloth pieces, toss those in the wash and thoroughly dry them. For the parts that aren’t machine washable you will want to wipe down with a child-safe cleaner. Let what you wiped down air dry in the sun. To keep these items from getting dirty in storage you can place them in a large plastic container with a sealable lid. Don’t forget to label your containers!


Storing your Crib

Your child’s crib will most likely be the biggest piece of baby equipment you will need to store. The best way to prepare your crib for storage is by first taking a picture of the crib. This will help you to remember where each piece is supposed to go before you begin to disassemble it. As you take it apart you may want to label each piece with where it is supposed to go when the crib is assembled. Keep all the parts in a plastic bag and attached to the crib frame itself. Next you will want to prepare the crib mattress by wiping it down as best as you can and placing it in a mattress cover. If possible store all the pieces in a box or cover it with a packing blanket. Place it off of the floor in your unit to avoid any damage from dirt or water.


Instead of tossing and repurchasing large amounts of baby clothing and supplies, you can keep all that you need in a unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City. Call us today for more information regarding our units.


If you happen to be renting an apartment or a home you might feel as if you can’t make the space your own. This isn’t true! With the help of All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA in providing you with the extra space you need to store the items you just don’t have room for, and the temporary décor items we have gathered for you below, you are well on your way to creating the living space you have always dreamed of.


•Self-adhesive tiles can be added to your kitchen to give it that personal touch. These tiles can often be found at Home Depot. These tiles are meant to be temporary and can easily be put up and taken off when the time comes.


•Command Hooks are a fast and easy way to add some personal touches to your home. Hanging curtain rods from command hooks gives you a creative way to put your jewelry or scarves on display in your bedroom. Command hooks can also be used when hanging decorative pieces. Command hooks easily come off when you want to change it up or move out without damaging the walls.


•Peel and Stick wall decals are perfect for when you want to add that special statement piece to your rented space. These come in a variety of patterns and quotes so you can choose which one fits your style. These are easy to install and also come off without damaging the paint or walls in your home.


•Temporary wallpaper is now available to those who rent. You can easily wallpaper your space to give it that personal touch. While it may appear to look like real wallpaper it is easier to put up and take off. Temporary wall paper comes in a variety of colors and patterns so you can choose which one fits your décor the best. Just make sure you are in fact purchasing temporary wallpaper rather than the real stuff.


•Tapestries can make your space feel cozy and give your space that much needed statement piece. These are easily hung and can be taken down and folded up if you wish to change the style of your space.


•Showcase the items you own by placing them on a bookshelf or a bar cart. These will add personal touches to your space and give it some personality. Don’t be afraid to display the pieces you love even if they are a little unconventional.


The key to making a space all your own is by using a little creativity. Talk with your landlord and see what you are allowed to do in regards to redecorating your new living space. If your options are limited you can always use the temporary items listed above. For help in storing the items you just don’t have the space for you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA to provide you with a storage unit that suits all of your storage needs. Call us today to learn more about our facility.



When placing your belongings in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo you will want to do everything you can to make sure your items are safe and secure. While our facility can give you the security you need, it is up to you to make sure your items are prepped and placed in your storage unit properly. Below we have gathered some tips for you to try when it comes to protecting your furniture in storage.


Furniture Protectors

In order to ensure that your furniture will remain in top quality you will want to invest in materials to protect your furniture. By lining your storage unit’s floor with plastic as well as your furniture piece you can keep any harmful substances off of the piece. For added protection you can purchase moving blankets that will act as a padding for your furniture.


Disassemble, If Possible

Most furniture pieces are too big, bulky, and awkward making it hard to place in storage. If possible, disassemble what you can. By breaking down furniture you can easily move and store the item. To help you remember how to reattach all the pieces correctly take pictures before disassembling. Make sure you store all parts together in bags with the furniture it belongs to.


Protect Your Fragile Items

Take the time to ensure the safety of your fragile furniture pieces. Purchase the materials you need to pad and protect them. You can help to protect those pieces from damage by making sure sharp corners or edges on items that are stored next to your fragile item are covered and padded. If you are storing fragile electronics try and place them in their original packaging. If this is not possible, make sure they are stored in a box with adequate packing material to make sure items won’t shift during the moving process. Label all fragile items so you or your movers know to handle it with care.


Store Strategically

Putting all of your items in storage can be difficult. Make sure you place the larger, sturdier items in the back and on the floor to serve as a base to hold other items. Stack from bottom up going heaviest to lightest. By placing the smaller items towards the front of your storage unit you can have easier access to them. Being smart and organizing your storage unit from the beginning will help you when you need to bring something out of the unit.


Taking the time to prepare your furniture for its stay in storage will help you in guaranteeing its quality throughout the years. By using the tips above, you can rest easy knowing your valuable furniture pieces are safe and secure in your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Stop by our facility today to see what units are currently available.


Moving can really be hard on you and your budget. Any time you plan on moving you should prepare to pay almost double in expected costs for that month. To help you in cutting some of the costs, we at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA have gathered some budget friendly moving tips for you to try.


Purge your Belongings

A great way to save your money and your budget is by getting rid of the items in your home you just don’t use any more. An added bonus would be if you could make a profit. Holding a garage sale or even selling some of your household items online can help you to make enough to cover the costs of your move. When you have less to move you spend less on moving supplies and truck rentals. For what you can’t sell, consider donating it to a local Goodwill or placing it in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA. You will be thankful you have less to move and unpack when it is all said and done.


Cheap Packing Materials

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on boxes and packing supplies, use what you can around you. When it comes to non-fragile items you don’t need to get fancy when it comes to moving it from one house to another. Fill up any storage bins, backpacks, duffle bags, and suitcases with less fragile items. Utilize clothing to double as a protective wrap for the fragile items you are placing in boxes. Socks and t-shirts work just as well as bubble wrap and newspaper.


Hiring your Friends

While hiring movers to help you with the moving process has some perks, it could put a serious dent in your wallet. Instead, try and enlist in the help of some of your trusted friends or family to help you throughout the process. To make it easier on them, have everything packed and ready to go. Then all they have to do is help with the heavy lifting. Bringing them lunch or even cookies is a great way to say thank you for volunteering their time.


Reanalyze your Outgoing Expenses

Moving is the perfect excuse and opportunity to see if there is a better deal out there when it comes to your TV and internet. A lot of companies will have lower monthly payments for a set amount of time when you are joining them as a new customer.


Moving doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. Finding creative ways to move your belongings from one home to another can save you a lot of much needed cash. If you are still in need of storage space in your new home you can trust All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA to provide you with the storage unit you need. Call or stop by today to learn more about our facility.