How to Determine the Right Storage Unit for Your Needs

Based on my experience as a manager for over 7 years, I find the biggest mistake prospective tenants make is selecting a unit size based on price and not their needs. If I could get a dollar for every tenant that rented online, then came to the facility and actually saw the size of the unit they rented and decided it was too small, I would be rich! After proper counseling we then have to a transfer them to a unit that fits their needs.

I understand moving can be a very stressful time (speaking from experience), and properly choosing the size needed may only add to that stress. Listed below are some tips and suggestions that may help you determine a size.

  • If possible, tour the facility, and get a visual perspective of the space you will be working with. This can also give you the opportunity to speak with experts who can guide you to the proper unit size. This may save you time and money and possibly an additional cost of renting a second unit after you find your first unit is full.
  • What will you be storing in the unit and is access to your belongings important while being stored? You may not know that facilities have many different sized units and door size options. For instance, the door on a 5×10 will not be as wide as the door on a 10×5. Therefore, the larger items may not fit through the smaller door. With the wider doors, access will be easier to your belongings if you need frequent access to them. Whereas with the smaller door you have to take everything out and put it back in your unit after you finally find that one little item you needed.
  • Take inventory of items you will store. If possible, stage everything in one room or garage and measure around your items. This should give a general guide to a unit size you will need. You can also go to our website and access the Unit Size Guide, which is very user friendly.
  • Utilize all your unit space! On average, most units are a standard height of 8ft tall. Stack up those boxes to the ceiling, stand couches on ends, break down tables and stack those chairs (just pretend you are playing Tetris

These are just are just a few of the many tips and suggestion to help with the process of selecting a unit size. Do not hesitate to call our friendly experts, or visit any of our locations here at Heritage Self Storage. We are in the office every day of the week and will be happy to answer any of you questions and assist you with all your needs.


Mari, Manager
Heritage Self Storage, Reedley, CA
1885 E. Dinuba Ave.
Reedley, CA 93654

Call 559-638-4342

Tips to keep your move painless and organized

If you find yourself moving locally or relocating to a different city, I want to help by sharing some tips and advice to help keep your move as painless and as organized as possible.  You see, I am speaking from experience as I have moved across country six different times.  I didn’t just move alone, I moved with a large family, so it was especially important to remain organized in the preparation and packing to ensure a smooth and (relatively) stress-free experience.

  • Make sure you purchase sturdy boxes and label and tape them securely.  It might seem like common sense, but a little preparation can save a lot of headaches when it comes to unpacking. Use a good marker or label and indicate the room to which the contents belong.  Be sure to use small and medium boxes for books and other heavy items so they can be easily carried later. A tape gun is a great way to apply the tape securely on the boxes and its quicker and easier than using a loose roll.  Also, no constant fiddling to try and find that edge and peel it away!
  • Pack your belongings using bubble wrap and packing paper.  While it might seem faster to just throw everything in a box, you’ll regret it during unpacking when things are broken and damaged.  Take a little time to wrap glass and fragile items in packing paper and then use bubble wrap to protect large bundles.
  • Mattress bags are often overlooked, but they are the best protection you can get to ensure that your mattress stays clean and protected during the move.  If you plan to keep the bed in storage upon arrival, the mattress bag keeps it protected there too.  Once you do remove the mattress, you can reuse the bag to store other items and protect them from dirt and damage.
  • Select a room in your current home and designate it as a “moving room” to place all boxes in once packed.  As boxes are filled, move them to this room and stack heaviest boxes on the bottom.  Leave a portion of the room for items to be donated and another area for items to be trashed or sold.  Utilizing a room or area in this manner means that come moving day, all (or most) boxes will be in one location which will make loading the truck(s) easier.  Additionally, accessing furniture and other large items will be much easier because they won’t be blocked or obstructed by boxes.

As the manager of Heritage’s Sonora location, I’d love to talk with you about your moving and storing needs and offer any suggestions and advice possible.  We also carry a full line of packing and moving supplies at all of our locations. 

Call me or any of our other location managers, or feel free to drop by during business hours.  We can’t wait to help!

Lisa, Manager, Heritage Self Storage in Sonora

Lisa, Manager
Heritage Self Storage, Sonora CA
21660 Brian Lane
Sonora, CA 95370

Call 209-533-4445