PRIOR TO PACKING
- Make an inventory with serial numbers if possible and take photos for your record
- Verify insurance coverage for your unit through your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy
ORGANIZING THE STORAGE UNIT
- Leave a few inches of space between your items and wall for better ventilation
- Gather the things you are least likely to need during the time you are storing your belongings. Place these items in the unit first. Place the items you are most likely to need closest to the door for easy access.
- Store heaviest items on the bottom and lightest items on the top.
- Label boxes and take home a list of labeled boxes for easy reference. Place cartons so that you can read the label which lists their contents.
- Do not lean items against the wall. Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access.
- Store items that could be damaged by moisture off the floor.
- Use a high quality disc lock on your unit.
***ATTENTION – DO NOT STORE***
- Flammables – Fuels – Ammunition – Paints – Liquids – Toxic/Hazardous Waste
- Explosives – Animals – Perishables – Food Items – Plants
- Combustibles, Flammable, Hazardous or Toxic Materials including gasoline, compressed gas, propane tanks, kerosene, lamp & motor oil, acid, grease, corrosives, fertilizer, paint, cleaners, chemicals, narcotics, or hazardous, toxic or biological waste. Asbestos or products containing asbestos, fireworks, explosives, weapons, ammunition or any radioactive equipment or materials.
- A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Non-perishable goods may be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.
BLANKETS, DRAPERIES & CLOTHING
- Have items cleaned and then pack them right on the hanger in a wardrobe box.
BOOKS & MAGAZINES
- Pack them flat, not standing on end (which may cause damage to the spines). Books are extremely heavy so don’t pack too many in one box and don’t mix them with fragile items.
- Alternate book spines to the right and left
- Seal in plastic bags where appropriate
FURNITURE & TABLES
- Place a pallet or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas on end. Disassemble beds and tables to save storage space. Wrap with furniture pads to protect from oil and scratches. Wrap table legs in paper pads and if possible, tape them to the protective wrap around the corresponding item. Place a bedsheet over your furniture as a dust cover.
LAWN MOWERS, SNOWBLOWERS & POWERED LAWN EQUIPMENT
- Drain gasoline and oil from small engines
MIRRORS & PICTURES
- Large works should be stored in specially designed boxes. Smaller pictures can be wrapped in bubble wrap or packing paper and stored in boxes with clothing or linens.
- Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together. Do not store irreplaceable photos. Negatives take up little space. Consider keeping them with you.