The 14 Best Self Storage Tips You Need to Know in 2019

Looking for self storage tips?

Then you are in the right place, because in this article:

I am going to make the storage experience easier for you.

And, let me be clear about something:

This is not another article with general storage tips.

This will be your self storage guide, with self storage tips that we teach to our clients.

So, if you are interested in the best tips on how to find a storage solution, stay with me.

Contents:

Chapter 1: What is Self Storage?

Chapter 2: Why Do You Need Self Storage?

Chapter 3: Self Storage Tips

Chapter 4: Last Thought

Chapter 1: What is Self Storage?

Before diving into the tips I promised you, I need to explain what self storage is first.

I am sure that you’ve heard of the phrase again in the past.

But, do you know what self storage really is?

Let’s see a helpful definition of self storage by Wikipedia:

“Self storage (a shorthand for “self-service storage”, and also known as “mini storage”) is an industry in which storage space (such as rooms, lockers, containers, and/or outdoor space), also known as “storage units” is rented to tenants, usually on a short-term basis (often month-to-month). Self-storage tenants include businesses and individuals.”

Self storage refers to the action of storing items that you temporarily don’t need or don’t use.

Thus, you rent storage space, a storage unit (or self storage unit) to keep these items safe.

In big cities like London, there are many storage facilities.

This is how the front of the unit looks like:

Front of the Storage Unit bySTORED
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And, here is how the storage space looks like from the inside:

Storage Space

Now, even though there are many storage facilities and many storage spaces available, not all of them will offer you the same storage experience.

Why?  

Simply because not all storage companies are ideal for your storage needs.

Roughly speaking, there are two types of storage:

  • Short term storage,
  • Long term storage.

Let me explain each one of them using a simple example.

First, let me explain what short term storage is.

Let’s say that you are a young professional living in Chelsea London.

Chelsea London

And, that your company asks you to relocate to Paris for the next six months. (Not bad, right?)

This means that you need to leave your 1-bed flat and store your things temporarily until you get back to London after three months.

I guess that the first thing that you are going to do, is a search for a storage company online:

Short Term Storage London

And, after you make a list of storage solutions, you’ll make a decision based on:

  • Monthly rent (price),
  • Online reviews,
  • Insurance policy,
  • Overall storage needs.  

By the way,  in this article you can find some other things you need to consider when choosing a door to door or self storage solution for your stuff:

Door to Door Solution: Everything you Need to Know

The decision you are going to make is very important since you’d want to find your things in good condition, when you’ll come back from your business trip.

This is a classic example of short term storage.

And, I hope that this answers your question:

“What is short term storage.”

Short Term Storage

Now, let me explain what long term storage is with a simple example.

For the sake of the example, let’s assume that you live with your wife in a 2-bedroom flat in East London.

And, that you expect a new member in your family.

Thus, you need a storage solution to store items that take extra space.

How much space?

Well, let’s assume that they take no more than 12 sq. ft.:

12 SQFT Closet Space

The thing is that you don’t know when you’ll be able to get your items back.

It may be in one year; it may be in two.

Which means that you need a long term solution.

Because, when your new member comes in life, you’d want to have every inch of space available.

After all, it’s your comfort that matters.

So, you decide to look for a storage solution online:

Storage Solution London

This is the typical example of long term storage, that covers a particular need:

The need for extra space, for an extended period.

So, I guess that this answers your question:

“What is long term storage.”

Now that you’ve understood what self storage is, I’ll give you some occasions where you’ll need a self storage solution.

Chapter 2: Why do you Need Self Storage?

In this chapter, I am going to give you some of the main reasons why you may need to find a self storage solution.

And, as I mentioned previously:

There are many storage facilities, but not all of them will offer you the same storage experience.

1) Temporary storage between moves

This is a common one.

It is a short term storage solution where you have to move from one place to another and thus looking for a place to store your stuff while in the moving period.

Temporary Storage Between Moves
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Keep in mind that this type of storage can be very stressful — you have to:

  • Place items in stack boxes,
  • Be sure to pack fragile items properly,
  • Lift all the heavy items that you had in your last house,
  • Find a trustworthy storage company that is near to your last house,
  • Store items in your storage unit is a way that will allow you to get to the maximum out of the available space,
  • Make arrangements for your new house.

