Given the high cost of renting an additional commercial space to house your excess inventory, supplies, paperwork, or samples, renting a self-storage unit is definitely a more cost effective and efficient solution. Self-storage facilities can be used for short term and long term purposes:
- While remodeling, redecorating, or downsizing your business
- During your business relocation
- To store seasonal furnishing, such as grills, patio furniture, and outdoor kiosks
- For keeping excess inventory
To optimize your storage, it is crucial that you pack everything in an organized manner. Here are some tips to help you pack your business items for self-storage:
Create a List
Make a list of all of the items that you will be keeping in your storage unit and keep an ongoing inventory. This list will help you determine the amount of space that you will need. If you plan, pack, and organize your things properly, you can actually save space and fit a lot more in your self-storage unit than what you thought.
Although self-storage units are designed to protect your business items from the elements, you still need to take additional steps to protect these, particularly those which are of high value. Ideally, computers should be placed in a box and then packed securely using packing peanuts or some other type of foam insulation. Archival documents, paperwork, or photos should be packed in boxes of the same size so that these can be easily stacked inside the storage unit.
Tips on How to Save Space
Start packing at least a couple of days before your scheduled move. Allotting enough time for packing allows you to prepare your items more carefully and also to be able to assess which items really need to be stored and which ones need to be weeded out. Here are some helpful tips in packing specific items for your self-storage:
If you are keeping refrigerators or freezers in a self-storage facility, tape all appliance doors shut when moving, then wedge doors open while in storage. Protect all moveable parts with paper or wedge. Wrap each item with a paper pad for protection.
Pack books in small boxes, limiting the weight to under 30 pounds for easy lifting. Line all the boxes with plastic and fill hollow spaces with packing paper.
Wrap all the chair legs with packing paper. You may leave the slipcovers on upholstered chairs and then cover them with plastic chair covers.
Pack lampshades in separate boxes. Make sure that you cover them with enough paper for padding.
Organize your file folders upright in a box. This makes it easy to read their respective labels. Arrange the folders with the labels facing the same direction.
Maps or Plans
Never fold maps or plans that have been rolled. Instead, lay the maps or plans flat in a box that can accommodate their exact dimensions. Use cotton ties to bind rolls instead of rubber bands.
Following these simple tips can greatly help ensure that the items you will be keeping in the storage facility will remain in perfect condition even after a long time. If you have any questions, let us know and send us a message.