Helpful Tips From Our Experts
Storing your belongings can be easy and we are here to help you decide what size you need and how long you may need it. Our managers are experts at helping you calculate the space you’ll need.
- Begin by taking inventory of the items you plan to store. Use a measuring tape for your larger items to determine the smallest space you will need. Keep in mind that some of these larger items can be turned on their side, utilizing the vertical space. Remember to take advantage of the entire length, width and height of your unit. Shelves are also a great tool to use to maximize your storage space.
- It is a good idea to cover your items with a plastic dust cover to protect your belongings from not only dust but the possibility of condensation. In our dry climate this does not happen frequently but it does occur occasionally.
- Plan ahead and gather packing supplies. You will need sturdy, corrugated boxes in various sizes, bubble wrap, packing paper or newspaper, packing tape, dish packers, mattress and furniture covers.
- Pack boxes tightly. Avoid the temptation to over fill boxes. Use newspaper, bubble wrap, towels or sheets to fill up empty spaces to protect items. Secure box with packing tape and label on all 4 sides.
- Use a dish packer or glass packer. Protect your kitchen ware by packing in appropriate containers. Wrap glasses individually with paper and put inexpensive paper plates between dishes.
- Protect mattresses with a mattress cover. Mattress and furniture covers are available for purchase in our office.
- Mark fragile boxes. Keep track of items in fragile boxes to avoid placing heavier items on top.
- Use space inside dressers and appliances. Fill empty spaces with blankets, towels and smaller items.
- Use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes and draperies. Wardrobe boxes come with a rod for hanging your clothes. No need to waste time taking clothes off the hanger and re-hanging.
- Pack heavy items in smaller boxes. Distribute the weight evenly in boxes and keep them light enough to carry easily.
- Use the entire length, width and HEIGHT of your storage unit. Remember that furniture can be stored on end to maximize space. Remove legs from tables or sofas. Use shelves for boxes.
- Use wood pallets to elevate items. Storing your belongings on pallets allows air to circulate.
- Store frequently used items at the front. For a larger unit, try to keep an isle in the middle for easy access.
- Appliance dolly is available for you to use. Just ask our manager.
- Protect your belongings from moisture and pests. Consider using deodorizers, bait boxes, moisture absorbers and covering your things with a plastic dust cover.
- Store valuable items towards the back, out of view.
- Clean and dry appliances. Prevent damage to your appliances by disconnecting hoses, cleaning, draining and drying before storage. Keep doors slightly ajar and put a box of baking soda inside.
- Drain gas, oil and fluids from lawn and garden equipment.
- State law prohibits storage of certain items. For your protection and other storage customers, items that are considered dangerous are not allowed inside your unit.
The following items are not suitable to be stored:
- Hazardous, toxic, flammable or combustible materials such as gasoline, propane, paints, solvents, paint thinner, kerosene, motor oil, grease, acid, fertilizer, cleaners, asbestos, narcotics, fireworks, explosives, poisons, charcoal, lighter fluid, car batteries, pesticides, weed killer, ammonia, pool chemicals, loaded weapons and ammunition.
- Medical or pharmaceutical supplies that contain radioactive materials.
- Perishable food may not be stored as it will attract pests. Pet food, meat or produce are not allowed. Canned foods are acceptable.
- Plants and animals, dead or alive, are not permitted inside your unit.
- No one is permitted to live in a storage unit. No space heaters, fridges, or generators. You are not permitted to use the unit for working on vehicles, etc.
- Stolen items are prohibited. Our on-site mangers are very aware of all activity in and out of the facility.
- Vehicles are permitted as long as they are registered, in operating condition and insured.
- No more than 4 vehicle tires in a unit because of disposal costs
- If you have a question about storing an item, please contact our manager.