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How To Keep Your Belongings Safe While in Storage

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Whether you need to take advantage of short-term storage during a move or long-term storage when downsizing to a smaller house, you want to know your belongings are safe while in storage. Follow these tips to avoid theft, damage, and other problems.

Choose a Safe, Secure Storage Facility

Theft is probably one of your biggest concerns when putting items in storage. To decrease the chance of having something stolen, look for a storage facility with multiple layers of security.

Georgetown Moving and Storage Company offers the newest security features, including:

  • Surveillance cameras
  • Alarms
  • Fire safety technology
  • And more

Access to the facility is limited to the warehouse manager, so your belongings are always out of reach from thieves.

Choose Climate-Controlled Storage When Possible

The elements can be harsh to stored belongings. Fluctuating hot and cold conditions can damage delicate items, while high humidity can cause rust and mold. These are the conditions self-storage units are subject to.

Climate-controlled storage with Georgetown Moving and Storage Company looks different. Our enclosed storage facilities have temperature and humidity controls to protect your items.

Find Out if You’re Insured

If your belongings are damaged, lost, or stolen, insurance can help you recover. Check your homeowners or renters insurance policy to see if off-site items are covered while in storage.

If not, rest assured that Georgetown Moving and Storage Company insures all of your belongings while you store them with us. This way, you’re covered in the extremely rare case of theft or damage.

Pack Small Items in Boxes

packing boxes for storage

As you prepare to put things in storage, wrap loose items and pack them in boxes to reduce the likelihood of items falling and breaking. Stick to one or two box sizes to make stacking easier. Also, fill each box to the brim to prevent those at the bottom of the stack from being smashed and those at the top from shifting and toppling.

Prepare Furniture & Appliances Properly

Cover and wrap upholstered and wood furniture to protect them. Line mirrors and picture frames with cardboard and stack them together to prevent them from breaking. Clean and dry appliances before putting them in storage to discourage pests. Leave refrigerator doors slightly ajar to prevent mold growth.

Keep a Record of Stored Items

If you have ever put things in storage before, you know how easy it is to lose track of those items. To prevent forgetting what you held onto and what you put in storage, write down what you place in boxes and load into your storage unit.


For added convenience, Georgetown Moving and Storage Company provides a detailed inventory sheet for insurance purposes — and to ensure you never forget what you’re storing with us.

Keep Up With Storage Payments

Just as it’s important to pay your monthly rent or mortgage if you want to keep your home, you must also make timely storage payments to ensure your belongings stay safe and sound.

Storing with Georgetown Moving and Storage Company is more affordable than other options around Washington, DC, so it’s easier to keep up with payments. Automatically charging your credit card may be the easiest way to prevent payments from slipping your mind.

Rent a Storage Unit Near Washington, DC

Georgetown Moving and Storage Company offers secure, affordable, climate-controlled storage facilities in Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, Alexandria, VA, and Landover, MD. Our units measure 7’ high by 5’ wide by 7’ deep, and stack in a “portable vault” for an economical, safe storage option.

Call (703) 889-8899 today for more information about storing your items safely with Georgetown Moving and Storage Company.

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