So you’re running out of room in the garage, or maybe downsizing to a smaller home or office and you’re considering the option of renting a mini storage unit.
Tips for Renting a Mini Storage
That’s great! It’s a very popular option. In just about every town across the United States, you’ll find a mini storage facility or in the least, not far away from there.Tips for Renting a Mini Storage Facility To make sure you get the most out of your storage unit, there are a few tips that I’d like to share with you – storage tips that I’ve been taking advantage of for years.
Tip One – Keeping your stuff dry.
Use cargo pallets to keep boxed items drier. This does not having anything to do with common weather elements like rain or snow, but moreso with changing seasons. You see, concrete floors tend to sweat in the springtime when the air is warmer than the ground’s surface. When the air is warmer, you’ll actually be able to feel the moisture building up on the concrete floor’s surface. By storing the boxes on pallets, there will be increased air circulation not only above and around the sides of your stored items, but underneath as well, allowing everything to stay dry. Also, be sure leave a little space between the storage unit walls and your stored items for added air movement.
Tip Two – Keep regularly used items near the entry door.
If you’re storing an item that you know you’ll use frequently, try to keep it closer to the entry door of your storage unit. Digging through countless boxes and climbing over a mountain of stuff to get what you need is a waste of time, not to mention dangerous. For example, I like to golf, but keeping my clubs at home is not an option when you have sons that like to borrow everything. When I’m not using them, I keep them in my storage unit and when I need them, they’re always sitting near the entry way to the unit. Just grab ’em and go!
Tip Three – Review your vehicle and homeowner’s insurance policies.
Take the time to review your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to see if the goods you store at a rental facility will be covered. Typically, in the event of a natural disaster, most mini storage facilities will insure your stored items, but they will not cover damage to unsecured items or items that were damaged by poor handling and packing practices on your part. So be sure your classic car or favorite Chinaware set are protected through your insurance.
Tip Four – Use canvas tarps instead of plastic tarps.
If you’re storing something like a couch or a convertible car, always use a canvas tarp to cover your items. Don’t use plastic tarps. The canvas fabric will allow air to pass through keeping your items dry and mold free. With canvas, you will see some dust particles manage to pass through, but will block other stuff like bird droppings.
Tip Five – Protection for your vehicle while in storage.
If you live in a part of the world where the weather changes regularly from hot to cold, you’ll want to take preventative measures to protect your vehicle from that. Make sure your car, boat, ATV or other recreational vehicles have been properly winterized. When a vehicle sits for a while, condensation builds up in fuel lines, fuel tanks or engine blocks and could cause cracks to occur in these areas when temperatures dip below the freezing mark (32 Fahrenheit). I live in the upper Midwest where this is a common preventative measure for boat owners.
Tip Six – Add storage shelves to your rental unit.
When packing items into your storage unit, be sure to take advantage of all the space you can. To do this, try adding some type of shelving to your storage unit. This way you can safely stack items higher up utilizing maximum square footage for your rent money.
Well, there you have it. These are six great tips to take advantage of when you decide to rent your very own mini storage unit. Each on is as important as the next so be sure to use this as a storage unit checklist.