6 Ideas for Storing Your Goods When Renovating
Planning a home renovation? There are many hidden costs you must factor in when undergoing a renovation. One of those expenses or considerations is all your possessions. What are you going to do with your furniture, TV, electronics, boxes and other items? If you are undertaking an extensive renovation, you need a place to put all these things. So, what are your options? Below are some great tips and tricks for storing items when you are doing a renovation.
Keep things organised
Organisation is key! As you pack, ensure you list everything in a notebook or on your phone. Labels are also crucial. If things are staying put, it’s likely they will be covered and placed in boxes, so tags will help when unpacking. It’s best to label things with what room they will go in AFTER the renovation, not where they came from. A list will help you when referring back.
Consolidate, consolidate, consolidate! Fold or dismantle whatever you can. Legs come off the tables, chairs are folded down, and things put back in boxes. Doing this will make everything much easier, especially if you have to move things around for the builders. All your smaller, loose items should have spots too.
The only option might be self-storage. If there is no room for you to leave your belongings at your home, put it in storage. Self-storage isn’t too expensive if you find the right place. Sites like Spacer offer very affordable storage in your area. You could find a storage space on your street! When storing items, it’s important to know what size storage space you will need. You don’t want to under cater for your possessions.
Lay Down Some Plastic
It’s a great idea to lay down plastic whether you are using a storage space or keeping furniture at home. Covering your items is critical and will save them from damage. Also, you must not forget about dust and dirt. Getting out some plastic sheets is quick, easy and very efficient at protecting your items, leading to the next point.
Protect Your items
This is the most important step! For those of you who are not breaking down furniture, you need to listen a bit more. We recommended furniture padding or even packing blankets. This will set you back a little extra money but will be worth it in the long run. Always try to avoid stacking items on top of each other if they can potentially do damage. If you are packing away art or expensive electronics, you don’t want these things getting damaged, take extra care by taping them up or putting them in boxes.
There is no better time to start culling items you no longer want or need. As you sort the items or put things into storage, ask yourself what can go straight to the dump. Maybe it’ s time to sell some items? Or, does anyone in your family or group of friends need something. Think about moving back in, less work!
Also, think about your neighbours. Don’t store items in the front yard or take up space in their driveway. If you’re in an apartment building, try to make the moving process as quick as possible. Never try moving things around late at night and wake people up.
Worrying about storage is not ideal in the middle of a renovation. If you keep these great tips in mind, your furniture and other items can be temporarily stored while you give your home a makeover. You can also be assured that all your items will come back to your home the same way they left, in excellent condition!
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