All across the country from big cities to small towns you can find self storage facilities. Self storage units are spaces rented out to tenants on a monthly basis for the purpose of storing your possessions. Finding a self storage facility you wish to rent from is fast and easy. Previously, a person would have to go to the phone book and search through thousands of ads but now an individual can simply go online and rent a storage unit. There are a few things you should be aware of before moving your belongings into your storage unit.
Preparation and organization are key to ensure safety of your stuff before storing. You may need to place plastic down on the ground before storing your items or you may have to put blankets over your TVs and appliances to prevent scratching. Be sure to pack your boxes light enough to carry and always place the heaviest boxes on the ground so they don’t put too much weight on the lighter boxes and crush them. Make sure there are no ways for animals or rodents to get into your unit as they will destroy anything they can get to.
When packing your storage unit, be sure to leave a walkway in your storage unit so you can access items in the front as well as the rear of the unit. Be sure to label each of the boxes so you know what each one contains and you can tell the fragile boxes from your books.
Security is also an important factor when considering self storage facilities. Each facility will have different features and levels of security so decide what is important to you. Most facilities have an on-site manager which lives at the unit. Other features include security cameras, gated facilities, 24hr surveillance and coded gages. You will also have to purchase your own lock for your storage unit.
The storage unit you rent from should already be cleaned but be prepared to do some last minute sweeping if your unit is not up to your standards. Many storage facilities will clean the storage units before you store your possessions but you may also have some responsibility. The unit was probably in use by another person or business before you arrived so be sure to make sure all of the other belongings are out before storing yours.
These easy, effective self storage tips should guide your renting process. If you have any additional questions, the self storage manager on duty should be able to answer anything you need to know.
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