Three Easy Storage Unit Tips Everyone Needs to Know

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Are you looking for storage unit tips? There are a variety of reason you might need storage unit tips: maybe you’re in-between permanent residences and need a place to throw your belongings until they have a place to call home. Maybe you’re downsizing but aren’t ready to permanently sever your custodialship of the stuff that doesn’t fit into your new home. Maybe you inherited a bunch of valuable heirlooms (or value-less junk even) and just aren’t ready to deal with it yet. Heck, maybe you’re a textbook hoarder; no judgement, we all have our things.

Whatever the reason, our list of storage unit tips will help you keep your priceless items (and even your non-priceless items) safe until you’re ready for them, at the lowest cost to you.

Three Easy Storage Unit Tips Everyone Needs to Know

  1. Treat Your Valuables as If You are Preparing for Armageddon

    Most of the time, your possessions will be remain untouched during their stay in your self storage units. Generally, you’ll check them in, and they’ll look exactly the same when you check them out, as if no time has passed.

    However, the storage unit providers you use do no have the all-encompassing power of God; even if you use the best storage provider in your area, some factors that destroy your belongings are outside of their control. They can’t control whether the person who uses the unit next door to yours brings termites, bed bugs, or roaches with them (although the unit owner does use a pesticide to reduce the likelihood of this). They can’t control if a flood encroaches on your storage unit, or that pesky neighbor of yours brings in a liquid that seeps through the walls. In some cases, you might not check on your storage very often. It might be months before you see the damage, far after your belongings can be salvaged.

    To ensure that your belongings stay in great shape while they are stored, take preventative steps to protect them. Line the floor with pallets, if any leaks or floods creep in, they won’t reach your storage. Wrap everything in industrial plastic that can’t be penetrated by critters. We like using plastic totes instead of cardboard boxes, so that they are safe from anything that could cause harm to your items.
  2. Double-up on Security Measures
    Your security unit definitely comes with a lock, and possibly around-the-clock security. However, self storage units are often a target for burglary, particularly if the unit is known for keeping high-dollar items (collector car storage units for example). In addition to checking out the security measures that the storage unit comes with, make sure that you add some security yourself. Even if nothing your store is very valuable, for less than $10, you can get a heavy-duty padlock and add an extra layer of protection. This shuts down the chance that someone would convince the unit administrator that your unit is actually theirs, to get themselves in.

    If you are storing something of value, you might want to take security to the next level. There are motion-triggered alarms and cameras available now for less than $100, that would not only scare off anyone who tried to get into your storage unit, it would capture their image to assist with tracking them down. These simple and inexpensive measure will keep your belongings safe.
  3. Get Detaily When You Document and Label

    When you pack up your belongings for storage, you’re going to think that when you need any particular item, you’ll totally remember where it is. However, in reality, it’s probably going to be months or even years before you touch the stuff again. When you need your grandma’s special costume brooch for the “Something Old” at your daughter’s wedding, it’s going to entail so much work tracking it down that you’ll be tempted to just buy one on Amazon Prime and pretend like it’s the one that’s buried somewhere in your storage unit.

    Instead, make an itemized list of what you’re putting in each box. Label each box with a number, and keep a journal of what’s in the box with that corresponding number. If you’re technical, use an Excel spreadsheet for these purposes. If not, a good ol’ fashioned composition notebook will get the job done.

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