Do's and Dont's

Do's

  • Utillize all the space in your unit. Make a plan as to how you are going to arrange your items. A good plan will save you time of having to rearrange your list. Leave an isle in the center of your unit so that you have a walk way to the back of the unit.
  • Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit.
  • Label boxes on each side. This will save you time when you are looking for something in the future. Put heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top to prevent crushing them.
  • Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.
  • To protect your items cover them with moving pads, sheets, or light blankets.
  • Be sure to check your unit once a month.
  • Disassemble items such as tables and bed frames, etc. This will save you tons of space.
  • Make sure all appliances are clean and dry befor storing them. Leave appliancesslightly open to prevent mildew.
  • If it is possible store couches on end. Stack chairs seat to seat. Use the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items.
  • Store mattresses and box springs on long edges. Wrap for protection, and use 2x4 or plywood under each one.
  • Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their orginal shape.
  • Purchase insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring.

Dont's

  • Do not use plastic to cover your belongings. It retains moisture.
  • Do not store any foods. This will invite unwanted quest.
  • Do not pack your boxes so that they are to heavy to carry.
  • Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. Purchase the insurance.
  • Do not give out your key, gate code or any other information to anyone that is not listed as having access.
  • Do not use newspaper for wrapping. The ink,may smudge and get on your items.
  • Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.
  • Do not store any toxins or flammables such as paint, oil, or gasoline in the unit.
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