Secure Your Unit: The Best Locks to Use and Why

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Once you find a storage unit that fits your needs you’ll need to secure your unit with a lock. There are many options on the market but at Self Storage New Mexico we suggest getting the most secure, break-in proof lock possible. Locks we recommend Our top two picks for locking your storage unit are disc locks and closed shackle padlocks. Both of these lock types will give an added layer of protection to your unit and belongings. 1. Disc lock The disc lock is the #1 lock type we recommend at Self Storage New Mexico because of the tamper-resistant security it offers your storage unit. This type of lock is disc shaped and has a short shackle that sits tightly around the latch of the unit. Disc locks are very hard to pick as they have anti-pick pins and dual locking mechanisms. 2. Closed Shackle Padlock A closed shackle padlock is another great choice for securing your storage unit. This type of lock is unique because of its shackle. The shackle is the U-shaped bar at the top of the lock that secures the lock to your unit. A closed shackle padlock has a shorter and thicker shackle than regular padlocks. In addition, this type of lock has “shoulders” that extend up toward the top of the shackle acting as a protective case. These three features deter bolt cutters from being able to be used thus preventing break-ins. Invest in the Best While the locks listed above cost more than regular padlocks, the investment is worth the peace of mind you’ll have knowing your belongings are secured in your unit. We do not recommend single or multiple combination padlocks because we know they offer less assurance against break-ins. Of course, at Self Storage New Mexico we take many measures to secure the facility and storage units, but we also want each individual unit to be secured in the best way possible. Where to Buy The good news ...

October 12th, 2022

Choosing the Perfect Unit

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Many people find themselves in need of a storage unit at some point in their lives, whether they are moving, renovating their home, or simply have too much stuff. But how can you be sure to select the right storage unit for your needs? This process doesn't have to be complicated. Self Storage New Mexico has a guide that will help you through the steps of finding the best storage unit for your situation. Determine what size unit you need. This will be based on the amount of stuff you need to store. If you are unsure, it is always better to err on the side of a larger unit, as you can always pack it more tightly if needed. Common things we hear from our customers are “I need the biggest unit you have” or “Give me your cheapest unit.” This is typically not the way to go when choosing the correct size for your storage unit. Some questions to ask yourself prior to deciding what unit is best are: How often will you need to access your items? Will I need to add items to my storage unit? What are the largest items I need to store? Can I stack my items to use more space? Once you have an idea of what you are storing it will be easier to start packing. When packing for your storage unit be sure to place items in labeled containers and boxes. You will want to make sure your containers and boxes are sturdy so you can stack items as needed. Being able to use the height in your storage unit could save you a little on cost, you may think you need more space than you actually do. Deciding on what type of self storage you need is the next task to tackle. Climate controlled storage units are ideal for storing items that could be damaged by extreme temperatures. If you're storing things like electronics or furniture, this is the best option. Climate ...

April 6th, 2022