Properly preparing your items for self storage is important for both short term and long term. However, preparation for long term storage requires more time and effort. If you don’t want your items to perish, that is.
Here are some essential tips to help you prepare for long term storage.
Laying tarp on the floor of your storage unit can be beneficial for long term storage. Over time, moisturise can seep through the concrete floor, although this shouldn’t happen, it’s better to be safe than sorry! A simple solution to avoiding this is to lay some tarp across the floor of your storage space.
Ensure your belongings are stored away correctly. Don’t pack your items in plastic bags, use proper storage materials such as packing boxes. It’s also best to use new cardboard boxes for long term storage rather than recycled ones.
Taking the time to pack your items properly is the key factor in keeping your belongings safe and avoiding unnecessary damage.
Make sure you label all your boxes or keep a detailed inventory. This will help you to remember what’s in your self storage unit as you may forget over time. It’s important to do this for both short term and long term storage. Labelling your storage boxes also helps to avoid breaking fragile items as you know where they’re located in your storage unit.
Insuring your items will also be a good idea if you’re storing long term (or short term). Especially if you’re moving overseas and have majority of the things you own in storage. Do some research and make sure you find a policy that covers everything you need. Again, better to be safe than sorry!
Have someone organised to check in on your storage unit when needed. Long term storage generally means you won’t be visiting your storage unit for a long period of time. If you ever need something from your storage unit, it’s handy to have a local person who can grab it and post it to you. This person could also be a point of contact if there was ever a problem with your self storage unit.
Have your rental fee set up to be direct debited each month. If you’re travelling the world or now live in another state, you probably won’t be cancelling your storage contract anytime soon. In addition, it makes life easier for both you and your storage provider!
Need a long term storage facility?
At Store UR Stuff, we offer both short term and long term storage, including indoor self storage units and outdoor vehicle storage. Our Adelaide storage facility has a variety of storage unit sizes to choose from. If you’re looking for self storage near you, call our friendly team on 8371 0000 or alternatively, send us an enquiry online!