When it is time to move, renovate, or just clear up some of your living space, the best answer is to rent a self storage unit. Using self storage allows you to keep your belongings in a safe environment, but moves them out of your way. When you have made the decision to store your items, follow these five tips to get the best use of your self storage.
Don’t let price determine your choice
You should not overpay for your self storage unit, but you should also choose a storage facility that provides excellent quality and services. One of the benefits of using this service is being able to access your property when you have a need for it. You want the location to be close enough that you can access your items whenever you need them. Many times people find additional items they would like to store and if their storage unit isn’t close enough, they find themselves keeping those items.
There are times you might wish you hadn’t tucked something away and will want to access your unit to retrieve it. Whatever need comes up, you want the unit to be accessible. You will want to make sure the facility is open to you when you need your items. Ask what the facility’s hours are before agreeing to rent a self storage unit.
Security is a big concern at most self storage facilities. You should make sure that the facility you choose has sufficient security in place to protect your valuables. Services like 24 hour security should be offered to you and the property should be completely enclosed to keep thieves out.
Consider the environment your items will be stored in
There are many things that can destroy your items in an unprotected self storage unit. These factors include insects, pests, and water damage. You do not want your property stored where mice, rats, or insects can destroy it or where natural elements can cause damage. Make sure the self storage unit you rent is protected from outdoor elements and pests.
Check if your insurance will cover stored property
Even the best self storage units can be affected by unexpected bad weather. If you have something you value enough to keep stored, you do not want to lose it in a fire, flood, or other disaster. Homeowner’s insurance policies often cover stored items, but you should check with yours before placing valuable items in a self storage unit. If you are not covered under your personal policy, check with the storage facility, as they may offer insurance for a minimal price.
Organize your stored items
Make the best use of the space in your self storage unit by organizing your items. Pack your belongings in containers that will stack to maximize your space. Using containers you already have will help you save money and will also give you more space in your home or office.
When you start to place your items into the self storage unit, think about the possible need for them in the future. The items you may want to use again soon should be placed towards the front of the unit. Make sure all containers are marked so you know what each one holds. One good practice for storing items is to keep a list of all the property you have placed in a unit. When you go looking for an item, you will know if it actually was placed into storage or simply misplaced somewhere else.
Sparky’s Storage Solutions is a cutting edge storage facility located in Amarillo, TX. We offer many services including an access controlled gate and closed circuit recorded surveillance. If you would like more information about self storage, call us today at (806) 353-9500. You can also Contact Us by email or visit our location at 7550 Golden Pond Place in Amarillo to learn more about us.