If you have found that during this time of the pandemic your home life has changed to the extent that you have additional family members returning to your home to live with you, or you need to set up a home office for yourselves, you need to make the best of your current space to accommodate these changes. Self storage Clacton

This may be happening because our family members may have lost their jobs and are unable to afford their rentals. Or we may have children who are students and are returning home to carry on with their studies online as colleges and universities across the country remain closed with classes being conducted online. You yourself may be required to work from home and need to organise a quiet space for a home office. Whatever scenario you are facing, your priorities have changed as you need to organise your household and your belongings differently in order to accommodate your changed circumstances.

You will be compelled to rethink the use of space in your home as you need to decide which furniture or items to pack away to make space for extra accommodation or clearing space for a home office. If you are unsure about disposing of them permanently because they are items you use maybe once a year, like Christmas decorations or your bulky camping equipment and sporting equipment, hiring a self-storage unit is the perfect answer to your problem. You will also be able to store any extra furniture and seasonal clothing to free up space.

Here are some important points to consider while you decide on a self-storage rental. Self storage Clacton

  • Accessibility

    – The facility should be near to your home or at least easily accessible for you to be able to take your belongings and load and unload them with the minimum hassle on your side.
    – You will need to access your unit whenever it is necessary, so check that the facility you choose makes this possible for you 7 days a week. Check whether anyone other than yourself can access your unit, for e.g. do any of the staff have your access details? 

  • Customer Service

    – Choose a facility that is well maintained and cared for. A clean, well-kept facility indicates a well-managed operation and one that will be careful about your possessions and look after them too.
    – See whether the facility allows you to enquire, book and pay online to make the entire process as easy as possible for you, especially in this time when face to face contact is discouraged.
    – Choose a facility that doesn’t lock you into a long-term lease because your circumstances may change, you may need to clear your unit because it no longer suits your purpose.
    – Check whether their rental prices are competitive and if they offer any specials for long term rentals.
    – Check the customer reviews on their website.

  • Security

    Choose a facility that has state of the art security features such as 24/7 monitored CCTV, alarmed units with intruder alarms, and strictly controlled, limited access so that you can be assured that your belongings are safe. 

  • Maintenance

    Are the units clean and dry, the shared areas well kept, and the facility pest free?

If you need a self storage facility in Clacton, Fareham or surrounding areas, Stop & Store self storage Clacton which is conveniently situated ticks all of the above boxes. We offer a variety of indoor self-storage units ranging in size from 12 to 200 sq. ft for both short term and long-term rental. To help you choose the correct size of storage unit we have a handy Space Calculator on our website. Sometimes it is difficult to imagine how big 200 sq. ft is, so if you need personal assistance with your choice, we are only too happy to oblige. 

Once you have decided to place your belongings in self-storage, here are some ways to assist you in keeping your self-storage unit organised.

  1. Although most storage units should have flooring that is moisture proof as any moisture will cause damage to your packed items, be doubly sure by placing a piece of tarpaulin on the floor under your boxes.
  2. Ensure that your belongings are packed in strong cardboard boxes for self-storage. Recycled boxes may not be strong enough to withstand months of storage and may collapse. Place heavier boxes at the bottom and pack the lighter ones on top. Remember to leave an aisle between boxes so that you can access your boxes that are packed at the back just in case you need to.
  3. We advise against the use of plastic bags for packing your belongings for long-term storage. We have found that plastic bags are not only impossible to label, but that belongings fall out after a while as the bags start to disintegrate. 
  4. The key to making the most of your storage space is to take time to pack properly and in a logical fashion. Wrap breakables in bubble-wrap and paper and use plenty of tape to make up your boxes to be as strong as possible. The more effort you put into your packing, the less chance there will be of your belongings being damaged and broken. 
  5. If you label your boxes and keep a detailed inventory of the contents, you will always be able to find anything you are looking for. The more detailed the labels are, the easier and more organised you will be. Pack your boxes in a logical manner so the contents aren’t a mishmash of items from all around your house.  Keep items from the different rooms of your house packed together, so the contents in the boxes remain organised.  
  6. By creating a master list on an excel spreadsheet of all box numbers and what is in the boxes, you will be able to keep track of what is in your unit. When you remove any of these items, remember to record it so that you always have an up-to-date record of what items you have in your unit.
  7. Add customised shelving to your storage unit to keep it organised and clean. If you label each shelf you will make your items easier to find. 

One of our self-storage units at Stop & Store self storage Clacton will provide a solution to your predicament of creating more space in your home. Our facility is well maintained and protected by state-of-the-art security so you can rest assured that your belongings are safely stored. Once you have rented one of our secure storage units you will be able to access it any day, weekends and holidays included.

Please contact us on 01255 446174 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

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