People use self storage for different reasons. Some of us want more room in our houses or apartments. Others move and need a place to keep their belongings during the transition. You may want a climate controlled environment to store valuables and keepsakes.
It’s important to consider safety and security when choosing a self storage facility. You can pay a monthly bill for storage, but peace of mind is priceless! Let’s look at five ways to make sure your stuff stays safe.
Smart storage: Keeping your possessions secure
1. Layers of protection. There are several items you should look for at any facility. The first is a strong gate or fence surrounding the property. This is the first layer of security and keeps out anyone who isn’t working or renting at the storage location. Electronic key codes for exit and entry are nice, as well.
The next layer of protection is video surveillance. Is there a video record of the facility? If the worst happens, video can be extremely helpful in making sure that the intruder is identified and apprehended.
Is an employee on the grounds 24 hours a day? The facility does not need to be open all of the time, but having a physical presence can help deter potential shenanigans.
2. Environmental protection. If you’re renting indoor storage, it is very important to make sure that your units are sealed and secure to prevent damage from the elements. If you are able to opt for climate controlled storage, so much the better. Without proper protection, your items are in danger of suffering from exposures — floods, fire, rust, and corrosion. If you notice your furniture becoming cracked or split, yellowing metals, or the growth of mold or mildew, start asking questions.
3. Insurance. Check and see if your facility offers insurance. If sop, what does the policy specifically cover? If it is not extensive, sometimes your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will cover off-site items. These are important to review if your security is breached or items damaged.
4. Record of items. Keep a record of everything located in your storage facility (a little map comes in handy, too). Take down serial numbers of electronic equipment. Make a list and record each item’s value.
5. A solid lock. This may be the most obvious security need, but some people do not take their lock quality seriously enough. Some storage facilities may expect you to provide your own lock. Locks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Make sure you are purchasing a quality lock, one that cannot be cut by bolt or wire cutters. This is often the first and best line of defense to ensure that your valuables are safe.