Self storage

  • Storage and moving are very similar. In fact, it is not unusual when moving to need to put some things into storage, but not everyone uses their moving company’s storage facilities and opt to rent a spot at a self-storage facility.
  • It may appear that the rental of a storage unit is fairly simple – get the unit, open it up, put in the items to be stored and close the door. However, there is more to public self-storage than that.
  • Packing the stored items properly is important as things can happen. Also, packing the storage unit in the proper fashion is important.

Selecting the Self-Storage Facility

  • The location should be easy to access and close by.
  • Take into consideration exactly the amount of space that is really needed. Units at self-storage locations come in varied sizes, but if the standard ones are too big then mini versions are available, and there are many facilities that deal in smaller requirements.
  • Get information about storage facility opening and access times for units, though many do offer twenty-four hour access every day, but others do have varied additional charges and access restrictions.
  • Choose facilities that are climatically controlled as regular storage can subject valuable items such as antiques, documents and furniture to humidity, heat and cold that can result in damage such as the warping off wood or even mould. For an additional charge, many self-storage facilities are able to provide units with humidity and temperature controls.

Packing Preparations for Self-Storage Units

  • Get boxes that are similar in size and durability as they are easy to stack and less likely to collapse, but always stack them with the heaviest at the bottom and the lightest at the top of each pile.
  • Allow for small walking areas between furniture and boxes to allow easy access to items that are immediately needed. Put all items that need to be accessed first in the front of the unit, closest to the door.
  • When storing a large quantity of boxes, stack them to the top, even if this means putting soft stuff, old newspapers or padding on the top. Make sure each box is filled to capacity as partially filled ones can collapse under the weight of other boxes or items.
  • When storing larger metal items such as filing cabinets or lawnmowers, treat them for rust first and clean them with an oiled rag.
  • Ensure that the self-storage facility has proper security, though provisions should be made in addition to these to avoid theft. Keep the most valuable items in the back and use a good quality type of padlock for the door.
  • Leave ample space between boxes, appliances and furniture to let air circulate to avoid humidity build up and mildew. Place plastic sheet on the unit floor and then wooden pallets to avoid condensation. Use old fabrics or linens to protect items and boxes from dust.
  • Always store a refrigerator with the door left slightly ajar to prevent mould growth forming on the inside.
  • Never store combustible or flammable items or products in the self-storage unit. This applies to paint thinner, cleaning liquids, oils or gasoline. When storing gas or oil run machinery, drain the tanks prior to storage.
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