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Self Storage Tips

Choosing a self-storage facility

The first thing you need to consider is which self-storage facility to use. It’s always best to remember that you’re planning on storing your own stuff in the facility and would like it to come back to you one day in the condition you left it in. If you’re unsure, visit some local self-storage facilities and check them out first before you choose. By the time you make your choice you should be confident of the following:

  • The self-storage facility has put in place adequate security measures.
  • You can access your self-storage unit when you want to.
  • The units on offer in the self-storage facility are the right size for you and could cope with any future needs you might have to increase or decrease the space you rent.
  • The self-storage facility offers units that will suit the goods you want to store – for example, if you’re storing valuable items you want an enclosed unit with concealing walls so that nobody can see what’s inside.
  • The climate control in the self-storage facility is adequate for your needs – particularly important if you’re looking to store upholstered items, business goods or archive documents as a few months in a damp self-storage environment will do untold damage.
  • The storage units are tidy and well-maintained – professional self-storage facilities are well kept and clean.
  • Pest control shouldn’t be an issue – the self-storage facility should be able to tell you what types of measures they take – the last thing you want is vermin lodging in your belongings.
  • The contract small print of the self-storage facility has no hidden surprises.
  • If you’re planning on storing a large amount, check that the self-storage facility has adequate access for the removal vehicle you’ve chosen. Many self-storage sites don’t have the space or access for large removal trucks.

 

Tip #1
Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit.

Tip #2
When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.

Tip #3
Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.

Tip #4
If you’re storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.

Tip #5
Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.

Tip #6
Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.

Tip #7
Common sense and state law determines what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space therefore never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.

Tip #8
Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.

Tip #9
Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.

Tip #10
Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.

Tip #11
When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

Tip #12
Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on the hanger in a wardrobe box.

Tip #13
Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.

Tip #14
Always use climate control for humidity sensitive items.

Tip #15
Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.

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