Traveling is always exciting, but what happens when you decide to take a long vacation or transition from your 9 to 5 and travel the world while working from your laptop? You’ll need to find a way to keep your belongings safe and secure until you come back home. For most people, leaving valuables in their house or apartment just isn’t an option.
And while you can always hire an experienced moving company to take your stuff to a friend or relative’s house, it’s tough to find someone willing to watch your belongings. Long-term storage is the perfect solution. Here are a few simple tips to help.
Always Declutter First
Storage solutions are often priced based on the size of the unit you rent. The more stuff you have, the larger unit you’ll need. Before you start packing for your trip, start decluttering your belongings. Look for items you haven’t used in more than a year and get rid of them. Host a garage sale
to get rid of the junk you don’t want. The more stuff you get rid of, the easier it will be to move into a storage unit.
Pack Boxes Properly
No one likes packing up. But it’s an important part of your long-term storage strategy. Instead of shoving everything into boxes without care, take the time to organize. Pack like items together and label the boxes thoroughly. This will make it easier to find the items you need quickly when you get back. Remember to wrap fragile items with enough padding and consider packing them in sturdy plastic bins instead of cardboard. Cardboard crushes under heavy weight, putting your items at risk.
Invest in Storage Insurance
When your stuff is safe in your house or apartment, your homeowners’ coverage and renters’ insurance will cover the cost of repairs or replacements. But those policies may not extend to your storage unit. Make sure to purchase storage insurance to keep your stuff safe. This way, if anything happens to the facility or your unit gets broken into, you won’t be stuck paying out-of-pocket for replacement items.
Wrap Furniture the Right Way
Bubble wrap is cool, but it’s not always the best way to protect your furniture. In fact, it can trap moisture between the layers and, over time, cause your furniture to mildew or mold. Instead, cover furniture with cotton blankets or sheets. These allow the materials to breathe and lets moisture evaporate before it can do damage. If you do use plastic, wrap it loosely so air can still circulate between the sheet and the furniture.
Work with an Experienced Storage Team
Long-term storage solutions require more than just a place to stash your stuff. You need to find a secure facility that monitors your belongings and makes sure they’re safe and sound when you get back from your travels. Instead of going with the first company you find, do your research and work with an experienced storage facility.
At Eden’s Moving and Storage, we’ll help you keep your stuff safe
whether you’re gone for a month or a year. Contact us today for a free estimate.