Examining the Business Benefits of Document Shredding

The idea of a paperless office is an enviable one, but in reality, it’s hard to achieve. Businesses will always have to deal with reams of printed materials. Many of those printed documents will contain sensitive information, like customer data or financial information. Protect your business and your customers by signing up for secure, onsite document shredding .

Security and Peace of Mind
The No. 1 benefit of business document shredding is security. You and your customers can enjoy peace of mind knowing sensitive information won’t fall into the wrong hands. After all, identity theft is among the most common white collar crimes, and it’s growing at an alarming rate. With an onsite document shredding service, you won’t have to worry about criminals stealing information that will cost your customers and ruin your business’ reputation.

Convenience and Affordability
Running a business requires long hours at the office. It’s hard work to keep track of everything that needs to be done. And no matter how much revenue your business brings in, overhead is always a consideration when making business decisions. Onsite document shredding won’t require any extra work on your part, and it’s very affordable. All you’ll have to do is place documents to be shredded in the locked storage bin to await destruction.

Eco-Friendly Disposal
It’s technically possible to recycle non-shredded documents that contain sensitive information, but doing so wouldn’t be safe. There’s a greater risk that identity thieves will get their hands on it. When you choose onsite document shredding, your safely destroyed documents can be brought to a recycling facility. You’ll be doing your part to help make the Earth a little greener.

State and Federal Compliance
Depending on what type of business you have, you may be subject to multiple state and federal regulations regarding document retention and destruction. Law offices and healthcare clinics are just a couple of examples. Professional document shredding will help your business stay in compliance with document destruction requirements.

Onsite document shredding is available at POUCH Self Storage , along with the secure shredding of data DVDs, CDs, recording tape, and floppy disks. For storage options in Lake Forest and San Juan, call our office at (800) 378-4598.

Reserve Your Free Moving Truck Today!

Renting a storage unit from POUCH means you’ll get a great price on a secure self-storage space that is just right for your needs. Did you know it also means you can move your items with a free moving truck? Our We Move You FREE program makes moving into your storage unit as easy and affordable as possible.

To reserve a free moving truck, you must have a confirmed reservation for a new storage space. Simply contact your storage facility to set up a date and time for the truck. We provide the truck, driver, and gas free of charge. The driver is not allowed to assist you in moving your items, but the truck comes equipped with an appliance dolly and 10 moving pads at no extra cost.

Free moving trucks are available within a 15-mile radius of your POUCH Self-Storage facility. To reserve a truck or learn more about storage units in Lake Forest, call (800) 378-4598.

Maximize Your Retail Space by Storing Extra Inventory

When you have a retail store, every inch of space counts. That means you have to get clever about the way you manage your inventory. Fortunately, business storage can help you keep the items your customers need without making your space unmanageable.

This video offers advice for maximizing your retail space. Carefully monitoring sales and making sure you’re not wasting space on items that don’t move can help. Using a storage unit to hold extra inventory will also ease your space constraints.

Get additional space for your inventory by renting a storage unit at POUCH Self Storage . We even offer a FREE moving truck to make transferring your goods easier. Contact our storage facility in Lake Forest by calling (800) 378-4598.

Getting Ready to Sublet Your Apartment

There are lots of great reasons to sublet your apartment, from covering your rent when you’re going to be traveling for a few months to moving to a new place without breaking your current lease. There are plenty of things to consider when you sublet your apartment, including what items you need to move to a storage unit before the new tenant moves in. Keep these things in mind as you prepare for your sublet.

Check with Your Landlord
Many people who sublet their apartments try to do it without getting an OK from their landlords. This risky game could be very costly in the end. Some leases prohibit subletting completely, while others require sublet tenants to go through a credit check. It’s a good idea to work with your landlord during subletting, so you don’t open yourself up to expensive fines for violating your lease agreement.

Pack Up Your Valuables
When you’re going to have a tenant in your home, it’s a good idea to make sure that your valuables move out with you. Although you should of course remove valuable jewelry and expensive electronics, but don’t overlook items that are simply valuable to you. If you have a set of glasses or some pots and pans you do not want to risk getting damaged or removed, pack them up. Fortunately, you don’t have to cart your good stuff around. A secure storage unit will keep your items safe until you need them again.

