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How to pack your items for your unit

Unlike packing for a new home, self storage comes with a few unique challenges that make preparation your best bet. After all, you are not simply moving items from one home to another—you must take into account space, weather and water issues, protection from breakage, and accessibility for the items you need most.

Fortunately, with the right organization, you can make the most out of your storage unit without spending too much time packing or worrying about your personal effects.

  • Start with Furniture: In almost all cases, furniture should go in to the self storage unit first. Large items like couches, beds and tables tend to weigh more than boxes and provide a good foundation for stacking. If possible, line these along the back or on one side, and use pallets to keep them from resting directly on the floor. You might also consider laying tarps down all along the floor before you start moving things in.
  • Group Boxes by Weight/Fragility: A box of family china is going to weigh a lot, but will not serve as a good foundation for stacking other boxes. A box of books, on the other hand, always makes a great foundation piece. When you pack, group your items in terms of stackability. Mark the breakables as such, and keep them for a special location in the storage facility. As with the furniture, line the walls first, leaving ample room for you to walk into the storage facility if you need to look around.
  • Pack Things Tightly: Tight packing is almost always safer than a jumbled heap. Keep things tight and compact, and you can avoid dust, settling, wear and tear—and all while maximizing your storage unit space.
  • Cardboard is Just Cardboard: A cardboard box is great for portability, but there is no guarantee that it will stay intact over time. Moisture and regular wear and tear will eventually break them down. Consider purchasing Tupperware tubs for storage, or look into canvas or plastic dropcloths that can be placed over the top of your stacks. Large plastic garbage bags can also be used as a last-minute cover up.
  • Consider Alternatives for Expensive Materials: Furs and jewelry should be stored elsewhere, when possible. Anything that is leather should be treated before being stored. Photographs (which can curl over time) should be kept pressed and safe with you. Anything that will cause you unnecessary worry might be better off in your possession than in self storage.
  • Invest in Bubble Wrap: Bubble wrap can be costly, but it can also be well worth it. If you will be storing valuable breakables, hand-wrap each item and pack it carefully. Wadded up newspaper can also work, but tends to be less reliable in the long run than bubble wrap.
  • Keep Dangerous Items Out: One thing that few people consider is how dangerous it can be to have hazardous or perishable items in storage. Avoid storing things that are flammable or explosive. Anything that can degrade over time or produce a smell should be kept out. Even used tires or paints should be stored elsewhere.

Packing for self storage can be quite an undertaking at first, but a little planning can go a long way in putting your mind at ease. The more care you take for your items before you store them, the better the chances that everything will emerge exactly as you put it in!

Moving Made Easy: Tips & Tricks for Moving DayFreeport Rd Storage Box

Whether you’ve had months or weeks to plan, moving day can be stressful. Boxes can get misplaced, fragile items can break, and things can definitely go wrong—but even if they don’t, you’re likely to be tense with so many to-do’s and details to coordinate. Rather than sweat it out, here are some helpful hints you can follow on moving day to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

1. Before moving day arrives, make sure you have a playbook in mind. This may mean walking through your new house or apartment and mentally planning out what boxes and items need to go in each room. Also, for those who are renting, this is a good time to take photos of the new place before moving for proof of any pre-existing damage or issues to protect your security deposit.

2. Have all of your clothes and loose items packed before professional movers or your friends and family show up. Not only is this the decent thing to do, packing ahead of time reduces any last-minute shuffles that result in lost or broken items. When packing your boxes, use different colored duct tape for each room of the house, and clearly mark what’s inside the box and what room it belongs in. For inventory purposes, you should number off your boxes as well to make sure you have all your things once you’re moved in. Pro tip: you can pack all your hanging clothes by easily fitting them in a garbage bag with the hangers poking out of the top.

3. Have a separate survival box and bag set aside either in your car or near the door of your moving truck. The box should have items you’ll need or want right away, including cooking and eating utensils, toiletry items, pajamas, and a couple of outfits to get you through the unpacking process. Also, you’ll want to make sure you have your laptop or tablet and your phone charger packed in there so they’re easy to access. A couple of things many people don’t think about is placing trash bags and a box cutter in this pack to help clean up the unpacking process as you go.

4. Be considerate of those helping you.  If you’ve hired movers, make sure you or a family member are overseeing the move in case any accidents or last-minute changes occur. If friends are helping you out, make sure you have drinks available and are aware of any specials going on at nearby pizza places—pizza is relatively cheap and feeds a lot of people. During the move, designate an area as a snack station with fuel-foods such as bottled water, trail mix, veggies, or even protein bars. Lastly, you can really go above and beyond in appreciation by giving them first dibs on anything you may be looking to sell or donate during the move.

