Are you ready to rent a self-storage unit? Get the most out of it by following these practical self-storage dos and don’ts. 

Do use high-quality wrapping and packing materials. 
If you are going to lease your self-storage unit for the long haul, it is best to invest in long-lasting packing materials. Skip cardboard boxes, plastic bags or anything that may eventually degrade or deteriorate. Aside from the question of quality and durability, these materials do not stack well against each other. Your best bet is high-quality plastic bins in uniform shapes and sizes. 

Do choose a climate-controlled self-storage unit.
Precious possessions, such as valuable oil paintings, old photos, vintage vinyl records,  clothes or books, can be damaged by high humidity levels or a sudden rise and drop in temperatures. You can also be  proactive by double wrapping these items and putting them in well-insulated containers.  

Do not store prohibited or perishable items. 
While you are the boss of your own self-storage unit, there are certain limitations as to what you can store inside. These include potentially explosive materials, highly flammable liquids such as fuel, toxic chemicals, pets and live animals, drugs and perishable goods like fresh fruits and vegetables. This will be specified in your contract. 

Do choose a self-storage unit you can visit 24/7. 
Separation anxiety is real. Relieve this unpleasant feeling by signing up only with a storage provider that will let you come and go any time and any day. 

Secure fragile items in bubble wrap. 
These include delicate china, mirrors, electronics and other possibly breakable items. Wrap them individually in packing paper, instead of newsprint which can leave black stains, followed by a layer of bubble wrap. Store them inside a cushioned plastic bin for added protection.

Disassemble bulky equipment and furniture.
Save space by taking apart big tables, chairs or any kind of furniture. Store all the pieces together in one container and label it accordingly. 

Leave room for an aisle.
Arrange your storage boxes on either side leaving a space in the middle big enough for you to walk in. This is something that is more often than not forgotten. A centre aisle will make it more convenient for you to see and reach for specific items when you need them. 

Use the heaviest boxes as a foundation by putting them at the bottom of the pile.
Stacking your boxes high is a wise space-saving solution for self-storage units. To avoid leaning, or worse, crashing of boxes, make sure you arrange them by weight and put the biggest and heaviest ones at the bottom.

Clean furniture and appliances before storing.
Vacuum your couch and scrub your refrigerator thoroughly before locking it in your self-storage unit. This way you do not attract rodents, roaches or mould that could damage items. 

Do not skip labelling.
Although you know everything inside your self-storage unit now, the possibility of forgetting in the months or the years to come is always there. Labelling everything will make it simpler, easier and more organized. Go the extra mile and put a label on each of the boxes. It should say the specific contents, quantities and special instructions that should be taken note of. It would also be great if you can put a master list of all the things inside your storage unit hanging near the door.

Do you need a self-storage unit?

Are you moving house, decluttering your home, or just need more space to store your business supplies?

Kent Storage is a trusted self-storage company with highly secured facilities in Ashford, Chatham and Medway in Kent. We offer flexible and affordable self-storage solutions to suit your specific requirements.

Get a free rate estimate instantly when you click the Free Quotation button on our website. To discuss your storage concerns in detail, please call 01233 22 22 33 or 01634 673 307. Send us an email us at info@kentstorage.co.uk. A member of our team will get back to you shortly.