Renting storage is a great way to free up space in your home, but how can you keep your self-storage unit safe? Before moving in, you must take steps to secure your items and shield your belongings from the elements. These tips on how to secure items safely in self-storage will ensure your items are protected until you need them again.
Key things to look out for at the facility:
Use passcode protection
Selecting a facility with electronic, passcode-protected gate entry is one of the best ways to keep your self-storage unit safe. For added security, use your own padlock or private pin code to protect your unit. Be sure to select a code that is difficult to guess and avoid sharing the pin with others.
CCTV not only helps catch the culprit if your goods are damaged or stolen, but it also deters thieves in the first place. A secure self-storage unit will already have CCTV cameras installed. Look out for CCTV coverage in the facility.
Even if you secure items safely in self-storage, there’s no guarantee they will be 100% protected. To gain peace of mind, invest in contents insurance. That way, if your goods are damaged or stolen, your insurance provider will either replace them or cover the costs.
How to secure your belongings in your unit:
1.Package items properly
If you want your belongings to remain in good condition while in storage, proper packaging is key. Furniture should be covered with plastic to waterproof items; electronics should be sealed and secured to shield from dust and water damage; and clothing should be stored in plastic boxes instead of cardboard for durable protection.
Check out our blog for more tips on which packing materials are best for moving.
2. Organise your storage space
To secure items safely in self-storage, take a logical approach to unloading. Keep important documents safe from water damage by storing them high up in a vacuum-sealed container. Avoid items touching the floor by stacking them on pallets, as this will prevent damage from damp or flooding. Make sure clothing and kitchen appliances are clean before placing them in storage, as this will deter pests and mould.
Need a secure self-storage unit for your items?
Space Next Door offers secure self-storage units across Singapore. Book with us today.