5. Keep a boom box or portable speaker unpacked to provide music to motivate your moving day efforts. You can even make a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs to keep you “moving” through the day.

6. Set some milestones and reward yourself and your helpers when you reach each goal. For example, after each room is cleared out and clean, treat yourself to a snack, piece of candy, or a drink.

7. If you’re moving with kids and/or pets, it’s best to find a sitter for moving day. It’s not that you don’t love the little tikes, but they may get in the way or, worse, get hurt in the shuffle. For those little ones who love to help, pack a small shoebox with some of their toys to send along with them, letting them know it’s an important job to move their things into their new home later on.

8. Once all your boxes, furniture, and other items are safely moved into your new home and all your help has left, close the door, sit on the floor, and take a deep breath. In the quiet, enjoy this moment. You did it. Welcome to your new home!

How to Prep your Car for Storage

There are a number of times when people need to store a vehicle for an extended period of time. Maybe you have a convertible that you love to drive in the summer, but winter is on the way. Or perhaps you’re going to leave town for a job or an extended vacation. Maybe you are in the military and are being deployed overseas.

Whatever the reason for your time away from the vehicle, you’ll need to put it in storage. If you simply let your vehicle sit on the street or in a garage for an extended period of time, you may return to a dead battery or — worse yet — a damaged engine, ruined tires and a rat’s nest under your hood.

Here are important steps to take before you store a vehicle. They will preserve the life of the engine and ensure that your car starts when you return to it.

Keep It Covered
A garage is the ideal place to store a vehicle. This will protect it from the elements and keep it at a temperature that’s relatively stable. If you don’t have a garage and you can find accommodation at a reasonable price, consider putting the car in a public storage facility.

If you have to leave the car outdoors, consider getting a weatherproof car cover. This will help keep the car clean and dry.

Clean It Up
It may seem counter intuitive to get the car washed when you’re putting it away for months, but it is an easy step and one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Water stains or bird droppings left on the car can damage the paint. Make sure to clean the wheels and undersides of the fenders to get rid of mud, grease or tar. For added protection, give the car a coat of wax.

Change the Oil
Skip this step if you’re only storing the car for a week or two. Consider getting the oil changed if you will be storing the vehicle for longer than 30 days. Ford recommends this in its owner’s manuals, saying that used engine oil has contaminants that could damage the engine.

Top Off the Tank
This is another long-term car storage tip. Fill the tank with gas if you expect the car to be in storage for more than 30 days. This will prevent moisture from accumulating inside the fuel tank and keep the seals from drying out. You should also purchase a fuel stabilizer such as Sta-bil, to prevent ethanol buildup and protect the engine from gum, varnish and rust. The fuel stabilizer will prevent the gas from deteriorating for up to 12 months.

Keep It Charged
An unattended battery will eventually lose its charge. Get someone to start the car every two weeks and drive it for about 15 minutes, if possible. Driving the car periodically has several benefits. It will maintain the battery’s charge, help the car “stretch its legs” and keep the engine and other components properly lubricated. It is also a good idea to run the air-conditioner to keep the parts in working order and the air quality fresh.

Don’t Use the Parking Brake
It’s usually a good idea to use the parking brake, but don’t do it when you leave a car in storage. If the brake pads make contact with the rotors for too long, there is a chance that they might fuse. Instead, purchase a tire stopper, also called a chock, to prevent the car from moving.

Prevent Flat Spots
Make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended tire pressure. If a vehicle is left stationary for too long, the tires could develop flat spots as the weight of the vehicle presses down on the tires’ footprints. This process occurs at a faster rate in colder temperatures and with vehicles equipped with performance tires or low-profile tires.

In some cases, simply having someone drive the car for a while will bring the tires up to their normal operating temperature and get rid of any flat spots. In more severe cases, a flat spot can become a permanent part of the tire and it will need to be replaced.

If your car will be in storage for more than 30 days, consider taking the wheels off and placing the car on jack stands at all four corners. This step requires more work, but it can save you from needing a new set of tires. Your tires will be in much better shape when you return if they haven’t had the weight of the vehicle resting on them for a month or more.

