Whether you are moving, remodeling or just need some extra space, self-storage units are convenient. There are many reasons to rent one and sometimes you need to do so on short notice which makes the process a blur and sometimes you may not consider all the little things that come with renting a self-storage unit. Seven Hills Self Storage in Anderson, CA wants to help you prepare for any current and future self-storage tenancies and has put together this list of tips and tricks to help you have a smoother experience!
Generally when someone rents a self storage unit they sometimes plan for a short-term use but can quickly and unexpectedly turn into a longer tenancy than what you originally anticipated. For this reason, it is a good idea to wrap your personal belongings (we recommend the use of industrial grade plastic wrap), especially your valuable property. Doing so will ensure that your things are sealed up tight and won’t collect dust, bugs or be susceptible to other damages.
Labeling everything will make your life much simpler. Even if you know exactly what you are putting in your storage unit at the time you rent it, that can quickly change if you have your things in storage for a long time. You never know when you are going to need something that you have packed away in your unit and the last thing you would want to do is dig through every single box trying to find the one thing you need. You want to make sure you label EVERYTHING; the obvious, what is hidden, the items all the way in the back. The more you label, the easier it will be to keep track of what you have and where it is. You can even create a checklist to map out where everything is and keep it somewhere handy.
We highly recommend you keep your belongings off the floor whenever possible. This might sound like a lot of unnecessary work, however, you will thank us in the long run. The fact of the matter is that you never know what could happen. Depending on where you live, you may experience snow or other weather conditions and if water happens to make it inside your storage-unit, it may damage your personal belongings. Also, another thing to consider is that you don’t know what your neighbors are storing in their units, and it would be a shame if they have a spill and that happens to leak into your unit and soaks your boxes, furniture or other valuable items. It’s not worth the risk!
Most self-storage facilities offer a variety of different-sized units but even the smallest storage unit can hold a great deal of things, if you are able to use the space wisely. This means working with all the space available from corner to corner and floor to ceiling. This is a fantastic opportunity to show off your tetris skills! You can start with a floor level layer of boxes and stack other things on top of those items. Using something sturdy, such as a plywood, to lay across several boxes can help stabilize layers as you start stacking things up. This is an effective way to take the pressure off the tops of your boxes and help keep things safe.
Again, depending on where you live, this may or may not be a concern in some parts of the country, but should still definitely be considered. There are certain items that don’t like extreme cold, hot or humid temperatures (for example, antique furniture, electronics, appliances, special collections, instruments, important documents and old photos). To protect these items for the elements you should either double-wrap them, keep them securely insulated or even consider not storing certain items at all. Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather but we can control how we protect our valuables.
There are certainly a lot of things to consider when renting a self-storage unit! Seven Hills Self Storage in Anderson, CA wants your self-storage rental process to be a smooth and pleasant experience and we hope you keep these self-storage tips in mind the next time you rent a self-storage unit. If you have any questions or need some assistance, please give us a call or come in to speak to one of our professionals, we are always glad to help!