According to the Self Storage Association, one of every ten households in the United States currently rents some kind of storage unit. We all have STUFF to store and often times, not enough space to do it!
Self-storage units can be very useful – to declutter your home during your Spring cleaning ventures, to provide space in between moves, to store your college student’s extra stuff while they’re home for the summer, to stow some of that winter gear you won’t need until next year, to hold onto those things you just can’t let go of but don’t need at home, etc. etc. Out of sight, out of mind!
If you plan to rent a storage unit, the Insurance Information Institute suggests taking these steps:
- Ask your insurance professional about off-premises coverage. If your renters or homeowners insurance does not provide off-premises coverage, you may want to opt for a storage company that offers insurance. Keep in mind that any facility should also have its own insurance to cover damages to the property or injuries that occur on the premises.
- Look for a secure facility. Fencing that secures the entire property and access control are the minimum security measures a storage business should offer. But, ideally, the storage building should have onsite security features such as 24-hour video surveillance cameras and coded security pads. Also, find out about the facility’s procedures in cases such as a fire or flood.
- Find out what type of financial protection is provided by the storage facility. Most facilities provide reimbursement based on the square footage of the unit. Check both the coverage limits and whether it is provided on an actual cash value or replacement cost basis.
- Look for a unit with climate control. Very high or low temperatures, as well as dampness can quickly cause damage to appliances and furniture. And make sure that rising ground water from snow or rain is unable to penetrate the storage.
- Consider special insurance or storage for expensive items. If you intend to store valuable property, such as art, antiques, jewelry or furs, there may be dollar restrictions under your standard homeowners or renters insurance policy for theft. Talk to your insurance professional about adding an endorsement to your policy in order to fully cover these items.
- Check that the facility is clean and well-maintained. If a storage facility is not routinely and thoroughly cleaned, there is a good possibility no one is monitoring for bugs and rodent infestations. Verify that the facility has a permanent, reliable pest extermination contract in place before you trust them with your belongings.
- Create an inventory of items to be kept off-premises in storage. Add the items you’re moving to the storage unit to your home inventory so that you can keep track of your belongings and make sure you have the right amount of insurance to protect them.
If you have any questions about your homeowners or renters insurance coverage, give us a call here at ALINK Insurance Services today. We’ll make sure you have the coverage you need to be protected!
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