- Completely fill boxes; pack heavy items in small boxes; seal boxes with packing tape.
- Label boxes & keep a master list of contents stored in a safe place. Consider taking photos of your items as well as your storage space.
- Leave a walkway to the rear of the space and between stored items to allow for air circulation.
- Pack to the ceiling stacking lighter boxes on top of heavier ones.
- Place frequently used items near the front & place valuables in the rear.
- Furniture with drawers can be used for storage of pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, or other small items. Wrap these items in paper, tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
- Shovels, rakes, and hoes can be stored together in an empty trash can. Or long-handled tools can be strapped together with plastic wrap.
- Stack empty waste cans inside each other.
- Store couches on end to save floor space.
- Position a mattress on its side so it will remain upright preventing it from bending out of shape.
- Disassemble tables to save space; band legs together with plastic wrap and tape to the underside of table.
- Do NOT cover anything in plastic. Use sheets or blankets as dust covers.
- Apply a heavy coat of furniture polish or wax to wood items prior to storage.
- Wipe all metal objects with an oily cloth to prevent rust.
- Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
- DO NOT STORE ANYTHING COMBUSTIBLE SUCH AS THINNER, PAINT, GASOLINE, OR SOLVENT.
- Never store food items in your unit.
- Homeowners insurance comes in many different forms. Some policies cover the property you have in storage; others do not. Check with your insurance agent.
- Ask your manager about low-cost storage insurance.