If they can avoid it most people avoid putting their belongings into storage, however, this isn’t always possible so if you have to put your furniture – or any other belongings - into storage it’s essential to take the necessary precautions to avoid them from getting damaged.
Whether you’re placing your belongings into storage for a long or short period of time really doesn’t matter because the threat of damage is there from the moment they enter the storage facility if you don’t follow these tips.
The first thing to consider when you’re putting your personal belongings into storage is the facility you’re using. You want to choose a company that will keep your things secure and away from the elements as much as possible in order to avoid any harm from coming to them so when considering different storage facilities there are a number of factors you should consider:
One of the main things you’ll be looking for is security of your belongings against theft and as the contract with the storage facility usually leaves them without responsibility should there be a break in it’s essential that you take all precautions to prevent anyone getting into your container. Fortunately for you many storage facilities now have 24 hour security and the additional security measures that they have in place are usually pretty good too, but it’s always worth adding your own security measures such as your own padlocks etc. When choosing a storage unit though it’s a good idea to take a look at whether they’ve had any recent break-ins and whether they have CCTV, security guards or both.
Water damage is another common issue in storage units if extra security isn’t thought about. Flash floods have been a huge problem in Britain over the last few years and the weather can have a huge impact on the condition of your furniture when you come to collect it. It’s not just flooding that you should watch out for though you should also think about the impact of heavy rain in a storage facility that isn’t well protected or insulated.
It won’t take a lot of water to cause significant damage to your furniture and if they’re not rescued a small amount of water could even ruin your furniture for ever. There’s really no ways to prevent moisture from entering any building as all buildings expand during the day and moisture will find its way through small cracks and gaps that form. The only way to avoid moisture wreaking havoc on your furniture is to cover everything with plastic when you first put it into storage.
Temperature and ventilation
When you put your belongings into storage it’s really important to check that a constant temperature is maintained and the unit is ventilated whenever necessary. Both extremely high and low temperatures can cause serious damage to furniture – especially wooden furniture – which is why it’s important to check that your chosen facility regularly checks the temperature of each unit and alters it accordingly. A lot of storage facilities have climate controlled units nowadays and although they cost a little more to rent out it’s definitely worth paying extra to maintain the condition of your furniture.
These are the main things that should be considered when you put your belongings into storage and if it means that your furniture will still be in great condition when you come to pick it up again it’s seriously worth paying a little extra.