7 tips to keep your belongings safe while they’re in storage
If you want to keep your belongings in a storage unit, there are steps you should take to ensure they remain safe. Here are some tips for keeping your items protected.
Choose the right storage facility.
The safest storage facilities offer several layers of security to ensure your belongings remain protected. Opt for a gated site with video surveillance. Additionally, choosing one that’s close to the highway is ideal because it’ll be easy to access.
Get a good lock.
A strong padlock will ensure that nobody can get into your storage unit. If you don’t have your own, most storage facilities sell them.
Opt for a climate-controlled unit.
Fluctuating temperatures can wreak havoc on your stored items. A climate-controlled unit will protect your stuff from extreme temperatures and high humidity.
Review your insurance policy.
In many cases, homeowner’s insurance will cover items that are damaged, lost or stolen while in storage. Call your insurance provider to make sure your belongings are protected by your policy.
Carefully pack your belongings.
Contain all smaller items in boxes or bins. Try to use cardboard or plastic ones that are the same size. This will make stacking them easy and allow you to maximize the space in your unit. In addition, you should make sure:
- All breakables are wrapped in paper or bubble wrap and then packed in boxes
- Furniture is protected by covering it with blankets
- Mirrors and frames are wrapped and stacked to prevent them from breaking
- Appliances are cleaned and then dried to help prevent to pest invasions
Keep a record of stored items.
An inventory of everything in your storage unit will help you keep track of your belongings. Furthermore, if your items gets damaged or stolen, your list will help when you make your insurance claim.
Make your storage payments.
Paying for your storage unit on time every month ensures you’ll always have access to your items.
Secure storage solutions in the GTA
If you’re moving, downsizing or renovating your home, consider getting a self-storage unit. U-Need Storage provides indoor and outdoor storage units in a variety of sizes and has ten convenient locations in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Contact us today to find out more about our storage facilities.