The Dos And Don’ts Of Using Self Storage

The dos and don'ts of self storage

Written by Admin

2 February 2022

It can be overwhelming trying to organise a self-storage unit. We are here to help. Now when it comes to booking a self-storage unit, there are a number of dos and don’ts you should know when it comes to using self-storage. Here are 6 dos and don’t of using self-storage and what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to renting a self-storage unit.

Do Make Sure To Use A Reliable Company

This is incredibly important, especially considering you will be storing your belongings with this company, some items will be extremely valuable. Therefore, it is important to do your research and choose a reliable company. To decide what storage company to go with, have a look at online reviews, get recommendations from friends and family. Go with your gut feeling, if you come across a company and something seems off or sketchy, take your business elsewhere.

Don’t Leave Your Items Unprotected

You do not want any of your items to get damaged whilst in storage. When you are packing, wrap your items with bubble wrap and protective paper. Take the time to properly wrap and protect them. If you are storing large pieces of furniture to protect it, cover the furniture with a large blanket do not wrap the furniture in plastic, the reason for this is because plastic can trap moisture which will result in mildew and mould. Anything that is being packed into boxes, pack it carefully, so items cannot move about, this will lessen the chance of any damages. At Self Storage Tameside, if you decide to store with us, we have a shop where you can purchase furniture covers, bubble wrap, and packing paper, we also provide FREE packing boxes.

Do Get A Unit Close To Your Home

When renting a self-storage unit, you want it to be convenient for you. You do not want it to feel like a chore when you need access to your unit. Always consider location before booking your storage unit. If you must drive far, the less likely you are to use your storage unit and when you do use it, you will find it takes up too much time and energy which will put you off going even more, this is the last thing you want to happen. Find a storage unit close to you, this will make life that bit more easier.

Don’t Store Perishable Items

This goes without saying. Do not store anything that can go off, this includes food, plants, or anything organic that will eventually spoil. Storing perishable items means that they will eventually begin to smell, before going bad and mouldy which will lead to rat and bug infestations. Not only will perishables cause these kinds of problems, but they can also ruin other items that you have in your storage unit. However, some exceptions can be made, for example, canned goods may be okay, however always check with your storage company.

Do Purchase Storage Unit Insurance

It is better to be safe than sorry. For a small fee, you can cover your items with financial compensation in case an accident happens. At Self Storage Manchester, if you choose to store with us and are storing for a minimum of two months, you can get your first two weeks of insurance free. Our storage insurance is the perfect solution to help you store with ease and confidence. Our facility is safe and secure and has over 200 CCTV cameras in order to keep your belongings safe, however, if you need that extra peace of mind, purchase insurance.

Don’t Store Your Most Valuable Items In Your Storage Unit

Even though storage facilities tend to be incredibly secure, accidents can still happen. Storage insurance can help and save you from financial issues in the event of an accident, however, it doesn’t replace valuable and important items, for example, important documents, photographs, etc. To save yourself the disappointment, keep your valuables in your home and avoid putting them in storage, this will save you from potential heartache.

There you have it our dos and don’ts of using self-storage. Did any of this surprise you? If you are in need of a storage unit, get in touch with us today at Self Storage Manchester and we can find you a unit that suits your needs and budget.

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