Renting a self storage unit is ideal when you need extra space. However, there are a few common mistakes that you might find yourself falling for when using self storage. But knowledge is power, and knowing about these errors is the best way to avoid them and make the most of your storage rental. So whether you’re a seasoned storage user or a green newbie, steer clear of these pitfalls!

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Renting the Wrong Unit Size 

It’s tempting to go for the smallest, most affordable storage unit when looking to save money, but this often ends up being a mistake. If you rent a unit that’s too small, you won’t be able to comfortably fit all your belongings without being cramped and possibly damaging them. This means you’ll have to rent another unit or remove items you need. 

Instead, you should take measurements of the items you’ll store to determine what size unit you need. There are also nifty online unit size estimators that give you an accurate estimate in seconds. 

Tip: it’s better to overestimate since you can usually store smaller items in gaps. A unit that seems slightly bigger than necessary will end up being the better, more cost-effective choice. You’ll avoid having to upgrade later to cram things in a tiny unit that’s bursting at the seams.

Using the Wrong Packing Materials 

Piling loose items into your storage unit tends to spell trouble. Box those belongings together with decent packaging materials to avoid breakages or damage over time. Using storage-friendly containers allows you to stack and organise items more efficiently, making the most of your space.

Packing your unit correctly also means successfully fighting off moisture, dust, pests, and mould. Use moisture-absorbing packs, shelves, and tarps to guard your items as well. 

Also, take these protective steps when packing to keep belongings in their original condition:

  • Buy some new sturdy storage containers so your stuff stays protected. Target stackable plastic tubs that won’t collapse even if resting for years.
  • Piling items too compactly causes moisture to collect between surfaces, which breeds mould. Use breathable covers and keep some air flow instead.
  • Stacking your heavy stuff high up risks toppling piles and smashed goods. Keep them grounded on the floor for a solid base.
  • Keep larger furniture pieces away from the entrance, then strap them in so big items don’t budge and domino into the rest of your stuff.

Not Considering Your Time 

Time is a precious thing, and it’s a mistake not to think about it seriously when choosing a storage facility. Consider the hassle involved in accessing your unit. This is important if you’re going to be frequently storing and removing items. 

First, think about the facility’s operating hours and policies. Do they work well for when you can reasonably visit your unit? How far in advance will you need to notify staff to access your belongings? 

Next, look at the actual location of your unit. Is it a smooth, quick drive or a pain to get to? These time and accessibility considerations help with resolving potential future frustrations, especially if you plan to use self storage long term.

Not Using Your Space Correctly 

An out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude can cause trouble in the future. Avoid treating self storage like a junk drawer and conveniently stashing things to deal with later. A well-organised unit not only makes the most use out of the space you have but also makes it easier to access your items. 

Sort through items at home first before transferring things so you know exactly what’s going into storage. Strategically organise and stack your unit, designating sections by category or by how often you’ll need them. Make an inventory of what you’re going to put into storage as well. This will prevent your unit from becoming a disorganised nightmare down the road.

Not Looking Into Insurance for Self Storage Items 

One of the most costly (yet commonly overlooked) mistakes involves not fully understanding self storage coverage. Before storing very valuable items, check your homeowner’s or renter’s policies to see if they extend to self storage. Often, that insurance excludes or limits any belongings that leave your place for storage. 

For the best protection against theft, vandalism, and disaster damage in storage, look into self storage insurance plans. You’ll also find that any self storage worth its salt will have a policy in place with proper coverage for your items. 

The Worst Possible Mistake You Can Make in Self Storage?

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Not using Wigwam, of course!

There’s a reason we’re known as the best self storage solution in Chipping-Norton, Bromsgrove, and Shipston-on-Stour:

  1. Our friendly staff are storage specialists. Whether you’re uncertain about the right unit size or need expert advice on organising your space, they will be there for you every step of the way.
  2. Our facilities have cutting-edge security features, from surveillance systems to secure access controls, guaranteeing your belongings are safe.
  3. With our wide range of unit sizes available, you’ll easily find the perfect fit for your belongings, making sure you only pay for the space you need.
  4. Wigwam’s conveniently located facilities in Chipping-Norton, Bromsgrove, and Shipston-on-Stour are designed to lessen the time you spend commuting.
  5. We believe in transparent and competitive pricing. No hidden fees and no surprises. 
  6. Our comprehensive insurance options provide coverage for unforeseen events, offering you an added layer of security.

Get a quick quote online, or contact our storage specialists today with any other questions or doubts you have about self storage!

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