Storage Tips

Before you pack, move and store, be sure you take a moment to review some of the helpful tips below to ensure a successful storage of your valuable possessions.

Quick Links

Check Your Moving Company

Be sure to check out your moving company’s liability insurance and license. Question your mover about extra charges and be sure that you have obtained your estimate prior to moving.

Truck Rental

If you are moving yourselves, be sure to request our free moving truck for your move in. Book early to ensure it is available on the day you need! Unlike most of our competitors we don’t limit you to 4 hours. You may have it for the entire day and – if availability permits – the night before, so you can get a head start on your move. When the time comes to move out you may also rent our truck for a small fee.
Return to top

Moving Equipment and Packing Supplies

The right moving equipment can make your move much easier! To help our customers have a smoother experience, we have moving equipment and packing accessories available!

  • 4-wheel dolly in the truck. For moving large pieces of furniture. Just roll them from your home to the truck and from the truck to your storage unit.
  • Hand truck in the truck. Our hand truck makes moving boxes effortless.

Available Accessories: locks, mattress covers, plastic sheets, tape gun, plastic wrap
Return to top

How to Load the Moving Truck

Park your truck as close to your home as possible. Load one quarter of the truck at a time, packing it as tightly as possible, floor to ceiling. Tie down each quarter. Usually the largest items go in first, heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top. Mattresses, tabletops, and other long items fit well along the sides of the truck. Mirrors ride best placed between mattress and box spring.

Save your back! Always bend your knees and use your leg muscles when lifting heavy objects. Never lift with your back bent. Never push a hand truck up a ramp…always pull it so that you are higher on the ramp than the loaded hand truck.
Return to top

