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Renovations & Remodeling: A Storage Guru’s Guide To Self-Storage! Part 2

May 25, 2019

Now that your home renovation or remodeling project is underway, now may be the perfect time to take advantage of an often overlooked, but definitely worthwhile, local resource for fellow California residents: self-storage! If you take a moment to consider the benefits of taking full advantage of self-storage, one of the largest is the opportunity for ‘staging’ the area you are renovating by moving furniture, art, etc. to your neighborhood storage facility so that you have a clear area to work and don’t risk damage to your belongings. If you’ve never rented a storage unit, or if you are on the fence regarding the viability of incorporating a nearby storage facility’s self-storage amenities in the midst of your home improvement project, please continue reading. Listed below is a checklist that is designed to assist with maximizing convenience with the space that is allotted at a rented storage unit during the typically limited (but not always) time that is available during the many stages of your renovation and/or remodeling project.

(On the chance that you have additional questions, comments, concerns afterwards; or would maybe even like to part with a few tips and tricks that relate to implementing smarter storing strategies by renting/using a local storage unit resourcefully during a property renovation, we strongly encourage you to reach out to one of our storage specialists!)


What To Store and Why

    The Ins & Outs Of Storing Your Remodeling or Renovation Particulars in a Local Storage Unit


Embarking on any home improvement endeavor, regardless of size, scale, or magnitude, can be daunting for many homeowners and contractors alike when not properly prepared for the project. Unfortunately, this lack of preparedness can often be directly attributed to a lack of foresight and/or awareness regarding unconventional, yet extremely effective, options/methods that can be implemented before, during, or after your remodeling project; chief of them would be using a local storage facility's storage unit(s) to your advantage.



Considering that the success (or failure) of any home remodeling project or property renovation is completely dependant on utilizing the proper tools common to the construction industry and making sure they are kept in solid, working condition and are readily available, choosing a proactive approach of using self-storage as a means of sorting, organizing and later utilizing these tools has proven to be incredibly valuable.

  1. Hammers

  2. Drills

  3. Level

  4. Screwdrivers

  5. Tape Measure

  6. Speed Square

  7. Putty Knife

  8. Box Cutter

  9. Wrenches/Pliers

  10. Various Saws - angle saw, skill saw, sawzall

Building Materials

Safe and reliable storage of the building materials that are to be used/incorporated during the home renovation project is absolutely vital and can often spell the difference between a positively remembered remodeling endeavor and one that is riddled with regret and lack of foresight. Having said that, there are a wealth of necessities and essentials that are commonly associated with a remodeling project or home improvement renovation that we strongly consider storing in a self-storage unit at your local storage facility. Be sure to check your list to ensure all your building materials are accounted for and as always, we always welcome our customers’ feedback and encourage them to reach out for additional questions!


  1. Hardware  

  2. Nuts

  3. Bolts

  4. Screws

  5. Nails

  6. Clamps

  7. Drill Bits

  8. Various Tapes

  9. Wiring

  10. Fixtures



Construction Supplies

While very similar to the building materials listed above in being equally instrumental towards a remodeling project and the fact that adequate storage is an unequivocal must, there are several inherent differences; first of them being their overall larger size and noticeable variation. What’s more, the construction supplies that are frequently used during a  property’s renovation are, by and large, exponentially more valuable; both in the cost of the supplies and the pivotal role they often fulfill. With that in mind, the added safety features such as state-of-the-art security systems, round-the-clock, 24/7 surveillance, and the added peace of mind in knowing that your ever-important construction supplies are well accounted for because you decided to use a self-storage unit to your advantage is something that cannot be overlooked!


  1. Concrete (unmixed)

  2. Flooring - tile, hardwood, laminate, linoleum, stone, porcelain

  3. Lumber

  4. Countertops - granite, etc

  5. Cabinetry

  6. Hardscaping - brick, tiles, pavers, cinderblocks, precasts

  7. Roofing Materials - tar, shingles, roofing tiles,

  8. Paint

  9. Primer

  10. Drywall/Sheetrock



Heavy Equipment

Maintaining or adhering to the trend of getting larger, more robust, and generally more expensive concerning particular must-haves and essentials during a typical home improvement project or residential renovation, heavy equipment can often also prove tricky to store safely & correctly if one is unfamiliar with the process. While it is certainly true that the particular heavy equipment may vary in brand, make, or model, as well as type, it has been shown that a majority of the renovation projects or home remodeling endeavors present-day include many of the following pieces of heavy equipment.


  1. Paint Sprayer/Gun

  2. Jackhammer

  3. Generator

  4. Pressure Washer

  5. Power Washer

  6. Hand Compactor

  7. Shop Vacuum



  1. Contractual Agreements - typically applicable if you are a general/remodeling contractor and utilizing a storage unit/storage facility to streamline a particular project.

  2. Permitting - Often needed in order to safely (and legally, of course!) affect most home remodeling or renovation endeavors; including bathrooms, kitchens, home additions & more

  3. Blueprints & Plan Sets - Considering the entirety of your remodeling project is largely contingent upon designing and rendering a set of plans/blueprints that are authenticated for soundness and coding compliance, it’s in your absolute best interest to store them safely and securely.


Safety Essentials  

As the saying goes: “safety doesn’t happen by accident,” and those words rarely ring truer than when directed at prioritizing safety as paramount during a construction project, the size, scope, or comprehensiveness of the undertaking notwithstanding. As always, many of these particular items can be interchanged, swapped, or supplemented at the discretion of the person directing the project. However, we strongly encourage our storage clients to itemize a standard checklist that is well-provisioned with a necessary inclusion of the fundamental safety particulars, as it has proven time and time again to be extremely beneficial to all who have incorporated it into their practices.


  1. Safety Glasses/Goggles

  2. Gloves

  3. Headwear (hardhat(s) preferably)

  4. Ladders

  5. Ear Protection

  6. First Aid Kit

  7. Fire Extinguisher

  8. Safety/Emergency Lighting

  9. Scaffolding

  10. Belts & Harnesses

  11. Lighting

  12. Respiratory Protection (Filtered Masks, Air Purifier)

  13. Saw Horses

  14. Coveralls

In concluding this portion of the guide to proper storage during your remodeling/renovation projects, we ask that any readers or clients who have additional questions or would like more information, to reach out to us directly by clicking here! Now that we’ve covered what’s likely to be including and needed during the renovation project, please be sure to look for part 3 of this series to get a clearer understanding on exactly how to store those remodeling essentials; from the large to the small, from the complex to the mundane!

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