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Follow these rules for using a self-storage unit

Self-storage units provide a convenient and secure way to store items you don't need any time soon, whether you store furniture during a move or your boxes of comic books you don't need. Regardless of the purpose of using the storage unit, it is important that you keep certain things in mind. Here are some important rules to follow when you are using a self-storage unit.

Know What Not to Store

The first rule you need to follow when using a self-storage unit is to be careful what you store. While many types of items can be placed in a storage unit, other items are strictly forbidden. For example, you can't store any items that are hazardous, toxic, or flammable. This means no toxic cleaners, propane tanks, fertilizers, or motor oil in the storage unit. Also avoid storing any food or drinks that are perishable, since this could attract rodents and insects to the storage unit. Many facilities also have rules about construction equipment, electronics, and medical supplies being stored.

Keep Items Off the Floor

You should keep as many of the items off the floor of the storage unit as possible. The floor of the storage unit is cold and susceptible to pests and water if it is on the ground level. You can avoid potential damage to your items simply by raising them a little with pallets. For smaller items, you can place them on top of furniture being stored in the self-storage unit, such as putting boxes on top of a dresser. For furniture and other larger items, put them on top of wooden pallets that line the floor of the storage unit.

Choose Climate-Control For Certain Items

Depending on the types of items you intend to store in the self-storage unit, you may need to get one that comes with climate control. This allows you to control the temperature and a humidity level in the storage unit, hopefully with a thermostat that is easy to program. Some items need to remain at certain temperatures and have low humidity, such as books and magazines, comic books, antique furniture, and electronics.

Use Plastic Storage Bins

Another rule to follow is to keep as many items in plastic storage bins as you can. Cardboard boxes are inexpensive, but they are breeding grounds for pests, not to mention how easy it is to damage them with water or even extra humidity in the storage unit. It is better to store clothing, books, and other small items in plastic bins with airtight lids. They cost a little more, but it provides better protection for your items.

These tips are especially important if you're interesting in long term storage. For more information and tips, contact a local storage company.