Set Up Clear Lines of Communication
When you sublet your apartment, you’re still ultimately responsible for what happens there. Prevent communication breakdowns from occurring by setting a schedule for how and when you want to check in with the new tenant. You may want to do weekly calls, ask for a monthly email on a certain date, or request to stop by at period intervals to check the place out. Keeping the lines of communication open will help to make your sublet a success.

POUCH Self Storage can help you get you get your items out of your home before your sublet with our self-storage units , available in a range of sizes. Find out how to rent a storage unit in Lake Forest by calling (800) 378-4598.

Boat Storage 101

Proper storage is one of the most important parts of maintaining your boat. In addition to finding storage facilities that allow for boat storage, prepping your boat to be put away is also essential. Here’s what boat owners need to know about safe storage.

Avoid Storing Your Boat in Water
Although many docks offer storage, the water is not a good choice for long-term boat storage. It may seem counterintuitive, but your boat should only be in water when it is in use. Otherwise, the water will constantly put pressure on your boat, which increases the wear and tear and makes more frequent repairs necessary. Storing your boat at a storage facility is not only cheaper than dock storage but also safer for your boat.

Clean Your Boat Before Storing
Cleaning may sound like the last thing you want to do after a day on the water, but putting a dirty boat into storage can cause damage. Further, you’ll be glad your boat is clean when you get it out for use. Scrub the deck, topsides, cockpit, hull, and all other compartments. After washing the boat, fill up the tank to prevent condensation from forming, and charge all your batteries or disconnect them from their cables. After a thorough cleaning, dry the boat completely before storing it, so that moisture damage doesn’t occur.

Invest in a Cover
Although people often store boats without covers, covering the boat is the best way to protect it from the elements. Covers also keep your boat safe from debris and dirt buildup. Ideally, get a custom-fitted cover to give your boat the best possible protection. Your boat cover should have supports so that you can prop it up. This will reduce the risk of water settling around the bottom of your boat.

Store your boat with confidence at POUCH Self Storage. Our storage facilities have 24-hour video surveillance and keypad entry for the utmost security for all of your belongings. Find out how to rent boat storage in Lake Forest by calling (800) 378-4598.

Comparing Covered and Open RV Storage

RV storage is an issue most owners will have to deal with eventually. There are multiple ways to store your RV, but two of the most popular are covered and open. Here is a look at how these two kinds of RV storage compare.

Open RV storage is essentially a large parking lot within a storage facility. It gives you the benefit of vehicle storage within a secured environment, but open storage does not provide any protection from the elements. Covered storage allows you to park your RV on a secured lot underneath a roof that provides protection from the sun, rain, and winter weather. Covered storage is not fully enclosed. Depending on the climate in which you are storing your RV, both kinds of storage can be acceptable.

POUCH Self Storage offers both types of RV storage and is happy to answer your questions so you can select the right option for your RV. Learn more about vehicle storage in Rancho Cucamonga and Fountain Valley by calling (800) 378-4598.

All About Moving Boxes

When you’re moving, boxes can either make the process easier or add to the stress of the experience. Whether you’re moving into a new home or transferring items into a storage unit, the quality of the boxes you use matters. Watch this video to learn more.

Forget getting waterlogged, flimsy boxes from the grocery store. It is worth it to invest in some sturdy boxes in a variety of sizes that won’t break on you as you transfer them into a moving truck.

POUCH Self Storage is pleased to offer free use of a moving truck with our storage units and records management services. For more information about renting self storage in Lake Forest or using one of our free moving trucks, please call (800) 378-4598.

Here’s Why Restaurant Owners Need a Storage Unit

Although a storage unit may not seem like an essential part of doing business as a restaurant, it can actually be an invaluable tool for restaurant owners. With multiple size options available, storage units can be an affordable and effective solution for large and small restaurants’ needs. Here are some of the reasons why business storage can be so valuable for restaurant owners.

