Storage Tips

Helpful Tips About Storage

General Storage Tips

  • Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit.
  • When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
  • If you’re storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end,to save space.
  • Pack books flat, not standing on end (which may cause damage to the spines). Books are extremely heavy, so don’t pack too many in one box.
  • Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
  • Never over-pack boxes. Overfilled boxes may rupture and topple when stacked.
  • Clean and dry appliances. Keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar and use the space inside these items for additional storage.
  • Use furniture drawers for small and delicate items. Bubble wrap and packing paper are excellent for these purposes.
  • When packing toys or smaller objects, remember to fill boxes completely, stuffing open areas with plain newspaper to prevent collapsing when stacked.
  • Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space. Live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment are NOT permitted.
  • Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.
  • Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
  • Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
  • Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.

Tips for Choosing a Mini

Go to the facility office check to see if the office is clean and businesslike. Are the buildings and grounds clean and in good repair? Is the office staff professional and courteous?
  1. Ask about high tech security
    • Has the facility had any break-in problems?
    • Do they have a gate system that requires an individual code for access and exit?
    • Do they have security cameras?
  2. Ask to see a unit that fits your requirements
    • Is the unit clean?
    • Does the facility offer free wooden pallet for units that are located on cement floors? (Storing boxes, mattresses and items that could absorb moisture through concrete floor should have protection by use of wooden pallets, which allows an air barrier between your items and the floor)
  3. Ask if the storage contract is month to month
  4. Ask if insurance is mandatory. For most facilities it is not. Check with your insurance agent to see if they have coverage. Most storage companies offer a brochure from a company that specializes in self storage insurance.
  5. Is all prepaid rent returned to you upon moving out?
  6. Is the facility accessible 365 days a year?

About Our Storage Unit Sizes

Unit SizeDescription
5x5Size of entry closet. Washer or dryer plus boxes; or electronics.
5x10Size of walk-in closet. Extra furniture and boxes; or office furnishings.
10x10Size of small bedroom. Furnishings of a two bedroom apartment; or office furniture.
10x15 Size of small one car garage. Furnishings of three bedroom house; or office furniture.
10x20Size of a typical garage. Furnishings of a three bedroom house.
10x30Size of a typical garage plus small bedroom.