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Tips for Snowbirds: How Self Storage Can Help You

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Retirement is a great time when you can finally experience all the things that you’ve wanted to do and leave the cold behind. Many “Snowbirds” leave colder climates for warmth during the winter and often split their year between two homes. However, splitting time between two homes can be a little complicated. Self storage can help “Snowbirds” store their belongings and make sure they are safe while they are away.

What to Store

If you plan to be gone for more than a month or so, you’ll have quite a lot you are taking with you. You will also want someplace safe to store valuables. Smaller items like art, jewelry, and electronics are targets for thieves. You may also have vehicles you need to leave behind and will want to store those as well. Check with your HOA and find out if items can remain unmoved on your property. If not, you should invest in storage space for your boat, RV, or car to keep yourself and your vehicles protected and in compliance.

Safeguarding Your Home

Before leaving, there are a few things you can do to keep your home safe. Call your local police and let them know that your house will be vacant. Also, make sure to give neighbors your contact information in case they see anything suspicious. If you have a neighbor or relative who can help, give them a key, so they can make the home appear occupied by collecting mail and overseeing small yard work. Installing automatic lights is another a great way to make it look like you’re home during long trips.

Whether you’re a “Snowbird” or someone who travels regularly, A-1 Self Storage can help with your storage needs. We have state of the art amenities and friendly staff to make your experience positive. We also offer climate controlled units to protect your valuables from climate changes, mold, and mildew. Come visit a local facility today and see how we can help!