Long-term storage can be the solution you need when you have too much "stuff" around the house, but don't want to actually get rid of anything. A storage facility can also provide protection for your household items; things like sporting goods and tools are less likely to get damaged if they're in a storage unit rather than a cramped and crowded garage or damp basement. Before you decide on long-term storage for your items, note a few questions you might have about this type of arrangement and how to choose the right unit and prepare your items for storage.
What is the difference between long-term and short-term storage?
Typically every storage company will offer the rental of a unit for as long as you need it, but if you want to store items for more than a month or two, you might consider a climate-controlled unit that is located inside a building rather than outside like a garage. This is because long-term storage can mean a greater risk of items developing mould and mildew, as well as being damaged by pests and insects or inclement weather. An interior, climate-controlled unit will mean less risk of this damage and better protection for your items.
Can you store plants?
If you have houseplants that you want to store, such as while the home is being renovated or if you're between homes yourself, as well as any landscaping supplies, you might check with the storage unit about restrictions on these items. Otherwise, consider if storing those items would attract insects and pests; to avoid this, be sure you store landscaping supplies, and especially fertilizer, in rubber or plastic totes or bins. You might also check on those houseplants often, to ensure they're not wilting or otherwise in need of some care and attention.
How do you keep items secure in long-term storage?
When items are stored long-term, they may need some extra care to keep them secure. Use thick rubber totes and bins, or thick plastic zipper bags for your items. Never rely on garbage bags or cardboard boxes, as these can allow in insects, moisture, and other damaging elements. Stacking heavy items on furniture can cause the legs of tables and chairs to eventually weaken and crack or break, so avoid this with your long-term storage. Stack items on the ground or on those durable plastic or rubber bins and totes to protect furniture, and keep upholstered items covered in thick plastic when in long-term storage, to avoid mould and other such damage.
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