Choosing the right self-storage unit isn't always an easy job. You need enough space for your items; however, you likely don't want to pay for space you won't use.
You might be tempted to go small here. For example, you might hire the smallest space you can on the basis that you can cram everything you need to store tightly into the unit. You'll be prepared to overload the space if you have to.
While this makes financial sense, overloading a unit isn't always a good idea. Why should you avoid doing this?
1. You Won't Have Easy Access
Sometimes, you simply put things in self-storage to keep them safe for a while. For example, if you're going travelling, then you might put all your stuff in storage until you return home again. You won't need to access anything in the meantime.
However, there are times when you need access during your storage rental period. You might need to take things out of storage.
If you overload your unit, then you can't necessarily do this easily. You won't have space to move around to get to the things you need. You might even have to empty out most or all of the unit to access some items.
If you hire a slightly larger unit, then you can create some space around its contents. You will have easier access when you need it.
2. You Could Have an Accident
If you're short on space in your unit, then you might not pack things safely. For example, you might be tempted to stack boxes too high. You might not leave enough room between each stack of boxes to move around freely.
If you don't stack things safely, then you risk having an accident. For example, an overhigh stack of boxes could topple over. If you have to squeeze through things, then you might dislodge something that could fall.
You could hurt yourself. You also risk damaging some of your stuff. However, in a larger storage unit, you'll have room to stack things safely and move around more easily.
3. You Won't Have Good Air Flow
Storage spaces are typically ventilated, but some of your items might need you to pack them with extra space for greater airflow. If you overfill a unit, then all your belongings will be crammed together.
There won't be room for air to circulate around them. Your things could smell musty and even suffer from condensation problems if the air in the unit gets too humid.
A larger unit gives you better air circulation. You'll leave more space around your items.
To find out more about how to choose a self-storage unit, contact a local storage facility.