Self-Storage Etiquette: Unwritten Rules to Follow

self-storage-124Renting a self-storage unit is a simple yet effective way to clear out the clutter from your home or place of business. If you're unable to park in the garage due to excess furniture and boxes stacked to the ceiling, perhaps it's time to rent a storage unit. Doing so will promote a clean and tidy home or workplace, making it well worth the investment. But if you're going to rent a self-storage unit, you'll need to know (and follow) some unwritten rules regarding etiquette.

Don't Block Other Unit Entrances and Pathways

Unless it's your own unit, you should refrain from blocking entrances to any self-storage unit or pathway. If another tenant wants to add or remove items from their storage unit, they'll need a clear path to do so. Stacking your boxes in front of their unit will prevent them from accomplishing this, however. So unless you want to make enemies with your "storage neighbor," it's recommended that you keep entrances and pathways clear and free of obstruction.

Follow the Facility's Rules

Each self-storage facility has its own rules that tenants must follow. When you initially sign the lease contract, the manager should provide you with a list of these rules. Take the time to read through this list and familiarize yourself with the different rules so you know what's allowed and what's not. Ignorance is no excuse for violating a rule, and it could get you kicked out of the facility.

Be Friendly to Your Neighbors

If you see another tenant in need of assistance, offer to help them out. Whether they are carrying a large piece of furniture by themselves or just trying to clean up, being polite will go along ways at self-storage facilities. Because the next time that you need assistance, chances are they will offer to help as well.

Don't Disturb Others

I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it's still worth noting that you should avoid disturbing other tenants around your storage unit. Pulling up to your unit with the radio blasting doesn't exactly leave a positive impression on other tenants. Some people seek peace and quiet in their storage units, so they don't want to listen to loud music played by another tenant. The bottom line is that you should respect the privacy of other tenants around your unit, keeping the volume down (or off).

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