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GeJayGe
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Hey all. I am in the process of selling our house, and that involves putting a bunch of stuff in a storage unit while we are showing it. Has anyone put board games in a storage unit for several months? Since they are not climate controlled, I wonder what you all think my risks could be?

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Make sure the storage facility has a working sprinkler system.

There was a recent story in NZ about such a facility that didn't and things ended badly.

I'm sure others with more experience will have more insight.
 
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If humidity is a concern, possibly you'd want to store them in containers of some sort and maybe throw a desiccant into each, like those silica gel packets? Just spitballing though, I've no actual experience with it.
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I had some games in storage (not climate controlled) for 6 years while I was living outside the country. I put them in the large sealable plastic containers that you often see for storing Christmas decorations and also put the cedar wood pieces in it. Mind you, they weren't my "prized" games but they seemed to fair pretty well and I did not notice any real musty smell or dampness. I was living in upstate NY so there was humidity in the summer months. I did though put them up on wood pallets in case any water might have leaked inside.

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Ziplock makes really large plastic bags for storage. I think I would try those for a waterproof solution that isn't as rigid as plastic containers, but plastic tubs of course would also work.

Good luck selling your house!
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I think the previous comments are good regarding plastic containers. I would also avoid putting them on the bottom, directly on the floor of the storage unit (flooding, dew, etc). Instead, at least put them on top of pallets.
Good luck with the move.
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I've had dozens of games in a storage space in California for years now. Am just now getting them shipped to me. Everything's been in great shape so far.

That said, if humidity is an issue, put them in plastic totes. And whatever you do, remember that things will shift in storage. Boxes will weaken, and what you thought was a good solid set up will lean and potentially tumble. Keep your games out of range of those tumbles.
 
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It's not that hard to find a climate controlled unit if you ask around at the storage places. The one I use has 1 building out of its 20 or so total buildings that's climate controlled (which is important in the upper Midwest with the extremes of summer and winter). The premium to pay for a climate controlled unit is not that much, if you need the peace of mind.
 
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j_holmes wrote:
Make sure the storage facility has a working sprinkler system. There was a recent story in NZ about such a facility that didn't and things ended badly. I'm sure others with more experience will have more insight.
The storage facility that caught fire was a Kiwi Self Storage in Wellington. My entire collection has been in a Kiwi Self storage facility for 2.5 years (thankfully in Auckland). I would have been rather upset if it had been my facility that caught fire. For what it's worth all my games are stored in plastic bins with a sealable lid. I get them out whenever I need one but one day I'm hoping to have them back on a shelf.
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The plastic containers from the Warehouse (big white ones with wheels on the base?) or other ones?
 
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Lots of great advice. One more possible precaution, for any of the walls that have open air on the other side, leave at least a little space should condensation be a worry.
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I've stored books like in such a thing before, and I learned a lesson about dessicant - don't let the dessicant touch the contents of the box! Turns out that the dessicant will transfer moisture TO cardboard/paper if it's sitting right on top of it. Keep some plastic between the dessicant and the games and you'll be fine.
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