Our guide on getting the most out of your storage unit
Self storage units are great because they provide a safe home for your personal belongings. They also protect your stuff from environmental elements, such as rain, wind, and sunlight. Storage rental is an additional expense and units can get filled up pretty quickly so it is crucial to utilise every nook and cranny of space in there. Here is our guide on getting the most out of your storage unit.
Organisation is key
An overfilled, messy storage room is a headache. Imagine looking for something, and all you see are piles and piles of assorted boxes. You dig, and you rummage, but it’s impossible to find a needle in the middle of a haystack. The trick is to be organised, pack your things neatly and plan how you want to fill your storage unit.
Ideally, tall and bulky items, such as furniture and appliances, should go at the back of the room against the wall. It’s also a good idea to place them on wooden or plastic pallets rather than have them touching the ground directly in case of spills.
If you’re planning a long-term rental, putting shelving in your storage room is a good idea. If not, put all your things in good strong boxes so they’d look tidier. Stack the boxes with the heavier ones at the bottom, and don’t forget to label whats in them. Place the boxes with the things you still might use near to the entrance for better access.
Upgrade to a larger unit
A smaller unit is undoubtedly cheaper, but if your storage is already packed to the brim, then an upgrade is definitely worth the price. It will be challenging to move around and retrieve an item in a tight space and your things are more likely to get damaged when stacked so closed together. If you’re not sure how much space you need, ask a member of staff to advise on what will be best for you.
Consider storage insurance
While most self storage facilities keep their premises clean and secure, one can never discount “acts of God” damages. Earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, and flooding are just some unavoidable disasters. If you’re planning to put valuable or sentimental items in your unit, consider having them insured properly to cover the value. Most storage companies offer goods insurance policies for an additional fee.
Think beyond the price
It’s natural to want to go for the cheapest storage unit. However, your cost considerations may be compromising the value of your items. Choose a storage facility with adequate and transparent security. This is essential if you’re planning to store valuable objects, such as designer handbags, jewellery, and artworks. Location is also another thing to consider, especially if you need to retrieve your objects from time to time.
Bigfoot Self Storage have the solutions to all of your storage requirements and will help you to be smart with your storage options. Contact us for a quote.