Whether you're studying abroad, taking a long vacation, or traveling for work, you may find yourself unable to maintain your current residence. What do you do when you're going to be traveling for a long time and need to store your furniture? Though you could try to pressure family and friends to take care of your possessions, that can be a huge imposition. A self-storage unit may be the best choice.
Here are some tips for what to do with all your belongings and how to best store your items.
Box Things for Long-Term Storage
Boxing items for long-term storage is different from boxing them up for a move. You need to take special care to make sure they are in reinforced boxes, as they may be stacked for some time. Also, box items in as small boxes as possible; not only does this make them easier to move, but it also makes them individually lighter. Anything that could leak, such as pantry goods, should not be included.
For furnishings and decor, a plastic wrap is best for protecting them. Over time, the finish of these items could become damaged.
Assess Your Need for Climate Control
Does your property need a climate-controlled storage unit? The answer to this question often depends on your area. Keep in mind that it may get much hotter in a storage unit than it does outside, due to the fact that the air is trapped and that the unit is surrounded by concrete.
Your self-storage company can give you some additional information on the general environment that your goods will be kept in. In general, climate controlled units are often safer, especially for items like wood furniture and plastic decor that may become warped in either warm or very humid environments.
Figure Out Your Space
How much space are you going to need for a storage unit? If you stack things up very high, you can usually get away with less storage, but your property could be put in a precarious position. Err on the side of caution and give yourself a little extra space in which to put bulky and fragile items. You don't want to stack fragile items on anything, and some items may take up more floor space than you expect.
Calculate the Costs of Storage
Many storage facilities have deals for the first few months that you'll be renting. If you're only going to be traveling for a few months, you may be able to get an excellent discount on your unit.
You can compare quotes from multiple companies, but make sure you're comparing quotes for the same size of unit and the same level of service. Some companies have additional security, while others may have additional climate control features (such as better humidity control).
Consider Getting Additional Insurance Insurance
will cover you in the event that your property is stolen or damaged while in storage. You often can also opt into additional insurance when you store your items. Calculate the replacement cost of your items and go from there. You want enough coverage to be able to recover all the items stored.
Make Sure You Pay the Bill
An auto-pay method is the best way to pay for self-storage when you're traveling long-term. You may possibly be without phone access or internet access during travel, and you don't want to miss a call about a missed payment. When payments are missed consistently, your unit can be auctioned off.
Apart from the above, you should also nominate a close family member or friend to retain the key to your storage and check on it periodically. This will ensure that your possessions are still being looked after and head off any issues before they become serious.
To get started with a quote, contact Blanco Self Storage.