Winter just seems to make everything more difficult. Between the cold temperatures and the snow, it may not seem like the best time to rent and fill a storage unit. But it can be done! With the tips below, you can keep your things (and yourself) safe while renting and filling a storage unit in the winter.
Rent a unit closer to home.
In the summer, it may be worth driving an extra 10 or 15 minutes for a storage facility that offers a better price. But in the winter, that longer drive will be more of a burden. Make location a priority when choosing a storage facility; pick one that's close to home.
Cover things in tarps as you carry them outside.
One concern with putting things in storage in the winter is that they'll get snowed on, become moist, and then mold in storage. A good way to prevent this issue is to cover your items in tarps as you carry them from the house to the moving truck and then from the moving truck to the storage unit.
Load non-temperature-sensitive items first.
You don't want temperature-sensitive items, like furniture and artwork, to spend too much time in the cold moving truck. So, put things that are not temperature-sensitive in the moving truck first. Stick the temperature-sensitive things in the moving truck just as you're about to leave, and make them the first things you unload into the storage unit, too.
Schedule a "snow date."
You can move into a storage unit when it's snowing lightly, but doing so during an outright snowstorm is much more challenging and not really safe. So, when you're setting up your storage unit plans, schedule in a snow day. This way, you won't be tempted to risk your own safety to load the storage unit.
Put some desiccant in the storage unit.
In a climate-controlled storage unit, the dehumidifiers should remove enough moisture from the air that mold isn't a concern unless your items are downright wet with snow. However, it doesn't hurt to take the extra precaution of leaving a box or two of desiccant in the storage unit. This will help absorb any traces of moisture from snow.
With the advice above, you can successfully load a storage unit in the winter. Whether you're moving or just hoping to get some extra things out of your home, renting a storage unit is a great approach.
To learn more, contact a resource like Abes Self Storage.