Four Tips For Using Rental Storage Units

Published on 10/2/2017
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Four Tips For Using Rental Storage Units

Sometimes you just need more space. There are lots of reasons to rent one, but there are also lots of tips and tricks to pick up along the way. Here are a few things we've learned in our adventures of paid storage.

1.Wrap What You Can: Wrap what you can in industrial plastic wrap. That way, you know that things are sealed up tight.

2.Label, Label, Label: Even though you know exactly what you're putting in your storage unit at the time you open it, that doesn't mean in 6 months when you need back in it that you won't be digging for ages and opening random boxes until you find what you're after. Label everything. The hidden, the obvious, and you can even go as far as to make a checklist that hangs inside the door telling you where something might be (back right corner under the desk = cameras to sell on eBay). 

3.Plan For Temperature Changes: Although this might not be an issue in some parts of the country, there are a few things that don't like the cold or the heat and should either be double wrapped or well insulated or not stored at all. Electronics, vinyl records, old photos (if humid), things of that nature all come out a little less awesome when not stored properly.

4.Bust Out Your Tetris Skills: Even the smallest storage unit can hold a great deal, just make sure you use the space wisely which means packing things all the way to the ceiling. Bringing in plywood to lay across several boxes can help stabilize layers as your stacking it up, up and up! It will take the pressure off the tops of your boxes and help keep things safe.

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