Storage units are great. They’re affordable and convenient, and they also come with a useful range of features that allow them to accommodate different items. Having a storage unit comes in handy during a move or when you’re trying to rid your home of unused seasonal items. But before you put something in storage, the following are some of the questions that you need to ask yourself. Make sure that you’re planning ahead.
1. Do I Really Need to Store It?
Storage units offer a convenient solution to any space challenge, but you shouldn’t use one as a recycling bin. Before you put something in storage, ask yourself if you really need to keep it. Many people have things in storage that have remained untouched for years.
There’s no point in storing items that you’re never going to use. If the only reason you’re holding on to an item is because you have fond memories of it, it may be best to let it go.
Take inventory of the things you want to lock up in storage. Donate anything that you won’t use, and only keep the things that you will. Don’t forget that clutter takes up just as much space in a storage unit as it does in your home. You simply cannot keep every extraneous item you own.
2. Does It Have Any Needs?
Certain items fit better with different storage options. For instance, if you’re storing books or documents from your office, then one of your priorities will be finding a storage unit that is protected from flooding, high humidity, water, or anything that may damage the prints.
On the other hand, if you wish to store a machine or heavy item, then you’ll need a garage-type storage unit that comes equipped with forklifts, cranes, or any other moving equipment that you’ll need to use.
3. How Long Will I Keep It in Storage?
Generally, the longer an item is kept in storage, the more advanced the storage features should be. If you plan to keep your chairs in storage for just a week, you may not be overly concerned about secondary features such as climate control or flooding risks. But if you wish to store your items for months on end, then it’s best to consider climate-protected units. The extra features aren’t always necessary, so you need to understand your storage needs before making any commitment.
4. How Many Items Am I Storing?
Another important question that you need to ask yourself is the number of items you intend on putting in storage. Storage units come in different sizes; knowing the number of items that you plan to store makes it easier for you to pick the right fit.
It’s important that you have this information before you actually start hunting for storage facilities. Larger items, like most of the furniture in your bedroom or living room, will require more space. If you take an inventory of your belongings, you won’t get more space than you actually need or less than you require.
Also remember to consider the packaging method. For instance, most people tend to keep their items in boxes, because they are easier to transport and organize. However, boxes will also take up more space.
5. Does It Need Climate Storage?
The whole idea of renting a storage unit is to find a convenient place that can hold your items until you need them. For this to work, you must be able to guarantee that the items will not become damaged while in storage. This is where a climate-controlled storage unit becomes invaluable.
Climate storage options are perfect for delicate items that are susceptible to damage arising from weather or temperature changes. Things like family heirlooms, musical instruments, electronics, and wood furniture are better kept in a climate-controlled unit.
6. How Frequently Am I Likely to Need It?
Storage units have varying gate hours, the period during which you can access your storage unit. Most of the time, that doesn’t matter. But if you think you may need your stored items at an odd hour of the day, it’s best to look for a storage unit that offers convenient and flexible gate hours. For instance, if you’re using a storage unit to hold your work tools, and the facility only offers access until four p.m., you may run into some difficulty.
7. Will It Be Allowed Into Storage?
Storage units aren’t very picky. You can store almost any household item. Storage units can be used for clothes, furniture, and electric appliances. You can also use them to hold your books or kitchen items.
However, certain things are not allowed within storage because of the risks they pose to the facility. If your item falls within this category, it’s best to consider an alternative option. Find out what items the facility does and doesn’t allow.
As a rule, you shouldn’t store perishables in a storage unit. It’s also a bad idea to store flammable, toxic, or combustible materials. If you’re storing a machine, empty all of its fuel before moving it in.
Make Good Choices
It’s easier to make the most out of storage units when you know what your items need. Because of this, it’s important for you to choose the right storage unit. Take the time to explore the different options available to you. Ultimately, the right storage facility should be able to offer you security, multiple unit sizes, climate control features, and reliable service.
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