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STORAGE TIPS

  • 1. Space Management

    Plan your space. Get a slightly larger unit than you need in order to leave yourself room to sort and to retrieve items you may need to access. Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and bins to allow for air circulation. Leave items you need the most in the front of the unit.

  • 2. Gather Materials

    Start by gathering as many plastic storage bins as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels etc. We do not recommend cardboard boxes for storage.

  • 3. Uniform Sizes

    If possible, try to use uniformly sized plastic storage bins for easy stacking.

  • 4. Inventory

    Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe area away from the unit.

  • 5. Prepare & Keep Dry

    Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods. Place your storage items on 2 x 4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. All concrete floors become cold and damp and we do not recommend you store items directly on the floor. We do not recommend cardboard boxes for storage.

  • 6. CAUTION

    Do not store any food items of any kind whatsoever, including canned or sealed goods. Never store anything COMBUSTIBLE (paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint). Do not store irreplaceable items or items of great sentimental value. These types of items are best stored in a bank safe deposit box.

  • 7. Stack

    Stack heavier storage bins on the bottom and lighter boxes on top. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).

  • 8. Fragile

    Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy bins. Stack them on top. Fragile pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard or in towels and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

  • 9. Extra Space

    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.

  • 10. Appliances & Electronics

    Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Store TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit and wrap them carefully and fully for protective purposes.

  • 11. Insurance

    While we do our best to protect your property, we cannot insure your property, nor protect it against any perils of any kind. Life happens... and that's why we offer and highly encourage insurance. Check with your homeowner's or renter's policy to see if off-site storage is covered (some do not or only a small fraction of the actual value). Protect your items by securing one of our low cost, no deductible insurance policies. All items stored at our facility are stored at your own risk.