Keep Your Valuables Safe and Secure with On-Demand Storage

November 4, 2022

When most people look at self-storage facilities, they picture giant warehouses filled with rows of metal storage units and cardboard boxes. However, the concept of self-storage has evolved to provide more efficient and secure options for keeping your belongings safe and accessible when you need them. When you need an on-demand storage solution, it’s best to hire a company that specializes in providing this type of service rather than going with your standard self-storage facility. Here are some tips to keep your valuables safe and secure with on-demand storage services.

Invest in a lockbox

To ensure your valuables are safe while they’re in storage, opt for a lockbox or other type of security container. Investing in a strong box is also important because it ensures you won’t be liable if someone breaks into your unit or attempts to steal your items. 

Keep in mind that if someone does break into your unit, many facilities require you to file a police report before releasing your items. In addition, certain types of items can't be stored in some lockboxes (e.g., firearms). If you plan on storing these kinds of items, make sure the facility can accommodate them and doesn't charge extra for them.

Paperwork is everything

Depending on where you’re storing your belongings, you may need to complete some paperwork before you can use a storage unit. Many providers require photo identification for all renters, but some also ask for additional documentation like Social Security numbers and information about past residences. 

Talk to your provider about what documents are required before showing up at a storage facility. Once there, you will be asked to fill out an application form and sign the rental agreement. Once that is done, it’s time to start packing!

Prepare your valuables

When you’re storing your valuables, make sure you’re not in a rush. Taking time to carefully wrap your items will ensure that they’ll arrive at their destination without damage. When placing glass objects in storage, wrap them carefully to avoid putting any pressure on them. 

If necessary, consider adding cushioning or bubble wrap to prevent breakage. Use quality tape to seal the box shut, and then write Fragile on the outside of the box. Tape up the open ends of boxes containing liquids to protect against leaks during transport. Finally, if possible, send two copies of photos or other valuable documents – one copy for safekeeping at home and one for safekeeping in storage.

Choose the right service

Make sure you choose a storage facility that will be able to accommodate all of your needs. If you need to store large items like tables or chairs, look for a facility that offers oversized storage options. If your belongings aren’t easily stacked (think framed paintings), be sure to find a storage company that offers climate control storage solutions.

Pick up your valuables when you need them

Packing up your valuables in boxes can be a real hassle. If you’re short on time or lack extra space, consider hiring a moving company to come to your home, pack up all of your belongings, and move them into a storage unit that you rent for as long as you need it. This makes it easy to store items like antiques or business equipment without hauling them around or breaking them down first.

Pack your valuables with care

When you’re putting your most prized possessions into storage, it can be easy to overlook how valuable those items are. But if you don’t take care in how you package them, you could lose them when moving day comes

There are three ways to make sure your valuables arrive at their destination safe and sound: by packing them correctly, choosing a secure location for storage, and insuring yourself against loss or damage in transit. Keep reading to find out more about these methods!

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