There are a myriad of reasons why students require additional storage whilst studying. One of the most central reasons students require the use of self storage though is that usually universities rent out accommodations under the agreement that even if a student is returning to halls or the same room for another academic year, their belongings cannot remain in that room over summer.
Then, self storage can prove the most cost effective and logistically sensible means of storing things between academic years of study or over the summer period.
Understanding this, here at The Storage Works we’ve teamed up with Bellvue Students, who offer student accommodation in Preston, to offer a number of top tips to students who need to pack their lives into boxes each summer.
Choosing a Storage Company
When deciding on a storage company to entrust with the handling and storing of your belongings and valuables, it is always sensible to think local.
The largest storage companies out there might be the first to come to mind, being usually the best known and best promoted, but often as such they too manage a huge level of customers. The more customers and the more facilities a company own and operate, the less personal their service. Whilst this does not necessarily translate to mean that a company offers a bad service, the assurance, peace of mind and care a local company can provide can go a long way to reassure you that you belongings are in safe hands.
Types of Storage
There are numerous types of storage options available. Consequently, our own website here at The Storage Works also features a handy ‘Storage Size Guide’ to help those moving their belongings into storage work out exactly what size and sort of storage would be best for them financially and their belongings.
The Size Guide does not just provide advice and guidance as the size storage facility or space a person might require for their belongings; because we are experts with years of experience when it comes to removals and storage, our guide also features estimates as to how many boxes each of our storage spaces can contain, as well as how many boxes fit in the vans we provide to transport items.
Packing, as anyone who has moved home or already had items placed into storage will know, is not just a necessary task, but a fine art. Then, the trick to getting it right when packing involves some level of prior organisation, and a few supplies. At the very least, abiding by the following top tips will save a lot of time, stress and frustration.
- Prior to packing anything, jot down a list of all your items. As well as serving to remind you of what needs packing, keeping an itinerary of what you have placed in storage makes insuring those items and accounting for them possible and easy.
- Label every side of every box. This might sound tedious, but labelling every box and every side of every box will prove far less tedious than having to search through every box to find an item you need or want.
- Pack according to weight, remembering to place lighter boxes on top of heavier ones.
- Never pack food stuffs, perishables, toxic products or flammables for storage. If you do need to store an item which might fall into any one of these categories, seek the advice of your chosen storage company; they may have policies as to what they will store. Further, items stored alongside potentially hazardous or perishable items might also void or affect any insurance policy you take out or hold concerning your stored items.
- Lastly, do all that you can to protect any fragile or breakable items by wrapping them in protective pads, bubble wrap and marking boxes as ‘fragile’.