There are many reasons to rent a self storage unit, whether you are planning a move abroad and can’t take all your worldly goods, or you are downsizing your business premises, but whatever the reason, you definitely want to get full value for your money and the best way to do that is by packing it properly. If you have decided that you need to rent a storage unit, then it’s important to make sure that you utilise it in the best possible way. After all, you are paying for all the space, so you may as well fill it, although that may seem complicated if you don’t do it properly.
Homemaster Relocations have lots of experience in this area so we’ve made a list of how you can do it right:
- Divide your items for storage into categories
First make a list of categories for different items, such as kid’s items, sporting equipment, books and educational items, keepsakes etc. Then you can place items into different boxes by category, so this will also help you pack. If you want you can colour code boxes by category, that can help too, and you can number them so it will help if you are trying to find something specific.
- Make an inventory
List everything that you are planning to put into storage on an inventory. It is very easy to forget smaller items that went in there, and you may just find yourself thinking that you lost it in the move. Making an inventory helps you find items too. It’s important to have an inventory in case you need to file an insurance claim if there’s some sort of accident, fire or natural disaster such as flooding.
- Use proper packing materials
Use good quality, sturdy packing material for packing. You don’t know how long you may have to leave your goods in storage and it will prove difficult to move your items if the boxes are in tatters! You can use different sized boxes and containers for protecting various items, and make sure you have plenty of bubble wrap, blankets and newspaper if you have fragile items.
Tips for packing properly
There is actually a proper method to packing. Start with heavier items at the bottom, and if you have a lot of heavy items use smaller boxes. Don’t overload boxes and they may not hold up, and they will prove hard to move or carry. Lighter items should be placed near the top of boxes. Make sure your items are well protected from damp, mould and dust by making sure they are fully sealed, not left open. You can opt for climate controlled storage services but they are more expensive and may not be required depending on what you are storing.
Label everything properly so that you can easily identify what is in each box. You could use some plastic containers to see through too – this helps for particularly fragile items.
Packing Services and Storage
If you are moving house or need self storage in Shropshire or Shrewsbury, contact Homemaster Relocations on 01743 792 229 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like us to contact you, simply fill in our form here.