Every year, approximately 40 million people in the U.S. move, with more than 50 percent moving during the hot summer months. Those pondering a big move while the days are longer and the kids are out of school may have a need to put some of their personal property in storage. Here are five “good-to-know” tips for utilizing a self-storage unit in warm weather during the hot summer months.
Protect items that are vulnerable in intense heat. Items such as photographs, artwork, leather furnishings, 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 peak storage season, it may not be quick to find a storage unit. Waiting too long may result in settling for a unit in a less desirable location as well as paying steeper prices during the high-demand summer season.
Take inventory. Storage units that are not climate controlled can get sweltering. Establish a inventory of the stored items with information about where in the unit things are located. This can make it more convenient and quicker to find what you are looking for inside the unit. Another tip is to keep frequently accessed items in well-marked boxes stacked around the perimeter of the unit for fast and easy retrieval and removal.
Pay for the unit in advance. Moves are frequently hectic, making it easy to let certain things fall by the wayside. You may 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 incentive, 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, damage to your own property can happen. When storing high-value items or antiques, start thinking about acquiring a stand-alone specialty collectibles insurance policy. When it comes to moving, there are many situations when having a self-storage unit can be a big help. Following these warm-weather storage techniques can help improve protection, reduce stress, and better protect your stored property when the mercury climbs.