Storing your items in a storage facility is a convenient way to keep them safe and secure when you’re moving out, downsizing your house or moving overseas. Making sure you find a storage facility which is affordable, convenient and appropriate for your needs is vital.

If you’re looking at putting some for your items into storage, here’s the 5 things you should consider when choosing a facility:

What do you want to store?

First, it’s important to identify the items you want to store so you can find a facility that’s appropriate for your needs. Do your items need ventilation or do they need to be in a climate controlled environment?

How long your items will be in storage will impact some of the decisions you need to make about the storage facility you choose too. If you’ll only be using the facility as temporary storage for a few weeks while you’re in between houses, aspects like temperature control won’t matter too much.

Itemise everything you will need to store and then look for a facility which will cater for your needs and provide you with the appropriate amount of space for the right amount of time.

Do you have the right boxes and storage materials?

You’ll need to make sure you pack your items in a way which will keep them in top condition for the length of their storage. Use good quality packing boxes that suit the items you want to store as well as packaging materials such as bubble wrap and paper wrap to keep delicate items safe Find out if the facility provides packing materials or if you’ll need to source your own.

Hire a Box offer hires and sells durable cardboard moving boxes and packaging materials to people moving homes or offices or require boxes for storage. Hire A Box offers delivery and pick up in the metro areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Gold Coast.

Can you easily access your items?

Consider whether you will need to access your items during the time they are in storage. If you will need to take items out of storage or put more in at a later time you’ll need to consider how easy it will be to access your items.

You’ll want to choose a facility which allows you easy access to your items, as well as a storage space which isn’t too cramped or difficult to get into. In addition to these considerations, you’ll also want to be the only person who can access your items, with the ability to add or choose your own locking device if you’d like to.

Is the location convenient?

Are you able to get to the storage location easily? This is an important consideration to make, especially if you’ll need to access your items while they are in storage. Also consider how convenient the location is for getting your items in and out at the end of the storage period and if the facility includes a delivery or pick-up service you can use.

The facility should be close enough to your house so you don’t have to face a long or congested drive through traffic to get there and with operating hours that suit your schedule.

Are your items safe and secure?

Moving your items to a storage facility gets them out of the way but you’ll still want to ensure they are safe and secure when they get there. Check to see what security measures the storage facility has in place before you move your items. Are there security cameras? Is there security fencing and appropriate safety measures in place that stop just anyone from accessing the facility?

It is definitely worth your while to ensure your items will be secure for the duration of their storage. It’s important to choose a brand name you can trust.

Hire A Mover has storage services available to our clients in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide. Hire A Mover will move your items into storage and can also move your items out of storage and into your new home.

No matter if you need short term storage in-between homes or if you are moving overseas and need long term storage, our safe and secure facilities in convenient locations will be sure to suit your needs.

For more information, visit our website or give us a call on 1300 358 700