Storage & Packing Tips

Storage & Packing Tips

Taking the proper precautions when storing your home appliances can help avoid needless damage. If you don't know where to start when you plan on storing your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, or washer and dryer, our storage tips section is a great place to start. We have suggestions covering just about any question you may have. In the event that your question isn't addressed, feel free to contact one of our professional storage specialists for more information!

Storage Basics

Finding a storage unit can be an overwhelming task, especially if you aren't familiar with all of the options and features available. It's best to assess all of your storage needs before you even search for a local storage facility.

Consider how long you might need the storage unit; we are flexible regarding short term or long term agreements.

Estimate how much space you will require. Save money by only renting the space you need. Feel free to use the self storage calculator to help you.

How often will you need to access the unit? We are open seven days a week and access hours are only during business hours.

Are any of the items you plan to store sensitive to temperature or humidity? If so, you will most likely need a climate-controlled storage unit. Typically the following items need to be stored indoors with some type of climate-control: leathers, furs, clothing, paintings, film, photographs, furniture, antiques, musical instruments, wine, paper, software, DVDs, CDs and electronics.

Storage packing tips from Tampa Bay Self Storage

Why Use Self Storage?

Reduce Clutter

Renting a self storage unit can be a great way to reduce clutter and free up needed space at the home or office. A storage unit is a smart place to keep a few boxes, furniture, memorabilia, heirlooms and business records.

Security

Often self storage units offer more security than homes. Self storage facilities provide security features not normally found on homes. In addition to a lock, facilities are often protected by a security fence, surveillance cameras, no entry after hours, and exterior lighting. Self storage units give you the benefits of both extra storage space and added security.

Space

Homes often do not have the storage space to hold large items. A self storage unit could give you a place to store items that provides protection from the weather and some added security. If your garage has slowly filled with things like your exercise equipment and camping supplies and you want to reclaim it for your car, a self storage unit may be a perfect solution.

Insurance

When renting a unit, you should be offered storage insurance. Insurance will replace your valuables if they are stolen or damaged while in storage. Self storage insurance may be cheaper than Homeowners or Renters insurance. Please ask us for our brochure.

Choosing a Storage Facility

If moving, do you want to pack and store items yourself or hire someone to do it for you?

If you value ease and saving time over saving money, you may want to hire professional movers who will come and pack up your belongings. Make sure that you do your homework before hiring a mover. You'll want to know that the company you hire is a reputable one before you entrust them with your valuables. Another thing to consider is that if you pack and store the items yourself you will have to pay for insurance, which can be costly. When hiring someone to do the work for you, insurance is often included in the cost of their services.

Are the items you wish to store sensitive to cold, heat, moisture or dust?

If you are storing valuable items such as documents, furs, electronics, computer equipment, stereos or television sets you may want to opt for a climate-controlled unit.

Will you want to switch out the storage contents seasonally?

Often you will want to store your summer wardrobe or seasonal household items such as swimming pool equipment or patio furniture during the winter months. Make sure that you consider all your possible needs before renting your unit.

Is the storage facility you chose secure?

Compare the safety and security features of facilities before renting. Ask if there are security cameras on the premises. Is the facility equipped with motion lights or otherwise well lit? Some storage facilities offer security alarms and security fences.