We all know that storing your belongings can be a hassle. But if you’re going to do it, it’s best to make sure that your items are safe and secure. There are many things you can do to make sure that you protect your possessions from damage or theft when storing them with us at StorageMart. Our team have put together a list of our top tips for making sure that your valuables stay safe during their time in storage:
Pack up your belongings safely
- Pack up your belongings safely. When packing up your personal belongings, it’s important to use a sturdy box and packing materials to avoid damage. You can prevent breakage by using the right size box for each item and filling it with enough foam peanuts or other protective material. Make sure that when you’re done filling the box, there are no gaps between items that could allow them to shift around while being moved into storage.
- Label your boxes clearly with what is inside of them so that if someone else needs access to them they know exactly where everything is located without having to move every single thing out of the way first!
- Use a checklist so you don’t forget anything! Write down each item as you pack it up; this will help keep track of what goes where in case another family member needs access later on down the road—and also prevents any kind of confusion about whether or not something was put away before leaving town!
Use a storage facility with top security features
If you are renting a storage unit, there are some things to look for to ensure that your items will be safe. First of all, look for a facility with top security features. What are these features? The first is interior cameras. The second is an alarm system that connects directly to the local police department and third is electronic locks on the doors of each unit so only you can gain access.
There are many benefits from having top security features in place: they help monitor who comes on site and what they do while there; they alert police if someone breaks into your unit without permission; they allow customers like you access by using a pin code instead of needing physical keys or cards; they provide peace-of-mind knowing that your belongings will be protected while being stored at the facility!
Only bring the items you need to store
When you are moving, it is tempting to pack up your entire house and bring everything with you. However, this is one of the most common mistakes people make when storing their items in a storage unit. When it comes time for you or someone else to retrieve your belongings from storage, having too much stuff will make it difficult for them as well as cause issues with space availability and cost. Follow these tips:
- Only bring the items that are absolutely necessary
- Stay within reasonable size limits
- Keep weight under control
- Avoid bringing anything valuable or fragile (like antiques)
- Don’t store anything dangerous (such as weapons)
Take out insurance
It is a good idea to take out insurance on your unit. This will ensure that you are covered for any loss or damage, as well as any legal liability issues or fines and penalties incurred by not keeping your items safe.
Clean your belongings before storing them
Before you place your belongings in the storage unit, make sure that they are properly cleaned. To do this, remove any dust and dirt from them. You can use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the dust from your items. If possible, wipe down your belongings with a damp cloth so that all dust is removed.
Also make sure that there are no food or liquids on the items before placing them inside the storage unit because these could attract insects or pests and cause damage to your belongings while they are being stored.
Finally, if there are any insects or pests in the storage unit, make sure to get rid of them before storing anything else in it as well!
Make sure you unit is dry and at a comfortable temperature
Your storage unit should be dry and at a comfortable temperature. That’s because the building is climate controlled, which means it’s usually kept at 70 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and 30% humidity or less. A dry environment is especially important if you have sensitive items like paper records, electronics, and antiques because they can be damaged by moisture or mold. If you live where there is high humidity and temperatures fluctuate wildly between day and night (think Houston), then consider renting a unit in an indoor facility that has 24/7 security so your belongings are safer from theft and damage than if they had been left outside in a trailer or garage.
Avoid stacking up boxes too high
Avoid stacking boxes too high. It’s tempting to stack boxes as high as you can reach, but this is a bad idea for two reasons: 1) you risk dropping or breaking your boxes, and 2) it may look cool (to some), but it’s not safe.
Instead of stacking, use a pallet jack to lift the box up onto your base so that you can stack them neatly and safely. Pallet jacks are specially designed vehicles that lift heavy objects very easily and safely—and they’re designed to work with standard pallets! If your business ships or receives items on pallets, it’s definitely worth investing in one of these machines!
Make sure that your bases are sturdy enough to support all of those heavy boxes; if they aren’t strong enough, then don’t place any more than 20-25% of their weight on top at one time—and ideally less than 10% would be best practice!
Finally (and perhaps most importantly), never lean boxes against walls or other containers because these could topple over when bumped into by accident or even just regular foot traffic without anyone being aware there was something unstable about them until disaster strikes!
Cover furniture in dust sheets or blankets
Cover furniture in dust sheets or blankets
Many people neglect to cover their furniture and other items when they are storing them. This is a mistake, as it makes it more difficult to clean when you get them out of storage. Instead, cover everything with a dust sheet or blanket when you put it into storage so that dust does not get on the items. You can also use plastic sheets if you have any available at home that will do this job just as well.
Label all of your boxes carefully
- Use a label maker and clearly mark each box with the room it is in. For example, you may label one box “master bedroom”, while another is labeled “office”.
- Be sure to notate whether or not the box contains fragile items. If a particular box does contain fragile items, then be sure to indicate this on your labels as well.
Don’t store hazardous materials
Hazardous materials can be very dangerous and should not be stored in your unit. They include:
- Gasoline, flammable liquids and other combustible liquids
- Explosives (including fireworks)
- Flammable solids or liquids that might become liquid under fire conditions
- Poisons, infectious substances or corrosives which are not properly packaged or labeled
We have a range of facilities where you can safely and securely store your valuables in London. If you would like more information click here.
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We hope that our tips will help keep your belongings safe and secure. If you have any questions about our storage facilities or would like more information please contact us at 020 3405 5563.