The dos and don’ts of storage
Storing items is a sensible solution if you are downsizing your home or simply need somewhere to keep your goods on a temporary basis until you can move into your new property. Finding a reliable storage solution can sometimes be difficult though so we thought we’d give you a few pointers at Pers Removals to help you avoid making any mistakes.
1. Pick the right sized storage solution
Work out exactly how much room you are going to require to safely store your belongings. People often underestimate the amount of storage space they will need or they will attempt to save money by selecting a unit that simply isn’t large enough for their requirements. Here at Pers Removals we have containers that offer over thirty five square feet of storage which is more than ample for most of our customers’ needs. Don’t book storage that isn’t big enough.
2. Check the security of the site
Establish how safe your possessions are going to be when they are placed into storage. If you think the site is lacking in security measures and you are genuinely worried about the safety of your goods you should go with your gut instinct. Insist on storing items in secure, sealed units that are ideal for storing a wealth of objects. Don’t pick an unsafe site.
3. Validate the units are temperature-controlled
Certain items can be affected by the temperature of their environment so this is something else to consider when you are searching for storage solutions. Insist on using a temperature-controlled setting. This is especially important if you plan to store large, metallic items that suffer in certain kinds of environment. Don’t store anything where there’s an issue with temperature.
4. Verify the minimum storage period
Always check the minimum storage period as this does tend to vary from one storage centre to the next. We have a minimum one week storage period but other companies can tie you in for a month or longer. Don’t agree to store your belongings until you know the full terms and conditions.
5. Ask about access
When you first arrange to store your goods ask about access to your possessions too. At certain centres you can only gain access at specific times of the day and it’s worth making a note of this so you know when you can get your goods! The ideal solution is to find a storage centre that gives you access to your possessions at any time which is something we specialise in at Pers Removals.
Don’t do this…
Never try to store dangerous or prohibited items inside a storage container. Dangerous or hazardous items are classed as weapons, fireworks, flammable liquids or materials. This also includes drugs, gas, fuel or paint, along with anything that is toxic or corrosive. You shouldn’t keep animals, plants or perishable foods inside storage containers either. And it goes without saying you shouldn’t attempt to store stolen goods inside a storage container.
Now you know the dos and don’ts of storage it should be easier to keep goods safe.
What Our Clients Say
‘This is just to thank you and your team for the fantastic service during my move from Crouch End to Bexley. Everything was packed beautifully and the crew who moved me were fantastic, remaining friendly and good-humoured throughout. The piano was successfully moved from the first floor and everything arrived intact. It was really worth having the packing service as well, and my stress levels were kept well under control, so well done!’
19th May 2013
‘Excellent company – gave me a really good price and fantastic service. We had the full packing service on the Monday, then they finished packing, and moved us on the Tuesday – on time and on schedule. Kav even had five guys on the job, on the Tuesday morning, which kept us on schedule. No breakages, everything was well packed: highly recommended.
We’ll be moving again in the next year, this time with a piano – we hope to use Pers Removals again!’
24th June 2013
‘Three charming chaps arrived to move my piano from Maidenhead to West London. They took time to plan the moving process and communicated well with each other. They had several steps to cope with inside the house, and a few outside. I was expecting the piano to be bumped about – but not at all. Such care was taken – the piano could have been a newborn baby and would have come to no harm! Now that I have found Pers I will definitely use them again.’
8th January 2014