Maintain Insurance
You might be tempted to cancel your auto insurance when your vehicle is in storage. Although that might initially save money, there is a chance that the insurance company will raise your rates due to the gap in coverage, which could cost you more in the long run. This can vary based on where you live and who your provider is, so contact your insurance company to see what options are available to you.

Storing your bike for winter

Well, it’s that time of year again! Soon the snow will be falling and the motorcycles will be tucked away for the winter

And each spring your dealer’s phone will ring off the wall with customers who did not store the ol’ bike properly and now wonder why it won’t run.

Some preparation now will ensure that you are out riding in the spring instead of waiting in the dealer’s lineup.

  1. Change The Oil

Tip: Just like cars a colder winter grade oil will allow your bike to start easier in colder weather. If your motorcycle runs ok with a cold winter grade oil (5w30) then changing the oil to this grade will help startup and running in spring.

Even if the oil is not due for a change, byproducts of combustion produce acids in the oil which will harm the inner metal surfaces. Warm the engine to its normal operating temperature, as warm oil drains much faster and more completely.

While you are at it, why not change the filter too? Add fresh motorcycle grade oil. Remember to dispose of the drained oil and old filter in a responsible manner. What to do with the old oil? Recycle it. Most stores you have purchased the oil from will take it back free of change to be recycled.

  1. Add Fuel Stabilizer And Drain Carbs

Tip: You only need to drain the carbs if your motorcycle will be stored more than 4 months. Otherwise just add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank, run the bike for 10 minutes so it mixes and gets into the carbs.

Fill the tank with fresh fuel, but do not overfill. The correct level is when the fuel just touches the bottom of the filler neck. This gives enough room for the fuel to expand without overflowing the tank when temperature rises.

Shut off the fuel petcock and drain the carburetors and the fuel lines. Add winterizing fuel conditioner to prevent the fuel from going stale, and help prevent moisture accumulation. Stale fuel occurs when aromatics (the lighter additives) evaporate leaving a thicker, sour smelling liquid. If left long enough, it will turn into a gum, plugging the jets and passages inside your carbs!

  1. Lube the cylinder(s)

Tip: You only need to do this if your motorcycle will be stored a very long time (6 months or more)

Because gasoline is an excellent solvent and the oil scraper ring has done its job, most of the oil from the cylinder walls have been removed since the last time the engine was run. If the cylinder wall is left unprotected for a long period of time, it will rust and cause premature piston and ring wear.

Remove the spark plugs and pour a tablespoon (5 cc) of clean engine oil or spray fogging oil into each cylinder. Be sure to switch off the fuel before you crank the engine or else you may refill the drained carbs! Also, ground the ignition leads to prevent sparks igniting any fuel residue. Turn the engine over several revolutions to spread the oil around and then reinstall the plugs. Refitting the plugs before cranking the engine could result in a hydraulic lock if too much oil was used in the cylinder.

  1. Battery Storage

The battery must be removed from the motorcycle when it is in storage. Motorcycles often have a small current drain even when the ignition is switched off (dark current), and a discharged battery will sulfate and no longer be able to sustain a charge.

A conventional battery should be checked for electrolyte level. Add distilled water to any of the cells that are low and then charge the battery.

Battery charging should be performed at least every two weeks using a charger that has an output of 10% of the battery ampere hour rating. For example if the battery has an AH rating of 12 (e.g. 12N12A-4A-1 where the 12A is 12 amp hours), then the charge rate of that battery should not exceed 1.2 amps. A higher charge will cause the battery to overheat. Charge the battery away from open flame or sparks as the gas (hydrogen) given off a battery can be explosive. Elevate the battery and keep it from freezing. Exercise the proper caution appropriate to caustic substances.

  1. Surface Preparation

Waxing and polishing the motorcycle might seem like a waste of time since you are putting it away and no one will see it. But applying wax is a very important part of storing a motorcycle. Wax will act as a barrier against rust and moisture.

Don’t forget to spray any other metal surfaces (such as the frame or engine) will a very light spray of WD-40. This will keep these areas shiny and protect from corrosion as well.

  1. Exhaust and Mufflers

Exhausts/Mufflers are known to rust fast when they are not used. So making sure they are properly stored for the winter on your bike will save them from an early rusty death. Spray a light oil (such as WD40) into the muffler ends and drain holes. Lightly stick a plastic bag (shopping bag is fine) into the end of each muffler hole (to keep moisture from getting inside the exhaust). Then cover each muffler with another plastic bag to keep outside moisture off.

