Storage facilities have always been a solution to helping de-clutter homes and office spaces, or great ways to temporarily store possessions during relocation such as moving to a new house. Currently, most storage facilities offer month to month leases also; Thus allowing tenants to storage their possessions for as little or as long as needed.
Although storage facilities are a good and safe choice for different circumstances, there are some important things to know when selecting a storage unit and before you move in your valuable possessions.
1) Unit Size & Utilizing Space – It is essential to accurately predetermine the storage unit size you'll be needing before you just start packing your things to move into storage. Many people too often choose a storage unit size that is too small to try save money, and end up not realizing until they've moved half their things in; That their storage unit does not have enough room. Most storage facilities' sales representatives are very knowledgeable in assisting you in the process of choosing a unit size. Just speak with a representative and inform them on what you're planning on putting into storage, and they should be able to quote you with the best size for your needs. Once you have picked out your storage unit, it's important to keep your items organized in your unit. Start by putting the items you're going to access the least into the storage unit first, towards the back of the unit. Also it's usually a good idea to put your most valuable positions towards the back of the unit too. This is in case the inconvenienced occurs where someone tries to break into your storage unit. Most robbers want to get in and out as fast as possible, and would only quickly look to take things from the front of your unit. To use the most of the space in your storage unit, pack the largest boxes with the heaviest, sturdiest items; And put them in your storage unit first. Then stack smaller and lighter boxes on top of those big boxes.
2) Climate Control – Consider the value of your possessions that you are planning to put away in storage. Some items of certain materials are more likely to become damaged due to natural weather and climate conditions. If you're storage unit is a first floor outdoor unit, how can you be certain that the snow or rain wont leak in from under the door? Or what about how high humidity affects certain materials? Climate controlled storage units are the solution to temperature and climate generated problems at storage facilities. Climate controlled storage units keep control of the temperature in the unit so it stays warm enough during the winter, and cool enough in the summer. They also keep the humidity level low enough so moisture will not damage any of your stored possessions. Again, a knowledgeable storage facility sales representative can help you determine if you need a climate controlled storage unit based on what you're planning to storage. But even if you feel it's necessary to put your possessions into a climate controlled unit; Inquire about using one.
3) Storage Facility Security – An important thing to make sure is that the storage facility your choosing employs multiple methods of security. The first feature a storage facility should have is a fence around the property with the storage units. Some facilities use better fewer than others, which may include barbed-wire. Another security feature to look for are security cameras. Does the storage facility's office and property both have digital surveillance cameras that are constantly recording 24/7? Also consider how do people enter the storage unit property. Is their an electronic gate that requires an access code or is it as easy just walking through one office door and out the other? Consider if the property is well lit at night. And always just ask the sales representative about all the security features the storage facility employs.
4) Storage Unit Accessibility Convenience – Before settling on a storage unit, check where on the property it's located. Is it on the third floor in a separate warehouse in the back of the property, or is it on the first floor right after you enter the property? Consider what you're planning to storage, for example it would be really difficult to storage your house furniture such as a sofa and refrigerator if your unit was on the third floor.
5) Insurance – Renters are responsible to insure their own stored goods. Some storage facilities will offer limited insurance coverage that is based on the estimated value of the items being stored. Some homeowners insurance policies cover part or all of possession regardless where they're kept. This is important to look into, as described earlier; In case someone tries to break into your storage unit; Or an uncontrollable weather accident occurs.
6) Cover Your Unit's Floor – A key tip to prevent water and moisture damage to your possessions in storage (especially if your unit is on the ground floor) is to first cover your storage unit's floor with a sheet or tarp. This will prevent direct moisture on the floor from rising up and damaging your stored items. Also when you put your boxes or items into the storage unit, ensure that they are placed at least an inch away from all the walls, and have at least an inch of breathing room between each other. This will also help prevent mold and mildew.
7) Tarp Under Tarp Over – Finally covering all your valued possessions with a sheet or tarp over them will help keep dust away. It will also help prevent any water or moisture leakage from the ceiling if it occurred. A ten dollar tarp will save you thousands of dollars in the long run, especially if you choose not to fully insure your holdings in storage.
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