Basements are often like one big empty closet (hey, no judgment here). But many have also been converted to provide sheltered under-floor entertainment or playrooms, home offices and more.
Regardless of what you use your basement for, remember, there are some things you should avoid keeping there. But if it’s unavoidable, a little planning and thinking (eg have proper landlord support) can greatly help you protect your property and home.
Check out our short list of things to avoid.
Things that can’t be changed (or are difficult to change)
- Printed images: Memories can last a lifetime, but printed images are easily damaged. Getting them out of the basement is just one preventative measure to help you protect and store your family photos to natives.
- Important documents: Wherever you store them, make sure you have a safe place to store the paper (think fire, flood and theft protection) such as your birth certificate, passport, financial documents or will. Yes, these he can should be changed, but ask anyone who has had to and they will tell you that it is important to protect them as they were sealed in gold.
- Ancient or hereditary: If your family has passed things down through the generations you understand how timeless they are. And depending on the thing, age can add to his thoughts and the cost of money.
Highly flammable or hazardous materials
- wood: Wood can turn into more fuel if you burn it. Or it can be damp in the basement, which is not very good – and very smokey – for burning. Also, it is a great wooden request for insects and rodents.
- Paints, chemicals or household liquids: If you have one, basements are usually where your furnace, water heater and dryer are. Combine flammable liquids in an environment that usually lacks good ventilation, and you may have a recipe for disaster.VIDEO: See how quickly a dryer fire can ignite
- Books and magazines: If they have valuable ideas or money—or you don’t want to waste them—storing books and magazines in the basement is usually a no-no. And like firewood, they can inadvertently ignite.
Pieces of wood
- Electronics: Ideas for getting extra floor space they are unlimited and often involve electronics. For finished basements it will not be difficult, as you have done carefully install sump pump, backwater valve or under suitable moisture. But weather and moisture issues in unfinished basements can be an electrical problem.
- Furniture or artwork: Art and furniture can come with a price tag, especially if you are a collector. It can be tempting but your bottom line storage shouldn’t be compromised.
- Clothes, shoes and jewelry: If you’re not sure you’re treating yourself (or your better half) to good things, just make sure your storage space is compatible with the product.
Remember that “basement” actually means a place below the ground, so don’t underestimate the damage that can damage your belongings or your entire home. (Note: there’s a reason horror movies have scenes on the ground).
Protecting Important Things
If you have a basement, it makes sense to use it. But before you use it as all your backups, tell us today.