Storage Tips

Storage Tips

  • If at all possible, visit the storage facility and ask to see the actual unit you would be renting; check for puddles or leaks–most facilities are not responsible for water damage to your goods. Make sure the unit has roof insulation, roof insulation prevents water condensation inside of the unit. Units without insulation tend to build up moisture which can cause mold and mildew.

  • Make a list of what you are storing. This will enable you to organize enough packing supplies and remind you of what you have in storage.

  • Wrap mirrors and pictures with bubble-wrap/blankets/paper. Never store mirror items flat.

  • Seal boxes tightly with packing tape to prevent dust from entering, stuffing open areas with plain newspaper to prevent damage and collapse when stacked. Label all boxes for future reference.

  • Wrap furniture with bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching.

  • Cover furniture with dust cover to prevent dust from collecting.

  • Cover all items with a large plastic cover to prevent dust from collecting.

  • Mattresses should be covered properly and stored on flat level surfaces.

  • Place frequently needed items toward the front of the unit; less frequently needed items and valuables should be placed toward the rear of the unit.

  • Use available space inside drawers and larger appliances such as stoves and refrigerators to store small items such as towels, linens, toys, pots and pans, etc.

  • Make sure ovens are clean before storing. Make sure fridges and freezers are defrosted and dried before storage. Drain all water from washers before storing.

  • Use shelving to organize your items and fully utilize the height of your storage unit.

  • Do not store combustible paints, chemicals, etc.

  • Periodically inspect unit to ensure all items are remaining properly stacked.

  • Break down items (such as table legs) and store large furniture on end to save space.

  • Trashcans can be used to store shovels, hoes, rakes, etc.