Making use of a short or long term storage facility may be a useful option if you’re going through a transition in your life or if you need to create some extra space in your home. Here’s some tips on how best to go about the process:
Choosing a Suitable Storage Unit
- Compile a list of everything you need to store
Having a clear picture of everything you want to keep in your storage unit will not only help you determine what size unit you need, but also help you stay organised.
Storage units usually come in standard sizes and to keep your costs down you’ll want to choose the smallest size possible whilst still ensuring you have enough space. Make the best use of the space by thinking vertically. To keep things easily accessible, it’s best to store heavier items at the bottom and lighter items on top.
- Make use of a reliable storage company
Although you shouldn’t be storing items of significant value in a storage unit, the things you do store will still have some value to you, that’s why it’s important that you make use of a reputable company. Take some time to read reviews from other customers or ask people you know for referrals.
Start your search early to ensure that you get what you are looking for. If you leave your search for a suitable storage facility to the last minute you may need to compromise and the last thing you’ll want is to do is to be forced to make another move to a more suitable facility at a later stage.
- Take note of security
Ensure that your belongings are kept safe by making a careful assessment of the security offered by the storage facility. Common security features include controlled access, CCTV and 24-hour security guards.
Ensure that the lock placed on your unit is of a good quality and not easy to tamper with. Although the security offered by the facility is your first line of defence, a strong lock will be an additional deterrent.
Be careful who you give access to your unit to. Use discretion when giving anyone access to your unit and make sure you trust them completely around your belongings. You probably won’t be accessing your stuff regularly so it will take some time before you realise something’s gone missing and by then the culprit will be long gone.
Packing Your Storage Unit
- Stay organised
As with packing up your home when moving, ensure that everything is clearly labelled. Create a detailed inventory list of every item in each box so that you can easily locate something when you need it and keep that list in a safe place for easy access.
- Protect your possession
- Make sure you carefully wrap each item to prevent it from getting damaged.
- Fill any gaps between boxes with padding to prevent movement.
- Cover furniture with blankets or sheets to protect it from dirt and scratches.
- Protect books and clothing from insect damage by adding mothballs to each box.
- Be wary of using plastic as this can trap moisture and cause mildew.
- Don’t store perishable items. These may rot or attract vermin to your unit.
- Get help
Although you may only have a few items to store, don’t make your life difficult. It may be worth hiring a local moving company to help. They will not only be able to assist you with safely transporting your items, but also with loading and unloading heavy or bulky pieces.
- Think Practicality
If possible, try to pack your storage unit in such a way that you can easily access everything. This is best achieved by leaving a passageway in the middle of the unit with items stacked on either side. The last thing you want to do is unpack the entire storage unit just to get to something stored at the very back.