Finding and using self-storage can be a difficult task, especially, when you have as many options as there are in Middle Tennessee. Whether you are moving to a new home, relocating, or just trying to declutter, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will give you the low down on safely storing your belongings.
Why use self-storage?
Self-storage is used prominently by homeowners and renters. It allows individuals to easily transition from one home to another or gives options to manage clutter by allowing one to store keepsakes or rotate seasonal items in and out of the home. Self-storage is a great place to store Christmas decorations during the summer or pool supplies or outdoor activities during the winter months.
Other options for self-storage are when:
- You are in college or the military and moving frequently from one location to another
- You need to store business or personal documents
- You have a recreational vehicle, such as an RV or boat
- You need extra space for a workshop
How to choose a storage unit?
The first thing that usually comes to mind is location. Everyone wants a storage unit that is easy to get to from their home, but also consider the type of items you might be needing to store. If you are storing items that are sensitive to heat or moisture. You may want to look into climate or temperature controlled storage. Some items that need to be temperature controlled are the following:
- Fur Coats or any form of animal product
- Electronic equipment
- Important documents
Also, consider access to your storage unit. Many storage units have specific hours that you can enter their property. Some are twenty-four hours. If you may need access to your items before or after normal business hours, it may be beneficial to acquire a storage unit with full-time access.
How valuable are your items? If you have concerns, find units that have video surveillance. It gives ease of mind to know your valuable items are being monitored.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Brentwood-Franklin offers indoor temperature controlled storage for all of their customers in order to make the moving process a little easier.
What about self-storage Insurance?
Did you know that many storage facilities do not automatically give insurance for your rented unit? Although a storage facility may seem secure, fires, floods and other natural disasters are still at risk of happening. Your first step in researching extra insurance is your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. You may be covered under your current provider already, but if not, you may have options to add extra coverage that runs at a cheaper rate than coverage provided by the company.
If you are not able to get coverage through your current provider, speak with the storage facility about the insurance options they offer. If you are storing items of significant monetary or sentimental value, we highly recommend researching insurance options. Give yourself the ease of mind by knowing your items are covered if anything were to ever happen to your storage unit.
Moving into Storage
When the time comes to move your items into storage, it may be best to think carefully how you pack the vehicle. Of course, it is always important to put the heavier, less fragile boxes on the bottom while fragile items go to the top, but also remember to pack less used items last. This way they will easily pushed to the back of the storage unit without having to move the items around.
If your time and budget allows, you may consider looking into help on moving day. Always thoroughly research you moving company to ensure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® specializes in storage moves, and are prepared to provide professional, uniformed movers ready to safely and efficiently complete the move.
Remember, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Brentwood-Franklin also offers storage, which can be completely organized at the beginning of your move! They ensure safety of your belongings every time!
With this, now you are ready to conquer all your self-storage needs. Whether you are looking for a transition or just needing a little extra space, self-storage can be a solid option if done correctly.
For more information, call the Brentwood-Franklin TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® at 615.595.5929 or visit twomenbrentwood-franklin.com.