If you’re wanting to free up some space in your home or put items away during a transitional period, utilizing a storage unit is your best option. If you’re searching for a place to store your valuables, check out these dos and donts to make sure you get your money and time’s worth with community storage.

-Choose the right unit to hold all of your items

Dos and Donts of renting a storage space
Dos and Donts of renting a storage space

We all know how frustrating it can be when we have tons of boxes to store but the space is just too small to fit everything, or is it? Be strategic and consider all of the things that you need to store away when finding your storage space.

Choosing the right host for your storage unit is only half of the journey when renting a community storage space. Make sure the space is exactly what you need. If you’re storing away old living room furniture, you’ll want to look for a host that has a garage available, for example.

This gives your furniture enough room to be stored away and can provide space for additional miscellaneous items.

-Don’t wait until the last minute to find a storage unit

Making sure you have enough space is something you should do when renting a storage unitThis should go without saying, but unfortunately, so many of us procrastinate on some of the most important things. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving and need to leave a few things behind or you simply want to declutter, finding storage space in enough time is important. The unit that you’ll choose will be based on a few factors like size, convenience/location, host ratings, as well as price. Don’t wait until the last minute to search for something that will meet all of your needs. The best storage units are reserved immediately and you may not always have time to do proper research. It’s best to start planning as early as possible.

-Label everything

This is the perfect moment for those that are post-it lovers and sticker junkies. Even if you’re sure you’ll remember what each box and container has inside, place a label on everything you’re storing away. You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget whether it’s kitchen utensils or hand towels in a box because they’re the same size. Think about it, you may need to grab an item from your storage unit and have to send someone else; Don’t have them open every box trying to find one thing. Place a label on everything even if it’s writing it with a permanent marker.

-Keep your storage information private

Besides you, your storage host, and possibly a close family member or friend, no one else should be able to access your storage unit. There are risks that come with allowing multiple people access and knowledge of your storage unit. You don’t want to come back to an empty storage unit because people decided to rummage through your things.

Always be smart when storing your items and be as strategic as possible when placing your valuables in a unit. Community storage hosts are in place to make your experience with storage as smooth as possible. Be sure to make this experience a great one for yourself as well by making sure you do everything right and operate promptly.

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  2. Ron Booker

    We appreciate the advice about labeling the boxes to make sure we can find what we need rather than opening all of the boxes. My wife and I will be moving to a different house, and we need to store some items in a storage facility. I will be sure to follow your suggestion as well when renting the right unit.

  3. Burt Silver

    I agree that no one but you should be the only one that has access to the unit, so one should consider the security of your belongings when renting a unit. My uncle will be moving to s different state, but he needs to store some of his belongings so he can leave and find a place to leaves. I will pass him theses details and make his search easier when finding the right storage facility in the area.