If you’re like most people considering long term storage, you probably have many questions swirling around your mind. What is it? How does it work? Is it right for you? In this article, we’ve compiled the answers to the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) about long-term storage:
- What is long-term storage?
- What can (and can’t) I put in long-term storage?
- How do I know what size storage unit I need?
- Should I go for climate-controlled long-term storage units?
- How should I pack for long-term storage?
- Will my items be safe?
- What are the payment options for long-term storage?
- What is the best way to organize my storage unit for the long term?
- Will I be able to access my items?
- What should I look for in long-term storage units?
Continue reading to discover the answers to these top questions about long-term storage units.
What is long-term storage?
Long-term storage units let you store items over an extended period, usually more than three months. It’s an ideal solution for people who want to organize or downsize their homes, providing space for extra belongings, such as outdoor gear, hobby supplies, and other possessions. Long-term storage is also popular for certain lifestyle events, including moving, traveling abroad, and other times of flux.
What can (and can’t) I put in long-term storage?
You can store many items in long-term storage units, such as furniture, appliances, workout equipment, clothing, books, musical instruments, electronics, documents, household supplies, artwork, memorabilia, and more. However, there are a few items you’ll want to avoid, including high-value jewelry, irreplaceable items, hazardous materials, perishables, and odor-producing items.
How do I know what size storage unit I need?
If you’re not sure what size long-term storage unit you need, check out our size guide page featuring six unit sizes ranging from mini to giant to help you find the best fit for you. You can also talk to our team for more personalized advice.
Should I go for climate-controlled long-term storage units?
If you’re storing sensitive items, such as artwork, antiques, furniture, electronics, photos, books, or CDs, then opt for a climate-controlled unit to protect them from damage. Learn more about which items require climate control on our blog.
How should I pack for long-term storage?
Before placing your belongings in storage, ensure they are clean and dry. Next, pack the boxable items in cardboard boxes instead of plastic bins to avoid trapping excess moisture. Then, seal the boxes tightly and label them. Finally, when storing furniture, appliances, and other large items, cover them with a blanket, tarp, or sheet.
Will my items be safe?
When you’re planning to store items for the long term, security is an essential amenity in a storage facility. Advanced security systems, unit door alarms, and sensor-driven lighting are just a few helpful security features to consider. Our security measures go even further with our rigorous screening system for new applicants requiring six points of identification.
What are the payment options for long-term storage?
Long-term storage units often feature month-to-month lease terms, like ours. We also make it easy to pay by accepting cash, check, credit cards, and money orders and even offer online and automatic payments for added convenience.
What is the best way to organize my storage unit for the long term?
An organized long-term storage unit makes it easier to find your belongings and protects your items from damage. Check out our easy storage unit organization tips on the blog to learn more about smartly arranging your long-term unit, such as installing sturdy shelving.
Will I be able to access my items?
Yes, items in long-term storage will be completely accessible. Look for facilities with convenient hours and locations to make it even easier to drop off and pick up your items whenever it works best for you.
What should I look for in long-term storage units?
Beyond the many amenities mentioned in this post, consider other attractive features in a long-term storage facility that give it a pleasant vibe, such as cleanliness, ambient music, hot coffee, and friendly staff. These extra touches go a long way!
Our highly secure, state-of-the-art, and sparkling clean long-term storage units are second to none. Call or stop by one of our convenient locations in Bayonne, Jersey City, or Brooklyn to discover all the ways we’re working to create your new happy space.