Storage Solutions: What you need to know.

If you find things getting a little crowded or need to create more space where you reside or work; the option to store your items becomes attractive. Perhaps you are relocating and do not have an immediate need for some particular items; you may be thinking of storing them but aren’t familiar with the best ways to keep your things safe and protected. We have outlined some valuable do’s and don’ts for those interested in storage, along with the options presented for both home or business storage needs.

Storage Do’s

When volume or space requires the use of additional storage, the primary focus is the safety and preservation of your items. Here are some key practices when preparing to store your items.

Inventory Your Items. Prior to any packing inventory the items you selected for storage. This includes compiling a list of all items in boxes as well as larger pieces that may be wrapped. Label your items according to the list; being careful to leave a copy at the storage location as well as with your files.

Use New and Sturdy Boxes. Regardless of the size of your item, carefully select a new box capable of withstanding transport multiple times as well as the conditions of storage. Clearly label each box with specific contents.

Thoroughly Clean All Items. Whether packing or wrapping your items, be sure to clean them thoroughly. Vacuum, dust, and wipe down items headed for storage; use disinfectant wipes or all-purpose cleaner. Your things will be less likely to smell bad if they are clean from the beginning.

Disassemble Large Items. By dismantling larger pieces, you are able to save space in your storage location. It also makes it easier to add protective layers against wear and tear being shuffled and moved.

Safeguard Items. When preparing things for storage, consider how to best pack each item. Remember that things wrapped in plastic could sweat in uncontrolled climate storage areas, yet plastic bags can also protect electrical items or cords from moisture in controlled storage areas. Wrap breakables in protective layers, either newspaper or bubble wrap, before placing them in boxes. Secure packed containers tightly with tape. Spray furniture or leather items with a protectant, keeping moisture out as well.

Strategically Store Items. When you start moving your things into storage. Think carefully about the space and how to maximize it. Store vertically as much as possible, with larger and heavier items at the base of a stack.  Consider how often you may need to access certain items, keeping these things more easily accessible and in priority locations.

Storage Don’ts

Avoid Dangerous Items.  When preparing your items for storage be sure to keep in mind flammable or combustible items such as chemicals or fireworks are not allowed. Do not store any type of weapon or radioactive materials. Some types of medical equipment are not conducive to storage conditions.

Avoid Perishable Items. Carefully examine things scheduled for storage and remove all perishable items. While sealed canned food is allowed, storing things such as dry goods, dairy products, flours or spices, cat litter, or pet food is unwise and often prohibited as they release an odor when they expire and attract insects and rodents.

Check Vehicle or Construction Restrictions. Keeping a vehicle in storage requires that all registration and insurance holdings be kept current. There may also be additional insurance requirements by the storage facility that need to be addressed. There may also be rules concerning tire storage, as well as some types of commercial construction equipment.

Never Store Living Things. Although this sounds elementary, never leave people, plants, or animals in a storage facility. No matter how temporary a situation may be, it is for the safety and securing of all customers that this rule is kept.

Keep Electrical Items Off. Although you might find suggestions for converting storage units into office space, many companies prohibit the use of electrical items within a unit. Safety precautions are taken for all consumers, usually by refraining from the inclusion of a power source within storage spaces. Don’t bring in electrical cords or generators to keep electrical items running. Things requiring power should remain off until removed from a storage facility.

The many options

There are many types and sizes of storage options for both the residential or business need. One significant difference between units is whether or not the location has climate controlled storage. This means the location maintains a constant temperature (usually between 55°F-85°F) and is more resistant to humidity, dust, and insect troubles.

Indoor/Outdoor Storage Units. Indoor units only offer inside access to unit locations, meaning items will be transported through hallways before placement. Outdoor units allow for immediate access from the parking lot or path, making loading and unloading more efficient. Indoor units provide more climate control and protection from weather elements in the event of transporting items or rearranging things. Both types come in a variety of sizes to meet storage needs.

Commercial Storage UnitsFor those needing space to house inventory or store large and bulky items, a commercial warehouse facility might be the answer. These are often climate controlled, have security, and convenient access hours.

Mobile Storage Pods. If you are needing a portable storage option; in that, you have items needing to be stored for a short time at a specific location, a mobile storage pod might be just right. Storage pods are not climate controlled but can be left on a job site until their use is no longer needed.

Moving Company Storage. Moving companies generally provide storage options at their location, offering security and possibly climate control options. Moving companies are able to pack and wrap items and transport them to their storage facility providing customer peace of mind with their belongings.

Whether you are needing some advice on storage solutions or assistance with packing and relocating your items; you can trust the team at Good Guys Movers to ensure all your needs are met. Contact us today at Good Guy Movers and find out how we can help!