When you're keeping your belongings in storage for a short period, the packing and loading process is quite easy. In terms of long-term storage, the same can't always be said. For longer periods of storage, there are several precautions you want to take if you want to ensure your belongings are protected for the long haul.
Avoid Cheap Boxes
Don't try to cut costs by purchasing cheap, low-quality boxes. This mistake will serve to be costlier than it would have been should you have just purchased a better box in the first place. Boxes that fit within the low-quality category likely won't last you the entire duration of the storage term.
For example, thin, poorly constructed boxes typically don't stack well. As you try to stack the boxes on top of each other, their bases will easily fail. This might not be a problem initially, but when you get ready to take the boxes out of storage and their bases have failed, you will have a mess on your hands. Spend the extra money to invest in quality boxes.
Label In Detail
Go the extra step and label your boxes in detail. Simply writing living room or bedroom on the box isn't enough. While you might remember the contents of the boxes now, several months later, or even years down the line, this likely won't be true. You can make your unpacking process easier if you add details to your labeling now, while you are actively packing.
For instance, instead of just writing kitchen, write cutlery, small appliances, or pot lids. This way you will know exactly where everything in your storage unit is should you need to access something quickly.
It's a great idea to use pallets inside your storage unit. You might be able to find a store that is looking to get rid of some of their old pallets and if not, you can easily purchase some for a reasonable price. Pallets keep your belongings off the ground.
In the event of an unexpected flood, such as from rain or even a malfunctioning air conditioning unit, there is a lesser chance that your belongings will be damaged. Pallets also help ensure proper airflow, which is especially important around furniture, as limited airflow can cause moisture problems, which can permanently damage upholstery.
Make sure you are thinking about the long-term protection of your belongings when you are placing them in storage. For more information, talk to a professional like Lockwood Brothers Inc.