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  • Moving & Storage Tips

     

     Storage Tips

     

    • Place mattresses in plastic covers to protect them from dust and moisture.
    • Keep leather items (couches, clothes, etc.) covered with cloth while in storage.
    • Store mirrors and pictures inside similarly sized knocked down boxes. This affords them protection from scratches and dust.
    • Place blankets over furniture for protection from scratches and dust.
    • Clean and dry all appliances prior to storage. Do not leave anything inside of appliances to be stored. Store all appliances upright with doors ajar to allow ventilation.
    • Use a high quality disc (round) padlock to secure your storage unit. This type of lock is difficult to cut or break and offers maximum protection for very little money.
    • Store couches on end and stack chairs seat to seat. Use the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items.  When stacking furniture use paper pads in between the items to avoid scratching.
    • Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc.  This will save space.  Wrap and label all pieces for an easier time when you have to reassemble them.  Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags accordingly.
    • When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos, things that have numerous cords, place small colored stickers on the cord and the same color sticker where the cord goes.  This will save you the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where when it comes time to reassemble your electronics.  If possible, use the original boxes to store your electronics and other items.
    • Sealable plastic containers are great to store your items.  They have tight fitting lids and stack easily. Wrap breakable items inside bubble wrap and store with linens. Store dishes and glassware in specially made boxes called dishpacks. Store smaller items in large plastic garbage bags.
    • Utilize 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 the time of having to rearrange your unit. Leave an aisle 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.
    • Store items that will not be needed or are valuable to the rear of the storage unit and items you will need access to toward the front of the unit.
    • Store heavy items on the bottom and lightweight items on top.
    • Store smaller, more valuable items to the rear of the storage unit and large items toward the front of the unit.
    • Label the boxes on all six sides and keep a list for easy reference.  This will save you time if you have to look for something in particular.
    • When packing boxes fill them without making them too heavy to lift.
    • Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top of the heavier ones.  This will prevent boxes from being crushed. And keep boxes off of the floor.
    • Store mirrors and paintings on end, not flat.  Pack books flat to protect their spines.
    • Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes.
      Be sure to check your unit once a month.
    • Leave a small airspace between your stored items and the wall of the storage unit for ventilation.
    • Rub a small amount of machine oil on metal tools, bicycles, and equipment to prevent rusting. Drain and clean all debris from all equipment before you store them.
    • Drain gasoline and oil from all small engines. This precaution will protect both your stored property and the property of others from the dangers of fire and explosion.

     

    Do not store these items:

     

    • Do not store expensive or irreplaceable items
    • Do not store firearms or explosives
    • Do not store any living thing
    • Do not store drugs or drug paraphernalia
    • Do not use sealed plastic bags to cover or wrap your belongings.  It retains moisture. Using plastic sheeting to drap your items is typically ok and may help to prevent dust & dirt.
    • Do not store any food items.  This will prevent bugs and rodents.
    • Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them.  Especially when you are packing books.
    • Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. We offer insurance plans.
    • Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to any one that is not listed as having access.
    • Do not use printed 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.

     

    Moving Tips

     

    • Cancel all utilities at old home
    • Make arrangements to ensure all utilities will be on when you arrive at your destination (water, wastewater, cable, electric, Internet, etc.)
    • Inform proper authorities of change of address e.g. Postal Service, Bank, Credit Card companies.
    • Fill out an IRS change of address form
    • Have school and medical records transferred if required
    • Prepare all major appliances for move i.e. clean, defrost etc.
    • Place baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb all moisture
    • Ensure all valuables are covered by insurance
    • Have all important documents easily available, school records, insurance etc.
    • Find out about auto licensing at your new destination
    • Remember what ever is loaded first onto a movers truck will be last off, so plan accordingly
    • Keep in touch with your destination to ensure you become aware of any problems that will affect your move
    • Ensure you have adequate storage for any items you may wish to store