Storage Tips

  • Purchase a secure lock.
  • Check your belongings in the storage unit once a month
  • Use plywood or pallets to keep your belongings off of the floor
  • Don’t store any food items in your self-storage unit
  • Fill boxes up all the way, it keeps things from shifting or collapsing. Add packing material if necessary
  • Be sure to distribute the heaviest items among several boxes if possible. Keep boxes light enough to make them easy to lift and stack.
  • Label boxes on several sides so you can find contents easily when needed
  • Placing a protective cover over your wood furniture can help keep it from getting scratched or otherwise damaged. Many people make the mistake of covering wood furniture with plastic, but doing so can create condensation and cause the wood to swell. Instead, cover your furniture with cloths, furniture pads or moving blankets to shield it from light, moisture and dust
  • Unplug and defrost refrigerators and freezers ahead of time. Make sure any washers and dryers are completely dry and clean before storing. Prop the doors open and be sure to wipe them down with bleach to keep mold and mildew from growing. Appliances that haven’t been properly cleaned before storage can also pose a high risk of mold growth. In fact, if you don’t take care of these items before you put them in storage, they can exacerbate the mold problem, causing it to spread faster to the other items in the storage unit.
  • Clean fabric sofas, chairs and mattresses before storing to reduce the possibility of mold or mildew. Wipe the surface with an antibacterial cleaner that is safe for fabrics. This is particularly important for any leather being stored. Any furniture that is not cleaned before storing is likely to mildew or mold. Allow plenty of time for the cleaners to dry before storing upholstered or leather furniture in a storage unit. Place padded covers or blankets over furniture to protect it during the move and guard it against scratches or damage in a storage bin
  • Every item you put in storage should be treated before it gets put away. While there are specialty disinfecting cleaning products you can purchase for things like leather couches, the best way to do this is to clean all surfaces with baking soda or another non-abrasive cleaning product. This is especially true for the insides of refrigerators, stoves, and other appliances that may have food residue in them.
  • Protect furniture, electronics and metal accessories by moisture-proofing the storage unit. In areas where fog is likely to occur, a moisture barrier is essential. It is recommended to cover the floor of the storage unit with plastic sheeting or to remove your items off the floor with wood or pallets. Cover furniture with additional blankets and furniture pads to protect it against moisture damage, mold, mildew and water stains.
  • Air circulation in the unit is important. Humidity can cause furniture to warp and appliances to mildew. Be sure to leave a space between your stuff and the storage unit’s wall in order for air to circulate in the storage unit. Use plywood or pallets to keep your belongings off of the floor. Also, do not block any vents in the floor or on the walls of the storage unit. You can also purchase products that are designed to be placed in a self-storage unit to draw moisture and mold from the air. Like baking soda in the fridge, this is a relatively low-cost self-storage mold solution.
  • Purchase self-storage insurance as your homeowners or renters insurance may not cover items kept in storage. The storage company does not provide any insurance for your belongings.