Self Storage 101: Do’s and Don’ts

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Posted on Jun 17, 2016

Self Storage¬†units are perfect for storing most of your belongings. Whether you need to tidy up the clutter in your home, store your off-season items or you’re moving to a new place entirely, a storage unit can be a blessing. The packing and storing process, however, can turn into a real headache very quickly. In this post, we’ll outline a few of the Do’s and Don’ts to help keep that headache down.

Self Storage 101: Do's and Don'ts

  • Do The Homework: Research the self-storage facilities in your area. Not every facility is the same and not everyone offers the same things such as climate controlled units, units by varying sizes and security. You will want to research these facilities¬† so you can rest assured that you are paying for the right unit for your needs.
  • Check The Security: This goes hand-in-hand with doing your research. If you’re storing valuable items such as art or family heirlooms, then you want to make sure your unit and therefore said valuables are secured from break-ins or theft. Go over the security measures set up in your chosen storage facility, do not give you key or key-codes to anyone and invest in your own private locks.
  • Do Insure Your Items: This is highly important and often overlooked. Home insurance rarely, if ever, actually covers items in self-storage. Many facilities offer insurance to cover your items should something go awry.
  • Don’t Forget to Secure Your Unit: Just like your home, you don’t want to leave your unit unlocked and leave an unsecured opening for intruders or thieves, especially if you are storing precious valuables.
  • Do Keep an Inventory List: Should anything go amiss at your storage facility or you are not entirely sure of what items you have in storage, an Inventory will ensure you have peace of mind.
  • Don’t Forget to Label Your Containers: This ties into your inventory list. When packing your items always label your boxes or containers. This allows you to locate things much easier in the future.

There is a plethora of information out there in regards to using Self Storage Units. The information listed above are only a few and will keep those headaches to a minimum. If you have any questions or if you would like more information on Self Storage please don’t hesitate to contact us.