Many people need to use self-storage. You may be moving and need to store a few things while you are in the process. You may have items that you only use occasionally and don’t have room in your home to store them. Some businesses store items in self-storage until needed. Many eBay sellers use self-storage to keep their inventory while waiting to sell it. There are some things to keep in mind when renting self-storage units.
Contracts and Insurance:
When renting a storage unit you will need to sign a contract that says that you will pay on a month to month basis, use your own lock, and you will be the only one able to access your unit. The storage service will not enter your unit unless they feel you are violating the contract and doing something illegal. You also will need to purchase insurance for your possessions either through the storage service or provide proof of other insurance. If your possessions are damaged or stolen you will be covered.
What are you Storing and What Size Unit Will you Need?
Think about what items you will store. Make sure you will not need these items for some time. You don’t want to be running to the storage unit every day. Once you have decided on the items think about the size unit you will need. Most storage facilities provide units from 5”x5” to 10”x30” and smaller locker size units are often available. Some self-storage facilities offer free truck and driver if you reserve a 10”x20” or larger unit.
How to Make the Most out of Your Storage Space
Organizing a small storage space is key to fitting everything you need to in space and being able to find your items. Here is a list of things that can be done to help you.
- Sweep your unit before move-in – Getting your unit clean from a previous owner and removing any dirt will get you off to a good start. Think of your unit as a big closet.
- Label everything – Using labels will help you not to have to look through lots of boxes to find what you want.
- Make a complete list of everything in the unit – A list is good and a photo of your items is better.
- Put your frequently used items toward the front – Make a plan as to where you will store each item. This will make it easy to be in and out of your unit quickly.
- Keep the heaviest items at the bottom – You will want to protect fragile items. When you stack boxes keep the piles nice and evenly balanced.
- Prevent mold and mildew – Use plastic boxes to protect your items from damage.
- Adequate airflow – Leave a few inches between the walls and your stuff.
- Leave room to walk to the back – Make sure you can travel through your unit to the back so that everything is available.
- Review the lease – Be sure to comply with the lease. Double-check it when you are done moving in.
Storage units are very helpful in many instances. When you organize, plan, and have a useable layout you will be able to access all your items.