Storing your possessions is not as easy as just throwing them into a storage unit and coming back for them later. They should be stored properly. We have learned a few things over the years and would like to share our advice with you. Give us a call today if you have any further questions.
Pallets: Keeping your items off the floor is almost essential. There is no way to promise that the melting snow won't come under the door, or the adjacent unit won't have a spill that soaks its way into your possessions
Temperature: Welcome to the Cariboo where we experience winter! In theory, most outdoor storage units are built so water drains away from the storage unit doors. However, ice can form outside the door, making it almost impossible to get to your goods without risking life and limb. Carry cat litter, sand or even spare sheets of plywood to help you unload or access your items. On this note, double wrap or well insulate items that do not like the cold or heat such as electronics, old photos, vinyl records etc
Pack Vertically: If you plan to store any large furniture, such as couches, dressers, or even
bedframes, you’ll want to ensure that these items are utilizing primarily vertical space. Standing these bulky items on end helps to maximize less-used vertical space and allows you to fit more inside. Also, use boxes that are similar in size and shape so that you can stack them neatly.
Shelving: You can bring standalone metal shelving to help organize your storage unit and help to again make the most of the less-used vertical space. If you try to stack too many boxes on top of each other, the bottom ones will crush and crumple under the weight. Shelving allows you to stack boxes safely and take advantage of the height of your storage unit.
Protection: Protect your furnishings with storage blankets and furniture covers. Use mattress and sofa slips and cover wooden furniture to keep items clean and dust free.
Label: Always label all boxes for easy identification. Example: fragile, kitchen, books.
Disassemble: whenever possible, disassemble your furniture to fit your furniture into smaller, tighter areas. This will save you a lot of space and can significantly impact the size of storage unit you need for your belongings.
Line the Walls: storing your possession along the outer walls first will be a huge benefit to you when you find your storage unit is filling up. Leave aisles between different rows of items so that you will be still able to access everything.
Plan ahead: store your stuff thoughtfully to save yourself a headache in the future. Be sure to put the most frequently used items near the front of your storage unit for your own convenience. This will allow you to quickly access the items you need without shuffling through to the back corner of your storage unit.
Insurance: Storage facilities are only responsible for keeping the building and unit secure but are not responsible for the contents of the storage units. For example, if a fire broke out at a storage facility, the loss of contents within the storage unit would be the responsibility of the individual renter and not the facility.
There are several specialty insurance providers in Canada that offer unique coverage for contents in storage. These stand-alone insurance policies usually offer all risk, replacement cost coverage for personal goods stored in a reputable storage facility. This type of coverage is ideal for temporary storage of your belongings during transitional times and for longer-term storage of excess household items.
Warning: Do not store flammable substances, fertilizers, explosives, animals or any other hazardous material or substance or other articles which may cause a nuisance, hazard or danger to the premise in the storage unit.