First-Time Storage Renter Guide

Self storage can be a big help when it comes to finding extra storage space or keeping items safe during a move. At StoreLine, our online rental options and convenient locations make getting the benefits of self storage even easier. We even offer vehicle storage for your convenience.

Couple moving boxes into a new home.

If you’re new to renting storage space, however, you might not be sure where to start. Don’t worry—we’ll lay out a few of the basics for choosing a storage unit and answer some of the most asked questions in this first-time storage renter’s guide.

Choosing a Self Storage Unit

When choosing a storage unit, make sure to think about everything you’ll be needing to store. This will impact the storage unit size and features you’ll want to choose.

Storage Unit Sizes

At StoreLine, we have storage unit sizes suitable for a variety of different storage needs. Whether you need a space for a few extra boxes or a place for keeping large household items, we have room for you. Our storage unit size guide can help you gauge the size of each unit type and choose the solution that makes the most sense for what you need to store.

Drive-Up and Climate-Controlled Storage

Depending on the self storage location you choose, you may have the option to choose drive-up or climate-controlled storage units. These types of storage can be especially useful for you, depending on what you have to store.

Drive-up storage units are those you can drive your vehicle or moving truck right up to for easy loading and unloading. While these units are especially helpful for those moving heavy items, drive-up units are great for making quick storage stops, no matter what you’re picking up or dropping off.

Climate-controlled storage is a fantastic option for keeping temperature-sensitive items in self storage. Typically recommended for items like electronics, wooden furniture, and appliances, climate-controlled storage is air system regulated so the interior of your unit doesn’t reach the same extreme temperatures that standard storage units can, even during the hottest summer days!

Car, RV, and Boat Storage

Select StoreLine facilities also have parking spaces available for storing cars, RVs, camper trailers, and boats. With our vehicle storage options, you can keep your extra vehicle in a secure storage facility between uses and save some space in your driveway or garage at home. Self-storage can also be a great secure alternative to street parking and may help you avoid HOA costs for storing large vehicles, like RVs, outdoors. For details on available covered and outdoor car, boat, and RV parking spaces, just find a StoreLine Self Storage facility near you.

Starting a Self Storage Rental with StoreLine

At StoreLine, renting a storage unit or vehicle parking space is simple. Just choose one of our storage facilities to start the rental process. Once you’ve chosen a storage facility, you can view all the available storage spaces at that StoreLine location and choose a unit. Once you’ve selected a unit, our site will guide you through setting up an online rental. After you’ve rented a unit, you’ll be able to handle payments online.If you have questions regarding your storage unit rental, just contact your StoreLine facility. You can also check our general FAQ page for more common questions.

Couple moving boxes into a new home.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ] for New Renters

How should I pack for storage?

We recommend carefully wrapping, boxing, and labeling your items before storage to make locating everything easier later on. Try to store similar items together. If you’re storing a lot of items or expect that multiple people in your household or business will be using the unit, you may want to make a list of everything you’re putting in storage to reference later on.

What’s the best way to organize a storage unit?

One of the best things to do when organizing your storage unit is to leave a clear center aisle. This will make accessing items anywhere in your unit much easier. As for general organization, keeping your most frequently used items near the front of your unit can be very helpful. You can also consider seasonally rotating your storage unit, so the items you’ll use in a given season (camping gear, outdoor furniture, holiday decorations, etc.) are toward the front of your unit.

Is there anything I can’t keep in storage?

You cannot store liquids, explosives, flammable liquids, toxic materials, or perishables in our storage units. Living inside of a storage unit is also not permitted.