Frequently Asked Questions About Renting A Storage-Unit
When it comes to renting a self-storage unit, a little bit of research upfront will help you avoid any unnecessary hassle. You want things to go smoothly, whether you’re moving, downsizing your home, freeing up extra space in your garage, or just looking to store precious mementos and important documents. You also want to protect your personal belongings with a secure space, one that is also conveniently near to you. With more than 20 years of service in Medford, Oregon, Afford2Stor is Southern Oregon’s mini-storage expert. Here are the most frequently asked questions we hear from our customers.
1 / How do I know what size storage unit to get?
Self-storage units are available in a wide range of sizes. Afford2Stor offers a wide range of unit sizes to give you more options to choose from. To help you determine how to choose a storage unit best for you, see the five easy steps below.
Make an inventory list of all the items you plan to store
Identify items you will need to access in storage
Measure and estimate the collective packing size of the items you plan to store
Be sure to account for extra space to provide ventilation as well as for walkways
Reference these packing requirements with unit size details below
2 / What size storage units does Afford2Stor offer?
Afford2Stor’s mini storage units come in a range of sizes, including:
5x10 storage units can store small amounts of furniture, sofas, chairs, chest of drawers, box spring and mattress, business supplies and record, plus other small items and boxes.
8x10 storage units are perfect for small amounts of furniture, sofas, chairs, chest of drawers, box spring and mattress, business supplies and records, plus other small items and boxes. To view video of what this size unit looks like, click here.
5x20 storage units hold the contents of a one-bedroom apartment including bikes, furniture and appliances
10x10 storage units can hold the contents of a one-bedroom apartment with major appliances, furniture and boxed items and supplies. To see a video of what this size unit looks like, click here.
10x18 and 10x20: storage units can hold the contents of a three-bedroom apartment or home, including appliances, boxes, furniture and boxed items and supplies. These storage units are also ideal for commercial inventory and storage racks.
3 / Should I get the bigger or smaller storage unit?
This is where your inventory list will be helpful as you may forget items which require more space. Also, think about your future needs. Most people find that their storage needs grow over time. Consider going a unit size up to be sure that your space will accommodate your items now and in the future. You can also visit Afford2Stor and ask to see a unit that is the same size you are considering. We also have video of our 5x10 and 10x20 units available by clicking the video links above.
4 / What’s the best way to pack my items in the mini-storage space?
Once you’ve determined the right storage unit size, consider both the size and weight of the items you’re looking to store. You want to make the best use of the space that you have while allowing for easy access. Some items can stack on top of each other, while others may be too heavy or awkward in shape, requiring their own space. One way to help with choosing a storage unit size is by actually packing your belongings and stacking them together. Without damaging any items inside the boxes, use a tape measure to see how much space you need. Try using different containers or boxes to figure out the most efficient way to store everything. Depending on how long you plan to store items, it may be important to provide space for ventilation and access. When storing belongings for short periods of time, it is usually okay to pack them closer together. When storing belongings for longer periods of time, however, providing extra space not only for ventilation, but also for a walkway so you can get to your items is also vital. For belongings that you may need to access regularly, consider leaving enough space in your unit for an aisle. Then, be sure to arrange those belongings along the aisle for easy access. Don’t forget to label your boxes and items so you can always find what you need and to keep an inventory list at home.
5 / I’m ready to rent. Now what?
At the time of rental, you will be asked to bring a valid photo ID, current contact information and proof of insurance, and to fill out an application, so keep that in mind as you prepare for move-in. If you need assistance with your items of special equipment such as a doily, please be sure to check with our manager ahead of time so arrangements can be made for you.