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The Top 5 Most Commonly Stolen Items From Self-Storage Units

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Self-storage units are amazing, they can help you declutter your home, store seasonal items, as well as keep heirlooms and antiques safe from home burglaries. However, unfortunate incidents do occur and some unit renters do have expensive and meaningful items stolen. In this blog, we’ll go over the top five most commonly stolen items from storage facilities, as well as how you can keep your items protected. 1. Uncataloged Items The most commonly stolen item from storage units are ones that have yet to be cataloged. This is because when you don’t have a complete inventory or have an unorganized unit, things can go missing. Renters sometimes don’t notice for long periods of time that there has been a theft, and that allows the criminals able to get away without repercussions. 2. Jewelry That’s Left Out In The Open If you’re storing expensive jewelry, you may want to invest in safes and or containers to store your items inside of the storage unit. Although the storage facility will have security, you still don’t want to leave high-priced items out in the open, in case an untrustworthy employee or thief happens to choose your unit to break into. 3. Antiques Antique theft from storage units is quite common, and there isn’t much you can do to stop it as those items can be big enough where they aren’t able to be hidden. Some unit renters do decide to cover their antiques with sheets so that they stay out of sight and safe from damage. Luckily, most storage facilities supply insurance for up to two thousand dollars. If your antiques are more expensive, you may want to have them insured privately. 4. Information When storing statements and papers in your unit, be considerate of not having all your information together. Some thieves break into storage units to collect information and gain access to bank accounts and credit card numbers. 5. Clothes and Handbags If you have a wardrobe that’s cluttering your home, ...


Ryan Moore
January 17th, 2022


How to Safely Store Your Holiday Decorations in a Storage Facility

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Now that the holidays are over, you may be looking for a place to store your holiday decorations so that your attic or garage can be used for other things. Renting a self-storage unit is a great idea for anyone looking to keep their lights, Christmas trees, or decorations safe from damage. When storing your holiday decorations there are a few tips for keeping them secure and in optimal condition so that they can be used in the years to come. Ornaments Storage Ornaments are beautiful, but often they are delicate and break easily. If you’re choosing a storage facility to keep your ornaments, wrap each one individually in bubble wrap and keep them in a box that is not on the floor. There are lots of options for racks that you can purchase online, so items don’t get stepped on or knocked over accidentally. How To Store Holiday Lights Keep your indoor and outdoor lights separate and labeled correctly, so that next year it’s easy to know which lights are which. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to detangle your lights each season, so wrapping them around an object is a great idea. Some storage unit renters use coffee cans as a means to coil their lights, but even something as simple as a piece of cardboard or a plastic hanger will do the trick. Artificial Christmas Tree Storage If you’ve bought an artificial Christmas tree, you’ll most certainly want to store it in a unit, as it can be big and cumbersome to move. Whenever possible, try to keep the original boxes that your tree came in, so that you can use them for storage purposes. If you’ve already thrown your box away, don’t worry! You can also use a wardrobe box to store it, and they can be purchased on websites like amazon or businesses like The Container Store. Keeping Wreaths Pristine If you have a holiday wreath that you want to store, it’s imperative you keep it ...


Ryan Moore
January 1st, 2022


How to Safely Store Your Important Papers in Your Storage Unit

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With so much of our important documents becoming digitized, it can be hard to remember how and where to store important papers. With the help of a storage facility, you can keep documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, social security cards, and passports all in a single place, a storage unit. This allows you to always know where they are, and that they are protected from theft and loss. But if you don’t know how to store your important papers, they can get damaged. That’s why in this blog we’ll go over some steps on how to store them properly so they don’t get harmed by the elements. Don’t Store Papers In Sunlight Although some self-storage units don’t have windows, if you plan to store legal and financial documents for long periods, you’ll want to keep them in a dark place. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade ink and make them illegible. Sun can also give papers a yellow hue that makes them hard to read and sometimes even unusable for their intended purpose. Either ask the facility for a windowless unit or be sure to store them in a box with a top on it. Keep Them Off The Ground You don’t want to have anything in your storage unit on the ground, but particularly not papers. In the case of water damage, flooding, or leaks, your papers would be destroyed. Some unit renters get metal racks to organize items in their units, while others bring in file cabinets. Papers Should Be Protected If you have a social security card or a birth certificate, you want to make sure that it’s in a sealed plastic container of some sort. Plastic page slips can help keep air away from the documents as well as ensure they don’t rip over the months or years you plan to store them. Three-ring plastic pages can also work as well as archival crystal-clear bags, all of which can be bought online. What Not ...


