For most of us, storage of our belongings, especially furniture, is short-term. We’re either moving into a new place or having some renovations done. Sometimes, though, we might store furniture long-term, maybe there isn’t room in the house or it’s an heirloom that needs to be kept safe. This kind of storage can last from a couple of months to several years and requires much more diligence during packing and storing.
As with all packing processes, the first step is to take stock of what you’ve got. Make a list of all the items you want to put into storage. This list will be handy for later if you need to get something out or if you have multiple storage containers or units.
This will also give you a chance to do a bit of spring cleaning and donate or throw away the things you no longer need. Using an online space estimator will give you a rough idea of how large a storage container you will need for the items you have. It will also give you an idea of whether a climate-controlled box is a necessity, but we always recommend it for long-term storage.
Wipe everything down with a clean cloth and use soap and water where applicable. Polish wood and metal furniture with their respective polishes. Use steel wool to get rid of any rust. Wash and dry all removable fabrics, and vacuum upholstery. Spray with furniture-friendly pesticide. Clean all glass and mirrors. Take apart whatever can be taken apart and save all small pieces like screws, bolts, and pallets.
Cover the bottom of the storage unit with a clean tarp. Invest in sturdy boxes, preferably wood, but plastic with airflow holes will work in a pinch. Label each box with what it contains. Cover furniture with a natural fiber cloth to protect it from dust. Wrap glass, ceramic, and mirrors in bubble wrap. Create a detailed map of your unit and place it at the entrance.
Climate-controlled storage may cost a little more, but it’s worth the extra money, especially if you’re planning to store your items long-term. Family heirlooms, expensive artwork, leather goods, important papers, electronics, medical supplies, clothing, and antiques can be damaged if there are fluctuations in the environment. If it gets too hot or humid, a climate-controlled unit will still protect your belongings.
If the goods in your storage unit are valuable in monetary terms, it may be a good idea to research storage unit insurance. Plans vary, as some require monthly payments, others annual or biannual. Choose whatever works for you. For a nominal recurring fee, you can insure your goods for several hundred thousand dollars, depending on the value of the goods. It may be worthwhile for the peace of mind it will bring.
For more tips on long-term storage, storage units, and insurance get in touch with AAA Mobile Storage. We proudly provide dependable storage solutions across Utah. Reach out to us for storage services today.