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Moving Tips: Storing items in cold temperatures

Insulation may help your belongings survive cold weather.

Insulation may help your belongings survive cold weather.

When your moving company arrives with your belongings from your old home, you may be planning on storing your items in closets, the attic or basement. While these are all typically good ideas, there may be some issues you may want to be aware of if the temperatures drop in your new residence.

One of the biggest worries is that an area of your home that has storage space can get wet. Not only can the standing water ruin your belongings with mold when it is warm out, but it can also be damaging when it is cold. Ice can ruin boxes, as well as everything in them. It is important that you look for leaks when storing items and take care of them immediately, which will give you the best chance to defend yourself against this problem.

It may not be a good idea to leave items that are fragile in areas that get very cold. This can include belongings such as china or glass. When exposed to extreme temperatures, they can crack or shatter. Due to this, it may be better to store them in areas of the home that have minimal temperature changes

If your home doesn't have insulation, or parts of the home lack this, it could help your stored items avoid damage by installing it. The project may feel arduous and expensive, but it will help keep the temperature at safer levels throughout the home, and both you and your belongings will benefit. Additionally, ensuring your items are stored in areas that are insulated may be best if you don't want to revamp the whole home.