Find Out If You Need to Rent a Climate-Controlled Unit for Long-Term Storage

Before leasing a storage unit, there are some issues to consider such as how much space you require, what you'll be storing and duration of storage (long-term or short-term). One such factor is whether or not to rent a unit enhanced with humidity and temperature controls, especially for long-term storage. Here are questions to help you know when to rent a storage space where the climate is controlled.

What items are you planning to store?

Most people associate climate controlled units with storage of valuables such as paintings, fragile tapestries, antique furniture among others. Although value is significant, it's not all. Other more important and personal things can be damaged by weather change, such as family photos, prized books or crucial documents. When stored in humid places, any paper material is prone to mould, yellowing, mildew and wrinkling. However, for small items such as paper-based items, you can often pack them inside moisture-proof bags before placing them in storage. To be safe, test the bags to ensure they don't let in moisture. Otherwise, rent a space with humid control.

How long are you planning to store your stuff?

If you're looking for short-term storage, you need not rent a unit enhanced with temperature control or humidity control. It highly depends on the storage duration, the weather at the time of storage and any likelihood of moist damage. If you're moving, ask your moving company whether they offer storage-in-transit (SIT).  This is where they move your stuff out of your old home, hold them for you in storage, then move them into your new home when you're ready.

What weather will your items face while in storage?

In places where the weather change is time and again unpredictable, snowing then raining within a day, the weather is a key consideration. If you're sure of the weather being wet or cold, consider a climate-controlled unit.

What is the monetary value of the items you're storing?

Where possible, assess the money value the items you'll be storing and ensure you have an insurance cover in case of any possible damage. Your home insurance cover will rarely cover anything stored away from your house. Go through your policy thoroughly with your service provider, to see if you'll need additional coverage.

If you have sentimental items, rent a unit where they will remain secure.

Confirm that you can adjust the humidity and temperatures of the unit, and make sure it's adequately secured. Enquire the usual queries you would, in any other storage facility. Also, confirm whether the facility has an insurance cover for your items or the type of coverage provided.