Storing your possessions safely

Storing your possessions safely

Many people who are moving to a different city or are trying to downsize their current home have realized the advantages of making use of storage facilities.  The only worry people have is with regard to the issue of safety; however, the good news is that there are a number of measures that both the storage facility and the user can take to relieve any anxiety they may have.

A lot of self-service storage facilities expect the customer to provide their own lock, with many people buying the cheapest padlock that is available; however the reality is that all locks are not necessarily created equal and it is crucial to purchase a lock that will not be easily dealt with by bolt cutters if you really want to make sure that your stored possessions are safe.  You should also never give your key for any reason to anyone that you do not entirely trust.  You might need to provide a copy to the storage company itself, but this is for your own protection.

Making a record of all the items that you put into storage is also very important.  Record the serial number of any items that have one, and take photos of those that do not.

When it comes to the storage company itself, it is its responsibility to have gates and fencing on the complex, as well as video surveillance and preferably someone who is on site at all times.  You should also make certain that your storage facility cannot become the victim of the elements and is safe from the threat of fire.  If you’re seeking a hands-off approach, you’ll need to seek a full-service moving and storage company facility.