10 Nov 2014

Should I Store Valuable Collectibles in Self Storage?

Here’s the scenario, you’ve come into possession of some valuable collectibles but you’re not sure where to store them. Whether you paid good money for them or they were left to you in a family member’s will, keeping them safe is a high priority.

Valuable Collectibles

If you don’t have the space in your own home, the idea of using self storage may come up at some point. Yes, you can use self storage to store your valuable collectibles, but not any old unit will do.

Insist on Climate Control

If you’re serious about preserving your photos, antiques, baseball cards, or whatever you are storing, climate control inside the storage unit is a must. Excessive heat, cold and humidity can damage your collectibles, which will lower their value.

When you are searching for a suitable self storage facility, ask if they maintain the temperature to a certain range, and keep the humidity in check. Too much moisture can lead to mold and is a killer for any paper-based collectibles you may be storing. Take your local climate into consideration, too. If you live in a place that experiences temperature extremes during the year, this feature is even more important.

Is It Secure?

Security is another feature that is non-negotiable. Fences, lighting, surveillance cameras and keypads all help make a facility secure and will deter vandals and thieves.

Easy Access

Many collectors who prefer to store their items at a storage unit also want to be able to have access anytime they like. Even if the security is complete, you probably don’t want the process to be complicated, especially if you often sell items from your collection or use them for trades.

Don’t Forget Insurance

No matter how secure your unit is, don’t store any collectibles in it without the proper insurance. Your homeowner’s insurance may not cover possessions you store off-premises, so look into it before you get started.

Packing Tips

As often happens, the collector himself poses the biggest threat to the condition of collectibles kept in a storage unit. Here a few valuable packing tips to help you out:

  • Use high quality boxes that are the same size so you can stack them easier.
  • Wrap each collectible separately in clean paper.
  • Fill any empty spaces in boxes with foam packing material so your collectibles won’t move around.
  • Reinforce the bottoms of cardboard boxes with heavy-duty tape, especially if you have heavier items inside.
  • Consult antique dealers to find out if there are any special packing requirements for your specific items, and how long they can be stored safely.
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