Packing Tips

  • Start planning your move at least 4-5 weeks in advance by making a list of things you need to take care of before the actual ‘moving-day’. Pre-pack as much as you can.
  • Rent your storage unit. You can make all the arrangements and pay for the unit over the phone if needed. Check your present insurance about covering moving and storage.
  • Make a list of packing material you will need for your moving project: boxes, bubble-wrap, tape, markers, inventory sheets, mattress bags, furniture covers, information stickers, etc. We have tape, markers, mattress bags, locks, plastic wrap and sheeting for sale in our office.
  • Number your boxes on all sides and use an inventory sheet to list contents to avoid needless box openings if you need a certain item. Keep these sheets in a safe place.
  • To aid in stacking, use same-size boxes when possible.
  • Fill each cardboard box completely to prevent the top or sides from crushing. If your box is filled with odd-shaped or loose items like glassware or toys, fill the open spaces with crumpled paper, bubble wrap or other packing material.
  • We recommend a maximum weight of 30 lbs per box. Use larger boxes for things that don’t weigh much and smaller boxes for the heavy stuff.
  • Use the right type of box or packing crate. For instance, use a heavy-duty box for your books as this is less likely to break than a standard box. You still need to be careful not to overfill it, though. Wardrobe boxes allow you to hang up clothing and fabrics while in storage.
  • When storing woolens and cottons, use cedar chips or mothballs to protect from moth damage
  • Mark “FRAGILE” on boxes that contain breakables.
  • Avoid using printed newspaper as it may leave smudges when used for packing.
  • Label boxes clearly and on more than one side. Consider providing a general description like ‘kitchen goods’ and then providing a short inventory such as ‘potholders, towels, aprons, silverware’ so that no one opens this kitchen box when they need the pots and pans. Be sure to mark boxes full of breakables as ‘fragile.’
  • Clean items like clothing, blankets, drapery or furniture before packing them to prevent germs and dirt from being transported to a new location and odors from spreading throughout your storage unit.
  • Polish wood before you pack to provide a little extra protection from the elements.
  • Treat leather items with a specially made conditioner before placing them in storage.
  • Wipe metal objects with machine oil or another type of rust preventative.
  • Take apart items like bed frames and tables, and remove lampshades from lamps. This will help protect them from breaking and make them easier to move.
  • Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them from stains, tears and scratches.
  • Place heavy items on the bottom of your moving van or self storage unit.
  • Place least used items in front of the van so they can easily be placed behind other items in your self storage unit.
  • Place boxes of fragile items on top of other boxes.
  • Appliances: For transport, tie doors shut (tape may harm the finish). Store with doors and lids open to prevent mildew. Seal disconnected hose ends with a plastic bag and rubber band.
  • Beds: Fasten bed rails together with rope, tape or plastic wrap. Store mattress and box springs on long edge. Use mattress bags and elevate off the floor, if possible. We offer inexpensive mattress covers at Storage Solutions Self Storage and free wood pallets.
  • Books: Pack these flat not on end as this will damage their spines. Pack them in small cartons, holding weight to under 30 pounds for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.
  • Chairs: Wrap packing paper around legs. Stack light chairs seat to seat.
  • Dishes and Glasses: Take your time here. Use extra strength dishpak cartons. Pad bottom, sides, and top with plenty of crumpled paper. Wrap each dish individually with plenty of packing paper or bubble wrap. Stack dishes on edge. Wrap cups and glasses individually, nest together in groups of three or four, and place in the top of the box. Mark these boxes “Fragile.”
  • Electronics: Pack in the original cartons or special electronics boxes if possible. Check owner’s manual for special moving instructions– such as securing computers, securing the laser in a CD player or turntable screws and tone arm in a stereo. Do not use polystyrene peanuts with computers. The static electricity could damage circuit boards. Code wires with tape to make for easy installation.. For longer-term storage, consider moisture absorber available for sale in our office. High end electronics such as TVs don’t store well in extreme temperatures and/or humidity, consider climate control if such items are to be stored.
  • Lamps: Remove bulbs and shades. Pack shades in individual boxes with plenty of non-inked packing paper. Wrap cord around the base of lamp, and tape down.
  • Mirrors and Paintings: Wrap in non-inked paper, towels, or blankets and place in special mirror boxes, or package individually with strong cardboard. Mark “Fragile.” Stand on edge, preferably between mattresses or box springs. Never store flat. Criss-cross masking tape across the face of mirrors or glass-covered art. Wrap framed art in bubble wrap. Look for protective cardboard or plastic corners at your packing supply store. Store fine oil paintings only in climate-controlled spaces.
  • Sofas and Hide-a-Beds: Stand sofas on end to save space but be sure to use a pallet or wood underneath to keep an air space between the floor and your expensive furniture. Pallets provided free. Please ask at the office. Tie hide-a-beds closed. When storing a curved-arm sofa, stand it on end on top of something sturdy, like a trunk, so that the arm overhangs the trunk and carries no weight. Cover with a blanket. Put cushions on top and load light boxes in the space where the cushions were.
  • Tables: Remove legs, if possible. Spray wood finish with a quality wood polish. Tie extra leaves together. Tabletops can be leaned sideways.
  • Tools and Sports Equipment: Wipe metal surfaces with machine oil to inhibit rust, and then cover with plastic to prevent staining. Take apart equipment assembled with screws or bolts, and place the parts in plastic bags taped to the item. Mark pieces for easy reassembly. Tape or tie long-handled tools in bundles.
  • Hoses and Machinery: Drain hoses, tie them in coils, and connect ends. Remove gas and oil from lawnmowers, snow blowers, weed eaters, etc., and store with fuel caps open. Remove bicycle wheels to conserve space. Avoid direct contact between skis or snowboards and concrete floors to prevent possible damage. Ask for wooden pallets at the office.
  • Skis and Snowboards: Avoid direct contact between skis or snowboards and concrete floors to prevent damage.

Return to top

Storage Tips

Consider the environment where you plan to store your valuables. Will it be very hot or cold? Consider renting a climate controlled storage room for items that could be damaged by extreme temperatures or humidity. This includes things like software, paper, electronics or clothing. Some items do best in cold storage such as wine and furs. In self storage units without climate control consider using moisture absorber.

When choosing a storage unit, factor in a little more room than your belongings take up in order to allow space for you to walk between stacks of items. This will help you to find what you need after you store it. Leave a little room between the walls and the stored goods to improve ventilation.

Take a little time to plan and organize as you pack. This should make it easier to finds things in the future and less likely that anything will get damaged during a move or while in storage.

Caution: Do not store dangerous or flammable items, nor should you store food items of any kind as food attract pests.