If you have to store items that hold personal value, it is important to do this correctly so that your items are safe and stay damage-free. Even if you will be storing items in a public storage unit, you can still control the interior of this space and how you pack up your items. Here are four tips to help store heirlooms and collectibles safely within a storage facility.
1. Climate-Controlled Storage
One feature that certain storage units can include is climate-controlled spaces. This is especially necessary for parts of the country that get extremely hot or cold and might warp or damage valuables. If you can pay a little extra and opt for a temperature-controlled feature, you can rest assured your items will be safer in the long run.
2. Invest in Plastic Bins
Cardboard boxes are great for moving, but these aren’t the sturdiest method for packing up and then storing collectibles and smaller items of value. Cardboard can deteriorate over time and if items shift, boxes can fall apart or not stack correctly. Especially if items are older or fragile, getting these in sturdier storage holders made of plastic will be better for your valuables.
3. Wrapping up Larger Items
While you might have your smaller heirlooms and collectibles safely stored in plastic bins, larger items need to be securely stored as well. Even furniture and bigger items should be wrapped in plastic in order to keep these from disintegrating over time or being susceptible to dust and grime that might creep in when accessing your storage unit. Purchase plastic stretch wrap designed for this purpose at home improvement stores and maybe even directly at your storage facility.
4. Don’t Forget About Your Storage Unit
If you are storing memorabilia and heirlooms for a prolonged period of time, it might slip your mind that you have these items in storage. Mark on your calendar to check in on your storage periodically, at least every month or so. It is a good idea to set up an auto-payment schedule as well. The last thing you want is to lapse on your payments and have your treasured items go to auction.
While keeping collectibles and heirlooms in storage is a resource, it is important you do this in a way that will keep your items safe and free from damage. The hope is, your items will be ready to pass on to others or display in your home when you are ready to do so. Contact us to help you keep these items intact until you are ready for them.