Packing For Self Storage
The first thing to remember is to pack in such a way that you can find things at a later date quickly and without unloading absolutely everything you have put away. Make an inventory of what you packed and where it is as you go along.
Make an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store to help with accurate insurance policies and in case of unforeseen damage in the self-storage facility.
Invest in good quality sturdy boxes and packing materials – box strength degrades with use. If you buy boxes of similar sizes it’ll be easier to stack them securely in the self-storage facility and will save you space.
Label all boxes clearly so you can identify the contents and keep an inventory. Label them on more than one side so you can see what’s what quickly. Mark ‘Fragile’ on any boxes containing breakable items.
Organizing Your Self Storage Unit
At this stage in your self-storage process, it’s worthwhile taking some time to plan exactly how to pack your items into the unit. Unit sizes are determined by price so you can be save money here by assessing what you have to store and planning to pack it in efficiently. A smaller and well-packed unit will be cheaper than a larger one that is not organized.
There are two key things to remember when organizing your self-storage unit. First, you need to make sure that you can easily access the items stored in the facility when you want them. Second, you must take care when storing – these are your belongings and there are measures you can take, apart from careful packing, that will help protect them during their time in the facility.
If you’re worried that the floor space in the facility is not clean enough and might cause damage in itself put down protective sheeting or boards.
When storing heavy items or boxes check with the facility to see if they have trolleys or other machinery you can use. Some self-storage companies will offer these free of charge.
In all but the smallest units, try to create an aisle and leave enough room to be able to get round the back.
Store your largest items first.
If you’re stacking your unit high with boxes, always make sure to put the heaviest boxes at the bottom to avoid damage.
Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space.
Try not to lean furniture against outside walls.
If you’re storing metal objects avoid resting them against items susceptible to damage.
Try to assess what you’ll need to access frequently and keep it at the front of your unit.
Fill anything that’s hollow – i.e. wardrobes, drawers, washing machines and fridges with small boxes and other items to maximize your available space.
Make sure to stack boxes and containers so that you can see the labels you put on them.
Wedge the doors of all kitchen appliances whilst in the facility open to avoid bad odours and mildew etc., building up.
Don’t store anything in the facility that you’re not sure is sturdy vertically – if it seems wobbly store it horizontally.
If you’re worried about the atmosphere/environment in the unit put down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and vermin bait.
Avoid Theft And Hazards
Don’t put easily carried, valuable items like TVs or stereos near the front; hide them behind other boxes to deter theft.
Always use a high quality disk lock to secure you unit. Most facilities sell locks at a reasonable price.
Check to see if there is adequate lighting around the building and that access to the self storage facility is controlled either by a gate or code lock. Ask about access times and how the facility grants access to the units, as well as surveillance cameras and monitoring.
Understand Your Rental Agreement
Don’t get caught off guard by hidden administrative fees, penalties, and other clauses that may exist in your agreement. Take the time to go over each part of your contract before signing so you’re aware of all of the facility policies and guidelines.
Location Is Everything
If you’re using self storage as a temporary solution for moving from home to home, consider the location of your storage facility. Decide if it will be more convenient to have your storage unit near your old house or your new one. You should also compare prices in the two areas as well; depending on the areas there may be substantial differences in price.
Do I have to sign a long term lease? No. Our lease with you is month to month. You are under no obligation to keep your unit for any longer than you need it.
Do you offer specials or discounts? Yes. We offer Military and Senior Citizens discounts. We also offer discounts to non-profit organizations. Please check our website and Facebook page often as we are always offering promotions to new and existing clients.
What type of payments do you accept? We accept all major credit cards, cash, checks and money orders. Credit card payments may be made online or you may call in with your information. Other payments may be left in our convenient drop box anytime.
Do you provide insurance on my stored property? Insurance is your responsibility. We do not provide coverage for your property while in storage. In most cases, your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy will allow you to add property in self storage as a rider to your policy. Please check with your insurance agent for additional information.
Do I have 24 hour access to my storage unit? Yes. We assign you a keypad code to access your unit after hours, on weekends and holidays. Please do not share you code.
What kind of lock should I use? We recommend purchasing a heavy duty disk lock to maximize the security of your unit. We offer disc locks for sale at a very competitive price. While no lock can provide 100% protection, a disc lock requires considerable effort to compromise.
Do you offer boat/RV storage? Yes. Please call ahead to check for availability.
Do you hold auctions at your facility? We generally have 3-4 auctions per year. By law, we are required to advertise these auctions in the local paper at least 2 weeks prior to the auction. If you prefer, you can join our mailing list and receive email notifications of our upcoming auctions. Or just check our website or Facebook page for updates. As always, you may call our office for a schedule of pending auctions.
What do I need to do when I plan to vacate my unit? We ask that you give us 7 days notice (either written or verbal) prior to move out so that we can update our site inspection reports. You are responsible for removing all property from your storage unit and leaving it in “broom clean” condition. We will inspect your unit after move out and return your security deposit (if paid at move in) if the unit is not damaged and is clean and rentable. We process security deposit refunds at the end of each month.
Do you have video cameras? Yes. Our facility is under 24 hour video surveillance.