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16 Aug 2022

Essential Tips On Storing Items For A Long Period


Self-Storage facilities offer stress-busting solutions for storing your essential items. They offer contracts to their clients either for the short or the long term. In the short-term contract, the duration for which the items are stored is less than 12 months, whereas, in the long-term, it is more than one year.  

To store the items for long-term storage in a self-storage facility, the clients may have numerous reasons. Maybe they are going for a long vacation or moving to another city or country or the items they want to store are unwanted or hardly used.  

Before storing the items for a long period, there are certain crucial steps that one has to follow. From choosing the right storage to packing and labelling the things, one has to adhere to them carefully.  

1. What To Store? 

The foremost step you have to take is to decide what items will go into the storage unit. Then, according to your needs or usage, make a list of these items. The listing process will minimize the chances of missing any object. It is preferable not to hold on to things having no use or value for you. It would be better to sell or donate them, or else they might eat up the space of your storage unit.  

2. Choose The Best Storage Facility 

After making a list of the items, find out how many self-storage facilities are present that can be accessed easily. Then, as per the items, estimate the size of the storage unit you will require to fit all your things and which facilities have this unit size. Compare their prices, services offered, and contract conditions. As per your need and the budget, select the best facility. 

3. Hire A Climate-Controlled Unit 

For long-term storage, hire a climate-controlled unit to keep your items safe and damage-free. They are completely sealed and air-conditioned. It helps in maintaining the air quality clean and fresh by preventing the entry of moisture and maintaining a standard temperature inside the unit. Thus the items remain unaffected by the frequent changes in the outside climate.   

4. Cleaning Before Storing 

All the items should be well-cleaned before storing them. Electronics must be scrubbed and cleaned with the solution of vinegar and baking soda. Wash the furniture to remove all dirt and then polish them to keep any mould or pests away from them.  

5. Packing And Label! 

Buy the right sizes of boxes or containers to put in all the items. Cloth blankets, bubble wraps, cushions, and thermocol absorb any shock from the fall and protect all the items like electronics, books,  furniture, etc. Label these boxes to know what items are kept in which boxes.  

6. Insurance Cover, A Must! 

Getting insurance for the items will cover any damages that may occur during transit or storage period. Check if the storage facility is offering insurance cover. 

7. Autopay The Rent  

Make sure to keep the payment of rent on autopay. Every month the amount will automatically get deducted.  

*The Box* 

The Box storage facility offers both short-term and long-term storage contracts at reasonable rent. They even sell packaging materials, boxes, and insurance covers to their clients.    

Contact us to book your self-storage unit. 

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