By Polly Irion, Certified Self Storage Manager
We live in a beautiful region of North America where we get a fair taste of most weather patterns; you’ll want your comfortable shirts and pants in spring, swimsuits in summer, sweatshirts in fall, and heavy coats in winter. And winter means snow in our region, and sometimes quite a lot of it. Because we are almost certain to see the white stuff every winter, let’s review what you need to know about a Snow Day when using self storage.
Whether you have or have not rented a self storage unit before, you may be wondering what to expect when we have a Snow Day, and also how it pertains to you and your storage unit. Today we will be discussing the three P’s of getting through a bout of winter weather.
The concept of self storage is simple: you place your belongings into a rented space for short or long-term storage. You can store a large variety of belongings; everything from clothes to furniture to sports equipment and tools. But one thing to remember is that you should never place something vital to you into your storage unit. For example, documents such as a birth certificate or social security card are items you may need suddenly and are also items of which you typically only have one original copy. By avoiding storing vital documents such as these, you can prevent the need to drive to your storage unit during bad weather. For more tips on what you should or should not place in your storage unit, read our blog, “Storage Tips: Items You Shouldn’t Store In Your Storage Unit”.
You will also want to take the time of year and the seasons into account while using self storage. Exercise preparedness by rotating your seasonal items inside your storage unit as you use them and return them. Plan to retrieve your winter tools and toys like shovels and sleds, as well as your holiday items like Christmas trees and lights, before the weather turns. If you know a storm is coming, visit your storage unit before it arrives. Snow storms rarely hit out of the blue, so get prepared ahead of dicey weather and get those important items out of storage and to your home before the frozen precipitation falls. Remember your winter clothes and heavy jackets as well. Make a list before visiting your storage unit so you don’t forget anything important.
If there is a winter weather advisory issued by our local government telling people to stay off the roads, then by all means listen to all safety advisories! If it is not safe to drive on the roads, it will not be safe to visit your self storage unit. Main roads and highways will be plowed long before smaller local streets and businesses will. And if those main roads are slick, icy or heaping with snow, your local storage company may not be navigable in such poor weather or even plowed at all until the storm is finished. Remember that plowing companies focus on hospitals, schools, gas stations, grocery stores and other important locations first before they can even start at small businesses like restaurants and storage facilities. We ask that you exercise patience if you feel the need to remove something from your storage unit, and wait until roads have been cleared and any driving restrictions have been lifted. Our company policy is that we have 48 hours from the time the snowfall ceases before we begin plowing the properties. That allows the plows to get those important places done first and get to our locations afterwards. If you are unsure if we are open or accessible, you can always call your property manager before you head out.
Now the roads are plowed, the weather has cleared, and you would like to stretch your legs. Great! But the show isn’t over yet for most of us yet. Moove In Self Storage is responsible for plowing all common areas of our properties, which means the entrance, office parking lot and drive aisles around the buildings. We are not responsible for digging out individual parking spaces or storage unit doors. The plow trucks cannot get that close to the parking spaces without risking hitting the vehicles in those spaces. We certainly don’t want the plow to hit your expensive RV and cause damage, and we are certain you agree. They also cannot get too close to the storage unit doors without damaging them or the buildings with the plow or just from the mass amount of snow being shifted.
Our Property Managers are responsible for making sure the entrances and access doors of all buildings to the inside storage units as well as the keypad areas are cleared or snow and salt has been applied to help prevent ice buildup. For our customers who prefer the luxury of having a temperature control or interior storage unit, this is great for you and you will continue to have easy access to your storage unit once the storm has ended. But for our customers who prefer the convenience of a drive up unit, you’ll need to exercise perseverance and extra caution. When you visit your storage unit after the snow has stopped falling, be sure to bring along gloves and a snow shovel so you can clear away any snow that is in front of your unit door. Otherwise you may not be able to open the door.
Luckily, most snow storms in our region are only a few inches and should not pose a problem when clearing it all away. But for those occasional whoppers when we are digging out of feet instead of inches, please be patient when it comes to accessing your storage unit.
If you have any questions about getting prepared or the next snow storm or other inclement weather, please contact usor reach out to any of our knowledgeable property managers. And, if you are ready to start using self storage to keep all those seasonal items and more, you can rent a storage unit online 24/7.