If you are a self storage customer, you may have asked yourself, “Do I need to check on my belongings when they are in my storage unit?” Or, “How often should I check on them?” Both great questions, and we are here to help!
Once you have your storage unit all full and packed to the top, you are probably quite tired and just want to lock the door and be done with it! But, you don’t just want to set it and forget it, as the saying goes. Clearly your belongings that are in storage are important to you, or you would have just thrown them away rather than put them into storage. It may be easier to just forget about them, but in order to keep them protected and in good shape, you need to check on them from time to time.
We suggest that you stop in and visit your storage unit at least once every time the seasons change, or once a month if you can swing it. The only way to know if something is wrong inside (like if boxes have fallen over or if something is crushing what is underneath) is to open the door and take a look around.
Each time you stop in to check on your storage unit, it is a good idea to have a few items handy:
- Packing tape – this is helpful in case you need to re-tape any of your boxes. Sometimes tape will lose it adhesive qualities when in extreme temperatures for long periods of time.
- Dust cloth or rag – let’s face it, concrete and metal create dust. If you simply dust off your items when you visit, it will keep everything cleaner and help prevent damage over time. You can also use a fine mist spray bottle with water if necessary and if the water will not damage the surface of your items.
- Cotton balls and essential oils – these are great to place in the corners of the storage unit as a pest deterrent. By switching out the scent a few times a year, you will keep your valuables smelling great and keep out unwanted creatures. (Read a previous blog on pest prevention to learn more.)
When you stop in for one of your checks, you may find that a stack of boxes has toppled over. If that has happened, you likely used poor quality boxes that crushed under the weight, you had the stack too tall, or the weight was distributed oddly and time just took its toll and the weight shifted. If that is the case, you need to open each box and make sure nothing has been broken. Throw away any damaged boxes and broken items. Then repack the items securely using bubble wrap or packing paper and place them into a new box if necessary. Our moving boxes are specially treated to resist mildew and they are crush tested. You can purchase a large variety of storage supplies in our retail shop inside the rental office.
If you find any damage that is the result of a neighboring storage unit, such as liquids running under the wall and onto your items, contact the property manager. This is not a common occurrence, but it can happen, and the property manager needs to be made aware immediately in order to prevent further damage to your items and get the issue resolved with the other tenant.
Checking up on your items sounds harder than it is. It takes just a little bit of your time, occasionally, and is an important step when using storage to ensure your valuables are free of damage. If you have any questions, you can contact us. And if you have tips to share, please post them in the comments.
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