To simplify your move and protect your belongings from damage, check out these helpful tips. Be sure to visit our self storage tips page and our FAQ page for more information.
Plan out your move in accordance to your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front. Allow space for walkways.
Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
Place your storage items on 2’x 4’ boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor can become cold and damp.
CAUTION: Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paints, etc.).
Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25 lbs. to 30 lbs. It is best not overfill each box.
List the contents of boxes on all four sides. Number the boxes and seal them with tape.
Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked "fragile," and stored on end.
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.
Larger appliances make excellent packing cases for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.
Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another to save space.
Tables with removable legs should be disassembled to save space.
Sofas and love seats can be stored on their ends to save floor space. Always place a protective cover under the item on the concrete. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise they may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.
Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Use a good quality lock on your door. Cheap locks rust and will not provide adequate security.