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Tips on Self-Storage
When it’s time for you to find a storage facility, there are factors that will determine where you go, security and packing to name a few. Below are some tips that will help you with your search for the best storage facility to suit your needs.
Choosing the Facility
Choosing a storage facility can be very tricky given the number of storage facilities that are available. But with a little amount of diligence, you will be able to make the right the option. When you are searching for a storage facility, you should always bear in mind that you are looking for a place to keep your valuables and thus you have to go the extra mile to ensure that you obtain the best storage facility whether you are searching via online or offline. Judging the reliability of the company you want to hire based on their reviews alone is not enough. In fact, you should visit the place in person and see the situation and the look of the facility by yourself. If you are satisfied with what you see, you can go on and hire the service of the company.
Things that you should look out for or take into consideration when you are judging the suitability, reliability, professionalism, experience and reputation of the company that you will want to hire include but not limited to the following:
- Appearance and the surrounding environment (is it clean or unkempt)
- Accessibility of the facility from your home or office
- Types of storage units available in the storage facility (are they suitable for the types of items that you will like to keep in them)
- Security offered at the storage facility (there should be human security as well as surveillance systems of various kinds and security against fire, pests, insects and rodents)
- Is the storage business a registered member of any professional organization or any governmental body (it is good to rent a storage space in storage facility that is registered with a professional body or organization in case something goes wrong, you will see who to complain to)
Now that you have chosen the right storage facility, you have to pack your items very well before taking them there. Packing your items properly well will help to reduce the space that will be occupied by them and this in turn will reduce the amount of money that you will pay. So, make sure that your items are properly arranged.
If you are not able to pack your items very well, you can also hire packing services from the storage facility you hire. Most storage facilities nowadays offer packing services to those who will like to sit back and watch everything done for them or those who do not know how to pack items by themselves. If you want to do the packing by yourself, you can do it but make sure it is properly done. The first thing to do is to ensure that you have the right packing material with you. Get different sizes of cartons to get different types of items. For heavy and small items like books, use small cartons. You buy the right items for packing of Items that are meant to be kept in special carton. Typical examples of such items are furniture, frame and wall art. If you don’t know how to pack any type of item like furniture, you should look for help rather than trying it and spoiling your furniture.
Pack items that you may need more often in the same carton and properly label them for easy access. Similar items or items that are kept in the same place should be packed in the same carton for easy unpacking. When you have packed every item you want to keep in the storage facility, label the cartons properly indicating the various items that are contained in each carton. Make an inventory list of all the items you’re sending to the storage facility for easy account.
Now that you have packed your item, you have to take it to storage facility. If the storage facility does not offer collection service, then you have to hire the service of a shipping company or a man and van service depending on the quantity of items you are taking to the storage facility.
If you pack all your items very well, you will not have any problem identifying any of them or keeping them at the storage facility. Besides, it is a good means of conserving space.