By: Sean Zharfati
As if you didn’t have enough to worry about with your big move coming up, now you have to concern yourself with storage solutions as well! Don’t worry – you’re neither the first nor the last to find that when moving storage becomes an issue. Since it’s a well-trodden road, you can benefit from the experience of others and hopefully find it a painless and simple process after all.
To get you on your way, here’s a list of helpful hints meant to simplify the process of storing your belongings in a storage facility:
- When in doubt, throw it out! You don’t want to be featured on some future episode of Hoarders, do you? Believe me, less truly is more, and that thing you’ve been saving in the box under the stairs doesn’t need to sit another year in that box in storage, only to be transferred to your new house, where it will again sit in that box for years to come. If you have no use for it, don’t really need it and can’t think what to do with it, give it or throw it away. You’ll feel better, and might even pay less to the storage facility for having fewer items to put into storage.
- Label your boxes, and keep a ‘table of contents’ at close reach. There’s nothing more annoying than desperately needing an item that is in one of several – or many – boxes in moving storage, all innocuously labeled ‘kitchen’ or living room’ or some other such general term. Label your boxes with numbers and then make a detailed list of the items contained within each box. Most importantly, keep that list nearby – in the notepad section of your smart phone is a terrific place. Then, when your child suddenly has to have the paintbrush her Aunt Cindy gave her two birthdays ago, you’ll know just where to find it…
- Insure yourself against the known, the unknown and the highly unexpected. Don’t become cheap when it comes to insurance. You just never know what can happen, and the black swan of the moving storage world is just waiting to make her appearance. Floods, fire, loss of power that results in floods or fire – or extreme temperatures that can be quite harmful to belongings – are all gnashing their teeth and waiting for their opportunity. Anything can happen, and you’d do well to prepare yourself for any kind of eventuality.
- Choose the right storage facility for your particular needs. There are many options from which to choose, and they can vary according to price, level of security, precision of temperature control, client access – and more. Decide what your priorities are in this area and then make your decision accordingly. Don’t forget, as well, to ask your movers if they have a storage facility.
Hopefully these tips will help you to have a happy and relatively stress-free moving and storage day, while preventing stress later on, as well.