Getting ready for that big move can be quite stressful. If you intend on putting some of your belongings in storage, then there is the extra hassle of sorting out what goes into the trucks on moving day and what heads to storage. You will need a plan of action to ensure that you get it all right.
Whatever the storage option you choose to go with, these mistakes are things that can easily happen, and here is a rundown of just but a few of them and how to avoid them;
1. Storing Prohibited Items
Once you identify a reliable storage facility, check against the list of prohibited items provided by the facility while packing up. Food, live plants, pets and illegal items are generally not allowed. Additionally, you may want to consider other alternatives when thinking of storage for your high-value items. Ask the facility at the beginning what their guidelines are.
2. Failing To Label Your Boxes
Always make a point of labelling every box before putting them into storage. Knowing what each box contains will help to avoid unnecessary damage when stacking up the boxes against each other as you organise the storage unit. Taking a few moments to do the labelling could be the very thing that helps to preserve that box of fragile chinaware.
3. Choosing The Wrong Storage Unit Size
How big a load are you looking to put into storage? Choose a unit that's too big, and you will only end up paying for extra space that you won't need. On the other hand, if you go for a unit that's too small, you will end up having to squeeze in your belongings to fit into the space. Doing so may not only cause damage to your items, but it will undoubtedly make accessing and retrieving items a nightmare. The storage facility staff should be able to help you choose the right size for what you want to store.
4. Neglecting To Insure
It may seem like an unwanted extra expense, but failing to ensure that your items are insured while in storage will cost you. You want to be covered in the event of any accidents or incidences. If your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy doesn't cover your property while in storage, be sure to get a plan that does. Some facilities even offer insurance plans and suggestions.
5. Last Minute Rush
Finding the right storage facility takes time. Packing up in preparation for storage takes time. Organising the storage unit also takes time. Succinctly put, if you are going to do it right, then you will need time.
Avoiding the highlighted mistakes, among others, can make finding, organising and accessing storage space quite hassle-free. Just make sure to talk with a storage facility about their prohibited items, the right size of unit and insurance options when picking which one you want to use.