When you’re making plans to take an extended trip, maybe for a month or more, its easy to get carried away with travel itineraries and forget about what will happen on the home front while you’re gone. To make sure all is safe and sound for when you get back, spend some time to taking care of home security before you leave.
When you’re going to be away from home for more than a week or two, it’s a good idea to consider putting valuables into storage. Bear in mind that some home insurance policies won’t cover you if your house is unoccupied for more than 30 consecutive days, or may only offer restricted cover. Moving your most valuable possessions into safe storage where they’re under lock and key guards against mishaps of all kinds.
If you’re planning on renting out your house while you’re away, maybe you’ll need to arrange storage for furniture items as well as personal effects, all of which takes time.
Self storage is a good option regardless of how much you plan to store. From a few boxes to the contents of the entire house, storage units are safe, dry and secure. They’re convenient too, with branches in most areas of the country.
Having decided what you’ll do with the house while you’re travelling, the next step is to determine exactly what you’ll move into storage. Contact your local self storage facility and enquire about room sizes and availability. Remember to ask if there are any special offers or discounts, for instance on oddly shaped rooms or maybe savings on upfront payments.
Make lists and pack logically. Decide how much space you’ll need, how many boxes, and make sure to label them accurately as you fill them, so they’re easy to unpack logically when you return.
The next step is to physically move items to your chosen storage location. If you have bulky items like furniture, a removals company will take much of the burden of lifting and carrying off you. Do your research early, and book the date as soon as possible. Stay in touch with the removals company leading up to the moving date so you can inform them of any changes to plans. They’re much more likely to help you work around a change of plans if you keep them informed.
For just a few boxes, you can get away with using your own vehicle or maybe hiring a van. If you do plan on hiring, book early to avoid disappointment at the last minute, and don’t forget to take all your documents with you when you go to pick up the van.
At the other end, you’ll find the storage facility well laid out and easy to navigate, with lifts to upper floors and trolleys to help you move heavier items.
If all this sounds like a lot of extra work, remember the old adage about safe being better than sorry. When you’re thousands of miles away, you’ll sleep a lot easier knowing your worldly goods are securely locked away.