In the entire moving process getting the storage location right is vital, as is making sure that your items are properly protected both during the move and while in storage. The safety and protection of your household goods, and other items in storage is dependent upon the boxes and packaging materials you choose to use. Often people who are moving their valuable items into self storage use old boxes from grocery stores, which may be okay for a quick move door to door but they fall woefully short for long term storage. If the integrity of the boxes used for storage is weak, the old, “second hand” boxes break down easily. Weak boxes can be compromised by bugs and pests or even suffer from water damage too. Moreover, the different sizes of these boxes often make it difficult for the renter to use the storage facility space effectively.
Using old boxes may be cheap and they are easily accessible. But you will find that it isn’t worth saving money on inexpensive supplies, especially if your items end up getting damaged because of improper packing material. If your items are valuable enough to store, then isn’t it wise to protect them too by purchasing new, good-quality boxes to store them in, especially if you intend to store for a long period of time.
Advantages Of Purchasing Boxes
You can save time by getting all your packing material in one trip rather than rather than hunting from different stores and relying on what is available
When you set out to buy boxes, you can easily find the different sizes you need according to the goods you are putting in storage. Boxes come in standardized sizes from small to extra-large and they are often grooved so that the flaps can be used to make different sizes.
Along with standard dimension boxes intended for general use, you can also purchase unique specialty-purpose boxes specifically designed for special items, such as large mirrors, pictures, or wardrobe boxes with hanging rods.
We at AAA Platte Self Storage are happy to help our customers get the right box sizes for your move. You should ideally use boxes that are of similar size and shape so that stacking and organizing your storage unit becomes easy.
Take full advantage of the vertical space in your unit to make the best use of your self storage space. With new boxes you are guaranteed durability and cleanliness, with less risk of collapse so that all your fragile items are safe. Sturdy, quality boxes will not collapse as easily under other boxes.
If you’re using a moving company, they often typically require that you use high-quality and properly sealed boxes. If your boxes are old, dirty or flimsy, they may decide to repack your boxes for an extra charge.
Purchased boxes give you peace of mind for a long period of time, as they can be used longer. You can also reuse new boxes by cutting the tops off boxes and stacking them on their sides to create shelving in the storage unit
What Type of Container Is Best for Long Term Storing?
The type of box you use to pack your belongings will also depend on where you are storing them. Cardboard does breakdown easily over time due to weather changes. Using these types of containers may not be a safe solution, unless you are storing your stuff in a climate controlled storage unit.
If you have rented a unit with concrete floor, then you must also be aware that concrete often holds moisture and is no good for the longevity of your belongings. Always use pallet wood to keep the boxes from touching the ground to prevent any moisture from getting into any of the boxes. This will stop mildew and mold from growing on your items.
Storing anything for a long period of time is best done in plastic, airtight containers. While these are costlier than cardboard boxes, they do last much longer and also help to protect your property against all natural elements. Water cannot seep into the containers once they are shut properly and pests and rodents also cannot make their way in. Plastic containers are usually clear which allow one to see what is stored inside them and they can be stacked nicely.
You can buy your packing supplies, boxes, locks and covers from storage facilities or packing supply stores. Speak to the self-storage facility manager at AAA Platte Self Storage for creative ways of using different packing materials and boxes to solve all your moving and storage problems. Give us a call, at 719-602-4802