So you just found a Host on Neighbor and you’re ready to move your items to their space. But before you do, let’s just double check to be sure your possessions are ready for storage. Here are a few tips that will help you know what to store, and the safest way to store them (or not store them).
Self Storage Tips:
What Not To Store:
First of all, let’s talk about what NOT to store, so you can keep your stuff and your Neighbor’s stuff safe. Storing hazardous items is not permitted in storage units or on your Neighbor’s property. These include any corrosive, flammable, or explosive materials such as:
- Aerosole cans
- Car batteries
- Yard equipment containing fuel (empty fuel beforehand)
Also, no guns, ammunition, or any type of illegal or stolen goods. Keep yourself safe, and keep your Neighbor safe by storing those items elsewhere. When storing your items, be sure that all of your items are completely dry to avoid mold and mildew from growing. Don’t store live plants (or anything else that’s alive) and avoid storing items with a strong odor to keep pests away. Also do not store anything that is perishable. Neither you nor your host want to find rotten food in your storage space or in your boxes.
While family heirlooms, antiques and valuables are great to tuck away for a while, be aware that there is always a risk to storing your possessions, no matter where you go. These items are often irreplaceable and we wouldn’t want you to ever have to lose them. Accidents happen, so be sure that you feel comfortable placing your items in a space that is not your own. Keep in mind that furniture and musical instruments can be stored, but remember that wood, leather, brass, strings and other materials are best stored in climate control. If you’re storing these items, check with your Neighbor (Host) to be sure they provide climate control to protect your stuff. Wherever you go, consider getting renters insurance to protect your stuff and that you are picking out the right storage unit.
What To Store:
On the other hand, some great things to store are your seasonal items that you just don’t have room for in your own house. These could include:
- Boats and jet skis
- Campers and RVs
- Holiday decorations
- Lawn and patio chairs
- Skis, snowboards, and sleds
- Camping gear
Be sure when you store lawn mowers, weed whackers, snow or leaf blowers that you have emptied the gas tanks before you store them.
In addition to seasonal items, special occasion items are great for temporary storage. My mom, for example, has collected an entire roomful of wedding decorations after the last two weddings done in our backyard. Instead of selling her decorations, storing them is a better alternative for her, especially with two more daughters and a son to be married. Until then, she can still occasionally pull them out when someone rents her decorations for their weddings.
There are so many more examples of items that can be stored, but now you know the do’s and don’ts and are ready to move your stuff to your Neighbors! Read a few reviews of Neighbor and then start storing with Neighbor.