Every year, roughly 40 million people in the U.S. relocate, with more than 50 percent migrating during the hot summer months. Those contemplating a large move while the days are longer and the kids are out of school might have a desire to put some of their personal property in storage. Here are five “good-to-know” tips for utilizing a self-storage unit in warm weather during the hot summer months.
Safeguard objects that are susceptible in intense heat. Items such as photographs, artwork, leather furnishings, and many others are more vulnerable to destruction when the weather is hot and humid. Start thinking about renting a climate-controlled unit or storing these and other types of heat-sensitive property with friends or family.
Don’t wait until the last minute because the summertime is maximum storage season, it may not be easy to find a storage unit. Waiting too long may result in deciding for a unit in a less desirable place as well as having to pay steeper prices during the high-demand summer season.
Take inventory. Storage units that are not temperature controlled can get sweltering. Establish a inventory of the stored objects with information about where in the unit things are positioned. This can make it more convenient and speedier to find what you are looking for inside the unit. Another tip is to keep commonly utilized items in well-marked boxes arranged around the border of the unit for quick and easy access and removal.
Pay for the unit upfront. Moves are frequently stressful, making it easy to let some things fall by the wayside. You might find it more convenient to pre-pay for a unit to avoid a lapse in the lease and remove one task from your to-do list. As a bonus, the self-storage facility may offer a discount for pre-payment.
Protect antiques and high-value items with specialty insurance. Even under the best circumstances and with mindful planning, harm to personal property can occur. When storing high-value items or antiques, start thinking about purchasing a stand-alone specialty collectibles insurance policy. When it comes to relocating, there are many situations when obtaining a self-storage unit can be a big help. Following these warm-weather storage techniques can help improve safety, decrease stress, and better protect your stored property when the mercury climbs.