People opt for storage unit rental for various reasons. Most commonly, this proves to be the best solution if you need extra space for your belongings, especially if your home or office is to undergo renovation or you are relocating to another region.
But leasing storage units comes with considerable precautions and responsibility. There are dos and don’ts you must know to keep both the unit and your things safe and damage-free. This includes knowing what and what not to store in the storage units, how to choose the right unit, and how to pack. This way, you can get the most out of your leased storage unit.
5 Items Suitable for Storage
If you have bulky items such as bookcases, sofas and dining tables that should be put aside for a while, consider furniture storage rental. To make it a lot easier to store them, make sure to remove everything that can be detached, like the furniture legs and drawers. After that, cover them properly to prevent scratches, dents and other forms of damage.
- Fragile things
Mirrors, ceramics, vases and glass ornaments can also be stored in a self-storage unit. But these items must be packed securely before being stored. For instance, use bubble wrap as a cushion before placing them in a box. Don’t forget to label the box clearly with “fragile.”
Televisions and sound systems can also be kept safe in a storage unit. To prevent any damage, it is highly advised that you place them in their original packaging. If not, you have to buy the same type of box and packing supplies. Don’t forget to tie up the cables and cords, remove the ink cartridges and batteries whenever possible, and label them accordingly.
- White goods
White goods include appliances like the dishwasher, air conditioner, freezer and washing machine. To prevent the build-up of unpleasant odours and mold, make sure to clean them thoroughly before storing them.
For washing machines, for instance, run a wash cycle to make sure that the inside of the drum is clean. Also, allow it to dry by leaving the door open and wiping both the inside and outside area with a microfiber cloth.
- Valuable items
Items like jewelry, paintings and clothing can be kept in storage units but should be packed properly in sealed bags. This will prevent damage and degradation.
4 Items Not Suitable for Storage
It is obvious that perishable goods should not be put in storage. But there are other items that are best kept out of storage units.
- Flammable substances
Petrol, fertilizers, fireworks, compressed gases, lighter fluid and rat poison are examples of flammable/toxic chemicals that should not be stored. These substances will degrade over time as well as emit a noxious smell.
It is illegal for you to keep firearms and other weapons in storage.
If you have leftover paint from your home renovation project, keeping them in storage units is not advised. This will not only result in unpleasant odors but will also damage your other things once the paint spills.
- Living things
Animals and plants should never be kept in storage. Live animals will die while dead animals will result in a disgusting smell. As for plants, damp soil causes mold build-up and a foul smell, causing significant damage to your items.
Selecting a Storage Unit
- Do make a list of what you want to store.
When choosing the right storage units, it is highly recommended that you make a list of the items you must store depending on their fragility and size. This is the best way to determine the size of storage unit you will need, along with the packing supplies you must buy. Aside from that, creating an inventory will also help you stay organized.
- Do choose a reputable storage company.
Even if you are storing less valuable items, it is still imperative that you work with a reputable storage company. This will give you peace of mind that your stored items are safe, damage-free, and secure at all times.
It is a good idea to look at the company’s track record of reliability for local removals, ask feedback from their past clients, and read reviews. Also, get estimates from at least three storage companies and compare each before deciding which company to work with.
Packing and Storing Tips
- Do label all your boxes.
Labeling will make unpacking a lot easier. This also proves beneficial if you need to take out something.
- Don’t store your items unprotected.
The only way to protect your items from getting damaged is to pack and wrap them properly. Furniture, for instance, must be covered with moving pads and blankets.
- Do ask for professional help.
Like calling professional plumbers to fix any plumbing issue to prevent further damage, you should also call moving and packing experts to help you pack, carry, and store your belongings. This will not just prevent damage to your items but will also eliminate the risk of personal injury when lifting heavy items. Professional removalists are well-trained when it comes to packing and moving both small and huge items. Also, they have the right tools to make the process easier and faster.
Store your items wisely. Follow these dos and don’ts to make sure that your items are kept safe and well-protected.
Kim Hill works on Marketing at Adams & Rofe Removals and Storage and has been a dynamic figure in the removal industry for over 30 years. For relocating families, individuals or offices around Sydney or all over Australia, Kim will develop the perfect removal plan to take the stress out of your next move.