Tips for Storing Your Property
Things to do before storing your belongings
List all the packing items you will need. Items such as boxes, tape, marker pens, bubble wrap, rope, pallets & blankets.
Use 2 x 4’s, etc. to keep your items off the floor of the 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.
Put irregular items on top.
Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.
Leave small walkways between the boxes and furniture in your storage unit so you can easily get to the items you want without having to move anything around.
Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew.
To protect your items cover them with moving pads, sheets, or light blankets. Store mirrors and paintings on end, not flat.
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 pads in between the items to avoid scratching.
Do not store any toxic, flammable or hazardous materials, such as gasoline, oil, cleaning fluids, paint or paint thinner.
Do not store food items.
Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry.
Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while they are in storage.
Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to anyone that is not listed as having “access.”