Many times, self storage is used to help with life: relocating to another city, increasing the space of your home or apartment, or even helping a small business grow. And while no one enjoys thinking of what comes after our passing, self storage can also be used for an estate after the loss of a loved one.
Between funeral plans and preparations, orchestrating and communicating with family and loved ones, and working through your own grief, going through the items of an estate is never a top priority or an easy task. To help give you and your family more time to focus on the more important aspects of loss, a short-term storage unit can provide you a safe and secure place to store all the contents of an estate, and here’s how:
1. Clean and prepare items for an estate
While you may not have time for deep-clean, go through your recently departed loved ones belongings, wiping them down of any dust or more obvious contaminants that could cause damage through its time in storage. A few quick tips:
- Place files, photos, or other documents in either an acid-free storage box or an airtight plastic tote to prevent fading, pests, and other damages.
- Be sure to get into any deeper crevices of furniture such as couches or chairs.
- Wipe clean any glass surfaces such as tabletops or mirrors.
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As you do this step in the process, now is also an ideal time to inventory everything you plan to store into a storage unit—from a tobacco pipe to a vintage vinyl record player. Keep this list either on a notepad or digital document on your phone. This will assist later on when it comes to discussing any wills or inheritances.
2. The best storage features for safety and security
When it comes time to storing an estate, there are key storage features that are best considered for the task. For instance, the estate may have a high financial value—let alone the high personal consideration. So, protect your belongings with strong security features such as electronic gate access, which requires a keycode to enter the facility. Your belongings can also be protected with video surveillance and onsite management.
Another feature that is always recommended in areas with extreme seasonal weather is climate control. This feature maintains a constant temperature and humidity level within the unit, and will preserve sensitive materials such as fabric, wood, and paper as well as items such as electronics.
While the size of the estate will determine the best size for a storage unit, drive up access will also make any loading and unloading relatively quick and convenient as you can pull your vehicle directly up to the unit.
3. Place the estate into the storage unit
When it comes time to placing your estate into a storage unit, there are some recommendations to follow. While you may not want to spend too much time organizing things, there are some quick things you can do to help keep the estate, large or small, in an easy-to-navigate collection.
For instance, in smaller units, you can line the perimeter of the storage unit for easy access. For larger units, follow the same plan, but also create aisles between items on the interior of the unit. That way, when it comes time to explore the estate, remember family memories, and disperse inheritances, it can be done with ease.
Losing someone is never easy, but going through an estate doesn’t have to be hard. Using self storage, you can take your time focusing on more important things, keeping the estate safe and secure until you’re ready to address it.