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3 Things to Know Before You Rent a Storage Unit This Summer

Storage units are having a moment as more and more people are recognizing the benefits of renting a space to store their belongings. No matter the reason, having a storage unit in a reliable storage facility is a fantastic option for those who want a safe, accessible and easy-to-find option for their belongings.

 

If you are considering renting one, here are three things to know before you rent a storage unit this summer.

1. There are plenty of reasons to rent a storage unit.

For each person, there is a personal reason why renting a storage unit this summer is a priority.

 

  • Perhaps you are moving to a different house or apartment, regardless of whether it is down the street or on the other side of the world, and you need a place to keep your possessions while the move happens or until you return.

 

  • On the other hand, you may be perfectly content in your current abode and are investing in home renovations that are only going to make your home even more personal. While the upgrades are occurring, there is a high likelihood that you would prefer your own items to be stored away out of harm’s reach. This is another common reason for renting a storage unit for a month or two.

 

  • Thirdly, you may want to declutter your home and store away items and clothing that aren’t necessary for the upcoming months. Especially if you have a family, you may find every cupboard and drawer piled high with possessions. Taking the time to organize and sort out your home, and then removing winter belongings and placing them into storage, can bring much peace of mind.

 

These are just three examples out of the many reasons that people find benefits in renting a storage unit (and there is no right or wrong reason)!.

2. Not all storage units are alike.

Now that you know you want to rent a storage unit, it is time to pick the appropriate one for your situation and your possessions. Unfortunately, not all storage facilities and units are the same, and there is a wide variety in terms of  the quality of the unit, location, and service you may find.

 

You want to make sure that any storage unit you rent has climate control, reasonable hours for accessing your unit, video monitoring and several steps of gates/locks, in-person surveillance, different size options, and a well-lit area for when you are dealing with your possessions.

 

Generally, there are two types of storage units:

 

  • Full-service storage: Valet-like service where the company comes and picks up your belongings and takes them to your storage unit. The company will also document all the items in your unit.

 

  • Self-storage: You are responsible for moving and removing your possessions and you need to keep track of your items on your own. However, if necessary, you can also hire office removalists to help you with the removal aspect.

3. How you pack is crucial to the organization of your storage unit.

While it may not seem too important when you are just trying to get all your belongings to fit inside the unit, the truth is that how you organize and pack your storage unit is of utmost importance.

 

Therefore, well before the removal date, start investing the necessary time to guarantee that your possessions are well-packed. This means no procrastinating, no matter how overwhelming the job may feel! Start by adequately padding and packing all your breakables and filling boxes with the items that you don’t use on a regular basis.

 

That being said, make sure to pack boxes based on rooms and label them accordingly. This will assist you in locating specific items whenever necessary and will make unpacking a lot more enjoyable.

 

 

Have you ever rented a storage unit? What do you wish you had known before you started moving your belongings in? Let us know in the comments below!

 

AUTHOR BIO

Kim Hill works on Marketing at Adams & Rofe Removals and Storage and has been a dynamic figure in the removal industry for over 30 years. For relocating families, individuals or offices around Sydney or all over Australia, Kim will develop the perfect removal plan to take the stress out of your next move.

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A Guide To First Time Self Storage

If you’re tired of all the stuff you have in your home or yard, then you might want to consider renting a self storage unit to store all of your stuff. Self storage is even more crucial if you have a lot of items that you need stored for your business or even stuff that you’ve inherited. However, many people are unsure about the service and what exactly it entails. So, in this article, we asked Aabsolute Self Storage Glasgow to help us take a closer look at typical self storage services and things that you need to keep in mind.

 

First of all, you should note that most self storage companies have different types and sizes of storage units. Due to the different sizes available, you need to have a good idea about how much stuff you need to store so you can decide on what size storage unit to get. Making sure you only pay for the space you need is one of the most basic money-saving tips to keep in mind. In the event that you’re unsure about how much storage you need, you can get a sales rep from your chosen self storage company to review the items you need stored and recommend the best storage unit size. Also, if you intend to store more stuff over time, then you should choose a larger unit that will accommodate everything. Most self storage companies offer tours of their storage units, so be sure to ask for one before you decide to store your stuff there.

 

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Now, one of the concerns you may have is about who has access to your storage unit. This is particularly important if you plan on storing valuable or personal items in your unit. Typically, most storage facilities are only accessible by the lock and key that is given to you. Also, no one else is allowed to enter your unit unless they are listed on your rental agreement access. This helps a great deal in the security of your items. Of course, you can grant access to whomever you like by giving them your key, unit number and gate code access. There is also an authorized user privileges form which is a list of people that you authorize to access your storage unit. You can change this list at any time you want, however, all changes must be done in writing.

 

In addition to having different sizes of storage units, there are also different types of units. Some common ones include climate controlled units, drive up storage units and indoor storage units. Climate controlled units are suitable for storing items that are sensitive to temperature. You can control the temperature of these units but they typically don’t get lower than 65 degrees Fahrenheit or more than 85 degrees Fahrenheit. These units are a bit more expensive to rent than indoor or drive up units but it can help you to save thousands of dollars in the long run. Typical items that are stored in these type of units include electronics, wooden furniture, artwork, wine, books, vintage items etc. If you’re unsure about whether your items need to be stored in a climate controlled unit, you should speak to a storage rep or consultant.

 

Indoor storage units on the other hand are units that are located in two or three story buildings that are not as exposed to harsh elements. Drive up storage units are units that are very easily accessible since you can drive up to the unit, offload and drive away. This is the most convenient storage unit, however, it doesn’t provide as much protection as the other two unit types.

 

In closing, we have just looked at self storage and the different types of storage units that are available. So, be sure to keep the above information in mind to make the most informed choice for your storage needs.

 

For more information or to find out about self storage in Glasgow head over to https://aabsoluteselfstorage.co.uk/