Despite the evolving computer age that seems to be taking over all aspects of society, much of who we are still exists on paper. Birth certificates, marriage licenses, deeds, stock and bond certificates, health records, insurance policies and last wills and testaments are just a few of the vitally important documents you’ll receive as part of your personal life. Business owners can add operating licenses, banking records, leases and corporate tax records to the mix.
Those are just the legal documents you want and need to keep safe. What value can you place on the artwork your child made for you while in kindergarten? Your grandparents’ wedding photos? Your high school and/or college diploma and degrees? Your high school yearbook? Pictures from your senior prom or the program from the school play you starred in?
You need a place where you can keep these items safe. Fontainebleau storage is the most convenient option for many when storing precious documents. Here are a few tips to keep your records safe:
- Do your homework in finding an Ontario storage company. The cheapest price may not be the best solution. You want to use a company that takes security seriously (e.g. video surveillance, gated access to the property, etc.) and can offer your documents the protection of climate controlled storage.
- Renting a climate controlled Fontainebleau storage unit is vital. Fluctuating temperatures and humidity can destroy printed materials.
- Store your documents in locked, fireproof boxes or safes. No one ever plans on a fire, but being prepared for one will ensure your documents are always kept safe. If you don’t use fireproof boxes, store your records in airtight, waterproof plastic crates. Use the same brand and size crate every time to make for easier stacking.
- If you’re storing a large amount of records (if you’re a business owner for instance), properly sorting and labeling the boxes will ensure you can find what you need with no problem. If you’re stacking a large number of file boxes, stacking them oldest to newest will keep those records you are mostly likely to go back for reference more easily accessible.
- When filing boxes, do not use newspaper as packing material. Over time the print can transfer to any surfaces it makes contact with.
- No boxes should be stored on the ground. Wooden pallets are the easiest way to prevent this.
- Making hard copy and digital backups of all your most essential records will provide you a safety net in case the worst case scenarios come to pass.
Our lives exist in ways much more tangible than digital data on a computer. Keeping these records safe will protect you and your property, and save you the tedious burdens that go with trying to replace any of these nearly “irreplaceable” records. Trust Fontainebleau storage to provide the ideal self storage solution for your important documents.
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