Pack smart by putting those items that you’re most likely to need the most at the front of the unit.
Create a center aisle. This makes it easier to access all items.
Put pallets or skids beneath storage items instead of placing boxes directly on the floors. This allows air flow around and under items.
Save space by removing legs from furniture and placing items on end. This works especially well for things like tables and sofas.
To keep old photographs flat, place them between pieces of two pieces of cardboard, then tape the cardboard pieces together. This will prevent the photographs from curling.
For items with small engines, drain liquids like gasoline and oil.
You alone control access to your storage space but state law still determines what you may legally store. Do not store firearms, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, perishables, live animals, explosives, flammable liquids or fuels, toxic materials, perishables, or any other items that need a controlled environment.
Keep your storage space tidy by storing shovels, hoes and rakes upright in trash cans.
Cover mattresses for storage and store them on flat, level surfaces.
To protect wood surfaces during storage, use protective covers and treat surfaces before storing.
To protect metal surfaces during storage and retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a towel that has been moistened with a few drops of machine oil.
To protect clothes and textiles during storage, pack dress clothes, blankets and drapes on hangers in a wardrobe box.
To protect all of your items, use good, high-quality locks on your unit. If you do not have one, you can ask the site manager for a recommendation since locks are available for sale on site.
To protect items that may be sensitive to humidity conditions, use climate control.
To help save space, place dressers and tables top-to-top.
Fill your storage containers to capacity. Boxes and cartons that are partially full or bulging are more likely to tip or collapse.
Insure your belongings. In general, items in self-storage aren’t covered by policies like homeowner’s insurance or rental insurance, so it is important to find insurance that will cover items in storage.
To ward of some insects and household pets, try adding bay leaves to your boxes and containers.
When looking for a storage company, be sure to check out several different storage companies, and review their policies and services. Things you may want to ask about include:
- Their service hours
- What types and levels of insurance they offer
- How they bill and accept payment
- What types of on-site security they have for storage units
Once you decide on a company, review their contract carefully before you sign. Since contracts are binding, you should be comfortable with the agreement and the security of your belongs before you sign. Once you sign the contract, make sure that you have everything you need to access your unit (such as your unit information, keys and/or codes).
When you no longer need or want your unit, let the rental company know. That way you can make sure that all of your paperwork is in order before you leave.