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Avoid packing your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry—especially when you are packing books.
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- List all the items you’re going to store and their approximate sizes.
- Gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape, and permanent markers,along with any furniture covers or shelving you intend to use in your storage unit.
- Consider taking digital photos of the items as you pack, both to jog your memory and for insurance purposes.
- Call your insurance company for a quote on a protection policy for your stored furniture.
- Use common sense and state laws to determine what may be stored. Never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
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- Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes for easier stacking. Remember: bulging cartons can tip or tear when stacked, while half-full boxes tend to collapse. Use wadded up newsprint, bubble wrap, clean rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. Seal cartons with tape.
- Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes, preferably 30 lbs or less.
- Label boxes on all six sides. Clearly mark boxes containing fragile items.
- Appliances: Clean and dry before storing. Secure all movable parts with tape, or wrap a moving blanket around eachitem for protection. During transport, tape all doors shut, but wedge them open to prevent mildew when they are stored. To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
- Beds: Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly later, and tape all hardware in plastic bags affixed to the furniture. Place covers or plastic bags on mattresses to keep them clean during storage, and store them along the side of your unit.
- Garden Tools: Use trash cans to store them upright. Long handled tools should be taped together.
- Books: Pack books flat to keep spines from crushing. Do not place directly on the concrete floor, but set on pallets, a plastic vapor barrier such as Visqueen, or other furniture to prevent moisture damage.
- Photos: To keep old photos from curling over time, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
- Clothing and Drapery: Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes.
- Wooden Furniture: Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing. Protect chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with chair covers to keep dust away.
- Upholstered Furniture: Couches can be packed on their feet, with a second couch inverted on top of the other for protection. A single couch can be placed on end, using paper pads to protect the armrests. Fabric sofas, chairs and mattresses should be cleaned as well as possible to prevent mold and mildew growth during storage. Place a light cotton (e.g. a bedsheet) dust cover on your furniture – or our Self Storage facilities sell covers for your convenience.
- Bureau Drawers: Use bureau drawers to store small and fragile items, using towels or packing paper to secure them.
- Dishes, Glassware, and Other Breakables: Use lots of paper to pack dishes, glassware, and other breakables. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge. Wrap tape around collectibles packed in paper to prevent them from being mistaken for padding paper.
- Glass Tabletops: Make an X on the glass using masking tape to prevent shattering in case of breakage.
- Lawn Mowers and Gas-Powered Tools: Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines to prevent corrosion.
- Lamps and Lampshades: Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes. Use plenty of clean paper (such as blank newsprint) or clothing for padding.
- Rugs: After vacuuming, roll up, tie with a rope, and pad with paper pads.
- Mirrors and Paintings: Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes. Store on end.
- Record Players and LPs: Records should be stored on edges to prevent warping. When moving a record player, the tone arm and turntable should be secured to prevent damage.
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- Obtain a binding estimate from the moving company with the total written in the contract.
- Inquire about any complaints with the local Better Business Bureau.
- Movers are limited by law regarding reparations for lost or damaged goods. To cover potential damage, check your existing homeowner’s or renter’s policy.
- Ask about expected gratuities and write them into the contract.
- Have the contract include a guarantee of the hours the job will take, allowing an overrun of no more than 10%.
- Be sure all charges are listed on the contract.
- Observe the loading and unloading and examine all your items carefully before signing a receipt.
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- Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit.
- Create a center aisle for access to your items.
- Consider using pallets or skids on the floor of your unit to prevent moisture absorption from the concrete floor. You can also line the concrete floor with a plastic vapor barrier such as Visqueen to prevent moisture from damaging any items sitting on the floor of your unit.
- Stack heavy items on the bottom, and lightweight items on top.
- If you’re storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.
- Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
- Store tabletops and other flat items (except televisions) on their side propped against a wall so that they will not tip over. Tables that cannot be disassembled should be placed table-top down on top of a mattress or other cushioned item lying flat on the floor.
- Do not set computers, televisions or stereo equipment on top of items that may tip or fall. These items are best left sitting square on top of a wooden pallet or directly on the plastic floor cover.
- Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale at your Self Storage location.