You see, that’s many things to do.

And, unless if you find a storage solution, you’ll find yourself in a difficult situation.

Let’s move on the next one.

2) Furniture storage

This one is easy.

Let’s say that you have a nice living room that has:

  • One sofa,
  • A table with chairs, and
  • A few other things.
Furniture Storage
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But, you want to buy new ones.

Not because these are old or anything.

You just need a change.

So, what you do next?

You search for a furniture storage solution online:

Furniture Storage London

You may also be storing furniture between moves.

Which is a combination of No.1 and No.2.

3) Storage due to business reasons

This is an example of short term storage.

And, it’s common to the one I’ve mentioned earlier.

It’s pretty straightforward:

You have to move to another city or country for a certain period.

But, you can’t take your things together with you

Thus, you have to find a short term storage solution.

A solution that will pick up your things, and return them when you need them:

Door to Door Returns
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Let’s move on to the next one.

4) Extra space storage due to new members in the family

Here is another very common reason why someone needs a storage company.

There are many young families, living in 1-bed or 2-bed flats, coming to us to find a storage unit they could use because they are expecting a new member.

Extra Space Storage
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In such an occasion, people want to free up as much space as possible.

And, it’s one of the main reasons why you need a self storage solution.

5) Decluttering

This is the last one.

So, what is decluttering? According to Google:

What is Decluttering?

Decluttering is the practice of removing old or unnecessary items from your house or room.

But, why is this important?

Because nowadays materialism rules our lives.

And, we need to reduce it.

This is why many people come to us to ask for help with decluttering.

Now that you know what the reasons why someone may consider a self storage solution are, I’ll give you the top self-storage packing tips.

Stay with me; it worths it.

Chapter 3: Self Storage Tips

In this chapter, I am going to give you the best self storage tips.

Let’s start.

1) Define the type of items that you want to store

This is the first tip I have for you.

It is essential that you define the type of items that you want to store.

Is it going to be furniture or garden tools that you no longer use?

Garden Tools Storage
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Whatever it may be, you’d want to make a list of the items that you want to store.

Because different items require a different storage unit.

And thus, you want to know what kind of storage unit to look for.

2) Define the size of the items that you want to store

This is the second one.

It is essential that you calculate the size of the items that you want to store.

Of course, you can’t be exact as to what the size is, but you have to be as accurate as possible.

For that reason, you can use bySTORED’s self storage calculator:

Self Storage Calculator
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It will do the work.

3) Be sure that you know the nature of the items that you want to store

Are you planning to store any delicate items?

Fragile items?

Or, maybe any items that require a certain level of humidity?

In that case, you may need to consider a climate-controlled storage unit.

Or, maybe something that requires a certain temperature (i.e., books or clothes)?

You have to be clear as to what are the items you are storing with the storage company you are going to reach out to.

Simply put, different items need a separate storage unit.

Also, keep in mind that certain items are prohibited when self storing:

  • Flammable, damaging or explosive goods, including liquids and chemicals
  • Pollutants that are likely to cause contamination
  • Living or dead animals, birds, fish, reptiles, plants or any other living organism of any type
  • Perishable items or those requiring a controlled environment including frozen or perishable food
  • Jewelry, ivory, watches, stamps, precious stones or precious metals
  • Antiques, furs, fine arts (or collections of a similar kind) or mobile phones
  • Perfumery, tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, beers, wines, spirits and the like
  • Illegal or stolen goods, drugs, pornographic material
  • Money, deeds, bullions, bonds, securities, coins, cash or negotiable instruments and the like
4) Choose a self storage company wisely

This one is crucial.

You need a storage company that will provide an excellent storage experience.

Here are some things to pay attention to:

  • Self storage cost: What is the total cost and what does it cover?
  • Storage facilities: Where are the facilities, are they secured, is there 24/7 surveillance?
  • Storage units: What are the unit sizes and types?
  • Discounts: Is there a discount if you choose to store more items in the storage unit?
  • Storage Insurance: What is the insurance policy? Is the insurance included in the price?  

