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Preparing Your Household Goods for Long Term Storage

Preparing Your Household Goods for Long Term Storage

Moving from one place to another is not an easy decision to make. There are stuffs to be packed and things to get rid of. Usually the task of moving your belongings is done by hiring a moving company, but what about stuffs that you can’t fit in your new place or that you simply cannot move to your new places due to a number of reasons (expensive taxes if moving abroad, expensive moving costs, etc.). Under this circumstance, you will need to find a long-term storage for your household goods.

There are many long-term storage that you could use to store your belongings. However, before putting them in the storage room, you need to prepare your goods carefully to make sure they will be in good condition whenever you need them again in the future.

For fragile furniture pieces and glassware, you need to wrap them in bubble wrap and put them in separate boxes. Since you will be having a lot of boxes, you will need packing tape markers to distinguish them whenever you need them.

For high-value items, make sure you lock them in a lock box or you should consider taking them with you unless the item is too big to be moved. As for huge items that cannot be shipped to your new place, you could prepare them before putting them into the storage space. For cars, you have to make sure to top off the tank, clean them up, change the oil, keep the battery charged and keep them covered before you put them into storage.

When you relocate to a new place, there are many things you simple cannot carry with you. This is especially true when you move from one country to another. There are several limitations on which items you could carry across the border and which items are prohibited. You should consult the local law carefully before packing your belongings. You may consider making a detailed checklist to make sure you do not forget important things. With proper preparations, a relocation should not be stressful at all.

Organizing Your Unit for Inventory Control

Any successful organization of inventory begins with a pre-planned method that aims to label everything in a unit based on a particular scheme or logic. Everyone has different preferences so every labeling process will vary, but the point is to stick with something that’s effective and works for an individual. Strong labels are the underlying backbone to a smart, well-organized work space, and it’s usually the most under looked aspect to organizing an inventory. Along with the right software, well placed labels can turn a jumbled mess into an organized, proficient work area where everything is where it belongs.

Descriptions

A good label is nothing without the right description, but that’s not to say any description is effective. Effective labels are short, to the point, and can be found on every shelf and in every corner. Each description should be unique for each location and no two items should have a similar description. For example, a shelf stocked with boxes of white rice should be easily differentiated from neighboring boxes of brown rice in one way or the other. In this instance a large and obvious “W” next to the description of the white rice makes someone looking for white rice able to tell it apart from the brown rice with ease. The point is to make the description as easily recognizable as possible. A description that’s long or contains small letters slows down productivity and causes confusion. It also makes searching for items in reports and through files difficult.

Numbers

Numbers are great time savers for anyone using an inventory software system. Numbers are used as abbreviations for item descriptions and can make searching for inventory, transactions, filing orders, and searching through reports a cinch. Many companies choose to replace lengthy item descriptions with a simple string of numbers. This makes it easier to use inventory software and gets tasks accomplished quicker. Apart from numbering items within a unit, one could also use units of measurement to label items. Units of measurement should always be used in appropriate circumstances, and can make stock levels flow and shipping and ordering quantities an easier process to understand. For example, instead of labeling ten cartons of eggs with “Ten cartons of one dozen eggs”, it makes more sense to apply the unit of measurement and put “10 CTN. of 1 DOZ. Eggs.” This can be applied to terms like basket, carton, cases, pounds, boxes etc.

What You Cannot (Or Should Not) Store in your unit.

When you are moving house or going on a short holiday, a storage facility is a convenient place to temporarily stock all kinds of items. There are, however, limitations to the type of items that the management of the storage unit will impose, both for legal and practical reasons. Let us take a look at the things that should not be put into storage, backed by valid explanations.

*Living Beings like Plants and Pets:

A storage facility is usually cramped with stuff. There is neither ventilation nor light; food, water and biological waste disposal systems are not provided. These conditions are not conducive to the good health of your livestock. Rare requests have also been received for using the storage unit as living quarters for convenience, cheaper or simply lack of accommodation options, but this is against the law.

*Perishable Food Items:

While long-lasting foods are accepted in air-tight containers, food items that do not have durability of more than a few days are banned. This is because their decay will cause a foul smell to permeate the entire storage unit. It will attract rodents and bacteria that can harm all the other goods lying around.

*Flammable Goods and Weapons:

There are so many liquids that are combustible or flammable. Oils, alcohols, fireworks, most chemicals like solvents, fertilizers and paint thinners, firearms, radio-active substances and other weapons are strictly forbidden in storage units as they may be toxic and hazardous. Some flammable items that are not so obvious are nail polish removers and batteries. If a fire is sparked off, it can cause an explosion that will damage not only all the goods within the facility but possibly even result in loss of life. A few storage facilities may allow guns to be stored, but these have to be unloaded.

