1. Unit Sizes
When choosing a unit size, give yourself extra room to move items around if needed. It’s better to size up, than not have enough space. If you need any help with sizing, contact the office and view our demonstration room.
When putting your items in boxes or totes, number the boxes and label accordingly. Label each side of the box, as well as the top of the box. Make a detailed list of the inventory of each numbered box. When you are making your inventory list give an estimated value for each item. If items in the box are breakable, be sure to store that box on top, and label as “FRAGILE”.
3. Box Sizes
Only use two different sizes of boxes or totes. This helps when you are stacking boxes high and keep boxes organized. Be sure boxes are not overpacked and can withstand being stacked. Be sure to put the heavier boxes on the bottom of the stack. We sell various sizes of boxes and totes in our office.
4. Safety and Security
Come in regularly to check the status of your items, and to prevent dust from collecting. This is just for your own peace of mind. Visit our office for dust covers.
5. Space Saving
Before moving items into your storage unit, get a gameplan together. Put large items on the sides on the unit and boxes or smaller items towards the middle. Utilize any dresser drawers or shelves with loose items. Leave an aisleway to access all items in the unit and give yourself space to sort through boxes or totes if necessary.
Avoid using plastic bags (even sealed bags). These tend to collect moisture or mildew in the weather. Ask the office about our Temperature Controlled units! In addition, we sell wardrobe boxes in the office which are great for storing clothing, fabric or anything upholstered. When storing mattresses, we recommend mattresses covers.
When storing any freezers or refrigerators, try to keep the door slightly open. All electrical appliances should be completely dry. Defrost all freezers or refrigerators, drain washers and dishwashers before storing. We advise doing this a few days before placing in storage to make sure appliances are dry.
8. Tools or Equipment
Be sure to drain all fuel, oils, or liquid from any equipment. We do not allow any combustibles to be stored. Rub down all metal tools with an oil to prevent rust from forming. Shovels, rakes, and hoses can be stored together inside empty trash cans. Extra cans can be stacked inside each other.
9. Fragile Valuables
Pack all fragile items with bubble wrap or packing paper. Keep these things on top of any stacks, or toward the middle of the unit near the aisleway. Be sure any mirrors or photo frames are standing rather than lying flat.
We always recommend the Disc Lock for the security of the unit. If you are a business that shares the unit with multiple employees, we recommend a combination lock. It’s very easy to change to combination. We have locks available for purchase in the office.