Before you even begin packing, it’s essential to assess your belongings. Only some things we accumulate over the years need to be stored, and moving is the perfect opportunity to declutter. Start by categorizing items based on what you’ll keep, sell, donate, or recycle. This not only reduces storage costs but also simplifies the moving process. Consider selling items in good condition but no longer needed online or through a garage sale. Donation centers and recycling facilities can handle the rest, ensuring each belonging finds its next best place.
Clean All Items
Storing clean items is non-negotiable. Dirty items can attract pests and deteriorate the quality of the item itself and the surrounding stored belongings. For instance, ensure that appliances are emptied and thoroughly dried to prevent mold. Freshly launder clothes and dust off electronics. Taking this extra effort ensures that when you retrieve your items from your storage unit, they are in the same pristine condition as when you stored them.
Properly Pack Items
Orderly packing can make or break your storage experience. Invest in sturdy boxes and quality packing materials to protect your possessions. While scribbling a quick label on each box might be tempting, take your time to be detailed. A clear description of the contents and their designated room can save hours when unpacking. Consider bubble wrap, foam padding, or specialized boxes for fragile or valuable items. Remember, it’s not just about fitting everything, but ensuring each item remains undamaged and intact. Stop by your nearest Mountain West Self Storage facility for your moving supply and packing needs!
Insurance and Security for Your Storage Unit
Choosing a Facility with Good Security
Security should be paramount when selecting a storage unit at Mountain West Self Storage or any other facility. The peace of mind of knowing your belongings are safe cannot be underestimated. Essential features include security cameras, secure gates with personalized access codes, on-site staff who can quickly respond to issues, and well-lit areas to deter potential unauthorized activities. These features not only protect your items but also ensure safety during your visits to the unit.
Consider Tenant Protection
While a secure facility is a crucial first step, preparing for the unexpected is always wise. This is where tenant protection plans come into play. We offer coverage for your stored belongings at Mountain West Self Storage with several tenant protection plans. Understanding the benefits and ensuring you have the right coverage adds an extra layer of protection for your cherished belongings.