Storing Valuable Items: What You Need to Know

Published on 6/17/2024
When it comes to storing valuable items, peace of mind is paramount. Whether you’re storing antiques, artwork, electronics, or family heirlooms, knowing your items are safe and secure is essential. At Bearcat Self Storage, we understand the importance of safeguarding your prized possessions. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your valuables are well-protected during their stay in storage.

1. Choose the Right Storage Unit
Not all storage units are created equal. For valuable items, it’s crucial to select a unit that offers the right environment. Consider a climate-controlled unit to protect against extreme temperatures and humidity. These units maintain a stable environment, which is particularly important for items like wood furniture, paintings, and delicate fabrics.

2. Invest in Quality Packing Materials
Proper packing is the first line of defense for your valuables. Invest in high-quality packing materials such as bubble wrap, sturdy boxes, and packing paper. For fragile items, consider using foam peanuts or padded blankets. Ensure that each item is securely wrapped and cushioned to prevent damage during handling and storage.

3. Use Sturdy, Secure Boxes
Opt for new, sturdy boxes rather than reusing old ones, which may have weakened over time. Label each box clearly with its contents and handle with care to make unpacking easier and ensure special attention is given to fragile items. Seal boxes with strong packing tape to keep dust and pests out.

4. Consider Insurance
While Bearcat Self Storage takes extensive measures to ensure the safety of your items, it’s wise to have insurance for added protection. Check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to see if your policy covers items in storage. If not, consider purchasing additional coverage to safeguard against unforeseen events.

5. Store Items Off the Ground
Place valuable items on pallets or shelves to keep them off the ground. This precaution protects your belongings from potential water damage in the unlikely event of a leak or flood. It also improves air circulation around your items, further preserving their condition.

6. Plan Your Storage Layout
Think carefully about how you arrange your storage unit. Place frequently accessed items near the front and valuables towards the back. Avoid stacking heavy items on top of fragile ones, and use shelving to maximize vertical space. Creating an inventory list can help you keep track of where each item is stored, making retrieval easier and reducing the risk of damage.

7. Take Advantage of Security Features
Bearcat Self Storage offers robust security features to ensure your valuables are protected. Our facilities are equipped with 24/7 video surveillance, gated access, and individual unit alarms. Additionally, strong locks and well-lit premises deter potential intruders and provide you with added peace of mind.

8. Maintain a Clean Environment
Before placing items in storage, ensure they are clean and dry. Dust and dirt can cause long-term damage, particularly to electronics and textiles. Using desiccant packs inside boxes can help control moisture levels and prevent mold and mildew growth.

9. Check on Your Items Periodically
While it’s tempting to set and forget your storage unit, it’s a good idea to check on your items periodically. This allows you to address any potential issues early, such as unexpected changes in climate or pest activity. Regular visits can also provide reassurance that your valuables remain in good condition.

Storing valuable items requires careful planning and consideration. By following these tips and leveraging the high-quality facilities at Bearcat Self Storage, you can rest assured that your prized possessions are in safe hands. Our team is always here to offer additional advice and support, ensuring your storage experience is as seamless and stress-free as possible.

For more information or to discuss your storage needs, contact Bearcat Self Storage today. We’re here to help you protect what matters most.