Every year, approximately 40 million people in the U.S. relocate, with more than 50 percent moving during the hot summer months. Those contemplating a large move while the days are lengthier and the youngsters are out of school might 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 heated weather during the hot summer months.
Safeguard items that are vulnerable in intense heat. Items such as photos, art, leather furniture, and many others are more vulnerable to destruction when the weather is hot 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 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 place as well as paying steeper prices during the high-demand summer season.
Take inventory. Storage units that are not temperature controlled can get sweltering. Establish a inventory of the stored items with notes about where in the unit items are positioned. This can make it easier and quicker to find what you are looking for within the unit. Another tip is to keep frequently accessed 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 often stressful, making it easy to let some things fall by the wayside. You might find it more convenient to pre-pay for a unit to prevent a lapse in the lease and eliminate one task from your to-do list. As a bonus, the self-storage center may offer a discount for pre-payment.
Protect antiques and high-value merchandise 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 moving, there are numerous situations when having a self-storage unit can be a big help. Following these warm-weather storage tips can help improve protection, reduce stress, and better guard your stored property when the mercury climbs.