Storing Tips

Best Practices for Storing Your Items

You want peace-of-mind when you're storing your precious items at a location other than your home. You need them not only to be safe, but also to be easy to retrieve when you visit your storage unit. Following a few good practices will go a long way when it comes to maintaining stress-free storage.

Make a List
Not everyone has a perfect memory! Keep a list of all items in the storage unit so you always know exactly what is in all of those boxes.
Raise it Up
Prepare your unit by placing pallets, blocks of wood or cardboard on the floor under your items to minimize the possibility of water or moisture damage. Avoid using plastic as this can cause condensation to accumulate.
Provide Easy Access
Consider whether or not you will need access to any of your items while they are in storage. Try to place those items near the front of the storage unit, and if possible, leave a walkway opening into the unit.
Use Labels
Label your boxes and arrange them in such a way that they can be easily read.
Stack Wisely
Place heaviest boxes on the bottom when stacking, and light, fragile, or otherwise crushable containers at the top.
Let Air Flow
Leave a small air space between the goods stored and the storage unit walls.
Protect Upholstery
Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Invest in a Lock
Use a good quality lock on your storage unit door. Cheap locks will rust.
Insure Your Property
Insure your goods while in storage. Ask us about self storage insurance at reasonable rates.
Protect Appliances
Leave appliance doors cracked open so that moisture does not build up within. Place some charcoal briquettes in refrigerators to absorb odors.
Don't Store Food
Food in storage units can can attract mice or other pests. No, thank you!