Self storage is becoming ever more popular for a number of reasons. People are starting to realise they don’t have to part with items that won’t fit into a new home when they move, and they’re also starting to realise this is a great option if you need somewhere to store your belongings during a move. However there are certain considerations, which is why I decided to put some basic information together for you.
There are many rules and regulations associated with self storage (too many for me to list here), but to give you an idea of what you can and can’t store take a look below:
What You Can Store
It’s obvious to state you can store furniture, but you should think about how long it will be in your chosen unit, and how well protected it will be. Whilst there should be a contract in place between you and your chosen company, many of them will not be held responsible for damage resulting from poor packaging (read the small print)!
Depending on how much you have to store will depend on how large a unit you decide to hire. However, items that are made from wood, metal or anything that can become damaged due to the elements should be properly protected. Just treat these items as if you were putting them on the back of a removal truck.
It goes without saying that anything delicate should also be properly packaged and kept separate from other items. One tip is not to use newspaper when you pack your breakables. The reason for this is the ink can be transferred on to materials like glass, especially when it’s going to be packed for a while. Try using old blankets, cloths and of course, bubble wrap. Oh, and if you’re packing lamps make sure you remove the bulbs. These are easily broken and take a good deal of clearing up!
Books and Other Paper Items
These should be placed in protective plastic covers and you shouldn’t really use cardboard boxes because moisture will eventually be absorbed and could ruin your collection.
What You Can’t Store
Aside from the fact that your contract will normally state that anything illegal cannot be put into a storage unit, there are other things to consider.
Animal Products and Food
You might think I’m stating the obvious here, but believe it or not some people do think it’s OK to store these types of things in a self storage unit. Even if you only intend to use the unit for a short time, it won’t take long for food and things like cat litter to rot. This will result in all sorts of troubles. You could end up with a rat problem, insects that will eat everything in sight and what can only be described as a smell not unlike a rubbish dump.
This is a big “no, no”! Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of your items and it is possible to take out insurance however, there are those rare occasions when theft does happen. Not only that, you may end up with a rotten passport or birth certificate which cost money to replace.
Author: Julie Coburn