Putting some thought and time into your self-storage facility search is the best thing you can do for yourself and your belongings. Tackling the issue as if you only needed some plain storeroom in somebody else’s basement will result in a lot of future regret and loss. Have also in mind that not all storage space is made equal and that you truly need to make sure all of your needs will be covered by the specific service you are hiring.
The first step of the process is to determine how many items you need to store, what kind of items are they, how often will you need to have access to them, and whether any of them will need to be stored under special conditions. Based on the answers to those four questions you will be able to find the right place and company for your self-storing needs.
Once you know precisely what items you need to store, their size, weight, number, and nature you will be able to determine an approximate of the total square meter space you will need for your storeroom. In addition, you will also have a clear idea about which one of the items need to be protected against the elements or which one of them will need special storage space. For instance, a refrigerator will need to be stored with its door ajar to avoid the growth of mold, and books would need a climate control unit for the same reason.
Having done your homework and knowing precisely what you need you are ready now to go buying for the best option on the market. Shop around to compare prices and services, make sure to inquire if there are any security measures being practiced and what kind of policies apply to having access to your unit. In addition, make sure to ask if there is any extra fees for any of the services offered and consult about insurance coverage for your stored items if necessary. Remember, with the wide range of self-storage available it will not be hard to find the right one for you, but you need to ask the right questions.
After finding the right place, pack your belongings in a way that you ca make the most out of the storage space you are renting. Consolidate items according to their nature and shape and weight, and clearly label the boxes accordingly. For example, try to keep fragile/breakable items together and label their boxes with unambiguous signs and words that will indicate the nature of the items within and how to stack them. This kind of information will help you stack and place your belongings intelligently at the storage site. One last tip, leave some “walkway” space between rows of boxes and items so you can access them freely in the future.