Early August 2017 gave us two reminders: Police in Franklin County Missouri reported theft of about 30 firearms stolen from storage units on Aug 8. Thieves cut a hole in the fence and then cut the locks to 24 units. Other things stolen were 10 flat screen TV’s and jewelry. Another was in South Carolina on Aug 10 where a thief broke into Village Self Storage and stole $30,000 in landscaping equipment from two storage units. Everything in self storage is at your own risk – theft is not covered unless you have insurance.
Do you remember a time when you realize that you have had something stolen? You pat your pocket feeling for a wallet or phone and it’s not there. That sinking feeling knowing that you just lost something is that same feeling that having storage insurance prevents. Anyone who goes through a home robbery knows the relief after the shock that all their stolen items are fully covered. Don’t leave yourself open to theft, insure the things valuable to you.
If there is one thing storage insurance is not, its expensive. Our lowest option is $9.00 per month which will cover $2000 worth of goods. Just make sure to have detailed records of what was inside your storage locker. Having photos of everything is also a bonus and make the insurance process a lot quicker should something happen.
That’s right, you may think that by having home insurance or renters insurance it will also cover your storage unit. However, you may be very wrong and when something happens your coverage won’t carry over. Be sure to double check with your existing insurance agent prior to refusing storage insurance.
We haven’t heard of any of our tenants regretting storage insurance, for such a small monthly cost, if something goes wrong, they are very happy to have it.