There are lots of reasons why people require both short term and long-term self-storage solutions.
Whether you’re moving properties and need a space to store your belongings until your home is ready, you’re downsizing, or you’re a business looking for a safe and secure base to store your stock, self storage is a great option.
If you’re thinking of using self-storage for the first time, you probably have a number of questions – and you’ve certainly landed in the right place.
Here’s our guide to self-storage for first timers.
Choosing the right storage facility
The best storage facility that is right for you will depend on a number of factors, including what you want to store, the amount of space you will need, how long you require the unit for, and how much access you will require.
You should also consider the costs involved, the flexibility of your storage provider, and the facilities available on site.
Above all, it’s crucial that you do your homework to ensure that your chosen storage provider is perfectly equipped to meet your storage demands.
Preparing to move your belongings
When it comes to moving your belongings, preparation is key! So, make sure that everything is neatly packaged well in advance of moving day.
And it’s not as simple as just chucking everything into boxes. You’ll need to think about whether or not you are going to need to access to any of your belongings during their stay in storage, or whether, due to the value of your goods, they will need to be locked away.
Labelling systems also work well and will help you to easily locate the items you need, when you need them. It may seem like a lot of hard work, but your time and effort will be worthwhile, particularly when it comes to unpacking again.
You will also need to make sure that you use bubble wrap or packaging paper to pack items that could easily break during transit, or even in the storage unit.
When putting your items into storage make sure you think carefully about how to organise them and leave plenty of space to get in and retrieve them if needed. Oh, and make sure that you always pack heavier goods at the bottom of boxes and lighter goods at the top. Need more help? check out our tips on how to organise a self-storage unit.
Again, make sure you prepare for moving day in advance and work out how you’re going to get your belongings to the storage unit.
Prior to moving day, you should make sure that all of your belongings fit in your car as, if not, you’ll need to hire a van.
Many storage facilities can even supply you with boxes and bubble wrap to make sure your items are safe and around. Trolleys are also available at the vast majority of sites to move your goods securely.
Have you got contents insurance?
Whatever you are storing, you will need to get contents insurance. Some storage companies include it in their rental costs, however if they don’t, you’ll need to show proof of insurance on the day.
Oh, and don’t assume that everything is covered. You will need to check with your insurance provider that their policy covers the goods you are looking to store.
Check opening hours
You should also check opening hours and access charges, especially if you’ll need to access your storage out of hours. Not all companies provide 24/7 access, so it’s worthwhile taking this into account when choosing the best facility for you.
Here at CitySpace, we provide storage units in Central London that have been designed to accommodate all your storage needs and bespoke requirements.
Whether you need more room for storing household, business or student items, our easy-to-access stores in the heart of Central London offer a safe and secure base to store your belongings. And, if it’s your first time using a storage facility, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!
Looking for other ways in which you can use a self-storage unit? Check out these alternative uses for your self-storage unit.