The 8 Do’s of Self Storage

When you first get a self-storage unit, it might be tempting to just dump your belongings and lock the door. Out of sight, out of mind! But what you might not realise is that belongings can grow, gather dust, topple or get messy, making it difficult for you to find what you’re looking for. To stop this from happening, we’ve compiled a list of the eight do’s of self-storage. They’ll help you maximise your space, save time and prevent costly replacements.

1. Do find a storage facility that’s nearby

Whether you use your unit weekly or once a year, it’s important to find a self-storage facility close to home. You’ll save money on petrol and removal costs – and it won’t long to retrieve what you’re looking for. On the other hand, if you’re storing a boat or a jet ski, it might be better to find a facility closer to the marina. This can save you lugging it across town when you want to hit the water!

2. Do your research 

Spend a few hours online researching storage facilities in your area. Consider things like 24-hour storage, drive-in access, size and price. Check for inclusions, like removal, packing and free forklift services. These extras could save you time and money – and make moving a stress-free experience.

3. Do choose a unit that’s the right size

To work out how large your unit needs to be, create an inventory of your belongings and their measurements. Make a list of what can be stacked and what can’t. Then, factor in access space to move or lift items. This should give you a good idea of how many square metres you need. If you’re still unsure, use the storage company’s space calculator to get a more accurate estimate.

4. Do purchase insurance

Check to see if your home insurance policy covers items that are in self-storage. If not, consider taking out self-storage insurance. While storage facilities take precautions to protect your belongings, extreme events can happen, like floods or fire, so it’s better to be safe than sorry!

5. Do pack your belongings

The best way to store your belongings is by putting them in boxes. Make sure you use sturdy ones that are specifically designed for long-term storage. Label them clearly on all sides so you can find them quickly. If you’ve got larger items like tables and lounges, make sure they’re tightly protected by plastic sheets, blankets or custom covers.

6. Do keep an inventory of what’s stored

Compiling a list of what you’ve stored will save you time and frustration in the long run. If you want to go a step further, list all the items in each box. This will save you rummaging around for that much sought-after curling iron or toolkit. To cover your back, keep a copy both at home and in your unit.

7. Do organise your unit

Depending on what you’ve stored in your unit, dismountable shelves are a great way to support your belongings vertically. If you don’t have shelves, put heavy boxes at the bottom and lighter items on top. Commonly used items should be at the front of your unit. And don’t forget to create walkways so you can access and move boxes without difficulty.

8. Do invest in a good lock

Use a high-quality padlock to keep your unit secure. Key or combination locks are both effective. If your unit is outside, make sure the lock is weatherproof and rust-resistant.

Self-storage can be a lifesaver when you’re moving, preparing your home for sale or making room for new family members. But it’s important to follow the eight do’s of self-storage to get the most out of your unit. If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your stuff, Storage Plus can provide clean, flexible and affordable storage solutions in both Sydney and Melbourne. If you’d like to discuss your self-storage needs, contact our friendly team or fill out our online form to get a free quote.

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