6 Things You Should Remember To Do Before You Fill Up Your Storage Unit

When it comes to taking full advantage of a storage unit you're renting, you need to make sure you properly prepare to fill up your unit. 

People rely on their storage unit to make their lives easier. You can ensure that using your storage unit is as convenient and cost-effective as possible by doing the following six things before you fill your unit:

1. Do the calculations to rent the right size unit

It's hard to figure out what size unit you need just by making an estimate after a quick glance at the items you want to store.

You should put time and effort into taking some measurements and making plans in advance so that you don't find after you've already filled your unit that it's too small. 

2. Make plans for the placement of your possessions and record your plans

Before you get started, take a look at everything you need to store and plan out how you're going to store it. 

Remember to place items you'll need less frequently in the back and items you'll need more frequently in the front. Also, you plan things out so that heavier, sturdier items are on the bottom and fragile items are on the top. 

You should create a little diagram of what you've stored where so that you'll know how to find things in the future if you forget your storage unit layout. 

3. Make security arrangements with a reliable lock

Security is one of the most important considerations when you're making plans for your unit. While you're probably going to have insurance on your items, remember that some of your possessions may be irreplaceable. 

Discuss security issues with a representative from the self-storage company you're renting from and invest in a good lock for peace of mind. 

4. Consider bringing a ground covering

Protecting your belongings from moisture is going to be one of the most important things you need to do to keep them in good shape while they're in storage.

It's often a good idea to put down a ground covering in your unit to protect items that you're storing from both moisture and dust buildup. 

5. Consider cleaning certain items before placing them in storage

You may want to clean off certain items before storing them. Items that may have been exposed to moisture or dirt certainly need a good cleaning. Leaving them in a storage unit without cleaning and drying them first could allow mold and mildew growth to develop. 

6. Put labels on boxes

It's going to be impossible to figure out what's inside boxes you pack in your unit if you don't label them. Take the time to put labels on to make it easy to retrieve items as you need them in the future. 

For more information on self-storage units, contact your local storage service today!