Your Ultimate Checklist for Moving Into a Storage Unit

Relocating belongings can often be daunting, especially when striving to ensure that each cherished item is stored safely and securely. At Mountain West Self Storage, we understand the intricacies of the moving process and the importance of a seamless transition. That’s why we’ve crafted this comprehensive guide — to assist you every step of the way. Whether you’re a seasoned storage veteran or a first-timer looking for clarity, this ultimate checklist is tailored to make your move into a storage unit smooth and hassle-free. Dive in and discover how to optimize your storage experience with Mountain West Self Storage.

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Preparation Before the Move

Purge and Declutter

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.

Efficiently Utilize Storage Space

Stacking Strategy

Maximize your storage unit’s space with an effective stacking strategy. Pay close attention to the weight and size of each box or item. Use heavier, sturdier items to form the base and stack lighter boxes on top. Besides weight considerations, consider how often you’ll need to access each belonging. Place things you might need frequently closer to the entrance to ensure retrieval doesn’t become cumbersome.

Furniture Disassembly

Large pieces of furniture can quickly eat up your storage space. However, with some effort, many furniture pieces can be disassembled, saving you a significant amount of room. Before taking anything apart, be sure to read any manufacturer’s instructions. Once disassembled, store screws, bolts, and other small components in labeled bags and tape or tie them directly to the respective furniture pieces. This will save you the headache of searching for them when it’s time to reassemble.

Vertical Space

Often, the vertical space in a storage unit is underutilized. Capitalize on this by introducing shelving units, allowing you to stack items safely while still keeping them accessible. This frees up floor space and makes it easier to spot and access specific items.

Rent a Storage Unit with Mountain West Self Storage

By adhering to this comprehensive checklist, you equip yourself with the tools to maximize your storage experience at Mountain West Self Storage. As you embark on this storage journey, let every step be informed, intentional, and geared towards safeguarding your cherished possessions. Mountain West Self Storage has drive-up and vehicle storage options in Idaho Falls, ID, Hurricane, UT, and Nampa, ID. Create space in your home and rent online!

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Paige Weary

About the Author: Paige is the Reputation Manager at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She is a self storage industry specialist with an appreciation for a good self storage pun. During her downtime, Paige enjoys weight training, kayaking, and losing herself in the pages of a captivating book.