5 Important Safety Tips for Storage Facilities

5 Important Safety Tips for Storage Facilities

Thinking about investing in long-term mini storage? Self storage has become increasingly popular as our belongings seem to outpace the amount of space we have. Before you start investigating storage facilities, you’ll need to carefully consider what features you’ll need.

  1. Climate control. Some items are temperature or humidity sensitivemusical instruments, for example. Any item made of wood, copper, paper, or raw fabrics may need extra care to store properly. Knowing whether you need this can save you money in the long run. No need to rent a temperature-controlled unit when an insulated one will work fine.
  2. Overall security. Check out any storage facilities you’re considering. Ask about on-site security staff and about their camera/recording system for theft prevention. Purchase your own stout lock and use it consistently. If they could, your belongings would thank you.
  3. Insurance. Some homeowner policies will protect your belongings even when they’re outside your home. Does yours? If not, seriously consider investing in the insurance offered by storage facilities. Find out exactly what it covers, and avoid any storage facilities that seem reticent to give you a straight answer.
  4. Prohibited items. In a storage facility, you should never keep live plants, perishable foods, living animals (even microscopic ones), flammable items (such as non-vehicles that contain gasoline), hazardous chemicals, loaded firearms or ammunition, and anything against the law to possess.
  5. Boxes and wrappings. To keep items fresh and free from insects or other critters, use boxes and packing tape to keep items separate and organized. Write the contents of each box on the outside for easy retrieval later. Consider also keeping a master list or small map indicating where important items can be found.

With these simple guidelines, you can keep your belongings safe and your storage facilities investments minimal. To find out more about mini storage in San Antonio, contact Handy Space or call us at 210-675-7867.