How to Keep Your Heirlooms and Collectables Safe
Let’s be honest – you might love that set that’s been passed down from your great, great grandmother, but it doesn’t exactly go with your minimalist style. Whether it’s a set of crystal champagne glasses, a beautiful ceramic vase, a clunky antique sewing machine or a great big wood cabinet, you’ve probably got something sitting in your home that has great sentimental value but that you’re just not sure what to do with. Avoid having to sell your sentimental or collectable items by keeping them safe and secure in self storage. Because they’re irreplaceable, you’ll need to take extra care to ensure your items are packed and stored properly – here’s how.
Pack with Purpose
Take a moment to think about what you’re packing – you might make do with last week’s newspaper and a box you found on the side of the road to pack up a $20 set of mugs, but if you’re packing a 200-year old porcelain heirloom, this just won’t cut it. You’ll need to use good quality packing materials to ensure your items are well padded and protected with packing paper, bubble wrap and a sturdy box. Larger items like furniture can be harder to pack safely and securely, so it’s best to turn to an expert for advice. Grace Self Storage consultants understand how to care for antiques and will know how to dismantle furniture properly for storage. We can safely take apart any components that can be separated, such as headboards, mirrors or dresser drawers, and wrap and pack them separately. Where there is upholstery, we recommend you cover it with blankets or cloth covers to prevent tears, rips or stains.
Once your precious items are carefully packed up you’ll need somewhere to store them. You could risk storing them in your own garage, but there’s a big difference between storing a car and storing heirlooms – garages are usually dark and not built to keep out dust and moisture. If you don’t have a security system you’re also prone to theft – the truth is, when it comes to irreplaceable, sentimental items, it’s just not worth the risk to try to DIY. Grace can help you pack, load and store your valuables and our state-of-the-art storage facility can ensure that your items are dry, safe and monitored. With Grace, you have the added peace of mind of storage insurance which covers you while your items are in transit and storage. Self storage is the smart, easy options for safekeeping your collectable or heirloom items. Don’t forget to make a list of what you’re packing and storing, take photos of the items and keep a record of their dimensions and conditions. At the end of the day, the best protection for your collectables and heirlooms is a quality moving and storage expert.