The Big No-nos when Renting a Self Storage Unit

The Don’ts of Self Storage

The Big No-nos when Renting a Self Storage Unit

Self-storage is a booming industry with more and more people using it to store their belongings. It's also a growing trend for people to use self-storage as an alternative to moving homes. This can be for various reasons, such as downsizing or because they are renting out their home.

However, there are some things you should never do when storing your items in self-storage:

1.  Don't just sign up for the first option that seems convenient. It is a fact that the self storage industry is not highly regulated and there are many shady companies out there. It's important to get a storage unit that values its customers, cleanliness, and security like Arco’s Self Storage for example!
2.  Don't pick a self storage facility based on price alone.  It can be tempting to decide on impulse based on so-called “great price” offerings. However, self storage facilities are not all the same. Some offer great amenities that may be worth paying a little more for, like climate control and 24-hour access. (If you are renting a climate-controlled unit, you will also want to think about how much it would cost to run that unit on a monthly basis. These costs add up quickly, so be sure to budget accordingly.)
3.  Don't store flammable or hazardous materials. This includes things like gasoline, oil, paint, and cleaning supplies. Not only is it dangerous to store these items, but most self storage facilities won't allow it. Remember: there is a fine line between storing your things and inviting disaster.
4.  Don’t store valuable items.  Valuable items are those that are irreplaceable or have sentimental value, such as family heirlooms, jewellery, and important documents. While self storage units can be secure, they are not always able to provide the same level of security as a bank vault.
5.  Don't store perishable items such as food and plants as these will attract pests and start to rot, creating an unpleasant-smelling environment. If you must keep any kind of food around for long periods (i.e if there is no other option), make sure that the containers in which they're stored are sealed tightly at all times! Check on the progress regularly so you can remove any rot before it’s too late!
6. Don't disregard self storage insurance.  The last thing you want is for your valuables to be lost or stolen. That's why we always recommend getting insurance before storing anything with Arco’s Self Storage so that if something bad does happen then at least it will cover some of the costs associated with repairing any damages done!
7.  Don't overload your storage unit.  If you pack your storage unit too full, it could be quite difficult to access your belonging. Be sure to leave some space around the edges so you can easily get to everything you need.
8. Don’t forget to label your boxes.  This will help you keep track of what's inside and make it easier to find things when you need them.

By following these simple rules, you can ensure that your self storage experience is a positive one.