Make These Notes Before Storing Items In A Self Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit usually seems like the most straightforward kind of rental that you will do, and usually it’s not hard to get a unit. Unlike renting an apartment or office space, usually you won’t need to undergo any credit checks, and some storage units even have rental units leased out month-to-month immediately with no long-term contracts or security deposit, although generally there is an administrative fee. But while storage units are usually easy to rent and leases easy to understand, there are still things you should know before you sign the lease and pack your things to put in a unit. The first is that you will need to know what you can and cannot store in a storage unit Arvada CO which is usually stated on the lease, and the second is making sure you have adequate insurance protection for your property. 

To Store Or Not To Store 

Usually your general items such as clothes, tools, electronics, appliances, furniture, boats and sometimes even vehicles can be stored in units depending on what kind of unit you rent. But usually you cannot store foods, cleaning supplies that have heavy chemical hazards, fuels such as oil, gasoline and propane, firearms and ammunition, and in many cases you cannot and should not store expensive jewelry or family heirlooms as this article points out. The reason for this is because food can get spoiled or attract pests, chemicals and gas can give off terrible odors or become fire hazards, and firearms and jewelry are often not covered in insurance policies and can put your unit at high risk of theft even with staunch security. It may be wise to rent at a more specific company that can store firearms or jewelry if you’re not comfortable storing them in your own home. 

To Insure Or Not To Insure 

You will generally need to have insurance on anything you store in a unit because facility owners do not want to be liable for damages to it. As explained here, usually your renter’s insurance policy will have provisions in it even for property kept in a unit outside your home. However, there can be limits on how much this policy will cover and even circumstances that it covers. If that’s the case, you may want to purchase coverage through separate policies offered by the facility. Just be aware that some events are not covered by any policy. 

In conclusion, you just need to take account of what you’ll be storing and make sure it is permitted in your lease and covered in your insurance before doing so. If you’re finding trouble with space or are not permitted to store certain items, you may want to make arrangements with a friend to store the items at their house, or perhaps sell them if you don’t really need them. Usually monthly fees for storage units are fairly cheap unless you’re renting a large unit or a climate-controlled unit, but you still want to make sure you avoid late payments and defaults so your items aren’t forfeited.


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