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- Plan your storage space. Place items in front that will be accessed frequently and allow for walkways.
- Completely fill each box as this will prevent collapse when stacking and remember to pack heavy boxes on the bottom and keep the lighter ones on the top.
- Try to keep your boxes uniform in size. They are much easier to stack that way.
- Label all boxes on the sides for easy identification.
- Leave a small space between the wall and your storage items to allow for ventilation.
- Place items on pallets (which we have on site for your use)if possible to allow ventilation or put down plastic to create a moisture barrier between the concrete floor and all of your items, especially boxes.
- Dishes and glassware should be wrapped in packing paper,bubble wrap or cloth.
- Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for small items
- Refrigerators should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar as this will prevent mold.
- Dishwasher/ washers should be thoroughly drained to avoid freezing if storing over the winter months.
- Shovels, rakes, hoes and hoses can easily be stored in empty trash cans.
- Any metal items (tools, bicycles, etc..) may rust over time if not protected so we recommend you wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of oil.
- Disassemble any furniture such as bed frames and tables to conserve space.
- Wood furniture should be clean and well waxed before storing as this will help prevent any moisture in the air from harming the wood.
- Cover stuffed furniture with dust covers (old sheets,blankets). Do not cover with plastic as it can accumulate condensation and become wet.
- Pack books flat to protect their spines
- Pictures that aren't in albums can "curl" over time so it is best to put them in between pages of books.
- Store mirrors and paintings on end.
- If possible store sofas on end to conserve floor space.
- Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes on hangers to retain their original shapes.
- Rubbermaid containers are great to store your items in. They have tight fitting lids and stack easily.
- DO NOT use plastic to cover your belongings as it retains moisture.
- DO NOT store any food items. This will help to protect against any unwanted guests.
- DO NOT store any flammables, liquids, chemicals, paints, explosives, hazardous materials, oils, paint thinner or any living animals or plants.
- DO NOT assume your homeowners insurance will cover your belongings. Storage facilities do not insure your belongings so you want to make sure you are covered.
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