The following pieces of advice may help you to make most of the storage.
Choosing a storage facility
Make clear your requirements. If you need the facilities on a regular basis, you need a storage facility very near to your home, on the other hand, if you are making a long distance relocation and on route you need a storage, you can pick up a reputable storage facility.
Check with storage facility companies if you need any advance reservations for booking your belongings.
Check independently the quality of service they provide. Ask friends who have hired their services previously.
Make sure that the storage facilities have smoke alarms, sprinklers, and modern security devices.
Ok I got it. What now? Protect The Stored Belongings.
Make sure that no piece of your belonging gets damaged in the storage facility due to your inefficient packing.
Get blankets or plastic sheeting and place them between the furniture and the floor of your storage unit; this saves a lot of scratches on the surface of your furniture.
Further, the legs of the furniture are to be wrapped up by some packing material.
Use a rust protector on your bikes and tools.
Try to disassemble the items like table and chairs so you can save lot of space. If you can’t disassemble them, keep them upside down with the legs pointing towards the ceiling.
Stack chairs seat-to-seat with paper in between.
Don’t ever stack or lean your items against the outside walls. ( Or they may fall on someone !!)
Whenever it is possible, fit what you can inside any of your belongings - it's valuable storage space.
Appliances and Equipment
Refrigerator: keep them ‘dry’ and ‘clean’.
Slightly open the appliance doors so that the air inside does not get stale.
Most of the movers provide wardrobe boxes, use them you will save yourself from ironing your things as you move them out of storage.
Plan the way you keep the things
Keep the objective strong in mind: you need to save storage space and plan accordingly. Ask for suggestions from all for achieving that.
Make sure that fragile items are not under any heavy items.
Keep all the items of same type at one place.
Things you need often should be placed in the beginning of the storage area.
Rental Self Storage Facilities
Make sure you understand the rules and regulations of the self storage facility in which you are keeping your belongings. Don’t hesitate when you are in doubt. You can ask the manager of the facility for all kinds of explanations and advices. Their job is to help you out.
Do not store hazardous chemicals, fuel, or illegal items.
Business Items Storage Tips
There is a distinction between the household items and business items storage. It lies in the fact that while house hold items are stored only once during the relocation process, business items are usually stored on a continuous basis. Its logic is simple: why pay a fixed amount throughout the year, when we can hire exact amount of space at exact time(s) we need it. Of course that outside space is to be professionally managed.
The business storage allows you to choose the exact space for your needs and lets you pay only for the period you utilize. Next, the business can be run in the same premises, while the items (files etc.) can be stored at the storage place. The access is in your control, because you will have the keys and your own lock! and you can delegate it to any one or more of your choice. There are no prior appointments needed for visiting the facilities.
But what can I store in them?
Almost anything - mobile equipment, office files, business records, manufacturer's samples, seasonal decorations, theatrical scenery and any additional supplies. Additionally, self storage can help your traveling sales staff by allowing them to have stock on hand.
Selecting A Storage Space
Determine your storage needs first. It is more beneficial if you do this in consultation with a storage consultant. You can ask for modifications in the storage space to meet your needs.
Then read the storage agreement carefully and make sure that you understand all the issues involved. You can ask questions on any terms you do not understand.
The items kept in the store are your things and you have the keys. So is their responsibility - its yours. So make sure that you have covered them adequately. For this purpose you can take assistance of the storage consultant.
Things you should not Store
You may not store any items that are illegal, stolen, hazardous, flammable, explosive, perishable, environmentally harmful, or that may be a risk to the property of any person (for example: acid, gasoline, chlorine, paint, etc.)
Files, Records And Other Documents Storage Tips
Books should be packed flat to protect their spines.
Use suitable archive boxes or packing cartons. You will be benefited in the sense that space is saved as well as retrieval is also easy.
Fill empty spaces in the boxes with packing materials.
Make sure that all boxes are clearly labeled to identify contents easily.
Also make sure that fragile and lighter boxes are on the top of all boxes.
It's important to remember that all electrical equipment must be thoroughly cleaned and kept dry before they are stored.
Metal items also need to be clean and dry before they are stored. For items that are prone to rust, wipe them with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust. Or use any thing which can eradicate the rust.