Storage Security – Protect Your Prized Possessions
Whether you need to de-clutter or downsize, storage units may be a useful solution for packing away your extra belongings. But before you choose a place to keep your worldly possessions, consider the following.
The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) suggests you have proper insurance coverage to protect your goods from theft, fire and other disasters. Before signing a rental agreement, it is important to find out what types of losses will be covered by the storage facility and whether supplemental insurance may be needed.
Make a Record of Your Goods
It’s important you create a detailed inventory of all your stored possessions. This record will help speed the claims process and substantiate your loss. It will also help you determine how much insurance to buy to protect your belongings.
Key Questions for Storage Companies
The I.I.I. suggests asking the following questions when choosing a storage company:
- Is the facility constructed with fire-resistant materials?
- What security measures does the storage company take? (For example: Are there electronic gates with coded access? Is there an on-site manager? Is there monitored video surveillance and adequate lighting? Are there individual door alarms and personal locks available for purchase?)
- Is the facility climate-controlled (between 55 and 85 degrees)? This feature helps protect stored belongings from extreme temperatures and mold and mildew.
- Do the roll-up doors properly close and lock?
- Is the roof in good repair with no sign of interior leaks?
- Does the facility prohibit the storage of hazardous material?
Additional Storage Unit Selection Resources
For more information about selecting the best type of storage unit for your prized possessions, visit this site:
- Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) – tips on choosing a storage company.