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7 Do’s and Don’ts of Self Storage

Renting a DAK Self Storage unit can be helpful in a variety of ways. You can use them when moving, home renovation or just for extra storage. When you do rent a DAK Self Storage unit, there are a variety of aspects to keep in mind. Here are some of the Do’s and Don’ts of self-storage.

Do’s

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If you live in the Berks County Area, storing your items at DAK Self Storage in Leesport is a logical choice. Your items will always be just a short drive away if you need them. If you need to make many trips to transport your items, storing locally can save you time and gas money.

Visit the Facility

At DAK Self Storage we want our customers to feel comfortable when storing their items. We have security cameras throughout the site and keep our facilities clean. We urge you to visit our location and voice any concerns you may have.

Ask Questions

If you don’t know what size unit you need or how to store a certain item, we are happy to help. DAK Self Storage has been in the storage business for years and has learned many tips and tricks. We are glad to share our advice with you and answer your questions.

Properly Protect Your Items

If you want your items to keep their quality while in storage, you need to store them properly. Visit our blog to learn how to store certain items: http://dakselfstorage.com/blog/. If you forget to bring any packaging items, DAK Self Storage also has a store on site for all your storage needs.

Keep an Inventory of Your Items

It is a good idea to keep an inventory of all your items. List all your items and their condition. This will help in the case of lost or stolen items. Make your list before storing. The list can also help you and DAK Self Storage decide what size unit you will need.

Label All Your Boxes

Without labels, finding what you need can be a pain. You have to open and sort through every box until you find what you are looking for. With labels, all you have to do is read, open, grab, and go. Labeling your boxes can save you both time and stress when you’re in a hurry.

Check on Your Items Regularly

DAK Self Storage periodically inspects our facility; you should regularly check your storage unit. If a lighting unit falls or you find a leak, report it to management so that we can solve the problem. Checking on your items can also help you prevent fading colors or wear-and-tear damage. If you notice the diminished quality of your items, you can catch and fix the issue before it’s too late.  

Don’ts

Forget to Plan

If you forget to plan, you’re going to have a stressful experience. Here are some of the questions you need to answer.

  • How many items am I putting into storage and how much room do they take up?
  • What supplies do I need to protect my items?
  • What large items do I need to disassemble?
  • How can I efficiently arrange and stack my items?
  • What items do I need to have easy access to?

By answering these questions, you can save yourself from many potential headaches.

Underestimate the Amount of Space You Need

In a money-driven world, many people opt for the smallest unit they think they need. After all the paperwork is complete, they may realize they can’t fit all their items in their unit. They have to either exclude items or rent another unit. It is a good idea to leave a little breathing room. This can be helpful for moving around and gives you extra room if you find more items you need to store. Talk to a DAK Self Storage employee if you need help choosing a unit size.

Give Your Key or Security Code to Others

If you are renting a storage unit, it is likely because you need a safe place to store your items. When you give your key code to the wrong person, your items are no longer safe. The best way to keep your items safe is to keep your key code to yourself. If you do have to share your key code with someone, though, make sure they are trustworthy.

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DAK Self Storage does not recommend you storing your most valuable items. While we have proper security, we believe your most precious items are safer at home. They should be somewhere where you can keep a watchful eye on them. If you do store valuable items with us, we recommend storing them at the back of the unit. This way they are more difficult for robbers to reach.

Store Hazardous Items

Flammable or noxious items should never be placed in a DAK Self Storage unit. Not only do you risk damaging your items, but you risk harming yourself or anyone in your unit as well. If left unnoticed, it may also damage your storage neighbor’s items and our facility.

Store Perishable Items

Perishable items such as food and drink attract pests. If left too long it will also rot and start to smell. Cleaning up this sort of mess is not fun. DAK Self Storage recommends not storing food unless it is canned.

Use Storage as Housing

While DAK Self Storage’s temperature-controlled units may seem comfortable, they are not a home. They are for storing items only. You should not keep your pet in one of our units or live there yourself. If you can no longer house your pet, be responsible and find it a new loving home.

 

1 Comment
  1. I agree that you need to ask plenty of questions when looking for a storage unit. I would imagine that you would want to find someone who is able to answer them convincingly so you can know about the space more. My husband and I recently moved so were looking for somewhere to store some things. When we find a place we’ll have to be sure that the manager can answer all the questions we ask.

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