Common sense and state laws determine what can be stored in one of our storage units. However, you alone control access to your storage space. That is why it is important to make sure you never store such items as live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids, fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment in your storage unit. Additionally, remember to drain all fuel from gasoline engines before storing machinery in your unit.
The proper way to store a refrigerator or freezer is to thoroughly dry it and store the appliance with its door slightly ajar. It is also important to make sure that all stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored to avoid attracting pests.
Bicycles, Tools, & Other Metal Items
To retard rust, make sure you wipe down all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil before you store the items.
Pack books flat to protect their spines. It is also important that you do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids instead, to help prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill out any empty pockets in the boxes and make sure you do not pack any fragile items in the same box with books. It is important to not overload your boxes, as well.
Label all boxes containing glassware and do not place heavy items on these boxes.
Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, Drapes, & Linens
These items should be stored on hangers or in plastic containers.
Furniture & Household Goods
Place a pallet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end on top of it. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap the table legs in paper to secure them. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the top of the pallet and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for small, delicate items.
Keep upholstery off the floor and do not use newsprint to wrap lampshades or any other goods that may be damaged by ink stains. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on tables that cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a bed sheet or dust cover on your furniture for additional protection.
Your Unit Is Your Responsibility
Remember, the goods you place in a self-storage facility are the sole responsibility of you, their owner. Goods are not insured by the storage facility. Check your homeowner's policy for coverage or ask one of our helpful employees for information about finding a trustworthy insurer to provide you with low-cost coverage for your goods. We hope that these storage tips help make your experience a pleasurable one.