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Prepping for Long-Term Storage

Posted on: January 24, 2018 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage September 30, 2019

A woman cleaning out her refrigerator before storing it long-term

The amount of work it takes to prepare your items for storage varies depending on the length of time you are planning on storing your items. Preparing to store your items for a shorter length of time is generally an easier process than preparing your items for a longer period of storage.

Should I Rent a Climate Controlled Storage Unit for My Long-Term Storage?

If you are storing your items long-term, it is a smart idea to rental a climate controlled storage unit. This is especially true if you are storing more sensitive items or are unable to check up on your storage unit very often.

The Best Tips for Long-Term Storage

  1. Use Pallets or a Canvas Tarp: Overtime, moisture from the ground can seep up from the storage unit floor and damage your items. In order to prevent this from happening, use pallet boards or a canvas tarp to create a barrier.
  2. Create a List of the Items in Your Storage Unit: As you load your items into your storage unit rental, make a list of the items you are storing. With a long-term storage rental, it can be incredibly easy to forget which items you are storing in your storage unit. Creating a list detailing the items you are storing will save you some time when you go to retrieve items later on.
  3. Clean Out all Appliances: Before storing any appliance, scrub it down with a baking soda or bleach solution. Bacteria thrives in dark and moist places. Using a baking soda or bleach scrub can help to kill off any bacteria before it can grow. Keep all appliance doors cracked during storage to prevent moisture from getting trapped inside of the appliance.
  4. Clean off all Furniture: Before storing your furniture, use a vacuum cleaner to remove any pet hair or crumbs. Apply furniture polish to the wood on your furniture to seal out moisture and slow down the formation of mold or mildew. Cover all upholstery with clean cotton sheets to prevent dust from settling.
  5. Use Proper Storage Material: When storing items long-term, avoid storing them in plastic bags. Instead, store your items in new sturdy boxes. In order to cut back on costs and be environmentally friendly, many people will ask a local grocery store for their old boxes. This isn’t a smart solution for long-term storage because the boxes may have food remnants.

Are You Looking for Long-Term Self Storage Solutions?

Lighthouse Self Storage has storage locations in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Homestead, FL, Carson, CA, Oceanside, CA, Westminster, CA, and Whittier, CA. Our storage facilities have both traditional storage units and climate controlled storage unit options in a variety of sizes. Are you interested in learning more about a storage unit rental with Lighthouse Self Storage? Contact us today!

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Convenient Storage Solutions for California and Florida Residents

Lighthouse Self Storage makes self storage easy with clean & secure storage facilities in Florida and Southern California. Find a location near you today!

Recent surveys show that 41% of consumers rent out space to facilitate moving, while 17% need the extra space to declutter their home. Self-storage units are becoming more and more popular nowadays, considering the need to maximize on the reduced size of living spaces. If you live in California or Florida and are looking for the most convenient and flexible self-storage space, Lighthouse Self Storage has got you covered. Lighthouse Self Storage Facilities has a wide range of world-class storage units that are built to meet your specific needs. Below are some of the exceptional self-storage solutions you can expect:

Self-Storage for Homeowners and Students

If you are moving, staging a home or consolidating homes, our excellent, clean, and secure units will come in handy for your storage needs. If you are a student emptying your dorm, Lighthouse offers many storage solutions for your needs and items large and small. Our storage units will keep your furniture, books, bedding, clothing, electronics, and furniture safe and secure. Why haul heavy items back and forth, miles across the country when you can rent storage whenever you need it? We are convenient and flexible to meet your needs.

Car, Boat, and RV Storage

If you are traveling, you need not leave your precious vehicle, boat, or RV at the mercy of the elements. If your garage will not fit all your toys, consider taking out some spacious motor vehicle storage at Lighthouse Self Storage for them. This way, they will remain secure and intact, and you get to have peace of mind during your trip.

Climate Controlled Storage Units

Lighthouse Self Storage has an excellent selection of climate controlled units, specially made indoor units designed to protect your property from the damaging effects of drastic changes in weather, humidity, and temperature. We offer air conditioned or heated units to keep constant indoor conditions for all of your items and their storage needs. These climate controlled units are perfect for items that need to be in a controlled environment, such as wines and spirits. If you are storing fabrics, wooden items, electronics, family heirlooms, documents, and soft metallic items, our climate controlled storage units offer a home-like atmosphere for temperature sensitive and unique articles.

Drive-up Storage

This kind of storage is exceedingly convenient for businesses and homeowners looking to store copious amounts of property, and need to reduce the hauling distance and effort. With our drive-up storage, you will not have to incur extra costs on movers' hourly fees by taking days to transfer your items. You get to drive up to your unit, unpack or belongings, and continue on with your day. It’s that simple.

Business Storage Solutions

You no longer have to worry about extra space, rent overheads, or idle property during off-peak business seasons. Whether you need to store machinery, essential documents, or inventory, our business storage solutions will cater to all of your needs. We have worked successfully with many law firms, e-commerce stores, and contractors to keep their essential business property safe. Visit us today to find out more about our business storage solutions.

Hurricane Season Storage

The last thing you should be stressing about is your valuable outdoor property, which is likely to be destroyed in the event of a storm. You may also need to clear out a safe room to use it for shelter. If you have any lawn and patio furniture, consider taking out safe storage for it with Lighthouse. Our concrete self-storage units will give your valuables the safety and security they will need to protect them from damage. Our storage units can also come in handy during the winter when you need to protect your valuables from the biting cold.

Rent storage space with us today!

If you are in Southern California or Florida, Lighthouse Storage is an excellent solution for all your self-storage needs. Our storage units are secure, well-lit, and clean to ensure optimal care for your valuables.

Please contact us at (866) 483-3455 for more information about our new facility for self storage in Cooper City. You can also drop by any of our storage facilities to get a free quote on any storage solution that fits your needs.

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