Are you running out of space in your home? Moving or downsizing?
Rather than dealing with the hassle of a yard sale or sacrificing your closet space, consider the benefits of renting a self-storage unit. Self-storage provides a safe place to keep your belongings and can help ease the stress of moving by allowing you a more flexible time frame to pack or unpack.
With so many storage locations to choose from, you can feel overwhelmed with choices. Follow these tips to help find a storage unit that will fit your personal needs and budget.
Estimate What Size Unit You Will Need
Choosing the right size will help you save money. Standard sizes range from small 5×10’s (50 Sq.Ft.) which can hold small furniture and seasonal items to larger 10×20’s (200 Sq.Ft.) that can hold up to a five bedroom home. If you have weather sensitive items such as antiques, wood-based or leather furniture consider renting a climate controlled unit.
Visit Your Local Facilities
Ask to view different unit sizes, get a quote from the office staff and take a quick tour of the property. Look for security features such as a fenced property, gated entrance, a well-lit parking lot, and video surveillance. Check with the facility manager about office and gate hours, many facilities will now offer 24 hour access to your storage unit.
Don’t forget to ask about special offers and discounts, visit the facilities website for any online discounts or printable coupons. Many facilities offer pre-payment, long-term, multiple unit and referral discounts.
Packing & Renters Insurance
Once you have selected the best self-storage facility for your needs, it’s time to start packing. You will want to get the most out of your storage unit, so start with stacking boxes with the heaviest on bottom. Avoid storing liquids that could freeze in the winter or candles that can melt in the heat of summer. Use color coded labels on your boxes so you can find the right one first. Make sure you are covered if anything should happen to your storage unit by purchasing low cost renters insurance. Check with your homeowners policy first, your items may be included even when they are stored off of your property.
After everything is packed away and locked up it’s time to relax and enjoy all your extra closet space, or maybe hit the mall for the weekend sales.