Summer is all about taking advantage of longer days and warmer weather. It’s also peak moving season, which means finding a place to store your belongings can be a challenge if you aren’t prepared. Follow these hot self storage tips to make the most out of your summer moving plans.
Choose a Self Storage Unit Early
Summer is a busy time of year for self storage facilities. Families and college students take advantage of school vacations to pack up and find new homes. To avoid the summer rush and make sure you find a safe place to store your belongings, choose a self-storage facility early. Figure out how much storage space you’ll need in advance. Some self storage providers offer unit size guides to take the guesswork out your decision-making process. You can also ask the staff in the management office for their help in selecting the right size unit for your belongings.
Keep Mold at Bay
Mold thrives in wet, dark locations. Before placing your clothing in boxes, dry them completely and pack them loosely to allow some air flow. Cover paintings with a breathable cloth. When storing a refrigerator or freezer, leave the door slightly ajar to prevent mildew growth. Clean metal shovels and tools and wipe them with oil to prevent them from rusting.
When you’re eager to tackle your summer agenda, it’s tempting to just toss your belongings in a box. But a little preparation will save you time in the long run. Gather the items you wish to store along with boxes, markers, packing tape and bubble wrap. Pack your belongings by room or item/type, and clearly label the tops and sides of each carton. Make a map of where you’ve placed things in your self-storage unit so you can find items quickly and easily. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to summer fun!
Make Security a Priority
Over the summer, you want your belongings to be safe and secure. Be sure to visit the self storage facility so you can assess its security first hand. Ask the on-site management team if tenants are required to provide identification and proof of address. Look for the following systems in and around the building:
- Perimeter fencing
- Controlled and regulated access
- 24-hour surveillance
- On-site management office
If you feel the security isn’t up to par, keep looking for another self storage provider.
Follow these self storage tips to make the most out of your summer moving plans.
Sentry Storage Solutions offers secure self storage solutions to residents in Greater San Diego and Chula Vista, California. For more information about our services, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.