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Self-Storage for Electronics

by NW Storages on 01/15/18




Self-storage is a great solution for many storage needs. One thing self-storage can help with is keeping your electronics safe and protected when you move, remodel, or go on vacation.


Here is the information you need to properly prepare your electronics for storage and to keep them safe and protected while they are in your self-storage unit. Storing your electronics right will keep them in good condition while they’re out of your home and ensure that they work correctly when you put everything back online later.


You’ll Need Supplies


You’ll need several items to be sure you’re ready to properly prepare, pack, and store your electronics items.  Everything from your e-reader to your video game console to that giant, flat-screen television all needs to be stored carefully in order to protect it.


Before you get started, you’ll need the following:


  • Boxes.  If you have the original packaging for your items, that is the best thing to use. If you don’t have boxes, foam blocks, and bags your items came in, then get yourself some boxes specifically designed for electronics. Your local electronics store or self storage office may sell these, and they are worth the money to protect your expensive electronics.

  • Protective materials. You’ll need plenty of things like bubble wrap, anti-static foam, and fabric for covering your items. You won’t want to wrap anything in plastic, because this can actually encourage moisture to accumulate,  which will damage your electronics.

  • Plastic storage bags. The gallon size will  probably work best for storing your cables, cords, and power bars; bag the items for each device together and store them taped or tied to their host so they don’t get separated or lost.

  • Silica Gel. You can find this in hardware and trailer supply stores, among other places, and it’s great for keeping your electronics from getting damp or wet. Get plenty of silica gel and put it everywhere in your storage unit to absorb moisture.


Other things you’ll need include:


  • Color coding materials. Whether you choose to use different colored dots, tapes, wires, or cable ties, matching cords and cables and even peripherals to the devices they belong to will make setting up much easier when you’re ready. Bagging items together is a good precaution, but accidents happen; color coding will ensure that nothing gets lost.

  • Camera.  You can save a lot of time and frustration by taking photos of the backs of your devices before you disassemble them. When you’re connecting everything later, you’ll know exactly what goes where.


Prepare


When storing your electronics, proper preparation is vital for the best protection. The most important thing to do is to clean everything thoroughly before putting it into your storage space. You won’t want a bunch of dirt and dust, crumbs, and other debris in storage with your devices; these things can attract moisture, cause scratches and other damage, and even attract bugs! Clean your electronic devices with canned air, screen cleaner, and anti-static cloths to remove any foreign materials you can.


It’s also vital to keep in mind that stacking your devices is not a good idea. If you’ll be storing a lot of electronics, bring or rent shelving to hold your items. Stacking electronic items can cause damage, so make sure to avoid doing it.


Be sure to backup all  data on your computers, tablets, and other devices you’ll be storing. It’s not likely that data will be lost during storage, but it’s possible. Be sure to have all of your data stored someplace safe, just in case.


Separate everything you’ll be storing. Don’t leave your printer connected to your laptop, remove external hard drives and pack them separately.  Don’t leave your devices attached to one another, and remove all cords and cables and store them as discussed above.


Box and package your items carefully, using as much foam, bubble wrap, or paper as necessary to keep things safe and secure. Old towels and t-shirts are especially good for this purpose. Mark your boxes with their contents so that you know which items need careful handling.


Find Storage


Ask your self-storage professional about the best space for your electronics.   Some things to consider are:


  • Is the facility heated or climate controlled? When storing electronics, extreme cold and condensation are to be avoided; if you can get a space that is heated or climate controlled, you’ll be reducing the chances of damage to your costly items.

  • What kind of security does the facility offer? Video surveillance is good, as are gates and fences, but ask about things like managers that live on-site, individually alarmed units, motion detection, and other security precautions.  The more security measures in place, the more you’ll be able to relax, knowing your property is safe.

  • If you don’t have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, ask if insurance is available for purchase. Insurance is usually required by self-storage companies, so be sure your computer, television, stereo, and everything else is covered.

  • Look  at any unit you are considering and make sure that it’s secure. Do the walls go all  the way to  the ceiling, or are the tops of the units open? Do the walls and doors go to the floor? Does the storage space have inside or outside access, or both? Is it in a well-lit area. Making sure your space is secure will help keep your property safe.

  • Is the self-storage facility in a safe and convenient location? You won’t be comfortable with storing your belongings if you aren’t comfortable with the location they’re being stored in.


Your electronics will weather storage well if you prepare them carefully, package them well, and use a secure storage facility with a professional staff and outstanding features. By making sure you’ve protected your expensive electronics, and that you’ve put them in the best, safest place you can find, you’ll have a great storage experience and your property will come out of it in proper working order!

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