Minimize your self-storage space requirements, and prevent damage to your possessions, when packing for either temporary or long-term storage, with the helpful tips below:
1. Label all boxes on all sides. This will make it easier when you need to find an item later on.
2. Store items you will need most often near the front of your unit.
3. Creating a path through the centre or down one side of your unit will make it easier to access all of your items.
4. Store heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top.
5. Never overpack boxes. Boxes overfilled will rupture and topple when stacked.
6. Use file boxes – they are the best containers for your important documents.
7. Wrap plates, bowls and glasses individually before placing in a china carton.
8. To ensure security of valuable items such as t.v’s, computers etc. Place them farthest from the door with other items concealing them.
9. Do not store food items which could attract rodents or pests.
10. Do not store explosives or hazardous or flammable material such as gasoline, cleaning fluids or paint etc. Drain all gasoline and oil from lawnmowers, power tools etc. Before storing them.
11. Before storing any appliances make sure they are clean and dry. Defrost and empty of any water. Refrigerator and freezer doors should left open slightly to prevent odour build up. Use the space inside for extra storage.
12. Store mattresses and box springs on long ends, wrap for protection.
13. Store sofas, love seats etc. On end except for sofa beds. Cover all furniture and disassemble if possible.
14. Pictures and mirrors should be stored in picture boxes or wrapped in cardboard and labeled “fragile.” Store these items standing up, never flat.
15. Wax wooden furniture. Use sheets or cotton cloths to cover furniture.
16. Use dresser drawers to store fragile items and use blankets, sweaters and towels for padding.
17. Check with your insurance company about storage insurance for your items. In most cases your homeowner’s or renter’s policy won’t cover items in a storage unit.
18. RV’s, boats or vehicles need to have storage insurance on them. You can do this through your auto insurance policy. You will need to provide proof of this coverage when you sign your storage rental lease.