Many of us had the pleasure of renting a storage unit at least once. As you may have come to find, however, stowing your personal belongings anywhere can be a pain and hassle if you don’t do it the right way.
Adequate preparation and packing/storing know-how are essential for your wallet and peace of mind. Interestingly enough, most people are unaware of how to safely and efficiently pack items, and this is naturally a problem when it comes to keeping stuff in tight-knit spaces.
Store Smart and Save Money
While you indeed always have the option of upgrading to a larger storage unit, remember to keep two things in mind. First, the chances are highly likely that your existing short or long-term rental space will suffice (you just need to learn better storage skills!), and second, larger units usually come with higher fees.
If you’re looking to keep your small budget small, your concentration should be on how to best utilize your current property, not on purchasing a larger one.
Here are a few ways to make the most of the space you do have, as well as how you can prevent accidental damage to all your boxed-up valuables!
Take the Time to Care for your Belongings
Always keep your items on wooden pallets instead of setting them directly on the ground. Moisture from outside precipitation could potentially seep in, and in the event of leak, the last thing you want is for that expensive furniture soaking up water! Check to see if the storage facility staff has extra pallets on hand; otherwise, get a hold of a few before unloading your boxes.
Heavy duty wrapping material is another crucial form of protection. High quality, industrial-strength plastic is the way to go, especially for fragile items. Dirt and dust can cause a lot of damage over time, so while it may be a bit tedious, wrapping is always a must.
There is nothing more frustrating than attempting to locate a specific item in a storage unit full of unlabeled boxes and bins. It only takes a few seconds to mark what is inside the container with a permanent marker, and doing so can keep you from losing your mind! Remember, it could be a few months or longer before you revisit the building, and at that time you will have long forgotten what is inside. Always be sure to plan ahead!