By Sarah Clark, Certified Self Storage Manager
Storing electronics incorrectly is one of the most common mistakes when using self storage. It is important you take the time to research the features your local storage facilities offer, and purchase the right supplies for what you are planning to store. By choosing the correct storage company and using the proper tools, you can ensure your valuable electronics are safe and sound while inside your self storage unit.
Temperature Controlled Storage Units
Picking the right storage facility is the first step in safely storing your electronics. Security is key when it comes to storing what can be expensive game consoles, televisions, stereos and computers. Features to look for at a storage property include video surveillance, full perimeter fencing, personalized electronic gate access codes, adequate lighting and an on-site property manager several days each week. Look for a property with temperature control units available, to prevent damage from extreme temperature swings. In most cases, temperature control units are accessed inside a building through an interior hallway. We keep our temperature control storage units between 55 and 80 degrees year round. Be sure to check the weather forecast ahead of moving day and avoid rain or snow when placing your electronics in storage. You don’t want to get everything wet and possibly cause damage.
How you pack and store your electronics is another important step. Consult your electronics manual for storing instructions or temperature constraints. Create an inventory list of what electronics you are placing in your storage unit, and list the value of each item just in case something should happen and you need to file an insurance claim.
Electronics Storage Ideas
It is ideal to pack your electronics in their original packaging when possible. This packaging has been designed specifically for each item to ensure safety during transport and over long periods of time in storage while in a warehouse. If you no longer have the original packaging, which is often the case, we offer specialty boxes designed for a variety of electronics like flat screen TVs, computers and tablets. Prior to packing your electronics remove and label all detachable cords, keyboards and batteries. Keep your cords neatly wrapped up and pack with the item. Also wrap your electronics in a blanket or bubble wrap for extra protection before placing inside the box. Add packing paper or extra bubble wrap to the space around the item so it doesn’t shift around during the move.
When placing your electronics in your self storage unit, place them toward the back of the unit. Also keep them slightly off the ground, either on a wooden pallet, piece of cardboard or plastic, or if small and light enough place on top of another box. Do not lean or stack anything on your electronics. Make sure nothing heavy goes on top either. Also store them upright, if possible, to prevent damage. Make sure the name of the items is clearly written on the outside of the box on the top and at least two sides to prevent this from happening.
With the right supplies, a plan of action and by choosing the correct self storage company, you can ensure the safety of your electronics. If you have other tips to share, please post them in the comments below. And if you have other questions about using self storage for your electronics, you can contact us or speak with any of our knowledgeable property managers. If you are ready to get moving and get your electronics into storage now, you can rent a storage unit online today!