Once you know that the amount you pay for storage is based on the size of the storage unit that you choose, you will want to do the right thing. That is when taking a self storage unit rental, you’d need to be sure that you are choosing the right size self storage unit for your goods.
There is no point in taking a storage unit rental that is too large or too small. If it’s too large you will end up paying for space that you are not going to use. In the case of it being too small, you may end up having to swap the unit out or take a second self storage unit rental.
But how do you know what size to take? Especially when you haven’t decided what you want to store, and also, how do you calculate your load size? Self storage unit sizes are expressed in cubic feet, meaning the length of the unit multiplied by the width and its height.
Don’t worry too much, Stop & Store Penrith is on the end of the line to assist when needed. Better still, here are some tips for choosing the right size self storage unit.
We don’t want you to waste your money unnecessarily on the extra space you don’t need. Our unit sizes vary to offer you several accommodation choices.
We are sure that you are pleased to hear this good news! Now it’s just left for us to help you make the right choice.
Prepare Your Load for Self Storage
Even though self storage is highly affordable, you don’t want to spend more money than necessary. Once you have decided to do a self storage rental, decide exactly what you want to put into self storage.
In preparing the load, it is wise to exclude items that really shouldn’t be kept any longer or are being kept just for the sake of it. This is a common thing amongst those of us that like to hoard, thinking that some of our possessions will be needed one day. Ultimately putting these into storage is taking up paid space unnecessarily.
When packing for storage, remember that the goods are going to be transported offsite, so they need protection from damage. So, it is advisable to treat everything as if you were relocating them in a home move.
The recommended packaging, therefore, using bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard boxes is advised to help keep them safe during the move to the self storage rental. As there is sure to be a self storage facility nearby, the journey isn’t likely to be long, but accidents can still happen, so be prepared.
Record Your Inventory
Right! Now you have identified what you are going to take and isolated the load ready for storage. At this point, you will want to be choosing the right size storage unit.
Start by making a list of the inventory of all the goods in the load. Measure the sizes and stipulate the quantities of the boxes used for packing. Take the dimensions of the bulky household items you want to store and make a note of fragile items.
The list will serve as one way to estimate your load size and to start the match of the unit size needed. Contact the storage facility you intend to use and send them the list. Their trained staff will be able to estimate the cubic measurements from the inventory list and advise you accordingly.
Calculate Load Size
There is another way of doing this, which is by yourself. Do this by putting the load together in one place, for example in a spare room or a garage. Place it on the floor as if you are packing the storage unit, leaving adequate access through the center.
Pile to a height as in a self storage unit, which is approximately two meters. Then measure the length, width, and height of the combined items.
This should give you a calculation upon which to gauge what size storage unit is needed. In this way, you can choose the right size storage unit. An average size of 150 cubic feet will fit into a medium-sized container unit, as a guide.
Packing The Unit Wisely for Self Storage
Having briefly described how the storage unit should be packed, it’s essential to pack wisely, leaving room for access and knowing where everything is. This is because while in storage, you may need to retrieve something that is needed.
One common way is to mark the boxes clearly, on two sides. Even more useful is to have an inventory list of what is in the boxes. You’d want the items that you won’t need to be packed at the back of the self-storage unit, and by creating a pathway through the center, you will be able to reach anything anyway.
We always advise you to pack carefully, giving yourself enough time to do so. In the same way, plan the layout of the storage unit so that you know where everything is. It is also advisable to leave the loading and unloading to professional movers. In this way, you will limit damage to the goods and yourself too.
Choosing the Right Size Storage Unit
Once presented with the options, make the right choice for the load that you have prepared. Stop & Store Penrith offers a choice of three-unit sizes, all large enough to accommodate a full load of goods. However, to be sure of which one will suit you, take the time to speak to our friendly staff who will gladly confirm your choice.
Once done, the rest of the process is quick and easy: simply book and pay what is required, and the self storage unit is yours to move in. Once your goods are in, they will be completely safe, in ideal storage conditions.
Should you need any further information, please contact us on 01768 800291.
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