Whether you plan to store your belongings in a self storage facility long-term while you go on an extended trip, or just for a couple of weeks of months while you move into a near place, it is essential to do your homework and know what you're getting into if you want your storage experience to be successful. Many people do not have a lot of experience with self storage facilities, so it is easy to make mistakes. If you're renting a self storage unit in the near future, avoid these common mistakes:
Neglecting to Make Security a Priority
While most people want a good deal when it comes to renting a self storage unit, going with the facility with the lowest price is not always a good idea. If you want the peace of mind of knowing that all of your belongings are safe and secure, it is essential to make security a priority when looking for a facility to rent a unit from. Ideally, a self storage facility should be gated and require a code for entry, have monitored surveillance around the clock, and be well-lit at night.
Forgetting to Arrange Insurance
In most cases, a self storage rental contract includes a clause indicating that the facility is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Thus, it is important to have insurance coverage to protect your belongings whiled they are in storage. Check with your homeowners or renters insurance company to see if your current policy covers items inside a locked storage unit rented in your name. If your homeowners or renters insurance does not provide coverage, or only offers limited coverage, purchase an insurance policy specifically for storage units that covers the full cost of replacing your belongings if they are stolen or damaged.
Not Labeling Boxes
Many people pack in a hurry and place boxes in their storage unit thinking that they will remember where they put what. Walking into a storage unit and trying to find something when there are stacks of identical boxes can be very frustrating, so make sure that you clearly label each box, and make sure the boxes are positioned in a way where you can easily see the labels when you enter the storage unit.
Missing a Payment on Your Storage Unit
Life can get busy, and most people forget to pay a bill on time every once in a while. But missing payments on your storage unit can result in your belongings being auctioned off. If possible, set up an auto payment with your bank to ensure that your monthly storage bill is always paid on time.