Are you thinking about renting a storage unit for the first time? It can be overwhelming looking at different units, deciding what to store, deciding what size unit you need, how long you will need to rent for, what you can and cannot store. Keep reading for all the dos and don’ts of self-storage.


Do Rent A Unit Close To Your Property


This one goes without saying. Rent a storage unit close to where you live, especially if you need to make regular visits to your storage unit. You want to get the use and your money’s worth out of your storage unit so choose one that is located close to you! If you choose a location that is quite far to travel to, you will find that this will just take up too much time and energy and you just won’t visit as frequently. If you live in Oldham or any surrounding areas, then why not pop in for a chat and we can find a storage unit suitable for you and your needs.


Don’t Store Anything Perishable/ Flammable


Be mindful when storing items in your unit. Do not store anything perishable or flammable. If you store anything that can spoil, this can lead to rat infestations, mould and damp which is the last thing anyone wants or needs. When it comes to renting a storage unit, there are certain places where flammable items can be stored when they are not in use but do not store them in your storage unit. A lot of situations could cause these items to set alight very quickly for example, if there was a spike in temperature. Avoid storing flammable items to preserve your belongings and other peoples’ belongings.

 Do Label All Of Your Boxes


This will make things so much easier when it comes to packing up your storage unit. The items that you are storing away, you may not have to use very often however it will save you a lot of time in the future once you label your boxes. At Storage Oldham, if you choose to store with us, we offer free packing boxes which is a huge benefit. Chat to a member of our team before your move-in date and we can supply you with unlimited free packing boxes to make the moving process that bit easier for you.


Don’t Share Your Access Code Or Access Key With Anyone


This is incredibly important; you want your belongings to remain as secure as possible. Never allow someone access to your unit unless you trust them around your items. At Storage Oldham, you never have to worry about the security of your items. We have over 180 CCTV cameras, a state-of-the-art red care alarm system, you are the only one with access to your unit. When you store with us, you shouldn’t have to worry about how secure your storage unit will be.


Do Find A Storage Unit That Is Within Your Budget


There would be nothing worse than going through the process of renting a storage unit, then realising it is out of your price range. Here at Storage Oldham, we offer you 50% off your first 10 weeks of storage. This is a huge saving and can help you to store for less than anywhere else in Manchester.


Don’t Store The Most Valuable items In Your Storage Units


Yes, our storage units are incredibly secure however our best advice would be to not store anything valuable. The reason is accidents can happen, though we do offer insurance, but some belongings are irreplaceable. To save yourself any heartache leave your valuable items at home.


Do Keep An Inventory Of What You Have Stored


This is something that a lot of people forget to do. Make a list of everything that you are storing and keep updating it every time you remove or add things to your storage unit. This keeps you updated with what you have stored so you do not forget anything and just in case, on the rare occasion anything goes missing.


Don’t Choose The Wrong Size Unit


Once you know what you are storing. Go down to your storage company and view their units to see what size you need. Here at Storage Oldham, on our website, we have a storage unit estimator which will help you to decide what size storage unit you need. There would be nothing more annoying than renting a storage unit and realising it is too small.


Has this blog answered your self-storage dos and don’ts? If you need storage in or around Oldham, contact Storage Oldham today and we can help you find the storage unit most suited for you and your needs.