“One of the best pieces of advice when it comes to self storage ‘do’s and do nots’ is to never hesitate to ask for help.”
Storing your unused items in a self storage facility is a convenience you will be glad to have. Things can go rather smoothly if you have a few tips under your belt before you get started. There are definitely some dos and don’ts that will help to make it a better experience.
Some simple things to avoid may be common sense. Some are not so obvious. When you are in the middle of moving or other events that require you store your items, you may not be focused on what should and shouldn’t be placed in storage.
#1 Food should never be placed in storage.
You’ll attract rodents and bugs that might infest not only your unit, but travel to other units as well. Speaking of bugs, you can place mothballs around the unit to protect your fabrics and clothing, but don’t place them in with the clothes as they can cause staining.
#2 Flammable and combustible items and liquids should never be stored in a self storage unit.
This being said, you’ll want to drain all of the oil and fuel from any motorized equipment before storing. This includes the kids’ dirt bikes, your lawnmower, chainsaws, and gas powered weed eater, and those antique oil lanterns for power outages. This is not only a safety concern; it’s the law in most places.
#3 Never give key and access codes to others
Giving out the key and access codes to others can be a theft hazard. You may think you can trust the guy you hired to mow the lawn while you are out of town, but giving him the key to the storage facility and the access code to enter the grounds could spell trouble. Many of the thefts that occur in mini storage facilities are due to untrustworthy acquaintances of storage renters who have been given access. Be sure that you fully trust whomever you entrust with the keys to your unit and access to the grounds where others have their things in storage.
#4 Never hesitate to ask for help
One of the best pieces of advice when it comes to ‘do nots’ is to never hesitate to ask for help or information from the site manager. They are there because they both own and operate the facility or they have been hired to run it for the owners. Either way they are interested in helping you to store your items with ease. Since word of mouth advertising is the best, you may just give them referrals next time a friend needs a place to store something.