Self-Storage Move-In Day Checklist: 5 Steps For Success

Debbie Kuo | August 25, 2023 @ 3:00 AM
Move-in day is almost here! Before moving into a storage unit, there are a few essential steps and considerations to make the process as easy as possible.
Here’s what you need to know to make your self-storage move-in experience a breeze and ensure the safety and accessibility of your belongings. Let's dive in!

  • Complete Your Rental Agreement
  • Line Up Your Insurance
  • Find the Right Lock for Your Unit
  • Prepare for Moving
  • Pack and Organize Your Storage Unit Like a Pro

Step 1: Complete Your Rental Agreement

To get started, you'll need to complete a rental agreement. If you’re renting from us, the process is quick and easy, and you can do it online from the comfort of your own home. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to complete your rental agreement and secure your storage unit.

Navigate to the Find Storage page:

  1. Once you're on our website, click on the Find Storage button.
  2. Next, click “Select” to choose the storage unit you want based on your size requirements. (Not sure which size unit you need? Use our handy size guide.

Sign the Agreement Electronically

Once you've reviewed the terms and conditions, it's time to sign the rental agreement electronically to reserve your storage unit.
Need some help? We’ve got you. Our customer service team is always available to help.

Step 2: Line Up Your Insurance

While storage facilities strive to provide a secure environment, accidents or unforeseen events can still occur. That's why many facilities require renters to have an insurance policy to guarantee the safety and security of their stored items.

Step 3: Find the Right Lock for Your Unit

When it comes to securing your storage unit, choosing the right lock is essential. Of course, all of our units are monitored by premium security with 24/7 surveillance and on-site professional managers, but a good lock is still a must.
There are two main types of locks to consider: traditional locks and digital locks. Here’s a look at both.

Traditional Locks

Our Pick: Disc Locks

Disc locks are widely regarded as one of the most secure options for storage units. These locks have a circular shape and a shackle that is resistant to cutting or tampering. The design of disc locks makes them difficult to pick, providing enhanced security for your unit. Look for a heavy-duty lock made of hardened steel or brass that’s built to withstand external forces. If your storage unit is exposed to the elements or is located in a climate with extreme weather conditions, opt for a lock that is specifically designed to withstand the elements. Weather-resistant locks are built to resist rust, corrosion, and damage caused by moisture or temperature fluctuations. These locks are durable, secure, and easy to use. To make move-in simple, you can find the lock you need right in one of our facilities. 

Keyless Digital Locks

Keyless digital locks are the cutting-edge future of locks. They’re revolutionizing self-storage by enabling customers to effortlessly access their units using their smartphones, eliminating the need for traditional keys. While there are digital locks out there, traditional locks are still the most trusted, secure option for self-storage. 

Double Check the Size

Ensure that the lock you choose fits the latch and has enough clearance to be easily inserted and removed. Measure the dimensions of the latch before purchasing a lock to avoid any compatibility issues. For more on how to choose the right lock for your storage unit, check out this article.

Step 4: Prepare for Moving

Plan ahead and organize your belongings to make the most of your storage space and avoid any potential mishaps on move-in day.

Step 5: Pack and Organize Your Storage Unit Like A Pro

Organizing your storage unit is essential to maximize the space and ensure easy access to your items when needed. Make the most of your storage unit with these simple tips and tricks.

Enjoy the Convenience of Self-Storage

Renting a storage unit is a convenient, cost-effective solution for storing your belongings. By completing the rental agreement, lining up your insurance, choosing the right lock, preparing for the move, and packing and organizing efficiently, you can make the move-in process smooth and hassle-free.

At our facility, you’ll also get access to our team of professionals to help answer any questions you may have. We’re here to help make sure you have the best possible storage experience from day one.

Happy storing!

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