Here at Custom Self Storage, we want you to have the best moving and self storage experience you can have. We want to make it easy for you. There are several retail items that we recommend to our tenants but we wanted to narrow it down to the ones we feel are essential in keeping your belongings safe and secure while stored in your unit, and when being moved around.
We always recommend a Stainless Steel Disc Lock. It is designed specifically for the Storage Industry. It will never rust, so you can use it for inside units and outside drive-up units. A big benefit of this type of lock is that it has no exposed metal that can be cut off with bolt cutters. We pride ourselves in safe and secure facilities – however, in the unfortunate circumstance where someone is trying to do harm or burglarize our property – you can rest assured that this lock is not easily cut off.
Another safety feature of the disc lock is that you cannot remove the key unless it is locked – helping to ensure that you never accidentally walk away without locking your unit. No to mention, it is only about $1 more than other brands and lock types. I know I would pay that extra buck to keep my valuables safe!
In addition to the disc locks, get storage boxes that are thick enough not to sag after six months when stacked. For just a few cents more, they give you a secure place to store your content. The last thing you want is to walk into your storage unit and see all your boxes crumpled and damaged just from being stacked up or moving them around from time to time.
Heavy-duty boxes are fantastic, but if you don’t tape them shut securely for storage, how good can they really work? And that goes for any box. The thick tape and quality dispensers we have in stock will help you seal the contents in your boxes safely and keep your valuables clean. If you go to pick up that box of Grandma’s China and the bottom flops open…not only did your box just bust open, but that priceless family heirloom could end up more than just dirty, it could become a pile of broken pieces. Rules of thumb – use quality boxes and tape to secure your belongings.
We always suggest plastic mattress covers, sofa, and chair covers, and large dust covers to keep the dust out of your fabric or leather items. Let’s face it, no matter how big a clean freak you are, there is always dust around. If you want to keep your furniture’s fabric in good shape and protected, you need to cover it properly. When you use plastic covers, you can stack boxes on top of those large items, maximizing your storage space inside the unit, without the worry of damaging them or getting them dirty.
You want to keep your fragile items protected while in storage. Using shrink wrap to seal around your silverware organizers is a great way to keep them clean. When you take that silverware home and plan to use it, you won’t even need to wash it first.
Many tenants like to purchase Protective Foam Wrap that you can wind around just about anything; from flat-screen TVs, framed pictures, and paintings to oddly shaped items like lamps and collectibles. It is very easy to tape together for added protection if you feel that is necessary.
Don’t go for the cheapest of these items. You are protecting your valuable and want them around for a long time.