The holidays bring family, fun, and, most importantly, clutter! If you’ve ever needed to store your belongings, you know that renting a self-storage unit is an easy way to keep your items safe. But if you’ve never rented one before, it can be overwhelming to find the right space! Luckily, there are plenty of options available for storing everything from furniture to tools near Vancouver. Here’s how:
Determine if you need climate control.
If you are storing items that require temperature control, such as antiques or sensitive documents, then look for a climate-controlled unit. If you aren’t storing those types of things and just want to keep your belongings organized and clean from the elements, then a non-climate-controlled unit works just fine.
Figure out what unit size you will need.
First, you need to figure out what unit size will work best for your needs. If you’re not sure which storage unit size would be best for you, there are a few ways to decide. The first step is to take inventory of all the items you plan on storing. Then determine how much space each item takes up. You might want to measure each piece of furniture or other items before deciding on the right size.
Then, take into account how many units you’ll need; this will help ensure a good fit for all the stuff that’s going into them! Once everything is measured and calculated, you can use this handy online storage calculator to determine which self-storage unit size best suits your needs. Lastly, choose your perfect storage unit at Annacis and move in!
Plan for how long you will be storing your items.
Now that you have decided to store your items, it’s time to start planning. First, figure out how long you will be storing them. Is it a few months? A year? A decade? Centuries? Eternity?
Once you know how long you need the self-storage unit, then consider what kind of rates are available at different facilities in your area. Some facilities offer lower rates per month but higher annual costs; others may offer lower annual costs but higher monthly ones (and vice versa).
Your last step is to determine which facility best meets your needs by considering their fees and features as well as their location relative to where you live or work.
Understand how to safely store certain high-risk items.
It’s important to know what types of items are not allowed in storage units. For example, you cannot store hazardous materials or food items. Most self-storage facilities have rules regarding storing ammunition and firearms as well, so be sure to check your contract before you bring them in. Liquids and paint should be stored with caution. For example, we recommend doubling up on the protection by storing any liquids and paints in leakproof bins. This will help prevent damage to the floors and walls inside the unit, as well as your stored valuables.
If you’re planning on storing a boat or vehicle, rest assured that the facilities at Annacis are patrolled by security, have an on-site resident manager, and use electronic surveillance to keep them safe while in storage. Finally, it’s illegal for people to store flammable or combustible materials such as propane tanks without proper permits from local authorities—so don’t even think about trying!
Each type has its own unique features and benefits. Climate control can keep your items at a moderate temperature and humidity level for a longer period of time than standard self-storage units. This can be especially helpful if you have delicate or perishable items that need extra care when stored away from home. If you have furniture or appliances in your home, consider using drive-up access so that these items can remain in place during their stay at the facility! You can also opt for a larger storage unit such as a 10×20 if there’s room on the lot – this way all those extra clothes won’t get lost behind other warehouse piles.
If you are interested in renting one of the self-storage units at Annacis Lock-Up Storage, please contact the team! Their helpful and knowledgeable staff are always happy to offer a quote.