Ryan Moore
October 20th, 2021


How to Store Jewelry in Self-Storage Unit

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People choose to rent a storage unit in Newton, NC, for many reasons; either they have too much furniture in their house, or they want a space to keep their holiday decorations during the other times of the year, or perhaps most often, they want to store valuable memorabilia and heirloom items in a safe and secure place. Many people choose to store jewelry and antique heirlooms in self-storage units as it keeps them safe from wear and tear and safe from theft, and loss. But to keep your jewelry in pristine condition in a storage facility, you need to know a few things. In this blog, we'll go over how to keep your jewelry free of tarnish and tangles, as well as how to organize your pieces so that you make the most out of your space. Start With An Inventory The first thing you want to do before you take your jewelry to a storage facility is to catalog it. This can be done with pictures saved to your desktop or a simple excel sheet. It's helpful to have an inventory so that you can look and see what is in your unit before you go there and be aware if anything is missing or misplaced. Create Categories After you've written your inventory, create separate categories for different metals. All your silver pieces and costume jewelry should be together, and all your gold and fine jewelry should be on its own as well. If you're someone with a lot of fine jewelry, you could go so far as to separate your gold by karat, but it's not necessary. You want to separate your jewelry by metal because gold is more malleable and delicate than silver or brass and can be scratched more easily. For the silver and costume jewelry pieces, you want to try to keep tarnishing to a minimum. Jewelry Should Be Dry Before you store your jewelry at the self-storage facility, clean it correctly depending on ...


Ryan Moore
October 8th, 2021


How Many Self-Storage Units Do You Need?

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Self-Storage units can be a great way to de-clutter your home and keep important items safe. Maybe you are looking for a place to store your off-seasons items or furniture you’ve inherited from a family member or antiques that you have collected throughout the years. How many storage units your need is dependent on what you want to store, and how big the items are. In this blog, you’ll learn how to decide what to keep in a storage facility, what sizes storage units come in, and the importance of organization. A storage unit is one of the most helpful things someone can rent to keep their items safe and in order, but it’s important you learn about these concepts before you rent. How To Decide What To Store In a Storage Facility Begin by having five bins that are labeled as the following, things you want to keep in the unit, things you want to store in your home, items that can be donated, items that can be sold, trash, and things you can recycle or repurpose. You want to begin here because if you think all of your items can’t fit in a single storage unit, it’s most likely because you haven’t gone through them and really considered if you’ll ever be needing the items again. Create an Inventory Being organized and creating an inventory of the items you want to store is the easiest way to figure out how many storage units you need. It may seem overly detailed but you’d be surprised at how useful it is when deciding on your amount of units and unit size, and can save you money in the long run. Measure your items and write them down on inventory before you go to a storage facility. Research Unit Sizes Storage units range in size, from small 3x3 feet to 10x30 feet. They even have storage units that are specifically designed to fit cars and are up to 50 feet long. You may ...


Ryan Moore
September 29th, 2021


How To Secure Your Self-Storage Unit

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Storage units are a great way to keep your inherited items, antiques, and valuables safe from destruction, damage, and theft if you know how to secure your unit. Although a storage facility will do its best to keep all items safe for its customers, there are often too many for any one employee to keep an eye on at all times. In this article, you will find the steps you can take to ensure the security of your storage unit, as well as some tips on how to keep it safe from water damage and mold. Start By Finding The Safest Storage Facility Some story facility managers are adamant about keeping their units safe from theft and burglary, while others are not. Call and discuss with the manager the steps they take to protect their customer’s belongings. Don’t be afraid to ask how often thefts occur, generally, a good company will be open and honest. Below are some of the ways to determine if a storage unit is safe. Digitally Monitored Surveillance System Finding a storage unit with a top-of-the-line surveillance system is key for protecting your items. This deters thieves because they know that they are being watched on cameras, and if the worst were to happen and there was a theft, the authorities would know their faces. The Facility is Orderly If the facility you are considering doesn’t look well-maintained, it’s probably vulnerable to theft. Bulgars have a keen eye for sussing out properties that have security breaches, but generally want to stay away from buildings that are well manicured. This is because the nicer a property is, the more people are working there on any given day. Lighting Is Key The way a self-storage unit facility is lit can make all the difference in keeping your belongings safe. Ask if the property has motion censored lights, or if they keep them on all night. If you’re unsure of the property, ...


Ryan Moore
September 29th, 2021


How to Organize Your Self-Storage Unit

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When renting a self-storage unit, the organization is key. Some people rent storage units to declutter their lives, only to have a unit that is as clutter as their homes were. Taking the time beforehand to make a plan on how you want to organize your belongings will help you be able to access them when you need them, as well as know what is inside at all times. Here we’ll take you step-by-step on how to organize and make the most out of your self-storage unit so that you can find your de-cluttered bliss. Start By Making A List Of Your Items Creating a list of your inventory of stored items will keep you organized in your unit and know what is inside. Many people recommend making a spreadsheet so you can first name all your items and then put a note of where they are stored in the unit. Consider Your Storage Materials Although your first instinct might be to use the classic brown box, it is easier to see what’s inside if you use clear plastic bins. Along with their organizational use, they are also a safer choice when it comes to protecting your items from mold and water damage. If you have rented a large storage unit, you may consider purchasing steel shelves. This allows you to build vertically without having to move all your boxes every time you need to access the bottom one. Another item you may consider investing in is a label maker, that way you can label each box with its contents. If you wanted to go above and beyond, you should label your boxes with a letter that coordinates in your spreadsheet, and then works alphabetically in your layout, A being towards the front and Z being towards the back. If that sounds like too much, don’t worry, simply knowing what is inside each box will help you to stay organized. ...


