Packing a unit

Do label your boxes. If you’re using self storage, chances are you don’t intend to be needing the items you’re packing up for at least a couple of months. And even if you believe you’ll be able to remember that the boxes packed in the left-hand corner contain your extra shoes, you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget what’s what once everything is out of sight. Labeling your boxes makes the unpacking process much simpler.

Do pack with a purpose. Some of the most crucial self storage tips you’ll want to follow are those around how to pack your things. You never know if or when you’ll need to access your unit during the storage period, so organize everything in a cohesive way. Store items you’re more likely to need toward the front of the unit, and things you know you’ll be able to live without for a while in the very back. Think vertically. Take advantage of the unit’s height (most are at least nine feet tall) and stack your items, keeping the heavier things closer to the ground. If you can, leave a pathway from the front of the unit to the back so that no item is completely out of easy reach.

Don’t store anything super valuable. As a general rule, if you can’t afford to lose it, you probably shouldn’t be putting it in your self storage unit. A majority of the time your belongings will be just fine and there’s nothing to worry about, but self storage always come with a small risk that items will get damaged or lost. To be prudent, find an alternative way to house art, jewelry, family heirlooms, and other valuable items that you don’t want to take chances with.

Don’t leave items unprotected. Prevent items from getting damaged by taking the time to properly wrap and store them. Cover furniture with blankets or moving pads (not plastic, which can trap moisture, resulting in mildew and mold). Fragile items should be carefully wrapped in paper, and stored in a stable location.

Do purchase insurance. Check to see if your renters or homeowners insurance covers personal property in storage. If it doesn’t, you can a separate storage insurance plan through Stor It. It’s good peace of mind to have extra protection just in case.

Don’t store anything perishable. Do not pack anything in your unit that could spoil. In addition to odors, rotting food could attract bugs and rodents.

Ask for help. Moving things into storage can be difficult to tackle all on your own. Ask a friend or family member for help, especially if you’re going to be loading heavy or bulky items. Having an extra set of hands will help the process go easier, and may reduce the risk of injury.

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