storing goods in a garage before movingMoving can be incredibly tiresome, and usually the worst part is figuring out where to put all your stuff! Especially if you are downsizing, this can be very tricky. However, if you’re moving to a house with a garage, you’ve got a huge advantage!

Garages are ideal storage spaces for your extra belongings. They keep your things out of sight, in a dark, fairly dry environment that isn’t exposed to harsh weather, as long as your garage door is properly sealed. If your garage door is old and you haven’t replaced any parts recently, you might want to check and make sure that you don’t need to replace the sealing. According to Precision Garage Door Service of Omaha, the weather seal impacts everything from noise level to weathering to temperature insulation.

If you’re going to keep valuable belongings, especially things that are sensitive to weather and temperature, insulation is crucial, and it starts with your garage door. Some things that really need to be in well-insulated spaces include vinyl records, artwork, food and beverages, instruments, leather delicate items, and even clothing and shoes. If your garage is not properly insulated, you could end up pulling out these belongings years later only to find that they are damaged and destroyed.

You also want to think about the type of container you are storing your delicate items in. Cardboard boxes are popular for moving, but if you’re planning to keep those items in the container for long, they may not be the best choice. Cardboard easily deteriorates and falls apart. You want to store your belongings in something durable and something that will protect them from dust and grime that builds up in garages. Something with a lid that closes tightly is ideal.

You also want to think about placement of your stored belongings in your garage. Some belongings are more sensitive to sunlight and discoloring and need to be stored in a dark or dimly lit area. For those items, the back of the garage is ideal, as the items in the front of your garage will receive more sunlight when the door is open, and if you have any windows in your garage door.

For belongings that you hold dear, make sure that you research specific storage methods for them. If you’re holding onto it for years to come, it must be important, so don’t let it get destroyed while it’s being stored!