Whether you’ve downsized to a smaller home or want to clear up some clutter while you renovate your house, there are several reasons for utilizing storage services. If this is your first time renting a storage unit, however, there are some things you should keep in mind. As you prepare for your long-term storage, you can improve your overall experience by taking the following steps. 

Choose the Right Size Unit

Storage units come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you need to do research to make sure you find the right fit for your items. Not to mention, some units come with extra features, such as climate control, so you should keep that in mind. Before you start packing up any of your items, we recommend discussing your storage needs with a professional moving and storage company to find your ideal unit. If they have the right experience, they should have a good idea as to what can fit in each of their different units.

Consider Pricing and Payment Options

Next, you should take your budget and payment options into consideration. If your storage is part of your moving plan, you can simply add the price onto the cost of hiring the Bay Area movers. If you’re doing the storage on your own, you should compare all of the different storage company rates. Don’t forget to ask if you can make your payments online because that convenience can play a considerable role in choosing your storage facility. 

Look at Cleanliness and Security

We encourage you ask to take a tour of the storage facility before you sign any contract. Not only should you request to see your specific unit, but you should also look around to make sure the place seems safe and clean. While you are touring, you can take this time to ask the facility about their security measures and safety precautions.

Carefully Package and Organize Your Items

After you finally rent your unit, you need to take your time packing every item carefully. Before anything gets put away, it should be dried and free of odors and pests. Otherwise, you risk mold growth and destruction to your items while they stay in storage for months. When it’s time for you or your movers to take your things to the storage unit, you should try to keep items you won’t need closer to the back. If there’s anything you need to get to frequently, it should be left towards the front.

To save yourself the hassle of trying to pack and move all of your items into storage, you should take advantage of our professional household storage services at AMS Bekins. Give us a call if you would like to come and see our state-of-the-art warehouse facility or fill out our online form to request pricing for our various storage units.