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Avoid these 5 items when preparing to store items in a storage unit

If you have a move on the horizon or are in the process of relocation, one service which can really lessen the burden is storage for extra belongings.

In the midst of these situations, you’re often just looking for a place to put things – regardless of what they are. Having them out of the way will create more space, which in turn will eliminate some of the stress you might be feeling. However, finding a storage unit isn’t as easy as it sounds, and there are many things to consider when packing and getting ready to put our items into a unit.

Storage facilities all have their own set of regulations and guidelines specific to their business, but there are also many things which cannot be put into storage, and it’s important to know what these are. We’ll go over a few of them below!

Combustible or flammable items

You’re probably reading this first one and thinking “obviously”, but it’s still worth mentioning. Anything which is combustible or flammable shouldn’t be kept in a storage unit, as it puts both your belongings and the rest of the storage facility in danger should it catch fire.

Firearms or ammunition

This area can get a bit tricky. With firearms, some storage facilities may allow it, but it’s best to check with them before hand so you don’t run into any issues.

As for ammunition – this is generally never allowed in storage, mostly for the same reasons mentioned above with combustible or flammable items. It can be a hazard.

Unregistered vehicles

Vehicle storage is extremely popular, but vehicles must be up to date on their registration and meet the necessary guidelines for storage in your particular state. Some states classify unregistered vehicles as an abandoned vehicle.

Medical supplies

Be sure to take extra caution and ask your storage unit about their rules with medical supplies. Some medical equipment contains radioactive material, which isn’t legally allowed to be kept in storage.

Also – you don’t want to find yourself needing something related to medical supplies when it’s packed away in a storage unit somewhere.

Soaps and scented candles

While it initially might seem like a big deal when you see this, it actually can be. These types of materials often attract mice or rats, which can become a huge problem for your storage until. Anything giving off a smell like perfume or lotion should be stored with caution.

These are all very important things to keep in mind as you find the best storage solution for you. If you’re in the process of looking for storage, select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations offer storage options! Click here to learn more.

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Determining the right fit for your needs when looking at storage solutions

Space can be hard to find around your home or business, and there are times when you just need more space to either get something done or get stuff out of your way.

Whatever the reason may be, storage solutions are a great way to create more space for yourself, whether it’s with long-term or short-term storage plans. However, there is more to the process than just stuffing your belongings into a storage locker and calling it good. You need to figure out what plan fits best for you, what type of preferences you want to work with, and what will keep your belongings safe and protected.

Many places offer storage solutions – including select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises – so we decided to put together some of our best tips and ideas to guide you in the right direction.

Figuring out what type of storage you need

Specific items you plan to put into storage can make a big difference in what type of storage unit you’ll need. Some items can be affected by heat, cold, dust, or moisture, so in this instance you’d want a climate-controlled storage unit. Other items like important documents, electronics, or clothing may also need to be stored in a climate-controlled setting.

How big or small of a storage unit do you need?

When searching for a storage unit, it’s always a good idea to have a mental inventory of what you’re planning to put in it and go a little bit bigger than the number of items you have. This will allow you the space to navigate around the unit should you need to.

Do research to find the best fit for you

Like any business, it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re spending your money in a safe way. Using resources like online reviews will give you a good feel for the company and how past customers have felt about their storage plans.

How much access do you need?

This is another important question to ask. Some places offer 24-hour access to their storage units, while others may run on set schedules.

Figure out what’s important to you and how often you’ll need to gain access and purchase accordingly. Also keep in mind that some places can charge access fees.

Always purchase insurance

Like any insurance plan, you’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. You can’t be too safe when it comes to protecting your belongings, so check with the storage facility to see if they offer insurance protection for your items. If not, contact your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance to come up with a plan.

What not to keep in a storage unit

While the tips above are important to keep in mind when deciding on a storage plan that best fits your needs, it’s also important to know what type of items shouldn’t be kept in storage.

Common items that cannot be kept in a unit include but are not limited to:

-Medical supplies

-Firearms and ammunition

-Unregistered vehicles

-Perishable food items

-Candles or soaps

-Combustible or flammable materials

It’s best to contact the company you select for storage to find out if they have any additional or specific items that can’t be kept in their facilities to avoid any issues.

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Top 5 tips for determining a storage solution to fit your needs

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The need for storage can come at any time, whether you have items you’re trying to move from one place to the next, or just belongings you need moved out of the way while you complete home renovations or cleaning.

