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How Should I Store Household Items Long-Term?

Posted on 18th February 2022 by The Aussie Team
How Should I Store Household Items Long-Term?

If you’re looking at ways to create space at home, using container storage is an excellent way for people to safeguard their possessions for long-term periods. Additionally, container storage is an affordable storage option for both households and businesses alike. However, this doesn’t mean you should quickly pack everything up in boxes and put it into a storage unit. Is there a sure way to prepare things for long-term storage?

By following the steps in this blog, you’ll know how to prepare your belongings before they enter storage. The reason is to remove any issues that might cause damage over a longer period. Most storage providers can maintain certain temperatures in their units. But if there’s any dampness before the item goes into storage, mould will still spread.

What is the Best Way to Prepare Things for Long-Term Storage?

Container storage is ideal for keeping things like clothing and furniture in a secure environment. It adds space at home while ensuring your items are safe from theft or damage. Here are some of our best tips for preparing your items before storage:

  • New storage boxes or containers. Don’t try and use boxes you get from the corner shop or supermarket. You can buy industry-level supplies from Aussie. Durable plastic containers are an excellent way to safeguard your possessions.
  • Carefully pack fragile pieces. Much like moving, you need to treat delicate objects with additional care. Every box should have lots of extra padding and packaging, and correct labelling for the outside of the box is a good idea.
  • Clean all appliances and furniture. Any mould you bring in can spread to other items, damaging fabrics. Also, remember to leave appliance doors slightly open and wrap cords.
  • Vacuum seal clothes and fabric If you keep clothes in storage, you should invest in vacuum-sealing equipment. It eliminates air that can cause mould.

To make a particular point very clear – you should avoid packing things into plastic bags. The materials most carrier bags or bin-liners use can increase humidity which then causes moisture. That’s ideal conditions for our old enemy mould to set in. Fortunately, we’re going to remove this issue before it has a chance to occur.

Is Container Storage Cheaper than Self Storage?

Yes, it’s usually the case that most removals and storage companies charge less for their container storage packages. At Aussie, we stack our container storage units to ensure maximum space efficiency and security. This means there’s less daily maintenance for our staff, but this also means there are limitations to access.

Unlike our garages and lofts, storage units are purpose-built to keep out the elements and would-be thieves. All our units have environmental controls to eliminate heat or damp issues before they occur. We must remind you about the final point. Please avoid using plastic bags when preparing your items for storage. Every Aussie branch has state-of-the-art security systems to prevent break-ins.

Although container storage is usually best for long-term storage, other options are available. We have another service at our depot in Bath. Aussie’s Self Storage package is a bit more expensive, but you get unlimited access during our business hours. This option is popular with businesses and people who regularly use their storage units.

Declutter and Reduce Before Using Storage – 

A rule of thumb relates to storage and organisation that might help people declutter their homes. Truthfully, clutter doesn’t appear overnight, and you wake up to a cramped house or flat. It takes months, even years, to build up, making it tricky to solve. Before you know it, you’re losing entire rooms to maintaining the debris, which negatively affects your mood.

Here’s a question you should ask yourself: would you pay to store this item? Before anything goes into storage – do you still use it? Apply this rule to every item, and you’ll soon start to reduce the volume of things to store. If you’re not willing to pay to keep something, then it’s likely no longer in use. Then it’s a case of getting rid of it ethically.

For anything that’s in decent condition, you can sell them online (eBay or Facebook Marketplace) or donate to a local charity. For things that have other purposes, see if you can reuse them. Think of things like food packaging as crayon holders. And everything else will be going to one of Bath’s many recycling points. Alternatively, see if you can locate an upcycling company nearby.

Get Us to Collect Your Belongings – 

Many people find it tricky to transport their possessions to our storage warehouse. It requires a van or an estate car with enough space to load everything, and most of us don’t have access to one. Rather than pay to hire a van – it’s better to contact us to do this on your behalf. We can arrange a collection in a man & van vehicle, and we’ll do the heavy lifting for you.

Not only will this save you time, but we will also link both packages together as one holistic service. We can oversee the whole collection for you, help you pack and create an inventory of your belongings. If you choose to catalogue them yourself, try downloading a free app for convenience. By using an inventory, you’ll know where things are with ease.

By handing the collection and transporting it over to us, you won’t have the hassle of doing this yourself. And you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that experts are handling and loading your items. We’ll arrive, complete the job in record time, and be out of your hair timeously. This leaves you to carry on with more pressing matters.

Always Balance Customer Service with Price –

It goes without saying that everyone likes a bargain. However, that shouldn’t be the deciding factor when booking a service, especially if you’re moving or storing items long-term. Low prices sometimes mask poor service delivery or a company with lower-quality facilities. That’s why it’s necessary to strike a balance to ensure your possessions are in safe hands.

Check Google and Trustpilot before committing anything to paper. You want a storage provider with over four stars overall, even better if they’re closer to a five. Also, please read the reviews from previous customers because this is where you’ll gauge their quality standards. Then you can work out who will provide excellent customer service.

Here’s our final tip – get at least three quotes from different companies and compare the prices against each other. Also, note how they respond afterwards regarding whether they pressure you into a sale. Then see who wins in customer care, potential service delivery and pricing. We say this with confidence – Aussie comes out on top when you balance these ingredients together.

Aussie Man & Van – Bath’s Favourite Long-Term Storage Company –

Aussie Man & Van’s branch in Bath is the area’s favourite for storage, as well as removals. We work with hundreds of people and local companies every month. Customer service is our number one priority. We believe that everything works better when we see things from our customer’s perspectives. It helps us match everyone with the correct service.

Aussie’s range of storage packages for domestic and business is part of our ‘all under one roof’ ethos. We’re the ‘can-do’ company that can take on any removals or storage job. Our team does everything possible to ensure we provide the right storage option for every customer. That’s why we’re already a five-star company, and you can see what our previous customers think of our service here.

If you would like to discuss our long-term storage options, please contact us today. We’re confident that we can meet your storage requirements and provide the best service delivery in Bath.