There are times when we need to use a storage unit for either short or long term storage. Whether moving into a smaller space or heading off on an overseas adventure being able to access a storage facility can make our lives much easier. Instead of asking your parents to store it in their basement or having to sell or give it all away, you can pay to have a company keep it for you in a safe and secure environment without having to worry about putting anyone out.

While it may seem like a simple solution, and it is actually a relatively easy undertaking, there are some things you should do and some things you should not do when storing your personal household belongings. Professional movers can help you pack up your items and move them into storage while offering you some tips on storing items successfully. Spend some time doing your own research and keep in mind these few simple do’s and don’ts.

Should Do

  1. Find a Reputable Storage Company

Not all storage companies are created equally so be sure to do some research when finding the one that works best for you. You need to be sure your belongings are kept safe and secure in a dry and climate controlled environment. If not they may get damaged due to things like moisture and mould or from critters such as mice or rats. Spend some time looking around and call and ask some questions before making your final decision.

  1. Choose a Location that Works for You

While the closest storage unit may be more expensive making you contemplate using a different one finding a good location that is not too far away from your neighbourhood can create a better storage experience. If you are not staying in the same area when you return this may not matter and choosing one that is cheaper but a bit out of town may not be the better choice. Think about what is the most convenient location for you.

  1. Keep Only Essentials

There is no point in storing items that are not worth the cost of renting a bigger unit. Go through your belongings carefully and plan on storing only items you do not want to replace at a later date. If you have things you have been meaning to sell or donate this is the perfect time to pack it up and pass it on to someone new who will use it. Keep the belongings that are expensive to replace or that have some sentimental value.

  1. Create an Inventory List

Once you have had your belongings in storage for a while you may forget what you packed and stored. This is why it is important to have an inventory list telling you what is in your storage unit. It is also a good idea to label each box or container so you know its contents. Keep one copy of your inventory list with you and one in the storage unit.

  1. Purchase Storage Insurance

In case of loss or damage having insurance is an integral part of putting your belongings into storage. If you do not purchase it beforehand and something goes wrong your things will not be covered and replacing will be out of your pocket.

Should Not Do

  1. Pack Valuable Personal Belongings

Putting any belongings that are worth a lot of money, are family heirlooms or that would devastate you if they were lost or damaged should not be put into a storage unit. There is always a chance of things going wrong. There can be water damage or fire and in rare cases even theft. Find a more secure place to keep your valuable belongings.

  1. Store Restricted Items

Storage companies have a list of items that cannot be safely kept in storage so be sure to ask about this so you won’t be breaking any rules. Hazardous goods such as items that are flammable or toxic should not be stored. Perishables such as plants or food can attract pests so these are also not allowed in a storage unit.

  1. Organize Unit Haphazardly

Take the time when you are organizing your unit to ensure everything is stacked in a nice orderly manner. Otherwise you might have a difficult time fitting all your essential belongings in. If you just throw things in without thinking you are going to waste a lot of space and end up costing yourself more money.