If you have recently gotten a self-storage unit, you’ll want to ensure that you have the best information to store your belongings efficiently. Learning the correct tips and tricks is integral to ensuring you get the most out of your storage unit.

This article will go through the dos and dont’s of self-storage units and teach you the best way to navigate your storage. Begin your self-storage journey with decent knowledge so that you can get your money’s worth.


Find A Local Self-Storage Unit

Looking to find a storage unit first? One of the most essential features of your potential unit should be that it’s close to your home. This way, you will have easy access to your self-storage unit when you need to drop items off or pick them up.

Unless you’re looking to store a boat near water, there’s no point having a storage unit sitting in another city. Using a storage unit for short-term storage is an excellent way to keep your vehicles or boats in a safe space while you enjoy the off-season.

Pack Your Items With A Structure In Mind

Before you place one item into your storage unit, you should have an idea of how you’re going to offload your belongings. As a rule of thumb, if you do stack items (which effectively increases storage use), you should make sure heavy items are at the bottom.

Along with stacking boxes, a clear path should take you around the storage unit. If you stack everything too tightly, you will have no chance of reaching the items at the back. Instead, you’ll have to pull everything out just to reach one thing.

Create An Inventory And Map Of Your Items

Creating an inventory will make your life so much easier. Instead of placing items mindlessly within the storage unit, you’ll be able to know exactly what you have and even where it may be. Along with an inventory, a map can be incredibly useful in maximising your efficiency with a storage unit.

Depending on the size and structure of your stored items, you may want to consider drawing a diagram of your items within. For example, if you have things stacked or hung up on walls, it will be very helpful to label the boxes/items and note them down on your map.


Avoid Storing Anything That Is Not Permitted

It may seem like anything can go in a self-storage unit, but some rules need to be followed. Each self-storage provider will have different sets of rules. However, there are a few items that will not be permitted.

Any items considered dangerous or restricted are likely to be disallowed by self-storage management. Some of these items may include:

  1. Animals
  2. Weapons
  3. Illegal goods
  4. Plants
  5. Explosives
  6. Hazardous goods
  7. Flammable/corrosive goods

Although not explicitly prohibited, it’s highly advised that wet or moist items are not stored in these units. Within enclosed spaces, the humidity and moisture create the ideal environment for mould and other fungal growth.

Avoid Letting Anyone Else Access Your Unit

Although it’s fine to have family or even employees access the storage unit, the fewer people – the better. If fewer hands are going in, you won’t need to worry about missing items or improper storage.

Furthermore, you should get a storage unit at a facility that includes 24/7 CCTV security, gated premises and convenient access hours. If for any reason, you do need to access items, you should find a place that accommodates convenient access hours.

Avoid Leaving Any Items Unprotected

A common item to be stored is precious belongings or heirlooms. With any sensitive item placed in storage, it’s key to ensure well-protected. Quality organising within a storage unit will give excellent protection for your valuables; however, there’s nothing wrong with being extra careful.

Consider wrapping them in bubble wrap or keeping them enclosed within cushioning material if you have precious items. It’s also recommended that you don’t place these items in an unstable location. Any place where other objects could crush or put pressure on the sensitive objects.

SafeGuard Storage

SafeGuard Storage offers a range of storage solutions for personal belongings and businesses. You’ll be in the best hands with our on-site managers and their highly-experienced team of advisors. We offer a wide range of storage options throughout New Zealand, including small, medium and large self-storage units in Christchurch, Auckland, Rotorua, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Gisborne, Levin, Nelson, Waihi, Whakatane, and New Plymouth.

Our self-storage units are the perfect solution for those moving house, renovation, household clutter, confidential documents, excess business stock or anyone looking for temporary or permanent storage. We pride ourselves on offering a securely gated location with 24/7 CCTV surveillance. We also feature convenient access hours that are sure to please all. Rent confidently at SafeGuard Storage, knowing your business’ products/documents or your precious personal belongings will be safe.

Whether you are after business storage, vehicle storage or affordable storage, our easily accessible units are available for short term or long term storage. Our highly skilled and knowledgeable team is always keen to have a chat and go through your current storage situation and find the correct unit size.