In a world constantly on the move, the demand for reliable and secure storage has grown exponentially. Today, 1 in 5 Canadians need storage solutions. In Canada, the industry has grown at an average annual rate of 3.1% over the past five years, reaching $1.1 billion in revenue in 2021, according to research firm IBISWorld.
Why such growth? One reason is because the public’s awareness of the storage industry has grown due to TV entertainment such as “Storage Wars”.
“Storage Wars”: A Glimpse into the Exciting World of Storage Auctions
Reality television has an uncanny ability to turn seemingly mundane subjects into captivating entertainment, and “Storage Wars” is a prime example. Season 15 began in 2023 engaging viewers by thrusting them into the heart of storage unit auctions where abandoned units were sold off to the highest bidder. While the show’s primary focus is on the thrill of the bidding process and the unexpected treasures found within these units, it has also served to highlight the significance of secure storage practices.
In the world of “Storage Wars,” abandoned storage units are put up for auction due to non-payment. This unique premise immediately underscores the potential pitfalls of neglecting one’s storage responsibilities. This is where the connection to secure storage comes into play. While the show emphasizes the excitement of uncovering hidden gems, it simultaneously reveals the importance of safeguarding one’s belongings, even if circumstances prevent the renter from fulfilling their obligations.
As viewers watch buyers unearth valuable antiques, forgotten collectibles, and unexpected treasures, they’re reminded that the contents of storage units can often be far more valuable and intriguing than anticipated. This element of surprise underscores the essence of secure storage – it’s not just about protecting mundane items, but also about guarding potentially valuable possessions that may hold personal, historical, or financial significance.
Furthermore, the show’s depiction of auctions and the potential scramble for valuable items inadvertently highlights the need for monitored storage facilities. In real life, ensuring the security of stored items requires not just locking them away, but also implementing security measures. Monitored storage facilities with access controls and alarm systems offer real-time oversight that deters unauthorized access and safeguards possessions from potential theft or damage.
While “Storage Wars” provides a captivating glimpse into the world of storage units and auctions, I think we agree that we would never want our possessions to be up for grabs!
Let’s explore the world of storage and review practical ways to protect your valuables.
Best Practices for Effective and Secure Storage: The Key to Peace of Mind
When you’re downsizing, moving, or simply seeking to declutter your living space, secure and efficient storage is a combination of careful planning, organization, and choices. Here are some best practices to consider:
1. Choose the Right Storage Facility:
The foundation of successful storage lies in selecting a reputable storage facility. Opt for facilities that offer climate-controlled units, 24/7 security monitoring, access controls, and positive customer reviews. The choice of a heated and monitored storage facility can significantly enhance the safety and preservation of your belongings, and in our case, it doesn’t have to cost you more.
2. Declutter and Organize:
Before packing items into storage, take the time to declutter and organize. Donate or discard items you no longer need and categorize your belongings for easier packing. Label boxes clearly to avoid confusion when you want to retrieve your belongings.
3. Pack Properly:
Invest in high-quality packing materials to protect your items during transportation and storage. Proper packing can prevent breakage and damage. Fragile items should be wrapped and cushioned individually. Or hire a team that knows how to securely pack and store your belongings.
4. Utilize Uniform Boxes:
Uniform-sized boxes facilitate stacking and optimizes use of space. That’s why we store your belongings in stackable crates. Avoid overloading boxes, as this can lead to damage and make them challenging to lift and stack.
5. Maintain an Inventory:
Create and maintain a detailed inventory of items you’re storing. You’ll be glad you did later.
6. Climate-Controlled Units:
Items sensitive to temperature and humidity fluctuations should be stored in climate-controlled units. These units maintain stable environments that protect against damage from extreme conditions.
7. Disassemble Furniture:
If possible, disassemble furniture before storing it. This saves space and prevents damage to items like table legs, headboards, and shelves.
8. Elevate Items Off the Ground:
We use pallets and shelves to keep your items elevated off the ground. This helps prevent moisture damage and allows for better air circulation within the storage unit.
9. Secure with Locks and Security Measures:
A high-quality lock is essential to securing your storage unit. Take advantage of any additional security features provided by the facility, such as access codes or biometric entry.
10. Please do NOT Store Hazardous Materials:
Never store hazardous or flammable materials in your storage unit. Additionally, avoid storing perishable goods to prevent odors and attracting pests. If you are not sure whether something you own should be stored, please consult with us.
11. Accessible Aisles:
When stacking items, we create aisles for easy accessibility. This saves you (and us) from having to move everything around when you need to retrieve something.
12. Regular Checks and Maintenance:
It’s a good idea to visit your storage unit periodically to check on your belongings. This helps you to reassess your storage needs and to remind yourself about what you are storing and why.
13. Update Insurance:
Review your insurance coverage to ensure your stored items are adequately protected. Some storage facilities like us have insurance and offer insurance options, or you can check if your existing policy covers stored items.
14. Please Adhere to Facility Rules:
We have guidelines for accessing the facility, individual units, and some restrictions on what can be stored. We keep the rules as few and simple as possible, and we have them to ensure everyone’s safety and equal access.
By following these best practices, you can ensure that your belongings are stored securely and efficiently. Implementing effective storage planning and organization not only safeguards your items but also saves you time, money, and stress.
Storage Entertainment Verses Storage Reality
While “Storage Wars” provides a thrilling and dramatic view into the world of storage auctions, the show serves as a reminder that the contents of storage units can be unexpectedly valuable, underscoring the importance of choosing a secure storage facility that prioritizes the safety and preservation of your items.
As you embark on your storage journey, whether it’s due to a move, a renovation, or simply a desire to declutter, contact us to help you determine the most efficient plan. And rest assured, your belongings will never show up in TV entertainment!