Even though self storage unit rental is one of the cheapest forms of storage, we always must be budget conscious when spending money these days. We look at ways to make the best of self storage to ensure that you get the best deal available and make the most of the space provided.
Not only that, but there are also determinants of cost, space, and time to need to be discussed as these are all factors in calculating the best option of storage unit rental to take. It is not about simply doing a self storage unit rental and jamming as much as possible in the unit.
No, it is about careful preparation, asking the right questions, knowing that the size unit and the price being paid is the best around and preparing and packing the self storage unit optimally to ensure the best storage conditions and packing order are taken.
At Stop & Store Penrith these are the questions our friendly staff are trained to provide. We thought it important to put the information for easy refence here in order for you to see the step-by-step process to follow when wanting to make the most of your self storage rental.
How to determine the Cost of Self Storage
Two important facts that you should know about storage costs are as follows:
With property prices being higher in cities than in smaller towns or rural areas, it stands to reason that the prices asked by a self storage facility in a city will be higher. This is true of self storage rentals, and by taking advantage of this, you can hire a unit in a smaller place and save money on storage costs.
Secondly, the larger the unit rental chosen, the cheaper the rate per square foot it will be. It doesn’t mean that a large unit will necessarily be cheap, but you will get more storage for your buck this way.
As self storage facilities offer a range of unit sizes, make sure you maximize the size needed when choosing the size self storage unit.
So, in summary it’s about location and size. Stop & Store Penrith has three size options and being in a smaller place it provides very affordable storage for those wishing to do a self storage rental.
Using Storage Time efficiently
Often not apparent, but the flexibility of a self storage rental is a big bonus to storage users. Depending on the self storage facility there is sure to be a notice period involved when deciding to move out of the self storage rental. In addition, there may be a financial incentive to stay longer, sometimes storage facilities offer this for longer term rentals over two months.
With this in mind approach the rental period with the knowledge that these are storage benefits open to you, and if you want to use them, they will be good for your budgeting.
Protecting the goods
You would want to ensure that your goods are entirely safe and come out of storage in the same condition as they went in. Also, if something were to go wrong what steps would be needed to safeguard the contents while they are in storage?
To answer these questions, start with the way the goods are prepared for storage. As most self storage units are insulated and have thermal regulating properties, the outside conditions are unlikely to affect what is being stored in a self-storage unit.
So, the onus is on you as the owner of the goods to ensure that they are prepared for storage in the proper way. Furniture is one of the most popular items stored in self storage units. Made from wood and fabrics, it is easy for furniture to get spoiled when moving the pieces or staying in the same environment for lengthy periods. As there are chances of staining, breaking or being eaten by pests, it is essential that the protection used is aimed at preventing this.
Deterrents like mothballs, wrapping such as blankets and coverings of protruding parts like legs all work well to provide protection while being transported or when left in storage.
How to pack a Self Storage Unit
At this stage the variables mentioned that are important should have been researched by yourself and you are likely to have made up your mind about the duration, size, location, and protection needed for the goods that you want to store.
Before packing it is a good idea to arrange a transporter who is going to help relocate your goods to self storage. Again, it’s advisable to use one instead of doing this yourself so put this into the budget from the start.
If you are not going to do the unpacking yourself then issue the transporter with a clear packing instruction to enable the easy identification and location of anything that you may need that is packed in the self storage unit.
Most important is to make sure that the boxes used to pack the goods in are labelled and indexed back to a packing list. Even if you are not physically going to unpack on the other side, at least the packing instructions will help you find what you need.
Pack all the big items at the back and leave an adequate pathway access through the packed good in the self-storage unit.
Heavy boxes go on the ground while the lighter, smaller ones can be packed on top of them. In this way you can maximize the height of the self storage unit.
Choose Your Self Storage Facility Carefully
Not all self storage facilities are the same, and your research should include looking at reviews and making personal contact with the staff. We would be delighted to answer any queries you may have so feel free to contact us if you need any further details, we’d love to hear from you. Should you need any information.
At Stop & Store Penrith the process is quick, and we aim to get you into a self storage unit as soon as you need it.
A self storage rental unit in Penrith can be arranged by contacting us directly by email or phone when you need. We will be pleased to assist you in any way possible.
Find us on https://www.stopandstore.co.uk/penrith-storage/
Or call us on 01768 800291.