Because there are a lot of misconceptions about self storage insurance, here are seven myths about it that we’ve debunked.
You’d be mistaken to think that any homeowners or renters insurance policy will cover everything you put in storage.
Some homeowners and renters insurance policies partly cover your stored items, which are considered to be “off-site” or “off-premises.” At most, they cover about $1,000 in off-site property.
Many facilities have advanced security, including monitored cameras that cover the grounds, individual alarms on units, and so on. However, even the best security doesn’t work all the time. Sometimes, thefts still occur, pests find a way in, and natural disasters damage belongings. Make sure you have enough insurance to cover the value of your things.
Self storage facilities have their own insurance after all. Shouldn’t it cover what you store on their property? Well, no. Their insurance covers the property itself, not what tenants store in it. That’s your responsibility.
This is absolutely not true. In fact, there are a number of prohibited items. You aren’t allowed to keep them in your storage unit, and insurance won’t cover their loss if you do. These include flammable materials, live plants or animals, perishable food, illegal items including illicit drugs, many prescription medications, and weapons. Doing so can also get you evicted from your unit and even get you in legal trouble.
Even if you do purchase insurance from the facility, you should seriously consider getting your stuff insured through a third party vendor.
Self storage insurance is very, very affordable. You can get a high level of coverage for around $10-20 a month.
It would be nice if this were so, but it’s not. Most types are covered, including theft and various acts of nature. Make sure you read the contract and know what’s covered, and check to see what other options they offer.A few things that may not be covered include damage from rodents, floods, earthquakes, and water. Fortunately, some policies allow you to pay slightly more per month to include them. If you life in an area prone to any of these hazards, you should make sure you’re covered. Keep in mind that policies vary, so it’s important to read the fine print.