Self-storage is a great option if you need a secure space for some of your items. In addition to keeping your goods secure against potential thieves, they also protect your stored items from the elements like rain, wind, and sun that could cause damage.
However, storage units come in different sizes, and it’s never a good idea to choose one that is too big for your requirements. So you have to choose the most appropriately sized unit for your items, making sure to maximize the available space so everything fits perfectly and you have enough room to walk around.
Here are four ways to get the most out of self-storage:
1. Find the right storage facility
Today, there are plenty of self-storage facilities to choose from. This can make it challenging to find one that truly suits your needs. To help you decide, here are some tips.
● Know what you’ll be storing
Before looking for a facility that offers the type of unit that can accommodate all your items, you must first decide what to store and how much space you need.
● Determine the distance
Convenience is a vital consideration. You don’t want to drive for an hour or more just to get to your storage unit, regardless of how great the deal you got may be. It would be practical to choose a facility within your immediate area so you can easily get access to your items whenever you need to.
If this will not work for you, renting an on-site storage unit may be a better alternative so your items will remain in your premises.
● Check the features offered
Opt for a storage facility that allows you easy access to your items. Also, check the security features of the facility. In addition to security cameras, make sure that the facility has a fence/gate and security alarm so no intruder can approach the units.
● Read reviews
Before making a final choice, make sure to read through the reviews from the facility’s past and present clients. It would also be a good idea to speak with some of them to get a clearer picture of how the storage rental company handles their business. Opting for a company that not only offers convenience but delivers great service as well is a must.
The bottom line is that you need to choose a self-storage facility that will suit your specific needs and keep your stored goods safe and damage-free.
2. Pack your goods properly
Packing your items for storage is crucial in keeping them safe and damage-free until you decide to get them.
So don’t just throw everything into the self-storage unit haphazardly. You have to pack your items neatly in sturdy, good quality boxes and secure them using the right packing supplies, such as tapes, packing paper, bubble wraps, and plastic cover. You can purchase these packing materials from the storage company.
Wrapping your furniture in plastic helps in keeping mold and mildew from ruining them. Also, this averts water damage. Applying moisture protectant may also be necessary to keep the furniture fabric intact.
If you have no experience in packing properly, or perhaps you don’t have enough time to pack, you can always let the professionals do the packing on your behalf. In fact, this is one of the best ways to make sure that everything will remain in excellent condition.
3. Organize your storage unit
In addition to packing your items properly, make sure also to organize them inside the unit to keep them safe and secure at all times. Here are tips to consider:
● Label all boxes
Proper labelling is the best way to know the contents of every box. This means writing legibly and listing all the items in the box in all four sides and on top of the box. This way, you can easily locate whatever item you need to get out of storage without even repositioning the box.
● Keep the heavy items at the bottom
Placing the heavier items at the bottom will keep the fragile, delicate or lighter items from being damaged or crushed while in storage. When stacking boxes, make sure as well that the stack is balanced to prevent item breakage.
● Place the items you may need to access the most in the front
For frequently used items that you may need to retrieve or access again soon, place them in front of the storage unit. For example, place the clothes you’ll need for the next season near the entrance so you can get them easily once the new season arrives.
4. Make sure that your stored items are properly insured
Getting insurance for all your items is a must. After all, you need to take every measure available to protect yourself against losses and damage caused by both natural and man-made disasters like flooding, fire, theft, and arson, even in the most secured storage facility.
So look at your renter’s policy or homeowner’s insurance to check if it covers everything you want to store. Otherwise, ask the storage facility if they offer coverage for all your stored items.
Indeed, self-storage is an excellent way of keeping your items damage-free and safe for as long as you want when you have limited space in the house or when you are having home improvements done. Make sure to implement these strategies to maximize your storage unit and get the most out of your investment.
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services and storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.