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Self Storage – Best Practices and Avoiding Problems

May 22, 2011 · Print This Article

No matter how cold it is where you live, self storage units should not be used to store food that might go bad. But in Pittsburgh, that is just what police found. After being called out to investigate a horrible odor that was coming from one of the units, police in the city found that there was lots of plastic wrapped meat that had spoiled from sitting in warmer temperatures. After removing the meat, the unit had to be disinfected with bleach and it was then hosed out by local firefighters. 

Getting a self storage bin is a common practice, especially if you are moving your own things with the help of a moving truck rental. There are a couple of different kinds of storage units out there, and you should be aware of the differences so that you can safely store all of your things, even those that require some kind of climate control. While meat is not something you should store anywhere but your refrigerator, there are lots of other goods that need to be in a climate stable area.

Outside Units

Perhaps one of the most common forms of self storage is the kind that looks much like a garage. These outdoor storage units are big and roomy, and can be easy to get in and out of, but they are not climate controlled. If you have a few boxes or things that aren’t going to be affected by temperature extremes, then this is a cheaper and more feasible method of storing all of your things. What’s more, most of these storage places offer the use of their own moving truck rental if you purchase so many months of service.

Indoor Units

If you have things, like records, that will break or get damaged as of the result of climate extremes, then you need to look into a different option. Indoor storage units are generally the best option for you because they are all housed in a building that remains at a constant comfortable temperature throughout the year. Even when it is really cold outside, or really hot, you can be that the temperature inside the storage building will be much like that of your own home. As such, delicate things that might be susceptible to hurt when exposed to cold or heat will be safe in this type of storage unit.

Finding a Good One

Just like movers, when you are looking for self storage, you want to find a company that you can work with over time. This will reduce the stress of moving. The last thing that you want is to deal with a company that is not honest or one that doesn’t protect the things that you put into your purchased storage unit. As such, it is important to take some time to research the different options out there. Remember, there are two main kinds of storage units, so make sure that you know what you want before you go looking. This will only save you heartache later.

Save some Cash

You are already saving on your move by opting for a moving truck rental, but there are also ways that you can save money on self storage. First, calling around to get quotes is the best way to weed out those companies that offer storage at a hefty price. Secondly, it is a good idea to check with the people you rented the truck from to see if they offer discounts when you rent a truck and storage at the same time.


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