Storage Tools & Tips
When choosing a storage facility, and storage unit, there are a few things to keep in mind to help you narrow down the type of storage you need. It is important to consider both the amount of space you need, and the amount you want to spend to protect your belongings.
Make a list of what you want to store:
- List all large furniture items.
- Estimate the amount of boxes to store (large and small).
- Odd shaped items (treadmill, basketball goal, etc)
Next, you should think about the level of protection you might want for your items.
Ask yourself the following:
- Will it benefit my belongings to store them in a climate controlled unit?
- Would I store this in a regular garage setting?
Asking this question and relating it to the individual items you want to store might lead you in the direction of splitting your belongings into two types of storage: Climate Controlled and Non Climate Controlled. This can help you save money by maximizing the amount of space you need for specific things. If the majority of your belongings are tools and sturdy construction equipment, you might be wasting money by storing everything in a climate controlled. Instead, identify if you have delicate or temperate sensitive items that would truly benefit from climate controlled self storage.
Prepare your items for storage
If your items are worth storing then theyre worth protecting. Having the proper containers are very important. They help you utilize your storage space efficiently and better protect your belongings. Consider buying plastic tubs or moving boxes. While it may seem like a frivolous expense to purchase plastic tubs for all your belongings, consider the cost over time. These tubs will last longer than cardboard, can be stacked more easily, and are more moisture resistant than cardboard.
For antique furniture or furniture you really want to protect, it is recommended that you put an extra layer between those items and the rest of your belongings.
Here are some simple to-dos in protecting valuable furniture:
- Raise items with wooden feet off the ground. Concrete can be cold and hot within a short period of time. This can cause the wooden feet on furniture to crack.
- Wrap upholstered furniture with plastic, especially if stored for long periods of time. The extra layer of plastic will keep excess dust from settling into your fabrics.
- Purchase covers for beds. There are specialty bags which will encase your mattress and box spring.
- Lay cardboard or a sheet of plastic under fabric items that sit directly on the floor.
Protect you items once stored
Choosing the correct storage facility and unit and taking the time to correctly protect your stored items is important. But if you want to ensure the utmost security for your things, you should consider a few additional steps.
There are two important things you can do to further protect your belongings:
A good lock
While it might seem adequate to put a simple padlock on your unit, there are much safer options. Special storage locks will give added security to your unit. Consider a Round or Disk lock. The actual locking bolt is hidden behind a layer of metal which encases the whole lock. It makes it difficult to remove with simple bolt cutters.
Again, ask yourself that if youve taken the time to store it, is it not worth protecting? Insurance costs as little as 26 cents a day and can offer you protection from disaster, theft, and unforeseen events. Talk with a storage professional about the right option and plan for you and your belongings.
The following pages provide tips that will help you make the best use of your space and ensure safe and secure storage for your belongings: