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How to Rent a Storage Unit: The Top Tips for your First Time Renting

Posted on: May 11, 2018 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage September 30, 2019

A young couple packs boxes for their first time renting a storage unit

The first time you do anything can be scary. But a storage unit rental with Lighthouse Self Storage doesn’t have to be this way. When you know what to expect, renting a storage unit will be a piece of cake. In this post, you will find tips for renting a storage unit for the first time.

The Top 7 Tips for Your First Time Renting a Storage Unit

  1. Decide What You Want to Store: While we know things will come up throughout your storage unit rental, it is smart to have an idea of what you are looking to store. The cost of the storage unit will vary with the size of the storage unit. Knowing how much you want to store and using a storage unit calculator to determine the best sized storage unit for your needs, will help you to get an idea of how much you’ll be spending on a storage unit.
  2. Determine What Kind of Storage You Need: If you are storing more sensitive items, like leather or wooden furniture, electronics, artwork, documents and collectibles, it is important to utilize a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit will protect your belongings from dangerous fluctuations in temperature.
  3. Have the Proper Documentation: When you rent your storage unit, the storage facility will require certain documents. These documents may include a valid photo ID, current contact information and valid insurance.
  4. Know How to Pack Your Items: There are ways to pack your items to not only protect them while they’re in storage, but to also optimize space. Check out our packing tips section for help with packing common items. For help storing a couch, washer and dryer, table, electronics, antique items, mattress and bicycle, check out our blog.
  5. Know How to Prepare Your Items for Storage: You are renting the storage unit to keep your items safe. So, it is important to properly prepare your items for storage before they are placed into the storage unit.
  6. Know What Can and Can Not be Stored: In order to get the most out of your storage unit rental, it is important to know what can and can’t be stored in the storage unit. There are only a few items that are prohibited from being stored in a storage unit, but it is essential to abide by these rules to ensure the safety of you, our workers, your neighbors and your storage unit.
  7. Understand the Move Out Policy: It is important to understand the move out policy before your rental. When you rent with Lighthouse Self Storage, you are required to give a 10-day written notice before you move out.

Lighthouse Self Storage is Your Storage Expert

Lighthouse Self Storage has storage facilities throughout California and Florida. Our storage facilities near you in Carson, CA, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Westminster, CA have various sized storage units available. Our 5×5 and 5×10 storage units are ideal for smaller storage needs, while the 10×10 storage unit is perfect for full household storage options. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

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Convenient Storage Solutions for California and Florida Residents

Lighthouse Self Storage makes self storage easy with clean & secure storage facilities in Florida and Southern California. Find a location near you today!

Recent surveys show that 41% of consumers rent out space to facilitate moving, while 17% need the extra space to declutter their home. Self-storage units are becoming more and more popular nowadays, considering the need to maximize on the reduced size of living spaces. If you live in California or Florida and are looking for the most convenient and flexible self-storage space, Lighthouse Self Storage has got you covered. Lighthouse Self Storage Facilities has a wide range of world-class storage units that are built to meet your specific needs. Below are some of the exceptional self-storage solutions you can expect:

Self-Storage for Homeowners and Students

If you are moving, staging a home or consolidating homes, our excellent, clean, and secure units will come in handy for your storage needs. If you are a student emptying your dorm, Lighthouse offers many storage solutions for your needs and items large and small. Our storage units will keep your furniture, books, bedding, clothing, electronics, and furniture safe and secure. Why haul heavy items back and forth, miles across the country when you can rent storage whenever you need it? We are convenient and flexible to meet your needs.

Car, Boat, and RV Storage

If you are traveling, you need not leave your precious vehicle, boat, or RV at the mercy of the elements. If your garage will not fit all your toys, consider taking out some spacious motor vehicle storage at Lighthouse Self Storage for them. This way, they will remain secure and intact, and you get to have peace of mind during your trip.

Climate Controlled Storage Units

Lighthouse Self Storage has an excellent selection of climate controlled units, specially made indoor units designed to protect your property from the damaging effects of drastic changes in weather, humidity, and temperature. We offer air conditioned or heated units to keep constant indoor conditions for all of your items and their storage needs. These climate controlled units are perfect for items that need to be in a controlled environment, such as wines and spirits. If you are storing fabrics, wooden items, electronics, family heirlooms, documents, and soft metallic items, our climate controlled storage units offer a home-like atmosphere for temperature sensitive and unique articles.

Drive-up Storage

This kind of storage is exceedingly convenient for businesses and homeowners looking to store copious amounts of property, and need to reduce the hauling distance and effort. With our drive-up storage, you will not have to incur extra costs on movers' hourly fees by taking days to transfer your items. You get to drive up to your unit, unpack or belongings, and continue on with your day. It’s that simple.

Business Storage Solutions

You no longer have to worry about extra space, rent overheads, or idle property during off-peak business seasons. Whether you need to store machinery, essential documents, or inventory, our business storage solutions will cater to all of your needs. We have worked successfully with many law firms, e-commerce stores, and contractors to keep their essential business property safe. Visit us today to find out more about our business storage solutions.

Hurricane Season Storage

The last thing you should be stressing about is your valuable outdoor property, which is likely to be destroyed in the event of a storm. You may also need to clear out a safe room to use it for shelter. If you have any lawn and patio furniture, consider taking out safe storage for it with Lighthouse. Our concrete self-storage units will give your valuables the safety and security they will need to protect them from damage. Our storage units can also come in handy during the winter when you need to protect your valuables from the biting cold.

Rent storage space with us today!

If you are in Southern California or Florida, Lighthouse Storage is an excellent solution for all your self-storage needs. Our storage units are secure, well-lit, and clean to ensure optimal care for your valuables.

Please contact us at (866) 483-3455 for more information about our new facility for self storage in Cooper City. You can also drop by any of our storage facilities to get a free quote on any storage solution that fits your needs.

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