Any house with basement storage is truly a blessing. It is additional space for storing cartons, boxes and anything of value that is not used on a regular basis. Here are some ways to assess basement storage area including some typical problems associated with them and tips for maintaining and utilizing a basement storage efficiently. Before you haul those boxes down or dump extra furniture in the basement, make sure you follow the advice listed in this article.
Assess the actual area available in the basement; take measurements of the area available on the floor, height and width of the basement; measure depth of closets within the basement. This will be helpful while deciding what goes into the basement and their placement for optimal utilization of available space. While a basement storage area should contain the maximum amount of stowaway items, it should also be reasonably easy to reach them when needed.
Cool and dry. For safe storage, it is most essential to ensure that the basement is cool and dry. Get the basement painted well, treated with waterproofing compounds to protect from water leakages and undertake steps to prevent moisture. Paint all metal surfaces with anti-rust coating. Check building plans for location of water pipes near the basement. It is also advisable to make the place pest and termite proof. Contact your local hardware store for assistance. Externally, it is a good idea to regularly clean drain-ways and pipes of leaves, dust and other garbage since this could block water and cause leakages into the basement storage area.
Good lighting. Ensure that the basement storage area is well lit and that there is at least one light that is connected to the backup power supply. There is nothing like a well-lit basement so that you can organize its contents, efficiently and comfortably. Avoid over-head lighting as it could come in your way and restrict storage space. Several wall-mounted lighting units across the basement storage area throw better light all over.
Entry and exit areas. Basement storages have stairs leading to them and it is good to construct sturdy railings to the stairs for support. Paint railings and if they are made of wood-based materials, ensure to treat them separately for termites, depending on how hot the weather gets in your area. If you plan to use basement as an additional bedroom it is essential to build a separate door and window for exit and cross-ventilation. Of course, secure the window safely to prevent intruders from entering your home.
Light and portable equipment. In case of large basement storage areas [such as in excess of 120 sq ft] with sufficient height, it is helpful to purchase aluminum ladders and wheelers. These will be handy when trying to access boxes placed high, or for moving heavy stuff around.
Regular maintenance. Regularly inspect the basement storage area for leaks, rodents, pests or anything else that could cause damage to stored items. Clean and maintain the basement storage at frequent intervals.
These steps should be helpful in planning an efficient basement storage area. Do your homework well and you'll reap the rewards of having a bright and well-maintained basement area!