With self storage facilities taking up a whopping 34.3 million square feet in the UK, it’s official – us Brits can’t bear to part with our prized possessions. Whether you want to free up some space in your home, are in between moves or perhaps you manage an office and need somewhere to keep excess paperwork and furniture, self storage is a great solution to all these problems.

If you want to ensure that your items look just the way they did when you first put them into storage, have a read of some of these great tips.

Use pallets

If you’re storing anything particularly valuable then it may be a good idea to put your goods onto pallets. Although it’s a highly unlikely scenario, the UK has had problems with flooding in recent years so this just helps to reduce the chances of your items getting destroyed by flood damage.

Wrap what you can

Although it’s certainly not a necessity, wrapping up clothes, furniture, toys, books and anything else you may want to store in plastic wrap protects your items from dust and any little bugs that may try to get in.

Invest in a good quality lock

Any good self storage unit will of course have security but accidents can and do happen. If you want extra peace of mind then invest in a good quality, tamper-proof lock so that you know your possessions are as safe as possible. Some units do provide locks which you can of course use but if you don’t feel they’re secure enough don’t be afraid to use your own.

Use labels

Anyone who has ever done this will know that there’s nothing quite as frustrating as rummaging through boxes and boxes of stuff trying to find what you need. unfortunately however, most of us tend to pack away our stuff without much thought. If you want to save yourself a lot of hassle and aggravation in the long-run, label every single box you put in there so certain items can be located easily. |t might sound a bit OTT but drawing out a map of which boxes are where is another great way to guarantee that you will able to locate exactly what you need instantly.

Look after your unit

When we put our possessions away into self storage our main concern is usually for our own stuff. Bear in mind that it’s well worth making an effort to look after the unit itself as well because some facilities will fine you if you cause any damage.

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