A secure storage space is a valuable asset to have when renovating. It saves you from having to move boxes around the house as your builder does their best to work around them, or from having to stash your belongings in parents’ and friends’ garages. In addition, secure storage keeps your valuables in much better condition (particularly compared to leaving them in the middle of a construction site).
So, if you’re all set to invest in storage during your renovation, you may as well get the most value for money from the exercise. The experts at Kent Storage have put together some tips for Joncol Clients on how to make the most out of your spend on a storage space:
The first step is ensuring that your storage provider has all the features you want, and can perform all the functions that you need. For example, does it offer professional packing and move into storage? Does it have all the features you expect to ensure that your treasures safe, such as alarm systems, fire monitoring, and climate control. Not all storage spaces were created equal, so it is worth doing your homework before signing on the dotted line.
This leads us to our next tip! People tend to think that all storage spaces are the same, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. For instance, self storage options require that you pack and transport all your own items to the space. That often means hiring a moving van, enlisting friends and family to move your items, lugging everything across town, loading into the space, and then repeating all that in reverse once your renovation is complete! That’s definitely a few weekends down the drain! Professional storage providers will pack, stack and transport your items for you. They’ll even offer extra services such as redelivery and free inventory and condition reporting. Plus, they’ll have all the industry association accreditations that you’d expect from a professional operation, as well as extensive industry experience, and numerous positive customer reviews.
If you just throw your things into the space and lock the door, then you’re sure to find that some of your belongings just don’t survive. Delicate items, like wooden furniture and artwork need special attention to protect them from mould, mildew and damp. Electronics need to be wrapped and protected to ensure they aren’t damaged by the harsher conditions of storage spaces. Whitegoods need to be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Oil, petrol, gas and batteries need to be drained and removed wherever they’re present. If your renovation has left you short for time, you may even want to find a storage provider that offers a professional packing service.
Unfortunately, building projects can sometimes run over time due to unforeseen delays, such as bad weather. So, make sure you book your storage space for at least a couple of weeks after the expected finish date of your renovation. Alternatively, opt for a storage provider that is flexible—one who can accommodate your belongings, should you need an additional month’s worth of storage at the drop of a hat. There’s nothing worse than being stuck without a home for your belongings (and having to lug them all around town) for the sake of a couple of weeks.
You’ve paid for the entirety of your storage space, so make sure you use it all. The sky’s the limit when it comes to packing your storage space; pack to the roof by using plywood sheets to create sturdy levels of boxes. You also need to come up with labeling system that is matched with your inventory so you can easily locate items and pull them out of storage when you need them.
Follow this advice and you’ll turn an expense into an asset. You’ll be eternally grateful that you organised a storage space at the end of your renovation when all you have to do is organsie re-delivery of your belongings.
For more information, read Kent’s Complete Storage Checklist for even more handy storage tips.
Post Date: 17/03/17