August 14, 2023

Avoid these mistakes for your self-storage

Renting a self-storage space is an easy and affordable way to clear the clutter while still keeping the belongings in your home and office.


However, before renting a self-storage space, avoid making these common mistakes that might cost you more in the long run.


Choosing the wrong storage size

More often than not, one of the main factors for monthly storage rental is the storage size. Choosing the wrong size can often lead to problems and unnecessary expenses.


If you’re working with a tight budget, ensure that you have taken the proper measurements so that the rented storage unit can fit all your items nicely.


Do note that you should not aim to cramp all your belongings into a smaller-sized storage unit as it can potentially cause damage. Likewise, you should not choose a unit that is too big as you will end up paying more money and wasting space that you do not actually need.


Accumulating more items

Just because you have decluttered your living space doesn’t mean that you should start accumulating more to fill the void. Essentially, this defeats the purpose of decluttering.


Remember, if your aim is to downsize to live a more minimalist lifestyle, you should try not to bring in too many excess items after decluttering.


Storing without a strategy in mind

When storing your belongings, it’s easy to stack and pile everything up quickly without much thought. However, when you inevitably need to retrieve something in the future, it’ll take you hours of pulling apart your hard work.


As such, always organise your items strategically. Store items by type and label all boxes accordingly. This will make finding items that much easier in the future when you can simply read a label to know what each box contains.


It might be time-consuming at the start, but you’ll thank us when it’s time to retrieve your belongings!


Not taking up insurance for your storage unit

Typically, self-storage facilities are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged belongings. As such, you’ll require insurance for all your stored belongings. You might think that it’s safe. However, what if there’s a fire?


A smart storer understands that accidents can happen. They also know that in the event of unforeseen circumstances, their belongings would be protected if they were insured.


Consider taking up insurance or a protection plan in case anything goes south during your storage rental period. This is especially crucial if you’re storing any valuables or expensive items.

At Extra Space Asia, it’s compulsory for all storers to undertake insurance during their storage rental duration, covering fire, lighting, and/or extraneous perils.

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