Charlottesville Storage Solutions

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College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® offers full-service storage solutions in addition to our complete packing and moving services. Our climate-controlled storage facilities will guard your property at every stage of the moving process. Store things for days, weeks, or as long as you need.

Whether you’re looking for a safe alternative to self-storage with easy access to your property or want a more permanent storage solution at the end of your move, count on the College H.U.N.K.S.® team to provide you with the best storage options available in Charlottesville.

Know Your Type of Storage Unit

Not all storage units are created equal. The storage solution for you depends on your needs, items, and quantity.

  • Indoor storage units are small and will protect your items from dust, unwanted pests, and harmful outdoor elements. Most indoor storage units offer elevators for added accessibility, along with brightly-lit hallways, air conditioning, and full-service security features.
  • Indoor storage units with climate control offer protection from damage like cracking or warping of wood. With the steady temperature of climate control, your belongings will stay protected from extreme temperatures and humidity all year round.
  • Drive-up storage units are located on the ground floor and offer the convenience of direct access from an exterior entrance. As the name implies, you can drive right up to them, which will save you time and effort. Drive-up storage units are typically the size of a one-car garage with a roll-up door. Roll-up doors allow for maximum storage space and accessibility, making it easier for you to move your items quickly and more efficiently.
  • Outdoor storage units aren’t enclosed, but keep in mind they may be covered for better protection. This storage option is perfect for vehicles, boats, trailers, motorcycles, and RVs. Outdoor storage is often the most affordable type of storage and is ideal for renters who need a secure parking spot.
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Things to Consider Before Leasing a Storage Unit

Will my belongings be safe, and will I feel secure when I visit my storage unit?

You can feel safer and better protect your belongings from vandalism and theft by choosing a brightly-lit storage facility with on-site security features.

Security features to look for include:

  • Brightly-lit exterior
  • Fenced perimeters
  • Electronics gates with custom entry codes
  • On-site storage managers
  • Individually-alarmed storage units
  • Security cameras

When moving your items into a storage unit for the first time, remember to provide your own lock to safely secure your storage unit. For added protection, invest in storage insurance. While it is often times required, many storage facilities give you the option to purchase storage insurance to better protect your items from damage or theft.

Will the location fit my needs?

Consider how often you’ll need to visit your storage unit. If you plan on visiting your storage unit often, choose a location that’s most convenient for you. Keep in mind that location affects price—if you won’t need to visit your storage unit regularly, consider a less expensive storage option.

Is the facility and storage unit clean?

Choose a storage facility with a reputation for providing clean and secure storage units. Make sure you’re getting the most for your money and take a tour of your future storage facility before you commit to renting a unit.

Will I be able to access my storage unit when needed?

Make sure the access offered by the storage facility will meet your needs. Gate hours typically run from 6 AM to 10 PM, but some storage units offer 24-hour accessibility at an additional cost.

Does this facility offer the right size and type of storage I need?

This is oftentimes the most challenging part about choosing a storage unit. Research the features and consider the advantages of indoor, outdoor, and drive-up storage units and create a quick list of what you’re looking for. Most storage facilities provide on-site staff to help you find the best unit that fits your needs.

When storing larger items such as heavy furniture and office equipment, consider the size of the storage unit door. If you’re storing temperature-sensitive items, choose a facility that offers climate-controlled storage space to protect your belonging from extreme temperatures and humidity.

Before signing your lease, ask your storage manager any questions you might have about the security and accessibility features of your storage facility. Take a tour to see if the storage units available are right for you.

Pack Your Storage Unit Like A Pro in Three Easy Steps!

Step One: Gear Up with the Right Boxes

Before moving into your storage unit, invest in some sturdy moving boxes for packing. Resist the urge to store things in plastic bags, which are not stackable and trap moisture, causing mildew. Protect fragile items with plenty of bubble wrap or packing paper. Most importantly, don’t forget to label your boxes! You’ll be glad you did once you have to unpack.

Step Two: Prepare for Move-In Day

Ask your storage manager for a dolly or moving cart to use to help move into your unit. Most facilities offer them at no additional cost. Your storage manager may also offer pallets to stack your moving boxes to help protect them against unwanted pests and water damage.

Step Three: Stay Organized & Maximize Storage Space

When packing your storage unit, it pays to be prepared. Planning will help save you time and frustration for a smooth move.

Check out these tips for efficiently packing your storage unit:

  • Store the largest items against the wall and along the sides of your storage unit. Place items you’ll access often near the entrance.
  • Leave an aisle to easily access your belongings. Create aisles between furniture and stacks of boxes or arrange your belongings in a “U” shape with open space for added accessibility.
  • When possible, store large pieces of furniture vertically.
  • Stack chairs seat to seat.
  • Disassemble furniture, such as tables and bed frames. Place screws and bolts in a bag and store them along with your furniture.
  • Stack moving boxes so that you can see the labels and place the heavy boxes on the bottom of the stacks.
  • Store framed artwork and mirrors on end. Never store them flat!
  • Use the storage space inside furniture drawers, wardrobes, and other hollow items.

Self-Storage Packing Tips from the College H.U.N.K.S Professionals

Not everyone can be an expert on packing for your storage unit, but now you don’t have to be! At College H.U.N.K.S.®, we want your items to last as much as you do.

Here are some helpful packing tips from the professionals to help make your storage experience a success:

Use high quality, strong, stackable boxes and containers.

The strength of your boxes will degrade with use. Smaller boxes will make it easier for stacking and will save you space in the unit. Do not use masking tape or cellophane tape, as these tapes do not provide the strength necessary for secure closures.

Fill boxes completely to keep them from collapsing and damaging your belongings.

Make sure half-empty moving boxes are on top of the stack, with heavier boxes on the bottom. Pack books and other heavy items in smaller boxes for easier lifting.

Label each box on several sides and make note of fragile items.

Each moving box label should be facing out so that you can easily find what you’re looking for inside your storage unit. Each box should also be properly labeled by what room they belong in. Each room’s items should be stacked in the same area for easy access.

Clean your items before you store them.

Wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to combat rust. Bedding linens should be cleaned or dry-cleaned. Any crumbs or stains should be removed from your items to avoid attracting unwanted pests.

Make the best use of your space.

Utilize your unit space by using the tops of dressers and tables to stack boxes. Drawers are a good place for linens and small items. Mattresses should be standing flat, on end, and not leaning to prevent lumps and damage. Mirrors, windows, doors, and screens should be stored on edge and never flat.

Use your own supplies.

You can use your blankets, towels, or bed sheets as a dust cover for expensive furniture to help cut down the costs of moving and storage supplies.

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