Tip #1 - Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
Tip #2 - When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for easy access to all items.
Tip #3 - Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items. At a minimum, lay down a drop cloth or tarp on the floor under your items.
Tip #4 - If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end to save space.
Tip #5 - Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
Tip #6 - Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines. Remember gas cans and propane tanks are not allowed in storage because they are flammable.
Tip #7 - Common sense and state law determines what may be stored. This facility does not allow storage of drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, food, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
Tip #8 - Use a trash can to store shovels, hoes, rakes, and other gardening implements. This keeps these awkward items grouped and out of the way of other items.
Tip #9 - Mattresses should be covered to protect from moisture and stored flat on level surfaces. A mattress bag is designed to be easy to use and do a good job of protecting this personal and expensive investment.
Tip #10 - Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing. Cover sofas, chairs, and other upholstered items with a sofa, chair, or other dust cover. Clean wood surfaces and protect them from dust by using dust covers.
Tip #11 - When storing metal items, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to keep rust away.
Tip #12 - Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on a hanger in a wardrobe box.
Tip #13 - Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale - just ask your site manager for a recommendation. Our facility requires all units use disc locks.