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Storage Guide

Storing Belongings and Furniture Before You Move

General things you need to know about Self Storage:

The main goal of storage is to have as little clutter as possible at your workspace and in your home; however, there are other uses as well. If you are moving to a new location, but still have not found a house or an apartment, you can oftentimes use public storage to hold your items. This way, you can start shipping belongings to your new town or city even before you have a place to live. This will make moving day much easier. If you want to redecorate or remodel your new house, use public storage to keep all of your furnishings and other items out of the way.

Another big reason is to save money. That is right, in most instances you will pay less per square foot in a public storage facility than for square foot of storage space in your office building. Using easily accessible storage spaces seems to be on the rise all around the globe. Modern storage units offer 24-hour security and climate control to make ensure that your items are safe and well maintained. Storage spaces vary greatly in size, so you should be able to find a space that is perfect for your belongings. You can keep your things there for days, years, and even decades if you need to.

If you are storing some business records, files, or some important items, you should make sure you understand the storage facility’s rules and regulations on your access to your belongings. Some storage places may require an advance notice, before you can collect your items.

Tip 1: if you are storing documents and files from your business/workplace, always consult your company’s record storage retention policy first to determine how long you are required to keep various records.

Tip 2:Use our search tools to find a storage facility that suits you.

Tip 3:And use our insurance search tool to find companies that offer insurance on storage boxes and containers.

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What to do before moving or storing anything at all

If you are planning to move and to use public storage space here are some things you should consider:

  • Ask yourself whether you can get rid of any of the things in your house or office without regret? Think in terms of the sentimental and practical value of your items, and then compare that value against the monetary cost of moving or storing them.
  • Do you use or need those items at all? When did you use it last?
  • Will you repair the objects that need fixing, or will they just sit idle in your new house, much like they do now?
  • Will you ever wear that jacket you found in the depth of you closet?

After you decide which items you can part with, you need to figure out what to do with each item. There are many options available, from throwing the stuff out to giving some of the still useful items to charities or relief organizations. Old books and magazines can be donated to your local library.

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Hold a Garage Sale before you start storing

One of the best ways to get rid of stuff (and save on furniture storage costs) is to hold a garage sale. First, find out whether your community requires you to buy a permit for holding garage sales.

  • Try to schedule your garage sale on a weekend.
  • Tell all your neighbors, friends and family.
  • Advertise your sale in the community for a few days before the sale.
  • Flyers and posters usually work best, but a small add in your community paper may do the trick as well.
  • Make sure that you price your belongings realistically, the main point here is to get rid of the things you do not need, not to make a profit.

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Before you start storing at a storage facility

After you have sold all the items you do not need and chosen which items will be kept in storage during and after the move, the following steps will help you to properly store your items:

  • Make a detailed list of all the items you will be storing.
  • If you require help finding a storage facility, you can start by asking a representative of the moving company you are using. Oftentimes they will either provide this service themselves, or know of some storage companies that they work with. In this case you have an advantage of getting your things delivered to you as soon as your new house is ready.
  • Visit the storage facility and ask the personnel to help you determine what kind of space you need for your items.
  • Read the lease agreement carefully before signing it. Take it home if necessary and examine the fine print.
  • Become familiar with company’s polices regarding access, moving in and out and paying the rent.
  • It is usually a good idea to purchase insurance for your items.
  • Make sure that the moving truck you will be using can be driven close to your storage unit. (Many companies will charge you depending on how far they have to carry your things).
  • Do a complete inventory of the items you are putting into storage. Most storage facilities will have one of their staff assist you in that procedure. Record the condition of each of your items in case a dispute arises over damage to your items. Make sure the storage representative signs and dates a copy of the inventory.

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During the storage procedure (focus especially on proper furniture storage)

  • Cover the floor with plywood, 2 x 4’s or pallets to keep your belongings dry and safe.
  • Arrange your items in an organized way. Label all the boxes clearly on all sides and keep the aisle in the center of your storage space clear, so that you can walk freely between the door and the back of your unit.
  • Group similar items together in storage.
  • Store clothes and draperies on hangers or wardrobe boxes to avoid damage and wrinkling.
  • Store the heaviest boxes on the bottom. If you place heavy boxes on top of lighter ones it may crush them.
  • Disassemble furniture to save space. Color-code or label all individual pieces to make putting them back together easier.
  • Store couches on end and stack chairs seat to seat.
  • Store paintings and mirrors on end, but not flat.
  • Color-code all components of electronic equipment including the wires and cables.
  • Rub a little machine oil on bicycles, metal tools and other equipment to prevent rusting.
  • Store small items inside appliances and drawers to save space.
  • Cover boxes containing breakables with padding, blankets or sheets.
  • Most frequently used items should be stored in front of your unit to be easily accessible.
  • More valuable/expensive items should be kept out of sight in the back of the storage unit.
  • Contact the management if you notice any suspicious activity in or around the storage facility.
  • Visit your storage unit at least once a month to check on your belongings.

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Here are the things you should not do when using storage

  • Do not store any food items whatsoever! With any long-term storage, possibility of insect infestation is very high once food particles are present.
  • Do not store toxic or flammable substances.
  • Do not assume that the storage company you are using protects your items. Ask questions and buy the appropriate insurance to protect your possessions.
  • Do not give out your password or door code to anyone you do not want to have complete access.
  • Do not cover your belongings with plastic as it retains moisture.

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