While the prospect of a home renovation that leads to your dream house is exciting, getting through a remodel can be stressful.
There’s no denying renovations are a disruptive job. Even though it’s just short-term, the reality of living with clutter, mess, and limited space can become overwhelming, especially if you’re juggling a job and raising a family at the same time.
One survey found that 60% of home renovations impact people’s general well-being and cause a significant spike in stress levels.
But if you’re considering getting stuck into a renovation this New Year, it’s important to know that it doesn’t have to cause upheaval to your entire life.
In fact, with the proper steps, you can ensure the process is as smooth and pain-free as possible.
One of the steps you can take to minimise renovation stress is renting a self-storage unit. A self-storage unit is ideal as it allows you to easily store your possessions safely and securely without breaking the bank.
Below, we’ve outlined the top benefits of choosing self-storage for your renovation.
1. Prevents damage to belongings
Firstly, as you probably already know, renovations can be pretty chaotic.
And with all the hammering, scraping, drilling, and painting, your belongings are at significant risk of damage.
Any furniture, from your couch to your bed, can suffer accidental damage. Accidents happen, even if you try to cover items with protective sheets.
That’s not to mention the workers moving around your home who may bump into tables or knock over valuable items or family heirlooms.
When you place your items into self-storage, you can rest assured they’ll come out as clean and fresh as they were before the remodel.
2. Less clutter
Decluttering and organising the rooms in your home before a renovation project begins makes the process much more manageable.
When you clear as much space as possible, workers can concentrate on the job at hand instead of having to tiptoe around furniture.
Storing your belongings safely away enables a better workflow. Moving in and out of rooms will be more accessible, and there’ll be free space to store materials and supplies.
Having clutter lying around and items out of place doesn’t just slow down the project. It can also disrupt your family’s entire life and take a toll on their mental health.
A self-storage facility is a perfect place to get the clutter out of the way for the duration of your renovation.
3. Easier to picture the result
When your renovation space is messy, it’s challenging to focus on what you want to accomplish with the remodel.
But when you remove furniture and other items distracting you to a self-storage space, you’ll envision your space clearly and get a better idea of what you want to incorporate into your redesign.
4. Keeps your home safe
As well as keeping your possessions protected, self-storage is an effective way to secure your family’s safety.
Leaving items at home during a renovation can be highly hazardous, especially if you have young children.
It’s best to remove things rather than pile boxes of belongings and furniture in the rooms you will be living in during the renovation process.
Tips for self-storage during a remodel
When it comes to self-storage during a remodel, there are a few things to consider to help make it a success.
1. Carrying out inventory
Before renting a storage unit, you must have a rough idea of how much space you’ll need and the type of items you’ll be storing.
Self-storage units come in various sizes with long or short-term leases. When choosing your unit, ensure it is appropriate for your needs.
For example, if you select a unit that’s too small, you may not have enough room to store all your belongings. If you choose a unit that’s too large, you’ll be paying for more space than you need.
Going through your space and making an inventory of all the belongings you want to store away will help you decide the size and type of storage unit you need.
With your inventory list close at hand, you’ll be able to cross-check that no items are missing from your unit when you return to collect them.
2. Packing Carefully
Your belongings can easily be damaged if you don’t pack and organise your storage unit appropriately.
When packing away furniture, a good rule of thumb is to avoid plastic packing materials since they can suffocate the furniture and lead to mildew. Instead, drape furniture loosely with quilts or dust sheets.
It’s also vital to properly box and stack your items. This includes investing in heavy-duty boxes and ensuring you keep the heavy boxes near the bottom of stacks to prevent crushing of lighter objects.
3. Choosing a reliable storage company
When choosing a reliable and safe storage company, there are several factors you’ll want to consider.
For one thing, reliable security is a must. Theft is a risk at self-storage facilities, but with good CCTV and efficient management, you’ll have the peace of mind that your items are safe and protected.
Before deciding on a company, it’s also a good idea to look at online reviews to ensure no one has been sharing horror stories of their own experience with a particular facility.
We hope this blog has given you a clear insight into how a self-storage unit can make your renovation and all-around less stressful and more enjoyable experience.
See your renovation through with Self Storage Centre
Whether you’re planning a one-room makeover or a complete home transformation, at Self Storage Centre, we have the storage solution you need for a stress-free renovation.
With the Self Storage Centre, you’ll enjoy access to contemporary, high-quality units, benefiting from 24/7 CCTV monitoring.
Located in Winsford and Warrington in Cheshire, our storage options are available in various sizes and can be rented out on both a long or short-term basis, depending on your needs.