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February 5, 2018

A great way to keep the contents of your home safe during a move is renting a self-storage unit. It can be a great way to get that extra storage space where you can temporarily store some of your stuff. The right sized storage unit can prove to be a smart way to fix your sudden insufficient storage problem for a fixed amount of time. But have you noticed the careful selection of the words “temporarily” and “fixed amount of time”?


Despite obvious advantages, paying for a storage unit may prove to be a bad investment in the end, especially if you don’t have a clear plan on how to prevent that extra storage room from becoming a financial burden.


When packing a storage unit, you should keep these things in mind:

Make sure to use the right boxes. The very first thing you need to do when packing a storage cell is to keep in mind that the type of cardboard boxes you use to store your stuff will make a huge difference. The condition and the sizes of the storage containers may seem like the least of your worries but it’s definitely a detail that you should not underestimate.

For smooth and problem-free packing of your storage unit, make sure the boxes you intend to use are strong, sturdy, with no missing flaps and no signs of previous damage. This is most important when using cardboard boxes that are not purchased brand new. You should also inspect all cardboard containers for signs of infestation and if you happen to have even the slightest of doubts, throw them away. Use boxes that have similar sizes so that you can stack them high one on top of the other in an attempt to maximize the vertical storage space that you are paying for anyway.


As a rule of thumb, if you plan to rent a storage unit for a long-term period (more than a few months), then it will pay off to purchase all your storage boxes and packing supplies new. Yes, using second-hand boxes will enable you to save more but such containers can never be trusted for long-term storage.


If you have the ability to use plastic bins for your storage space, you can stack them to your hearts content. When your move is over, they will also stack neatly inside themselves for easy storage at the new home in the attic, or basement.


As always, when moving into a new home, be sure to reach out to Direct Home Connect to relocate your home utilities, tv, cable, internet and home security in a single call.

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