Self-storage is a rapidly growing industry in South Africa, offering a convenient and easy way for people to store their belongings for short or long periods of time. StorTown has put together a few pointers to remember that can make your self-storage experience easier, and keep your belongings in better condition.
The Do’s of Self Storage:
- To start off with, ensure you stack your belongings on wooden pallets, depending on the size of your storage unit. This keeps your items off the floor during their stay.
- It’s also a good idea to make a plan before hand as to how you’re going to utilise all the space in the unit. This saves space and time and having to rearrange everything.
- As you use boxes, label all 6 sides of the boxes and keep a list of boxes and their contents which saves you time when looking for specific items.
- Always put heavier boxes at the bottom of any pile as this prevents boxes and items from being crushed.
- It’s also helpful to use freestanding shelves if you can – this utilises more space and keeps items off the floor.
- Make a mental note to store frequently used items at the front of the unit and cover boxes with blankets, old sheets or moving pads to protect your belongings.
- It’s a good idea to disassemble any items that can come apart. This saves spaces and prevents damage.
- When disassembling electronic items including cords, it’s helpful to place a coloured sticker on the cords and on the matching electronic part.
- When it comes to furniture, it’s best to store couches on end if your unit is tall enough, as well as mirrors and paintings as this prevents damage. You can also use drawers and cupboards to store smaller items.
- Rust can be a problem sometimes, depending on your area, but can be prevented by rubbing a small amount of machine oil on any items that will rust.
- When wrapping items in paper, tape it up so you can identify it as wrapped and not excess paper. If you can, use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables.
- Clothes should be kept on hangers in cupboards to retain their shape and it’s best to keep out of season clothes close to the front – you might need storage longer than anticipated.
- Then last but not least, it’s a good idea to check with your insurance to see if you’re covered.