I know that you are wondering:

How to ChoHow to Choose a Self Storage Unit-ose a Self Storage Unit-

It’s simple: you have to be clear as to what you need and what your standards are.

I am sure that you’ll find a storage solution that covers your needs.

5) Buy all the necessary packing materials

It’s important that you get all the necessary packing materials:

  • Storage boxes,
  • Bubble wrap,
  • Dust sheets.

I recommend that you DON’T use plastic bags when storing your items in the storage unit.

Besides not being the best way to protect your items, they can’t keep humidity outside.

Is it OK to store items in plastic bags?
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This means that they may cause damage to your items.

So, in the question: is it ok to store items in plastic bags?

The answer is “NO.” Use stack boxes instead.

6) Use the same size of stack boxes

I highly recommend that you use one size of storage boxes.

Why?

Because this way, stacking and organizing your boxes inside the storage unit will be more comfortable.

Also, because, you don’t want your storage unit to look like this:

Stack Boxes Inside the Storage Unit
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So, try to use the same size when it comes to your storage boxes.

7) Don’t place all heavy items together

Many people, tend to stack heavier items together and thus come up with really heavy boxes.

That’s bad practice.

You don’t want boxes that are too heavy and others that are too light.

You want a mixture of heavy and light items so that each box has (almost) the same weight.

Sounds good?

Let’s move on to the next one.

8) Don’t use every inch of space in the storage unit

It would be best if you didn’t use every inch of space in your storage unit.

I suggest that for two main reasons:

  1. You have to have to be able to walk through the stacked boxes,
  2. You have to leave some space available for your future storage needs.

Put simply: you may need some more storage in the future.

So, why rent a new storage unit when you can use the one you already have?

Let’s move on to a very critical tip.

9) Place larger items first

This is a common practice that you need to keep in mind.

Always place larger items at the back of the unit.

This way, you’ll leave storage space for smaller items at the front of the unit.

That’s it. Easy, right?

10) Place heavy items at the bottom of the storage unit

If you’ve ever stored items to a storage unit or a warehouse in general, you’ll know that you have to place heavy items at the bottom of the storage unit.

It makes sense, right?

Placing heavy items at the bottom (and at the back of the unit) will make your stack more stable.

11) Place light and fragile items at the top of heavier items

This is connected to tip No.10.

It is only natural that if you place heavy items at the bottom, you’ll place fragile items at the top of them.

This way, your stack will be steady, and it will be easier to make any changes if needed.

12) Keep “regular access” in mind

Many people seem to oversee this one.

However, it’s one of the most critical self storage tips I have for you.

You have to leave available space for walking inside the storage unit:

Access Self Storage
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Think of it as a walkway that will allow you to enter your unit and pick up items that you want with ease.

Let’s move on to the last one.

13) Don’t place heavy items on electric appliances

Never, and I mean never place heavy items on electric appliances.

For example, let’s assume that you decide to store your washing machine.

Not because it’s broken or anything, but because you decided to buy a new one.

Many people would go and leave heavy items on their washing machine.

Maybe because the washing machine is heavy on its own.

But, that’s just wrong.

Your washing machine is an electric appliance, and thus, you have to protect it and not put a burden at the top of it.

Thus, you should never place heavy items on your electric appliances.

14) Have someone do it for you

This is the last tip I have for you.

As I hope it is evident by now, self storage is not easy.

There are many things you have to keep in mind before picking up a self storage solution and start storing your items in a storage unit.

So, my question here is this:

Why shouldn’t you hire someone else to do it for you?

A moving and storage service will pick up your things:

Pick up Moving Items

And have them stored for you:

Storage Company London

The best part?

That you’ll get your stuff back when you ask them.

No need to visit the storage unit, no need to move stack boxes or do any heavy lifting.

So, if you are busy, or if you just want to avoid the hassle, hire a moving and storage company to help you store your items.

Chapter 4: Last Thoughts

These are the 14 best tips for moving into storage in 2019.

Some of the best self storage advices I had for you.

I’ve covered everything:

  • Storage units,
  • Storage facilities,
  • Storage experience,
  • Self storage tips.

