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Spring has arrived which means it is time to start organizing your things. 

As the season changes to warmer weather you will need to start the annual rotation of your gardening tools, outdoor gear and other equipment from your storage unit.

Spring is the perfect time to remove the extra stuff from your garage that you may not need in the summer months to come, which provides more space for the things that you do need.

Spring is also the perfect time to remove your patio furniture and the family BBQ from storage so you are prepared for backyard grilling and other fun summer activities.

What items are you excited to pull out of storage to use this summer?
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Are you enthusiastic, outgoing, highly motivated, and great at customer service? We're looking for you! Apply today. #jobs  
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How to Organize & Optimize Your Storage Space

One of the best ways to make your storage experience convenient and enjoyable is to plan ahead when packing your storage space. 

Here are few helpful tips to consider.

1. Keep a detailed list of all items - You should know exactly which items are going to be stored and keep a list so that you can refer to it whenever you need something. 

2. Consider using protective covering - Depending on the climate you may want to lay down moisture absorbers, a tarp, or other protective fabrics both on the floor and around valuable items.

3. Make sure you you can access items out of reach - Keep a fold-up step ladder in your storage unit so that you can easily and safely reach items that may otherwise be too high. 

4. Know which items you’ll need the most often. - Understanding which items you will use most often allows you to plan ahead and pack those things near the entrance of your storage unit for easy access. 

5. Create an aisle of space to access everything. - Pack things along the walls and leave the middle open or simply leave an aisle of space so that nothing will be out of reach. 

What storage tips do you have for organizing and optimizing your space? Let us know in the comments below!
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Wishing you all the best this holiday season! Please be sure to make note of our schedule for the Christmas holiday.
A-1 Self Storage locations will be closed to celebrate Christmas Day on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2014. We wish you a happy and safe holiday!
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Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed on 11/27 in observance of the holiday. 
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Storing in the #Summer:

Moving out of your apartment or dorm for the summer? Self-storage is the perfect solution for this time of year! Keep your things in one place ready to go for your next move. What’s the trick to finding the best spot for your stuff? Here are some starter ideas:

1) What size of unit do you need? - Most students find that a 5x5 unit is ideal for storing everything that won’t fit in the back of your car, but check with our storage experts for your perfect fit.
2) What amenities are useful? - Check out our access hours so you know when you can swing by to drop off or pick up a few boxes!
3) Preparing your stuff - Remember to defrost, clean, and dry your mini fridge. It’s also a great idea to clean your microwave to prevent mold. Never store any food or drink items, no matter how non-perishable!
4) Packing your stuff - Store books in multiple smaller boxes so they don’t get too heavy. 
5) Keep in touch - Keep a business card with our phone number,  your storage unit number, and gate access code. And always call with questions!

Share with your friends to spread the word about storage during the summer! 
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Please be sure to note our schedule for the New Year's Holiday. 
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Why you should declutter your self-storage unit this holiday season.

Chances are, you’ll be making multiple trips to your storage facility this holiday season.  To save time, it’s important to keep it clean and organized so you can spend more time with your family and less time sorting through boxes and bed frames.  Here are some reasons you may want to reorganize your self-storage unit this holiday season.

Holiday decorations  You’ll find it much easier to retrieve and restore your holiday decorations if you keep your space clean.  It’s likely been a year since you’ve accessed your holiday decor and if your storage unit isn’t clean, it probably means these items have found their way to the bottom of the pile.  Decorating is hard enough, don’t waste your time digging for decor.

Create space for household items  If you plan on being festive this holiday season, you’ll likely need to make room in your home for family and friends.  Declutter your home this holiday season to create space. An organized home helps to reduce stress and clear the mind, just what many of us need before the family arrives for dinner.

Make room for your favorite toys  It may be time to store your RV or boat.  If your storage unit is cluttered, you’ll likely waste a lot of time trying to make room for these larger items.  If you’ve acquired lots of things over the past year, it may be time to upgrade to a larger unit or rent a separate unit altogether.

Can you think of any other reasons to declutter your self storage unit this holiday season?  Let us know in the comments below!
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Tips on choosing a self-storage facility that’s right for you.

There are several things you need to consider when choosing a self-storage facility. 
Choose a facility that is secure. Facilities with security features can help reduce crime. It’s also important to consider the security of the property overall. Is it well-lit? Is it located in a safe neighborhood? Is there a fence around the property?
Make sure the accessibility hours work for you. It’s important to ensure you will be able to access your belongings at a time that works with your schedule. It’s also important to note the access policy to see if it’s possible to have a family member or friend access your unit if needed.
Consider your needs and budget before beginning your search. It’s helpful to understand what your needs are before beginning your search. For example, if you have a lot of large, valuable furniture that you need stored for a short amount of time it may be worth considering paying extra for a larger space. If you need a place you can access often then you’ll want to prioritize on the location and proximity from your home or work.

Let us know if you have any other tips when searching for a self-storage facility in the comments below!
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Are you planning on making a move anytime soon?

Get enough supplies - plan on needing extra boxes, tape and bubble wrap. Running out of supplies will only slow your move down. If your move requires dollies and hand trucks make sure they are available. 

Label everything - Make sure to label every box with its contents. This will speed up your unpacking process. 

Plan your move on a weekday when banks, utilities and other offices are open.

