Whether you’re packing up your annual Christmas tree and other holiday goods, storing some knick-knacks from college during the break or simply wanting to store some personal items away from home, there are multiple reasons why you would need to utilize a storage unit. Whatever the reason, we all must understand the basic do’s and don’ts of using a storage unit to avoid any kind of mishaps or storage faux pas. If you’re in the market for a unit or already have one, make sure to follow this list of what and what not to do from your friends here at Storage Depot to make sure you maximize the use of your space and to preserve the quality of your items.
Once you’ve performed your research and have selected the right unit for you after evaluating the various factors such as size, climate control provisions, and location, it is also important to assess certain factors depending on the location you’ve chosen. The first thing you want to do it set a detailed schedule of your move-inn day paying close attention to time. Relocation days usually require more than just throwing your belongings in your car and driving up to the facility to drop them off. More often than not, relocation days include renting some kind of vehicle like a truck with trailer, purchasing or renting moving supplies that include boxes, containers, tape, and other stationery and the list goes on. Make sure to call us at Storage Depot to not only select a unit from the vast number of retail centers but also get the hook- up on supplies and vehicles. Leaving everything to the last second on moves will increase your chances of wasting valuable time and effort.
Once you’ve set your date and arranged your move-inn necessities, make sure you also thoroughly analyze your inventory. It’s important to know that although most storage units will come well equipped with a suitable environment for most materials, know to avoid perishable products. These include foods that rot quickly as well as hazardous and prohibited materials. Storing items with a short shelf- life will not only be counterintuitive but you may also increase the risk damaging the rest of your belongings and potentially other parts of the storage facility with dangerous toxins and residue from rotting and tarnished items. In some cases, storing perishable goods and materials can lead up to thousands and thousands of dollars worth of loss and damage. A quick tip is avoiding placing corrosive or highly reactive materials in your unit to assure safety for everyone.
One very important tip in going the extra mile keeping your belongings safe in storage is selecting an available insurance or protection policy. Most storage facilities offer these programs that apply to the unit you select. The importance of investing in a protection program ensures you the peace of mind that you’re covered should freak unforeseen accidents occur and something happens to the items in your unit. Partner up with us at Storage Depot when you have selected your unit to also go over protection policies to cover yourself and your things.
Lastly, the most obvious and important thing to do that most people leave out at the end of the relocation day is simply taking inventory of what you have in your unit. Once you’ve finished the move along with our team members at Storage Depot, simply jot down a list of what you have in there! Keep a detailed list of what you have in the unit- this assists you in keeping track of your things as well as preventing any type of loss. Furthermore, after months of sitting in storage, most things are forgotten until move- out the day. Having a list of what you have in your unit comes in handy when looking for unique things that you may have.