Antiques such as dishware, furniture, artwork, and other items have a long history and often are of great importance to the people who own them. These items usually have either sentimental or monetary value or both. Regardless of what exactly makes them valuable, antique owners want to make sure these items are preserved for years to come and aren’t damaged in any way during the packing and storing process.
Before placing your antiques into a storage unit, make a detailed list of what you have. Possibly include measurements, photographs, and a description of each item. For financially valuable items, consider having the antiques appraised and securing insurance coverage.
When you’re ready to pack up your antiques, wear gloves and thoroughly clean everything first, before wrapping each item and gently placing it in a clearly-labeled box.
In addition to putting effort into how you store your antiques, you should also think carefully about where you’re going to store them. You want to choose a storage location that has the greatest chance of keeping these items safe, secure, and free from damage. Your storage facility should have advanced security and safety features such as tall fences, locked gates, climate control for temperature and humidity, etc.
Make sure you select a storage unit that has enough space so that you don’t have to stack things on top of each other, as this places pressure on items near the bottom and significantly increases the risk of damage. When placing your antiques into storage, cover the floor with wooden pallets if possible in order to protect your antiques from flooding and increase air circulation in the storage unit.
If you have antiques you need to safely store, Airtight Storage can help. With locations in Cedar City and Enoch, Utah, our shipping container storage units are made of thick steel and are airtight, keeping your belongings safe from water, pests, dust, and other hazards. In addition, our facility features 24-hour surveillance and a barbed wire fence with gate access to give you peace of mind. Contact us today for more information.