Short and long-term self-storage are great ways to house and protect your personal belongings. Some people rent Napa storage units to free up space in their home, while others use them for temporary storage during a move or home renovation.

Whatever your reason for renting one or more self-storage units, following some simple dos and don’ts will ensure you optimize your storage unit and keep all your household goods safe.

Dos and Don’t for Choosing Napa Storage Units

DO make sure to rent a unit from a reliable storage company. When you choose a self-storage unit from Southgate, you can rest easy knowing you’re putting your trust in a company with a proven track record of reliability.

DO make an inventory list of everything you place in storage. It will help determine which size unit you need and is a good record to have if you ever need to make an insurance claim.

DON’T wait until the last minute to find a unit. If you wait too long to book, you may find there aren’t any units available in the size you want or the area where you want to store your stuff.

Dos and Don’t for Packing a Self-Storage Unit

DO label each box so you can retrieve things quickly if need be. Also, when the boxes are delivered to your new location, it’ll be easy for the movers to put them in the correct room.

DO pack strategically. Storage containers can shift during movement, so be sure to use sturdy boxes and plastic containers that can be easily stacked. Sticking to one or two sizes makes it easy to take advantage of the unit’s entire vertical and horizontal area.

DON’T leave any items unprotected. Cover furniture with blankets or moving pads and box up small items in a way that keeps them from moving around in their bins.

DON’T store anything you might not want to lose. Though your belongings are well-protected at Southgate, things do get broken or lost. To be on the safe side, keep valuable personal belongings with you.

General Self-Storage Dos and Don’ts

Never store anything perishable in a storage unit, as it can leave foul odors and attract bugs and rodents. Security-wise, be sure to only share your key or access code with a few trusted people. And don’t forget to purchase insurance if your homeowner’s policy doesn’t cover self-storage units.

Convenient Self-Storage in Napa, CA

Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, Southgate’s Napa storage units provide the extra space you need to make your move more organized. We offer seven different sizes of self-storage units, including a 12×40 space for RV parking. We make it easy for you to find the right size unit for your storage needs and budget!

To learn more about all our available Napa storage units, contact Southgate Storage online today, or call us at 707-255-1677!