Using a self-storage unit – what you need to do
You have been tripping over those boxes stored in your bedroom for months. You do not want to throw away all of your kids’ old toys just yet, but they are now away at university, so there is probably not much chance of them playing with those action figures any time soon. This is the type of occasion that self-storage was designed for. It’s an excellent way to make space in your home, without compromising the security of your belongings.
The best news about self-storage is that it’s really easy to use. You can move things in and out of storage, and use the facility as you see fit, as long as you comply with the terms of the contract you sign.
Renting a self-storage unit
The first thing you need to do is find a reputable self-storage provider. It’s a good idea to check out independent reviews online. You may also want to ask relatives and friends for recommendations.
Once you find a provider you like, you can discuss your requirements with them. Many providers have an online tool which enables you to estimate how much storage space you are likely to need. This helps to give you an idea of the costs involved, before you sign a contract.
Make sure that you read the self-storage contract carefully, before you sign it. You need to check details such as:
- How much do you have to pay for the unit?
- When are the payments due?
- What happens if you do not pay on time?
- Are you responsible for the payment of any additional costs?
As with any expenditure it’s important to know what your responsibilities are, so that you make sure you adhere to them.
Once you have signed the contract, you will be given a key. You are the only person who has a key to the unit, so your items should be secure as long as you make sure you look after the key.
Storing items in the right manner
When you are placing items in a self-storage unit, you need to be careful. Doing so helps to protect your items while they are in the unit. Here are some tips to help you:
- Make use of storage supplies, such as industrial strength wrap and tape. Wrapping your belongings helps to protect them against dirt and potential pests. Many storage providers can help with these supplies.
- Keep items off the floor of the unit to protect them from damp.
- Pack carefully so that you use all of the available space.
- Use plywood between layers of boxes, to keep them stable.
- Label all of the boxes you store. It’s unlikely that you will ever remember what is in each box otherwise.
All of these tips help you to protect your belongings and make the best use of the space that you have.
You can see that it’s simple to use a self-storage unit. Remember to check that your home insurance covers your belongs while they are in storage. If you do not have sufficient coverage, it’s worth investing in self-storage insurance, so that you have protection against unexpected events such as fire and flood. This helps give you extra peace of mind while your items are in storage.