Before you get too excited about renovating your house, have you ever thought about where to place your household items during the project? If not, you need to start deciding where to put your valuables to keep them safe from possible damages caused by construction. This is an important step you should never skip when preparing for a home renovation project.
When you need to keep your household items away from the hustle and bustle of renovation, a good-quality on-site storage POD can help. Also known as PODs, these units are secure and convenient storage solutions that you can access anytime and make the entire storing process easier for you. Until your renovation project is complete, you have the guarantee that your items are 100% safe and intact.
Benefits of On-Site Storage Units
Placing your valuable possessions inside a storage unit will keep them safe during the whole renovation process. The price of renting a POD is also much less significant than buying new items due to damages caused by construction. In addition, you can have your full focus on the renovation as you no longer need to worry about your valuables getting damaged.
Another great thing about an on-site storage is that you can access it anytime without the need to travel to a storage facility. Since you have the option to place your POD within your property, even if you need to get something at 2 a.m., you can do so without getting in your car and driving to the warehouse or storage facility.
Lastly, the on-site storage unit will be delivered to you. Once you’re done using it, the service provider will pick it up as well. This means that you won’t have to spend any time and money to get and return the POD you need.
What to Consider Before Getting a Unit
Here are some vital things you should consider before renting your on-site storage POD:
1) The Storage Company’s Reputation
Browse the Internet and ask your friends, co-workers, or neighbors for a storage company that will suit your wants and needs. Choose a reputable storage company that has satisfied many customers. Make sure that the company is known for providing good-quality, secure, and weather-proof PODs as well.
Before starting your renovation, it’s important to make storage a part of your budget. A renovation project may last longer than expected and you may end up renting the unit much longer. Plan ahead and set aside some buffer money just in case your renovation extends the allocated time.
To maximize your storage space and make certain that your valuables are safe inside the unit, you need to pack your items inside the unit properly. Start by placing heavier and bulkier items on the bottom.
In case you can’t get proper weight distribution with your possessions, put the heaviest items in the center of the POD and place lighter items on top. Make sure you fill any open spaces with boxes and other small items to give the POD stability.
Other helpful packing tips you should follow are:
- For storing beds, protect your mattresses with mattress pad covers. Make sure that you cover and disassemble the beds before placing them in the unit. Place the mattress last in the unit since it will give the POD an additional layer of stability.
- Protect television screens and other appliances using cardboard and packing foam.
- Seal boxes using a packing tape.
- Use a thick pen to mark boxes according to what room its contents belong.
It would work to your advantage to take inventory of the items you intend to store inside the unit before proceeding to the actual storing process.
Each renovation project is different. As such, you need to check if there’s a variety of unit types and sizes that will meet your storage needs.
You also need a storage company that has a flexible contract on a long-term or temporary basis. This way, whether your renovation project lasts shorter or longer, you have a guarantee that your storage unit is there to protect your belongings.
Home renovation projects are often expensive. To avoid spending more money to replace or repair damaged items during the home renovation process, rent and store all your valuables in an on-site storage POD before any work begins.
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services & storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000sqft of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.
June 19, 2018