Collecting antiques is a wonderful and rewarding hobby. If, however, you have recently acquired more antiques and collectables than you have room for, it may be time to find a new space. Collectors and antique shop owners alike regularly take advantage of affordable rental spaces to store their belongings. If you are considering moving your collection to a safe and secure storage space, here are a few tips to make sure your belongings are protected.
You Need the Right Conditions
Antique items are often vulnerable to the elements. To ensure the preservation of your antiques, you must maintain the right temperature. Ideally, the space will remain between 50 and 80 degrees. Not all storage spaces have this option. So, make sure you ask for climate-controlled units when you visit your potential storage facility.
Ask about Security
If you didn’t care about the safety of your items, you wouldn’t have sought out a secure storage space. Therefore, you should go the extra mile and find a facility that has great security. Some locations have security cameras and staff onsite. Check the fences and lights when you visit. You should also ask if there have been any recent security issues and what has been done to prevent future incidents.
It is important that you purchase insurance for your belongings. Make sure your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy covers items stored off-premises. You may need a specialty rider or endorsement to protect your belongings. If you can’t expand your homeowner’s insurance for off-premises items, look into getting a self-storage policy.
Store Your Belongings Properly
How you pack and store your collectibles will affect how they are preserved. You should lay your items on top of pallets to allow for air circulation. You should also wrap your fragile items in wrapping paper, bubble wrap, and foam peanuts. Clean and spray your belongings before storing them and wrap your most delicate collections.
Do Your Research
It is advisable to look up the proper way to store your specialty items. It is also in your best interest to read reviews of storage places online. Get a feel for the reputation of the storage facility you are considering and pay the business a visit for a tour.
At STORBOX, we have climate-controlled storage units that are perfect for storing antiques and other precious items. Visit us today and we’ll gladly give you a tour of the facilities!