Getting the most out of self storage

Published on 1/29/2017
There are many things that you can do in order to have a better self-storage experience. Here is a list of some things that I have learned over the years that will help you have a better experience.

Self Storage Tips

  • Place items on pallets or blocks of wood. Concrete sweats. You will be much happier if your stored goods are off the concrete.

  • Cover your stored items. The doors do not seal out the dust. Cover your items to keep them cleaner.

  • Keep an inventory of what is in your unit. When you are looking for something, you will be able to tell if it is at home or in storage.

  • Insure your stored goods. It is best if you have insurance on your stored items as Storage Solutions, LLC’s insurance does not cover your stored goods.

  • Use a good lock. A disc or cylinder (where available) lock are the most secure locks currently available. It is worth the extra money to use a good lock. Storage Solutions, LLC sells affordable, quality locks if you need one. Just ask!

  • Keep the snow cleared. You are responsible to keep the snow/ice cleared in the area within 3 feet of the front of your unit.

  • Do not store food. Storing food in a storage unit is never a good plan. Give your food to your friends/relatives or donate it to a food pantry.

  • Stack with care. Stack heavy things on the bottom progressively getting lighter towards the top.

  • Use space well. Fill empty things (dresser drawers, washer/dryer etc.) with small items to maximize the space you have available.

  • Pack well. When packing delicate/fragile items, pack them in bubble wrap, newspaper, towels, etc. to ensure that they will not be damaged.

  • Drive safely. Many people will be driving an over sized vehicle (moving van etc.) and/or pulling a trailer. Please remember that these types of vehicles need to make wide turns. Please plan enough space, drive slowly and watch your mirrors to avoid hitting cars and other objects. Please make sure that you are paying attention to the height of your vehicle in relation to your surroundings! Please remain on the driveways at all times.

These are just some ideas that may assist you in ensuring that your stored possessions come out of storage as nicely as you put them in. Preparation on your part is a major key to success. Happy storing!