There are many reasons why people find themselves needing to place some of their belongings in storage for a short period, and storage units can be a huge benefit in these situations. Here are five helpful tips for making the storage process as simple as possible.
- Create a Timeline for Storage
If possible, it’s best to have a general idea of how long you’re going to be needing storage. While it’s easy to find flexible, month-to-month contracts, you may be able to get a discount for a longer lease on a storage unit. What’s more, it’s helpful on your end to have an understanding of when you’ll be retrieving your belongings to keep you on track.
- Know What You’re Going to Store
Next, you’ll need to figure out which specific items you’ll be storing in your storage unit. This list could be absolutely anything– furniture and decor between moves, clothes a child has outgrown, seasonal gear and equipment, or something else. However, you mustn’t try to store anything perishable, such as food or plants, that could lead to mold or bugs.
- Protect Items from Damage
You want to be sure that your belongings will be safe from damage while in storage. If possible, try to clean (and thoroughly dry) each item before placing it in storage. When packing, use proper packing techniques, such as wrapping furniture in blankets or sheets to prevent nicks and scratches. Fragile items can be wrapped in packing paper and packed securely so they don’t shift in transport. You may consider placing boxes on wood pallets to keep them elevated off the ground in case moisture is present.
- Stay Organized
If you’re using a short-term storage option, you’ll likely need to access some or all of these items again soon. Try to stay as organized as possible so that you know where things are and can more easily locate specific items in the future. Clearly label each box and store things you know you’ll need to access sooner at the top.
- Consider Hiring Help
You may not be moving into a new home, but if you have enough items to put into storage, it’s still a move. Moving companies can help with packing, transporting, and unpacking items into a storage unit. Working with a team of movers can make your job easier by saving you time and stress, and also give you peace of mind from knowing that professionals are handling your items with the proper techniques and packing materials.
Utah Storage Solutions
Whether you’re looking for short-term storage, long-term storage, or anything in between, Airtight Storage is your Utah storage solution. We operate two state-of-the-art storage facilities in Cedar City and Enoch, Utah, featuring secure storage units as well as safe outdoor storage space for your boat, ATV, or RV.
At Airtight Storage, we focus on giving you peace of mind that your items are safe from damage or theft. Our facilities are protected by 24-hour video surveillance cameras and a tall barbed wire fence, and also feature key-code gate access and on-site property managers. We provide our southern Utah customers with each of these features as well as flexible contracts, online payments, and competitive prices. Contact us today for more information.