- Plan before you start. Always think about where you will position items in the unit, put the items you need to access more frequently at the front of the unit.
- Prepare a map of your unit so you know where you have stored things or take pictures, those will come in handy later.
- We suggest covering your furniture, mattresses, box springs with covers designed for them. Use all of your space up to the ceiling. Place heavy items at the bottom and stack lighter items on top.
- Use boxes so you can stack your items easily. We sell these in the office for your convenience.
- Use a step ladder so you can stack items above your head. We also sell step ladders in the office for your convenience.
- Stack chairs seat-to-seat with towels or blankets between them. Break down your furniture by removing any legs so you can optimize your space.
Use your refrigerator to store things inside. Be sure to leave the door open slightly so air will circulate. Otherwise, mold can form inside.
Leave a little space between your items and the walls, so air can circulate. Also, leave an area where you can walk to the back of your unit so you can access items later.
- Place tools in an empty garbage can and stack cans together.
- Remove all fuel from lawn mowers or other gas powered equipment to reduce any odors.
Moving can be a very exciting time for many of us, and moving can be too, but preparation is important. By using helpful tips, you will feel more organized and knowing that you are placing your items in a secure facility with the most advanced security systems, can ease your mind.
Your move will be easier and smoother if you do a good job of pre-planning.
Here are several handy tips to help you get started.
1. Always create a thorough and complete inventory of what you will be moving to your storage unit.
2. Don’t forget to photograph or videotape any unique or valuable belongings.
3. It’s also wise to make a note of the serial numbers on your electronic equipment.
Wardrobe Boxes with Hanger Bars.
Bubble Wrap, Newspaper, Wrapping Paper, and Tissue Paper.
Notepad for inventory or notes
Wrap all your breakable items in bubble wrap, wrapping paper, or tissue paper.
Because newspaper may leave ink smudges on your items, it should only be used to cushion items that are already protected.
You can use old linens, blankets, and towels to wrap and cushion fragile items.
Ziploc bags can be used for small odds and ends that usually clutter your drawers.
We strongly recommend that you use good quality, strong moving boxes, and always be certain that the bottoms are fully secured.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Try to concentrate on one room at a time. Be sure that every box is clearly labeled by room and item. Once you’re moving boxes are filled, they should be placed in an area close to your front door.
Any items that you don’t need for your daily living routine should be packed first.
Important items (such as photographs, wills, jewelry, home videos, and any other important documents) should be packed separately so that you can personally carry them with you on moving day. Another alternative you might want to consider is placing these belongings in a safety deposit box until after the move.
Fragile items should be packed loosely with plenty of wrapping. The boxes must be clearly labeled “FRAGILE”, and finally you will want to stack them towards the top of your piles. Non-breakable items should be packed snugly in smaller boxes. You will want to make sure that they are not too heavy, and that they are at a weight you feel comfortable carrying. Don’t forget to pack your books flat, alternating the bindings so they will stack evenly. When possible, small appliances and electronic equipment should be packed in the boxes they came in, and then taped securely. Wardrobe boxes come in handy when moving closet items that are hanging.
Bicycle handlebars should be loosened and turned sideways. Don’t forget to keep the chains and pedals covered; otherwise grease and oil might rub off on other items. Small mirrors should be carefully wrapped and packed in boxes. Cardboard should be used to cover large paintings, artwork, or wall mirrors. When possible, these items will be kept safe in wardrobe boxes. Because your outdoor furniture may be too bulky or heavy to move in one piece, you may need to disassemble it. If so, be sure to place the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag and attach it to the furniture. Carpets and rugs should be rolled up and carefully secured with tape or rope. Wrapping sharp edges on any tools or attachments will help prevent injury. Power tools should be packed with plenty of cushioning. Be sure to tie or tape your tool chests securely closed. A very important reminder is to carefully dispose of the gasoline and oil from your lawn mower and other machinery, as well as any flammable or poisonous household products. Remember not to pack rags that are soiled with fuel. They should be properly disposed of to avoid spontaneous combustion.