Undoubtedly, there are many reasons why you might want to rent a storage unit. From housing a classic vehicle to moving extra belongings out of the house, everyone has their own reasons for using rental storage space. But, if you have never moved before, or you have never had to pack your belongings for storage, then you will enjoy our self storage tips.
To begin with, you should understand the rules that surround renting a storage unit. For example, the owner's of the property are not responsible for any loss or damage to your contents. In fact, at the time of signing the contract to rent the space, you will be asked whether or not you want to take out insurance. Some companies force you to take it as part of the monthly fee, but either way, you would be foolish not to have it. So much can go wrong while your belongings are in storage, that you really do not want to take the chance.
Further, you should ask about locks. Again, most companies only permit specialty locks that they sell to be placed on the storage units. Typically, the locks used are harder to cut with bolt cutters, so forced entry into the unit is deterred. In addition to the locks, you should inspect the door of the unit that will be assigned to you. If it is damaged, or has difficulty closing, request another unit. Damaged doors are an invitation to thieves because they might be easier to pry open, plus pests can get in easily if the doors are not closed properly.
You should also inspect the unit before agreeing on that specific one, to make sure the walls and floors are not covered in mold. If mold or mildew exists, you know that condensation has infiltrated the unit and was not able to dry up. Choose another unit, otherwise the mold can spread to your belongings.
Another helpful point we should mention is that cardboard boxes are your allies when keeping things in storage. It doesn't matter what happens to the boxes, as long as the contents stay clean, dry, and protected. Do not be tempted to store your items in piles with no protection. Wrap the items individually, pack them in boxes, then store the boxes securely in the rental unit. Always place a plastic sheet on the floor first, then, when everything is inside the unit, cover with a blanket or comforter.
Moreover, you might need to consider paying extra for a climate controlled storage unit. Depending on the value of the items you are storing, it is sometimes wiser to pay a little more
and ensure that freezing temperatures, extreme heat, and humidity do not damage your delicate items such as antiques, heirlooms, and important papers.
Lastly, if you are considering commercial storage space, we have included a discussion on the pros and cons of renting storage space. The reasons for the storage, the length of time you expect to keep your possessions in storage, and the items themselves will all factor into your decision when choosing a rental storage unit.