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Like Chelsea Mini Storage's Recent Blog Topics? Here Are More Great Resources for You to Check Out

Our recent blogs have featured information on protecting yourself from storage unit break-ins and how storage unit insurance works.  If you’re looking for more information on these topics, then check out these great resources.

  • HomeDepot.com has information on buying padlocks, recommending you consider the construction, the type, and the design.
  • eHow.com has an article on how to protect items in a storage unit with advice on getting insurance and itemizing your items.
  • Storage.co.uk has an article entitled, “How Does Insurance for Self Storage Really Work?”  In the article they discuss different aspects, such what will be covered under typical mini-storage insurance plans.
  • Relocation.com offers insight in this article regarding self-storage, insurance, and—most importantly—what you need to know about them.
  • eHow.com has an article about how self-storage works, briefly discussing what the storage provider's insurance may cover and more.

How Storage Unit Insurance Works

The reason you have a storage unit is because you want to keep your property safe and secure.  This is also the reason why you want to get insurance on your storage unit, so that even under extremely unfortunate circumstances, you'll be protected.

Let's take a closer look at how insurance for your storage unit works.

What it covers

Your insurance will typically cover damage caused by the weather, such as hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, wind, and rain. Theft, vandalism, and explosions are also covered.  Of course, you will want to read your policy carefully and speak with your insurance agent about what is covered in your particular situation. 

Where to get it

One of the first things you should check on is whether your homeowner’s insurance or renter's insurance will cover your storage unit.  This way you'll spare any additional expense. Sometimes you'll be able to get low cost mini-storage insurance directly through your storage center.  This makes the whole process very simple and straight-forward, because it greatly reduces the costs and hassles associated with the other options. The third option would be to go directly to a storage insurance provider, but your storage center will probably be able to recommend one that has proven to be trustworthy.

Who to speak with

Anytime you have an insurance claim on your storage unit, you should contact your insurance company directly.  Of course, for some questions you will contact your storage provider.  For example, if you have questions about the storage facility’s security, their self-storage options, or whether or not they offer mini-storage, then you can speak directly with your storage facility.

At Chelsea Mini-Storage, we offer you storage units with state-of-the-art security and also offer low-cost mini-storage insurance.

Packing & Moving Tips: Keep Your Items Safe

The purpose of storage is to keep your possessions safe.  This is why you should avoid overlooking the importance of packing and securing the items you're about to put into storage.

Watch this short video on how to pack your items safely. It's a good idea to use bubble wrap and to organize your items appropriately.  For example, if you're packing fragile items, then avoid putting them on the bottom of the box—or, at the very least, clearly mark the box as “FRAGILE”.

At Chelsea Mini-Storage, we make your storage as easy as possible, and we'll even help with the shipping and receiving tasks you need accomplished. Visit our website to see our specials or call us at 888-549-4090 to find out more about our state-of-the art security and great NYC location.

How to Protect Your Storage

The purpose of your storage unit is to keep your property safe.  Safe means your possessions will be protected from the elements, untouched, and 100% accounted for.  In order to accomplish this, you will want to take the steps necessary to protect yourself.

Take a look at how you can protect yourself and your storage unit from harmful break-ins.

Use Good Locks

Don't skip the basics.  If you have items in storage that are worth protecting, then choose a lock that's worth using.  The most obvious way to protect yourself from break-ins will be to maximize access control.

Choose a Good Storage Center

Store your possessions at a storage center that has security as their top priority.  At Chelsea Mini Storage, we have state of the art Sonitrol Computerized Central Alarm System, including motion detectors, listening devices, perimeter contacts, closed circuit TV surveillance and interior/exterior video recording. We also have controlled entry sign-in and sign-out logs, elevator security guards, roaming security guards, resident on-site managers, modern lighting, and a fully sprinklered and alarmed building.

Itemize the Contents in Your Storage Unit

You'll also want to document all of the items you have in storage.  This way, in the event of a break-in, you'll be able to file a complete police report.  You'll also be able to list all of the items you have with your existing insurance policy, but you won't be able to do this unless you're organized.

Get Insurance

To get information on low cost mini-storage insurance, call 1-800-544-6464.

At Chelsea Mini-Storage, we do everything possible to stop break-ins before they happen.  That's why we take every step necessary to provide your storage unit with state-of-the-art security.  To learn more, visit our website or call us at 888-549-4090.

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The Ruthless World of Storage Unit Auctions

Ever wonder what happens to peoples’ self storage units when they don't pay their bills? Just like your apartment, if the rent isn’t paid, the tenant is kicked out.  In storage units, the tenant is someone’s extra stuff, and rent is delinquent, the unit needs to be emptied. In order to combat losses from delinquent rent, storage facilities decided to start auctioning off the units and everything in them!

People go crazy over these storage unit auctions! As soon as one is announced, you can expect many to show up and begin the bidding war. Inside these storage sheds, there’s no limit as to what you might find; guns, diamonds, and even cars have been found in units. Storage unit auctions used to be quite unpopular, but after reality TV shows started highlighting the excitement, zounds of people started seeking them out.  They’re still not heavily advertised, so if you’re interested, it’s best to call the company itself.

Be sure to show up early to get a parking spot, and also be sure you bring a large truck to haul everything away. When it’s time to start bidding, an auctioneer will come out and take you to the first unit. He will open up the shed and allow you to look around, but you are not allowed to step inside. After everyone has had a chance to survey it, the bidding begins.

Once you have purchased your unit, you will move on to other units continuing the bidding. Once all bidding is over, you will pay for the auctions you’ve won, and then clear out the unit entirely. Some places will even offer a cleaning discount if you clean it all out, including sweeping the floor.

Chelsea Mini Storage provides one of the largest storage centers in New York City and surrounding areas. We have over 100 different storage unit sizes in our one million square foot, secure storage facility.

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