Using a self-storage space in Metairie, LA, is pretty straightforward, right? While the concept is pretty simple, you’d be surprised by just how many people make major mistakes when using a storage unit. If you think you know how to properly utilize a storage facility, keep reading to learn some of the most common mistakes people make and see if you’ve been making some of them too.
Many people placing their belongings in storage don’t put proper time and effort into packing their boxes. They think that they will remember where everything is later on when they come looking for it. However, that’s rarely the case. Pack your belongings in a way that makes sense; for example, don’t pack your swimsuits with your winter coats. Then, clearly label each box so that you can find what you want quickly and easily the next time you need to pick something up from your storage unit.
In addition to packing boxes carelessly, many self-storage users also place their boxes and bins into the unit in a careless manner. First and foremost, it’s important that you place and stack your boxes in a way that protects your belongings. This means putting the heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top while being careful not to stack the boxes too high.
You should also stack your items along the outer edges of the unit and leave yourself a pathway down the middle so that you can access everything. While it may take more time to store your items at first, it will make finding and retrieving things much faster and easier later on.
Our storage units come in a variety of sizes, and many self-storage customers will pick the wrong size of the unit for their storage needs (especially first-time storage unit users). For the most part, customers tend to pick a unit that is far too small for what they need, thinking they can cram everything in and save a few bucks every month. However, getting too small of a unit frequently results in damaged items, because it’s difficult to properly store your items when there’s not enough space. And of course, getting too large of a unit will result in you spending more than is necessary on storage each month.
It’s important to be realistic about your storage needs and rent a unit that is the right size. We offer a size guide that you can reference to get a better idea of what size of unit you will need for the items you plan to store, so be sure to utilize this tool before choosing your storage unit.
Many people think that the walls and ceiling of a unit are sufficient to protect their items from damage. And while this is true for many items, other possessions require a more consistent environment. Louisiana is hot and humid, and if you don’t get a climate-controlled unit, your items can be damaged by changes in temperature or high humidity. So, be sure to consider what items you’re storing and make an educated decision of whether or not to invest in a climate-controlled unit. While it may cost a little more, it can protect your valuable and sentimental items from damage.
If you’re looking for storage units in Metairie, be sure to contact Affordable Self Storage today at (504) 833-1717. We also offer FREE 24/7 access, and we do not require you to purchase insurance through us.