Sometimes problems can arise when you have your goods in storage and you need to find something immediately. You get to your storage unit and because you do not visit every day or maybe because the valuables in storage is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ it can become a daunting task to find what you are looking for without having to go through all the boxes.
This is why I would advise all our customers to create a inventory list of all their items in storage detailing the contents of the box. It will assist them in finding their items whether it is big or small easier and without much effort. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to locate an item you know you have, but yet don’t know where it is.
The inventory list is just as important for when you are packing your boxes, because instead of packing goods that you have no use for, taking up storage space, you can sell, throw or give away.
So what is the point of a Inventory List?
With our busy lives, people tend to try to find ways to be more organized by making an inventory of their items in storage. It will eliminate time wasted on looking for an item and more importantly may save them money in cases where they think the item is lost and then replace it.
Labeling is also important
Your inventory list should be backed up by labels on your boxes. By creating a inventory list of your items protects you against unexpected situations whether it is at home or in storage. Unexpected factors can include floods, robberies or even a fire. Even though we have 24/7 security monitoring, we require our customers to source their own insurance Customers who are requiring storage are advised to take insurance out against their goods in storage, and your insurance company may need a list of items in storage for a more accurate quotation. Keep in mind that your storage unit is almost like a home away from home. The storage unit provides customers with a safe area where they can store their most valuable belongings that they simply do not want to throw out.
What is the best way to do an inventory?
Your inventory list does not need to be fancy; the only thing that you need to worry about is that you write it in a language you understand. You have different options to create your inventory list, it can either be handwritten, typed or in a Excel Spreadsheet. With the ever increasing of developing technology you may even find a app so you can keep it handy on your phone. A simple inventory list should include the items listed and the location of those items with some added detail.
The added detail will assist with the unpacking when you move out of storage. Be as descriptive as possible by labeling the box and name it master bedroom, master bathroom and so forth. You can even go as far as to adapting a color coded or numbered system or take photos of the items inside the box; it depends on how organized you want to be.
It is always a good idea to have a little detail than pages of lists. Break the items into categories or by room and be as specific as you can. Don’t just write “bathroom stuff” on a box, write which bathroom it is from – master, family, and guest – and the items. This will be a big help when you do move out of storage and it will assist you when you are unpacking.
Inventorying your items can seem like a lengthy task, but just take a deep breath and one box at a time; it will save you time and frustration.
Don’t feel overwhelmed
Moving and storing can be stressful and careful planning is needed prior to you go into storage.
Here is a blog posts with some ideas and time frames to make life easier. Keep in mind that you don’t have to do this alone, you can have friends, family members and your children assist you.
Keep your inventory list safe
Even if you have your inventory list stored on your computer, it is a good idea to have several copies, just in case it is lost. If you are storing with us, you can always laminate and stick a copy of your inventory list to a wall inside the unit of your choice. You do not want to end up wondering where you put your inventory list and having done all the hard work for nothing…