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Tips for Renting a Storage Unit for the First Time

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January 31, 2018

How to rent a storage unit for the first time

How to Rent a Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit for the first time isn’t as daunting as it may initially seem. In fact, depending upon the self storage company, it can be quite easy.  Additionally, if you are prepared with some questions and you have done your research, the rental process can be even smoother. Self storage facilities offer a variety of storage solutions including indoor and outdoor storage, climate controlled storage units and vehicle storage. Knowing ahead of time what you want to store, how long you will need to store, and how much space you need to store your items, will make the renting process easier. This will also help you compile a list of questions to ask your storage professionals.

There are many determining factors to consider before renting a storage unit including storage unit size, pricing and security. When researching a storage facility, ask for a tour of the grounds in order to get a better understanding of the security and access to the facility. Look for the facility’s video surveillance systems and make sure that the facility is clean, well-lit and gated. This will also allow the first time renter to see the different types and sizes for storage unit sizes available at the facility.

How Much Does it Cost to Rent at Storage Unit Space?

The next question to ask is how much does it cost to rent a storage unit space? Storage unit pricing will vary depending on the size and type of storage unit.

At the time of rental, also ask the storage professional about any discounts that might apply to your rental. Most storage facilities offer first time rental discounts, military discounts and in some cases discounts for long-term storage. New renters should find out the types of payment accepted and the lease terms for renting a storage unit.  Find out what type of payment the facility accepts such as cash, check or credit card. Most storage facilities offer online payments. Find out from the storage manager how to set-up an online account while you are finishing up the details of the storage unit rental. Look for storage companies that offer mobile apps that allow for paying and managing your account via your mobile phone.

What Do You Need to Rent a Storage Unit

Storage facilities ask for certain documents at the time of storage including a valid photo ID, current contact information and proof of insurance.  It is important to ask if the storage facility offers storage insurance at the time of rental to save you the time and hassle of having to determine if your homeowners insurance covers your stored items.  Also, find out the gate hours versus the office hours, and details about any other special amenities that the facility has for its customers.

Packing for Storage Unit Rentals

After renting a storage unit, it is time to make sure that the items that you are storing are properly prepared for storage. Following basic packing tips will help keep your items protected while they are in storage.  Once a box has been packed and securely sealed with packing tape, make sure that every box is labeled before placing in storage. Create an inventory list based on your box labeling system.  Take apart bed frames and tables that can be disassembled to maximize space in your storage unit.

When placing items in your storage unit, organize them so there is an aisle down the middle to the back of the storage unit. This will allow you to navigate the space more efficiently. Place large appliances and electronics towards the back. Put frequently needed items toward the front of the storage unit for easy access. Depending on the length of your rental, it’s always a good idea to check on the items in your storage unit every few months to make sure nothing has shifted in those particularly packed units. That would also be a good time to rotate any seasonal items from the back to the front of the storage unit.

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5x5 locker

5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!