About one third of the moves that we do are moving to storage or moving from storage. Today’s post is going to give you three quick and easy steps that will simplify your move to storage.
1. Get Rid Of Items That You Don’t Have A Plan For
Moving can be complicated and stressful enough without having to worry about what you’re going to do with an heirloom piece that you just don’t have a spot for. Storage fees can be pretty hefty, and if you don’t have plans for a piece, it could wind up sitting in storage for years. You can sell some items on Craigslist or through a consignment shop, or give them away to friends and family. This will allow you to downgrade your storage size, which could save hundreds of dollars over the span of a year or more.
In most cases, getting rid of the un-needed furniture will save you as much money or even more than the furniture was worth. You can replace it for something brand new with this saved money when you finally have a plan for the item(s) in question.
2. Separate What Will Be Stored Long-Term From What Will Stored Temporarily
In most moves to storage, there are at least a few items that are going to be stored temporarily, while others may be in storage for a year or more. By properly preparing these items, you can plan on having the long-term storage items in the back of your storage unit, and keeping the temporary storage items accessible.
This is going to save time and a lot of effort when it comes time to remove the items that only need to be stored for a short period of time. You could also think about getting two smaller storage units, so that once you remove the temporary storage, you’re not paying for any extra space, and you can just close the extra storage unit.
3. Use Protective Covers or Shrink Wrap to Cover Your Belongings
Over the course of a few months or years, the furniture and belongings that you store may start to deteriorate. It is always a good idea to wrap your furniture in pads, shrink wrap, and protective covers to prevent this process as much as possible. Most storage facilities sell mattress covers, couch and chair covers, and other contoured covers to protect your items. If these are unavailable, you can also use shrink wrap to cover the items.
Taking the time to properly cover your items will prevent unnecessary damage and weathering. This statement is especially true for storing items for a period of many months or years.