When renting a storage unit, one of the most important things to consider is how big of a unit you will need to get. In other words, you need to make sure that whatever storage unit you use will be able to hold everything you need it to.
When trying to determine the right sized storage unit for you, you should definitely check out this handy size guide; it will give you a brief overlook of what (generally) will fit in each size storage unit. Even with that great resource, though, there are still a few questions you should ask yourself when trying to determine what size is going to be right for you.
What kind of access do I need?
If you are just planning on loading everything into your unit, and then coming to pick it up in one trip a while later, you really only need a unit that is just big enough to hold everything you want to store. That is, you don’t need to leave much space for walking around, or for rearranging things so you can find that one box you’re looking for. If you’re going to be periodically visiting your storage unit to rotate boxes or remove and box now and then, you’ll want to leave a little more breathing room so that you have space to move and shuffle things around.
How big are my big items?
While guides like the one we linked to above are certainly useful, they’re pretty general about what will fit in each size unit. Regardless of what that might say, you need to make sure that your largest furniture will fit into your storage unit easily; you don’t want to risk breaking, scratching, or denting any of your valuable possessions as you try to cram them into your unit. Do some measuring and research beforehand to make sure it’s all going to fit comfortably.
Am I comfortable with stacking my items?
Obviously, stacking your furniture, appliances, and boxes within your storage unit is one way to really maximize the space that you have. Make sure — before you commit to a unit — that you are comfortable with having things stacked on each other in this way. Consider what stacking might do to the condition of certain items, like a mattress or sofa. Consider also any antique or valuable pieces that could be damaged in other ways if they have other things stacked on top of them. Truthfully, most of your items are probably fine when it comes to stacking, but if you have anything that needs to be left out of the dogpile, make sure you take that into account when determining the size of storage unit you need.
These questions, combined with the linked guide above, should give you a good idea of the size of storage unit that is right for you. If you have any questions about your options, or to get started on the path towards renting a storage unit in Phoenix, contact AZ Mini Storage today.