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Should You Choose Short or Long-Term Storage?

Should You Choose Short or Long-Term Storage?

May 19, 2022


Self-storage lifts the pressure off any issue concerning insufficient space, but how long do you require a storage unit? Whether you’re moving, renovating, storing for the season or just running out of room - several options for self-storage will be your golden ticket to organisation. 

This blog will explore why you would consider short or long-term self-storage. Depending on your living situation and stage in life, you might consider renting a storage unit for a month to a few years. 


Short Term Self-Storage

Perhaps you’re interested in self-storage while you move house. This may only require a rental period of one to a few months. This is a very common length of time when moving or renovating (link to the moving blog here). Perhaps you have your family up from another part of the country or world, and you need to temporarily create space for them to live with you.

Although you should always be aware of protecting your belongings, you may not need to worry about covering items from dust if you only plan to stay for a short period. Simple bedsheets and cloths will be more than effective in giving your belongings adequate protection. 

Nevertheless, the temperature can still impact your items - even if only staying a short time. 

If you choose to begin your storage in the peak of winter or summer, you should be taking preventative measures to protect your things. Consider excluding a few items that may be temperature sensitive such as electronics. 


How To Prepare For Short Term Self-Storage

You likely won’t need an enormous unit if you require short-term storage. However, organising your things to allow for an aisle down the middle is always the most accessible option. The last thing you want is to forget what item is in what box or container. 

Placing your boxes and items up against the wall will let you take full advantage of the vertical storage space. Make sure that any items you store are clean and dry to avoid any future damage.


Long Term Self-Storage

If you have intentions for more extended stays at a self-storage unit, you will want to consider extra protective measures. This “long-term” period is considered anywhere between three months or more. 

This is the ideal option for those looking to off-load the clutter in their home. Alternatively, you have many precious items that you want to keep, but you also wish to have an ordered and presentable house. 

A practical storage facility will have gated premises that offer 24/7 CCTV, extensive security systems and keypad access. Keep an eye out for a storage facility with a dedicated on-site manager so that you consistently have someone to reach regarding your items. 


How To Prepare For Long Term Self-Storage

If you’re looking to keep items in secure storage for the long haul, investing in some brand-new boxes might be best. A fresh start to your storage will decrease the likelihood of accidentally bringing dust, mites or other insects into the unit. 

Sealable bags and wrapping are also recommended for long-term storage. Considering you may not have an end-date scheduled, you’ll want to prepare for your items to be secured for a long time. Pellets are also an excellent tool against condensation. Keeping your things above the ground means little to no moisture will be absorbed, leading to damage. 


SafeGuard Storage Can Make Your Life Stress-Free and Secure

SafeGuard Storage offers a range of storage solutions for personal lives and businesses. You’ll be in the best hands with our on-site managers and their highly-experienced team of advisors. We offer a wide range of storage options throughout New Zealand, including self-storage units in Christchurch, Auckland, Rotorua, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Gisbourne, Nelson, Waihi, Whakatane, and New Plymouth.

Our self-storage units are the perfect location for business owners for all of the above reasons. We pride ourselves on offering a securely gated location studded with 24/7 CCTV surveillance. We also feature convenient access hours that are sure to please all. Rent with confidence at SafeGuard Storage, knowing that your business’ products will be safe. 

We have small, medium or large safe and secure units depending on what you need. We have four locations within Hamilton, including storage lock-ups in Te Rapa, Melville, Hillcrest and Frankton. Our friendly staff will find a unit that fits the needs of your situation. 

Whether you are after business storage, vehicle storage or affordable storage, our easily accessible units are available for short term or long term storage. Our highly skilled and knowledgeable team is more than happy to go through your current storage situation and find the correct unit size. In addition, we are very experienced and can figure out how to ensure your clutter is no longer a problem.