One unfortunate reality of life is that often people are forced to part ways with their valued belongings, frequently because they simply don’t have adequate space to store them. This often happens when someone moves into a smaller house or apartment.
The Best Solution: Temporary Storage Units
The best solution if you find yourself in this situation is to store the possessions and valuables you have that no longer fit into your living space – that’s where a storage unit comes in handy. There are over 2.3 billion square feet of temporary storage spaces available for rent in the United States, and as many as 1 out of 10 households currently rent one or more units.
Even though there is plenty of storage space available, not all storage facilities are created equal. The last thing you need when downsizing is to expose your valuables to damage from mildew, mold, fire, smoke or water. There’s also the possibility of falling victim to theft or vandalism to consider. One solution is to insure your valuables and possessions when you stored them, and many self-storage facilities offer insurance themselves.
Equally important to consider is the reputation of the storage facility you choose.
Storage may not be a readily acceptable option for you because many self-storage facilities have a reputation for exposing belongings to conditions that often result in damaged property. Consequently, it is important for you to distinguish the differences between an average, traditional storage company and a high-quality, state-of-the-art facility.
Following are several important qualities to look for in a temporary storage facility, as well as the advantages of storage units that are indoors as opposed to one’s that are outdoors.
1. Climate Control
Valuable possessions like furniture, your favorite books, important papers, and documents must be protected from damage caused by the elements. Even if you have an outdoor storage unit that locks up your stuff and keeps the rain, snow, and sun away, an outdoor facility still changes temperatures and humidity with the season.
Outdoor facilities simply can’t protect your items from changing air temperatures. A climate-controlled facility is the only way to protect your valuables when in storage.
It is important to distinguish between climate control and temperature control. Whereas climate control manages both temperature and humidity, temperature control only manages temperature. This is a critical factor in providing the optimum care for your precious possessions.
Climate control means that companies install high-quality air conditioning, heating, ventilation, dehumidifiers, thermostats and insulation in your storage unit, and is perfect for electronics, art, wood furniture, musical instruments, metal, wines, books and papers, and fabrics.
Indoor, climate-controlled storage units are significantly cleaner than outdoor ones. Not only is the inside of your unit clean, but hallways and stairwells leading up to the units stay clean. Very little foreign materials find their way into climate-controlled storage areas. In contrast, if your unit opens to the outdoors your belongings often come into contact with dust, dirt and small bits of debris.
It does little good to store your valuable possessions in a clean and climate-controlled self-storage unit if the security features of the place are deficient. You’ll want nothing less than gated entries, secure access into the building, and strategically placed surveillance cameras. The door that accesses the interior hallways should have a lock on it on the way to your storage unit, in addition to the locked gate or entry way to the property.
4. No Critters
Despite your best efforts, bugs, spiders, insects and even small mice might crawl into a storage space that has an entry to the outside. A climate-controlled storage unit has no such problems, due to the added layer of protection.
Indoor Versus Outdoor Storage
You’ll probably want to store your possessions in indoor storage units because they are more like storing things in a large closet or spare bedroom. This is especially true with climate-controlled storage, which is the best choice for items that are valuable and sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity.
We Have Solutions
If you are a resident of or are contemplating moving to the Seattle and Western Washington area, you are in luck. When you need temporary storage, consider the self-storage services offered by On the Go Moving. We offer state-of-the-art wooden vaults equipped with moisture control and other features to help ensure your valuables stay safe. Our secure vaults are 7 feet long, 5 feet wide and 7 feet high with climate control capabilities. While your valuables are in our storage, we guarantee that weather conditions will not affect them.
For over 10 years, On The Go Moving has worked hard earn the trust of people in the Seattle area. Our business is fully licensed and insured, and we look forward to earning your trust. Contact us today to find out more!