Whether you are thinking about renting a mini storage for the first time, or you have done it before, these five mini storage mistakes to avoid will help you to get the most out of your self storage experience, brought to you by Blue Mound 287 Self Storage in Fort Worth. Call us at 817-439-1380 for more information about renting a storage unit.

Now, let’s learn how to maximize your storage unit experience by avoiding these mistakes:

  • Failing to label items in the mini storage unit
  • Failing to use strong, durable packing boxes
  • Failing to obtain rental insurance for storage space
  • Failing to obtain a big enough storage unit
  • Failing to organize properly for easy access
  • Failing to research the storage company

Let’s get started!

Label items in mini storage unit

This is probably the most common mistake we see from renters. They fail to label boxes and inevitably the time will come when they need something in the storage unit and they have no clue where that item is located.  We cannot overemphasize this enough; label each box and include all items in that box on your list.

Use the best packing boxes for mini storage

There are cheap, flimsy packing boxes, and there are strong, tough packing boxes. As you might suspect, the cheap, flimsy ones cost very little. The strong, tough ones cost more, but they will not collapse and they will not lead to damage of your stored items. Pay the money upfront and get the strong, tough ones.

Obtain rental insurance for storage space

No, your items are not insured in a self storage unit in any of the many storage facilities across the country..  The storage company is only liable for accidents which may happen on their property.  If you want your valuables insured, you need to obtain storage rental insurance. It is inexpensive and it is crucial to insure that your items will be safe.

Go one size larger when in doubt

If you think a 5’x10’ storage unit is big enough, but you are not sure, spend the extra five or ten bucks a month and rent the 10’x10’s unit.  The larger unit will make it easier to move around, and it will give you extra storage space for the items you undoubtedly will want to add to storage later on.  Trust us on this one, we see it happen every week.

Organize, organize, and organize your storage unit

Consider this scenario: you make a quick run to your storage unit to pick up an item you need, only to discover that item is way in the back of a 20-foot unit with no path to it.  So you climb over stored items, trip and fall over items, and break one item in the process.  All of this could have been avoided by leaving a path, from front to back, and putting heavily used items towards the front. It’s such a simple thing, and yet each week we see people just randomly filling their storage spaces with items with no fore-thought.

Research the history of the storage company

How secure is the storage facility?  Do they have a good track record for customer service? Are they known for friendly service?  A little research about the storage company, before you rent, will net you the answers you need to these questions, and save a lot of headaches in the future.

A word about Blue Mound 287 Self Storage

At Blue Mound 287 Self Storage, we want your storage experience to be a good one. That’s why we wrote this article, and that is why we are standing by to answer any of your questions. Call us and ask us; call us and arrange for a quick tour of our facilities.  We are here, in Fort Worth, to make your storage experience a positive one, just as we have for many years.