Self Storage How To’s

Michael Ruge
2 min readJul 28, 2020

The task of moving is always a stressful situation, especially when you have a ton of your things just lying around. This can often put them at risk of being damaged, but they can also considerably slow down the process of moving, and nobody wants that. This is why so many homeowners and businesses alike take the time to store their items away at a storage facility. Although it’s certainly simple to do, there are a few things you should keep in mind before collecting your items. Therefore, the following includes information on just how you begin to self-storage your items within a storage unit.

Choosing the Right Unit

If you’re thinking of storing your items for a long or short period of time, choosing the right unit is still a very important thing to think about. The reality is that not all storage units are created the same. The storage unit of your choice should reflect the type of items that you’re thinking of storing away. For example, if all you’re going to store is a few boxes of clothes and kitchenware, a normal unit may be sufficient enough. However, when storing valuable items such as expensive collectibles or old photo albums, an AC powered unit is your best bet. This is because normal units can become quite warm, especially if these are located outdoors. Note that you should also take into consideration the size of the unit.

Storage Insurance

Although it’s recommended not to store anything valuable within a storage unit, sometimes that is your only option. Therefore, it is imperative that you take the time to purchase insurance. There are two ways to make sure that your items are insured. The first one is to simply ask your renters or homeowner’s insurance company if they cover items stored within storage units. If they don’t, you can always speak to the storage unit company to go over their insurance plans.

Ask for Help

When it comes to storing your items within a unit, it’s always best to seek the help of a friend or family member. Not only can you get the job done much faster, but you eliminate having to be alone in such an empty space. It should be noted that you must never share your entry or lock key with anyone.



Michael Ruge

Michael Ruge, based in Vancouver Island, BC, is a business owner and entrepreneur specializing in self & records storage. Learn more @