Are you planning to move house soon and need some self-storage whilst making the transition? Maybe you are downsizing or having some renovations done to your property? Or maybe you are just looking to make some extra space at home?
Whatever your reason for looking into self-storage, it is always a good idea to keep in mind a few important things before choosing your storage units, whether it’s personal or business storage you’re looking for. Here are some of the most important.
- What Exactly Do You Want to Store?
Seems obvious doesn’t it. But the answer to this will make a big difference to your personal or business storage needs. Sometimes, people who will ask for a storage quote without knowing exactly what it is they are actually going to store. However, it is always best to be as certain as you can be about what you want to store before doing this. It’s the only way an accurate quote can be offered and you will not run the risk of your original quote changing due to you needing more space than was at first thought.
Once you have made a list of the items you want to put into a self storage unit, we can help you understand the amount of space you will need for storage. Drop us a line via our contact form and we will get back to you shortly.
If you are not sure about the amount of space you will need, we have a handy tool which allows you to look at the different sized containers we offer and assess which one would suit your needs the best.
- Create an inventory
There are a couple of good reasons to make detailed lists when looking for personal or business storage. One reason, possibly the most important, is that with the process and probable chaos of whatever transition you may be going through when moving, it can be very easy to forget what items you have or want to put in storage. Making an itemised list of your property before contacting us is always a good idea. Not only will it help maintain organisation and make sure you are on top of everything, it will also make it easier for us to give you the most accurate quote possible as we will have a good idea of the space you will need. In short: the more accurate your list, the quicker and easier the whole process will be.
- Label Everything Clearly
When you pack things away to put into a storage lockup, ensure you use strong, sturdy boxes that are strong enough to endure storage for the long term. We have a wide range of high quality packing items, including boxes of all sizes, TV boxes, Wardrobe boxes and tape for all your needs, and more.
Also, label all of your boxes very clearly and try to keep similar objects together This will help if you ever need to come and access your storage lockup and will save you a lot of time. Write a list with a box number and its contents. A master list becomes really handy when you need to find a specific item, especially when storing many boxes.
If you prefer to keep things digital, there are even apps you can use to dictate to so you don’t have to type as you go. You can even go as far as to print each line from your inventory to create custom labels for your boxes!
- Disassemble Large Items
It is understandable that you would want to keep as many of your belongings in one piece as possible. However, our advice is to disassemble as many of them as possible. This is because you can actually save a lot of space in your unit by taking these larger items apart.
However, please remember that not all flatpack furniture is designed to be disassembled and doing so can weaken their structure. If this is the case, leave it assembled but stack your storage inside them so you don’t waste space.
Remember our specially trained removals people can help with any of your storage collection or delivery needs.
- Business Storage
Business storage can mean different things to different people. Whether you run a home business, a start-up, small or a global enterprise, our business storage units can help. There are some things that you need to remember though, to avoid loss and/or damage.
Easy Access Self Storage has a number of secure business and commercial storage solutions in Trafford and Stockport. Our units are perfect for short and long-term use. They are used by tradesman, distributors and office-based companies alike. Each of our units is purpose built to store everything from documents, files, equipment, tools and materials, and surplus stock – there really is a storage unit for everyone.
Our storage units are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we have a range of on-site facilities to help you transfer your items safely and securely, for example, free forklift trucks are located on each site to help the process run smoothly
Here are some of the other services you will have use of when using our storage facilities.
- Delivery vans available to help move your possessions
- Free on site forklift trucks
- Receiving & Dispatching services
- Fax / Copying facilities
- Unit mailbox
- Meeting rooms
- Coffee break area
- Free wi-fi