Customers have the freedom to arrange their stored possessions in their rented facility whichever they choose. However, the responsibility for ensuring that these items are properly packed and protected from environmental elements falls on the customers themselves. It would be best to do some research on protecting important and precious items especially if they are to be stored for quite some time. Some items may require a climate-controlled environment while others may not. Owners should check what would work best since a storage facility with special features such as climate-control will cost more than those without.
In packing, customers should make sure to have the suitable packing materials such as boxes, bubble wraps, packing tapes, and marker pens. For storing needs that may require additional supplies such as racks, furniture covers, dust sheets, and floor boarding; most self-storage facilities will be able to assist in getting them either as rental or direct purchase although it comes with cost.
Storing furniture for example may require a certain way of packing to ensure their complete protection. Before packing however, furniture with fabric should be professionally cleaned to ensure that mold growth during storage will not happen. Those with glass components will have to be especially marked to prevent breakage as long-term storage usually dims the memory of which contains what.
Electronic items such as computers and television sets should be stored using their original boxes complete with all their accessories. Light bulbs should be removed and wrapped in towel or newspaper and placed in a separate box marked for fragile items. Metal items can benefit from a light coat of lacquer to prevent oxidation.
There should be extra care in storing books. Being made of paper, they are especially susceptible to mildew and staining. Depending on the condition of a book, cleaning may require the use of a simple magnetic dry cloth or a vacuum. Look for items in between pages such as paper clips and scraps of paper that may cause damage to the books while in storage and remove them.
It is not advisable to use large boxes for packing books because of the tendency to over pack a box which may not be able to withstand the weight. Choose the best quality cardboard box which will not expose the books to damage. Boxes that are chemically-purified usually do the job quite perfectly.
Business documents also require care in storing. It would be an advantage to have access to shelving supplies so that getting stored documents in the future will not present a problem. Big-sized items such as recreational vehicles can be safely stored in covered units that offer protection against the weather. Those types of items may require some special covering depending on the care needed.
Owners should take the time to check the structure of the self-storage facility itself. Clues that would reveal water leakage should be a major cause of alarm since water can destroy even the most carefully packed possessions. When in doubt, find a self-storage facility that provides more reason for customers to trust them.