If you are preparing to put your belongings in long-term storage, you might be worried about keeping them safe. Storage units are a great way to protect your precious things and can keep things in good condition until they are ready to be used again. Here are some things that you need to know about keeping your things nice.
1. Don't Underestimate The Power Of Weather
One thing that many people don't realize is that the majority of your belongings spend their time in a climate controlled home. Your home maybe fluctuates 5-10 degrees throughout the year, and has a pretty constantly humidity. But a storage unit doesn't have that kind of luxury. Instead, the unit is likely to vary often throughout the year, even jumping 50 degrees or more. Not to mention the moisture in the air will greatly affect the furniture and belongings as well. Thus, if you are planning on storing something like furniture, wood, or priceless pictures you should consider getting a climate controlled unit. This will keep the temperature and humidity more constant.
2. Take Extra Security Measures
Second, it is important that you control the security of your unit, don't just leave that up to the facility that you store at. There will be protection provided by the facility, like security cameras, locks and gates on the property and so forth. But you need to make sure that you are doing everything you can to protect your things. You should add your own lock to the unit. Put all of the expensive things in the back, so that if people see you loading and unloading the unit they don't see lots of pricey things out in the open. And lastly, try not to open and organize your unit with other people around. If someone is close to your unit, drive around and wait for them to leave before you actually open it.
3. Protect Your Items Inside The Unit
The way you store your items will be very important to how nice they end up staying. For instance, all of the furniture should be off the ground, propped up by some sort of cinder block or grate. The reason for this is that the furniture needs air to pass through both under and around the furniture. Otherwise you could easily get mold. You should also be covering the furniture with sheets or fabric, and polishing it to protect it from dust.
By doing these things you can protect your things while they are in storage.