Selecting a Storage Unit
- Use our Storage Unit Size Guide or Storage Estimating Tool to determine the approximate size storage unit needed. Feel free to contact one of our site managers for further assistance.
- We offer storage units in a variety of sizes with a variety of features and amenities from drive-up storage to climate controlled storage. Drive-up storage units provide the easiest access and convenience for those who want to load/unload their items as quickly as possible. Climate controlled storage is temperature regulated year-round, minimizing the exposure of your items to fluctuations in humidity. Climate controlled drive-up units are available in limited quantities.
Preparing to Store
- Gather as many boxes as needed as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., foam shipping peanuts, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).
- Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold up to 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box). Use packing tape to secure boxes (never use masking or duct tape).
- Mark contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
- Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit.
Protecting Your Items
- Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in bubble wrap and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
- Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, ammunition, fireworks, etc…).
- Wipe any items made of metal – bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. – with machine oil to prevent rusting.
- Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or pallets or place plastic drop cloth over the floor to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become damp and cold especially in non-climate controlled units.
- Cover stuffed furniture with drop cloths to protect against dust.
- If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight to prevent sagging or warping.
- Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Packing Your Storage Unit
- Be sure to make good use of our complimentary hand carts and dollies.
- Pack important or sentimental documents such as health records, photo albums, insurance information or art work separately for easier access. Place these and other items you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
- Put TVs, other electronics, appliances, and large furniture in the back of the unit.
- Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
- Furniture that has removable legs should be broken down to save space and if possible, tape the legs to the base.
- Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
- Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.
- Larger appliances make excellent “storage cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.
- Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top. Stack dishes upright when packing. Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Store extra cans inside each other.