Using a self storage facility should usually be an easy, simple and relatively straightforward procedure from start to finish, but when it comes to getting the most from your unit whilst hiring one, there are always things that you can do to not only make your life a bit easier, but to also get more efficiency from the space you pay for.
Around the country there are likely to be many thousands of storage units that are either being underused or are just not looked after, meaning that the customer is either wasting money or putting their own items at risk, as although the storage company will take care of customers to the best of their ability, it still comes down to the person hiring the unit to take care when it comes to accessing and using the unit, which is quite often where goods or possessions can become damaged during usage.
For some clients, they will only ever visit their unit two times – once to unload their possessions and store them away and the second to come and collect them when the time is right. For others, they will want regular access, using the unit a bit like a garage or loft in their own house, but however the storage unit is used, it is important that the more effort that you put into taking care of how you manage it, the safer and more efficient it will be in the long run.
Thornbury Self Storage, a Bristol based storage facility covering Bristol, Gloucestershire and the South West offer their top tips when it comes to getting more from your storage unit and how to use it efficiently.
Think About How You Store
A storage plan is probably our most important tip, as if you take some time to plan how you are going to store your possessions, then when it comes to accessing your items life becomes so much easier. When renting a unit there is a temptation that in the space of a Saturday afternoon you turn up, chuck everything in and then drive off, which at the time seems ideal but when you come to need something at a later date, your opinion will change. Create a storage plan, label all of your boxes or crates and make sure the labels are facing outwards, so you can quickly see what is in the box. Create a walkway down the middle and store your items at the back and down the sides, and think about the order of storage in terms of the items you might need access to the most and then store these near the front.
Be Careful About What You Store
Always check with the company what you can and more importantly, cannot store when it comes to your hired unit, as there are many health and safety regulations that come into play and will control the storage of some items. Rather than be in any doubt and just take a risk, simply asking a member of the team onsite or via their enquiry routes makes sense, because you do not want to damage your own possessions and potentially others or get asked to leave your unit because you decided to take a risk and store something that was totally against the regulations and conditions of the facility you store with.
Your Own Security
Although a decent and reputable self storage facility will have its own wealth of security features, including secure access, fire protection, CCTV and boundary fences where applicable, you still need to think about making sure you do the basics with your own unit. Make sure you always lock your unit after you have finished and if it is key operated, always make sure you keep the keys safe and sound and do not leave them lying around. Also never store anything that you should not or are not allowed to, as this can pose a risk to not only your own possessions but also to the whole facility. Always make sure you do your little bit, as you wouldn’t leave your home unlocked just because your neighbours were home.
Direct Your Removals Company
If you are using a removals company to take your possessions from your home to a storage facility, then you need to give them some direction as to how you want your items stored, or at least be on hand to direct this correctly. As we discussed in the first point about how your store your items, you should have a plan of action and then either make sure the removals firm know what you want done and more importantly how and where, or, make sure you are the final part of the jigsaw and are there to sort the move correctly. You cannot expect a removals firm to know how you want your unit to be used, so you either have to give them the correct information or you have to take ownership at the final point and organise things correctly.