By Molly Hammond, USstoragesearch.com
Spring is the busiest time of year for renting self storage because it’s the perfect time for moving and kicking clutter to the curb. Between people moving to new homes, students needing somewhere to keep dorm items while they head home for break, and good old spring cleaning, you won’t be the only one looking to storage as a solution. In order to make the most of your search, here are some tips for using self storage in the spring.
Determine Your Needs
Are you looking to completely purge a closet or garage but don’t want to part with the items that are there? Or are you looking for a way to get excess items out of your home while you perform a deep clean? A storage unit is a great place to keep items, no matter what your situation is. But before you choose a unit, you need to think about how long you’ll need your storage unit, as well as how much you’re willing to pay for it.
It’s important to realize that storage facility locations do play a part in unit pricing. In more populated areas of town where storage is in high demand, units can cost more to rent than at facilities on the outskirts of town.
If you’ll only be renting a unit for a month or two while you spruce up your home or transition to a new home, you might be willing to pay a little more for a unit that’s closer to home (and if the facility closer to you is in an area with major storage demand, you’ll want to get a move on). But if you’ll be keeping your belongings in storage for a long period of time, you can opt to save the cash on a facility that’s farther away (and you won’t need to be as worried about snatching up a unit).
Always consider what you’ll be putting in the space, how much convenience you’d like, and what you’re willing to pay. From there, you can start looking at unit sizes and amenities.
Find the Right Unit
Once it’s clear what you’ll be using the unit for, do a little research! Common features to consider are:
- Size: The online sizing guides that many facilities offer will help you determine what unit size to look for. You don’t want to find yourself paying for more storage space than you need—or worse, not have enough space.
- Climate Control: Climate-controlled storage units are kept within a certain range of temperature and humidity, which is important when storing items that can easily be damaged by heat, cold, and humidity.
- Drive-Up Access: Units with drive-up access are ideal for renters looking to store furniture or vehicles since you can drive right up to the unit to load and unload. This is especially helpful for anyone who’s moving.
- Access Hours: The last thing you want is a storage facility that’s not open when you need to access your unit. Many facilities have extended hours or even 24-hour access so you can get to your unit on your own schedule.
During the spring, units with special amenities will get snatched up quickly, so it’s best to be ahead of the game so you can get the right unit for your storage needs.
Moving items into a storage unit can be a hectic experience, so one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself is to stay organized from the start.
When you can, pack items in clear plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes—they stack better, protect items better, and you can see what’s where. If you’re storing any valuables, be sure to make an inventory of what and where each item is so there’s no panic when you go looking for it later. Be sure to label your bins or boxes clearly, too. And don’t forget to label the sides so you can read everything when bins or boxes are stacked.
Portable shelving can also be a great way to organize your unit. By creating more storage space off the ground, you’ll find it easier to walk around and locate specific boxes or items. Even if you don’t intend on visiting your unit until the day you move out, keeping things organized will make moving items back into your home that much easier.
Finding a storage unit in the spring can be difficult, but you don’t need to worry. Just take your storage requirements into account when you go looking, and you’ll be able to get the space-saving option that’s perfect for you.