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Tips for Renting Your First Storage Unit

When you have to relocate, remodel your home, or go out of town for a while, a storage unit is a secure and convenient place to store your possessions. It is also the ideal solution for homeowners who have limited storage space or need to declutter but wish to keep these items. 

Read on to learn how to make the most of a storage unit and how to find the right facility, price, and location for your belongings. 

Figure Out How Much You Need to Store 

You should know how much you need to store to know how much storage space you will need. There are some ways to determine this; if you have a garage, pack everything you intend to store in a section of that space. 

This creates a visual assessment of how much space your belongings will take up in a storage unit. You can also determine the space you will need by taking a tour of the various storage facility units and selecting the one you think can store your items. 

Get Everything Organized 

It is always advisable to be systematic when organizing things for a storage unit. Most people prefer to make an inventory list, while others stick to photographing their possessions. These two are vital, especially for personal and insurance purposes. 

In some cases, insurance companies specifically request images of valuable storage items. Label all your boxes and keep a copy of the list in a secure place you can easily access in case of an emergency. Ensure your items are well organized so that valuables would not break, and things can be found easily.

Set a Timeline

How long do you intend to keep your belongings in the storage unit? The longer you have your things there, the higher your costs. You should consider the primary reason you sought out a storage unit. 

This would help you in setting a timeline and save money. Whatever estimated timeline you set out for your use of the facility, and at least an extra month if some unexpected event takes you from your initial timeline.   

Find the Right Storage Unit 

Finding the right storage unit as a first timer can be challenging. However, there are factors to help you make a choice. First, consider the location of the storage unit; if you are remodelling or moving houses, you should find a unit closer to your home. 

If you are out of town for a while, you may want to find one closer to a trusted friend or relative, so they can keep an eye on it for you. Consider security, late payment policies, discounts, climate-control ventilation, and insurance policies. These factors would also play a crucial role in making a decision.
While self-storage units give you additional security from burglary or environmental damages, it is a convenient way to declutter your home. Renting a storage unit assures you that your belongings can be stored securely for a long time and are accessible to you whenever you may need them.