College marks a large period of transition for many young people. When you’re transition to a new school, or need a place to store your goods for the summer months renting a storage unit can definitely come in handy. Even with all of the planning you do, it’s easy to end up with a surplus of extra items on your hands when the school year is over, with no place to store them.
Below you’ll find our best tips for choosing the right storage unit for your college student, when extra storage space is needed.
1. Find The Right Facility
If you’re a student there’s a good chance you’re on a budget. For this reason you’ll want to give yourself time to do your research and shop around for the perfect unit for your needs.
Some Alexandria self-storage facilities end up offering discounts during the summer months, which will help to make your decision easier.
If possible, it’s always a good idea to book your unit ahead of time. This will make the packing and moving transition much easier, and will ensure you have a secure spot for your belongings.
2. Choose The Right Sized Unit
What size storage unit are you going to need for all of your goods?
Most students opt for the smallest possible size, but it’s important that you take note of all of your items you’d like to store. After all, you’d hate to run out of space just as you’re finished loading your unit.
In some cases you can share your storage unit with friends, but often you can only have one name on the lease, so you’ll need to trust every party involved. Another great benefit to students are the flexible lease dates that most Alexandria self storage companies offer.
Whether you need your unit for one-month, six-months, or longer most facilities are willing to accommodate.
3. Effectively Preparing Your Items
Some of the items you own will require extensive preparation before they can be stored for a long period of time.
For instance if you have a mini-fridge you’ll need to de-frost, clean, and dry your fridge before storage to prevent mildew buildup.
Any musical instruments also need to undergo prep work, along with any other wooden furniture you might own.
If you’re storing any textbook or paper products it’s a good idea to store these in boxes, or plastic containers that will prevent them from being damaged.
Depending on the weather in your area it might be a good idea to opt for a climate controlled storage unit, if possible, as these will ensure your items don’t become damaged from inclement weather.
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