Most of the time, when renters think about storing their items, they think about the move rather than properly storing their valued belongings. They aren’t quite sure what having a storage space really entails. After over ten years in the self-storage business, I have seen my share of improperly stored items and think that the proper knowledge can lead to storing items in the best possible conditions within their self-storage facility of choice.
After renting a storage unit, the first thing to think about is having a proper lock to secure the unit. At Storage World, we provide every tenant with a disc lock to allow for proper security of the belongings. A disc lock is the most secure in the industry at this point as they are near impossible to remove with bolt cutters.
Once you have the proper lock, it is time to prepare the space to put your items inside. A self storage space is just like putting something in your garage for an extended period of time. Sometimes moisture and unwanted guests can get inside. To prepare for this, it is recommended that you place your items up off the concrete floor on pallets or something of the sort. If nothing of that kind is available, a moisture barrier would be the minimum recommended and can be achieved by placing a plastic sheet on the floor of your storage space. Make sure you are only storing items allowed by the self storage company. Facilities often prohibit anything flammable, hazardous materials, and FOOD OF ANY KIND (this includes pet food and bird seed) to name a few. Storing items in plastic totes is often better than boxes or bags in case pests do get inside the space. In this case, they will not be in direct contact with your belongings. Make sure to cover furniture with a tarp or blanket to prevent dust from accumulating. Another beneficial tip would be to secure all appliance doors and stove openings to prevent critters from making a home. Anything that could possibly get into your garage, can also get into a storage unit.
Now you are ready to place items inside! Make sure to put appliances and things that you will not need while storing along the sides and towards the back of the storage unit. Place items that you may need to find before moving out of the unit toward the middle and label clearly. Also allow for a path so that you are easily able to access your items if need be. Make sure you place your lock on the unit once you have moved everything in and closed the door. If you have any questions about securing the space, contact your self storage manager.
And last but not least! Check on your items regularly! A property manager is often unable to see into the storage spaces to know of anything wrong inside. By checking on your items often, you can prevent unforeseen damage much faster than upon moving out of the space months if not years later and this could cause major upset when it comes to your new adventure.
“No one ever said they have far too much storage space.” – Unknown