Long Term Storage Solutions
There are many different reasons why people want to store their belongings long term. Some might want to store a few things that are cluttering up the house without getting rid of them completely. Others might have had children that recently moved out of the home, leaving behind childhood keepsakes and furniture they want saved.
Still, others might want to get rid of their residence and store their items while they move abroad for a period of time, embark on a long term travel adventure or deploy for the armed forces. No matter your reason, you will want the peace of mind knowing your belongings are safe and sound.
Our facilities offer low cost, long term storage that you can trust. Whether it's for a few months or a few years, we've got you covered for as long as you need us. With your belongings in our storage units, you can rest easy knowing they are safe from theft and damage.
We offer indoor, outdoor, climate controlled and mini storage for the long term, depending on the facility. Check out our storge options in your area to determine if there is a good fit for your needs in your area.
Packing Tips for Long Term Storage
Before you start packing away your belongings for storage, there are some tips and best practices to follow regarding long term storage. You will want to get a pricing estimate based on the length of time you think you will need your items stored and make sure your items are packed correctly. Follow the tips below before you store long term.
1. Determine the amount of storage and the length of time
Decide how many things you would like to store and consider what size of storage unit you will need. Do you need to store outdoor items like a boat or car? Will you need an indoor unit that can fit your whole apartment while you travel? Do you just need to store a few things until your kids have a space of their own to store it?
There are different storage units available depending on the space you will need, so determine the size of unit first. Then, consider how long you think you will be needing to rent the unit. The length of time will help your storage company give you a fair estimate of the costs involved.
2. Consider a climate controlled storage unit
Take stock of what items you think you will be storing. Are there collectibles, electronics or wooden furniture? You might need a climate controlled storage unit to ensure your items aren't subject to extreme temperatures while in storage. It may cost more up front, but you will know your stuff will not be ruined when you come to get it.
3. Properly pack your items for long term storage
Take the time to make sure your belongings are packed securely and properly. That means breakable items are packed with paper and that your boxes are stacked neatly. If you can, try to keep boxes off the floor and any expensive items are stored according to their manufacturer's guidelines.
4. Think about insuring your items
Insuring your stuff adds another layer of security and peace of mind to the process. Talk to your insurance company-belongings in storage might already be covered! If they're not, you'll want to add coverage for belongings that are stored off-site and within a long term storage unit.
5. Set up autopay on your storage units
Especially if you are traveling out of the country where communication might be difficult, set up your account so that payment for the storage unit drafts automatically. That way if anything happens, you know your belongings will be safe and cared for.
6. Have a local check in on your stuff
It's incredibly handy to have someone who lives near your storage unit come and check on your things every so often. This person will be able to ship you an item if you need it, or respond quickly if there is a problem that needs to be immediately addressed. If you're storing a car, this person can take it for a ride every few months so that it doesn't damage.
Long Term Storage for High Priced Items
When you store something that you have invested a lot of money in, you will want to make sure that those items are going to be in good shape when you come to retrieve them from the storage unit. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure these items remain in good condition.
Tips for prepping an old car
- Drain and flush the radiator, refill it with new antifreeze.
- Place a cover over the radiator overflow line.
- Change the engine oil and filter.
- Lube all the grease fittings and hinges.
- Pour a couple of quarts of light-weight engine oil into the gas tank.
- Start the engine and run it until blue smoke comes out of the exhaust.
- Top off the gas tank and add fuel stabilizer. If the gas tank has a vent line, be sure to cover it.
- Cover the ends of the exhaust pipe.
- Remove the air cleaner; cover the top of the car with light plastic and then reinstall the air cleaner.
- Remove the battery and store it away from the car.
- Put a light coat of wax on the paint and chrome.
- Clean the interior.
- Put a couple bags of desiccant, an open box of baking soda and some mouse/rat poison in the car.
- Leave the vents or windows open a little (if storing indoors).
- Use a rubber lubricant on the door and trunk seals.
- Put the car on jack stands just high enough that the tires do not touch the ground. Make sure you release the hand or parking brake.
- Cover the car with soft blankets or a car cover and be sure the cover does not go all the way to the floor or ground. It is important for air to circulate under the car.
Tips for prepping a washing machine
- Run the washer with just water once or twice to make sure there's no soap residue.
- Get a bucket to hold any water that may remain in the hoses.
- Turn off the water to both hoses.
- Disconnect the hoses from behind washing machine.
- Once the hoses are disconnected, place them in the bucket to drain.
- Allow a few days for it to dry to make sure there's no water remaining before storing it.