Milwaukee, WI: Top Things to Know About Storage

Jon Fesmire |

Extreme Weather

Milwaukee has extreme weather for much of the  year, with freezing, windy, snowy winters, and hot, humid summers. In Milwaukee, you will need a self-storage unit with climate control, that will keep your unit around room temperature, with low humidity, year-round. Due to the winter winds, we also recommend getting an indoor, hallway unit, rather than an outdoor locker.

Parades and Festivals

Milwaukee is a busy city when it comes to celebrations! Summerfest in Henry Miller Festival Park lasts for 11 days with popular bands, and brings in tens of thousands of attendees. There’s also the Wisconsin State Fair, another 11-day event, the Milwaukee Film Festival, and more. Big events mean traffic, which can make it difficult to get to your self-storage unit, depending on where it is. Just keep in mind when making plans during big Milwaukee events that you may get stuck in traffic. Plan your trips to your storage units or otherwise accordingly. The other thing to understand about these big events is that they need somewhere to keep their stands, merchandise, decorations, and in the case of parades, their floats. The next time you visit self-storage, think about how many fun festival items may be stored in the lockers around you!

Insurance

Because of the extreme weather throughout the year, read your insurance policy carefully. Floods are rare in Milwaukee, but they do happen, so you might want to make sure you have flood insurance. Though the climate control systems tend to be quite stable in self-storage, you may want to get protection in case it goes out and humidity or cold damage your goods. Due to the sometimes-unpredictable weather conditions, you may want to be insured beyond what the facility provides. Third party insurance is a good idea. Also, check your homeowner's or renter’s policy to see if it extends to your storage. Also, find out if your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance also covers your storage unit. In conjunction with good insurance, you’ll want to take a few precautions such as learning good security, such as how to protect your valuables from theft, This includes getting a high-quality lock and storing your most valuable possessions in places thieves wouldn’t think to look. Also, ask the facility about their security systems, and read up on the best self-storage facility so that you have a rubric to work with.

Interesting Buildings

You never know what sort of buildings will get converted into self-storage facilities. In August, 2015, two Milwaukee buildings, including the former Marcus Northtown Cinema, sold to be converted to self-storage.