Keeping Your Possessions Protected And Safe During Your Move And Storage

Posted on: 13 December 2019

Moving your household and storing it in a storage unit can be a stressful experience, but with the right knowledge and planning, it can be less scary and more pleasant. Here are some tips to help you properly manage your next move and storage solutions for your household.

Look For Climate-Controlled Storage

When you plan to place all of your possessions and valuables into a storage unit, you want them to be protected and safe from the weather and from theft. This is why you look to place them into a locked storage unit that you can access whenever you need to. However, a traditional storage unit outside may not be heated inside the unit, as it is exposed to the heat and cold throughout the year. 

But a heated self-storage unit will keep your items from freezing. And if you live in a northern climate, the cold temperatures of winter can put excess stress on some of your items. A storage unit that is situated within a climate-controlled building is also going to reduce the exposure to outside dust and dirt from a dirt or gravel parking area. This further protects your possessions from the damage that can occur. 

There are several types of climate-controlled storage units available. Some storage units are available through an interior hallway at an outdoor storage facility, and others can be accessed via a warehouse storage environment that can be accessed by you or professionals working on your behalf.

Protect Against Pests

Another threat to your possessions in storage is pests, which can come into your storage unit through the tiniest of openings. A mouse can use a very small opening to get into your storage unit and into a box of items. And if you are storing food items, this can be especially damaging. A mouse will sniff out any edible storage items and feast on them, chewing and damaging your items. And if you store non-food items with the food items, the mice may chew through packaging and papers to make their nests. 

When you store your items, be sure to place food items elsewhere and not in your storage unit. Give away, eat, or donate any extra food to a local food bank instead of packing it up. Mice and other pests in your storage unit will leave their droppings and urine in your upholstered furniture and clothing that are stored away, which can put you at risk of disease. Then, as an added protection, place pest traps inside your unit to protect against pest damage.