I hope you found it useful.

Are there any tips that I missed to include in this article? Or, maybe any reasons why someone may need to find a storage solution that I didn’t mention?

Let me know with a simple comment below!

Furniture Storage with bySTORED

Furniture Storage in London

Moving home or redecorating? Furniture storage is the ideal way to clear up some extra space in your home or make moving house run more smoothly. If you’ve been put off by how much you think furniture storage costs, then don’t worry – we make furniture storage affordable as well as convenient for you.

Why choose bySTORED for furniture storage?

We offer a full storage service, which means you don’t even have to leave the house to store your furniture away safely. Our 2-men moving teams will collect your furniture for free and transport it to our furniture storage London warehouse. We can even provide you with storage crates for any smaller items you need storing.

Our furniture storage units range from a small closet space with 12sqft all the way up to more than 150sqft. So, you can store a couple of items of furniture or the entire contents of a large house, and everything in between.

Secure furniture storage

Our London furniture storage units are completely secure, so you know that your belongings are in safe hands. We’re based in a warehouse in South London that was purpose-built for storage. This facility is fitted with CCTV cameras and an alarm system that are continuously monitored by a professional security company. Dual security locks are used throughout the warehouse and on our storage units to keep your belongings safe and secure.

How much does furniture storage cost?

Furniture storage in London can be pricey, but at bySTORED we offer highly affordable furniture storage costs, whether you’re storing short-term or long-term. We charge you based on the size of the unit you’re renting, not on the number or size of items you’re storing. This means the price won’t go up the more furniture you fit inside your unit.

We charge by the month, but you can benefit from some great cost savings the longer you need to store for. For our smaller units, furniture storage costs start from just £69 per month.

Start storing with bySTORED

Arrange furniture storage with bySTORED for a convenient way to organise your household and belongings. To get started, you can use our storage space calculator to figure out which size furniture storage unit is right for you. Then, book your free collection online or get in touch with a member of the team to start storing with bySTORED.

FAQs

Do you have questions about furniture storage in London? Here are some of the questions we get asked most often. Don’t see the answer you’re looking for? You can always get in touch with bySTORED by phone or our online messenger.

  • What can I store with bySTORED?

We accept pretty much anything you want to store, from large to small. This means all your furniture is accepted, from small bedside tables to large 3-piece sofas and kingsize beds.

  • How much does furniture storage cost?

With bySTORED, you pay based on the size of the unit, not the number of items you’re storing. Our storage units start from as little as £2.30 per day for a 12sqft unit. Decide how much furniture you want to store with us to figure out what size storage unit you need.

  • How much do I pay to have my furniture returned?

You can have your items returned at any time for a small fee. If you’ve been storing with us for more than 2 months, returns cost just £29. For storage of 2 months or less, the returns fee is £89. Unloading is included in both these prices for up to 30 minutes. After these 30 minutes, an additional fee of £39 is incurred.

  • Do you help with disassembly and assembly of furniture?

For an extra fee, our 2-man delivery teams can disassemble and pack your furniture for you, or reassemble it on the return. This costs just £39 for every 30 minutes started.

  • Do you offer insurance on stored furniture?

Yes, bySTORED’s insurance covers £500 of standard liability for each client. If you want to increase coverage of your stored belongings, we can arrange this for you at the following prices:

£1000 coverage: £10.00/month

£5000 coverage: £20.00/month

£10000 coverage: £30.00/month

£20000 coverage: £40.00/month

 

Long Term Storage with bySTORED

When you think of long-term storage we all think of the giant coloured unit on the corner of every industrial estate across the country, but there’s so many better options than that.

bySTORED’s long-term storage packages are here to revolutionise the way we all use space in our homes and lives by clearing out those items that you don’t need right now or all the time but aren’t willing to give up.

It could be anything, like the contents of your kid’s bedrooms now that they’ve flown the nest to University or to other parts of the world, but they’ve said they want back one day when they have their own home. Or it could be that it’s come time for you to start a family, but glass coffee tables and expensive ornaments aren’t going to be baby-friendly, but you worked too damn hard to just chuck them.

