Why Rental Insurance is Essential for Your Self Storage Unit

July 24, 2011 Leave a reply

graphic of self storage riskAlthough we have a state-of-the-art security system for our Cedar City storage units, we highly recommend rental insurance.

Self-storage is a store-at-your-own-risk proposition.

No matter how professional the facility, theft or damage are still possibilities, however unlikely.

No location is completely immune from natural disaster.

Insuring the valuables in your self storage space in Cedar City is simple, inexpensive, and smart — even if you’re just storing for a short time.

Homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies usually don’t cover valuables you’ve removed from your home to store in another location.

Insurance Options

When choosing a rental insurance policy, make sure it covers loss due to fire, flood, weather, theft, and other events beyond your control.

There are three self-storage insurance options:

  1. Insurance purchased directly from your self-storage facility
  2. Insurance though an independent self-storage insurance agency
  3. Insurance through a private insurance agency

How Much Does Self-Storage Rental Insurance Cost?

The cost of self storage insurance depends on the company and coverage you choose.

Most insurance policies for Cedar City self-storage units are relatively cheap.

They usually cost about 50 cents to $2 for every $100 value amount of storage. Deductibles can range from $100-$500.

On average, coverage starts at $1,000 for $6 per month and ends at $15,000 for $24 per month.

Save Money By Adding Rental Insurance to Your Existing Policy

If you already have renter’s or homeowner’s insurance, you may be able to add storage insurance to your current policy.

Your rates will be much lower than if you were to insure with a specialty storage insurance company and you may even qualify for a multiple-line discount.

We want to make sure your valuables are safe and protected in your Cedar City storage unit.

Please contact us for additional information regarding self-storage rental insurance.

How to Save Space & Protect Your Belongings When Packing for Your Storage Unit

July 22, 2011 Leave a reply

Follow these simple packing tips to save you trouble, avoid damaging your belongings, and maximize your storage unit space.

1. Begin packing a couple of days before you move. Careful packing pays by preventing breakage and loss of small and fragile items. And moving time is a great time to weed out old, unwanted or unneeded possessions. They only take up storage space.

2. Secure packing materials. You’ll want plenty of sturdy corrugated boxes, packing paper, sealing tape, and a magic marker-type pen.

3. Prepare your appliances: Tape all appliance doors shut when moving. Wedge doors open in storage. Secure all moveable parts with paper or wedge. Wrap a paper pad around each item for protection.

Freezer, refrigerator, washer and dryer make excellent packing cartons for bedding, towels and clothing. Always clean your stove before moving and give utility companies a few days’ notice to disconnect appliances.

4. Prepare your beds: Lash bed rails together with rope or plastic tape. As you take beds apart, mark all pieces so you know which goes with which headboard, etc. Place covers on mattresses to keep them clean during moving and storage.

5. Pack books in small boxes. Books get heavy in bunches. Pack them in small cartons, holding weight to under 30 pounds for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper. (Garbage bags work well as a liner).

6. Use dresser space wisely. Make your bureau/dresser drawers earn their passage as extra packing boxes. Fill them with a few small and fragile items. Sweaters, blankets, and towels make excellent padding.

7. Go easy on your back. Hold weight of all packing boxes under 30 pounds. With a marking pen, list contents of each carton on the side. For load sizing, multiply length x width x height of each carton if that information is not already on the carton.

8. Protect your chairs. Protect all chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.

9. Pack your clothing properly. Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe box.

10. Pack your dishes safely. Take your time when packing dishes. Wrap each one with packing tissue and cushion them in the carton with crumpled packing paper. Keep dish pack cartons under 30 pounds for easy handling and safe riding.

11. Pack glasses carefully. Wrap with tissue and pad with crumpled packing paper just like dishes.

12. Pack lamp shades in individual boxes with plenty of paper for padding. Lamp bases ride securely in bureau drawers, freezers and washing machines. For safety, pad them well with towels and blankets.

13. Do Not Store Combustibles or Perishables! such as old paint, cleaning fluids, gasoline, etc. Make certain all fuel is drained or burned out of gasoline powered equipment. Throw away anything that could possibly cause fire.

Do not store food in open containers or any item which could attract rodents or pests. Why risk your possessions just to keep a few cents’ worth of leftovers?

How to Properly Load Your Self Storage Unit to Avoid Damage

July 22, 2011 2 Comments

Enjoy these tips for loading your self-storage unit in Cedar City:

  • Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space until full. Contact us for a free estimate to make sure you don’t pay for extra space.
  • A box for everything and everything in a box, is the best protection of your goods. Use uniform sizes of boxes and stack them shoulder high to maximize your total storage space.
  • Prepare your unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods. Be sure the plastic laps up over the walls a few inches on every side.
  • Leave a small air space between the goods stored and the storage unit walls.
  • Store lightweight small items around the back of the storage unit. Move large, heavy items into storage last.
  • Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  • Protect your mattresses, sofas, and chairs with plastic covers or blankets.
  • Cover the entire load with a light plastic cover to protect it from dust.
  • Use a good quality lock on your storage unit door. Cheap locks rust.
  • Insure your goods while in storage. Ask us how to secure self storage insurance at reasonable rates.
  • Keep a list of all items in storage as well as pictures, and descriptions to remember what’s in there, and to make it easier to access.

Need a Cedar City storage unit? Contact us for a free estimate or rent one now.

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