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STORAGE AND PACKING TIPS

STORAGE TIPS 101

  • Climate control in a self-storage facility is particularly important if you're planning to store upholstered items, business records or archive documents as a few months in a damp environment will do untold damage.
  • Do not assume that your homeowner's or renter's insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. You may need to purchase separate insurance. Always check with your insurance agent.
  • Make an estimate of the replacement value of each item stored to help with accurate insurance policies in case of unforeseen damage.
  • Invest in good quality sturdy boxes and packing materials because box strength degrades with time.
  • Label all boxes. Label by numbers or description and have the master list separate from your storage space. Label each box on all four sides with numbers. Mark "Fragile" on all boxes with breakables.
  • Be careful when packing with printed newspaper because the ink may smudge off on your belongings.
  • Box everything that you can. Things left unboxed will get dusty.
  • Seal all your boxes with packing tape to help keep dust out of the contents.
  • Leave a small space between the goods stored and the storage unit's walls to allow air to circulate.
  • Clean all furniture, appliances and clothing prior to storing them. Pack everything loosely and cover.
  • If storing wool items, use cedar strips or mothballs to prevent moth damage.
  • Do not stack heavy or folded objects where they could shift or collapse when you move or need access.
  • Leave a path to the rear of the unit to allow easy access to all stored items.

WHAT NOT TO STORE

  • Any goods that are illegal or stolen

  • Any goods that are explosive, hazardous, perishable or caustic including chlorine, acid, paint, batteries, gasoline or cleaning fluids

  • Any materials, liquids and aerosols that are flammable, pressurized or toxic that may burst or spill

  • Food items that could attract rodents or pests

  • Dirty appliances and Vacuum cleaner bags

  • Wet items that will cause water damage, mold and mildew

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR STORAGE SPACE

  • Store frequently used items at the front of the unit so you can get to them easily.

  • For security reasons store valuable items towards the back of the unit.

  • Buying boxes of similar sizes makes it easier to stack them securely and will save you space.

  • Store your seasonal items at the front of the unit where you can get to them easily.

  • Place mattresses and couches in protective covers and store on end.

  • Shelving should be placed against the walls. Boxes and small items should be stored on the shelves.

  • Wrap mirrors and pictures with protective wrap or use special mirror cartons and store them on end.

  • Stack lighter boxes on top of bigger, heavier ones.


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