A Quick Guide to Self Storage – Storage Tips Before Renting a Storage Unit in Colorado Springs
Renting a storage unit in Colorado Springs is easy, and today more people than ever are turning to the internet for good moving and storage advice. If you need to store a few boxes or keep an entire home in storage, there are a few essential things to think about before renting a storage unit. Here is A Quick Guide to Self Storage.
- Do you need long term storage or is this just temporary?
Before you rent a storage unit, go through your things and purge. It doesn’t make sense to pay for extra storage if you can free up some room by donating, selling or disposing of items that you no longer need or want.
- How much storage space do you need?
Once you’ve downsized, and you need to rent a storage unit, make sure you get the right size. If it’s too small, you could be jeopardizing your belongings by having to stuff them in, but if it’s too large, you’ll be wasting money.
- Are you moving, or do you need to rent a storage unit for the extra space?
It’s perfectly common to need short-term storage when you move, especially if it’s a long distance move. Coordinating your move from your current home and timing it so that you can drive right up to your new home and start unloading is very difficult. Usually you need to store things for a period of time until you gain access to your new home.
- If you’re moving, do you want to pack and store your things or are you looking for packing services?
Aside from the cost factor, there are two main things you want to consider when choosing your packing and storage options: With all of your moving-related activities, will you have the time to do the packing yourself? What will it cost you to insure your belongings if you pack them yourself as opposed to having professionals do the packing? Many packing or moving companies will insure your belongings if they do the packing for you, but you’re on your own with damages if you do the all the packing yourself.
- If you’re not moving, are the things you are storing sensitive to heat, cold, moisture or dust?
We offer great climate controlled storage units. If you’re storing electronics, computer equipment, artwork, family heirlooms, etc. you will want to consider climate controlled storage units.
- Will you need to switch the contents out seasonally?
If you are storing pool equipment, patio furniture and summer clothing during the winter and your snow blower, snowmobile and winter clothes during the summer, be sure to consider everything you’re going to be storing when you decide on which storage unit to rent.
- Do you need to store large items like an RV, boat, car, snowmobile or ATV?Depending on your needs, you may be fine with open storage or it may be a good idea to rent garage storage for your vehicles or equipment. Read more about RV storage, boat storage and car storage.
BONUS STORAGE TIP: Finally, don’t overlook insurance. View our Self Storage Insurance page for more information.
Whether you are moving or not; whether you are packing it yourself or hiring professionals to pack for you; whether it’s a short-term need or a long-term solution, make sure your belongings are insured. Your homeowners’ insurance probably does not cover your things in storage or in transit. Check to make sure! And get the storage insurance you need.