Both short-term and long-term storage solutions can help with these scenarios, but before you take your items to a storage facility, it’s best to figure out what type of storage solution fits your needs best.

There are many different types of storage options, including utilizing facilities with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises. Select franchise locations are able to offer customers a wide-range of storage separately or in addition to your move to make the process even easier!

Below, we’ve assembled a few helpful tips for those looking into storage options.

Do your research

One of the best steps to take when looking at storage options is to look at company reviews. Storage is pretty straightforward, so you’ll be able to get a good feel for how the business operates based on what customers in the past have said and avoid taking your belongings somewhere that isn’t trustworthy, safe, or clean.

Determine the type of storage you need

Depending on the type of items you are putting into storage, factors like cold, heat, dust, or moisture that can damage them might require climate-controlled storage.

Other items like documents, electronics, clothing, and other accessories usually need climate-controlled units.

What size unit do you need for storage?

Take an assessment of what items you’ll be putting into storage to get an idea of the size of storage unit you’ll need.

A helpful tip is to get a storage unit that is a little bigger than what you need so you’re able to enter and navigate around the unit if needed.

Learn how much access your storage provider offers

Some storage facilities offer 24-hour access and others operate on set schedules, so make a decision based on how often you’ll need to be entering your storage unit. It’s also important to remember that in some scenarios, storage facilities charge access fees every time you need to get into your storage unit.

Buy insurance

Like anything that involves your personal possessions, it’s important to get insurance to protect your belongings in the case of damage or an accident. If your storage facility does not provide insurance, contact your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance agent to come up with a plan.

Things that shouldn’t be kept in a storage unit

Not everything is meant to go into storage, and it’s important to know what items you should avoid putting into your storage unit.

Common items that cannot be kept in a unit include but are not limited to:

-Medical supplies

-Firearms and ammunition

-Unregistered vehicles

-Perishable food items

-Candles or soaps

-Combustible or flammable materials

It’s best to contact the company you select for storage to find out if they have any additional or specific items that can’t be kept in their facilities to avoid any issues.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

What you should be looking for when picking out storage solutions before, during, or after your move

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Often times when you have belongings you need to get rid of, move, or just simply move out of the way for something else, it’s hard to find a solution that can fit your needs.

One solution is long or short-term storage, as finding a storage unit to keep your belongings in can assist you in a variety of situations, from creating more space around your home, downsizing, or relocating. The first step is figuring out what storage unit or facility fits you best, then deciding what you need to keep in there and for how long.

With so many different types of storage options available and with select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations now offering a wide-range of storage options to customers, we decided to compile a few storage tips to steer you in the right direction.

Determine the type of storage unit you need

You might have items that can be affected by different outside factors like heat, cold, dust, or moisture, so you need to find a storage unit that is climate-controlled to help with this.

Other belongings like electronics, documents, clothing, and random accessories also fall in line with items that need to be stored inside a climate-controlled unit.

Research different companies to find the best fit for you

Reading reviews of a storage company online will not only give you a good feel for the company, but it will provide you with some details on how the service is and what you can expect. The last thing you want to do is put your belongings in the hands of a company that isn’t trustworthy.

What size storage unit do you need?

It’s smart to assess what items you will be placing in storage to give you an idea of the size of storage unit you’ll need. It’s always a good plan to get a unit that’s a little bit bigger than you need just so you’re able to get inside and navigate around.

Figure out how much access you’ll have

Some storage facilities provide 24-hour access, while others may only be open during set schedules. Determine the access level you’ll need before making your purchase. Keep in mind, depending on the type of storage you choose, some companies may also charge an access fee each time you need to get to your belongings.

Get insurance

There’s no such thing as being “too safe” when it comes to your personal belongings, so find out if the company who is offering storage provides insurance. If they don’t, contact your renters or home owner’s insurance agent to come up with a plan to keep your belongings protected.

What not to keep in a storage unit

While the tips above are important to keep in mind when deciding on a storage plan that best fits your needs, it’s also important to know what type of items shouldn’t be kept in storage.

Common items that cannot be kept in a unit include but are not limited to:

-Medical supplies

-Firearms and ammunition

-Unregistered vehicles

-Perishable food items

-Candles or soaps

-Combustible or flammable materials

It’s best to contact the company you select for storage to find out if they have any additional or specific items that can’t be kept in their facilities to avoid any issues.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.