Use a high-quality lock, preferably a "disc lock", for your unit as they are much harder to break or cut than lower quality locks. Utilize a trailer lock to secure your trailer, boat, or RV.
Place your storage items on 2" x 4" boards or pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp so it's important to keep your items off the floor.
Place everything that you can into quality plastic bins. Anything that is left unboxed in a self-storage unit will get dusty. Seal containers completely to keep out dust and moisture.
Storage units are NOT climate controlled. Using a product such as “DampRid” helps protect valuables from mildew, mold, odors, rust, and other harmful effects of excess moisture
Cover furniture and mattresses with a breathable cotton or other fabric cover. Padded covers add an extra element of protection from moisture, scratches, and dust.
Label all boxes on several sides for easy locating. Make an inventory list of your stored items for your records, keeping it in a safe place at home.
Expect the unexpected. Natural disasters and other unforeseen events occur without warning, which is why it is important to protect your stored goods with tenant insurance. Call your insurance company for a quote.
Furniture and other large items should be loaded into the storage unit first. These large items can often become a foundation to stack other items. Store seasonal items closer to your entrance for easier access.