Tips for Loading Your Space
We recommend that you rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space until full. "A box for everything and everything in a box" is the best approach. This ensures the protection of your goods. Use boxes of uniformed sizes and stack them shoulder high to maximize your total storage space.
Prepare your unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods. Be sure to have the plastic extend a few inches over the walls on each side. Leave a small air space between the goods stored and the storage unit walls. Place lightweight, small items around the back of the storage unit and move large, heavy items into storage last.
Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture. Protect your mattresses, sofas, and chairs with plastic covers. We also suggest covering the entire load with a light plastic cover. Use a high-quality lock on your storage unit door-cheap locks rust easily. Insure your goods while they are in storage, and keep a list of all items, including pictures and descriptions. Ask the manager about self-storage insurance at reasonable rates.
Space-Saving Packing Tips
Planning ahead makes all the difference when moving. Begin packing a couple of days before you move. Prevent breakage and loss of small or fragile items by packing carefully. Moving time is a great time to weed out old, unwanted, or unneeded possessions — they take up extra storage space.
Additionally, you are going to need plenty of sturdy corrugated cartons, packing paper, sealing tape, and a Magic Marker-type pen. Once you have these supplies, follow our simple packing tips to save you trouble. They will help you avoid damage to your goods and make maximum use of the space in your storage unit.
Tape all appliance doors shut when moving and wedge doors open in storage. Secure all moveable parts with paper or wedge. Wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. Freezers, refrigerators, washers, and dryers make excellent packing cartons for bedding, towels, and clothing. Always clean your stove before moving. Be sure to give your utility companies a few days' notice to disconnect appliances.