Now that you have read the tips for packing your belongings for a storage unit it is time to move on to the next step in finding and organizing a self-storage unit. This crucial step is prepping your self-storage unit for move-in day. This process is essential to protecting your belongings while they are being stored. Remember, the very first thing that you need to do when you need to rent a self-storage unit is to plan ahead. Make sure that you have the right size unit for your storage needs. It is better to get a smaller unit and fill it completely up, than to leave a larger unit half empty.
Your storage unit should have been swept and cleaned before you move your items into it. But, it is still important to protect your belongings from dust, dirt, moisture and vermin. Place canvas protection sheets, old linens such as sheets or blankets, flattened cardboard boxes or wood pallets on the floor of the storage unit. These coverings will help prevent moisture from damaging your stored items. Do not use plastic coverings on furniture or mattresses in a non-climate controlled space as moisture can accumulate under the plastic. Based on the climate where you have your storage unit, you might need to do extra precautions such as putting down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and vermin control protection. Do not store food in storage units because this does attract bugs and other pests. Make sure that major appliances such as refrigerators and washers and dryers are completely dry and clean when they are stored. Most importantly, do not store any materials that are hazardous or combustible, such as gasoline, paint or other solvents in your storage unit.
Lastly, as you are prepping your storage unit to move in your personal belongings, create a map of the unit and where you plan to store you items. This will help in placing the belongings as well as give you a detailed inventory of your items for future reference. Once the storage unit is prepped, you will be ready to start moving in your personal belongings.