Sometimes, there is just no more room, and all of the ingenious space-saving techniques in the world are not going to conjure it out of thin air. Sometimes, you need to look to outside help. Hiring a rental storage unit is often the solution. They are reliable, secure and hassle free. There are, however, some tips you can utilize to get the most out of your rented storage space. Here are 5 things you need to know.
Invest in pallets. Keeping most items off the floor is essential. There is no way to predict when and where rain and bad weather will strike, or when the neighboring tenant’s waterbed will split open, spilling its contents out into the corridor and under your door. Pallets are a great way to keep everything a few inches off the concrete, above the cold, sometimes damp ground, and out of harm’s way.
Shrink wrap it. You can purchase large rolls of industrial grade plastic wrap at hardware and home improvement stores, as well as online. It is durable and will reliably keep dust and insects off of furniture, office equipment, really anything.
Purchase a heavy-duty small-sized padlock. Although most storage facilities have their own security and monitoring systems in place to ensure their clients’ property remains safe and secure, it’s still wise to have your own measures in place as well. Get yourself a hefty, small padlock that is all-weather and has a short arm to prevent anyone from slipping bolt-cutters underneath.
Label as much as you can. It’s easy to box everything up, slide it into a self-storage unit and go about your life for the next 6 months, completely losing track of what went where. Write or place labels on boxes, cabinets, anything with a variety of items inside, so you can be sure you know where everything is, eliminate guesswork, and save yourself time getting it in and out.
Take care of your unit. At the end of the day, you are only renting your self-storage unit; it’s still the property of the business and as such, you are subject to fees and penalties if any material damage occurs while you are in possession. If you are renting one for business purposes and you have items or inventory that could potentially leak or damage the floors and walls, take preventative measures so you are not stuck with a bill for repairs when you give up the space.
A self-storage unit can save you time, money and a headache if you are scrambling to find extra space in your home or office for things that don’t need to be there. Take the time to research best practices, consider the advice laid out above, and your rented storage unit will save you a lot of extra time, money and hassle.