If you’re planning to store away your items for a long period such as if you plan to go travelling or you will be spending a length of time overseas it’s important to know the ins and outs of self storage.
The number one concern with most people is that that when they return for goods they have in storage, those items will be exactly as they were before they went into storage. Our storage facilities will ensure this is the case as long as those goods are prepared appropriately.
One of the main considerations is packing. If you have items that can easily be damaged, then it is sensible to use plastic sheeting on the floor. This will prevent damage from things being moved around while inside the unit.
For particularly delicate items such as glass and or antiques, use bubble wrap which is far cheaper to buy by the roll than replace the items it protects. Dust sheets can also come in handy particularly if you are storing items long term.
What you shouldn’t do is forget to label boxes. Over time it is easy to forget what went where even if it seems fresh in the memory at the time. It is also worth taking great care how you store items such as furniture. A common mistake is to store sofas on their ends rather than the position they were built for. This can lead to damage.
If you need guidance on storing particular items we will of course be happy to advise.
Spring is often the time when we start thinking about some major DIY projects around the house. This year I’m thinking of knocking down a wall in the kitchen for example. But with such a radical household DIY project, how do protect the items that may get damaged by all the dust and activity? The answer is self storage!
Of course the usefulness offered by self-storage doesn’t end there. It may also come in handy for storing tools and other equipment and materials you may need to do the job. You can store large items of machinery such as cement mixers as well as sand concrete and paint ready for when you need them.
An added benefit of storing building materials in your self-storage unit is the added protection it provides from the elements. If there’s no room in the garage or shed – and let’s face it not most of us fill them up beyond their capacity – then a storage unit provides a much better alternative to storing things outside.
It also protects them from thieves who may be tempted by what they see in your garden whether that’s building materials or tools.
Storing your furniture away will also give you more space to work so it should come in handy for all your major DIY plans this spring.
Are my self-storage items covered by my contents insurance? Is a question we are sometimes asked by our customers and the answer is not as straightforward as it seems.
A lot depends on the kinds of items you are storing, for how long and how you will be transporting them. 90% of home contents insurers will insure your possessions while they are in transit but in the vast majority of cases they will expect you to be using a professional removals firm.
A small minority of insurers will add insurance for goods in transit as an optional extra, so it is worth checking the small print to make sure you are covered.
Once the good have arrived and have been packed away in a self-storage unit there will be cover offered up to a certain value by the self-storage company itself, but for peace of mind with expensive items it may be best to make sure goods have the correct level of insurance that will compensate for any losses.
It is important to remember that goods in self storage will be safer than when they are stored in an empty house over long periods as extensive security is in place 24 hours a day.
If you have any questions about security and cover for your items while in storage, our staff will be happy to advise.
Our self-storage units are suitable for a vast range of items you might want to store away for a time when you have more room. But there are some items you definitely wouldn’t take to any reputable self-storage facility.
You can’t live in self storage
We like to think our self-storage units are the best around, but you can’t live in them. There have been unusual cases where people have bedded down for the night in storage units to save on accommodation costs.
Under no circumstances should pets be kept in a storage unit. Animals deserve to be treated kindly but you still hear stories of pets being kept in storage even though it is illegal to do so.
Explosives and weapons
Again it’s common sense not to think of your storage unit as a place to store a machine gun, pistol, hand grenade or other device which could be aimed at causing people harm.
Anything that could be considered illegal substance such as drugs or counterfeit goods should not be stored in a self-storage unit. If these goods are found on the premises it will be the responsibility of the person storing them to explain to police how they got there.
It surprises some people to find that food can’t be stored in a storage unit. The unit needs to comply with the proper regulations to make it suitable for storing food although canned goods can be allowed depending on what they are.