Many people find that they have too much stuff and there's not enough room in their homes to store it all, so they use self-storage to keep some of their items securely stored away. Whether you're storing a car, furniture, bike or tools, self-storage offers a convenient easy, convenient, and affordable solution.
Self-storage is a facility that offers storage spaces for rent. The unit sizes vary, but typically range from 5 x 10 ft. to 10 x 15 ft. Self-storage can be used for any number of things, but most commonly it is used for storing furniture, household items, vehicles and more. Self-storage facilities are also often used as a location to store business records or documents in the event of an emergency.
Self-storage units are an excellent solution for people who are looking to free up more space but there are many scenarios where someone needs to store something so it might not surprise you to know that as many as 1 in 10 people use storage facilities. Self-storage units are an ideal solution for many challenges; people who have seasonal equipment, are in-between homes (for example, during a move), or are doing renovations and want to protect their belongings from damage.
Things To Consider: Self-Storage in The Winter
If you are looking to store your stuff during the winter, here are some things to keep in mind.
First, you’re going to want to use a storage facility that is heated. It's best if you can find one that has climate-controlled units like we have at Burlington Storage Barn. This will keep your items at a constant temperature and humidity level throughout the colder months. You'll want one with easy access so you can get in when it starts snowing as well.
Burlington Storage Barn provides drive up access to larger units to make loading and unloading your possessions much easier. This will be very important if you need regular access because it will save you a lot of time. It’s also convenient if you are storing larger items that you are loading and off-loading form a trailer – snowmobiles for example would require this type of storage.
More than that, winter self-storage is a useful service for those who need to store their furniture and other possessions that they use rarely or are seasonal. Packing and storing summer lawn decorations or backyard furniture will help extend their life by protecting them from the harsh winter weather we get in Canada. Your items will be safe from potential damages that may occur for a very reasonable fee. Again, if you’re storing larger bulky items the drive-up access will make your life so much easier.
Safe Storage Practices
Be sure to follow best practices when storing your belongings. You’ll want to make sure that your belongings are clean, dry, and well packed, and dry. Did we mention dry? Packing we items in boxes, even in a climate-controlled facility, can leave you with an unfortunate surprise when you unpack your things again. One way to help protect against moisture damage is to use breathable packing materials, a cardboard box, for example, is a much better idea than a garbage bag. If you need supplies to pack things that you don’t anticipate needing for some time you can visit our store for all your needs.
Elevate packed belongings
If you’re particularly concerned about an item being protected, you might want to invest in a shelving unit for your locker to help you stay organized and, importantly, to elevate your belongings off the ground and allow air to flow freely. Look for shelves that have a mesh or rack as opposed to something more like a bookshelf. The idea is to let everything breathe. If you’re not looking to invest in shelving or want a cheaper option to do the same trick, milk crates or apple boxes will work well.
Location, Location, Location
When getting a storage unit, you’re effectively renting a property and you’re going to want to consider location if is a place you’re planning on visiting on a regular basis. That means you’ll want a facility that is along your commuter route and isn’t far from your home. Burling Storage barn is conveniently located near the intersection of the 403 and the QEW for exactly this reason.