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Whether you are an experienced storage renter or a first-timer, renting a storage unit can be difficult, especially in a big city. There are several steps that you need to follow in order to do it right and that’s why we have prepared this article for you. There are many moving and storage companies NYC that you can choose from – you just need to know what to look for. Follow this guide to renting a summer storage unit to find out more on how to easily do it.

Before renting a summer storage unit, think about what to store and what to throw away

Before you even consider storing an item, this step is a must. In our experience, most people store things just so that they can throw them away next season or next year. We advise you not to be one of those people. It’s a complete waste of time and money for you. There are some general questions that you may answer and decide what you should store and what you should throw away.

  • Think about the last time you used that item – was it longer than the time you want to store it?
  • When will you be using this item again?
  • Does it have any material value and if yes, is the current selling price higher or lower than the storage price
  • Does it have any sentimental value to you?

Once you have answered these questions it will be easy to determine what you should store. Make a complete list of things to store and label them. This will make the whole process faster and easier.

A woman making a plan on renting a storage unit during summer
Make preparations in time – it will be easier for you!

Consider how long you have to rent a storage unit for

Our next stop is the time frame of your storage facility rent. Most facilities require at least one month of rent. Providing that you are renting a summer storage unit, the chances are that you will need it for longer than three months. Most people who rent a unit during summer put their winter clothes and items in it. Again, be sure that you really need those items before actually renting a unit. The general rule is that the longer the rent is, the lower the price. If you are sure that you will be renting for longer than 6 months, be sure to say that to the company or the owner. Try to negotiate a better price based on how long you are renting it.

There are two main types of storage units – self-storage and full-service storage

Self-storage facilities are the most popular ones in NYC. The main reason is the price – they are a lot cheaper than the full-service ones. Basically, having a self-storage facility means that you rent a place by yourself, move items to it by yourself and pick it up whenever you want to. The downside is that you are also responsible for those items. That being said, some of them offer certain security protocols (like cameras, a list of people who entered the facility, etc) that you might want to look into.

Full-service storage on other hand offers a nice bit of advantages for a price. The company that you hire will take the belongings and safely store them. They will often take photos and send them to you, as well as the list of items that they stored. You can also request updates if needed. Once you need something, you can order it to be brought to your home. This is undoubtedly a cozier option – but as we said before, it comes with a price.

A worker in a high-end storage facility
Renting a summer storage unit can be tiresome, you might want to hire a full-service storage company

If you are not sure what storage facility you need, Chelsea moving company can assist you. It’s always good advice to ask a professional when in doubt. Making a wrong decision can cost you quiet a bit compared to the price of professional help.

Determine what size of storage unit you need

Now that you have decided what to store and what to throw away and what storage facility you need, it’s time to see how many items you actually have. The best thing to do is to pack them in boxes. You will save a lot of time for later use and it’s super convenient if you do it right. Pick the medium size boxes first. Put all the things and make a list of items in a particular box. Attach the list to the box (or simply write on it) so that you know what is where. Be careful with electronic devices when you prepare them for storing.

In this way you will save money as well – boxes are cheap (or boxes are free if you know where to look for them) and they will save you a lot of space. Once you have all the boxes ready, pile them up and simply measure the size of the pile. In this way, you will know exactly how much space you need to pay for and it will be easier for you to find a storage facility in the summer.

A man is making a box
Put everything in boxes – it’s super easy

 

Tips on how to find the best storage unit during summer

Keep in mind that looking for a storage facility in summer is difficult since it’s a very busy season. Having a climate controlled storage is a must. The temperatures are high in summer and some damage may occur so we highly advise you to put this on your list of priorities. There are many climate controlled storage Mahnattan units to choose from. Maybe your options will be limited so start the search several weeks in advance. There are a few things to look for when searching for the best storage unit:

  • Price – obviously this is very important. If the price is too high, or higher than the value of the items that you store, the whole process is futile.
  • Location and availability – it’s best that you find a place near your home. You also need to check for availability, to see if you can access your items on weekends, at night etc.
  • Reviews – the best way to know how reliable the storage facility is, is to look for reviews.

Whatever your choice may be, stay calm and start in advance. There are numerous options for renting a summer storage unit out there so we are sure that you will find the right one. Follow our guide and enjoy the summer.

 

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Born and raised in the upper east side of NYC. I consider myself an expert with anything moving or storage related aspects in New York City. Having been in the NYC relocation industry for almost two decades I found myself at a point that I am able to answer and help my clients on the first phone call. NYC is amazing and I can't wait for it to recover from the COVID related closures. Feel free to email or call anytime! 212-244-4011