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3 Tips For Storing Your Precious Belongings Long Term

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For many people, storing their precious items in a storage unit may be stressful; although, in many cases you have no other choice. You might be moving, need extra space in your home, or a myriad of other reasons. Luckily, you don't have to worry about your precious items becoming damaged in a storage unit so long as you prepare your items correctly and store them right. Here are a couple things you should do to keep your precious items looking nice.

1. Opt For A Climate-Controlled Unit

Many storage facilities have the option to get a climate-controlled unit. If this is an option, you should most definitely pay the difference. It will protect your belongings and save you from paying additional money in the future to replace everything. Climate-controlled units help to keep the humidity and the temperature constant throughout the year. As the temperature and humidity changes with each season, your items could easily be damaged. Extreme weather conditions can crack wood, break leather and can ruin pictures and even musical instruments. For this reason, always get a climate-controlled unit if possible.

2. Have Fabric Or Sheets To Drape On The Furniture

Another important thing is to make sure that all of the furniture is covered. If you have any wood, leather, or pianos, they need to be covered. You should never wrap them in plastic, as this could damage them. If there is not enough air to pass through, it could ruin your furniture. However, leaving them uncovered leaves them exposed to the elements and dirt and could damage them as well.

This is why taking fabric or a sheet and loosely draping it over each item is the best way to go. It will ensure that there is enough oxygen to let the materials breathe without damaging anything.

3. Keep Furniture Off The Ground

In most storage units you will have cement on the ground. Cement is extra susceptible to temperature, which is why you should try and raise your furniture if at all possible. Even wooden blocks will help to protect it. Keeping the furniture off the cement will allow the furniture to breathe on the bottom, protect it from damage and ensure that when you take the items out of the unit they are still in good shape.

By doing these simple things, you can protect your precious belongings while storing them in a storage unit. Contact a service like Colfax West Self Storage for more information.