Do not store combustibles or perishables such as paint, cleaning fluids, gasoline, etc. Make certain all fuel is drained or burned out of gasoline powered equipment. Throw away anything that could possibly cause fire.
Do not store food in open containers or any item which could attract rodents or pests.
Packing & Storage Tips
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Following these simple packing tips will save you trouble and damage and help you maximize space in your storage space.
- Plan around access. If you will not need access to your items once stored, you may store everything more compactly. If you may need to retrieve items during storage, it is good to leave enough space at the front door to enter and enough hallway space between items to walk through.
- A box for everything and everything in a box is the best protection for your goods. Use uniformly-sized boxes and stack them shoulder high to maximize storage space.
- Prepare your unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods. Be sure the plastic laps up over the walls a few inches on every side.
- Leave a small air space between the goods stored and the storage unit walls.
- Store lightweight, smaller items toward the back of the unit. Move large, heavy items into the unit last.
- Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
- Protect mattresses, sofas, and chairs with plastic covers.
- Cover the entire load with a light plastic cover.
- Use a good quality lock on your storage unit. Cheap locks may not protect as well.
- Insure your goods while in storage. Ask the manager about self-storage insurance at reasonable rates.
- Keep a list of all items in storage as well as pictures and descriptions.
- Begin packing a couple days before you move. Careful packing prevents breakage and loss of small fragile items. Moving time is a great time to weed out old, unwanted or unneeded possessions.
- Have plenty of sturdy corrugated cartons, packing paper, sealing tape, and marking pens on hand.
Tape all appliance doors shut when moving. Wedge doors open in storage. Secure all movable parts with paper. Wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. Freezers, refrigerators, and washer and dryers make excellent packing cartons for bedding, towels, and clothing. Always clean your stove before moving and give the utility company a few days’ notice to disconnect appliances.
Tie bed rails together with rope or plastic tape. As you take beds apart, mark all pieces so you know which goes with which headboard, etc. Place covers on mattresses to keep them clean during the move and storage.
Books get heavy in bunches. Pack them in small cartons holding weight to under 30 pounds for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper. Garbage bags work well as a liner.
Bureau drawers work well as extra packing boxes. Fill them with a few small and fragile items. Sweaters, blankets, and towels make excellent padding.
Go easy on your back. Keep the weight of the packing cartons to less than 30 pounds. With a marking pen, list contents of each carton on the side. To help with determining unit size needs, multiply length x width x height of each carton if not already on the carton. Make sure each carton is filled completely to prevent collapse. Fill unused space with newspaper or packing paper.
Protect all chairs legs by wrapping them in paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.
Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe carton.
Dishes and Glasses
Take your time when packing dishes. Wrap each one with packing tissue and cushion them in the carton with crumpled packing paper.
Pack lamp shades in individual boxes with plenty of paper for padding. Lamp bases ride securely in bureau drawers, freezers and washing machines. For safety, pad them well with towels and blankets.