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10 Things to remember when choosing a Self Storage unit
and Filling it up.

1 Make a List and Check it Twice.

Before you even start calling around figure out what you need. How Big? How Long will you need storage? Will you need to access your stuff often or just deliver once and remove once? What will you put in storage, is it fragile bulky heavy or precious If so what is the value.

2 Sort your things and get rid of what you don't care about.

There is nothing worse than looking inside your storage unit and wondering why you are paying good money every month to keep stuff you don't want to keep. On the same topic, if you keep a self storage unit for a while its a good idea to look at what you're storing and getting rid of what you no longer want.

3 Pack carefully.

Make sure you have your packing supplies: padding blankets, tape, marker, wrapping supplies. LABEL your boxes and keep an inventory in the storage area AND at home. When packing boxes fill them up to the top so they don't collapse when you put other boxes on top. Put heavy things such as books, tools and rock collections in smaller boxes and pile at the bottom. Its easier to pile up boxes that are the same size. Plastic wrap can be helpful in preventing scratches on furniture but don't enclose completely otherwise it could go mouldy.

4 Call your home insurance provider

and read your policy and find out if your stored goods are insured properly. Remember you have already gone through the stuff and gotten rid of what you don't want so what's left is good stuff. Is it covered for damage such as sprinklers setting off, theft, acts of god. What are the deductibles?

5 Check the Obvious

When choosing a Self Storage company, ask yourself: is the area secure, is the door working properly and strong, do they have good fencing, are there guards? Will you be afraid to go there by yourself? Does the company have a truck you can rent, or help you can hire? Do they have insurance?

6 If you need Frequent Access

Consider getting a ground floor unit. Elevators can be slow if others are moving and it can take alot of time to move your things. Size of corridors can be tricky if your posessions are large and bulky. Do they offer dollies or carts to use. If you will be moving things in and out often then a slightly larger unit might be easier and end up cheaper than continually taking time to move things out to get to the back.

7 Consider the hours of operation of the Self Storage Location

Also consider how busy it is and how easy it is to access the entrances. Is the door keyed or is it a code? Can you park near the entrance of your unit?

8 Filling your Self Storage Space

Will you need to access some things over the course of storage period? Then keep then on the outside, or leave a path to them, Pile heavy stuff on the bottom and lighter stuff on top. If you are on the ground floor its often a good idea to put skids down so air can circulate and dampness not touch your goods. This is true even if the floor is concrete and looks dry, If the walls are damp leave a space. If the roof is of doubtful quality or there is a chance of sprinklers going off, or someone spilling liquids on top of you drape a plastic sheet over your packed stuff. It will also keep the dust off. Do not wrap things tightly in plastic if there is any chance of condensation. Many areas are quite humid and condensation will form and cause mould. If you are planning for long term storage then shelving might be useful.

9 Make sure the storage company can reach YOU

AND leave at least a second contact number.

10 If you are storing documents

photo or framed artwork make sure that they are away from any dampness and that the box is covered in case water gets in. Do not place them in closed plastic bags except for very short periods otherwise condensation will be a problem and mould will grow.

Nick Boothby, Maddy Dennett and Greg McDowell
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