Rent the smallest space possible and stack high; sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space.
Keep your belongings off the concrete floor and away from the storage space walls. Placing them on pallets will help prevent damage from condensation and improve air circulation.
Drain all remaining fluids from lawn mowers, power tools, boats, autos, snowmobiles, and containers. Frozen liquid will expand and could break the container.
Place items that you will use often near the front of your unit, and mark the contents clearly.
Protect your belongings by packing them properly in boxes with packing paper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts.
Things to do before storing:
Make a list of all the packing supplies you will need. Such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, marking pens, Damp Rid®, rope, and pallets.
Take a list of what you are going to be storing to our facility, so that the manager can help you determine the correct size for your needs.
Schedule your mover 30-45 days in advance.
Be sure to read the lease before signing it. Make sure you are aware of company policies on moving out, paying the rent and other important information.
If you are using a moving company, find out what size truck they will be using. This is valuable in determining if your unit will be accessible to that truck. Most moving companies charge more the farther they have to carry your things.
Utilize all the space in your unit. Make a plan as to how you are going to arrange your items. A good plan will save you the time of having to rearrange your unit. Leave an aisle in the center of your unit so that you have a walk way to the back of the unit.
Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.
Label the boxes on all six sides and keep a list for easy reference. This will save you time if you have to look for something in particular. When packing boxes fill them without making them too heavy to lift. Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top of the heavier ones. This will prevent boxes from being crushed. Keep boxes off the floor.
Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.
To protect your items cover them with moving pads, sheets, or light blankets.
Be sure to check your unit once a month.
Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. (This will save space.) Wrap and label all pieces for an easier time when you have to reassemble them. Put all hard ware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.
When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos, things that have numerous cords, place small colored stickers on the cord and the same color sticker where the cord goes. This will save you the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where when it comes time to reassemble your electronics. If possible, use the original boxes to store your electronics and other items.
Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. Leave appliances like refrigerators and freezers slightly ajar to prevent mildew newspaper is an excellent deodorizer and moisture deterrent use in these items, or use boxes of baking soda.
If it is possible, store couches on end. Stack chairs seat to seat. Use the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items. When stacking furniture use paper pads in between the items to avoid scratching.
Store mirrors and paintings on end, not flat.
To prevent rusting rub a small amount of machine oil on metal tools, bicycles, and equipment. Drain and clean all debris from all equipment before you store them.
When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This should avoid mistaking them for excess paper to fill the box. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables. Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly.
Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes.
Purchase renters insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring.
Rubbermaid containers are great to store your items. They have tight fitting lids and stack easily. Keep the more valuable items in the rear of the unit. This will prevent others from seeing them when you are in your unit.
Keep out of season clothes accessible, you may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.
Be aware of your surroundings when you are in your unit. If you see a potential problem or anything suspicious, alert the manager.
Do not store any food items. This will decrease the chances of any unwanted guests.
Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them.
Especially when you are packing books pack these lightly.
Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. Check with your Insurance company and purchase accordingly.
Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to any one that is not listed as having "Access". If you do need to let someone in contact the office to get a temporary access.
Do not use printed newspaper. The ink may smudge and get on your items.
Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.
Do not store any toxins or flammables. Such as paint, gasoline or propane.