If you want to free up some space in your house, or perhaps you need to store some of your items as you go through a significant life transition, self-storage can be your best option. This refers to hiring a storage unit from a storage company either for short-term or long-term use. Generally, you can choose from a wide array of sizes, locations, and amenities to guarantee the safety of your stored items.
If you think looking for the most suitable self-storage unit is difficult, you will soon realize that packing a storage unit is just as (if not more) challenging. How you pack and position all your goods inside the unit is crucial in keeping your items safe and secure until you decide to retrieve them. You really need to take the right steps to keep everything damage-free and to optimize the available storage space.
To help you tackle your storage situation like an expert, the best storage company in Dubai shares some dos and don’ts that you must know and implement.
1. Do choose a reputable storage company
When you put items in storage, you are leaving them in the care of other people. Even if you are not storing highly valuable goods in your unit, it is still a must for you to find a storage company with a proven track record.
You can get recommendations for storage facilities from people you trust, especially those who have recently used or are currently using one. Also, take time to read through customer reviews on the company’s website and speak with their previous clients to get an idea of how they will be dealing with your needs and demands.
2. Do create an inventory of everything you want to store
Taking inventory is crucial for two reasons. First, it will help you identify the right size of unit you must rent out. Second, it keeps you organized.
Your list does not have to be too detailed. The key here is to have an overview of everything you plan to store. For example, note that you put two big boxes, five medium boxes, a sofa, and a kitchen cabinet in storage.
3. Do label all your boxes at the bottom, top, and all sides
When using self-storage, the items you want to store are those you won’t be needing for at least several months. Despite having a sharp memory, you may forget which box contains your personal belongings, the sports equipment, or the extra dining sets.
Once the boxes are sealed, they will all look the same. And since most of the boxes will be stacked over each other, consider labeling the boxes over the top, bottom, and all sides to make unpacking and item retrieval a lot easier – you don’t have to reposition the box to find the label and find out its contents.
Moreover, mark the boxes with items that can easily be broken or damaged. Use terms like “Glassware” or “Fragile” to inform handlers that your box contains glassware, lamps, picture frames, and other breakable items.
4. Do pack strategically
You won’t know exactly when you need to access some of your stored items, so you must organize them in a way that makes navigating through them easy and convenient.
For instance, you must keep the items you will most likely be needing first near the entrance. Also, pack vertically, and consider leaving a walkway so no item will be out of reach.
5. Don’t leave your items unprotected
Your items can get damaged while in storage when they are not well-protected. So make sure to pack and wrap everything strategically and use blankets or moving pads to cover your furniture.
As for your fragile items, use bubble wrap and fill any empty space within the box with packing paper to make no room for even a slight movement.
6. Don’t store perishable and hazardous goods
Items that can get spoiled, like food, should never be kept in a storage unit. Neither should you keep flammable and hazardous items like cleaning products, petrol, firearms, gunpowder, explosives, and liquids in storage. And of course, it must be emphasized that living things like animals and plants should never be kept in storage.
7. Don’t share your access code or keys
Obviously, you should never hand your keys or share your access code to strangers, but some do this unknowingly. So always use your best judgment – unless you unconditionally trust the person, never let anyone into your storage unit. Take note that your items, even the less valuable ones, are all valuable to those with bad intentions.
Always be vigilant when using a self-storage unit. Follow these tips to make sure that all your stored items remain safe and sound. And remember that whenever you need help, don’t hesitate to hire a storage company to help you with packing and transporting your items for storage. Having these experts at your side will make the process go faster and smoother, and be more successful.
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services & storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq ft of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.