With the prices of private property rising as they are, it seems quite obvious to settle for a small house or even an apartment. However the problem is that space seems to run out quite quickly in these instances – and even if you crammed everything in an orderly manner, you’d probably still find yourself needing more space. At this point, this does not mean that you’ll need to commission a new shed or attic, much less a new house. You could simply rely on self-storage – a facility much similar to a warehouse, where customers can store their extra goods in rooms on a rental basis. However, when you decide to use self-storage, make sure to consider the below points in selecting a storage facility:
• Money doesn’t decide everything – don’t decide which firm you will be using based only on the fees you will need to pay. Self-storage companies differ from one another – some have top-notch security and surveillance systems for valuable goods; some have climate control to prevent damage due to humidity or temperature; and most include some form of pest control. Therefore, make sure to properly research which facility best suits the goods you will be storing. It’s also important to select a facility, with your needed amenities, that is close to you – or you might spend too much on transport expenses otherwise.
• Insurance – if you’re going to pay to store your belongings, you might as well pay to make sure you won’t lose them to a random fire or other accident! Most facilities will ask you to buy a basic insurance plan (which won’t be really expensive), but sometimes, the insurance plan you already have might cover self-storage goods, so double check with your insurance firm.
• Use proper storing methods – don’t just store everything haphazardly. Make sure you properly store your goods. Use boxes and containers to separate goods into broad categories (clothes, small goods, etc.); these don’t necessarily have to be bought separately – you can use old boxes lying around in your home to maximise savings. Take care when storing fragile goods – for example, store them together with other light goods on top of heavier goods; store goods you will be taking out from the storage Christchurch often in the front.
• Record your stored items – this does not simply include a list of all the items you’ve decided to move to the facility: it’s also a good idea if you include where you stored that item exactly for better reference. This will ensure you won’t have to frantically search for an object either at home or in your storage room when you forget where you placed it.
These are but the very basic pointers that everyone should consider when using self-storage. Make sure to follow them if you ever decide to rely on self-storage, so that you won’t be forgetting where your goods are, or have them stored somewhere only to lose them or find them damaged!