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Most common self storage mistakes

moving-storage-nycWith the big move around the corner, you will want to make sure that everything is organized before the moving day. Hiring a reputable moving company is a huge relief, because you know that you can count on their professionalism throughout the move. You can rest assured that your belongings will be handled carefully and will reach the new place safe and sound. But what happens with the items that will be put in storage? Getting a self-storage unit is a safe and affordable way to deal with the items you cannot move to the new place at the moment.

Even if you choose that option, you need to do whatever it takes to keep your belongings safe while in storage. Here’s a list of most common self storage mistakes that should be avoided during the moving process.

– Choosing the wrong size unit.
Calculate carefully how much space you need for your items. Renting too small unit may result in lots of stuffed and damaged belongings. On the other hand, paying additionally for unused space also means that you haven’t calculated properly your storage requirements. So, if needed, consult the experts in order to determine which type of storage unit you need.

– Trying to save money on special features – video surveillance, proper security system, climate control, proper lighting system…
If you are storing valuable and environmentally sensitive items (antiques, heirlooms, paintings, wine, appliances) you shouldn’t think twice before getting a climate controlled and secured storage unit. Paying for those additional feature will ensure your peace of mind eventually.

– Failure to research the storage companies carefully.
Since you are entrusting your belongings to a third party, you will certainly want to make sure you are dealing with trustworthy and professional company. Read online ratings and reviews. Afterwards, it will be easier to spot suspicious companies.

– Packing the boxes carelessly.
Sort your items before packing them and mark each box according to its content. You may be interested in purchasing some special boxes and containers for packing some delicate and fragile items like glassware, antiques and other valuables.

Secure fragile items and pack them separately. Try not to over-pack the boxes – as long as you can lift them without injuring your back you can consider them properly packed.

– Putting other boxes on top of fragile items.

– Using law-quality boxes if you are renting long-term storage.

– Using poor-quality packing material or newspapers. Newspaper ink can leave marks.

– Storing wet and dirty items.

– Storing food.
Instead of storing your food, offer it to someone who will appreciate it. Stored food usually attracts pests, so you certainly don’t want other items contaminated.

– Storing the items against the wall.
Certain materials attract moisture, so pack them on wooden shelves.

– Not purchasing proper insurance.
Your homeowner’s insurance may not suffice, so consider buying an additional one that would cover your items while in storage. Knowing that your items are safe, even if far away, will give you peace of mind.

– Storing hazardous items.
Toxic and flammable items are not allowed. Dispose of dangerous items and materials properly.

– Going for the lowest offer.
You shouldn’t accept the cheapest service without researching other companies further. Choose the option that suits you best. Knowing that your items are safe is worth paying some extra money.

– Leaving the organization to the last minute.
Plan the moving day well in advance so as to avoid some of the moving day disasters. Organize your storage unit and plan how you will arrange the items inside the storage. Last minute decisions may lead to even bigger mess, so make moving schedule well in advance and try to stick to it.