SafeNest Storage: Self Storage Tips

Looking for self storage and a few tips to get you started on the right foot? SafeNest Storage is your first choice for affordable storage units in the Carolinas. And to help you get started with your storage journey, we’ve compiled a list of helpful storage tips. Read through our guide below and feel confident renting a storage unit at SafeNest Storage in the Carolinas!

Self Storage Tips for Finding Space & Packing

Self Storage Tips

Choose Your Storage Unit 

You have many self storage options in the Carolinas. So how do you choose a storage facility—and more specifically storage units—to house your belongings? Start by searching for self storage storage close to your home, work, business, or regular commutes. You are looking for convenience as much as you are looking for product and service.

Another consideration is your unique storage requirements. Various storage containers have various benefits, and some may be more suitable for your needs than others. Drive-up storage units make it much easier to fill your container since you don’t have to lift as much weight in loading it. You can unload directly from your car into your storage unit. Indoor storage units, on the other hand, allow temperature regulation, adding an extra layer of protection for fragile goods exposed to changing humidity and weather conditions.

Visit any SafeNest Storage facility in the Carolinas to start getting your items organized today. With 21 locations throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, SafeNest Storage offers all of the amenities to meet your needs. Click on the specific location to see its storage features, and use our storage calculator to figure out what size storage unit you should rent.  

Packing Tips for Your Boxes 

1. Prep Before Packing

When loading your possessions into storage, you must treat them with the same attention as you would when packing them away. To keep fragile things safe throughout relocation, use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or similar padding. Find all of your packing moving supplies at the SafeNest Storage location nearest to you. And while you are there, talk with our storage experts to clear up any additional questions you may have before you start renting storage. You can check our Self Storage FAQ to see if your question can be answered instantly! It is important to understand the rules and expectations before renting storage.

2. General Packing Rule: Heavy on the Bottom, Light on Top

Use this same key piece of advice when putting your boxes and storage unit away. Begin with heavy, big objects as a base and add lighter ones on top. This will ensure that your boxes do not break under the strain inside and around them.

3. Clean & Cover

Before putting your things in storage, clean and preserve them to ensure that they are returned to you in good condition after a lengthy absence. To avoid dust and dirt accumulation, items such as appliances, equipment, and electronics should be covered with a protective cover. Before covering them, clean away germs and water that could develop damage or odors over time. 

4. Pack Air-Tight to Keep Out Moisture & Pests

Another way to ward off damage is to pack with air-tight containers. Deter bugs and moisture-related damage from step one. Some items that would especially benefit from being packed in airtight containers include antiques, clothing, electronics, and documents.  

Garage Organization

Packing Tips for Your Storage Unit 

1. Create an Organized Layout

The goal of self storage is to make your life easier by assisting you in keeping organized. The easiest approach to do so is to go about your packing methodically. Leave a passage down the middle of the storage space at the front end for easy access to boxes in all corners as you put boxes in your rental. Then gather similar things together, such as seasonal clothing or kitchen equipment, and place them near the entrance for later convenience. If you intend on visiting your storage unit on a regular basis, keep your most-needed items close to the entrance for quicker retrieval.

2. Utilize Your Entire Storage Space

You are paying for your storage rental, so make the most of the space. If you are storing a lot of items, you may want to consider using shelving for organization and to stack higher in the space. 

3. Don’t Store Perishables

So what can’t you store? Perishables like food will go bad quickly, and when they do, they will begin to attract pests. It is best to avoid this altogether by storing these items in your everyday storage space in your home or business. You also cannot store dangerous, flammable items or money. Check out a more complete list from Move.org. 

Garage Organization

Vehicle Storage Tips 

Long-term storage of a vehicle can save you a lot of space on your property, but it is not as simple as dropping it off and leaving it. Vehicles of all sizes require additional care to give it a better chance of running as smoothly as possible when you need it again. Get its oil changed if you are storing long-term, top off the gas tank to prevent moisture build-up, and add a fuel stabilizer. Then, clean it inside and out—any dirt there will only accumulate over time. Follow more of Edmund’s vehicle storage tips.  

When you need vehicle storage, SafeNest Storage has you covered with available outdoor parking space at a number of storage facilities throughout the South Carolina and North Carolina area. Rent your space online today. 

SafeNest Storage in the Carolinas

And now that you’re ready to rent storage this year, look to SafeNest Storage in the Carolinas for all of your needs. With 21 convenient locations throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, SafeNest storage has all the features you might need. Choose from amenities that include indoor storage units, drive-up storage units, and outdoor parking for boats, RVs, and personal vehicles. Call or email any of storage facilities today, or stop by in person and chat with the team of storage experts at SafeNest Storage in the Carolinas!