Think outside the box – how to get the right storage
If you’re about to undertake a home renovation, then chances are you’re also about to invest in a professional secure storage unit. We spoke with the team at the Kent Relocation Group about how to get the most out of storage while you’re working on your renovation.
Investing in secure storage allows you to completely clear out your home (so your builder doesn’t have to work around random pieces of furniture or moving boxes!), and rest easy knowing that your belongings are in a safe place. Once that worry is out of your mind, you can turn your full attention to the job at hand; building your dream home.
While storage is an expense, if you do it the right way, it can be a very valuable investment. The team at Kent Storage has created this list of tips to help you make the most out of your investment.
Choose The Right Storage
These days, there is huge demand for storage spaces, which means that storage services can range from the incredible, right through to the downright awful. Your treasures deserve the perfect space, so make sure that you do your research and find a space that works for you.
It’s more than fine to ask your potential storage provider what protection they take against theft, against fire, and against mould, mildew and pests. It’s also perfectly fine to enquire what sort of additional services they can offer. Some of the best operators will provide extra, specialized storage services such as vehicle storage, as well as professional storage packing and transport.
Pack and Protect With Purpose
You need to ensure that you pack your belongings in a way that will protect them from the harsher conditions of a storage space. That means understanding the particular requirements of fragile, delicate and electronic items. For instance, whitegoods should always be thoroughly cleaned and dried before you pop them into storage. Leather and wooden furniture should be treated and properly wrapped. Fridges should have their doors propped open to prevent the build-up of less-than-inviting smells.
Book Flexible Storage
Never book your storage so that you’re forced to remove your belongings on the same day that your renovation is due for completion. Renovations have a tendency to run over time, and there’s nothing worse than having your treasures stuck in limbo-land, or having to move them all twice within the space of a couple of weeks.
The Difference Between Professional Storage and Self Storage
It’s important that you understand the difference between self storage and professional storage. If you don’t, you’ll probably end up with a service that doesn’t meet your expectations. Self storage is basically just a locked space. You must pack, stack and load everything yourself. Professional storage offers a whole range of services that are designed to make your life easier while you renovate, from packing right through to transportation. Never hire a moving truck again.
Maximise Your Space
You’re paying for every square meter of space in your storage unit so make sure you use it. The best way to do this is to pack to the roof, which can be done safely by using sheets of plywood to create levels between your boxes. You should also keep an inventory that corresponds with a labeling system so you can easily pull things in and out.
If you use these tips you’ll quickly find that investing in a storage space is the best thing you could have done for your renovation project. The chief advantage of a storage space is that it gives you the freedom to move things in and out as you need and it frees up the space and time that is so vital during a renovation.
Have you used professional storage? What did you like about it? What do you wish you’d kept in storage for good?