Reach out for help - No one enjoys the chore of moving, recruit family and friends to help with the move and make it fun. 

Let us know how the move goes and if you have any tips to share!
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Matt and Kayla
I was having a rough day due to lack of sleep an in a not so good mood. But that all changed when I walk into A1 storage in Mission Valley. Matt greeted me with the biggest warm smile. He then offer me water and coffee. Just want I needed. I just wanted to acknowledge the sevice from this office it was exceptionally service. And Kayla thank you for making my life easier by always going above and beyond to make difficult situation run smoothly. You both were amazing. I walked out of your office today with a smile. By the way this is my 7th year using your faculties seasonally. Thank you for keeping them very clean and safe.
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In observance of Labor Day, our office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1st. Normal access hours apply.
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4680 Alvarado Canyon Rd San Diego, CA 92120
4680 Alvarado Canyon RoadUSCaliforniaSan Diego92120
(619) 573-4175a1storage.com
Self-Storage Facility, Moving and Storage Service
Self-Storage Facility
Moving and Storage Service
Moving Supply Store
Records Storage Facility
Today 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
At A-1 Self Storage in San Diego, CA we are dedicated to providing you with the best in self storage. We offer month to month rentals in a clean, secure environment. Our state-of-the-art facility features 24 hour surveillance cameras, convenient online bill payment, and individually alarmed storage units. Our professional management staff will be glad to assist you -- we are here to help! Whether you are moving into a new home, expanding your business, moving out of the dorms for summer, or even making space in your garage, A-1 Self Storage is here to help you along the way.

Features:
  • Rent your Storage Unit Online!
  • 24-Hour Surveillance Cameras
  • Open 7 Days a Week
  • Longest Access Hours in the Area
  • 24 Hour Access Available
  • Student Storage
  • Business & Personal Storage
  • Commercial Deliveries Accepted
  • We Sell Boxes, Locks & Moving Supplies
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Erik Luchsinger
5 months ago
I had a unit at this location for over 4 years while attending San Diego State University. It's a great location for students as it is very close to campus and right on the trolley line, which is nice for those without a car. The prices are reasonable and the staff is very helpful. I lost my key and instead of charging me for a locksmith or anything, they cut the lock off fee of charge! I'm very pleased with my experience at A1 Self Storage and would definitely recommend it to anyone in the area looking for storage space.
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Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Erik! Best of luck to you.
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Loc Dinh
5 months ago
i rented a space on a sunday. matt was very helpful, and as it was my first time renting, he was kind enough to show me how everything works. clean facilities, friendly staff, and convenient access equal a great service. thanks!
Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Welcome to A-1! Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Loc. We'll be sure to pass your comments along to Matt.
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Yinka Oladipo
2 months ago
Chris and Kayla will help you on your storage needs. Very nice and friendly people. Clean site and safe.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thank you for sharing your experiences, Yinka!
Michele Eggert
7 months ago
My husband and I just moved to San Diego and needed to find storage while we get situated. We’re so glad to have found your facility! We worked with both Kayla and Chris to get our two spaces set up, and couldn’t be more pleased with how friendly, organized and professional they were. We really appreciated being given a tour and thorough introduction to the place when we arrived. The entire facility and the grounds are amazingly clean, secure, and convenient – all very important to us. Working with your company has been one of the best experiences of our move (Thank you!), and we would highly recommend you to anyone looking for storage space in San Diego.
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Response from the owner - 7 months ago
Great to hear, Michele! Thank you so much for sharing.
Christie N
5 months ago
The Team at this facility are AAA+++ I could not have received better customer service from each person I spoke with and worked with!! They are truly there to help, and they are so kindly supportive too!! I would highly recommend this facility. Christie
Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Thank you so much, Christie. We're glad to hear you had such a great experience.
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Anne Rubsamen
6 months ago
Needing storage for a college group, I researched three facilities near SDSU. While it may not be the closest, A-1 is certainly the cleanest and best managed. The storage units are secure and the staff are always friendly and helpful. When it became necessary to rent a larger unit, the staff made it easy to do. We are very happy with our choice and would recommend it to others.
Response from the owner - 6 months ago
Great to hear, Anne! If you do send anyone our way, be sure to check with the office about our referral bonus program.
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Astryd Doty
3 months ago
a-1 was great. The customer service I recieved was amazing. They showed me around, helped me when I needed them and were funny and friendly. Glad i ended up using a-1 in mission valley
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Great to hear, Astryd! Thank you so much for sharing.
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Zarella GF
a year ago
I was referred to this facility by my cousin and she was right; you can't go wrong with this storage location because everyone has great customer skills and are attentive to what you are looking for. What also attracted me about this family business is that they have a great promotion on your first month’s rent, which is for FREE. This means that on your first month you ONLY need to pay an application fee and your lock, which will be yours to keep. They offer you an insurance plan for your things to be covered while you have everything in storage which I believe it’s pretty convenient and it’s really cheap ($10.00). If you don’t want it you can just provide them within 30 days a renters’ insurance and you don't need to pay for their coverage plans. Moreover, they even provide you with great tips to keep your things safely in your unit. The best thing is that there is NO long term commitment or hidden fees. Thank you Wendy, from A-1 Self Storage on Alvarado Street, for providing me with the best customer service!
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thank you and welcome to A-1, Zarella! We do offer a referral bonus, so make sure that we know your cousin's name to award it!