Storage Tools and Tips

Storage Tools and Tips

Storage Tools & Tips

When choosing a storage location 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 price you want to spend to protect your belongings.

Make a list of what you want to store:

  • List all large furniture items.
  • Estimate the number of boxes to store (large and small).
  • Appliances
  • Odd shaped items (treadmill, sports equipment, 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 heated unit?
  • Would I store these items in a regular garage setting?
  • How often will I need to access my belongings?
  • Do I need the ability to drive up to my storage unit?

Asking these questions related to the individual items you want to store might lead you in the direction of splitting your belongings into two types of storage: heated and standard. From there, you might need to choose between indoor and drive-up units. These options can help you save money by maximizing the amount of space you need for specific things. For example, if most of your belongings are tools and sturdy construction equipment, you might be wasting money by storing everything in heated unit. Instead, identify any delicate or temperate sensitive items that would truly benefit from a heated unit.

Prepare your items for storage
If your items are worth storing then they’re worth protecting. Using the proper containers is very important. They help you organize your storage space efficiently and better protect your belongings. Consider buying plastic tubs or sturdy moving boxes. While it may seem like a frivolous expense to purchase these items for all your things, consider the ease of organizing, protecting and labeling your things for easy access later. Plus, most people find they can fit well-organized items into a small unit – which saves money!

When storing furniture, it is recommended that you put an extra layer between those items and the rest of your belongings.

Here are some simple to-dos when protecting 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. Most of our locations sell specialty bags to 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 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:

Buy a good lock
While it might seem adequate to put a simple padlock on your unit, there are much safer options. Special storage locks – such as a round or disc lock – will give added security to your unit. The actual locking bolt is hidden behind a layer of metal which encases the whole lock mechanism, making it very difficult to remove without a key.

Insurance
Again, ask yourself, if you’ve taken the time to store it, isn’t it worth protecting? Storage insurance costs as little as 30 cents a day and can offer you protection from disaster, theft, and unforeseen events. Talk with one of our storage professionals about the right option and plan for you and your belongings.

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