Self-Storage Tips for New Renters
December 22nd, 2021
At Cherokee, we never assume that our renters know everything about self-storage. Whatever stage of renting a facility you are in, we believe that these tips may help you make educated decisions.
- Make an inventory: Before you look for a facility, make an inventory of everything you need to put in storage. This will give you an idea of what type and size of storage space you’ll need. Taking this step lightly may result in a lot of money wasted in choosing the wrong type/size of facility. Make sure you aren’t storing any prohibited items.
- Do your research: Don’t just drive to a storage facility your friend told you about—do your own research. If you’re a first-time renter, chances are that some facilities will offer you discounted rates!
- Choose the type of storage unit: There are many different types of storage units and your choice should depend on what your needs are. Weigh the pros and cons of the different types of storage units and make an informed choice.
- Storage Insurance: Ensure that your storage unit is insured. In the unfortunate event that your belongings are damaged or otherwise compromised, this will ensure you are adequately compensated.
- Packaging for storage: Once all of this is finalized, ensure that you pack your belongings in a storage-safe manner. This also includes purchasing a good quality lock for them.
- Organize it for transportation/storage: Ensure to keep a master index of which box what is in. If this is not done, trying to find something from the lot later on could become chaotic! Also, ensure to elevate as many articles as possible from the ground. You could use wooden pallets for this.
- Understand your payment structure: Speak to your storage manager, work out a payment schedule, and stick to it. If you are going to be out of the country for a while or in any other way inaccessible, it would be a great idea to set up an auto-debit payment schedule with your bank.