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Stoage Tips

General

  • Rent the smallest space possible and stack high; sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space.

  • Keep your belongings off the concrete floor and away from the storage space walls. Placing them on pallets will help prevent damage from condensation and improve air circulation.

  • Drain all remaining fluids from lawn mowers, power tools, boats, autos, snowmobiles, and containers. Frozen liquid will expand and could break the container.

  • Place items that you will use often near the front of your unit, and mark the contents clearly.

  • Protect your belongings by packing them properly in boxes with packing paper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts.

MAKE A LIST

  • Make a list of all the packing supplies you will need. Such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, marking pens, Damp Rid®, rope, and pallets.

  • Take a list of what you are going to be storing to our facility, so that the manager can help you determine the correct size for your needs.

  • Schedule your mover 30-45 days in advance.

  • Be sure to read the lease before signing it. Make sure you are aware of company policies on moving out, paying the rent and other important information.

  • If you are using a moving company, find out what size truck they will be using. This is valuable in determining if your unit will be accessible to that truck. Most moving companies charge more the farther they have to carry your things.

STORAGE DO's

  • Utilize all the space in your unit. Make a plan as to how you are going to arrange your items. A good plan will save you the time of having to rearrange your unit. Leave an aisle in the center of your unit so that you have a walk way to the back of the unit.

  • Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. (This will save space.) Wrap and label all pieces for an easier time when you have to reassemble them. Put all hard ware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.

  • Label the boxes on all six sides and keep a list for easy reference. This will save you time if you have to look for something in particular.​

  • Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.

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  • Be sure to check your unit once a month.

  • Purchase renters insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring.

GET STURDY, UNIFORM PACKING SUPPLIES

  • Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.

  • Rubbermaid containers are great to store your items. They have tight fitting lids and stack easily. Keep the more valuable items in the rear of the unit. This will prevent others from seeing them when you are in your unit.

  • When packing boxes fill them without making them too heavy to lift. Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top of the heavier ones. This will prevent boxes from being crushed. Keep boxes off the floor.

  • To protect your items cover them with moving pads, sheets, or light blankets.

  • When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This should avoid mistaking them for excess paper to fill the box. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables. Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly.

STORAGE DON'Ts

  • Do not store any food items. This will decrease the chances of any unwanted guests.

  • Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them.

  • Especially when you are packing books pack these lightly.

  • Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. Check with your Insurance company and purchase accordingly.

  • Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to any one that is not listed as having "Access". If you do need to let someone in contact the office to get a temporary access.

  • Do not use printed newspaper. The ink may smudge and get on your items.

  • Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.

  • Do not store any toxins or flammables. Such as paint, gasoline or propane.

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