There may come a time in your life when you need to put some some of your personal belongings into a storage unit for a short or long term rental. Whether moving back home or shifting into a smaller residence, renting a unit can help make things much easier. Instead of filling a basement with boxes or having to get rid of household items, choosing to pack it up and store it is often the better decision.
Although it may appear as simple as packing your stuff up and putting it into a storage unit there are some things to consider and organize before you do. It is important to do research as there are some things you should do and others you should not when storing your personal belongings. Professional movers are always there to help you to figure all the ins-and-outs of storage. Here is a list to help you store like a pro.
If you are taking the time to store your belongings this likely means they are important to you and having them get damaged due to things like moisture and mould will certainly be very disappointing. So be sure to make an educated decision and find yourself a reliable and reputable storage company. Also, it is important to be aware that not all units offer climate control and this can impact your stored items.
- Pack Carefully and Strategically
As you are paying for the space you use make sure to pack your boxes carefully without any wasted empty spots in them. Find containers that are easy to fill and that can hold your belongings. Also, when moving your stuff into the unit try to use every inch of it and put harder to store awkwardly shaped items in strategic places so they do not take up too much of the area. If you are aware you will fit more into the unit.
- Make an Inventory and Label Boxes
Once you have stored your belongings you may have to get into the unit every now and then to get something you need. If you have labelled all of the boxes and containers this will be so much easier. Also, if you are storing for a long period of time it is likely you might forget exactly what you have stored and where. If you have an inventory you can refer to it. It is smart to keep one with you and one in the locker.
- Purchase Insurance
Having your personal belongings insured when they are in storage is important in case of things like fire, floods or theft. If you are not insured and something happens there is nothing you can do about it. If your belongings are destroyed or damaged you will not be compensated.
- Store Valuables
A storage unit is not a place for your valuables. If losing it would be devastating to you then it does not belong there. Although loss or damage is not common it can occur so to be safe find an alternative way to keep your original art, jewelry and anything of else of emotional value.
- Give Access to Others
Though it may not seem like a big deal giving access to your storage locker to someone is like giving them a key to your home. Unless it is someone you trust with your belongings like close friends or family it is not a good idea to give anyone the means to get into your unit. It is best to only have one or two trusted people who can get into your storage.
- Keep Unnecessary Items
One common storage mistake is keeping non-essential items you really do not need. Only store the things that are essential to your life and get rid of everything else. Go through your belongings very diligently and donate, sell or recycle all that is unnecessary for you. There is no point in paying to move and store things you will only throw out later.
- Store Perishables or Hazardous Goods
Storage companies have a list of things that are restricted and are not allowed to be kept in their units. Perishable foods or plants can rot and attract pests like mice, rats and bugs. This is definitely not ideal. Also, anything that is flammable or toxic does not belong in a storage unit so be sure you are not putting any of these into your storage space.