If you can (and you have access, of course) leaving electricity and water supplies isolated and off reduces the chances of anything inadvertently being left switched on for upwards of a week or more. At best you can expect to return to a large bill and at worst you could come back to flood damage. People are rushing to get home for the holidays so ensure you make a good sweep of your premises before you leave.
This may seem a little excessive (particularly when working outdoors) but can be vital in preventing damage and reducing the risk of fire, for example.
A slight draft can cause items to move and you could end up with a call out from your alarm company to tell you to check on your self-storage site. Similarly, in the event of a fire, the tidier a place is left, the less chance there is of it catching across other areas. The festive period is also a great excuse to start a spring clean early and get rid of anything that you won’t need in the New Year. Why wait for Spring to start a "Spring clean”?
More often than not robberies are performed by opportunists. They are passing by and see something in a window or on a closed site that they think could be valuable.
Using dust sheets or other covers for valuables is a great place to start. Out of sight is out of mind, particularly true for opportunists. Don’t advertise what you have that’s worth stealing. You wouldn’t leave your wallet on show in a locked car so use that same logic. Move anything of value away from windows where you can, and cover it up if you can’t.
Common sense is key here. Check your site and then check it again. An extra 20 minutes before you leave could save you time and hassle in the long run. We hope you have a relaxing and peaceful festive period and if you are in need of any advice or guidance on self-storage design contact us to start a conversation.