Mistakes provide an opportunity to learn. But when storing things for the first time, you have no experience to draw upon. To help you enjoy the full benefits of self storage, we’ve compiled a list of common mistakes to avoid.
People in a rush often make the mistake of carelessly throwing their belongings in boxes, hoping to find time to sort through them later. Don’t make that mistake. Besides making your items hard to find, it’s likely they will end up broken.
Take time on the front end to pack your items according to type or room. Select your storage boxes carefully; the right self storage provider will offer a wide variety of cartons for storing everything from clothes to dishes. Think ahead; for instance, a large box filled with books may be impossible to lift. Use bubble wrap to pack fragile items or anything that has the potential to break. In addition to offering a wide range of cartons for storing everything from clothes to mattresses, the right self storage provider can provide you with all the packing material you need to keep your belongings safe and secure.
Selecting the Wrong Size Storage Unit
Nothing is more frustrating than renting a self storage unit only to find you’re paying for extra unused space or have to lease an additional unit. Although selecting a self storage unit isn’t an exact science, don’t make the mistake of not putting some forethought into how much space you’ll need.
Beware of facilities that offer “one-size-fits-all” units. Instead, choose a self storage provider that offers a unit size guide to take the guesswork out of your decision-making process. Ask the staff in the management office for their help in selecting the right size unit for your belongings. After all, it’s part of their job!
Storing Food and Perishable Items
Avoid storing food and perishable items in your self storage unit, as they attract pests and vermin. A mice or insect infestation can damage your furniture, heirlooms and other precious belongings. Food items-—even dry goods—should be tossed instead of stored.
Forgetting to Label Boxes
Don’t make the mistake of properly packing your belongings but forgetting to label the boxes. Having to riffle through unmarked boxes to find an item is a waste of time and energy. With a permanent marker, clearly mark your boxes on the sides, rather than the tops, with a general description of the contents. It will make finding your belongings quick and easy, even when your boxes are stacked high.
Not Leaving Room for Access and Retrieval
Imagine having to take all of your belongings out of your self storage unit just to find one box! Over-packing your self storage unit without leaving space to access and retrieve items is a huge error. Stack boxes along the walls and don’t pack items against the door of your unit. Make pathways wide enough to let you safely and easily carry your boxes.
Focusing Only on Price
When it comes to choosing where to store your belongings, don’t focus solely on price. While making sure you don’t pay an arm and a leg is wise, keep in mind that there are other important factors to consider when choosing a self storage facility, including:
- Leasing options
- Local ownership
- Customer service
- Billing and invoicing flexibility
- On-site management
Each plays an important role in ensuring you receive maximum value when storing your belongings.
Use this as a guide to avoid these common mistakes, and your storage experience will be as perfect as possible.
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