Tips For Storing Valuable Collector’s Items
If you are someone who likes to collect, whether out of a deep personal interest, financial interest, or both, chances are you know very well how quickly something can lose value if it is not kept and stored properly. Everything, from baseball cards to records, comes with certain storage protocols in order to preserve its value and keep it in pristine condition. If you are thinking about storing valuable collectors items, and you want to make sure you are storing them properly, below are some tips to help you out.
Keep an Inventory
Valuable collector’s items are not just any old things lying around your home. They are items you know have value, and you want to preserve that value. Anytime you put anything into self storage that has high monetary or sentimental value, it is a good idea to make an inventory of those items. Create a spreadsheet and save it to your computer so that you know exactly what you have stored. This is especially useful if you are planning on trading or selling any of your inventory. It will allow you to keep track of exactly where and how things are stored.
Climate Controlled Storage
One of the must haves when storing anything of high value that could potentially deteriorate and lose value because of the weather is climate controlled storage. Most storage facilities offer climate controlled storage options so that your storage unit can be kept at a stable temperature. Protecting valuable collectible items from humidity and extreme temperature shifts can mean the difference between preserving value and losing it.
Clean Items with Care
Keeping your valuable collectibles in pristine condition and looking like they have never been taken out of the box means a dedicated cleaning regimen. Different collectibles have different cleaning requirements and different do’s and don'ts to follow. Always speak to an appraiser who knows the ins and outs of your collectibles so that you know what you are doing before attempting to clean your collectibles. Cleaning things using the wrong technique or the wrong chemicals can end up destroying them.
If you are storing items that you know are worth money, or will one day be worth a considerable amount of money, security should be a top priority. Speak to the staff at your storage facility about robust locks that are hard to break and cut. Cheap dollar store locks are easy to dispatch, and experienced thieves are constantly on the lookout for inadequate and easy to infiltrate security. A good lock with a bolt-cutter resistant neck isn't overly expensive, and will pay dividends in the long run.
Collecting things can be rewarding both emotionally and financially. If you are investing money into your hobby and hope to get the most possible out of it financially, make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your investments and preserve their value.