Ryan Moore
September 29th, 2021


What are the Most Common Items Kept in Storage Units

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What are the primary items that are stored in self-storage units? When deciding which items you should keep in your storage unit, there are a few things you should think of, how often you use an item, if an item is sentimental or if it’s an appliance or piece of furniture that you know you’ll use in your next home, but don’t currently have the space for. In this blog, we’ll discuss which items are perfect for a storage unit and how to decide if an item should be kept at home. Off-Season Decorations Holiday decorations including lights, stockings, and fake Christmas trees are perfect for storing in a self-storage unit because they are used so infrequently. Nothing is more frustrating than filling your entire attic or basement with stuff that you only use for one to two months out of the year. A self-storage unit is a perfect place to keep them during summer spring and fall so they don’t clutter up your house. Furniture That You Can’t Part With But Don’t Have Room For Whether you’re downsizing or just want to try out a new style, furniture that’s not in use is a perfect thing to store in a storage facility, particularly if it has sentimental value. Maybe your mother gave you her old wardrobe, or you have a lovely dining room table from your first home but they simply don’t fit in your current living space, and keeping them in a storage unit is a great idea. That way, if you move into a bigger home, or ever want to use it again, you’ll still have it, and you’ll have kept it clean and safe from damage. Appliances Many people who move into a new home have appliances they bring with them. But if your new place already has a perfectly good washer and dryer, you may think about storing your old ones. A self-storage unit gives you peace of mind that your appliances are in ...


Ryan Moore
August 26th, 2021


Is It Safe to Keep My Photos in a Storage Unit

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Is it safe to store photos in a self-storage unit? Keeping old photos from your family and your life is a great way to revisit the past and safely store the memories of those who came before. But storing photos in a self-storage unit can be tricky and it requires that you pick out the right storage facility as well as store them properly so that they aren’t damaged. In this blog, we’ll go over how to safely store your photos in a self-storage unit, and what steps you can take to ensure that they remain pristine. Start By Organizing Your Photos Although this isn’t about the safety of the photos per se, it is a vital step in keeping your photos organized so that you can find them when you need them. Have the photos you plan to use or look at the most nearer to the front of your storage unit. This saves you from having to unpack and repack your entire self-storage unit every time you need to get something. Organize them by year or subject and label them so that you know what is in each box. Purchase The Right Storage Supplies You should be able to find the right storage supplies at your local craft store. They will help to keep your photos protected while ensuring that your self-storage unit remains organized. They include acid-free tissue paper, sturdy boxes that have a lid and can close, plastic sleeves, or if the photos are small sandwich bags and silica gel moisture absorbers. These will guarantee the safe storage of your photos within the storage unit. If your photos are in picture frames, keep them in the frames and store them in picture frame boxes. Pack Them Thoughtfully Decide how you are going to store your photos before you get to your unit. There are a few options of how to do this including stacking- which is perfect for loose photos, but be sure to use your acid-free tissue paper ...


Ryan Moore
August 26th, 2021


Items that You Cannot Legally Keep in a Storage Unit

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What is illegal to store in self-storage? Although storage units can be an incredibly helpful place to store your unused or off-season items, it’s important to know what you are and are not allowed to store within them. Some items are illegal to store in storage facilities, due to the harm and potential danger they expose the units around them to as well as the building as a whole. In this blog, we’ll go over what is illegal to store in a storage unit, as wells as the rules about self-storage generally. Do the rules vary from self-storage companies as to what is legal to store and what isn’t? Yes! Every storage facility has its own set of rules, and it’s important when renting a unit to figure out what they allow and don’t within their building. However, generally, some restricted items aren’t allowed in most storage facilities. Things You’re Not Allowed To Store In Your Self-Storage Unit Hazardous Materials Materials that if spilled would create damage to the unit and building are classified as hazardous. These materials are not only not allowed but also illegal to store. Anything flammable, corrosive, or explosive is not allowed to be store in your unit, as it could cause harm to the building, the units around you as well as put the people inside your building at risk. Gases, gasoline, propane, oil, cleaning materials, fuel and paint and paint thinner are among some of the materials that are classified as hazardous and therefore not allowed. Any and all power tools that run on oil or fuel need to be drained before your store them. Anything Alive Anything alive is illegal to store in your unit, such as pets, plants, and people. It is absolutely illegal to live in your storage unit, and although you may be thinking that that’s crazy it’s actually more common than you think. Leaving pets in your storage unit is also not allowed and is definitely not a good idea. ...


Ryan Moore
August 26th, 2021


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