Maybe you’re in college and need a place to store your things before you fly home for the summer. Perhaps you’re taking a job in a new city and need a place to keep your valuables until you can find a place to live. Or it could be that you recently sold your home and made the decision to downsize.
There are countless reasons you might need to rent a self-storage unit for either a short time or an extended period.
Whatever the case may be, the process can be a little more involved than just signing some paperwork, writing a check, and piling your stuff in a secure space.
If you happen to find yourself in need of a storage unit and have never rented one before, keep reading. Below we share our best tips to help make the process as easy as possible.
What Kind of Storage Unit is Best for You?
Believe it or not, not all storage units are the same. They come in different sizes, have different layouts, and are tailored to storing specific kinds of things.
In order to figure out what kind of storage unit is best going to suit your needs, start by taking inventory of the items you’re going to store.
Specifically, items that are sensitive to temperature fluctuations might require a climate-controlled storage unit. These include electronics, furniture, appliances, old documents, vehicles, RV’s, and boats to name a few.
What Size Storage Unit Do You Need?
This might seem like an obvious consideration but it’s one that people often overlook. The last thing you want to do is pay too much money for space you don’t need or, find out that your unit is too small to store all your stuff.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s better to err on the side of having more room than not enough. Besides, there’s a high probability you’ll need more storage space as time goes on.
Does Your Storage Unit Fit Your Budget?
Just like storage units vary in size and function, so too does their price. The bigger the unit, the more it costs to rent. Climate-controlled units are typically more expensive too. Before you sign a lease, make sure it’s something you can afford and that you know whether the contract is month-to-month, or long-term.
What Amenities Come with Your Storage Unit?
When we mention storage unit amenities, we’re talking about things like safety, accessibility, and ease of payment options.
When you rent with Lucky Horseshoe Storage, rest assured that all these amenities are top-notch. You’ll have convenient access to your unit at all times, our safety measures and technology are state-of-the-art, and we’re happy to accommodate a wide variety of payment methods.
How Should You Organize Your Storage Unit?
When you come to retrieve something from your storage unit, you want to be in and out as quickly and easily as you can. This all depends on how well you organize your belongings.
If you have things in boxes, label them. There’s nothing much more tedious than opening one box after another as you hunt for a single item.
Create a master inventory list of everything you have in storage. You probably have items you only use once in a while and trying to remember where you put them can be a real pain. When you have a list, that headache is alleviated.
Keep large, difficult to move items at the back. With big, bulky items, the goal should be to move them as little as possible. That’s why we suggest storing them first and at the back of your unit. The extra space up front should be used for boxes and smaller items that are easy to move.
The great thing about storage units is that they can be used for just about anything and they allow you to keep valuable possessions in a single, secure space.
However, if you’ve never rented a storage unit before, there are some important things to keep in mind and consider. If you follow the tips above, the process should be seamless and easy.
If you have questions about storage units or need some advice about how to navigate the process of renting a unit for the first time, give our friendly staff at Lucky Horseshoe Storage a call today!