Dos And Don'ts Of Using A Self-Storage Unit

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Self-storage units provide excellent space and protection of belongings that don't fit in your home or garage. You can store everything from antique furniture to comic books in a storage unit, but how you store them and what you put in the unit is important. Here are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind.

Do: Get a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

When shopping around for self-storage units, try to find one that has climate control. This will provide extra protection for the items you store, particularly fabric furniture, antiques, and electronics, all of which can get ruined from high humidity. With climate control, you are able to control how hot or cold and wet or dry it is. This keeps you from having too much moisture, which can also deter pests from invading your belongings.

Do: Check on Your Belongings Periodically

It is also a good idea to check on your items on a regular basis when they are stored in the unit. This can help you keep an eye on them, make sure the unit is still in good condition, and do some organizing if it is needed. You will also be able to adjust the climate if needed and look for signs of pests like cockroaches or mice. Peace of mind is another benefit of checking on your storage unit.

Don't: Place Items Directly on the Ground

You should try not to put any of your items directly on the ground, with some exceptions. You should never put antique furniture, fabrics, or electronics directly on the ground. If there is a rainstorm, these items could get destroyed by the water that might enter the unit. Store smaller items in plastic storage bins instead of cardboard boxes, since they can be placed on the ground without being ruined. If you are storing things in cardboard boxes, it is best not to put those on the ground.

Don't: Store the Wrong Things

There are also some items you should never store in a self-storage unit, beginning with anything that has toxic, flammable, or hazardous materials. Do not store any type of chemical cleaners, kerosene lamps, compressed gas, or gasoline in the unit. You should also never store any fireworks or weapons. Other items to not store in a self-storage unit include:

  • Medical equipment
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Food or drinks
  • Animals or animal products
  • Construction equipment

As long as you follow these do's and don'ts, the storage unit will work very well for you.

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