Guide to long-term self-storage

Have you been offered a post abroad for work and need somewhere to store all your belongings and furniture? Are you looking for long-term self-storage solutions? There are so many self-storage options out there to choose from, but if you’re going to be gone a while and need secure storage space for all your valuables, no matter what they may be, from furniture to books or a car and antiques here are some ways to ensure your possessions are kept safe and preserved for your return.

Whatever the reason for vacating your property, you will undoubtedly need somewhere to store you belongings. It’s important to know that your belongings no matter their size will be safe in your absence. If you have valuable antiques you need to store then you might want to consider climate-controlled self-storage rooms or units. A temperate climate and no humidity will ensure your antiques or even paintings will not be exposed to fluctuating temperatures. While this is a slightly more expensive storage solution it is definitely worth every penny!

To store furniture you’ll need to protect it from dust or dirt. Fabric is also susceptible to becoming stained if exposed to mould or mildew. My advice is to purchase some plastic covering and wrap your upholstered furniture tightly to ensure the best ever protection. Meanwhile to save on storage space, why not dismantle pieces of furniture wherever possible. If you can undo the legs of a table and take apart a bed.

Books, CDs, kitchen wear and fragile items should all be boxed up in sturdy boxes, which can then be stacked neatly one of top of the other in your self-storage unit. Remember when packing your storage unit to waste no space. You won’t need regular access to your belongings with long-term self-storage so you won’t need to leave a corridor of space between your items!

Garden tools like lawn mowers should be emptied of fuel to avoid the smell of fumes seeping into your furniture. Taking all your clothes with you to your new destination probably won’t be necessary, so why not purchase some special suit or polythene bags and make sure your self-storage unit is damp free!

When it comes to storing vehicles like cars, people often get themselves into a bit of a panic. Do you sell your car or keep it in storage. The best thing to do is find out how much it will cost you to keep your car in secure storage. If you think it’s worth it, then make sure to properly cover your car before it is locked up in a storage unit! Also give it a good clean as leaving dirt on its body can cause long-term damage.

You might find yourself in a bit of a rush before relocating and the idea of transporting your own goods to a storage facility may prove to be rather time-consuming and stressful. This is where mobile self-storage units could be your ultimate storage solution! Companies will deliver the storage unit to your home, where you can pack it up and then they will come and collect it and drive it back to the storage facility! This new storage option is growing in reputation for people who either have no access to transportation or are simply far too busy to take care of hauling their items to secure storage!

Ella Andrews
Ella Andrews is blogger and freelance writer, who is very passionate about home relocation and self storage projects. She’s been writing about similar topics for a long time, but is also constantly searching for new sources of inspiration.

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