Packaging and transporting your items for self storage
The following information will hopefully explain the process as you prepare for Huntingdon self storage.
- Once you have selected, booked and paid for your self storage unit you can use it. You can store your items however you choose ( we have tenants who have installed racking to allow more boxes and cartons to be stored and easily accessed ) using your own boxes ( cardboard or plastic). For items that will be regularly moved we would suggest that you use specialist trade packaging that offers improved durability and strength.
- In our experience we have found people tend to overfill their boxes, making them far to heavy to move and easily handle making transportation more difficult. You don’t want to end up hurting yourself or putting your back out, so if you can limit the box weight to thirty pounds. A simple approach that works for some is to pack light things in larger boxes and heavy items in smaller boxes
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3. Labelling of boxes is an essential activity if you are to avoid future frustration and stress. If you are moving house then storing the contents a room at a time and clearly label the box with the room name. If you have lots of boxes for a room then it can help to also include a description of contents. If you are highly organised then it can be incredibly useful to create an inventory sheet per box. Keep an easily accessible file of all inventory sheets and secure a copy of each individual inventory sheet to the box / container. When labelling the box we would suggest that you write on the sides of the box and not the top. That way you will be able to easily recognise and identify when the boxes are stacked
Huntingdon Self Storage Packing Guidance
If it’s super valuable, don’t store it. You probably shouldn’t be putting it in your storage unit, if you can’t afford to lose it. For the majority of the time and in the majority of cases your belongings whether they are business or household will be just fine and there’s nothing to worry about. Huntingdon Self storage always come with a risk, albeit a small one, that items will get damaged or lost so choosing a safe and secure facility is crucial. To be safe, find an alternative location to house art, jewellery, family heirlooms, and other valuable items that you don’t want to take any chances at all with. For more information on self storage security click here
Packing strategically is critical. Some of the most crucial self storage tips you’ll want to follow are those around how to pack your things, particularly if you have multiple pick up and drop off transit points. Organize everything in a way that makes it easy to access your unit during the storage period. Store things you know you’ll be able to live without for a while in the back of the self storage unit and items you’re more likely to need toward the front of the unit. With storage units remember to think vertically, take advantage of the unit’s height (most are at least eight feet tall) and stack your items, keeping the heavier things closer to the ground instead of crowding things across the bottom. If you can, leave a pathway from the front of the unit to the back so that no item is completely out of reach.
Ensure items are protected. Take the time to properly pack and wrap up items to prevent items from getting damaged. Anything small should be boxed up, Fragile items should be carefully wrapped in packing paper, and stored in a way that they can’t move around. Furniture should be covered with blankets or moving pads (not plastic, which can trap moisture, resulting in mildew and mould).
For peace of mind purchase insurance. Check to see if your business, renters or homeowners insurance covers property in storage. If it doesn’t already, you may be able to add it on or purchase a separate storage insurance plan through the insurance company or the storage company. It’s good peace of mind to have extra protection just in case, especially since if you didn’t care about the items in your unit, you probably wouldn’t be going through the trouble of storing them in the first place.