Often when people think of storage units, they think of garages full of furniture and big, bulky items, but even the small things you own can begin to clutter your home after awhile. Storage units aren’t just for large items; they are for saving anything that you still want but don’t want taking up space in your life on a daily basis. This includes electronics like old computers, DVD players, TV screens, monitors, game consoles and other pieces of technology that you don’t use every day. When you are storing electronics, though, you want to make sure they are protected. To ensure that your electronics are safe and secure in your storage unit, you need to consider a few things.
Picking a Unit
Hide-Away Storage offers a variety of different types of storage units, so it’s important to choose the correct unit for your needs. First off, you’re going to want to select a storage unit with proper climate control. Electronics are not incredibly susceptible to damage based on temperature, but they do not do well with drastic changes in temperature. Having a storage unit that remains a constant temperature will safeguard the safety of your electronics. This kind of climate control will also help you combat an even more dangerous enemy to electronics: moisture. Storing electronics in a moisture-controlled unit is ideal. If you are planning on storing a lot of electronics, you may also want to spring for a large storage unit. This will give you more room for pallets that you can maneuver around, maximizing the space while also making it easier to retrieve stored items and store new ones.
Securing Your Electronics
Once you have chosen the perfect Hide-Away Storage unit, it’s time to make sure you protect your electronics while they are in storage. Make sure to take special care with items that could break easily if they fall the wrong way, like TV screens and computer monitors. Wrap screened items in bubble wrap (or cardboard) to protect them from potential impact. You should avoid at all costs wrapping your electronics in non-bubble plastic because plastic traps moisture, and trapped moisture can cause mold and mildew to develop. For other items that don’t have screens, like old phones, VCR’s, DVD players, etc., you should store them in cardboard boxes or storage tubs to make them easier to stack and to protect them from any dust or other contaminants.
Now that you’re ready to store your electronics, it’s important to do some last-minute preparations. If you are planning to store any old computers, you should take measures to back up all your data and/or erase your hard drives (if you are storing them while you try to sell them). If you are storing VCRs, DVD players, camcorders, etc., make sure you have removed any tapes or discs that were in them. You can, of course, store these tapes and discs, too. It will be easier to separate them from the other electronics now while you have your stuff connected to power.
Whether you are storing electronics with us at Hide-Away Storage or not, you should always make sure that your property is protected. While your electronics are in storage, you want to know that the storage unit will protect them from temperature, moisture, and other potentially harmful contaminants. Storing electronics doesn’t have to be a hassle, and if you follow the above tips, you’ll be able to store your electronics with the peace-of-mind that nothing bad will happen to them.