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Self Storage Tips

Available Self Storage: Self Storage Tips

Are you looking for some self storage tips to get you started on the right foot? Available Self Storage is your first choice for affordable storage units in Mobile, AL, and we’ve compiled a list of our top packing and storage tips to help you make the most of the space you are renting. Start your storage journey with Available Self Storage today!

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Self Storage Tips for Finding Space & Packing

Storage Tips

Choose Your Storage Unit 

You have many self storage options in Mobile, AL. So how do you choose a storage facility—and more specifically storage units—to house your belongings? Start by searching for self storage close to your home, work, business, or regular commutes. You are looking for convenience as much as you are looking for product and service.  

Weigh out the pros and cons of each storage solution to see which  type of unit would best fit your individual needs. For example, drive-up storage containers make it easy to load straight from your car, but indoor units offer temperature regulation to protect against weather damage. Don’t forget that you need to select a unit based on what you’ll be storing, so be sur to do your research before selecting your storage unit.

Visit Available Self Storage in Mobile, AL to start getting your items organized today. Located west of downtown Mobile, AL, this storage facility serves the Mobile, Bolton, Dauphin Acres, and Prichard areas of southern Alabama. Additionally, this storage facility is a short distance from the University of South Alabama, the University of Mobile, and the Mobile Regional Airport. Read more about our storage facility’s specific features, and use our storage calculator to figure out what size storage unit you should rent.

Packing and Moving

Packing Tips for Your Boxes 

1. Prep Before Packing

To ensure that your items stay protected while in storage, take care of them as you’re packing them away. Items that are delicate will need more padding to keep them safe throughout transport. Pick up packing and moving supplies at our Available Self Storage today! And while you are there, talk with our storage experts to clear up any additional questions you may have before you start renting storage—also check our Self Storage FAQ to see if your question can be answered instantly! It is important to understand the rules and expectations before renting storage.

2. General Packing Rule: Heavy on the Bottom, Light on Top

Begin by packing your heavier objects at the bottom of each box or storage container, and then move up to lighter items. This will stop your containers from giving in under the weight and pressure.

3. Clean & Cover

To ensure your returned items stay in good condition, wash them before you store them. Also, you should put a cloth over appliances, tools and electronics to prevent dust from building up. Lastly, make sure to remove any water droplets or germs that could damage the item or cause it to smell bad later on.

4. Pack Air-Tight to Keep Out Moisture & Pests

Packing airtight is yet another way to prevent damage. When you store your belongings, it’s imperative that you protect them from pests and moisture. A few examples of items that require this type of storage are antiques, clothing, tech devices, and papers.

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Packing Tips for Your Storage Unit 

1. Create an Organized Layout

Having a storage unit shouldn’t increase the level of stress in your life. Packing it efficiently will make access to stored items simpler and more comfortable. As you’re packing, leave space open down the center of your container; this way, you’ll be able to see everything stored inside clearly and have room to move around freely. Additionally, grouping similar items together is sensible because then you won’t have to search through the entire unit for one specific thing. Consider putting all winter clothes in one area or keeping all kitchen appliances near each other, for example. Lastly, keep things that you might need often close to the entrance so that they’re easy grab when you need them most.

2. Utilize Your Entire Storage Space

Make the most of your storage unit by taking advantage of every square inch. If permissible, install shelves to create more space.

3. Don’t Store Perishables

So what can’t you store? Perishables like food will go bad quickly, and when they do, they will begin to attract pests. It is best to avoid this altogether by storing these items in your everyday storage space in your home or business. You also cannot store dangerous, flammable items or money. Check out a more complete list from Move.org. 

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Vehicle Storage Tips 

Long-term storage of a vehicle can save you a lot of space on your property, but it is not as simple as dropping it off and leaving it. Vehicles of all sizes require additional care to give it a better chance of running as smoothly as possible when you need it again. Get its oil changed if you are storing long-term, top off the gas tank to prevent moisture build-up, and add a fuel stabilizer. Then, clean it inside and out—any dirt there will only accumulate over time. Follow more of Edmund’s vehicle storage tips.  

 

 

Available Self Storage in Mobile AL

Now that you have learned some helpful self storage tips, look to Available Self Storage in Mobile, AL for all of your storage needs. Available Self Storage offers both indoor temperature-controlled storage units to protect your belongings from extreme Alabama temperatures, as well as outdoor drive-up storage units for easy unloading of heavy items. We also have covered and uncovered parking spots to accommodate your RV, boat, and vehicle storage needs. Call or email our storage facility today, or stop by in-person and chat with the team of storage experts at Available Self Storage in Mobile, AL!

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