Storage is one of the most in-demand additional service offered by licensed moving companies in the UK. That is because it offers customers who are moving in a rush or those who are downgrading one very practical way to temporarily put some of their items away until they figure out what to do with them. This statement is even more valid for businesses who have opted for an efficient office removal service in London but are planning to gradually replace their old office furniture with new after they move office.
The thing is that even the most practical service in the world can take turn for the worse if you fail to do one simple thing – inform yourself of the basic dos and don’ts.
- Don’t be too stingy
- Do pack everything before you put it in the storage room
- Don’t forget to label the boxes
- Do place pallets under your items
- Don’t keep food in the unit
Opting for the cheapest possible unit
Even if your budget is incredibly tight, do not choose your storage room based solely on its price. It may be way too small for your needs. In addition to that, if you are planning to put items such as books, clothes and furniture you may need to ask for a temperature-controlled unit which comes at a heftier price. But without this arrangement, you will risk damaging all of your possessions.
Putting food in the storage room
Do not keep food of any kind and packaging in a storage unit. There are so many ways in which this can go terribly bad. For example, the food may attract pests or it may stimulate the formation of mould inside the room.
Not packing your items properly or not packing them at all
Why bother packing and wrapping your belongings if you are only planning to leave them in the storage facility for a short amount of time? For one, circumstances can always change in an instant and out of the blue forcing you to change your game plan and extend your renting period. Also, putting your items in boxes or crates will protect them from dust and accidental scratches during their transportation to and from the storage unit. Make sure to use thick and sturdy cardboard boxes.
Forgetting to label the boxes
It is not enough to put everything in boxes and chuck it in a storage unit. You also need to label those boxes. That will help you arrange them more safely and smartly in the transit van and in the storage room itself. You will know exactly where the most fragile of your items are and that will allow you to always stack them on top of the heavy and bulky stuff.
Placing your items directly on the floor
Leaving your boxes on the floor will make them more vulnerable to pest infestations, mould and mildew. Also, in case of flooding, this will put them on the front line of the disaster. Another thing to keep in mind is that, unless you have hired a climate-controlled unit, the floor may be very cold and damp which will not have a positive effect on your personal possessions.