Loading Your Storage Unit

Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to frequent access to in the front and allow for walkways.

Make an inventory of your items, get photos & serial numbers. Keep it in a safe place or in a safe deposit box.

Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods. You may wish to place storage items on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold or damp.

CAUTION: Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e. Paint Thinner, gasoline, solvents, paints, etc.)

Uniform size boxes should be used or easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25 to 30 lbs. (it is best not to put too much in each box especially books and paper, due to their weight).

List contents of boxes on all four sides, number boxes and seal with tape.

Stack light 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 bubble wrap & cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in table cloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage. Use Dish-Packs for china & glassware.

Large 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 each other.

Tables having removable legs should be broken down to save space and wear and tear on table legs.

Sofa and love seats can sometimes be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover under the item on concrete. Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top, or you may wish to use a jumbo plastic storage bag on these items. Curtain rods can be taped together in a bundle and laid flat.

Do not store wet items and avoid stacking items against the sides of the unit as the steel may “sweat” which can cause water damage, mold or mildew.

Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. They may bend out of shape and become lumpy if at an angle. Separate the headboard and upright bed rails to maintain straightness.

Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full, except for walkways in larger units.

Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture. Loosely cover all upholstery. If sealed include a few scented dryer sheets for freshness, tuck into linens as well.

To prevent bug infestation and rodents, no food or food items should be stored. (If absolutely necessary, good staples should be sealed in plastic zip locks within another plastic bag and stored off the floor).

TV’s & electronics should be stored in the rear of your unit, typically on top of your heaviest pieces like dressers and cover.

Use a good quality lock – we recommend “disk” type steel locks, then remember the location of the key.

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