You are renting a storage unit because you are moving into a smaller residence or perhaps you need to store items for a business or special treasures you can't fit into your house. If you follow a few tips and tricks for using a rental unit, you can keep your items safe and secure without a lot of fuss.
Raise Items Off the Floor
You can certainly keep your items stored in cardboard boxes and place them right on the floor. You will however run the risk of flooding or water damage making a mess out of your items. Instead of risking your expensive items to potential water issues, place boxes and furniture on wood pallets. These pallets are sturdy can hold heavy and large items easily and will keep those items off the floor and out of the way of potential wayward water.
Wrap Your Items
When you store furniture or items you simply can't box, then it's a good idea to wrap them using a heavy industrial plastic wrap. This can be found at many hardware stores or online at office supply stores. The wrap will keep your items protected from water damage and even insects from destroying your items.
Use a Heavy-Duty Small Lock
When looking for your lock, look for one that is both heavy-duty and has a short arm. This way a thief can't get a bolt cutter under it, which makes your unit that much safer. Look for an all-weather lock too; locks made for school lockers may rust in rain and snow.
Label Your Items
When you put your items into the storage unit you may think you will remember everything you have stored here. After months and years of renting a storage unit, however, your memory will ultimately fade. Instead of guessing what's inside, label all boxes and furniture so you know exactly what is there. Also, document the unit's items in a book, note on your cell phone or computer so you can look up the contents without having to open the unit.
In winter the area may flash freeze after a thaw and you may have to navigate icy walkways if you unit is outdoors. Instead of slipping around, spread sand or even cat litter on the ground to make the area less slippery. If you prefer, you can also use plywood or other small piece of wood over the ice.
For more storage rental tips, contact a company like Stor-King.