A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored. You can put several small appliances in a box. Be sure to put packing material between them. Label all moving boxes. It is a good idea to label moving box indicating what room it goes in and the items it contains. Tape doors shut while moving. Wedge doors open in self storage to prevent mildew. You can use this valuable storage space for items such as blankets and towels. Use up partial bottles and boxes of laundry/cleaning products and food goods before moving. You can place laundry items in the washer and dryer. Be sure moving boxes are taped shut and bottles will not leak. You can always use plastic bags to insure against leaking.
Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, Drapes, and Linens
Clothing, curtains, and drapes should be stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens. Some facilities sell wardrobe style cardboard cartons, which help protect your clothes. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage and avoid storing anything that may attract pests.
Bicycles and Other Metal Items
To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
Books and Documents
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.
Crystal, China, and Fine glassware
Consider buying boxes designed for this with dividers. Wrap each item with paper or foam. Label boxes with glass items and stack these on top. Add packing material to both the bottom and the top of the moving boxes.
Clothing, Curtains, Drapes
It is a good idea to store drapes and clothing hanging on non-
Determine the Packing Accessories You Need
Dishes and Glassware
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware.
All glass items should be individually wrapped: nest cups and bowls and stand plates,
saucers, and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of
cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing. Label all boxes containing glassware,
and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware. You can stack pots and
pans with padding in between. Bowls can be packed in a similar fashion. One idea
for your drawer-
It is a good idea to use the original boxes. If you don't have them, pack items carefully and use cushion material. Bubble wrap, cushion foam, and even wadded up newspaper will help. Pack items separately. Tie down tone arms for record players. Stack record albums on end to prevent warping and use small boxes to hold down the weight. Consider the temperature as heat can warp CD's and record albums.
Fill Containers to Capacity
Partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Protect your fragile goods with packing and place them near the top of your storage space.
Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton (e.g. a bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture. Some facilities sell covers for your convenience.
Helpful Tips for Moving
Plan your move early, if possible. Notify your postal service. Change banks, if necessary. Put in change of addresses to all subscriptions and other mailings. Make sure you have a reservation for the equipment you need for the move: trucks, dollies, and other moving items. Have plenty of rope, tape and moving boxes on hand for packing and tying down.
Save the original cartons that contained delicate ornaments and pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.
Inspect Your Storage Space
The space should be clean with a door in good working order.
Insure Your Goods in Storage
The goods you place in self storage spaces are the sole responsibility of you, their
owner. Goods are not insured by the storage facility. Your storage consultant may
be able to give you the names of insurers who provide low-
Keep a list of labeled boxes at your office for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.
Wrap large lamp bases in padding, wrap smaller lamps and place them in boxes, and pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamps or lamp shades.
It might be a good idea to put a few drops of oil on items that might rust. Insure that these items don't come in contact with other items.
Freezing can be a problem. Do not store items that might break if frozen in non-
Pack the Storage Space Carefully
Leave air space around the perimeter to air ventilation. Place a pallet on concrete floors and do not lean items against walls. Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access. Use all the space available, including the height and place frequently used goods near the door.
Pictures and Mirrors
Wrap pictures that are small and stand them on end in boxes. For larger ones, buy special picture moving boxes. Consider using foam or bubble wrap. These items should be stored on edge, not flat.
Prohibited Storage Goods
Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space; therefore, never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment. Remember to drain the fuel from gasoline engines before storage.
Records and Phonographs
Records should be stored on edge to prevent warping. When moving a record player, the tone arm and turntable should be secured to prevent damage.
Selecting a Storage Space
Self Storage is a convenient, safe, and in inexpensive way to store your belongings. Ask the storage consultant to help you choose a space that fits your needs because rental of a storage space is determined by the total size of the items being stored. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use the space, a larger space, well organized (racks and file boxes), may be more convenient.
Do not store combustibles, including paint and thinners. Purchase a good lock. Do not store perishables. Remove legs from tables, if possible.
Storage Space Rental Agreement
For your protections, a storage facility provides a written agreement. Read it thoroughly and ask the storage consultant to answer your questions. Make note of your payment date to see if the agreement covers prorated rental periods. Also, find out how and when your security deposit is refunded or forfeited upon termination of the agreement. If you change your address or phone number, be sure to notify the storage facility in writing.
Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine
oil to retard rust. Long-
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