Consider These Things When Renting A Storage Unit For The First Time

Consider These Things When Renting A Storage Unit For The First Time

There are a number of reasons someone might need to rent a storage unit. Sometimes the moving dates don’t line up, and you need somewhere to keep your belongings between when you move out of the old house and into the new one. Sometimes you’re moving abroad for a year or two and can’t bring all your possessions with you but need somewhere to store them because you don’t want to be paying rent in two locations. Sometimes you’re just saving up important items for the future, like your grandmother’s furniture that you want in your home when you settle down, but you’re not settling down just yet. The following will explore several things you might want to consider when renting a storage unit for the first time.

Access Availability

Some storage unit providers have a window of time within which you’re allowed to access your belongings. This is often because they have staff present only during certain hours and lock up for the rest of the time. However, as you can see at, there are other storage unit professionals that allow access 24/7. Once you think about your needs (when you’re going to be moving and when and how often you think you’ll need to get into your unit), you’ll be able to determine what sort of access availability will work for you.

Animal And Pest Problems

When taking a look at potential storage unit providers, always ask to take a look inside the unit you’re considering renting out. Look for any signs of pests or mice like droppings, chewings, teeny holes where critters could get in, a gross smell, and scratch marks. Look in the corners of a unit especially. It’s worth noting that even if the unit is extremely well sealed from the outside, that someone who used it previously might have had a pest problem, and so you need to examine things carefully anyway. Because you might not be visiting your unit regularly while things are stored in it, you need to know that you’re not going to return and find that your clothing has been eaten away by moths or that there’s a nest of mice in your family heirloom grandfather clock.

Pay Attention To Moisture

Moisture can destroy your belongings pretty quickly. Not only does it cause wooden objects to swell and lose shape (making dresser drawers particularly hard, in some cases impossible, to open). It can also ruin paper products like books and documents and allow mold or mildew to grow on your stuff. Ask about humidity control and waterproofing measures, particularly if you live in a humid or wet climate.

Consider These Things When Renting A Storage Unit For The First Time

Learn About Packing And Prepack Before Renting

Packing is an art. Anyone who moves or travels a lot will know this, but sometimes someone is packing up all their belongings for the first time. Watch a few online videos or read a few guides so you can figure out how to pack things securely while also ensuring that you use as little space as possible (be sure to clean everything before you pack it). Not only will this result in the actual moving of the boxes being easier as there will be fewer of them, but it will also mean you need less storage space and therefore might be able to get the smaller unit that costs a little less. It will also result in the unpacking process being much smoother.

Label Everything Well

While on the subject of packing, it is crucial that you properly label whatever you’re moving into storage. This is because, more than likely, you’re going to need to access your stuff at least once while it is in storage. This happens to everyone; you think you won’t need anything that you’re putting away for the two months it’s going to be stored, but then you get invited to a wedding and need to get that dress out of storage, or your cousin comes to visit and wants to see the family scrapbooks. If everything is labeled properly, you won’t have to dig through literally every box to find what you’re looking for (similar to Murphy’s Law, if you’re digging through unlabelled boxes looking for something in particular, the item will always be in the last box you think of opening).

The above tips should help you get things ready to move into a high-quality storage unit. When speaking to storage providers, ask about any extra features like truck or trailer rentals and security measures in place.