*Private Documents and Valuable Items:

The storage facility takes responsibility for the safety of your goods and these are usually insured. But it is not advisable to keep items of exceptional financial value such as jewelry made of precious metals and gems. Many of these would also have sentimental value, being family heirlooms. Private and financial documents are not recommended in a storage warehouse; there are safe deposit boxes offered by banks for this purpose.

*Vehicles which are not Serviced or Insured:

While it is customary to keep all types of vehicles in storage, these have to be in proper running condition. The person requesting storage needs to provide documents such as driving license, vehicle registration and insurance. The number of tires accepted into storage units is kept to a minimum since it is not easy to dispose of them in case the customer cannot honor the storage contract.

Adhering to these storage rules is in the best interests of both the customer and the storage company. It allows smooth, safe and secure storage benefits to all the types of goods that are legal and acceptable.

What to Consider When Preparing Your Household Goods for Long Term Storage

Household goods are generally variable and substantial items used in areas such as, bedrooms, hallways, kitchen, living room, bathrooms, dining room, attics and other rooms within the house. Examples of household goods include cabinets, chairs, desks, sofas, air conditioners, bureaus, curtain rods, irons and ironing boards, sewing machines, vacuum cleaners and many more. Because all these facilities are of great importance, it is necessary to know what to consider when preparing your household goods for long term storage.

Climate Control

People use storage facilities for a variety of reasons. Some may use them because they are traveling and people like students may find them useful during the holiday seasons. When preparing your household items for storage, you need to consider the weather conditions. This is because severe climate can easily damage anything from everyday items to expensive furniture. For this reason, climate controlled facility storage is always best for your household goods.  Next you need to consider the amount of space you will need to store your items but overpay for space you will not be using.

Space

Through your course of preparation consider what you will want to store. Also, make a note whether you will be removing, adding or using the items in storage locker. If you are planning on using or adding to the items in storage you will need additional space in order to property organize your belongings and make them accessible without a struggle.

Security

Security and accessibility are crucial in long term storage.  Make sure the facility you choose has proper security measure in place i.e. working cameras, guard on duty, doors locked at night. Also, if your storing items that you may need from time to time choose a place that gives you unrestricted 24 hour access to avoid the hassle of working around the storage facilities hours of operations in order to get to your possessions.

Allstate Self-Storage Company, always offers great specials and everyday low rates on RV and regular self-storage.  In addition, we work with month-to-month contracts; provide climate control storage, convenient locations and so much more. Consider us for the long term storage of your household goods and get to enjoy all the benefits that come with our self-storage units.

What You Can and Cannot (Or Should Not) Store in a Storage Unit

When considering storing your goods in a storage unit, it is very important for you to have a clear understanding of what you can and cannot store in this type of storage facility. At Allstate self-storage, we usually advise our customers on the various things that they can entrust to us, and those that we cannot store. In over 35 years that we have been in operation, we have been asked many questions regarding this matter. The following are some of the commonly asked questions: -

What types of foods can you store?

No perishables can be stored in storage units, even using coolers or for short periods of time, this includes; cereals, milk, vegetables, fruits and meats. These types of foods get spoilt easily, and also tend to attract insects. Undamaged canned foods are allowed in storage units since they have an extended shelf life and will not attract rodents.

Are hazardous substances allowed in storage units?

The answer to that is an obvious no. Flammables, toxics or combustibles cannot be stored in a storage unit. Some of the hazardous and toxic substances that should not be kept in a storage unit include asbestos, gasoline, kerosene, corrosives, biological waste, fertilizer, narcotics and compressed gas. Others include explosives, ammunition, fireworks and weapons among others.

Can you store pharmaceutical equipment and supplies?

Pharmaceutical supplies can be kept in a storage unit. However, radioactive equipment cannot be stored in storage units. Storing any equipment that contains radioactive substances is not only dangerous, but also illegal in many states.

Is storing a vehicle in a storage unit acceptable?

It is acceptable to store a vehicle in a storage unit. However, the vehicles should be in operational condition, registered and insured. Otherwise, they can’t be stored.

Can construction equipment be kept in storage units?

There is construction equipment that can be kept in a storage unit, but there is also equipment that is prohibited those that are prohibited. An example of prohibited construction equipment is the one that is used to trace underground water.  Consult with the storage company of your choice for specific information on storage your construction equipment.

Other things that may not be allowed in storage units include animals, plants and stolen items. If you are considering storing your items in a storage unit, you can contact our support staff and you will be advised on the types of goods you can or cannot store in our storage unit.