First-Time Renter’s Guide

If this is your first time renting a self storage unit, you may feel overwhelmed by the process of getting started. Bluebird Self Storage has created a handy guide for newcomers to the storage world so you can rent and store confidently.

Why Use Storage Units?

Many factors may lead someone to seek out self storage, but it all comes down to one core commonality—the need for space. Some common storage types individuals seek out when they need additional room.

  • Personal storage. Whether moving to a new home, renovating your basement, or just needing a place for seasonal belongings, renting a personal storage unit opens up your home by giving your possessions a secure place to stay.
  • Commercial storage. Expanding businesses need room for new ideas and people, which means finding somewhere to store excess storage and inventory. Commercial storage provides a flexible storage solution so you can focus on business operations.
  • Small business storage. Whether you’re a contractor, an artisan, or an entrepreneur, achieving your professional goals can be challenging in a cramped workspace. Small business storage gives you options to clear some space and help your business grow.
  • Military storage. Service members and their families often must relocate, so self storage can be a helpful means of securing your storage while you’re away from home, whether you’re spending two months on a nearby base or two years overseas.
  • Student storage. College students between leases, studying abroad, or short on space in their dorm rooms can use self storage units to give themselves room to breathe, live, and study.

Our storage facilities boast a range of storage features to give you the storage experience you deserve, from climate-controlled units to the innovative Nokē Smart Entry System. Contact your nearest facility to learn more about the features and benefits offered at each of our locations.

What Do I Put In a Storage Unit?

Storage units are variable spaces that can be used for various items, from business inventory to bedroom furniture. Some of the most common storage items we see are as follows:

  • Appliances and electronics
  • Documents, books, and files
  • Furniture
  • Sentimental items
  • Business inventory
  • Seasonal clothing, equipment, and decorations

What Am I Not Allowed to Store?

By the law and building regulations, you cannot keep the following items in Bluebird Self Storage facilities for the safety of yourself and others:

  • Liquids
  • Explosives and combustible materials
  • Toxic materials
  • Drugs and paraphernalia
  • Living things, including animals, plants, and people
  • Food of any kind

How To Rent a Storage Unit

If you’re ready to rent your storage unit, Bluebird Self Storage offers several accessible ways to conveniently and quickly get your unit on the books. You may go about renting in several ways, including:

  • Online. You can browse available units virtually at a nearby facility and complete the entire rental process from your home.
  • Via phone. If you’d like to talk with a manager before signing your lease, you are welcome to call your nearest facility.
  • In person. Stop by Bluebird Self Storage to get a feel for our storage facility before committing to anything. Then, you can rent with us in person!

Helpful Resources for Self Storage Users

For seasoned renters and first-timers alike, here are some valuable resources the experts at Bluebird Self Storage have put together to help you have the best storage experience possible.

  • Unit size guide. This tool helps you visualize your storage in units of varying sizes, simplifying your decision of what size will best suit your needs.
  • Storage tips. Making the most of your storage unit is more than mere Tetris. These tips help you use your unit in a way that prioritizes practicality and the longevity of your storage.
  • Packing tips. Whether moving homes or into a unit, this guide advises packing and moving your belongings safely and efficiently.
  • FAQ. Are you wondering if you’re the first person to ask a question? See if our FAQ page has the answers you’re looking for.