When you rent a storage unit, there are a few things to think about. What kind of storage do you need? How much space will you need, and how long will you be storing your things? Another consideration is whether you should rent a climate-controlled storage unit or not.
Most people do not realize how easily extreme temperatures and humidity can damage things in storage. If you’re in the market to rent self storage, here are a few reasons you might need to rent a climate-controlled storage unit.
If you’re like most people, you probably think you don’t need climate-controlled storage because you don’t think you’re storing anything worth the added cost. If you’re not storing anything valuable like artwork or old antique furniture, there’s no need for it, right?
Even if you’re just storing things like books, photographs, and documents, you’ll be better served by renting a climate-controlled storage unit. Why? Because paper products are especially sensitive to extreme temperatures and humidity and will yellow, wrinkle, and/or mildew in storage over time.
Of course, you could always place these types of things inside weatherproof or moisture-proof containers, but unless you’re absolutely sure the containers will do their job, it’s best to opt for climate control.
Anytime you place your things in storage, you should know their value and have self storage insurance on them just in case something unavoidable happens (fire, flood, etc.) to damage it.
It’s important to note here that in most cases, homeowners insurance does not cover possessions placed in storage. You should review your policy thoroughly or speak with your provider for more information.
Whether your stuff is monetarily valuable or has sentimental value, you can help ensure it’s protected by renting a climate-controlled storage unit and making sure it is covered by the right insurance policy.
If you are only storing your things for a short time, you may not need to rent climate-controlled storage. Depending on where you live and what season it is, your things may fare just fine for a short-term stint in storage.
For example, if you live in Arizona and are only storing your things for a couple of months in the summer when the air is driest, your things will probably be just fine in a regular unit. If you live in New York, however, and wish to store your things for a few months in the spring when it rains more often than not, it’s a good idea to go with climate control.
For much of the United States, the weather is unpredictable these days. It’s possible for snow to fall one day and then rain the next. It might be below freezing on Monday but be near 60 degrees by Friday. These are the types of weather changes that cause damage to things in storage, so if you can’t count on the weather to be consistent, it’s best to rent a climate-controlled storage unit.
No one likes to shell out money for things they don’t need, but when it comes to making sure your things come out of storage in the same condition they went in, renting climate-controlled self storage is the right choice. If you aren’t sure if you need a climate-controlled storage unit, be sure to talk with your storage provider.