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Storage Safety

Northwest Self Storage makes every effort to provide the safest environment possible for you and your belongings, but there some proactive precautions you can take to be extra careful! Here are some tips for keeping your items secure.

Store Valuables Properly
You shouldn’t stow irreplaceable items, such as old photographs or family heirlooms, in self storage units. If circumstance leaves you without other options, put unique treasures and high-value items in the rear of the unit.

To prevent identity fraud, avoid keeping important documents such as birth certificates, bank account information or passports in a storage unit.

The Right Lock
We recommend you use a disc, cylinder or closed-shackle padlock for storage units. These locks require a lot of time, effort, and special tools to burgle, so thieves will likely bypass your storage unit in favor of those more easily looted.

Detailed List
When you first rent a storage unit, create a detailed list of everything placed inside, and update the list each time you add or remove items from the unit. This not only provides peace of mind, but it also gives you an already itemized list for insurance companies, the police and the storage company in case anything should happen; it’s easier to have the list than to create one from memory.

Insurance is a great way to provide an extra layer of security for your possessions. As you follow tips to safely store your possessions, follow a golden rule of storage: If you insure items inside your home, insure them outside of your home. Check your homeowner’s or renter’s policy to see if your storage unit items are covered. If not, self storage insurance policies are available.

Protect yourself
Even in protected storage facilities, protect yourself. Only access your unit during daylight hours if possible, and try to make yourself acquainted with the facility manager and personnel.

Northwest Self Storage takes measures to provide a safe and secure environment.. We are committed to the security of your belongings, but fully protected storage depends upon us working together. Teamwork best prevents the loss or damage of your treasures.


Self-Storage Tips for Effective Labeling

Whether you’re planning a move or trying to clear your home of seldom-used goods, careful packing and labeling helps get your household in order more efficiently and quickly. Consider using a storage unit to keep goods that you don’t use often out of your way while you tackle important items. Even if you have effective packing techniques, these labeling and self storage tips should make moving go smoothly.

Some people like to pack one room at a time. Items that must be kept aside for last-minute use in your old residence and be available for immediate use in the new place can be stowed in a dedicated area to make sure they don’t mistakenly get put into boxes while packing. Evaluate as you pack. If you haven’t used something in over a year, can you discard it? If you are not sure, put it in a self-storage unit for a few months. If some items are used seasonally (such as Christmas decorations), storage units keep them safe and out of the way.

Once you begin to pack, labelling identifies what is in the cartons. For general household goods like clothing or office materials, a descriptive tag may be enough. For other materials, specific labelling is helpful. Successful labeling and self storage tips include:

•           Use arrows to show which end is up.

•           Label all sides so you can easily identify what is inside even if it is in a stack of cartons.

•           Use a different color of label or marker for each room so that you can immediately identify where the box should go.

•           Use waterproof ink so the labelling doesn’t smudge.

•           Make computer-generated labels that identify the room and the contents of the box. Some moving companies provide these.

If you opt to store goods temporarily, consider a climate-controlled unit to ensure that changes in weather and humidity don’t affect your possessions. Northwest Self Storage offer units in a variety of sizes, so you can select one that best suits your needs.

Follow these tips for proper labelling, find a Northwest Self Storage unit near you, and make your next move your easiest move!



Combining Households: Keep the Peace and your Stuff with Northwest Self Storage

Have you finally found the love of your life? If, after a period of dating and getting to know each other, you’ve decided to take your relationship to the next level of co-habitation, you have a lot to look forward to. You’ll get to wake up and see your partner’s face every day. You’ll share meals together. If you have children, they’ll get to know each other better through play and family outings.

Maybe you’ve already booked the moving van and even plan to order a pizza for dinner on moving night because your kitchen stuff will be in boxes. You’ve thought of everything. When you mention to your partner that your favorite dining room set was given to you by your grandmother, however, she mentions that her table would fit into the space better.

You suddenly realize that your new household will have a lot of duplicate possessions – two toasters, for starters, and a large amount of lamps. There’s no need to argue over who has to give up their things; self storage could be the solution to ensure that this big step in your life goes smoothly.

Those who recently said “I do” may find themselves in a similar situation. Perhaps your families have given you a plethora of heirlooms and wedding gifts and they are cluttering up your apartment. Utilizing convenient self storage may also be ideal for newlyweds who haven’t yet found their dream home.

Northwest Self Storage provides units of varying sizes, in a secure and climate-controlled environment. As with any relationship, you may both have to compromise for the move to work. You could always volunteer to store your loveseat for a while so that he can fit his favorite armchair into the den.