Tips for Using Self-Storage Units

by | Sep 21, 2013 | Moving and Relocating

Over our lifetimes and throughout our careers we accumulate large amounts of goods. Not all of these are useful and we can do much to throw away junk. However, some of it is vital, but is cumbersome to cart around. This isn’t normally a problem if you’ve been living in your house with plenty of space in the garage or shed for things like lawnmowers, technical equipment and other large material you want to keep.

However, should the time come when you need to move houses or for some reason someone entrusts you with their goods and you have nowhere to keep it, the self storage units, which you can rent by the day, will come in useful. These are not just for household goods. If you’re a small business growing fast and you need extra storage service in Northampton, then these businesses can help you in those circumstances too. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of self storage.

Use pallets and plastic wrap

It is essential to keep your material off the ground. The ground is damp and cold and can damage your goods. Any moisture on the floor or the surrounding area will be attracted to your boxes and seep up in side. That’s a problem that will be common to any self storage unit you find, whether you’re using storage in Northampton or anywhere else. What’s more, you might have an incident where the storage unit next door to yours has a spillage. Any manor of substance could seep through and get into your storage unit, causing damage to your belongings, especially if they are on the ground.

Similarly, it’s important to make sure all your boxes are wrapped in plastic. This will prevent exposure to the elements, such as moisture in the air, as well as hold your boxes together. When boxes are stacked on top of each other, they have a tendency to give under the pressure and can fall apart. Plastic wrapping will prevent this.

Use labels

The final major tip for storage units is to use labels on everything. These will make it easier to find what box stores what and allow you to find what you are looking for relatively quickly. This is especially true if you are storing an item for a long time and you’re liable to forget what you put in storage in the first place. When doing this, it’s a good idea to label the boxes on at least three sides. That way, no matter what part of the box is in view, you’re likely to be able to identify its contents and find what you are looking for easier, just by reading the label.


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