First Time Self-Storage Users

Published on 11/2/2019
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Label all boxes so you know what is stored inside.

Looking for a Self-Storage Unit?

Michigan Center Storage proudly offer self-storage solutions for residential and commercial customers throughout the Michigan Center and Leoni Township area. Whether you need long-term storage for household items or inventory, or short-term storage during a move or while remodeling, self-storage can give you the extra space you need at your home or office.

Tips for a first-time user of self-storage

1.     Pallets, pallets, pallets: Keeping your items off the floor is essential. It might sound silly, but there's no way to promise that the melting snow won't come under the door, or the adjacent unit won't have a spill that soaks its way into your heirloom sofa.

2.     Wrap what you can: Using industrial plastic wrap is a great way to know that belongings are sealed up tight and they won't collect dust or creepy crawlies while in storage. Buy a large roll and wrap as much as you can!

3.     Label, label, label: Even though you know exactly what you're putting in your storage unit at the time you open it, that doesn't mean in 6 months when you need back in it that you won't be digging for ages and opening random boxes until you find what you're after. Label everything—including the hidden and the obvious. You can even go as far as to make a diagram detailing your items locations (back right corner under the desk = cameras to sell on eBay).

4.     Plan for temperature changes: There are things that don't like the cold or the heat and should either be double wrapped, well insulated or not stored at all. Electronics, vinyl records, old photos (if humid), and things of that nature all come out a little less awesome when not stored properly.

5.     Protect the space: While you're concerned about protecting what you put in the unit, protecting the unit itself is also important — there can be heavy fines for scarring the unit during your tenancy.

6.     Bust out your Tetris skills: Even the smallest storage unit can hold a great deal. Make sure you use the space wisely, which means packing things all the way to the ceiling. Bringing in plywood to lay across several boxes can help stabilize layers as you're stacking it up, up and up! It will take the pressure off the tops of your boxes and help keep things safe.

7.     Don’t store food in your unit: Storing food in a storage unit attracts bugs and rodents.  These pests can end up in your other items and spread throughout the storage facility, resulting in extermination charges.

8.     Use a good disc lock on your unit:  While using a cheap padlock may seem the economical way to lock your unit, those locks are easily defeated with a simple bolt cutter.  Disc locks give you an added measure of security as they can not be cut open.