I don't as a regular practice, recommend people renting storage space to hold things they don't use, but there are many occasions when it's a necessary step in keeping your home liveable during life transitions. For example, you live in a small home, a family member passes away and you need time to go through things and settle the estate. Or perhaps you are closing a business and need a place to hold the inventory until it can be sold off.
So, in the event you need a Self-Storage Unit to help you get through a transition, here are some great tips by guest author, Aaron Brooks.
10 Tips for How to Pack a Self Storage Unit
Once you have leased a self-storage unit the next step is to pack it right. Sit down calmly and make a list of what you want to store in the self-storage unit. Mark against each object when you are likely to need it. This will provide a kind of guideline on where to place objects you may need to retrieve fairly soon. The advantage of this exercise is that objects you are likely to need can be stored in front or at the top so that you can take it out easily.
Here are a few packing tips you may find useful:
1. Pack in boxes that are tough, water resistant, and of more or less uniform size. The trick is to stack heavier things at the bottom followed by lighter ones, and at the top stack fragile breakables.
2. If you are opting for a large unit then you can leave space between the furniture and boxes so that accessibility is maintained.
3. Fill all boxes to the brim and use old sheets, towels, and newspapers as packing. When boxes are half or three fourths full they will collapse when other boxes are placed on them.
4. Treat all metal objects with rust protectors and things like books with boric powder or tobacco leaves to protect them from insect attack. Look up preservation of books and follow the instructions.
5. To secure valuable things ensure they are put right at the back or at the very bottom. This makes it hard for thieves to take things away.
6. If you are required to provide your own locks then choose a padlock that is of quality and hard to open with a hair clip.
7. Put down de humidifiers and allow for air to circulate inside the locker. Lay down plastic sheeting on the floor of the unit and places the boxes on a wooden pallet this will keep boxes from suffering water related damage.
8. Leave the doors of all appliances ajar this prevents fungal growth. Use the space in appliances to store small things.
9. Refrain from storing any inflammables in the unit. Read the safety manual thoroughly before placing objects in the unit.
10. Maintain a diary and record which boxes are placed where and what each box contains. Stick labels on each box with a coding that matches your list. Never mark the contents on the label. Never say “painting by Monet,” on top of a box, will you just be asking for trouble.
Most companies charge extra for packing the units. So, if you want to make a saving then be prepared to do the packing yourself. Use the space efficiently, experts recommend that you fill the unit completely.
Take the advice of the storage unit staff. Since they deal with units daily they can offer you valuable advice. Always value the goods correctly this will ensure that you get sufficient insurance cover.
Observe all the rules of the units and always register at the reception when you access the self-storage unit. This procedure helps maintain safety and security.
Aaron Brooks is a freelance writer for http://www.1888movingcompanies.com, the premier website to find help on Moving including topics on moving companies search, compare movers, moving insurance, auto transport, moving tips and more. He also freelances for the premier Car Rental Site http://www.1866carrental.com