5 Things To Consider For First Time Self-Storage Users

24th May 2017

Self-storage can be tricky for first-time users. Thankfully we have put together 5 simple things for you to consider in order to get the very best out of your self-storage. This will apply especially if you are someone who does not have any experience in the process in the first place. We’re here to make everything that little bit easier. Here are the topics you might want to consider before you get started.

Find the best location
The location is more important that you might initially think. You may feel that if your belongings are in storage then you will not need them, so why does it matter? Well, despite this way of thinking it is better to have your storage unit close to your home. For example, when it comes to the time you do want to add to your storage or go and find something you have stored then you don’t want to be traipsing halfway across the country. Ideally, you want to keep your storage unit no further than a half hour drive from your home. This way you can still access it easily should you need anything from it. 

We have multiple self-storage facilities that can be found in Upper-Clapton and Billericay. You can view these here

Find the perfect size
Selecting the right size is extremely important. After all, you don’t want to be paying for a storage unit that is two times bigger than it really needs to be. To begin this process you should evaluate everything that you will be moving into storage and come up with an accurate measurement which covers everything you have and a little bit more. Just in case you want to add anything extra. 

The next step would be to view the different sizes of storage units available to you before selecting the size that matches your measurements. If your measurements are in between two different sized units, then we always recommend going a little bigger, that way you know everything is going to fit. 

Consider the time frame 
It is always helpful to have an idea on the timeframe in which you want to be using self-storage. This offers you a bit more of an idea on whether it is a short term stay, such as additional storage whilst you decorate, or if you have just run out of space at home and need a little extra storage. It is better to have an understanding of your timeframe, especially as certain self-storage facilities have certain time limits or timed contracts you must commit to. 

Here at MakeSpace, we do not have a maximum time period in which you can store, instead, you can store with us for as long as you need. So if you are unsure regarding timeframe then don’t panic, we won’t kick you out after a year. 

Pack appropriately
When you are packing up your belongings, here’s a few things that you should consider:

  • Place everything into a box – to avoid losing any parts.
  • Use proper storage boxes. (you can pick up your own here)
  • Avoid putting too many heavy belongings into one box. You still need to lift it.
  • Disassemble big items
  • Clean out anything that may have other items in e.g. fridge, freezers and ovens

Also, be sure to pack all of your belongings safely and securely before transporting them. It is recommended that you use plastic covers and blankets over certain items in order to provide your belongings with additional protection throughout the transporting process. 

Are your items all insured? Before you get storing, you’ll need to ensure that all of your items are insured first. If you do have insurance, then be warned you will likely need to provide proof of this to your storage facility. In order to gain insurance, it is something that we provide here at MakeSpace, so for more details regarding this, you can contact our team, who will be more than happy to help.

Above are some of the key things you need to consider before you use self-storage for the first time. I hope this has helped to clear up any queries and uncertainties you may have had beforehand. If you do have any questions or would like to enquire about our storage facilities here at MakeSpace, then you can contact us today.