Moving means making many decisions and one of these is what to do about storage. Storage is essential if there is a gap between when you move out of one place and into another or when you're downsizing. Alternately, you may be moving overseas for a posting and unsure where your next home will be.
When you move, no matter whetherit'sin another state, halfway across the world or simply within the same region, we all need storage. Most stuff, with careful packing, is pretty easy to put away but there a few things that need special treatment and should never be put in storage.
Foodstuffs, consumables, medications, gas bottles and tanks all have expiry dates. Similarly, items made of rubber and certain other materials have a tendency to deteriorate over time, so should not be stored for the long term.
When in themidst of planning a move, there are a million and one things to think of so the best approach is to take inventory of everything before you move and decide what to take, what to store and what to throw out or give away.
Insurance is paramount. It is essential to have a good insurance policy in place to cover you during your move. If you have a home and contents insurance make sure the cover is still applicable as you relocate. If you're using a removal company, double check and get it in writing what insurance they provide.
Ensure all items are correctly packaged. If the original box is available use that as it affords the best protection during transportation and storage. Delicate items need extra special care and a professional packer can be an excellent investment if you have high quality items to relocate or store.
Breakable items require carefully handling which includes wrapping in bubble wrap, tissue and newspaper to ensure they remain in one piece during storage. They should also be individually taped and labelled before being placed in a box marked 'Fragile
Any items containing glass, especially large mirrors, should have a large Xtaped across the length and width with masking tape as it gives extra strength and protection to help reduce the chances shattering.
An inventory is absolutely essential for insurance purposes and also to help you locate your items. Take time to prepare a room by room, box by box inventory and your move will be a lot smoother with considerable time saved when unpacking the other end.
You need to think about how often you need access to your possessions, how much security you want and whether items need to be in a climate controlled environment. After you have decided this you will then know whether an indoor or outdoor storage unit will suit your needs.
It really depends on what you are storing and how long for. Outdoor units are generally cheaper, but you need to be sure this meets your needs. Talk to the storage company because it is also sometimes possible to negotiate discounts for longer term storage or if you know they have units sitting empty.
If you are moving house, it is a good idea to think carefully about what you really want to keep. Sometimes it is actually more economical to buy new items rather than pay storage fees. However, sentimental and irreplaceable items are perfect to store as are items that hold their value and do not deteriorate.