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How to Get the Most Out of Your Self-Storage Unit


Renting out a self-storage unit is a great way to store your items without having to take up space in your home or the home of a family member. It’s an affordable option for many individuals and can be used throughout the year for any items you need to be stored.


But how can you get the most out of your space? Many individuals end up spending far too much on storage due to the way they use the space in their unit. Here are some tips to ensure you get the very best out of your self-storage unit.


  1. Take Time to Choose Your Storage Facility


When renting a self-storage unit, your top priority should be the safety and security of your belongings. To make sure you get the best possible levels of security, you should always complete in-depth research of your facility options. Any good facility will have high-quality climate control as well as pest control measures in place. During your research, make sure you contact each facility directly to also gain an insight into their levels of customer service. Refer to online reviews in order to gain insights of someone who used the facility in the past.


  1. Don’t Focus Solely on Price


It’s completely natural for you to focus on price when it comes to looking at a self-storage unit. However, you should not allow your cost considerations to jeopardize the safety and security of your items. Even if your budget is not the highest, make sure that you always consider other aspects such as the location, proximity to your home, ease of access, and overall levels of security. This can certainly save you both time and hassle in the long run.


  1. Check the Insurance Policy


Before you sign anything, always take a thorough look through the insurance policy. It is important that you never rule out any damaged that can be caused by fire, flooding or even arson. Make sure that all of your valuables are fully insured, and claims can be made should an accident occur. If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, it is possible that your policy will also cover the self-storage unit. If they do not, then you should look at the insurance policies offered by the self-storage company you have chosen to work with. Cash Cow Storage offers various forms of insurance for all types of products.


  1. Neatly Pack Your Items


When you first see all the room you have in your unit, it can be very easy to simply dump everything and leave it. However, you should always pack everything in a labelled box, placing the heavier boxes at the back of the facility first. You can often pack items such as wardrobes and washing machines against the wall and even pack boxes on top of them. These smaller boxes can contain more valuable/ fragile items, which are best kept off the floor.


If you need to take anything out frequently, then make sure it is placed near the entrance for easy access. Always make sure that your self-storage unit is packed as neatly as possible. While it may seem like a pain at the time, it will certainly pay off in the long run.


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