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Self Storage Tips: Using Storage for the First Time

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Is this your first time using self storage? Are you wondering how to get started and what to do first? We can help! Follow these simple self storage tips to make renting a storage unit easy, affordable and hassle free.

Find the Best Location

Location MarkerOne of the most important self storage tips is to find the right location. Location is very important when it comes to self storage. You want to find a storage facility that is close to your home or work and is easy to get into and out of. When you need to access your storage unit you don’t want to drive forever to get there. So, you should find one that is around 15 minutes away.

To find the right location for you, start by doing an internet search to see which ones are close enough to your home and work for you to consider. Then you can call and visit several stores that you have found through your search. You will want to meet (or at least talk to) the property manager, make sure he or she is on site at least five days a week, and ask questions to see if he or she is knowledgeable and can help you when you need it. If you are not sure what questions to ask, you can check out our FAQs for some ideas.

It is also a good idea to tour the property. (Moove In Self Storage offers video tours of our locations so you can take a tour without having to leave your home!) If you visit in person, ask to see the different options of storage units that are available. Be sure to take notice of the security on the property; are there cameras and is it fully fenced in? And, is the property clean and well maintained? All great things to find out.

Keep a small notepad with you or take notes on your phone at each store you visit so you can refer back to them before making a final decision.

Select the Right Type and Size Storage Unit

empty storage unitAt Moove In Self Storage, our storage units come in a variety of types and sizes. We have everything from 5’x5’ through 10’x30’, and beyond. You can also select from temperature control, interior access and drive-up self storage units, the variety of choices can be overwhelming if you aren’t sure what you need. You can read about temperature control storage and inside storage vs. drive-up storage in previous blogs and see what makes sense for you.

If you have no idea how much space you are going to need, you don’t have to guess! Give one of our helpful, friendly property managers a call. They can help take inventory of your items and make a recommendation to fit your needs. No two tenants are alike. With our many years of experience, we can come up with a creative solution that is right for you.

Rent a Storage Unit

Now that you have selected your location, type and size of storage unit, you are ready to get started by reserving or renting one. Whether you need the storage unit for a future date or right now, you can stop by the Moove In Self Storage location of your choice and meet with the property manager, or you can rent a storage unit completely online! We offer both options so you can choose the one that suits you best.

Renting a self storage unit is very similar to renting an apartment. However, you have no long-term contracts with us. Our rental agreements are month to month, so you can keep your storage unit for one month or two years. Rent is due on the first of every month, and we simply ask  that you give us 7-10 day written notice before vacating your storage unit.

If you have more questions, please contact us and we will be glad to help and offer even more self storage tips! And, if you are a veteran when it comes to self storage and you have some helpful self storage tips for the “newbies”, please leave your comments below.

13 replies on “Self Storage Tips: Using Storage for the First Time”

I’m moving into a smaller apartment, so these tips will help me know how to find the right storage unit before I have to move. Choosing a unit that’s the right size seems like something important that I should consider. I have a lot of things that need to be put in storage, so looking into different sizes will help me find a unit that has enough room for all of my belongings.

Since my wife and I are moving this summer, we are needing to find a good storage unit for a few weeks. We have never used a self storage before so these tips are great. I like the idea of taking a tour and looking out for cameras, fences, and proper maintenance. Thanks for the ideas!

That is smart to find the best location for you storage unit, so that you can easily access it if you needed. I would agree that knowing the size of unit, that you need can save you time and money. That is awesome that you can rent a storage unit month to month and not worry about contracts.

I agree a lot with the idea of getting the right storage unit size. If you have a lot of storage unit belongings you probably want a larger storage unit. I also think that it is important to find a storage unit the fits your needs, such as a climate controlled storage unit.

I’m moving this summer, and my new home might not have enough room for all my belongings. I might need o get a storage unit to keep my off season belongings in. I like the tip to find the right location. I’ll look into facilities that are close to work as well as close tot home. Thanks for the information!

Thank you for the help. I have finally decided to rent a self storage unit for the first time. I want to be sure to pick an appropriate size, as you addressed. How do you go about knowing the right size of unit?

I like that you emphasized how importance location and availability are when looking for a storage unit. Finding a storage unit who is close by and whose manager is available to answer questions will give you peace of mind. Granted, you could probably try to find a storage unit a bit further away, since in-city units often have premium charges, but where you rent is up to you and your wants and needs. Thanks for the article.

I only have a few things from my apartment that I want to put into storage so I think a smaller unit would be better for me. Maybe something 5’x5′? Having a mini storage unit would be perfect to keep my posters and comfy chair. Thanks for the advice!

I think finding the best location is a really good idea just because you don’t want to be traveling far to get into the storage. I think it is also important to find a unit that is going to be the right size that you need. I personally would like those two things from a storage unit.

I am so glad that I found this post, because I have no idea what type or size of a storage unit that I should get. I am leaving the country for six months and so I want to leave everything of mine in storage while I’m gone, but I have no idea how big of a unit that I need. However, I am really private about what I own and what I have in inventory and so do you think that you could tell me how I can decide what size I will need by myself?

I wasn’t aware that you could get a storage unit as big as 10’x30′. With a storage unit of that size, I could store a lot of my belongings until I can move into a bigger house. I’ll definitely be looking in to the possibility of getting a large storage unit. Thanks for the helpful tips!

Finding a storage unit that is the correct size is really smart. If you know how much space you need, that will save you money from buying space you don’t need. Planning ahead for future moves may also help you decide how much space you need.

Getting a unit that is close to you is smart. I don’t want to have to drive miles away to my unit. Especially when I am moving things in and out. Since I will probably have to make multiple trips, I don’t want to have to drive forever away for it.

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