If you have a grandparent that has dementia that you are moving into your home, you may not want to keep their current home. This is because they will not be able to move back in on their own ever again. If you plan to sell their home, there are likely many things you would like to keep. If you do not have enough room in your home to keep these things, below are some tips on what you can do with them. This will keep your grandparent's belongings in great condition for you and the rest of your family:
Use Storage Unit
One of the easiest ways to keep your grandparent's things safe is to put them in a storage unit. You should have a few storage unit facilities in your area. What you will pay for a unit does depend on the facility that you choose. In many cases, you will pay approximately $40 to $50 per month for a 5X5 foot storage unit, and approximately $75 to $140 per month for a 10x15 unit. This price would be higher if you choose a climate controlled unit.
There is also mini storage, such as containers or lockers, if you only have a few things you want to store. These small storage units would work well if you want to keep things separate from the main storage unit that you rent, such as important paperwork or documents.
When looking at storage units you need to ensure they have good security. This may include things like security cameras, motion detector lights, and a security guard at the entrance. If there is no security guard, the facility may give you an electronic keycard to allow you entrance.
Use Climate Controlled Storage
Climate controlled storage units do cost more money but in some cases, you need to use this type of storage. Some things that must be stored in a climate controlled unit include:
- Antique wooden furniture: high humidity levels can cause antique wood to warp and over time the wood would completely degrade. This could include things like an antique dresser, bed, or piano.
- Electronics: Moisture from high humidity levels will damage any type of electronic items, such as computers, audio equipment, video equipment, and more. The moisture will get inside these electronics and cause them to short-circuit when they are turned on when taking out of storage.
- Leather: Anything made of leather will be damaged by moisture and temperature fluctuations This would cause the leather to thin out, warp, or shrink.
If you choose to use a mini storage container for important documents, such as tax papers, wills, and more, put this container inside the climate controlled unit. If you do not the ink will not be legible as it will degrade and fade over time.
If you have questions, talk with storage unit facility owners and they can answer them for you.