Self storage and Home Renovations
Despite the economic impact of coronavirus, you may still find yourself among the many homeowners going through a home renovation. In fact, according to a recent Houzz survey, 52% of those in the middle of a renovation project continued, while 47% simply put it on hold. That’s right, only 1% of people renovating their homes put a complete stop to it.
And whether you’re redoing your kitchen, bathroom, home office, or everything, you can benefit from a self storage unit when renovating your home, and here’s how.
The biggest and most apparent benefit to self storage in home renovation is the safe and secure space it provides—emphasis on space. You’ll want to start by deciding which size storage unit you may need, and this can be done by looking at the room you’re redoing. For example, a small home office will likely only hold a desk, a small bookshelf, or other smaller furniture, which can all fit within a 5×10. Meanwhile, larger rooms such as a master bedroom, living room, den, or kitchen, a larger 10×10 or 10×20 would be better. Check out our helpful storage size guide if you need more assistance.
Beyond the space you’ll need, there are also key storage features to use to protect your belongings. Starting with security, powerful security features include electronic gate access, video surveillance, and onsite management to protect your valuable belongings best. And if you live in an area with extreme seasonal weather, find a unit with climate control. This feature maintains a constant temperature and humidity level to preserve weather-sensitive materials such as leather, wood, and electronics.
Lastly, and especially when storing the contents of larger rooms, consider using drive-up access. This feature allows you to park your car, truck, or trailer directly up to the storage unit for easy drop-off and pickup.
Tips for packing furniture
There are a few quick tips that apply somewhat universally that include:
– Deeply clean everything going into storage, including wiping down surfaces, vacuuming out crevices, and otherwise removing debris and contaminants as best as possible to avoid damage. For instance, any food crumbs in the cracks of a kitchen table could attract bugs or other pests.
– Some items will require a covering, but avoid heavy plastic sheets.
– Inventory everything that is going into storage by either writing it down on your phone or a notepad.
– Now is also a good time to declutter your home by selling or discarding any items you do not need or want.
When it comes time to place your belongings into storage, there are still things to consider and follow, such as never placing everything into a single large pile—especially if it goes up over your head—for both safety and convenience.