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Moving Out:  Finding a Storage Solution

Ten years ago, I found myself with the need to move out of my apartment before my new place was ready. For a month, I camped out on my best friend's sofa. That also meant I had to find somewhere to store my furniture and other belongings. Fortunately for me, a local storage facility offered container rentals for reasonable prices. I was able to have a container delivered to my apartment, filled it with my stuff, and then have it transported to a facility. It remained there until my new place was ready. At that point, the service delivered the container and we set to work loading everything in my new home. If your lease is expiring but your new place will not be free for a month or two, let's talk. Temporary storage solutions are easier to come by than you think.

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5 Ways To Keep Your Electronics Safe When Using Long-Term Storage

Sometimes you need to pack up all your belongings, including your electronics, for a while. Perhaps you are downsizing your home, or maybe you are being deployed, or you need to go out of town for a while. Whatever the reason, if you have to pack up your belongings, including your electronics, and put them in a storage unit, you are going to want to ensure that you do it carefully and correctly so that you can use your electronics when you are ready to pull the items out of storage. 

Rent a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit 

You will want to make sure that you rent the right storage unit. Since you will be storing electronics, you will want to rent a climate-controlled storage unit. With a regular store unit, it is more like you are putting your items inside of a closed garage. The outside temperature will impact the temperature, and the air will not circulate in your unit.  

With a climate-controlled storage unit, the unit will be completely sealed. The temperature will be regulated, like how it is inside your home. Storing items in a climate-controlled storage unit is more similar to storing items inside a closet in your home.  

Use Original Packing 

If you still have the original packaging, it is best to use that to pack up your electronics. Original packing was specifically designed to protect your electronics through shipping and is great to reuse to protect your electronics while it is in storage. If you have the original packaging, it will help keep your electronics safe. 

If you don't have the original packaging, you will want to reach out to electronic dealers to see if you can secure the original packaging. If that doesn't work, you will want to purchase packaging that will keep your electronics safe. Be sure to use things such as packing paper, bubble wrap, and labels to keep everything secure and safe.  

Always Protect the Screen 

When you are packing up your electronics, if it has a screen, be sure to treat it with care to prevent the screen from getting cracked. You can protect the screen by putting microfiber padding on the screen. Then, wrap plastic around it to keep the protective layers safe.  

You will always want to store any screens in an upright position. Don't store them upside down. You will want to place any electronics with screens somewhere inside of the storage unit that will allow you to keep the electronic screen upright and secure to prevent the screen from becoming damaged.  

Be Careful with the Cords 

You will also want to be careful with storing the cords. You shouldn't bend them in an unnatural manner as that can lead to damage and cracks that will ensure the cords will not work when you need them again. You will want to keep the cord in a relaxed position, potentially inside of a rubber bin.  

Choose Careful Placement 

When deciding where to store your electronics inside of your storage unit, you shouldn't stack things on top of your electronics. If you are stacking boxes, put the electronics on top. For any electronics with screens, such as televisions or computers, find a space to put the item in an upright position to prevent damaging the item.  

If you have electronics you need to place in a long-term storage unit, be sure to rent a climate-controlled unit. Use the original box if possible, protect the screen, and keep the screen upright. Store the cords in a relaxed position. Place the electronics off the floor and place them somewhere where they are secure. Your electronics, if properly packaged, should make it safely through long-term storage. Contact a storage company near you to learn more tips.