Now that you have read the tips for packing your belongings for a storage unit it is time to move on to the next step in finding and organizing a self-storage unit. This crucial step is prepping your self-storage unit for move-in day. This process is essential to protecting your belongings while they are being stored. Remember, the very first thing that you need to do when you need to rent a self-storage unit is to plan ahead. Make sure that you have the right size unit for your storage needs. It is better to get a smaller unit and fill it completely up, than to leave a larger unit half empty.
Your storage unit should have been swept and cleaned before you move your items into it. But, it is still important to protect your belongings from dust, dirt, moisture and vermin. Place canvas protection sheets, old linens such as sheets or blankets, flattened cardboard boxes or wood pallets on the floor of the storage unit. These coverings will help prevent moisture from damaging your stored items. Do not use plastic coverings on furniture or mattresses in a non-climate controlled space as moisture can accumulate under the plastic. Based on the climate where you have your storage unit, you might need to do extra precautions such as putting down moisture absorbers, deodorizers and vermin control protection. Do not store food in storage units because this does attract bugs and other pests. Make sure that major appliances such as refrigerators and washers and dryers are completely dry and clean when they are stored. Most importantly, do not store any materials that are hazardous or combustible, such as gasoline, paint or other solvents in your storage unit.
Lastly, as you are prepping your storage unit to move in your personal belongings, create a map of the unit and where you plan to store you items. This will help in placing the belongings as well as give you a detailed inventory of your items for future reference. Once the storage unit is prepped, you will be ready to start moving in your personal belongings.
Self-storage units are a perfect place to store items that you don’t use on a regular basis. Properly preparing your items for storage is just like getting ready to move from one town to another town. Below are ten packing tips to help make the storage transition easier:
- Plan ahead! Decide what you will be storing in the storage unit. Doing this will also determine what size and type of storage unit you will be renting.
- Invest in good packing supplies! Good sturdy, corrugated fiber boxes are a must! Make sure you have tape, packaging materials such as paper, peanuts or bubble wrap and thick markers!
- Fill the packed boxes to capacity. The heavy items in the box should be at the bottom with the lighter items on the top. Fill in the extra spaces in the boxes with linens, clothes, packing papers or bubble wrap. Packing the boxes to capacity prevents the boxes from collapsing when they are stacked in storage.
- There is an unwritten packing law that states that you shouldn’t pack a box over 30 pounds. This is about the average weight that a person can lift without injury. If a box is too heavy, there is a risk that the box will break when it is being moved.
- Wrap all of your fragile belongings such as plates, glasses or ornaments in paper and/or bubble wrap. These items should be packed tightly in the box with paper filler to fill up the rest of the box. Don’t forget to mark the box: “Fragile”.
- When you are boxing up books, place them flat in the box. If you store them standing up, that could damage the spines of the books. Once again, use filler paper, linens or bubble wrap to fill up the empty space in the box.
- If it is possible, box electronics in their original boxes. These boxes were specially made for the electronics and have special filler packaging to protect the items. If that isn’t possible, then make sure that the proper sized box is being used. Don’t forget all of the wires for the electronics! Make sure to mark them and put them in the boxes with their perspective items.
- If you are storing clothing or other hanging items, hang these up in a wardrobe box.
- Once you are finished packing your items and taping up the boxes, don’t forget to label the boxes on at least two sides for easy identification.
- Keep an inventory of the contents of the boxes for future verification purposes. If you are storing valuable items, take their picture for insurance replacement purposes. Keep these lists in a safe place so you can refer to them when you are removing items from the storage unit.
Stop N Stor is a proud sponsor of Wounded Warrior Outdoors . This is a great non-profit organization that provides active duty in-transition servicemen or women with therapeutic outdoor adventures across North America. Up to fifty wounded, but active duty, American and Canadian military members a year are chosen to participate in activities ranging from turkey hunting in Kentucky to fishing excursions on the Gulf Coast to bear hunting in British Columbia. Wounded Warrior Outdoors is a volunteer based organization, which is funded by private and corporate donations. The entire cost of the excursions from transportation to the sites, lodging, equipment and even taxidermy services is covered for the military participants.
Wounded Warrior Outdoors was founded by Ron Raboud of Rabco Corporation in 2010. Rabco builds pre-engineered metal buildings for the self-storage industry. Mr. Raboud wanted a way to share his love of hunting and the outdoor and find a way to thank those that have been wounded in service to their country. The Self-Storage industry also proudly supports the work of Wounded Warrior Outdoors.
Stop N Stor is honored to partner with this great organization. Stop by our Hinesville location on Kacey Drive for more information on how you can donate to help this very important cause. You can also donate here.
If you are storing anything from paper documents to electronics or paintings to mattresses, you need to be sure that the “elements” won’t warp, rust or corrode the items. Climate controlled buildings can provide better protection from dirt, dust, flooding and infestation of bugs or vermin. Your choice of the storage unit will be dependent upon what you are storing and how protected you want your items to be.
Stop N Stor is opening a brand new climate controlled building this week with more than 200 climate controlled units to better serve your personal and business storage needs. The new addition is in Hinesville at Hwy 196 on EG Miles Parkway. Stop by to check out these new storage units or make your reservations today! Don’t let the elements ruin your favorite belongings!