Self-Storage Tips and Tricks

published by on January 9, 2014Before You Move Tips

Protect your stuff in storage.

Tips Provided By: Grace Bailey, a freelance author and content contributor for Removal Service London and other sites. 

Over the years, it’s highly likely you may have changed your place of residence several times, so you might be aware of the good sides of using storage units. There are quite a few great reasons why you would want to rent one and the following tips will give you the tips and tricks you need to know to get the job done right.

Let’s start with the first one on our list:

Focusing on pallets

If you want to keep your items away from the floor, then you will need to do so with pallets. You should always make sure you have a few available unless you want to experience damage when an accident happens. Floods may not be common, however things happen and it’s best to be prepared for them ahead of time. Depending on the type of self-storage facility you’re using you may need it, so better to be safe than sorry.

Wrap your belongings

Each time you’re using a storage unit of your choice, you should wrap things in either bubblewrap or industrial plastic to ensure things are tightly sealed up and safe from bugs and vermin. You could do that with shrink wrap as well in most cases due to its flexibility.

Using a good lock

You should also focus on putting some locks of your own in your storage unit if you want to place some sensitive items in there. As much security a place has, you can never have enough of it. Strongboxes for sensitive documents or jewelry are a good choice for that, especially when combined with a good lock.

The power of labeling

You should always be aware of what you’re putting inside the storage unit at all times, so this means you will need some type of labeling system now. You will want to avoid any confusion further down the line if possible. Make sure you label all the objects you store while also keeping tally of what you have in there. Making a floor plan or a numerical system of boxes also doesn’t hurt in the long run.

Plan ahead for changes in temperature

Though you may not experience that everywhere, in some locations the changes of temperature combined with humidity can be a real issue, particularly with mold and similar situations. Any sensitive items should be stored carefully and double wrapped just to make sure they’re fine.

Keeping your footing

If you have to reach your storage unit outside in winter conditions, you should always make sure you have a good deal of sand so you can safely walk across any ice patches that may have formed. Cat litter or even plywood can also do a good job at keeping you safe if you don’t have sand around.

You can read more tips and tips from Grace here.



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