Tips For Keeping Your Items Safe From Damage While They Are In Storage

Whether it's your winter clothing, extra furniture, or holiday décor, renting a storage unit is like adding an extension to your home since it frees up your limited space. The key is that you want to make sure your items are secure from damage in the storage unit. Fortunately, most facilities are dedicated to the exact same thing. The following tips can help you ensure your items are safe from pests and weather until you are ready to bring them home.

Tip #1: Inspect the unit before you rent

Before signing off on a specific unit, ask to see it first. You are looking for a few key things to ensure it is safe. First, the door should have a seal on all sides to ensure moisture can't seep in. Next, check the roof and walls for water stains, which may indicate a leak. Finally, look in corners and around the perimeter of the room for any signs of pests, such as rodent droppings or dead bugs. Keep in mind that a water stain or dead bugs don't indicate a current problem, though. Ask questions. For example, the unit may have recently received a new roof or the dead bugs could indicate that the unit or facility was recently visited by an exterminator.

Tip #2: Find out the pesticide policy

Most facilities treat the exterior of the unit at regular intervals for pests, but the inside of the units either aren't treated or are only treated when tenants move out. Before moving in, find out if the unit was treated. If it wasn't, ask if tenants are allowed to apply a pesticide. Often they are. You should consider treating your unit even if the property seems clean because you never know what could be in a neighboring unit. You don't want someone else's insect problem becoming your problem.

Tip #3: Package everything carefully

Sealing everything in water-tight containers is another good choice. This will ensure all of your items are safe from both pests and moisture damage in case a problem does occur. Plastic storage tubs are the best choice, but can be expensive. Another good option is to line your cardboard packing boxes with contractor-grade garbage bags. These are sturdier and larger than home garbage bags. You can buy them by the box at home improvement and hardware stores.

Tip #4: Elevate unboxed items

Not all items fit into boxes. If you furniture or odd-shaped items in your unit, you will at least want to protect them from any moisture that could potentially seep from the concrete floor or under the door. You can use shelves, such as those made for garage storage, or place items on top of wooden pallets.

Talk to a storage facility in your area for more help. Companies like AA All American Airborne Self-Storage​ may be able to meet your needs in this area.