Self storage units are a simple, affordable way to get the storage that you need for as long as you need it. From short-term storage during an upcoming move or semester abroad to long-term options for valuable belongings, you get secure, covered self storage space. Avoiding the most common self storage mistakes will allow you to use your unit as efficiently as possible.
Packing belongings carelessly
As you pack up your belongings for the self storage unit, sort items into boxes logically and then label them accordingly. For example, it makes sense to have all of your winter outerwear in one box and your summer shoes in another box. It may seem obvious where everything is while you are packing, but it won’t be so obvious when you are looking for those hats or flip flops six months later. Take the time to pack fragile items in white packing paper or bubble wrap so that nothing gets damaged during transit. You may want to buy special boxes for storing specific items to keep them safe, such as dishes and glassware.
Storing boxes haphazardly
Once you have packed your boxes and transported them to the self storage unit, you want to store them in such a way that your belongings stay safe. Arrange stacks of boxes so that heavier boxes are on the bottom and lighter boxes are on the top, taking care not to make the stacks too high.
Leave yourself a pathway or two in between the boxes so that you can get to boxes in the back without having to rearrange the entire unit. You will spend more time on the initial storage, but it will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Not selecting the right self storage unit size
Storage units are available in multiple sizes with varying features. Many self storage facilities offer online storage calculators to help you determine how much space you will need. Be realistic about your storage requirements. You don’t want to pay for more than you need, but you also don’t want to damage your belongings by stuffing them into a tiny space.
Not paying for climate controlled self storage
It is easy to assume that any covered self storage unit is sufficient for storing your belongings. In reality, many valuable items require specific temperatures. You should get the unit that is the best fit for your belongings whether it be regular storage, climate control or dust control storage or if needed a combination of the different types of storage.
Not thinking beyond the self storage unit price
Many people focus solely on the monthly rental price without thinking about the other factors that go into renting a self storage unit. While you don’t want to end up paying more than you should, you also don’t want to make major sacrifices just to save a few dollars. Be honest about the type of facility that you want and don’t settle for anything less. For example, many storage renters, having a nearby facility with hours that fit their schedules is really important. You also want to make sure that you are renting from a secure facility that has ample safety features such as surveillance cameras, gated access, and exterior lighting.
Sparky’s Storage Solutions offers an access controlled gate with closed circuit and recorded surveillance. For added security, you keep your own key. We have regular, dust and climate controlled self storage units available. For more information, give us a call today at (806) 353-9500 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 7550 Golden Pond Place in Amarillo, Texas.