Every year, approximately 40 million people in the U.S. relocate, with more than 50 percent moving during the hot summer months. Those pondering a big move while the days are lengthier and the kids are out of school may have a need to put some of their personal property in storage. Here are some “good-to-know” tips for utilizing a self-storage unit in heated climate during the hot summer months.
Protect objects that are susceptible in extreme heat. Items such as photographs, art, leather furniture, and many others are more prone to damage when the weather is scorching and humid. Consider renting a climate-controlled unit or storing these and other types of heat-fragile property with friends or family.
Don’t wait until the last minute because the summertime is peak storage season, it may not be easy to find a storage unit. Waiting too long may result in deciding for a unit in a less desirable place as well as paying steeper prices during the high-demand summer season.
Take inventory. Storage units that are not temperature controlled can get hot. Establish a catalog of the stored objects with notes about where in the unit things are located. This can make it more convenient and quicker to find what you are looking for within the unit. Another tip is to keep commonly utilized items in well-marked boxes arranged around the border of the unit for fast and easy access and removal.
Pay for the unit in advance. Moves are often stressful, making it easy to let certain things fall by the wayside. You may find it more appropriate to pre-pay for a unit to avoid a lapse in the lease and eliminate one task from your to-do list. As a incentive, the self-storage facility may offer a discount for pre-payment.
Protect collectibles and high-value items with specialty insurance. Even under the best circumstances and with careful planning, harm to your own property can happen. When storing high-value items or collectibles, start thinking about purchasing a stand-alone specialty collectibles insurance policy. When it comes to relocating, there are numerous situations when obtaining a self-storage unit can be a huge help. Following these warm-weather storage tips can help improve protection, reduce stress, and better guard your stored property when the mercury climbs.