This is where long-term storage units can come in very handy. Think of it more as an investment into the ever-changing space that is the modern home rather than an extension of your wardrobe or loft space.

Our long-term storage packages are designed to fit around your needs and make the process as seamless and stress-free as possible. Each package includes the use of our bySTORED van and petrol and one of our 2-man expert teams. There’s also the opportunity to use our 80L storage crates for free as well as £500 standard liability cover.

We also provide a number of extra services as part of the long-term storage packages:

Free Collection: One of the biggest differences about us compared to traditional self-storage is that we don’t expect you to ever step foot in the unit yourself. Our two-man teams will arrive at your house on collection day and move everything into the van and get it over to the unit for you!

Online InventoryOnline Inventory: It’s super easy to forget what you’ve handed over to our drivers. So that everyone can keep track of what we are storing for you, we upload all of your items into an online inventory that you can access at any time. The drivers will help to fill this out during the collection and each item is given an individual tracking code so that we can keep tabs on everything. Should you need something specific back this is also a good way of easily locating it and getting it back to you rather than bringing your whole unit back for you to find one small item.

Storage Experts: We totally get that there can be a lot of questions involved when you are signing a contract for anything, and in a long-term game like ours where we are doing something new and different, there can be even more questions. Our in-house team of experts are on hand via phone or online chat to help you out with any questions you may have regarding price, logistics, returns, etc.

For an extra fee, we also have a number of solutions for if you happen to relocate internationally or decide you no longer want your items.

International ShippingInternational shipping: If your stuff is in our long-term storage because you’ve gone travelling for an extended period of time or are trying your luck in a new city somewhere and decide that you’d rather stay there permanently than come back to blighty, then we can help. Let us know where in the world you have ended up and we can grab you a quote on how much it is going to cost to have it shipped to you using our services.

Recycling: We see it time and time again where people put stuff into storage for an initial declutter and then realise that they can live without or don’t have the space for this stuff any longer. We can help out by offering long-term storage recycling services where we will get rid of your items for you, so you don’t have to lift a finger – just let us know what it is you want rid of and we’ll pull together a quote!

bySTORED’s long-term storage solutions are an extremely cost-effective way to store your belongings over a period of months or years. IF you need a more temporary storage solution, we also offer short-term storage.

Short Term Storage with bySTORED

You won’t always need a long-term solution for storing your goods. Maybe you’re going on holiday for 2 weeks and want to store your valuables in a safe place. bySTORED can provide you with affordable short-term storage as well as longer term storage solutions.

Short term storage Solution

What might you need short-term storage for?

  • Storing your valuables while you’re on holiday.
  • Storing your belongings during an interim period between moving dates.
  • Keeping documents and equipment safe while you move offices.
  • Clearing space during a home renovation.

Short-term storage in London with bySTORED is completely secure and leaves your belongings in good hands, whatever your circumstances are. We pick up and load your items for free, and storage crates can also be provided at no additional cost. If you want us to pack your belongings as well, then our 2-man teams are happy to do this for £39 per 30 minutes started.

How much does short-term storage cost?

At bySTORED, we charge our customers on a monthly basis. The monthly price will vary depending on the size of your storage unit. This means, however, that if you only store your goods for a week, you will still pay for the whole month. So, you get a more cost-effective storage solution if you store for at least one month with us.

bySTORED Short Term Solutions

If you store for more than one month but less than two months, then here’s how our payments work:

  • If your storage will run up to 5 days into the next month, we will only charge 50% of the value of the usual monthly payment.
  • If your storage will run up to 14 days into the next month, we will only charge 75% of the value of the usual monthly payment.

The longer you store with us, the more you can save. As with all our storage solutions, we offer £500 standard liability insurance on all your stored goods for short-term storage. When you want us to return your belongings to you, the price will depend on how long you stored them for – £89 for 2 months or less, £29 for more than 2 months.

If you’re looking for short-term storage in London, bySTORED is here to help you find the most cost-effective way to store your belongings with us.

The Most Valuable Home Renovations You Can Make

There are lots reasons you might renovate your home. Maybe you’re sick of looking at those old carpets or your bathroom is falling apart. One thing that puts people off going through with a renovation is the money it will cost. But, if you look at home renovations as an investment rather than an expenditure, then you might change your mind.