Stockpile Supplies

Not everything a restaurant purchases is perishable. The reason that many restaurants don’t keep large stocks of nonperishable items is that they simply don’t have space. With a storage unit, you can confidently order supplies of things like aprons, order pads, dishes, silverware, glasses, and nonperishable food staples, including alcohol, without worrying about where you’ll keep it all. Having this backup stock means there are fewer items you need to track daily for ordering and you’ll always be ready for unexpected busy periods.

Make the Workplace Safer

Trying to fit more items into your workplace than it can safely hold is dangerous for your staff. This is especially true in restaurants, where workers are active and moving fast. A pile of boxes in a walkway or stacks of excess supplies in a pantry can easily become injury hazards for your team. A storage unit gives you another place to put back stock, so your employees can do their jobs safely.

Indulge in Changeable Décor

Many restaurant owners would love to change their décor seasonally, but storage issues can make that impossible. With a storage unit, you can hang on to seasonal decorations, patio furniture, and other pieces of décor you only use periodically, so your restaurant will always look fresh and inviting.

At POUCH Self Storage in Fountain Valley and San Juan Capistrano, you’ll find a range of personal and business storage units , allowing you to choose a space that fits your needs and budget. With our free moving truck, we make it easy to move supplies into your new unit without extra costs. Call us at (800) 378-4598 for more information.

Keeping Your Stored Sofa Looking Like New

Sofas are common items in self-storage units , but keeping them in good condition takes a little bit of preparation. If you plan to put a sofa into storage, follow these tips to ensure it stays looking like new until you’re ready to use it again.

Clean Before Storing

It’s always a good idea to clean your sofa before putting it into storage, even if you don’t see any signs of stains or dirt. Sofas take a lot of abuse, so putting it away without cleaning means you’ll be locking in sweat, germs, and odors. The right method of cleaning your sofa depends on its upholstery materials. Generally, synthetic fabrics can be cleaned with water, while natural fabrics require a solvent-based cleaner. Leather sofas can be cleaned with a few drops of olive oil massaged into the leather using a microfiber cloth. Ensure your sofa is thoroughly dried before moving it to your storage unit.

Choose Climate-Controlled Storage

Climate-controlled storage facilities will reduce the impact of temperature extremes, moisture, and humidity on the wood and upholstery of your sofa. Although climate-controlled units often cost a bit more, they are worth the extra money to protect your investment in your sofa. Be sure to select a unit of adequate size to accommodate your sofa and any protective padding you want to put around it—you shouldn’t have to push the sofa against a wall or the door.

Store the Sofa Off the Ground

One of the easiest and most effective ways you can protect your sofa in storage is to put it on pallets to keep it off the ground. This will protect your furniture piece from dirt and moisture. It will also help air circulate freely around your sofa. Cover the sofa with drop cloths or padded cloths, but avoid plastic, which traps air and moisture and encourages mold growth.

POUCH Self Storage offers a range of storage options, including climate-controlled, personal storage units and jumbo storage units, as well as business storage. Find out more about our storage solutions in San Juan Capistrano by calling (800) 378-4598.

Storing Your RV? Don’t Forget the Fuel Stabilizer

When not in use, putting your RV in vehicle storage at a storage facility will allow you to protect your vehicle without taking up space in your driveway. To ensure that your RV is ready to use the next time you want to hit the open road, there are a few steps you need to take to prepare it for downtime. One critical step is to add fuel stabilizer before putting the vehicle in RV storage.

The longer gas or diesel sits in an unused vehicle, the more it begins to degrade. Gas can degrade and cause problems with corrosion, while diesel can grow microbes known as diesel algae. Fuel stabilizer prevents this from happening, so you can pull your vehicle out of RV storage and get moving right away, without any concerns about engine problems from fuel degradation.

POUCH Self Storage offers RV storage in Lake Forest with onsite security, so you don’t have to worry about the complications of parking your vehicle at your home. Find out how we can make RV storage easy by calling (800) 378-4598.