When you leave your things with a self storage facility you want to be sure that your things are safe and away from any number of different things that might cause harm to your things. While there will never be any kind of guarantee in life and there will always be surprises that can do unexpected damage, there are at least a few things that you might be able to do while choosing a self storage facility and packing up and moving your things that might be able to help avoid any sort of problems in the future. Doing things right the first time around will not only save you a lot of money but also an amazing amount of effort and stress.
- Make sure that the self-storage facility that you find has some sort of security system or a guard on the premises. Most of the time self storage facilities will have a few steps in place to make sure that no one who is not a customer at the storage facility can’t get into the place but you need to make sure that when you are leaving your things with a self storage facility that they at least have some methods of security so that you do not have to worry about someone getting into your self storage unit.
- When looking for which self-storage facility to use, pay attention to how dirty each of the facilities are. Being a storage facility, they are probably never going to be spotless clean but at least note and check out if you see things like a bunch of vermin or something. If you see any signs of rats it is likely that they have found a way into some of the storage units and are there nibbling up whatever they can find which is of course going to do a lot of damage to everything in the storage unit.
- Be smart about your packing. When you are packing up and putting everything in boxes it can be a lot to organize but try to be as smart and organized about the whole thing as possible. One suggestion that I have it to use at least a few plastic containers. I know that they are unreasonably expensive for what they are but even have just the bottom row of boxes being the plastic crates instead of cardboard can make a huge difference. Plastic will keep any pests or vermin out of your things and if there is ever any sort of water intake like a flood or a broken pipe in the facility, having the bottom row of boxes all being heavy duty plastic boxes will very likely save a lot of your things from being damaged by the water. Since there is usually also a lot of weight stacked up on the bottom row of boxes in your storage unit, having sturdy, plastic boxes will minimize the risks of damage due to pressure and weight on the things in the bottom boxes.