Phoenix is one of the most popular cities in America when it comes to season residents. Colloquially, people who spend winter in Phoenix, and summer somewhere else, are referred to as snowbirds. Snowbirds spend the winters in the comparative paradise of Phoenix, while the rest of American freezes and is buried under several tons of snow. Snowbirds typically only spend a few months in Phoenix, but their possessions and homes stay here year around.
Self-Storage for Seasonal Residents
Even though many snowbirds own homes or condominiums in Phoenix, many of them still make use of self-storage facilities. A home which is left on its own for 6 to 8 months out of the year is a vulnerable target for burglars. Many snowbirds opt to keep their valuable possessions in the safety of a self-storage facility when they are out of town.
The homes of snowbirds also sit empty during the brutal heat of the summer. Because there is no one living in them, the air conditioning will almost always be turned off inside these homes. This can lead to the internal temperature of the homes rising above 120 degrees. Many items, including wooden furniture, will be damaged by prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures. This is another reason many snowbirds opt to place items in storage.
Some items can be properly stored inside the home, rather than at a storage facility. These items are best placed in boxes, then sealed. If snowbirds would rather keep their furniture inside the home, they would do best to cover it in plastic in order to give it some protection. It is also common to place mothballs near clothing to keep away pest that might cause damage. If snowbirds know people who are permanent residents of Phoenix, they can ask them to stop by the home periodically to make sure everything is in good shape.