Watch Out for These Scary Storage Nightmares

Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only things that make our blood run cold. When using self-storage, there are plenty of possible pitfalls — and these frightful disasters will likely give you the chills. Luckily, we have some tips for how to prevent common self-storage mistakes.

Here is our list of top scary storage nightmares, along with simple ways to avoid them.

1. Choosing the wrong sized unit.

Uh oh, too much stuff, not enough space. We’ve seen it time and time again. Often, people underestimate just how much space their belongings will take up and choose a storage unit that ends up being too small to fit it all. Luckily, we have a handy guide for choosing the right unit, as well as a step-by-step tutorial on how to make that decision.

(And, of course, Extra Space employees are always here to help you determine which size is right for you.)

2. Not choosing climate controlled storage.

Rookie mistake! There are quite a few items that require extra care. You don’t want your valuable record collection to melt like the Wicked Witch of the West…and you’d be heartbroken if your great-grandmother’s antiques were damaged from extreme temperatures. Not sure if you need a climate controlled storage unit? Use our quiz to solve that mystery.

Bonus: Here’s a climate controlled storage checklist so that you can fully prepare.

3. Disorganization and poor planning.

Nothing ruins a good storage unit like not thinking ahead properly. No one wants a crowded space where you can’t ever find what you’re looking for and you’re always tripping over your furniture. Stay organized from the very beginning. Go into it with a sketch of your storage unit — bonus points for color coding it! This will also help ensure that you don’t pack the unit haphazardly, with heavy boxes on top of fragile ones. Also, remember to label your boxes. Tip: Label each one with a number as well as the general contents. Keep a list to refer back to.

4. Choosing a storage facility with poor security.

You’re trusting your most prized possessions to be stored safely for a significant amount of time. Don’t skimp on the security! When possible, choose a facility that’s fenced in. If you’re in a major city, ask the storage manager if the property is a lock-down facility, meaning that a manager will be present whenever you’re accessing your unit. Run down this list of security options to avoid any spooks!

5. Overlooking the small details.

You’ve checked all the boxes, got all your bases covered…or so you think. For example: Did you definitely clean out your toaster oven? (You don’t want to attract any little pests to your storage unit!) Did you make sure to wash your clothes and blankets? How about draining gasoline from your lawn mower? Do one last walk-through before calling it a day to make sure that nothing goes over-looked.