Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top.
Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint) or ILLEGAL.
Do not store FOOD OR PET FOOD.
List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked "FRAGILE".
A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.
Place a pallet, cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Remove legs from tables. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or delicate items. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton dust cover on your furniture.
Should be stored on edge, not flat.
Wrap mattresses and box springs with plastic covers.
It is often assumed that self storage facilities will automatically provide insurance for the items being placed into storage. However, this is likely not the case. The goods you place in self storage spaces are the sole responsibility of you, their owner. Contact your homeowner/renter insurance agent to see if the items placed in the self storage facility will be covered by your current policy. It may be that you are fully covered for items stored away from home, or you may be able to pay an additional premium to get such coverage.
What is the environment where you plan to store your valuables? Will it be very hot or cold? Consider renting a climate controlled storage unit for items that could be damaged by extreme temperatures or humidity. This includes things like software, paper, electronics, clothing, wine, furs, computer equipment, stereos and television sets.
Before storing a vehicle or boat, be sure to check with your insurance carrier. Many insurance companies offer coverage especially written to protect your car or boat while in storage. Such off road coverage can offer significant savings over the road insurance coverage.
We recommend climate control storage for your document storage needs. Adding shelving to a unit can help organize your document boxes. Anyone who needs to store documents, whether a business or an individual, should take special care in where and how they save this data. A little humidity may be enough to cause documents to mildew when they are not stored properly. In addition, documents worthy of the expense involved in placing them into storage may be important enough to require strong security measures.