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Storage and Moving Tips

For Storage: 
Boxes, tape, bubble wrap and make sure you mark the contents!
2 wheel cart to ease the moving of boxes (check with us to get a loaner!)

For Moving: 
Notify utilities (Gas, Electric, Cable, Phone)
Notify the postal Service
Notify magazines, newspapers and any other regular delivery
Make sure that all your financial companies are aware of your move

Things to do before storing:

  • Make a list of all packing supplies you will need such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, marking pens, damp rid, rope and pallets.
  • Vist the facility that you want to store your items.  Take a list of what you are going to be storing so that the manager can help you determine the correct size for your needs.
  • 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 the storage units is accessible to the truck.  Most moving companies charge more the farther they have to carry your things.
  • Use pallets, 2x4's, plywood, anything that will keep your items off the floor of the unit.
  • 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 time in rearranging your unit.  Leave an isle in the center so you have a walkway to 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 to heavy to lift.  Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on the top.  This will prevent boxes from getting crushed.  Keep boxes off the floor.
  • Be sure to store frequently used items in 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. to save space.  Wrap and label all pieces for an easier re-assembly later.  Put all hardware in bags and mark them 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 time figuring out what goes where when reassembling your electronics.  If possible use the original boxes to store your electronics.
  • Make sure all appliances are clean and dry before storing them.  Leave appliances slightly open to prevent mildew.
  • If at all possible store couches on end.  Stack chairs seat to seat.  When stacking furniture, use paper pads in between them to prevent scratching.
  • Store mirrors and painting on end not flat.
  • To prevent rusting, rub a small amount of machine oil on metal tools, bicycles, and equipment.  Drain and clean all equipment before storing.
  • When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after wrapping it.  This should avoid mistaking them for excess paper when filling the box.  Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper for wrapping breakables. Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly.
  • Clothes and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers to retain their original shapes.
  • Purchase the insurance.  If your belongings are worth storing they are worth insuring.
  • Rubbermaid containers are a great way 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 your in your unit.
  • Keep out of season clothes accessible, you may your belonging 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 bring it to the managers attention.

 

Dont's

  • Do not use plastic to cover your belongings. It retains moisture.
  • Do not store any food items. This will prevent any unwanted guests.
  • Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them. Especially when you are packing books.
  • Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. Purchase storage insurance.
  • Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to anyone that is not listed as having "access."
  • Do not use printed newspaper. The ink may smudge and damage your items.
  • Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.
  • Do not store any toxins or flammables. Such as paint, oil, or gasoline.