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Storage Tips

With moving comes the need for extra space to store your items. Whether you're relocating to a smaller house or just have too much stuff chances are you'll have to use a storage facility.

How to choose the right self-storage company?
  • Research the ones in your area and pick a facility close by if you'll be accessing it often.
  • Make sure good security practices are in place.
  • See if you need to notify them if you want to access your storage space. You probably wouldn't want to have to call them every time you need to get something if you'll be going there often. Some companies even charge a fee.
  • Check if the space is well-kept and clean, pest-free, and the right size for your needs.
  • Ensure that the conditions inside are good - if you want to store your important documents and it's too humid, you might find them covered in mold.
  • Read the contract carefully and remember - don't sign anything that's not completely clear. Ask what's included in the service, i.e., security, electricity, etc.
In most cases you'll have to provide your own lock to ensure that noone else is accessing your space. You are also responsible for packing and insuring your items. It's a good idea to keep an inventory list of all the belongings you store. That being said, you should organize your space in the most efficient manner possible.

Here are a few tips that will help you pack and store successfully:
  • Use the height to stack boxes and avoid being charged for extra space you don't really need.
  • Get an adequate insurance.
  • Buy sturdy boxes of the same size - stacking them is easier than stacking different boxes.
  • If an item can't fit in a box, cover it with plastic or old linen so it won't get dusty or dirty.
  • Half-empty boxes may tip over or collapse if anything is placed on top of them so fill or pad your boxes adequately but don't overstuff them.
  • Label all boxes on more than one side - this way you can easily find the item you're looking for.
  • Heavy items should be packed in smaller containers - after all you'll still have to carry them.
  • Refrigerators and freezers should be defrosted and clean. Leave the doors ajar to prevent condensation. Washers and dryers should be wiped clean.
  • Use bubble wrap for breakables and clearly mark those boxes as "FRAGILE". Stack them on top of all other boxes.
  • Appliances like TVs, computers, DVD players, etc. should be packed in the boxes they were purchased whenever possible. If not, buy an adequately-sized, sturdy box and use extra padding.
  • Metal objects might easily end up covered in rust. You can prevent that by wiping them with some oil.
  • Seal all boxes appropriately.
  • Make sure you can access the back of your storage by creating an aisle.
  • Use protective sheets for the floor if necessary.
  • Store largest items first.
  • Don't lean furniture and boxes against outside walls so that air can freely circulate.
  • Keep the items you'll need most at the front.
  • Fill hollow furniture like wardrobes with items to efficiently use the space.
  • Use moisture absorbers and deodorizers.
Items that are generally prohibited in self-storage units:
  • Any Living Thing
  • Firearms
  • Explosives
  • Flammables of any kind (gas, diesel, kerosene, oil, paint, etc.)
  • Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia
  • Stolen Items
  • Hazardous Items of any kind
  • Hazardous waste material of any kind
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