California is an extremely popular state to live, preferred by a large number of Americans. The high population there increases the demand for real estate, and consequently pushes up the rents of storage units.
Therefore, it is important for people who seek rental storage units in the state to be familiar with how best they can make effective use of space available in rental units. The following are a few tips for optimal space management.
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Size does matter
Once you find a good rental warehouse, you need to have a chat with the manager or the owner of the unit. You will have to select a unit that provides maximum value for your money. As the size of the unit increases, there will be a corresponding rent increase.
If you opt for a small unit in order to save money, you will have to make sacrifices in the number items you want to store. On the other hand, if you book a large unit, you may end up wasting money on unutilized space.
Ideally, you must make a list of items you want to store and consult with the manager of a reputable storage unit. They will be able to suggest the correct and economical size for the items in the list.
Space saver boxes
A good manager would suggest further to the customers that they put the items in boxes. For electronic items, you can use the boxes originally provided by the manufacturers. For other items, you will have to get boxes from shops. It would even be better to buy some sturdy boxes.
Put into the boxes everything that can fit into something, but make sure that you do not cram things into any box beyond its capacity. Always fill any box a little less than what it can hold safely.
People who have used storage units know that it is better to put similar items in a single box. For example, one can put all kitchen accessories in two or more boxes and affix a label ‘kitchen’ to these boxes. It makes the retrieval of individual items easier.
Items of furniture should be disassembled and the individual parts should be kept neatly in boxes. You need to pack screws of each item in a single plastic cover bag. Keep the cover bags separately or tie the cover bags to the respective parts of the furniture.
When you arrange boxes in storage units, put the heavier boxes at the bottom, and above them lighter ones in stacks. There should be sufficient space in between rows of boxes, so that you can walk between the rows.
Think out of the box
In some cases, you can do without boxes if you do some thinking. For example, if you plan to store a refrigerator in a storage unit, you can keep several small items inside the refrigerator. However, you have to ensure that you lock properly the door of the refrigerator. Similarly, you can keep small cups and plates inside bigger cups and other utensils.
Owners/Managers of storage units will surely make several additions to the tips given above. It is best to be smart in storing your items instead of paying for multiple storage units.