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Tips for Managing Storage Units

 

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A local Connecticut storage unit is a convenient and cost-effective way of storing household, recreational and business-related items, when there is no other place to put them. A storage unit can be particularly useful when selling a home, since it may be necessary to remove excess furnishings from it, in order that it can be staged to appeal to the widest pool of buyers.

If a house sale occurs before the seller closes on his new home, he may need to move to temporary accommodation, at which point, a storage unit can be used to store all but the essentials, until the new home is ready for occupation. Movers in Connecticut are sure to be able to recommend a storage unit facility in an appropriate location. Professional movers will also be able to accurately estimate the size of unit required, given the items that need to be stored. Keep these tips in mind, when preparing to use a storage unit:

Price 

Compare the prices of a number of storage unit facilities, based upon the same criteria, such as the size of the unit, the length of the rental period and whether or not it is climate-controlled. Check to see who offers deals such as one month's free rental on a longer-term rental period and discounts for advance payments.

Materials 

Movers and packers can pack everything ready for storage. However, if a person is going to pack his own items, he should use strong cardboard boxes instead of plastic cartons. Plastic is prone to suffering the effects of humidity, which can cause mold. Ensure that all boxes are not packed so full that they become difficult to lift and move.

Protection 

Use plastic wrap to wrap furniture items and protect from dust and insects.

Labeling 

Label all boxes and containers clearly, so that the contents are easily identifiable when in the storage unit. Use a color code system, and assign a color to each room in the house. All boxes and containers with contents for a specific room, should have a specific color of label attached. This will help the moving company to place boxes appropriately when the move is completed.

Organize

Keep items off the floor by stacking them on pallets. This way items will not be damaged, if water seeps under the door and into the unit.

Packing 

Pack the storage unit so that large bulky items are at the back of the unit, and ensure that any boxes you may need to access during the rental period are easy to reach.

Storage Makes Sense 

Renting or owning a storage unit also makes ideal sense if you are starting a business and need storage space for merchandise, goods or equipment. The rental costs or purchase price can also be claimed as a business expense against taxes. The renter or owner has a clean, safe storage place with convenient and, often 24-hour access, at a fraction of the cost of renting or owning his own business premises, which is important when trying to build a business as economically as possible.

Key Takeaways:

  • Allow as much time as possible to compare storage facilities and identify the best one.
  • Don't cut corners when packing items for storage.
  • Set up automatic monthly payments with the bank. It is easy to forget about a storage unit and fall into arrears with payments.

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