Storage in Fort Mill SC can house many different things, ranging from paperwork to valuable family heirlooms. But, if not packed and prepared for storage correctly, your items can potentially become damaged. Below, we highlight common storage mistakes people make and how to avoid them.
Packing away dirty items. If you are using storage to house items like clothing, make sure you take the time to wash and thoroughly dry them. This will remove any debris on the clothing such as crumbs which can attract pests and make sure any stains don’t set in the clothing. If you plan to store items like furniture or knick knacks, make sure you wipe them down and remove dust so they are in good shape going in.
Using newspaper to wrap items. It’s common for people to use newspaper to wrap their belongings in when they move them into storage. The added cushion is there to protect them and, for most people, newspaper is readily available. However, a better idea is to use bubble wrap. When left touching something for a long period of time and exposed to heat, the ink can bleed off the newspaper and onto your belongings.
Choosing the wrong unit. When you decide to use a storage unit, you’ll have to make two important decisions; the size you need and the type of unit, such as climate controlled or traditional. It can be tempting to go with the cheapest option, but you want to make sure you have enough room for your items and that they are protected if they are temperature sensitive. Many times, the staff at your facility can help you make the best decision.
Not labelling boxes. As you pack your items away for storage, be sure to label what is in what box. This will help you find items when you need them down the road. You should also make sure you put the box in your unit with the label facing out, where you can read it.
Putting things on the floor. Though easy, putting items on the floor of your unit can cause them to become damaged. As the temperature changes, the floor may become wet, ruining your boxes and the items within. Do your best to put a barrier between your items and the floor when they are in storage.