Whether it’s to make your house easier to sell, because you simply have too much stuff to move at once or to make the relocation process more gradual, at some point during your move you will probably find yourself needing and using a storage unit. Luckily, many local movers Brooklyn offer storage services as well. There are plenty of options to choose from. They differ in size, accessibility and price. But the most common solution is (relatively) short-term non climate-controlled storage. And if you do end up storing items in non climate-controlled storage, there are things you can do to ensure you’re getting the best out of it.
Climate-controlled vs. non climate-controlled storage
The first thing you will need to do when looking for storage Brooklyn is decide on the type of storage you need.
The benefits of climate-controlled storage are obvious. The whole point of it is that you don’t have to worry about the weather forecast. Your items will be stored at the same optimum temperature whether it’s freezing cold or blazing hot outside.
But there are upsides to non climate-controlled storage too. For one, it’s far more widespread. You are sure to find some wherever you are. Climate-controlled storage, on the other hand, may not even be available in your area. Non climate-controlled storage is also usually more accessible. These are generally outside units that you can drive or walk to. Climate-controlled storage is meanwhile usually located inside of a larger building and may be harder to get to. Finally, non climate-controlled storage will always be the better option when moving on a budget as it is the cheaper of the two.
Storing items in non climate-controlled storage: the how-to guide
The obvious problem with non-climate controlled storage is the weather. This is, unfortunately, something you cannot affect. The two things you should be focusing on instead are choosing the right storage unit and properly packing your things for storage.
Choosing the right storage unit: location
While you cannot truly control the weather, you can to a degree control how much it affects your storage unit. If possible, choose an internal storage unit facing a hallway or an outside unit located in the shade. These units tend to be somewhat cooler and drier. If you are on the other hand storing your possessions during the cold months, check out some tips on storing your stuff during winter.
Choosing the right storage unit: preparing the space
At first glance, all storage units might appear exactly the same. But it’s the inside that really counts. So it’s important to check out the unit you will be using, make sure it fits your needs, deal with any potential problems and prepare the space. All of this will ensure that your possessions are stored in the best possible way.
Problems to look for and how to solve them
One of the most common issues with storage is humidity. Excess moisture in a storage unit can damage your belongings (especially furniture and electronics), shorten their lifespan or even make them unusable. This is why it is extremely important to know how to prevent moisture in a storage unit. This is especially important when storing items in non climate-controlled storage as there will be no air conditioning to dry out the air.
Another common issue with storage units are bugs and other pests. So clean the space before moving your items into it. Regularly spray against bugs and check the unit for signs of other pests whenever you can.
When storing items in non climate-controlled storage you may want to further insulate it before moving your items into it. You can do this by covering the ceiling, walls, and floor with plastic. While this requires extra effort and time, it can be helpful in dealing with moisture.
If you’re planning on long-term storage, consider being green about it. In the beginning, this will seem a bit costly. But if you look closer, you will see that it’s not that hard. And in the long run, it’s better for the environment and therefore for you.
Ultimately these additional steps are not necessary for successfully storing items in non climate-controlled storage. If you don’t have the time or budget for them, you can skip them. But they are definitely worth considering.
Properly packing your things for storage
The best thing you can do when storing items in non climate-controlled storage is to properly pack them. Just putting everything in boxes is not enough. You should adjust your packing to different types of items. You will for example want to pack clothes for storage differently from how you pack your priceless and unique fine art.
You should disassemble, clean and wax all wooden furniture before wrapping it in or covering it with protective plastic. Keep any hardware you remove from a piece close to it to make reassembling it easier. Putting blankets or additional padded covering over wooden furniture will protect it from scratches.
When storing upholstered furniture or mattresses vacuum them, wipe down with fabric cleaner and dry fully before putting away. Do not put heavy items on top of it to avoid damage to the cushioning.
Whenever possible you should store electronic appliances in their original packaging. If you no longer have the original packaging, use a box of similar size and fill the empty space with bubble wrap or packing paper and packing peanuts. Do not wrap electronics in plastic. You might accidentally trap in moisture which will damage your appliances. Also, avoid storing things on top of electronic appliances. This can cause permanent damage, especially to sensitive flat screens.
Cover everything up
Always cover items you store. This way you will protect them from dust, dirt, and scratches. Some storage companies will provide you with plastic or tarp for this. You can also use your own old sheets or blankets.
Organize your storage
Keep in mind that anything you put in storage must eventually be taken out of it too. So organize your storage unit accordingly. Leave enough space to move around, label everything and keep the things you need most easily accessible. With a little thought and effort storing items in non climate-controlled storage won’t be too hard!