Moving Dilemmas Consider Storage Facilities

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Over the years people unconsciously acquire things. The clutter or excessive furniture, object d art, or books only get noticed when it is time to move. Then you have to find an answer to the problem. Well you can take everything with you, or donate things to family, friends, or charity, or have a garage sale, or put things into storage.

The modern solution is to put things you don’t want to use but cannot part with into  storage.  Many storage facilities offer self-storage or mobile storage or even both.

When looking for a suitable storage solution, keep in mind your preferences, do you want to get the unit delivered to you to pack at your own leisure, or do you prefer to take your goods to the storage facility yourself.   also consider how often do you need to take things out of the unit.  If you do want access to your unit to take stuff out on a regular basis, it is best to choose a facility located closes to where you live.   Use our storage calculator to work out how much space you will actually need.  Experts recommend taking a smaller space and filling it floor to ceiling rather than paying for space that will never be used.

Make a list of possible facilities.  Find out how long they have been in operation and whether they have a solid reputation. Read all the rules and regulations.  Some storage facilities allow 24 hr access while others have timings.  Consider protecting your goods with sufficient insurance coverage.

Pack all the items to be stored in weather resistant strong boxes with padding like bubble wrap if there are breakables. Make a key list what each box contains and decide a priority list where by what you are unlikely to use will be stored at the bottom or back of the facility and what you may need to retrieve will be stored in front such that it becomes easily accessible.

The rent to be paid will be calculated on the size of the unit,  the term of lease, as well as facilities offered. Even storage facilities offer discounts so do ask. Clever negotiation can save you money.

Many facilities charge in addition to rent, set up or processing fees as well as late fees if the rent is not paid within the stipulated time. Read the agreement carefully and seek answers to questions regarding security, insurance, the presence of an on site manager, adequate lighting, and ownership of the facility. Ask for references and check them out.

Inspecting your Storage Facility

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Picking the right storage facility for your needs

Inspection of the storage facility you are looking to use is an important consideration in the storage rental process. Storage solutions will help create space in your home, can help you move house or even just help you get organised – but choosing the right storage facility is particularly important.

Size and Cleanliness are important

The size and cleanliness of the storage unit is one thing to consider. It’s best to inspect the space to give you a better idea of how much will fit, and how you might be able to pack the storage unit. It will also help you determine how much protection your items will need during storage rental.

Consider the services on offer

You should consider what services the storage facility provides as well. How experienced and expert are the staff.  Will they be helpful to you come moving day, or will you mostly have to figure things out for yourself? Will a moving truck have easy access to the storage unit, or will alternative arrangements have to be made once the truck reaches the storage facility? What kind of packing materials are provided by the storage facility –might it be cheaper to source your own materials?

Security at the storage facility

Security measures, how often the locks are checked, and who will have access to the key should all be assessed as well. What kind of insurance is offered by the storage facility? These are all questions that need to be considered thoroughly before you commit to storage rental. They will certainly make your experience with your storage facility far less stressful.

Efficiently Packing a Storage Unit

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The storage unit you intend to rent will function best if it is packed efficiently. It will save you money, and help the storage rental go smoothly. And it’s easy to achieve by following a few simple guidelines.

Packing materials should be used effectively. Boxes should be filled, both to maximize space, and to prevent tipping or collapse. Heavy items should be stacked on the bottom, and lighter kept on the top. This will make it much easier to stack inside the storage unit, and to retrieve things later. Similarly shaped boxes are best – to make them easier to stack neatly in the storage unit.

Larger furniture should go in the storage unit first, to make it easier to pack smaller things in and around them. Where possible, remove the legs from tables and furniture, or fold them up if they can, to help create space inside the storage unit. Fit all the furniture that you can into boxes, so there are less oddly shaped items in the storage unit – this can make it difficult to pack. The insides of wardrobes and drawers can be used to fit more boxes – but try not to put items in your fridge or freezer, as this might cause damage.

In the end, using boxes and packing efficiently is going to save you time and money. Take the time to mark out a plan, think about how you pack your storage unit, and your storage rental will become much easier.

Hire Storage Units

Moving house is one of the most challenging life changing events a person will experience in their lifetime both physically and emotionally.  Anyone already been through the process will agree feeling a stress similar to a relationship breakdown, divorce or starting a new job.

The inability to cope with change, stress can also be a result of high expenses incurred from moving.  The cost involved can range from household cleaning, rubbish removal, takeaway food expenses, random fees such as Internet connection and even have to take valuable annual leave days from work.  The move itself can be considered as the largest expense of relocating house.

Shipping containers and Superboxes are a easier and more affordable way to move.  Professional movers are on the high end of the pricing spectrum and renting a DIY truck to move yourself can also proof to be quite costly when the distance traveled between locations are taken into consideration, not to mention the time spent on packing the truck and unpacking as well as the multiple trips involved.

The solution to time poor individuals are to hire a shipping container or superbox where the unit is brought to you to pack at your own leisure.  Not only can the packing be done on your own schedule but the unpacking can also be done at your own pace.

When hiring a unit, you need to determine the right size that best fits your needs, taking into consideration all aspects including affordability, quantity of belongings and available space at your property.

To determine the space you will need you can use our storage calculator.