These tips will help you store and transport your items safely and efficiently:
To ensure a calmer, less stressful move give yourself plenty of time to pack items correctly.
Disassemble larger pieces of furniture, and plan out your storage space. If needed, make rental
reservations at least 2 weeks prior to your move. Purchase moving supplies and begin packing household
items daily, beginning with least used items first. Clearly label all sides of each moving box, and
keep a list of items going into your storage unit. For added organization, color code each box to a specific
room of the house.
Choose The Right Sized Storage Unit
A common mistake that most people make is choosing too small of a unit. Be realistic with your space
requirements. The last thing you want to happen is to not be able to fit everything into your unit, and
have to lease a second unit! It is far more cost effective to lease a large unit rather than two smaller ones.
Use Protection on Your Belongings
It is best to protect all furniture with old blankets, moving pads, or paper pads. Even the slightest
shift in boxes, or loose items above, can cause damage to furniture pieces. In addition, use mattress, chair,
and sofa covers on all upholstered items to keep dust, dirt, debris at bay. Do not store cardboard boxes or furniture
directly on concrete. Instead, use palates or protective layer of plastic to protect against any ground
moisture. Palates are also great at maintaining airflow throughout the unit.
Use The Space in Your Unit Efficiently
You don't want to unload or pull out all the items in your unit to retrieve a much used or needed item. Keep
belongings that you are more likely to use frequently, such as pool toys, holiday decorations, tools, bikes, etc.,
towards the front of your unit. The back of your storage unit is ideal for valuables, or items you are unlikely to
need in the near future. Furthermore, to maximize your space, get creative when packing and planning out your unit.
For example, use drawers to hold clothes, china, small items. If possible, remove legs or arms from chairs to create
Do Not Store and Transport Chemicals or Perishables
You should never store chemicals, and it is against the lase to do so. Also throw out
perishables such as sugar, spices, unopened canned food, or pet food. In addition to violating your lease and potentially
attracting rodents, trying to salvage perishables by storing or transporting them will always cost more money
in the long run.