Security is likely one of the biggest concerns you may have when keeping your belongings in a storage unit. Without a doubt, you want to make sure your stuff is safe. We’ve already talked about security features that many storage complexes offer in this post. But, there are a few things you can do yourself to ensure that your items are safe from thieves, weather and unexpected circumstances. Check out these tips for keeping your belongings safe inside your storage unit!
1. Keep Things Off the Floor
While it may seem easier, storing items on the floor of your storage unit is never a wise idea. Get some wood pallets or inexpensive plastic shelving to keep all of your belongings off the floor. It may feel like a hassle. But, it will pay off if your unit ever fills with water from a large storm, melting snow or a spill in a neighboring unit!
2. Be Cautious with Labeling
Labeling your bins and boxes definitely makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. But, you may want to proceed with caution when writing your labels. Try to keep your labels and categories general enough, so that you’re not broadcasting where your valuables are located. If you have a box labeled “Gold Coins, Vintage Picasso, Hope Diamond”, burglars will likely dig through that one first. Instead, try more generic terms such as “Decor”, “Linens” or “Miscellaneous”.
3. Store More Valuable Items Towards the Back
It’s usually smart to avoid storing your most prized possessions in a storage unit and keep them nearby instead. However, if you absolutely must keep your valuable belongings in a storage unit, make sure to store your more expensive items towards the back of the unit. Most thieves don’t spend a lot of time stealing from a unit, so they’re likely to grab what’s in front of them first. Keeping your more costly possessions at the rear of the unit will mean most thieves won’t even have time to get to them.
4. Be Smart About Packing
Packing with care is important for keeping your items safe and intact in your unit. Make sure to wrap all of your fragile pieces with newspaper or bubble wrap to protect them from any scratches or chips. Also, pack each of your boxes full to prevent them from being crushed in either direction.
5. Check In Frequently
Finally, make the time to stop by your unit frequently to ensure that everything is still in place and in good shape. Being aware of what’s happening with your unit is crucial for maintaining the safety of your stuff. After all, it’s difficult to rescue your belongings from a disaster if you don’t even know it’s happening.
Understandably, the security of your possessions is a huge concern when renting a storage unit. And, while many units boast high-tech security features, there are plenty of simple things you can do yourself to keep your stuff free from harm!
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