Whether you are moving home, offices or need a place to store your personal possessions, a lot of planning and preparation is required to make sure you find the right storage unit.
The last thing you need after a stressful packing and boxing experience is to realise your chosen storage unit is way too small for all your goods. Which means you’re then having to spend extra on purchasing a new space.
With some careful planning and organisation, you can avoid being in this conundrum.
At Kettering Self storage we have an online storage calculator to help you make sensible storage decisions. You can use our storage calculator reference guide to plan what size unit you will need for your personal and business storage.
What you need to consider before choosing your storage unit
Size of your goods
It’s useful to make a list of all the items and then split them into 3 different groups; small, medium and large. This will help you decide on how much storage space you would need. It’s also a good idea to organise and pack your items before you book the storage unit. It will help you have a better visual idea of the amount of boxes/items you need to store.
How long will you be storing the items?
If you are planning on keeping your goods in storage for a long period of time, then make sure the unit you choose has a temperature controlled environment. This is to prevent any likelihood of damp or water damage to your goods.
It’s also a good idea to hire the unit for a couple of days longer than you expect, as you may encounter unforeseen delays with your new property or office.
Are any of the items of high-value?
For any storage unit, it is important that you know your goods are stored in a safe and secure environment. Most units do offer 24/7 monitoring and controlled access to the building, but it’s best to find out what security services they offer.
You may also want to consider insuring your items. Most storage providers will be able to offer you insurance for your goods, or they may direct you to a third party that offers this service.
It’s always a good idea to visit the potential storage unit to get a visual idea of the space you would be working with, alternatively, most companies do have an online storage calculator that you can use as a reference guide.