Self-storage is meant to be easy, convenient and essentially a breeze. After all, what better way to keep excess belongings or items safe and secure affordably and without any hassle?
Self-storage is safe, secure and built with the preservation of your important items in mind. If you are looking to clear out some clutter from your home, you may have already come across different self-storage options and units. However, before you decide to rent a storage unit, check out our top 8 most common mistakes that storage unit renters can make.
Read below and it could save you time, money, and a whole lot of energy.
1. Choosing the Wrong Size
Choosing the wrong size storage unit can lead to problems and wasted money. If you are working within a tight budget you will need to be even more mindful of this and make the right measurements from the start. It may seem cheaper to stuff all your belongings into a smaller sized unit but this can be potentially risky and you could end up damaging your items or posing a risk to your unit.
On the other end of the spectrum, choosing a unit that is too big for your needs will have you paying more money for space that you don’t actually need. Measure according to your needs and don’t skimp on size, as it could cost you in the long run.
2. Accumulating More Items
Just because you now have some space for your excess items doesn’t mean you should start accumulating more things or buying more to fill the void. This can easily defeat the purpose of a storage unit and have you living in newly accumulated clutter and junk.
If your aim is to downsize and live a more minimalist lifestyle, remember why you’re doing this and try to commit to not hoarding or bringing in any more excess items.
3. Not Organizing Before Storing
We all know the saying: What goes up must come down and likewise, what comes in must go out. When storing your items, it’s easy to pile everything up quickly without giving much thought to what goes where and how. But at some point in time, you will definitely want to retrieve some of your items and it will be all the more difficult to do so if you aren’t organizing from the start.
So take the time to pack things away properly and safely (so that they don’t become damaged over time) and organize each category or box so that items are easily traceable. It might be time-consuming but you will be grateful you did it when the time comes to take your belongings out.
4. Not Taking Out Insurance on Belongings
A smart and mature storage renter understands that accidents can happen. They also know that in the event of a theft, fire, flood or accidental damage, they would want their items to be protected.
You need to consider insurance or a protection plan in case anything happens to your belongings during storage. This is especially true if you are storing valuables or any type of costly or expensive items. Again, this is another thing you might not think you need at first but may be grateful for at some point in the future.
5. Skipping Climate Control
On the topic of keeping your items safe and protected, climate-controlled storage units are a must. It’s important that your storage unit is climate controlled to protect your precious items from temperature fluctuations, humidity and damage from water, moisture or heat. This is true for all furniture, documents, electronics and most of what people keep in self-storage.
6. Not Using Labels on Boxes
A great tip to keep in mind while organizing your belongings to put into storage is to label all boxes and bins. It will make finding items that much easier when you can simply read a label to know what each box contains. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy either – you can simply write on the box itself in a visible area with a Sharpie!
7. Storing Food and Attracting Pests
Pests and insect infestations are not only gross and unsanitary: They also pose a risk to your belongings as once they get in, they can easily ruin everything in your storage unit. While you may be able to store certain non-perishable items, you might want to stay on the safe side by avoiding food altogether.
If something goes bad it will attract pests and produce foul odours that can stick to all of your belongings. In general, be mindful of what you can and can’t keep, as flammable, toxic and chemical items are also usually unsafe for self-storage.
8. Not Doing Proper Research
Before you rent a self-storage unit at any facility, be sure to do your research and invest some time into asking questions and checking out the facility beforehand. You want to make sure that there is proper security, climate control and cleanliness and that these things are up to your standards.
Self-storage can be a real lifesaver whether you’re hoping to store important documents, business inventory, personal belongings or seasonal stuff. Just make sure to be diligent and do your research before signing any contract or rental agreement.
To learn more about self-storage, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.