  1. Tires

Check both front and rear tires with your air pressure gauge. Make sure each tire is properly inflated to the maximum recommend pressure. As it gets colder, air condenses in your tire so it is important to pump them up as to keep your tires healthy. Rubber is a flexible material and does not like to freeze (it cracks when it freezes). Placing 1/4″-1/2″ piece of cardboard or wood board under each tire will help keep the rubber raised up from a freezing floor.

DO NOT use a tire dressing on tires (such as Armor-All or tire cleaning foam) as this will make the tires hard and slippery.

  1. Service all fluids

If the brake or clutch fluids haven’t been changed in the last two years or 18,000 km (11,000 miles), do it now. The fluids used In these system are “hygroscopic” which means that they absorb moisture. The contaminated fluid will cause corrosion inside the systems which may give problems when the motorcycle is used next spring. Be sure to use the correct fluids and note the warnings and instructions in the service manual. If you don’t have the experience to service these systems, contact your dealer, he will be happy to assist you.

If your motorcycle is liquid cooled, the coolant requires changing every two years or 24,000 kms (15,000 miles). Make sure that the engine is cool enough to rest your hand on it before draining the system and please dispose of the coolant responsibly. Coolant/antifreeze is available from your dealer and has been developed to provide the correct protection for your motorcycle engine. Mixed 50/50 with distilled water will ensure a clean system for the next two years or 24,000 kms (15,000 miles).

  1. Cover it.

Now you can cover the bike with the cycle cover and look forward to the first warm day of spring.

Moving with Pets

Similar to the challenge of moving with kids, moving with pets can be particularly difficult – not only logistically, but emotionally for some animals.  The same stressors that impact humans – including the introduction to a new home and settling in an unfamiliar neighborhood – can also send Fido into a funk.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ensure that that you have an anxiety-free move for both you and your furry (or feathered) friends.  Here are a few tips for managing your move with your pet:Moving with Pets

Prep your pet before you pack

  1. If you’re moving to a nearby location, make the effort to take your pet to visit the new neighborhood and get familiar with the new environment. Maybe there’s a fire hydrant, or patch of catnip growing somewhere that your pet will just love.  However, keep them on a tight leash.  Pets are always a flight risk if they get scared – and you don’t want to have to search for them in an unfamiliar place.
  2. Give your pet a chance to sniff about and get acquainted with the house and yard. Take about an hour or so to let them, well, do what pets do.
  3. If you’re making a long-distance move where you will not have the same veterinarian, take your pets for a medical pre-screening or checkup, making sure they’re on-record if an emergency arises.
  4. Take the time to get your pet a new identification tag with your new address. If they somehow manage to make an escape, you’ll want them sent to the right place.

Packing with your pet

  1. The day you officially start putting things into boxes it’s going to be chaos. Items could be delicately balanced or stacked – and space for simple footing can come become a premium. Set a room aside for your pets and keep them there while you pack things up. Dogs can usually be kept in a fenced in area outdoors – depending on the time of year and the climate in your region – but cats are generally better left indoors.
  2. Consider hiring a pet sitter for the day – so you can spread out and pack. It’s easier than ever to find loving, in-home pet care specialist using sharing-economy services like Rover.com.

Traveling with your pet

  1. 1.During shorter moves, you will want to stop for a few minutes about every hour and a half to allow your pet to have a potty break and a chance to stretch their legs. For long-distance moves, give your pet a 30-minute break every six hours or so.
  2. For safety reasons, take a picture of your pet the day you travel. Again, it’s all too common for pets to disappear during a move.  Having recent photos is a good emergency measure to take in the event of this unfortunate scenario.
  3. Talk to your pets. Tell them what’s going on and ask them if they’re doing okay.  While they may not understand what you’re saying, they’ll appreciate the attention and will feel comforted by it.

Moving in

  1. After you arrive, take the time to get your pet squared away by setting up their favorite toys or bedding items in a new “safe-room”
  2. Keep your pet extra close for the first 24-48 hours. Again, they will need a close eye over them initially in case of flight.
  3. Try establishing a routine of sleeping, eating, and going potty as quickly as possible. The sooner you slip into good habits, the easier it will be for your pet to adjust to their new surroundings.

Settling downMoving with Pets

  1. If you didn’t have the opportunity to visit your local vet prior to moving, do it once you’ve settled. Again, having your pet’s medical information on record will only help streamline things in the event of a real emergency.
  2. Go for frequent walks. The more familiar your pet is with the neighborhood, and the more you’re seen together by neighbors, the less likely your pet is to become lost.

