Choosing long-term storage for your belongings

Choosing long-term storage for your belongings

Perhaps you are going to work abroad, or maybe you received an invitation to the fellowship of your dreams. You could also be selling your home and downsizing to a smaller place, whatever the reason, there are many considerations when choosing long-term storage for your belongings.

It’s time to start investigating the long-term storage choices available to keep your belongings safe and secure.

This article will run you through some key considerations when choosing long-term storage for your belongings.

Know what features there are

Selecting a self-storage facility that satisfies all your “must-have” requirements is the first step in finding the best storage option for your needs. Here are some key features that most self storage facilities offer:

  • Wide range of room sizes to suit your needs and the option to upgrade and downgrade when required
  • Flexible terms with no deposit and a short notice period when you wish to empty the storage unit
  • Easily accessible so that you can get access to your possessions whenever you want to
  • High levels of security with state of the art features including CCTV, access control and fully alarmed
  • Automatic direct debit payments are the most convenient and hassle-free payment method so you won’t have to worry about remembering when payments are due

Getting the right size unit

There are usually many different sized storage units available to rent so it is important to choose the right one. Understanding the storage sizes available will help you to find the best unit for your needs, ensuring you only pay for as much space as you require. Take a good look at the size of the items you’re packing up. If you are storing bulky furniture, think about how you can save space by perhaps dismantling some furniture items. A good rule of thumb is to choose a unit with a little extra space, just in case you need to add more things into it over the long-term.

Pack your items properly

Packing your items properly will help keep them in great shape, no matter how long they’re in your storage unit. When packing your belongings, make sure to use plenty of protective materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, stretch wrap or even old bed sheets and clothing. Don’t forget to label everything too. Save yourself guesswork by labelling all boxes and make sure they are clearly visible. Strong cardboard boxes and plastic transparent storage containers are a great way to pack your belongings. Fragile items and paintings should always be wrapped in bubble wrap.

If you’re looking for self storage in Stoke-on-Trent, be sure to consider Bigfoot Self Storage! We offer both short and long term storage solutions for personal and business use including moving home. Contact us to get your quote today!

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