When you are moving out of your home and need somewhere to temporarily place your items, a self storage unit is often the best option. While renting a self storage unit is the most convenient way to store your items, getting them there is not as convenient. You not only need to deal with the moving company, you also need to worry about the self storage facility. Before you run into any problems, understand the top four mistakes that people make when placing their items in a self storage unit.
Forgetting to ask what type of vehicle the movers are bringing
Before you rent your self storage unit, you should find out what type of vehicle the movers will be using to transport your items. Some movers use a typical moving van, while other companies use a trailer pulled with a pickup truck. You should also ask about the length, width, height, and weight of the moving vehicle. With this information you will know what you can fit inside the vehicle and whether it will be enough to move your items.
Not giving the movers unloading instructions
It is important to give the movers specific instructions about where you want things to be placed in your self storage unit. These professionals may be experts, but they will not be around if you need to find something in your storage unit. It is important that the movers put things where you want them, so that they are easy to find. You should request that aisles are made in the self storage unit for you to walk through easily and ask to have all labels facing outward.
Not securing enough space in the self storage unit
It can be difficult to figure out how much space you will need in your unit if some of your items are not packed in boxes. If you are not sure how much room you will need, you can get advice from the self storage facility. If you get to the self storage unit and some of your belongings will not fit, you have two options. First, you can rent a second, smaller unit for the items that will not fit in the unit. Second, you can pack the remaining objects into the moving truck and store them in a friend or family member’s basement or garage.
It is a good idea to make a backup plan before you move, just in case. You don’t want to leave the movers standing around while you make a plan, especially since most movers get paid by the hour.
Moving during peak self storage moving times
Most people plan their move on the weekend or during the week after work. While this may be the most convenient time for you, it is also the most convenient time for other people who are using the storage facility. When there are people around, it can make your move take much longer. If you are paying the movers by the hour, it can make your final bill more expensive as well. It is best to plan the move into your self storage unit for a time when there is nobody else around.
Moving can be very stressful, but it can be even more stressful if you have not planned ahead to avoid making these common mistakes. When you know what mistakes others have made, you can avoid making them yourself.
Sparky’s Storage Solutions in Amarillo, Texas has answers for all your self storage questions. Call us today at (806) 353-9500 or Contact Us by email to see what we have available. We offer state of the art self storage units with an access controlled gate complete with closed circuit video surveillance to make sure your property is safe. You can also visit our location at 7550 Golden Pond Place.