Maybe you're moving to
a smaller home and you've gotten rid of everything you can possibly manage but
you still have too many items to fit comfortably in your new home. This picture
is all too familiar and terrifying. Many Americans fit this profile -- according
to the Self Storage Association there are approximately 49,000 storage
facilities in the United States alone. So, if you find yourself considering
using some type of storage, you are among thousands of people who already do.
to the self-storage
world than those rows of sliding doors you see dotting the
landscape across America's cities. When getting ready to enter into the storage
world, it's important to first consider what type of storage is best for you.
Other than having a variety of different sizes to choose from, there are
different types as well.
Your average indoor storage
unit, you'll have to go into the building and likely go through some type of
security, whether it's a keypad or individual. One of the biggest benefits to
using an indoor storage facility is that oftentimes they offer climate
controlled units. If you have any items you're worried about, such as
paintings, wood items or certain types of furniture, using a climate controlled
unit will help prevent warping.
storage unit is
not climate controlled, and not the best option for those who have items that
might be sensitive to harsh temperatures. Items that are sensitive to extreme
heat or cold shouldn't be stored in an outdoor unit, even if the associated
convenience might tempt you. Boats and vehicles are often placed in outdoor
units. An outdoor, drive up self-storage facility is the most popular choice
among people, and are the most visible and often the most convenient. Many
drive up units have wide aisles that allow you to drive your car right up to
your unit, making packing and unpacking much easier.
with the types of storage units that are available, and have likely matched one up with your own needs. However, there's more to availing yourself of a storage unit than picking one that will adequately hold your items. The pros and cons to self-storage are many.
said, in today's
world, where anything can happen, the value of a storage facility cannot be
overstated, especially for movers. It's a huge convenience for anyone who finds
themselves in need for a temporary place to keep their things while moving from
one home to the next. Maybe you sold your home but you can't move into the next
one for two months? Self-storage is the natural solution. While all this holds
true, it's important to strongly evaluate the need of the storage unit once you
have moved and retrieved the bulk of your items.
ready to store
your things between moves, remember to put the heavy objects at the bottom of
the box while not overloading. Another great tip is to not stack everything up
in a tower shape. Rather, start with the first object close to the side of the
box and continue around so you use all the space in the box and the pressure
gets evenly distributed.