If you’re like me, you’ve probably rented storage units for most of your adult life as a means to get access to more space. You’ll find that storage unit, like the Watford storage units if you’re local, come in handy for a number of reasons, but there are also a few ways that you can make the most of your space that’s never mentioned when you sign up for your unit. To help you avoid a serious learning curve, here are a few things I’ve learned along the way about storage units:
1) Do Not Leave Belongings On the Floor
I learned this the hard way, but leaving your items on the floor can be harmful. Storage unit companies make absolutely no promises that snow won’t leak under your unit’s door or that an adjacent unit won’t flood. The easiest way to keep your items safe is by keeping them off the floor and place them on top of pallets.
2) Wrap Your Belongings
I always suggest wrapping your items in an industrial plastic wrap if you’re going to be leaving things in your storage unit for a long time. Tightly wrapping everything in plastic can help ensure that your items are free of any dust or bug infestations.
3) Purchase a Padlock
Most storage units constantly advertise that they have a proper security system in place, but that doesn’t mean that your unit is always safe. Take the necessary steps to ensure safety by purchasing a padlock that has a short arm; a smaller padlock can’t be sliced open with a bolt cutter!
4) Label All Belongings
When you first place your items into storage, you know exactly what’s going where into your unit. With that being said, you may give yourself all of the credit in the world, but it’s very likely that a few weeks from now you won’t remember where everything is. Not having a list of the items in your storage unit and choosing not to label the boxes can make it hard for you to find the items you want without digging through random boxes in the process. Label everything accordingly, even items that may seem obvious right now!
5) Weather-Proof Your Belongings
Depending on your region’s climate, it’s important to account for temperature changes that may bring severe heat or cold to your state. There are many items that can be harmed in long-term storage through heat, cold and humidity such as vinyl records, electronics and old photographs. Such items should always be double wrapped and properly insulated.
6) Counteract Slippery Floors with Plywood
Many outdoor storage units are hard to access during the winter, even though water is theoretically supposed to drain away from your door. With that being said, the reality is that large slicks of ice often form on the outer perimeter of your door, making it almost impossible to access your belongings. One way you can counteract this problem is by carrying sandbags or pieces of plywood to help you gain access to your items.
7) Protect the Unit
Now that you know how to protect your own belongings, it’s important to consider that you should also be protecting the space you’re renting. There are heavy fines, just like in an apartment complex, when your storage unit incurs any damage. For example, if you’re in the business of furniture fixing and flipping, make sure you protect the insides of the storage unit with plastic while glueing or spraying the furniture.
8) Use Storage Space Wisely
You don’t need to rent the largest storage unit, especially if you can only afford a smaller one. If you can play a mean game of Tetris, you can certainly ensure that all of your belongings are stacked properly! Use your space wisely by stacking boxes all the way to the top of your unit and use solid pieces of plywood between your boxes to stabilise the stack.