Self-storage units hold your possessions during a move, either from a residential or commercial property. Because this is such a huge responsibility, you need to ensure you choose a facility you can trust, and more importantly, you need to follow the proper guidelines to avoid making the top five common mistakes when selecting a self-storage unit.
Mistake 1: Choosing the Wrong Size Unit
When people pick out a storage unit, they often make the mistake of biting off more than they can chew. Don’t assume bigger is better. You don’t need a huge unit just for the sake of having one. Choose a unit that is perfectly designed to fit all your items.
You don’t want something too small, but you also don’t want something too big. Plan out exactly what you need to store inside the unit. This strategy gives you a good idea of how much space you’ll need. When you go to tour the units, keep in mind the size of your possessions and come with a picture so you can better envision the space filled up.
Mistake 2: Packing Incorrectly
Packing entails two things. First, you need to place related items in the same box as each other. Don’t stuff different items in boxes just because they fit together. Your kitchen items should not be in the same box as your office supplies.
Pack items according to rooms. This way, when it comes time to unpack everything, it’ll all make sense, and you won’t have to move from room to room, placing everything in its correct location. Second, you need to place related boxes near each other in the storage room. Then, when you go to visit the unit, you won’t have to sort through several different boxes before you find what you need.
Mistake 3: Opting Out of the Insurance
We get it. Insurance costs more money, but think about the money you would spend if your items got damaged. Insurance is there for a reason. Accidents happen, and you never can predict them, so save yourself the trouble and purchase insurance for your items.
Mistake 4: Choosing the Wrong Location
Don’t choose a unit that is far from you. It may be cheaper, but you’ll spend the money you save on the unit on gas. Find a storage unit that is close to your home or your office so you don’t have to travel unnecessarily far just to retrieve your items.
Mistake 5: Not Considering the Environment
You don’t want to deal with damaged property. You want to make sure you rent a unit that is prepared to provide accommodations to secure your belongings. To avoid mold or any other substances that can destroy your possessions, you need to find a facility that is climate controlled.
You also want a unit that cares about the surrounding area. Do thorough research before selecting a facility. You want one that guarantees the protection of your belongings and provides you with stellar references.
Capitol North American’s Las Vegas commercial storage is fully insulated to provide climate protection. We also have a burglar alarm system and 24-hour video surveillance covering all warehouse and office areas. There is no better place to store your possessions.
At Capitol North American, we’ll help you avoid making common self-storage mistakes because we know how important your items are to you. Visit our website for more information.