When we put our belongings in storage, we assume they will be kept safe. Imagine paying your hard-earned money to keep your belongings protected only to find out that the facility has inadequate security. Not all storage facilities are created equal and some are incapable of keeping their facilities secure. Here are a few tips to help you determine if your storage facility is safe.
Check the Perimeter
Does the storage facility have a fence? Check if it is well maintained or if there are gaps. Is the fence easy to climb or are there deterrents such as razor wire lining or barbed wire? Ideally, the fence near the facility will discourage thieves from coming in on foot. Read the rest »
Storage facilities are not just for holiday decorations, wine collections, and antique furniture. More often these days, hospitals and medical centers are using storage facilities to protect and preserve health care files. Hospitals and other health care facilities are gradually shifting towards electronic filing systems, but many still have shelves and cabinets full of sensitive medical records that take up precious space.
Clearing Up Room
Once a facility transfers their medical documents digitally, they must decide what to do with the old paperwork. Some health care facilities shred their paperwork, but others want to keep backup hard copies in case anything ever happens to their computer systems. While it is important to keep these records secure, there is no reason why they must remain at the facility. Moving medical records to a secure space will free up plenty of room. Storage units are also useful when heath care providers renovate their space or move and need a temporary place for their records. Read the rest »
There is more to storage than throwing your belongings in the first box you find. Selecting the right type of storage unit and box is an important part of preserving and storing your items. You need to protect your belongings during and after the move. You love your things enough to store them, so you might as well go the extra mile to store them the right way.
Why Not Use Cardboard Boxes?
You can prevent damage to your belongings by packing and storing them the right way. Do not simply use old, cardboard boxes you got for free from the grocery or liquor store. These types of boxes work fine for moving things quickly from door to door, but they are not ideal for long-term storage. They are weak and break down easily. They are also prone to water damage and bugs. Read the rest »
If you have one guitar, it won’t be long before you have two. Eventually, you’ll have one for practice, one for jamming, one because it looks cool, and another that you found on sale but never use. It is fun to play and collect musical instruments, but they can take up a lot of room. If you find that you have run out of closet, floor, and garage space for your musical interests, it may be time to consider getting a storage unit.
Open Up Space with Storage
You probably don’t need every single instrument in your home every day. If you can find a nearby storage facility with easy access, you can move most of your instruments there. That way, they are there when you need them and not in your home, taking up space. There are storage spaces large enough for guitars, keyboards, tubas, harps, grand pianos, and just about whatever collection of instruments you have acquired over the years. Read the rest »
We are going to hit triple digit temperatures this summer in Pasadena. That kind of heat not only does a number to our gardens, but also to our wine. If you have a wine collection in your home, this may be the year to move your collection somewhere safe. The heat can destroy your otherwise perfectly aged bottle of wine. In fact, temperatures over 70 degrees Fahrenheit can permanently spoil a wine.
Cold Is Not Ideal Either
You may consider putting your collection in your refrigerator or freezer. Remember that certain cold temperatures are just as harmful to wines as heat. While hot weather cooks wine, cold weather can damage the wine as well. Furthermore, your refrigerator may drop below 45 degrees which is simply too cold for proper aging. Read the rest »