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9 Tips to Optimize the Use of Your Storage Facility

Friday, October 5, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

9 Tips to Optimize the Use of Your Storage Facility

Storage facilities are a convenient solution for temporarily housing your belongings.

If you are in the process of moving and have a timing issue between leaving a residence and moving into a new one, putting your furniture and personal items in a storage facility is the logical solution. This can be a short term storage need, for example, if you have sold a home, but have a few weeks or months before moving into another home. It can also be for a longer storage need: you have moved out of a residence, and are traveling or taking a hiatus from maintaining a pied a terre.

For those remediating storm damage, redecorating, or undertaking a major renovation, and needing to remove furnishings during the process, a storage facility is the most convenient option.

Tips for Choosing the Right Storage Facility

Consider the following tips when choosing a storage facility: 

1. Assess Their Customer Service 

The first thing to consider when choosing a storage facility is to assess their level of customer service. During your first contact with the storage facility, pay attention to how they reply, whether it is in person, by email or by phone. The best storage facilities go above and beyond with their customer service. Their employees are always helpful and friendly to customers and potential customers.

2. Find a Clean Storage Facility

As you continue to evaluate the facility, you need to ensure its commitment to cleanliness. Are the floors clean? Is the bathroom spotless? If the office is well maintained, it is likely that the storage facilities are well cared for and clean as well.

3. Ensure the Storage Facility is Pest-Free

Additionally, you will want to determine how the facility handles pest control. The right storage facility will partner with a good pest control company. These pest control professionals should make regular visits to the facility, ensuring that pests like rats, termites, roaches, and the like stay away from the storage units. 

Tips for Moving Your Belongings into Storage

When moving one's belongings to a storage unit, there are few things that make the process easier. The best way to simplify the moving process is to make sure that everything is prepared to move to the storage unit.

Moving can be stressful, whether you are moving a few boxes of holiday decorations into storage, or your entire household to wait for your next house to be ready. Researching moving companies, comparing prices, and determining if you should hire professionals or do the job yourself will help make your move as efficient and pleasant as possible. Remember,

1. Label All Boxes

Do this first by labeling all the boxes. It's likely that you won't need the items that are going to storage for a few months or even years. While you may have a good memory, chances are you won't be able to tell each box apart a few months down the road. Avoid any confusion by making easy-to-read labels for each box.

2. Don't Store Valuables

In addition to labeling, it's important to consider the type of items you will be storing. When choosing what goes into storage, it's important to make sure to avoid storing anything that is incredibly valuable. While most items in storage are perfectly safe in the storage facility, there is always the risk that something might happen. Valuable belongings can get damaged, lost, or stolen. If you can't afford for this to happen to your things, avoid putting them in storage.

3. Pack Items Properly

As you finalize your belongings for storage, be sure to pack them properly. Items that aren't properly packed can easily be damaged, either on the way to the storage facility or as they sit in storage. Cover furniture with moving pads or blankets in order to prevent mildew and mold. Similarly, anything fragile should be wrapped with packing paper and bubble wrap to prevent them from breaking.

How to Take Care of Your Items in a Storage Facility

Once your items are safely stored away, you'll want to do your best to care for them while they are being stored.

1. Keep Your Items Safe

The first step in caring for items in a storage facility is to ensure their security. Using a secure lock on your unit will work to discourage any would-be thieves. Moreover, when considering security, be sure the storage facility you've chosen is in a secure area and that they are equipped with 24/7 security, as well as an alarm system.

2. Monitor the Condition of Your Belongings

While you may have chosen a top-of-the-line storage unit, you'll want to visit every so often to make sure there aren't any surprises. By checking on your items, you'll be able to identify if there are any maintenance issues in the unit that may compromise the safety of your belongings.

3. Consider How Your Items Will be Stored

When initially getting a storage unit, it's important to understand which type will best meet your needs. Consider this type of storage unit if you want a guarantee that your belongings will be kept safe from humidity, dust, and pests.

There's a lot that needs to be considered when choosing the perfect storage facility. When storing your belongings, be sure to find a facility that will be able to properly protect and care for your items. Use this guide to help you find the right facility.

About the Author

Hayden Stewart is a contributing writer and media specialist for the Allied Van Lines Moving Blog. He regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and home blogs, based around the transitional obstacles that come with moving, settling into a new home, and more.

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