Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your self-storage facility and keep your items in good condition.
Before You Choose a Facility
- If you think you’ll be picking up or dropping off items on a regular basis, it’s wise to choose a storage facility that’s close to home.
- Make sure you check whether there are smoke alarms, sprinklers, and security devices. You should also find out if insurance is available through the storage facility.
- Another important consideration is whether the storage facility is pest free so you won’t risk your belongings being damaged by mice or insects.
- Also check for evidence of water damage.
Protecting Your Stored Belongings
- Lay blankets, plastic sheeting or pallets between the furniture and the floor of your storage unit.
- Your furniture must be suitably wrapped to protect it from scratches and moisture. You can use towels, old linen, and blankets. Wrap the legs of your furniture with wrapping paper, newspaper or tissue paper.
- Use a rust protector on your bikes and tools.
Fitting Everything In
- Disassemble what you can.
- Store any tables that can’t be disassembled top down with the legs pointing toward the ceiling.
- Stack your chairs seat-to-seat with paper in between.
- Avoid stacking or leaning your items against the outside walls.
Appliances and Equipment
- Make sure your fridge and freezer are clean and dry. Moisture and mildew will cause damage to these items.
- Fit what you can inside any of your belongings – it’s valuable storage space.
- Leave your appliance doors slightly ajar.
- Using wardrobe boxes will save you ironing when you move your things out of storage.