Did you know that there’s an estimated 2.3 billion square feet of storage across the United States? It’s a massive number, to say the very least. And what’s more, the majority of this space is self-storage space, one of many forms of storage solutions that make up nearly 50,000 facilities in the United States.
Some other storage solutions include full-service storage (or on-demand storage) and climate controlled personal storage. Of course, there are other options available as well. The key, of course, is knowing your needs and selecting a storage space that caters to them.
But if you’re new to owning a storage space, it’s important that you have a few basic rules down after selecting your facility. You don’t want your possessions getting damaged or lost, after all. In order to help you eliminate some of these issues, we’ve compiled a list of five tips for first time storage space users.
- Pallets Are Important – Keeping your items off the floor is essential when you’re storing them. It might seem a little strange to do so, but when you’re renting a unit you never know what the weather conditions could lead to. Having a pallet to rest your valuables on could save you a lot of trouble down the line.
- Wrap Everything – You should wrap what you can in an industrial plastic wrap. Sealing your items up tight will not only prevent them from getting dusty, it can keep potentially unsavory critters from making their home in your storage space.
- Label Every Item – Even though you know what you’re putting into your unit, it can be extremely helpful to label everything. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to forget what’s been put where between storage space visits, which can lead to potentially opening random boxes until you find what you’re looking for. So break out the labeling tools and get busy!
- Invest in a Hefty Lock – Even though the vast majority of storage facilities will have security, having a strong lock is probably good idea. When you’re shopping for a lock, you should make sure it’s weather-resistant and impervious to tools like bolt cutters.
- Plan For Temperature – Temperature within a storage facility is often overlooked, but you should make sure you plan for the temperature changes that may affect your unit. Some items don’t like the heat or cold as much as others, and so they should be well insulated or kept in a temperature-controlled environment. Items like old photos, vinyl records, and electronics are particularly sensitive to temperature changes.
With this advice, your first time investing in storage solutions should be an absolute breeze. Your belongings are important to you, and whether they’re in your home or not it’s important to take good care of them. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of storage experts.