With Halloween just around the corner, spooky ghosts and terrifying monsters are not the only things that have us scared. When using self-storage, there can be plenty of possible mishaps – some of which may make your blood run cold. Here at U-Stor-It, we have come up with a few common self-storage mistakes, along with tips on how to prevent them.
- Choosing the Wrong Size Unit
Often, people will underestimate how much space their belongings will take up and end up choosing a unit size that is too small to fit everything. When it comes to picking the correct unit size for your needs, it is important to be realistic about how much space is needed. We recommend choosing a unit that is a little larger than necessary in order to accommodate both present and future needs. Having a spacious unit will not only allow you to add items later on, but it also allows you to create aisles inside the unit for easier access to your belongings.
- Not Labeling Boxes
There is nothing more frustrating than looking for something and being unable to find it because your boxes are not labeled. You may think labels are a waste, but they will save you time and a headache. For your own piece of mind, label the boxes with a number and its general contents. Keep a detailed list for each box and use it as a reference whenever you need to retrieve something from your unit.
- Skipping Climate-Controlled Units
Many people are under the impression that climate-controlled storage is only necessary for valuables such as heirlooms and electronics. However, for people who live in areas that experience temperature and moisture extremes, choosing a climate-controlled unit is essential. Everyday items can be adversely affected by high humidity levels, dryness, or below-freezing temperatures. Climate-controlled units keep items in a constant environment, reducing the likelihood of damage to your belongings.
- Forgetting the Details
In self-storage, it is easy to overlook minor important details such as removing food residue from kitchen appliances or taking batteries out of electronic devices. By leaving crumbs behind, you run the risk of attracting pests to your storage unit. Also, make sure to have a designated area where you keep small items like keys. This will save you time and trouble when you need to find them again. Not taking care of the “little things” can possibly lead to more problems later on.
With all these self-storage tricks up your sleeve, it’s time to enjoy your treat! Happy Halloween!