While moving can sometimes be for the dogs, following these tips should help make your move smooth, safe and much less stressful for you and your pets.

Student Packing and Storage Tips

There are certain items that should be placed in storage versus what should be taken home with the student.  Personal items such as spring/summer clothing, jewelry, accessories and toiletries should be taken home. Also, if students will need certain equipment such as  computers, printers, electronics, TVs and other electronic equipment, take them home during the summer months. Self storage is great for storing books, furniture, mattresses, comforters, linens, kitchenware including plates, pans and glassware, mini refrigerator and other kitchen appliances and just about anything else students don’t need over the summer.

By the end of the school year, college students might need a reminder about how to properly pack their items for home or to place in storage:

  1. Books should be packed horizontally in a sturdy smaller box. Storing books vertically can damage the spines of the books.
  2. Clothing should be packed in clear plastic boxes or new cardboard boxes. Do not use grocery store boxes as these can contain food and other residue that can ruin the clothes. Wash all clothing before packing them for storage.
  3. Hang winter coats, heavier quilts and blankets and store in wardrobe boxes.
  4. Pack glasses, plates and dishes in bubble wrap or plain newsprint in sturdy cardboard boxes. Do NOT use regular newspapers as protection as it can leave a print residue on the items. Place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter objects at the top of the box. Place filler material between the pieces.  Once the boxes are packed up to within an inch of the top, add filler material and then completely seal the boxes with packing tape before storing.
  5. Clean out all appliances before placing in a storage unit. Leave the door to a mini-refrigerator open while in storage to allow for air flow.
  6. Label each box with the contents of the box on all four sides and the top of the box. If you are storing plastic boxes, tape a list of the contents to the outside of the box. Create an inventory list of the items that you have stored listing the contents of each box that you are storing.
  7. Utilize all storage space by storing items vertically and in stacks whenever possible.

 

Using your storage unit right

Over the years we’ve been tenants in several storage units, because sometimes you just need more space. There’s lots of reasons to rent one, but there’s also lots of tips and tricks to pick up along the way that they don’t mention at the front desk when you sign up! Here’s a few things we’ve learned in our adventures of paid storage, all of which we wish we would have known before hand …
1. Wrap What You Can : Each time we use a storage unit, we wrap what we can in industrial plastic wrap. That way, we know that things are sealed up tight and it won’t collect dust or creepy crawlies while it’s doing time.

2. Label, Label, Label: Even though you know exactly what you’re putting in your storage unit at the time you open it, that doesn’t mean in 6 months when you need back in it that you won’t be digging for ages and opening random boxes until you find what you’re after. Label everything. The hidden, the obvious, and you can even go as far as to make a checklist that hangs inside the door telling you where something might be.

3. Plan For Temperature Changes: Although this might not be an issue in some parts of the country, there are a few things that don’t like the cold or the heat and should either be double wrapped or well insulated or not stored at all. Electronics, vinyl records, old photos (if humid), things of that nature all come out a little less awesome when not stored properly.

4. Protect The Space: While we’re concerned about protecting what we put in the unit, protecting the unit itself is also important — there can be heavy fines for scarring the unit during your tenancy. If you rent one to use for, say, your freelance furniture flipping or restoration business, make sure to plastic off the walls and floors to catch glue drips and sprays (not that we’ve ever accidentally spray painted the inside wall pink before…. oops).

5. Bust Out Your Tetris Skills: Even the smallest storage unit can hold a great deal, just make sure you use the space wisely which means packing things all the way to the ceiling. Bringing in plywood to lay across several boxes can help stabilize layers as your stacking it up, up and up! It will take the pressure off the tops of your boxes and help keep things safe.

Packing for self-storage
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Packing for self-storage is an art and you’ll need to put some thought into it before you begin. After all, one of the primary advantages of using a self-storage facility is the fact that you can continue to access your items even in storage.

