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Store Your Stuff storage tips will help you move easier and faster.

How-to-Guide For Choosing Self Storage, Packing and Moving

People put their belongings in self storage thousands of times a day all around the world. It's a relatively simple process,but there are things you should consider to make your self storage experience a positive one.

The Self Storage Facility You Choose

Let's start with the self storage facility you choose.
Security. You'll want to make sure the things you store are well protected, so you should choose a facility that offers things like:
  • Perimeter fencing
  • Controlled access
  • Video monitoring
  • Adequate lighting
Convenience. People often need to get access to things they have in self storage and that process should be aseasy as possible. Key questions:
  • How far will you have to drive and what are the traffic conditions?
  • Can you access your storage unit any time 7/24/365?
  • Are the storage facility roadways broad enough for easy car and truck access?
On-site management. This is important because, even though you might have unlimited access toyour storage unit, there are times when you need the help of on-site management – when you can't find the key or losethe combination to the lock on your unit.
Cleanliness. Are the grounds of the storage facility clean? Are the storage units themselves clean?
On-site supplies and equipment. It's always handy to have the supplies you need for self storageright on-site at the storage facility from things like available hand trucks, packing boxes, tape, etc.
Moving truck rentals. Whether you are moving your things into a self storage facility or taking themout, the availability of rental trucks at the facility or nearby for rental or drop off is a big plus.
Rental terms. The terms for renting a storage unit vary among different storage facilities. Questionsto ask: Is a security deposit required? Are there application fees or other hidden fees? Are long-term contracts requiredor is month to month rental available. Are rental fees stable for a guaranteed length of time or are they subject tochange at any time?
References. Your self storage property is important to you or you wouldn't be storing it. It'simportant to choose an established self storage facility with a good reputation among current renters. Ask themanagement if they are willing to provide you with references.

Packing Your Storage Items

Gather supplies. Get all the boxes, tape, box cutters, gloves, straps, rope and other supplies you'll need and put them together in one place before you start packing to move.
Keep things together. As much as possible, keep things from the same rooms together. This will make it easier to access the contents.
Keep an inventory. You should have a written list of each box and its contents for easy reference when you're trying to remember where you put individual items.
Disassemble, but package screws, bolts. If you have to disassemble furniture for storage, put all the screws and bolts for each piece in a bag and tape it to the furniture.
Covers. To protect your furniture and larger items, use things like sofa covers, mattress covers and general dust covers.
Bubble wrap. Use this to protect breakable items or things you want to protect from scratches or bumps.
Sturdy boxes. Make sure you have plenty of sturdy boxes on hand. Don't use standard garbage bags, which easily rip and tear. If you want to pack clothes or linens in garbage bags, get the thicker heavy ones.
Heavy items on bottom. Pack your heaviest items on the bottom of the box, but try not to pack your boxes with more than 50 pounds – to avoid making them too heavy to easily lift and move.
Small items in a large box. Pack your small, loose items in bags or small boxes and then place them all in a larger box.
Don't over-pack. Don't try to stuff too much into a box, so it doesn't close all the way. This can cause damage to contents when other boxes are stacked on top.
Label, label. Clearly label each box to identify its contents. It helps to label them on all sides and the top so you can see the label without having to move the box.

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