Beginners guide to self-storage

What Is Self-Storage?

Self-storage is your way of providing temporary, but convenient, means of storing your properties, personal or business items, by renting storage units from a large warehouse or storage space providers.

Why Self-Storage?

Self-storage comes into use at different times and for different reasons, like

  • As a way of decluttering a home. You may realise you have gathered so much so that they are taking all the spaces at home. Self-storage helps get out some things from the home and free up spaces.
  • For storing seasonal items. From seasonal decorations, to certain personal or household items that only come into use at particular seasons; self-storage can be a way of keeping them out until when needed.
  • For storage during moves. When moving, it is common to need storage in the course of the move. Perhaps you are doing it yourself, and are not able to get everything into the truck all at once. Self-storage is your option for holding some things until you can come for them.
  • For business documents and important items. You can also consider self-storage as a way of keeping out some important items away from the everyday reach of people.
  • For storing properties of a dead loved one in order to sell the house.
  • When travelling overseas.

Choosing a Self-Storage

Several things are important when choosing between self-storage options.

  • Location. It depends on how accessible you want the storage units to be. If you will require to be accessing your properties regularly, you are better off with a storage unit that is close to you.
  • What you are storing. The kind of items you will be storing can determine what you should go for. If they are things that are weather-sensitive, then you would need storage units that are climate-controlled.
  • Size. There are various sizes of units you can get. The size of what you want to store should determine the size of unit you settle for. List out all you need to store. Afterwards, you can use online storage calculators to determine how much storage space you will be needing.
  • Security. Considering the security of your belongings is another way to choose between storage options. You should go for storage units that provide the kind of security that you deem necessary for your properties. The value of your items may require surveillance, computerized monitoring system, alarms, etc.

Self-storage packing

Having known the things you be storing, you can determine the kind of packing materials you should use for them.

  • Clean items properly before packing them for storage.
  • Use strong, sturdy boxes, plastic crates (when necessary), bubble wrap (for delicate items), and other adequate packing supplies suitable for different kinds of items.
  • To protect the spines on books, stack them, instead of standing them.
  • Properly label boxes and also include special handling instructions when necessary.
  • Seal boxes after packing.

Self-storage insurance

There are risks in everything. However secured your self-storage unit is, it does not completely erase certain possibilities, like flood, fire, and such. Having insurance over your properties is important. You should get coverage from your homeowner/renter’s policy. But if you don’t, you can ask your storage provider to see what insurance options they have.

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