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Storage Units

Where to Keep Nonessential Items During a Move

Storage Units

So you thought you were ready for your move, until you realized that you just don’t have the space needed at your new home to house all of your belongings. What do you do? Sell your stuff, or perhaps give it away? How about instead, consider seeking out the services offered at a Philadelphia storage facility. Storage units can provide the safe keeping of those non-essential items you just can’t seem to part with.

Change of residency can be a frightening, or exciting time for any person or family; there is no doubt that various emotions will be generated, depending on your given circumstances. If you are thinking about calling some new place home, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure that things go as smooth as possible.

What most people don’t realize is that renting a self-storage unit should be the very first thing on your moving agenda. Despite the stereotype associated with storage, these facilities are not only for hoarders with too much junk. Renting self-storage units are the best way to store your excess inventory during what is sure to be a hectic time. You have to make sure however, that you store things properly, or renting a unit could just add to the stress. Below is a list of the top 5 most important components of an organized, safe storage unit.

1. Locks. Despite the modern security features in many self-storage facilities, a sturdy lock should be your number one investment to ensure the safety and security of stored belongings. Discuss with your self-storage manager to determine which lock will be best-suited for your needs.

2. Boxes. Not only are boxes easier to stack and stow, but they will create much more usable space within your storage unit. You can find boxes for free at liquor stores and supermarkets (get there early in the week when fresh inventory usually arrives), or you can cough up a few bucks for new, more durable moving boxes available at your self-storage facility and most home improvement stores. Get uniformed sizing to avoid unbalanced mixing and matching, which will help facilitate a more accessible unit.

3. Tape. A good roll of duct and/or clear packaging tape is the perfect tool to seal your boxes. And be sure to stock plenty of it, you never realize how much you need until you run out.

4. Wrapping supplies. When it comes to padding, you can never be too safe. Save newspapers while you plan the move so you don’t have to go searching, and opt for bubble wrap to protect your more precious items. Small bubbles will reduce the shock of a dropped package to fragile items like glass, while larger bubbles are well-suited for protecting antique furniture items.

5. Shelving. An organized shelving system is what separates professional-grade storage spaces from amateur closets. Shelving makes your unit accessible, and facilitates your move by providing a designated spot for each item. Many storage facilities will equip your storage unit with shelving according to your specifications, or you can snag some on the cheap through Craigslist or Ikea. Just make sure to get the correct measurements first.

During your next move, try using the security and convenience of a self-storage facility. These units will have you rest assured that your belongings are safe and ready for you whenever it is you decide that you need them.

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This article was written by Matt Schexnayder. Matt is on the SpareFoot marketing team and writes for the SpareFoot blog. SpareFoot is the largest online marketplace for self-storage with more than 5,000 self-storage facilities listed nationwide.

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