If you’re planning on selling your house, then those home renovations could make all the difference. Certain upgrades to your home can make it more appealing to buyers. This means your home will be more likely to sell and you might even get a higher price for it.

But, not all renovations are made equal. So, let’s look at which upgrades will help your resale value and bring you the best return on your investment.

Add a lick of paint

If you’re selling your home soon and are looking for a quick and affordable way to add to its appeal, a simple coat of paint could do the trick. This makes your house look more appealing and like it doesn’t need much work. If you’re going for a colour change, opt for neutral colours that won’t put people off.

Spruce up your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, so it should be up to date. But, you don’t need a complete remodel. Minor changes and upgrades can go a long way, even bringing in a bigger ROI compared to a major remodel. Installing new countertops, new appliances, or a new floor could give your kitchen the sheen it needs to attract buyers.

Go for a bathroom remodel

Work with what you’ve got when it comes to updating the bathrooms. Adding a new bathroom may seem like a big appeal to buyers, but it is a costly job that brings little return on investment. Remodelling your existing bathroom is a more sensible option. Big changes like installing a new toilet or changing a bathtub to a new shower are popular upgrades. For smaller changes, redoing the grout around your tiles makes a big difference to the room’s appearance.

Upgrade to hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring is one of the most sought-after features of a new home. If you have carpets or old, tired-looking wood floors, then this is the upgrade for you. New hardwood floors could bring a value of 70-80% of the cost to install them. If you’re not keen on living with hardwood floors, then adding a large area rug to the room will make it more comfortable for you.

Improve energy efficiency

This one not only helps when selling, but it also lowers your living costs while you’re still in that house. Adding insulation, installing more energy efficient windows and appliances, and upgrading to an insulated garage door are all effective ways to make your home energy efficient. This lowers your energy bills and is something that buyers look for in a new house. They want to spend less on bills, too!

Add curb appeal to your home’s exterior

The front of your home is the first impression that buyers get of it, so don’t overlook it. Small touches like brightening up your front garden and power washing the paving stones are a good place to start. If you want to invest more money in this, then installing a new garage door is one of the best investments you can make. Replacing your front door can also help, improving the security of your home as well as the way it looks.

Prepare your home for resale with any of these popular home renovations. To make your renovations run more smoothly, make sure you get in touch with bySTORED to store away your furniture and fragile belongings during any major work.

What to Do If You’re Moving Out Without a Moving in Date

Moving house is a stressful time. It feels satisfying when everything finally goes through – you’ve sold your house and have your date to move out by. You’re looking forward to settling into your new home when something goes wrong. The other party are dragging their heels and you suddenly don’t have a definite moving in date.

Don’t panic!

This is not an uncommon problem to have, and it doesn’t have to be a big deal. Make sure you’re prepared for this transition period with the help of our handy tips.

Find somewhere to stay

In a perfect world, you have a friend or family member that you can stay with in the interim. If you have a big family, then maybe you have to split between two places – with your parents and your partner’s parents, for example.

What about when staying with family isn’t an option? If you’ve just got a few days, then a hotel is another good option. The luxury life could be fun, but remember you’ll be in very close quarters with your family. Staying for longer could get expensive, too, so it depends what your budget is. For longer periods, you could look on sites like Airbnb and other short-term accommodation services.

Short term storage for your belongings

Wherever you’re staying in the interim period, it will be a hassle to take all your household possessions with you. The best option here is to find a short term storage company that will store all your belongings for you and keep them safe. You can then have them returned to your new address when you eventually move in. bySTORED offers short term storage in London for all your furniture and other items.

Look after your pets

If you’re moving with pets, then the place you’re staying may not allow them, especially if it’s a hotel or a short-term rental. In this position, you want to make sure they’re looked after. Ask around friends, family, and neighbours to see if anyone can look after them. Websites like Borrow My Doggy are also good for short term care, or you could find a local kennels or boarding place to put them up in.

Look after your pets

Don’t let your move stress you out any more than it has to. Prepare yourself for all eventualities and make sure you have a back up plan.