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Moving Out: Finding a Storage Solution


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Moving Out:  Finding a Storage Solution

Ten years ago, I found myself with the need to move out of my apartment before my new place was ready. For a month, I camped out on my best friend's sofa. That also meant I had to find somewhere to store my furniture and other belongings. Fortunately for me, a local storage facility offered container rentals for reasonable prices. I was able to have a container delivered to my apartment, filled it with my stuff, and then have it transported to a facility. It remained there until my new place was ready. At that point, the service delivered the container and we set to work loading everything in my new home. If your lease is expiring but your new place will not be free for a month or two, let's talk. Temporary storage solutions are easier to come by than you think.

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Storage Units and Personal Safety

If you are planning to rent out a storage unit, it is important to keep your personal safety in mind during all steps of the packing, storing, and unpacking process. While most storage facilities are secured environments, it is still a good idea to keep safety precautions in place. Here are four ways to keep yourself and your valuables safe if you are renting out a storage unit.

1. Pick a Safe Facility

It isn't worth saving a few bucks a month to have your storage unit in a deserted or less-than-ideal area. Paying a little extra for storage in a busy part of town or in a safe neighborhood is well worth it. Give yourself peace of mind for both your personal safety and the security of your storage items.

2. Bring a Friend

Moving and unpacking is more fun with a friend. More importantly, you will be less approachable in storage facilities if you work as a team. Even if you are just running to pick something up in your storage unit, you never know who might be watching for an opportunity for quick theft. Bring a friend, especially at night, or ask a security guard to escort you to your unit.

3. Don't Accept Help

If you have to access your storage unit on your own, it is worth it to make sure it's a project that you can handle on your own. Never accept help from strangers, as innocent as this might seem. If your storage facility is quiet, it is best to keep to yourself and pack up your things on your own. "Helpful" strangers might be sizing you up or taking a look at your things to see if you might be a quick and easy target for theft.

4. Don't Store Valuables

You never know who might be watching you pack and unpack your items in storage. Many times when moving and packing, people can get distracted and tired and might not be paying as much attention to their surroundings. Throw in a moving van full of your most valuable items and you have a recipe for disaster. If thieves see that you have expensive items, they might be tempted to rob you on the spot or come back and try to break into your unit later.

Taking safety precautions might seem like overkill when it comes to storage, but your safety needs to be taken seriously. Storage facilities that boast their own safety and security are good picks. Do your own part by being aware of your surroundings and the items that you might have out in plain view while accessing your unit.

To find a storage unit that suits your needs and that you feel comfortable with, speak with representatives from companies like LoDo Self Storage & Moving Center.