Storage Options during Home Renovation – Where & How to Store
Issue: Jul 2019
As exciting as remodelling your home can be, it can also prove to be equally stressful. It doesn’t matter whether your home renovation project is a small one like a bathroom or an extensive one such as a kitchen. It is likely to cause massive disruption to your lifestyle for the duration of the remodel.
One of the things to consider is the issue of storage options for all your possessions. This is something you need to give some serious thought before you begin your remodel so you can stay organized and minimize inconvenience.
In this article, we take a look at 5 temporary storage solutions you can use to keep your possessions safely out of the way when the remodelling work begins.
5 Practical Storage Options during Home Renovation
1. Designate a Room in Your Home to Store Your Possessions
This is a great idea if you have the additional storage space. You can simply designate a room in your home to store everything that needs to be out of the way during your remodelling. Your builder will be able to help you ensure that the area is secure, dust-free and weatherproof so that none of the furniture and other possessions that you store in that room get damaged from the renovation work or the elements.
Any space that you don’t use often will do fine, such as a guest bedroom, an empty spot in the basement, or a corner in the garage. If you’re having trouble with giving up space, remind yourself that it’s only temporary and that this option is the most cost-effective solution. Of course, this won’t work if you’re doing a remodel of the entire house at once.
2. Push Furniture and Other Items to the Middle of the Room
If it so happens that you don’t have space in any of the other rooms in your home, yet another cost-effective option would be to push all the items to the center of the room that is being renovated. You can then cover the things with plastic sheeting to protect them.
Granted, this is not an ideal method, but it will work if you don’t have a lot of bulky furniture in the room, and you take extra care to cover all your possessions adequately to avoid any damage from construction dust and paint.
If yours isn’t a minor remodelling project, then this may not be an ideal solution and you should consider other options on our list. You should think about the risk of accidental damage to your furniture and especially if there are pieces of antique or art, and the expense of replacing or cleaning them after the remodel as opposed to the price of storage.
3. Store Your Possessions with Friends and Family
If you don’t have enough space to store your stuff in your own home during your remodeling, simply ask some of your friends or family members to store your furniture and other stuff in their homes.
It’s a good idea to ask around to see if someone else has a bit of room to lend you during your home renovation. Just remember that your project could take longer than estimated. So, ensure that you’re on the same page about timelines and what they may have in mind concerning when you should remove your things.
Find out if someone you know has a vacant garage, shed, or spare room in their home, and you’ll have yourself a cost-effective means of storing your furniture while you complete your remodel. Just keep in mind that you will need to set aside resources and time for transporting these things from your home to where they will be stored.
4. Use Portable Storage Containers
Portable storage containers are the perfect option for those who want their stuff to be out of the way while being close at hand in case there’s something they need to use. This is a popular option for storing items during a home renovation because of its flexibility and convenience. It takes away the need to have to rely on relatives and friends for storage, and it also ensures that your goods are secure and accessible anytime you need them.
There are many options available to you depending on the size of the container that you require. A portable storage unit of your chosen size will be delivered right to your door. Alternatively, you can have a mobile container stored somewhere else, such as a secure storage facility. After your renovation is complete, it can then be delivered to you at a convenient time. You get to avoid the hassle of hiring trailers or trucks.
5. Temporary Self Storage at a Secure Storage Facility
Using self storage is one of the best options for you if accessibility won’t be a problem. It’s also the ideal choice if you live in a place that does not allow you to keep portable storage containers in the driveway.
Traditional self storage facilities are safe and secured. Your furniture, appliances, clothes, books, art, and other items will be stored for as long as you require, and you will find them in the exact condition you left them when you pick them up.
Most self storage companies offer a wide range of unit sizes so you can pick the right one to suit your needs. If you’re not sure about the exact size of self storage unit that you need, just use this visual self storage unit size estimator, so you can avoid wasting space and money by getting a unit that is too big for your needs.
Tips on How to Store Items
Tip #1: Obviously you’re going to label your boxes, but it’s important that your labelling system allows you to quickly identify what is in which box. A simple way of doing this is by writing the contents on the actual boxes.
Tip #2: If you want the stuff in the boxes to be accessible, it’s important to pack away the least used items at the back but make sure that the things you use the most are stored front and centre.
Tip #3: Always leave a path between boxes, particularly if you’re storing them in a place that you use for other purposes, such as your attic or garage. A clear way will allow you to move around the room easily, or to find any items in the back whenever you need to.
As you can see, you have a lot of storage options available to you when it comes to your home renovation. At StorHub Singapore we offer convenient and affordable self-storage. Find out more about our services or to request a free quote.