How to Avoid 3 Common Self-Storage Mistakes

3 Common Self-Storage Mistakes

Looking for a storage unit? Follow these tips to avoid some common self-storage mistakes to make your storage experience hassle-free.

Mistake #1: Using Discount Packing Supplies

  • As you prepare to pack up your belongings for your self-storage unit, make sure to plan ahead. Packing your items correctly is crucial for storing them well. You won’t regret investing in a few sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, and moving blankets or sheets. Wooden furniture can get scratched in the move, but a blanket can protect your belongings from scratches as well as dust. Steer clear of packing glassware or dishes with newspaper because it can leave ink stains, and nobody wants that! It may be tempting to throw all your clothes in a cardboard box and call it a day, but clothing stores much better in vacuum-sealed bags rather than placed in plastic totes or containers. Plus, vacuum-sealed bags help save on space.

Mistake #2: Failing to Keep a List of Items

  • Save yourself a future headache by keeping a record of your items. Make a list of everything you’re moving into the self-storage unit as you’re packing. This will help you down the road when you’re looking for those winter boots you swear were in the back of your closet. Take this tip up a notch by noting not only what is in your storage unit, but also where it’s placed. Label each box and arrange it inside the storage unit based on predicted accessibility. For example, if you’re storing during winter, keep summer clothes towards the front, but furniture that doesn’t fit your apartment in the back. Lastly, don’t forget to leave a path for yourself to walk!

Mistake #3: Forgetting to Research the Storage Company

  • It may be tempting to choose the cheapest storage company, but keep in mind what is important to you. While you shouldn’t have to break the bank to store your things, you also don’t want to make sacrifices to security or accessibility just to save a few bucks. Some people prefer they rent a self-storage unit from a facility that is nearby their home or on their daily commute from work. Secure Storage has multiple locations throughout Wisconsin. You also want to make sure you are renting from a facility that has updated, ample security features such as gated access, keypad entry, and 24/7 surveillance. Our locations have a variety of features. Did you know our Baraboo location has Temperature Controlled units with Exterior Door Access? Talk about convenience! Don’t forget to research access hours, payment options, and other features or limitations of the self-storage facility.

We hope you find these tips helpful. As the name suggests, Secure Storage takes pride in offering state-of-the-art security to protect your belongings. Learn more on our website or give us a call today at (608) 351-3030.