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Renting a storage unit is a great idea if you need some extra space for your belongings during a move, or throughout the year. Safely store your belongings as you get settled into your new home or during a home renovation. Find that extra bit of space you need for seasonal items and decorations. Hold your college student’s dorm furnishings over the summer and holiday breaks from school. If you’re wondering what to look for when searching for a storage unit in Chesapeake, VA, here are 5 helpful tips to consider!
1. Short-Term Or Long-Term Rental
A long-term storage unit is the best option if you don’t have enough storage space in your new home for items such as holiday decorations, outdoor furniture, vehicle cargo boxes, and other items that you don’t frequently use. A long-term storage unit rental is also a great option for the many active Chesapeake-based military members who need to store belongings while deployed.
Short-term rental is the best option if you are taking your time to settle into a new home, or undergoing home renovations or repairs.
2. Storage Unit Size
If you rent a long-term storage unit for space saving purposes, and will be accessing it multiple times per year, make sure that your unit is large enough to allow easy access to what is inside. If your unit is tightly packed, you will need to unload items to reach things that are in the back, and then reload.
To save yourself time, and make this process easier, select a unit slightly larger than what you need to store your items. Organize it thoughtfully as you pack it. Then, you will have ample room to navigate the unit and locate your belongings.
If you are using a short-term rental and will not be accessing it frequently, you can go with a smaller unit and save a bit of money.
3. Climate-Controlled Storage Units
Cheapeake’s climate sees hot, humid summers and cold, rainy winters. If storing clothing, furniture, carpets, books, papers, and other mold or mildew sensitive items, you want to consider an indoor, climate-controlled storage unit. This will protect your belongings from humidity, extreme temperatures, and other damaging climate conditions.
Items such as vehicles, boats, outdoor furniture, yard equipment, and vehicle cargo boxes can be stored in outdoor units that are not climate controlled. These units are covered and locked, and often have convenient drive-up accessibility.
4. Storage Unit Insurance
Many storage companies offer insurance plans. If the company you choose does not offer insurance, you can purchase a plan through home and renter insurance providers. Make sure and record an excellent inventory of your items before you store them!
5. Storage Unit Accessibility
Consider your needs for accessing your storage unit and find a company (or location) that can meet those needs. Many units are open 24/7, and some are only open at certain times. If you work unusual hours or you might need to access the unit on holidays, be sure to rent a storage unit that allows you that access. Also, ask if there are fees for accessing your unit.
As a full service moving and storage company, we make it easy for you by offering both services. Harrison’s operates a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled storage facility located at our headquarters in Chesapeake, Virginia. To ease the stress of moving, hire Harrison’s to move you to or from Chesapeake, VA.
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