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There are nearly 300,000 items in the average American home, making space a little difficult to come by. Luckily there are 2.3 billion square feet of storage solutions available in the United States.

But no matter if you’re working with a personal storage unit in which you pack your belongings yourself or a full-service storage (or on-demand storage) unit that does the packing for you, you need to prepare for the elements. Right now, for instance, you need to prepare for summer weather.

And here are some tips to keep yourself and your items in the best summer storage conditions:

Protect Your Items From the Heat

You need to make sure that the items you’re packing away can’t be damaged by the heat. In a lot of climates, heat is accompanied by humidity, and that can be the most damaging. This is why it can be a good idea to get a climate controlled storage unit in order to protect them better.

But, if you don’t have a climate controlled option, you should make sure you keep easily damaged items like art and vinyl records out of the storage unit to protect them.

Protect Yourself From the Heat

This is more relevant if you’re moving your items yourself to a personal storage unit with drive-up access. If it’s 100 degrees out and humid, and you’re moving furniture or other heavy things, consider changing the day that you bring your items in. You may want to move your items as early or as late in the day as you can, to avoid the heat from the mid-day sun. You should also bring a lot of water to stay hydrated, and avoid doing physical labor during a heat wave.

Plan For a Vacation

If you have a history of being active during the summer months, don’t let bills add up and risk losing your unit. You should pay your bills ahead of time, at least for a few months, or set up automatic payments online. This will help you avoid stress when you’re on your vacations and will keep your items secure.

Summer storage shouldn’t be a miserable experience because of the heat or a financial burden on vacations. Keep these things in mind so you can relax and enjoy your summer while your belongings are safe and secure in storage.

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