Two tips for people who've rented their first drive-up self-storage unit


Here are some tips for people who've rented their first drive-up self-storage unit.

Keep the area directly behind the unit's door free of items

Anyone who has rented a drive-up self-storage unit should try to avoid stacking their belongings in the area directly behind their unit's door. This should be easy for most people to do and won't result in them running out of space for their things, as most drive-up storage units are generously proportioned.

The reason for this is that most people put the items they collect or drop off at their units in the boot of their vehicle. For these individuals, the quickest way to get items out of their vehicle's boot and into the unit (or vice versa) would be to position it so that the boot was closest to the unit and then reverse in through the unit's open door, so there would no gap between the boot and the items within the unit.

However, if there are stacks of boxes or other items right behind the door, it might be difficult for a person to do this safely, as when they reverse their vehicle into the unit, they could knock over these objects with their vehicle or these items could (if they're large) dent the rear of their vehicle when they collide with it. By leaving some free space in this area, they'll not only avoid causing damage to their stored items or their vehicle but will also make the process of picking items up from their unit, or putting things into it, much quicker.

Keep a shovel in their vehicle if their unit is in an area where it snows

In order to enable those who rent these units to access them with their vehicles, drive-up units are located outdoors in most self-storage facilities. Anyone who rents this type of unit should keep a shovel in their vehicle if the self-storage facility they've selected is in a place where it sometimes snows.

The reason for this is that if a person rents a unit like this, and it snows heavily, the snow could build up in front of the door of their unit and make it harder for them to open the door or park their vehicle close to it. If this happens to a person who keeps a shovel in their vehicle, they could quickly scoop up any snow that was obstructing the unit door and then drive their vehicle right up the entrance or inside of it, instead of having to return to the unit after the weather improved or ask the facility's staff members to help them clear the snow.

It's important to note that although those who run facilities with drive-up units will try to clear the snow away for their customers, they may not always be able to do this immediately after heavy snowfall; as such, it's best for those who rent these units to be prepared for this type of weather-related issue.

For more information on drive-up self-storage units, contact a company near you.


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