A self-storage unit has several immensely helpful benefits to anyone going through a move. Not only can it be used as a means of keeping furniture and special belongings safe during your search for the perfect home, it can also be a long-term solution to keeping your home and life organized. Below are five of the most important pieces of information to know when trying to make your move as easy as possible through the use of a storage unit.
Reserve It ASAP
It is important to rent a self-storage unit as soon as you know that you’ll be moving. While many storage facilities have units in a variety of sizes and shapes, these units often fill up quickly. Given that renting a self-storage unit allows for short-term rental options, you should rent the unit you want as soon as you realize you need to move to ensure that you have the space you need for your big move.
Advantages of Climate Control
Even if you are trying to save money as you plan for your move, spending extra on a climate-controlled unit can be extremely beneficial, especially when storing fragile and valuable items. This will keep precious belongings in prime condition, and will prevent them from warping, developing mold, or getting ruined. Some examples of items that will fare best in climate-controlled units are photos/scrapbooks, furniture, antiques and electronics. Spending a little more on this benefit is worth protecting your belongings and keeping them in their best shape.
Make Sure You Know What You Can’t Store
There are many rules regarding which items can and cannot be stored depending on the facility you are storing with. It is important to avoid storing any of these objects and substances as they could lead to potential danger or irreversible danger for your belongings and others’. Examples include hazardous materials, firearms and flammable items. In addition, storing animal products or food products are often off-limits as well. Before moving, check with the facility to avoid violating rules on items that cannot be stored.
Look for the Highest Security Standards
Ensure that your belongings are as safe as possible by assessing the facility’s security. The most common features to look for include individually alarmed units, video surveillance, and gated access. Additionally, it is best to seek out a facility with features designed to protect your items from accidental damage, such as smoke detectors and fire alarms. Utilizing these benefits will best allow your items to stay safe during your move.
Take Advantage of All the Free Amenities of Your Storage Facility
Storage facilities understand that their tenants are primarily individuals going through a transition in life, whether it be due to a happy or sad event. Therefore, every facility does its utmost to make your move as easy as possible. For example, some facilities offer a free moving truck or assistance unloading your belongings. This is the most helpful and valuable as you will already be paying for a moving truck on the day of your move, and likely will not want to spend the extra money to keep it while placing items in your unit. Other amenities include a dolly for moving heavy items and pads to keep your furniture free from scratches or dents. These amenities can add up quickly, so finding a facility that offers these features will be a tremendous help.
Remember Your Storage Unit Options
Assess what you will be storing and what your needs are from a storage unit. Knowing this ahead of time will save you time, money and stress during an event that is already time-consuming, expensive and stressful.
Monica LaFerla is a marketing coordinator at US Storage Centers, a nationwide self-storage company with over 100 facilities. US Storage Centers is a supplier member of the American Moving & Storage Association.