Top 10 Tips for Self Storage
- Use boxes that are a uniform size – they will stack much easier and utilize space better.
- As you stack, place heavy boxes on the bottom and lighter on the top.
- Leave walkways between boxes so you can access them easier.
- Half-full boxes tend to collapse easier during stacking.
- Leave a little space between your unit walls and boxes – helps air circulate.
- Storing a refrigerator or washer/dryer? Leave doors slightly ajar – prevents mold.
- No flammables or combustibles are allowed in any of the storage units.
- Take photos or videos to document your stored items.
- Label your boxes for quick identification.
- Bubble wrap and/or wrap your fragile items with newspaper.
DO NOT STORE THESE ITEMS: Furs, jewelry and other expensive items, irreplaceable items, any living thing, used tires, firearms, explosives, flammables of any kind (gas, diesel, oil, paint, etc.), drugs or drug paraphernalia, stolen items, any type of hazardous items, perishable items of any kind, hazardous waste materials of any kind, items that produce odors or any item that will in any way make other tenants or the manager unhappy.
Organizing your Storage Unit
- Place wooden pallets or boards underneath furniture and boxes. This will prevent condensation from damaging them.
- Leave a small airspace between your stored items and the wall of the storage unit for ventilation.
- Store items that will not be needed to the rear of the storage unit, and items you will need to access toward the front of the unit.
- Store heavy items on the bottom and lightweight items on top.
- Store smaller, more valuable items to the rear of the storage unit and larger items toward the front of the unit.
- Cover everything with plastic sheeting. Wooden furniture should first be covered with blankets to avoid abrasion and moisture damage. Plastic sheeting will protect your stored goods from both dust and water damage.
- Pack your storage unit as tightly as possible. Tighter packing helps to protect stored items from moisture and dust and reduces the space needed to store you property.
- Use a high quality disc (round) padlock to secure your storage unit. This type of lock is difficult to cut or break and offers maximum protection for very little money.