Sometimes, you need storage for a little while. Maybe you’re moving, changing offices, or just holding on to some furniture for someone. There are times, though, when short-term storage is not sufficient. Here, we look at some reasons you might need long term storage, as well as offering some tips for choosing a storage unit and preparing your things to be stored for an extended period of time.
What is long-term storage? It’s the kind of storage you need if you’ll be keeping things in a storage unit for more than three months. It’s important to find a clean storage unit near your home, but climate control is not as important for short-term storage as it is when you’ll be storing things for several months or even years. Without a space that regulates the temperature and humidity, you will be risking damage to your belongings from mold and mildew. You’ll also want to cover your furniture in long-term storage to protect them, while this is not necessary for short-term storage.
If you are storing seasonal items, like Christmas decorations, it’s unlikely that you will need them within 10 to 12 months. In that case, it’s smart to choose a storage unit appropriate for long-term storage. The same holds true for sporting equipment you only need once a year. A military family might need to store their things when they’re taking an overseas assignment, and those who winter in other states might want to store some of their furniture or a vehicle while they’re away.
No matter how long your things will be in storage, there are a few factors you should consider. Look for a storage unit that’s the right size to store all of your things, so you don’t end up in a bind when you try to pack it. Consider how much access you’ll need to your belongings and make sure the facility you choose will be convenient for you. Look into the facility’s policies and reputation so that you can be sure your items will be well-protected while you’re away. Make sure the cost of the unit won’t overtax your budget in the long run, and consider storage insurance to protect your belongings from damage or theft.
The way you pack your storage unit will vary based on how long you plan to store your things. No matter how long they’ll be there, your items should be carefully labelled and packed to protect them from harm. You should make sure you can retrieve things from your unit easily and keep a detailed inventory of what is in the unit. If you’re packing for short term storage, try to leave a pathway in the center of the unit so that you can easily move things in and out. Try to arrange your things against the walls, using vertical space to save on floor space. If you’re storing things long term, invest in high-quality boxes or vacuum sealed bags. This will help protect your items from humidity and other causes of damage. It’s a good idea to stack your things on pallets if you can, to allow better airflow through the unit and protect against condensation and water damage.
Whether you need long or short-term storage, you can rely on Pouch Self Storage. We’ve been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and we’re committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. For more information, call (800) 378-4598 or contact us through our website.