Please read this report before you PACK and STORE.
Self-storage is an affordable option if you have run out of space at home and need to store personal items and furniture. With 24-hour access to secure storage facilities, it provides an ideal opportunity for you to de-clutter your house and perhaps prepare it for a subsequent sale. Also if you have sold your home but do not have anywhere to move into, self-storage could provide a solution.
How it Works
Self-Storage is a simple, cost effective and safe way of storing anything from a suitcase to the contents of a four-bedroom house.
You deliver your belongings either by yourself or via a moving company and place them in a sealed room/unit of a specific size to accommodate your belongings. Usually you will be the only person to have access to the keys for your room/unit as you either buy or bring your own padlock.
Visit the storage facility before hand to get a feel for the place. Don’t be surprised if you have to sign an agreement at this point. Check the opening hours, so you have an idea of the times that you are able to gain access. Remember that it could take up to 3 hours to unload your belongings into your room/unit so don’t arrive at the facility 5 minutes before they close.
Not all the rooms will be on the ground floor. Most Self Storage companies have large lifts, but also be prepared to have to carry items upstairs.
They will loan you the use of forklifts or carts.
You cannot store any flammable goods, explosives, perishable foodstuffs or goods or materials of a dangerous or illegal nature.
Does the Storage Facility Offer These Services?
You may not require every one of these options; however they are available so shop around in accordance with your needs. Always ask about the security system, fire safety, climate control and access hours. Get a written agreement prior to moving in your property. Make sure it’s clean!
1. Security: 24-hour video surveillance and/or on-site resident, controlled access
2. Climate controlled fire-safe buildings, heated rooms for special items
3. Insurance available on-site
4. Locks, boxes and packing supplies available through the facility
5. Drive up units, if required
6. 7 day/ 24 hour access (not all do and you may not need this)
7. Range of storage unit sizes
8. Free use of loading carts
9. Forklift service if necessary
10. Move-in trucks and trailers
11. No administration fees
12. Pay in advance discounts
13. Mailbox rentals
14. Already packaged deliveries accepted
15. Indoor or outdoor vehicle storage
Bikes, metal Equipment and Tools can be prevented from rusting if they are to be in storage for a long time by wiping with an oily rag before storing. Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry and empty, wedge the doors open to let the air circulate. Make sure that freezers/fridges are completely defrosted.
Lay down plastic sheeting on the floor of your unit. If you have a large room/unit leave a walkway either down the side or the middle so you can gain access to items if you need to.
Place any valuables towards the rear of the room/unit and try to pack it to the ceiling by placing heavier items like drawers and wardrobes on the floor and lighter/fragile items on top. Fill all the spaces/gaps that appear with small items or soft items like bedding. When stacking boxes up high always place heavy boxes at the bottom and lighter/fragile ones on top.
1. Plan your storage space. Place those items that you need to get to often in the front. Allow for walkways.
2. Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box
3. Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. BE SURE they’re b enough to hold 25-30 lbs. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
4.List contents of boxes on all four sides, number the boxes, seal with masking tape or glued paper tape.
5. Stack light boxes on top of heavier boxes.
6. Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in packing paper and placed in dish pack boxes.
7. Place your storage items on 2″ x 4″ boards to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
8. It is against the law to store materials that are HAZARDOUS or COMBUSTIBLE such as gasoline, solvents, paint, etc. Drain all remaining gasoline from lawn mowers, power tools, boats, snowmobiles, etc.
9. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror crates marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
10. Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for knickknacks, china, silverware, and other small items. Wrap in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
11. Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.
12. Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trashcans.
13. Stack extra cans inside one another.
14. Tables with removable legs should be “broken down” to save space.
15. Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective waterproof cover under the end on the floor.
16. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
17. Cover stuffed furniture with dust cover to protect against dust dirt.
18. If you stand mattresses on end, be sure to “prop” them up to stand straight or they may bend out of shape and become lumpy.
Rules of thumb to determine the size of storage space you will need:
Note: The contents of any house or apartment can differ greatly so please check with your storage company for their advice.
Clothes, personal items only (i.e. skies, boxes) 5×5
One Bedroom Apartment 5×10 to 10×10
Two Bedroom Apartment 10×10
Three Bedroom Apartment 10×15 to 10×20 5-7 Room House 10×20 to 10×30
Another rough calculation:
Contents of a 1 bedroom house or apt. approx. 50 – 75 sq ft
Contents of a 2 bedroom house or apt. approx. 75 – 100 sq ft
Contents of a 3 bedroom house or apt. approx. 100 – 150 sq ft
Contents of a 4 bedroom house or apt. approx. 150 – 200 sq ft
Storage Supplies (May be available through the storage facility)
LOCKS – Get a good one for security and durability.
BOXES – Small, medium or large boxes to fit any storage need you may have.
FURNITURE, DUST COVERS – To cover your sofas, chairs and other furniture.
WARDROBES – Hang your clothing in a wardrobe to help keep them wrinkle free.
MIRROR CRATES – Protect your mirrors, paintings, and large pictures with mirror crates.
PACKAGING PAPER – Wrap all of your breakable and valuable items with packing paper.
MISCELLANEOUS – Packaging peanuts, bubble wrap, tape (and tape guns), etc.
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