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How to Guarantee Your Belongings are Safe in a Storage Unit

Making room for winter gear means you’ll need storage for the summer and fall items you don’t expect to use for a while. Here are tips for storing common summer items.

So you just moved into a dreamy apartment in New York City — congratulations! If you’re finding that apartments in the Big Apple are a bit cozier than you’re used to, welcome to the club. And if you have some belongings that won’t fit in your new apartment, putting them in a storage unit is a smart and practical solution.

At the same time, if you’ve got possessions that mean a lot to you — that have nostalgic value, that are expensive, that you want to hand down to your kids or grandchildren someday — you want to be absolutely certain they’ll be safe. If this is the first time you’ve considered self-storage, you might be wondering if storage units are secure places.

Let’s explore how you and the storage company can work together to ensure the highest level of security for your belongings.

How Safe and Secure are NYC Storage Units?

Self-storage is a great way to store your possessions if you’ve moved into a smaller apartment, need to downsize, or don’t have enough room for everything you own. You want to find a storage unit where your items won’t get stolen or damaged. While factors like location, price, and size can be important, security should also be a top concern. There are certain things you should ask the storage company when you visit the location for the first time, but there are also steps that you as the customer can take to prevent theft as well.

You’re going to want to know what the company does to ensure the safe protection of your belongings. A company like Treasure Island Storage, for example, takes storage unit theft very seriously, which is why they offer 24/7 security video surveillance. They also have security gates and locks available onsite to provide added protection for your unit. These measures make each unit less susceptible to any kind of burglary over the long term. 

There’s also an extra step you can take to help protect your belongings, and that’s to purchase the best lock you can afford. Most storage companies will sell locks to help secure your space, but you can also get your own. If you do, look for one that’s resistant to any kind of tampering, including bolt cutters, like a cylinder lock.

But keep in mind that, while a lock is an added layer of protection, it won’t be your main protection. The video surveillance, gated security and proper lighting at a facility like the ones operated by TI Storage are your main defenses against theft. Facilities with security gates help prevent people without units from accessing the facility and help guarantee that the facility staff knows who’s coming and going from units at any given time. 

Likewise, facilities with high-quality lighting are also a solid deterrent for thieves.

Are Storage Units Vulnerable to Natural Disasters?

Even if you feel comfortable knowing your storage unit has security measures to prevent theft, you might also be wondering if nature can take a toll on your belongings. Can sweltering summer heat or sub-zero temperatures in winter cause damage to your belongings? Can heavy rains lead to any possible flooding or create mold problems?

All good questions, and it’s important to look for storage facilities that are meticulously maintained. At TI Storage, the units are not only well-maintained, but each one is climate-controlled, offering customers the peace of mind of knowing that their units are protected from extreme temperatures.

Buildings that have proper maintenance don’t get impacted during heavy summer rainstorms or winter snow, including blizzards. That’s a major consideration because even a small amount of leaking water can cause an immense amount of damage to your storage items.

Well-maintained units also have properly-trained employees who know how to keep high standards for the facility’s maintenance.

Your items need to be protected from extreme weather and temperature fluctuations. Special family heirlooms, artwork, electronics and even your collection of fine wines are safe in a climate-controlled building. In New York City, winters can bring freezing temperatures and snow, while summers get hot and humid. Extreme heat or humidity can damage items, and as the humidity levels rise, that can speed up the growth of mold and mildew. That’s why the best solution to prevent damage from the weather is a climate-controlled storage unit, which eliminates those worries.

It’s also smart to ask a storage facility about insurance. TI Storage, for example, offers the StorSafe Protection Plan, a low-cost, month-to-month policy available to all customers.

What Can the Customer Do to Help Protect Their Storage Unit?

Once you’ve chosen a storage facility and plan to use it on a long-term basis, there are some things you as the customer can do to keep your valuables safe.  And that especially means you don’t inadvertently do something that can make your unit more vulnerable.

Never give your access code or the key for your lock to anyone else, and likewise, don’t advertise to anyone that you’re using a storage unit. It’s also a smart idea to maintain an inventory of your items, something far too many storage customers don’t do. That also helps you stay aware of what’s inside your unit so nothing gets misplaced. 

Discover TI Storage for Self-Storage Solutions in NYC

If you’re in need of a storage unit and want to be absolutely certain that your belongings are safe, look no further than Treasure Island Storage. Security is a top concern at TI Storage, which is why we offer video surveillance, gated security, climate-controlled units and insurance for your belongings. Whatever it is that you need to have stored, TI Storage has a variety of climate-controlled storage units to suit your needs. 

Located throughout New York and New Jersey, Treasure Island Storage is guaranteed to be the top choice for self-storage near you. Simply locate the Treasure Island Storage in your neighborhood and stop by. Our team of storage solution associates is happy to show you around and help you reserve the unit you need. Contact us today!

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