Storage Unit Tips and Tricks for First-Timers

When considering renting a storage unit for the first time, it is good to know the best storage unit tips and tricks for first-timers to make the process much smoother from start to finish.

Whether you are moving house or require a little extra space on a short or long term basis, attending university or packing up and travelling the world, there are many reasons as to why people consider renting a storage unit. 

Here at Apex Self Storage, our storage unit tips and tricks can help you make the right decisions when it comes to storing your valuables and belongings:

Decide on what items to store

The great thing about a storage unit is that nothing is set in stone – you can remove or add items from storage as and when you wish. However, it is good to make a list of what you want to think about storing initially to get a good idea of the size and type of storage you need. This can help you work out a budget on what storage unit you would like, as each different sized unit will decrease and increase in costs.

Know what you can and cannot store

It is highly beneficial to get the most out of your storage unit. You will need to understand what you can and cannot store. Numerous forbidden items range from dangerous chemicals to perishable items, but the storage facility can confirm their rules and regulations. Here is a list of things you can not put into storage.

Check the facility features

A high-quality self storage company will have plenty of desirable features, but, most importantly, you need to research the specific security features available that will keep your belongings safe and secure.

Having multiple security features will prevent attracting crime and theft on the premises. The features to look out for include CCTV, manned surveillance, recorded check-ins, a fenced perimeter and fire alarms.

Pack safely and efficiently

Storing items for however long can cause damage if you don’t pack them efficiently. Ensure you protect your belongings using the correct packaging and boxes and cover any clothing, paperwork or furniture to prevent potential harm. Creating an inventory will also give you a good idea of the location of each item. You should always store large items at the back of your unit, with any light fragile boxes resting on top of heavier boxes.

How far away is your storage unit?

While you probably will not visit your self storage unit that often, it is better to live nearby so you can access your belongings whenever necessary. It is also essential to know when the facilities are open and when it closes to prevent travelling for no reason. Seven out of eight of our sites benefit from 24 hour access, providing ultimate flexibility.

Do you need insurance for a self storage unit?

Self storage insurance is a mandatory requirement for most facilities and for anyone looking to store personal belongings. Self storage insurance covers the value of the items you store in the event of an unexpected incident. This type of insurance will cover the value of your items if they are stolen, lost, or damaged, natural disasters such as fire and leaking of water. 

Are you looking to rent a self storage unit for the first time? Our storage unit tips and tricks will help you get started. Get in touch with us today to find out more.