Every year, approximately 40 million people in the U.S. move, with more than 50 percent moving during the hot summer months. Those considering a large move while the days are longer and the kids are out of school may have a desire to put some of their personal property in storage. Here are some “good-to-know” tips for utilizing a self-storage unit in warm weather during the hot summer months.
Protect objects that are vulnerable in intense heat. Items such as photos, art, leather furniture, and many others are more prone to destruction when the weather is scorching and humid. Consider leasing 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 summer season is maximum storage season, it may not be quick to find a storage unit. Waiting too long could result in settling for a unit in a not so desirable location as well as paying higher 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 items are located. This will make it easier and quicker to find what you are looking for within the unit. Another tip is to keep commonly utilized items in well-marked boxes stacked around the perimeter of the unit for quick and easy access and removal.
Pay for the unit upfront. Moves are frequently 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 remove one task from your to-do list. As a incentive, the self-storage facility may offer a promotion for pre-payment.
Protect antiques 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 antiques, consider acquiring 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 safety, reduce stress, and better guard your stored property when the mercury climbs.