Self-storage units are often thought of as places to keep excess furniture, antiques, or seasonal items that you don’t need at the moment or don’t have enough room for at home. But bulky items are not the only things that get placed in storage. For some individuals and business owners, sensitive papers and documents are also ideally protected in a storage unit.
Maintaining records is something we all need to do, whether it’s for filling out taxes, maintaining a solid credit rating, documenting medical or dental issues, or simply keeping up valuable papers that document your birth, marriage, leases and contracts, insurance policies, and military records. Other documents can have sentimental value, such as old letters. In unexpected ways, it could become necessary in the future to have these documents readily available, which is why it’s so important to carefully store the most valuable ones.
Why are Storage Units a Good Place for Old Papers?
In our daily lives, there are a lot of papers and documents we want to preserve — but don’t necessarily need on a regular basis. As they continue to accumulate, you’re going to need extra room for them. Some people choose to get a filing cabinet for them, or to store them in boxes in their attic or garage. A better option is finding a storage unit.
Self-storage units give you a place to put all your sensitive, rare, and important documents that you want to hold onto but don’t use very often. Storage units come in different sizes, with the smallest ones being close to the size of a closet in your home — ideal for storing documents and papers placed into multiple boxes. Self-storage also gives you several advantages compared to simply keeping these papers at home or the office.
Storage Keeps You Organized
By putting old documents into self-storage, you can have your most important papers organized and easily accessible. In other words, if you’re planning to meet with your accountant, a tax advisor or an attorney, having the documents you need readily available will be important. You can sort your papers and store them in separate boxes labeled by content (legal, financial, school or military records, etc.) Likewise, if you become ill or get injured in an accident, your family members can easily find the papers you’ll need, such as insurance policies, medical records, or even durable and health-care powers of attorney.
Whatever kind of papers you have in your storage unit, they can be accessed anytime you need them.
Climate Control for Protection
Some people choose to store boxes with papers in their garage or attic, but a storage unit is a much safer option. Anything made of paper is vulnerable in a garage that can be drafty, hot and humid in summer and cold and dry in winter. Storing papers in an environment like that can be a recipe for disaster. Paper can become brittle and decay over time when exposed to too much cold dry air, while the heat and humidity pose a mold risk. Paper can also attract insects that can devour everything inside those boxes.
On the other hand, storage facilities like the ones at Treasure Island Storage offer units that are climate controlled to protect against fluctuations in the weather, such as extreme heat or frigid cold. The temperature in these units is kept steady all year long, keeping out the mold, dryness and the insects — a much safer option for your papers and documents than putting everything in your basement or garage.
Security is Paramount
Security is another important consideration. Personal records can be used by criminals to commit identity theft crimes, which is why experts advise people not to throw out any papers that have information about your Social Security number, credit cards or bank records on them.
If you’re keeping these records, they’re actually safer in a self-storage unit than in your home, where they’ve potentially vulnerable to a break-in. At storage facilities today, your records are protected by far more than a lock on the unit door.
Today, storage facilities like TI Storage have advanced 24/7 security systems that include:
- Video surveillance
- Front gate access
- Outdoor and indoor lighting
Thieves know better than to attempt a break-in here, which is why your most valuable and important papers will be well protected.
Discover TI Storage for Self-Storage Solutions in NYC
Whatever it is you want to put in storage, we know it’s important to you. If you’re in need of a storage unit and want to be absolutely certain that your belongings are safe, security is a top concern at TI Storage, which is why we offer video surveillance, gated security — and climate-controlled units. Whatever you need to have stored, TI Storage has a variety of climate-controlled storage units to suit your needs.
With convenient locations in New York and New Jersey, TI Storage is guaranteed to be the top choice for self-storage near you. Our team of storage solution associates will show you around and help you reserve the unit you need. Contact us today!