Storage units can provide some much-needed space for you to declutter your home and place even large possessions like pieces of furniture and artwork, allowing you to have more design options within your house or even to just free up space while you get construction done on your home. However, your belongings can't simply be piled into a storage unit and left to sit idle until you need them again; proper care needs to be taken to ensure that your items do not become damaged while they are in storage. Fortunately, there are a few different things that you can do to ensure that they remain safe and sound.
Look for Security Features
The first thing that you should do, and also one of the most important, is to examine a few different storage facilities and determine which one has the best set of security features. Look for things like gated perimeters, an indoor facility with independent locks for both the storage unit and the building itself, cameras and an on-premises guard, to name a few. All of these things make theft much less likely.
Use Pallets and Shelving
You should also take care to make sure that all of your items in a storage unit are stored slightly off of the ground. You can accomplish this in multiple ways: shelving units work well for cardboard boxes and other small items, while clothing racks can hang suit bags and other clothes. For large items like pieces of furniture and other appliances, you will want to make use of wooden pallets. All of these storage techniques keep your items off of the ground, which prevents moisture and condensation from causing damage to them. It can also prevent pests from getting into your items.
Consider Climate Control
Finally, you should also consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit. These types of units, though slightly more expensive month to month, moderate the temperature and humidity levels within your unit. This makes temperature damage due to rapid fluctuation or consistently high or low temperatures much less likely, which can affect electronics and wooden furniture in particular, and climate control can also help eliminate the risk of mold growth, which can affect upholstery and fabrics in humid environments. Further, a moderate temperature and humidity level can also discourage pests—many insects will seek out moist and warm areas to breed, and a climate-controlled unit can help keep them away from your stuff.
Contact a self-storage facility in your area for more information.