The first thing to remember therefore is to pack in such a way that you can find things at a later date quickly and without unloading absolutely everything you’ve put away. Make an inventory of what you’ve packed and where it is as you go along. Other packing and storage preparation tips include:

  • Make an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store to help with accurate insurance policies and in case of unforeseen damage in the self-storage facility.
  • Invest in good quality sturdy boxes and packing materials – box strength degrades with use. If you buy boxes of similar sizes it’ll be easier to stack them securely in the self-storage facility and will save you space.
  • Box everything that you can – everything that is left unboxed in a self-storage facility will get dusty and potentially dirty.
  • Fill boxes to capacity wherever possible to avoid breakages but avoid making them too heavy – remember you’ll have to be able to lift them. You can use materials such as paper or towels or can buy special packing to fill spaces if necessary. Depending on the space you opt to rent from your self-storage facility, you might be stacking boxes on top of each other and the lower levels need to be sturdy enough to take the strain. Boxes that are only partly filled may tip over or collapse.
  • Label all boxes clearly so you can identify the contents and keep an inventory. Label them on more than one side so you can see what’s what quickly. Mark ‘Fragile’ on any boxes containing breakable items.
  • Don’t be tempted to fill large boxes with heavy items such as books as they’ll quickly become impossible to carry and may break. You can buy small book boxes from your self-storage facility that will do the job just as well. If you do pack heavy items in a large box put in just a few and then fill the box up with lighter items.
  • Don’t pack items into sealed plastic bags, as humidity can cause mildew.
  • Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines.
  • Don’t store wet items in a self-storage facility as they can cause water damage, mold and mildew.
  • Large appliances need care before placing in a self-storage facility – make sure you defrost fridges and freezers thoroughly before storing them otherwise you’ll be leaving yourself open to water damage. Tie doors up for the move, although you should leave them slightly ajar once in storage to stop condensation forming and help ward off bad odors. Drain washing machines before storing them and tie down hoses etc. Appliances should be clean and dry and it’ll be worthwhile wiping the insides over with bicarbonate of soda before you store them.
  • Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments etc separately. Paper will do but bubble wrap is a good investment. Pack them tightly into strong boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Try to avoid putting heavy items on top of fragile ones in a self-storage facility.
  • If you’re going to be storing clothes think about buying wardrobe or clothes boxes – you’ll then be able to simply hang the clothes in them and they’ll keep their shape. It’s not wise to simply put your clothes in bin liners in a self-storage facility as moisture can get trapped inside when they’re sealed and your clothes could be ruined.
  • For the best protection for mirrors and pictures in a self-storage facility, wrap them in a protective covering such as bubble wrap and stack them on their ends. Mirrors and pictures should never be stored flat. Mark them as ‘Fragile’.
  • Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection.
  • If you’re storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas in a self-storage facility it might be a good idea to invest in covers, bags or sheeting to give them some additional protection. Stand sofas and mattresses on end wherever possible to save space and don’t stack too much on top of soft furnishings. Mattresses are best stored on the long end and should be ideally raised above floor level or laid on protective sheeting.
  • If you’re storing a few items of furniture on top of each other a simple dust sheet or cover placed between items will minimize scratching and damage in a self-storage facility.
  • You’ll save space if you can dismantle furniture such as beds and tables before you store it in a self-storage facility – make sure you keep hold of all the bits so you can get it all back together again! Wrap and cover furniture sections and keep them together, clearly marked, for quick retrieval. You can put components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic bag, mark them clearly and tape to the relevant piece of furniture. Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space in the facility.
  • Chairs can be stacked seat to seat to save space. Cover chair legs with protective wrapping for extra protection.
  • Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture spray before storing it in the facility to give it some added protection.
  • Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos and computers should be packed in their original boxes wherever possible. If this isn’t possible, pack them into boxes that are about the right size making sure that you pack gaps with paper etc. Make sure you tie down the player arm of a record player and secure your turntable.
  • If you’re storing items with fuel tanks such as lawn mowers and cars etc in a facility, expect to be asked to drain the tanks before you put them in storage. Fuel is one of the few things that you CANNOT store in a self-storage facility.
  • Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing to avoid rust formation.
  • You can tie tools and long-handled items in bundles. Don’t store a brush resting on the bristles.
  • Don’t store vacuum cleaners with the bag in – throw it away before you store them in the facility.
  • Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them.
  • Think hard about whether you really want to store photographs in a self-storage facility. If you do store loose photographs, place them between pieces of clean cardboard and tape them together to avoid curling. Photographs will suffer temperature damage and, if the facility you have chosen is not climate controlled, you might want to keep them out of storage to avoid losing them.
  • Think creatively and you’ll make more space. Plan to use furniture drawers as an extra box (they are especially good for fragile items) and you can use the inside of wardrobes to store boxes. Kitchen appliances such as stoves and fridges can also be used in this way.
  • Seal all your boxes with packing tape before you put them in a self-storage facility – this will help keep dust out of the contents.