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6 Useful Tips for Renting a Storage Unit Edit Title
Renting a storage unit might seem like a daunting task. You will want to ensure your items are secure and safe, understand the agreement between yourself and the owner of the space and know when you can and can’t access your items. Whether you are moving, downsizing, selling or just need general storage, using a storage unit is often the only way to handle your items. Here are some helpful tips to help make the process as smooth as possible.
1. Identify what you need to store
Space, or saving space, is important for keeping costs down when renting a storage unit. Identify what items you must store and leave out any unnecessary things you might be tempted to store, you can always put them in later if you have extra room. Once you have your selected items, label them. This might seem silly at the time, as you know what you’re storing, however in 6 months when you need to find an important item, labels can be of great value and can save a lot of time. You can even make a checklist of where certain items will be within the space.
Once you have labelled your items, pack them according to when you might need them again, long term storage at the back of the room and down the bottom, shorter term items should go near the front of the room and on top of your pile.
2. Selecting a storage unit
There are a lot of storage unit options out there. Pricing, location and ease of access are all important factors to consider. Sites such as Spacer offer hundreds of short or long term self storage solutions that are local, cheap and secure. Spacer connects people who have space with people who need space and is a great way to cut down on the costs of renting a storage unit.
3. Stack smart!
With the right stacking skills and using the space you have wisely, a great deal can be stored even in the smallest of spaces. Laying plywood across the top of boxes creates a flat, stable surface to store the next level of items on it. This will keep your items safe and use the full height of your storage space.
Using the right boxes for your items will also help keep them safe and make packing easier.
Pallets are also important. Keeping your items off the floor means your items won’t get wet from any leaks that come in from the outside or inside!
4. Temperature Changes and Climate Control
Depending on location and what you’re storing, the temperature of your storage unit can be an important factor to consider. Certain items like electronics, vinyl records, wood or leather furniture or artwork are temperature sensitive, with extreme highs or lows in temperatures affecting the quality of your things. Because of this, you should ensure your items are wrapped and properly insulated.
More and More storage units are offering climate control, which will keep the room within a certain temperature range. Check with the host of your storage unit to see what is being offered.
5. Wrap what you can
Wrapping your items in industrial plastic wrap is a simple way of keeping your items clean, keeping out dust and insects.
6. Lock up your things!
Self-storage facilities will sometimes require you to use your own lock so don’t forget that on the day you move your stuff in. Yes, the facility may have security surveillance but that doesn’t ensure your things are constantly watched. Standard or combination padlocks can be easily broken or picked so it’s better to stick to small closed-shackle padlocks with a short arm so a bolt cutter can’t work its way in and break it open.
There’s 6 simple tips that will help you decide on what storage unit best suits you and how to store your items. With a bit of planning, research and some protective measures your experience with self-storage should work out smooth and easy.
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