Even with a great storage unit, you want to make sure all your stuff is as safe as possible. Having a good padlock doesn’t do you any good if you come back to a unit slammed by leaking pipes or flood waters. Making sure your important possessions are fully secure from all local threats is critical if you want to feel relaxed about everything you have in storage.
Make sure you do your scouting/research!
This is extremely important. You want to make sure you check out the actual physical locations before making a deal. This can seem like a major pain in the neck, but you want to see everything in person. Are the units properly sloped to deal with water run-off? Are there any red flags with nearby bodies of water or a dip in the land that could lead to sitting water? How old does the structure look?
Make sure to do your homework to make sure everything looks on the level before you make a decision you could end up regretting!
Plastic bins are your friend
Cardboard soaks up water and liquids, can be eaten through by bugs, and is just far more vulnerable than plastic bins. Plastic bins are naturally going to be water proof and more pest resistant, but you will still need to make sure that all your bins are sealed. One loose crack can undo all those advantages.
Plastic wrap is, too!
However, you don’t want to leave your possessions just to natural containers. Look at getting plastic wrap. Whether it’s to completely seal a mattress, a sofa, or even wrapping up plastic or cardboard containers with additional wrap that can protect it from unforeseen water damage.
Think of the security of your things as a layered idea. One layer in and of itself can fail you, but if you have layers of security, then it is going to be much more difficult for something negative to happen.
Line your storage unit with pallets
This is an important step to protect your furniture and larger items. You never want all your stuff touching the ground. Whether it’s water leaking in the bottom, basic condensation, or anything else, it’s important to have space between the ground and your things to make sure everything is kept safe. Trust me, there’s nothing more frustrating than opening your storage unit after a rainy week and seeing a pool of standing water around your boxes and soaking into the bottom of your sofa.
Follow these few steps, however, and you won’t be sorry when your stuff is safe, secure, and undamaged!