1. Always Use Pallets: When you are renting a storage unit, keeping your items off the floor is essential. I know you think it’s silly but, before renting your unit, there's no way to promise that the melting snow won't come under the door, or the adjacent unit won't have a spill that soaks its way into your brand new sofa.
2. Wrap What You Can : When you are packing your belongings, wrap as much as you can in industrial plastic wrap. Whenever you do so, you can have peace of mind knowing that things are sealed up tight and it won't collect dust or creepy crawlies while it's doing time. Check out Uline for easy ordering of large rolls.
3. Label, Label, Label: At the time of moving it may seem that labeling will be a waste of time because you know what your packing up but, that doesn't mean in 6 months when you need back in it that you won't be digging for ages and opening random boxes until you find what you're after. Label everything. Go above and beyond. The hidden, the obvious, also you could go the extra mile and make a color coded checklist that hangs inside the door telling you where something might be (back right corner on top of microwave=aqua antique lamp to sell on Facebook)
4. There Will Be Temperature Changes: As you know in Alabama, the weather can be overwhelming at times. Some items that are needed to be stored do not like the cold or the heat and should either be double wrapped or well insulated or not stored at all. Electronics, vinyl records, old photos (Alabama humidity will destroy), things of that nature all come out a little less awesome when not stored properly.
5. Bring Back Your Tetris Skills: Even the smallest storage unit can hold a great deal, just make sure you use the space wisely which means packing things all the way to the ceiling. Always utilize empty drawers to store random things. Bringing in plywood to lay across several boxes can help stabilize layers as your stacking it up, up and up! It will take the pressure off the tops of your boxes and help keep things safe.
6. Protect The Space: While we are concerned about protecting what you put in the unit, You should be aware of how you are expected to protect the unit that you rent out. If a unit is damaged, there can be heavy fines for scarring the unit during your tenancy. If you rent one to use, and you have anything that could leak or rust, leaving the floors a horrid color, it will be wise to protect your space and lay down plastic.