There are many reasons why you may be opting for self-storage. Perhaps you are going to be away for a period of time. Maybe you are moving from one place to another. Another reason could be that you just need some of the extra space.
Whatever the reason may be, self-storage is a very nifty option when it is not possible to have someone else watch over your belongings. However, when considering self-storage, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your self-storage experience is a good one.
Here are some do’s and don’ts that you should consider when going for self-storage.
DO identify the ideal size of the unit that you want to rent out: Self storage rentals are available in a variety of sizes. Based on your need and budget, you can pick out whatever suits you. You could opt for a storage as small as 25 square feet or as large as 400 square feet. The reason that it is so important to keep track of the size of the unit is because you don’t want a unit too large or too small. Too small a unit won’t hold your items effectively. Too large, and you end up paying extra for space that you do not need. Review available storage sizes, make an inventory of your items and choose accordingly.
DO choose a storage facility that is near your house: Often, it is required to access the storage space frequently. In such a scenario, it is necessary to have the storage facility located close to your house so that you may retrieve items with ease.
DO keep an inventory of your items along with a map of where they are stored: Keep a detailed inventory of all the items that are being stored in the self-storage unit. We cannot sufficiently emphasize on the importance of a well-organized storage. A good thing to do is keep a map of your storage space, which labels where different items are stored. A label maker can also help you in this regard. It helps you easily identify where different items are stored.
DO check whether you need a climate-controlled unit: Some items are better stored in environments where the temperature and humidity are controlled. Not controlling these factors could lead to damaging your possession. Artwork, old books and magazines, wooden or leather goods, upholstery, medical equipment and medication, electronic items, and musical instruments are all examples of items that would need such control. Also consider how long you will require the unit. If you are going to use the unit for a year or longer, your possessions will be exposed to all the seasonal changes. In such a situation too, it is better to use a climate-controlled unit.
DON’T store items that are not allowed by the self-storage company: There are some items that are not permitted by self-storage companies. These can include, but are not limited to plants, live (or dead) animals, flammable items such as propane or fuel. While canned and non-perishable food items may be permitted, other items that could possibly attract rodents will not be permitted. When in doubt, it is best to consult the facility and find out what they allow and do not allow.
DON’T allow someone else access to your storage rental: To ensure maximum safety, do not allow anyone else to access your storage unit. While it is okay to give the keys to someone you trust when they are retrieving something for you, it is not recommended.
DON’T forget to lock your unit properly: Often, people have a tendency to not lock completely after they are done using the unit. This is because they think it will be easier when they return. However, this is an unnecessary invitation to thieves. It is best to ensure the unit is locked properly when leaving.
If you are looking for the perfect self-storage rental for yourself, we have the perfect options for you. With climate control, drive-in access, and free insurance, My Storage provides you with the perfect self-storage experience.