Clever packing to save space is an art for regular self storage customers. (more…)
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Self storage newbies need to have a checklist of questions to make sure they are getting the best from their storage centre, says Simon Peters of Space Station Self Storage, a market leading firm with storage facilities across West London and Berkshire.
After all, you would not hand over your possessions to a stranger without checking them out first.
This Space Station Self Storage guide is part of a room-by-room guide aiming to help people moving home or using self storage find out how to pack and move their belongings safely.
If you keep them in a knife-block, wrap them in the block. Any sharp knives, scissors or other kitchen tools must have good protection like bubble wrap around the blades.
When you have your life packed away in a self storage centre, you really need to know how safe storage really is when the owner’s advertise their facility as ’safe and secure’.
Think of the hoops you have to jump through for your home insurance – fitting mortice locks, window locks and burglar alarms for instance.
Storage centres also have insurance and have to satisfy minimum security standards as well.
Like most things, packing your possessions safely is an art – so here are some tips to make sure you keep your prize possessions in good condition moving house or while in self storage.
Always make sure you have plenty of packaging materials – including boxes of varying sizes.
Pack the heaviest items, like books, in the smallest boxes.
Always use brown packing tape – it’s cheaper and stronger than thinner tapes and does the job properly. Here are some more handy hints:
If you have not put your belongings in to self storage before, here are tips to help you through the basics:
1. Work out how much space you need
You’ll find a detailed space calculator here that gives a very precise estimate of how many cubic feet of space you will need for your possessions. Storage units are rented in square feet – generally the smallest spaces start at 100 – 150 cubic feet. This is a room roughly 10 feet square and seven to 10 feet high.
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