Here are some tips to get the most out of your unit.
It's always a good idea to size up! The last thing you want is to fill up your unit only to find out you don't have enough room. The extra space will also allow you to create a walkway through your unit. This way you won't need to pull items out of the way to get what you need.
Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper, or towels). Buy all the boxes and moving supplies you need in the office and WE WILL BUY BACK ANY UNUSED BOXES.
If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.
Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit.
Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
It may be wise to size up on your unit, NON-PERISHABLE because you can create a pathway for easy access to items in the back.
Do not store any PERISHABLE OR NON PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS! This includes bird seed, pet food, etc. Also, do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint).
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
List the contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal them with tape. We sell box markers in the office.
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top. We sell wrapping paper, bubble wrap, and padded pouches for glassware and dishes in the office.
Fragile pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end. We sell Picture/Mirror boxes in the office.
Store clothing in airtight containers and cover sofas and mattresses in sealable bags, which are sold in the front office.
Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit. They can also be stored in our expandable TV Packing Kit (sold in the front office) for further protection.
Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic (sold in office) and place on top of sofas.
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Cover stuffed sofas or loveseats in sealable bags (sold in the office) to protect against dust, dirt, and humidity. All other furniture can be covered with blankets or cardboard for additional protection.
If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy. Place inside Mattress bags (sold in the office) to protect against dust, dirt, and humidity.
Wipe any items made of metal - bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. - with machine oil to prevent rusting.