||Prepare an inventory
list while you are packing. Make sure to include an estimate
of the item's replacement value for insurance purposes. AAA
Storage shall not be liable in any way for damages or loss of
property. We advise our clients to contact their insurance
agent if they wish to secure insurance on the contents of their
||Label all boxes
clearly and on more than one side so the contents are easily
identified. Seal boxes tightly with packing tape to prevent dust
||Plan your storage
space. Items that you need to access often should be placed at
the front of the storage unit and if possible leave a walkway
to the rear of your storage unit for better accessibility.
important when storing when packing your storage unit. Leave
a small space between the wall and your storage items. Use pallets,
skids or 2" x 4" boards, do not place boxes directly
on concrete floors.
|| Use the
same size boxes as much as possible for packing. Fill boxes completely
to avoid breakage and prevent collapsing when stacked. Use newspapers,
rags, towels, and bubblewrap as filler. Half-full boxes tend
to collapse and bulging boxes tend to tip when stacked. Stack
lighter boxes on top. Avoid putting heavy items or boxes on top
of fragile ones.
||Pack heavy objects
and books in smaller boxes to make them easier to transport and
move. Pack books flat to protect their spines. It is recommended
to limit the weight of all cartons, to 30 pounds or less, regardless
|| Use valuable
space of furniture drawers or the inside of large kitchen appliances,
washers and dryers to store delicate, fragile items. Secure the
items in the drawers by filling the empty spaces with towels,
linens or other bulky items and label them as fragile.
be covered and stored on level surfaces or on the long end. Do
not place directly on concrete floor, it is recommended they
should be raised above floor level or placed on protective sheeting
be placed on pallets or boards. Break down or dismantle furniture
such as beds and tables. Wrap furniture legs with protective
bubble wrap. Clearly mark all the pieces, storing items such
as bolts and screws together in a marked plastic zip lock bag.
Secure the bag to the appropriate furniture. Leave slip covers
on upholstered furniture and cover them with plastic covers.
Store large pieces of furniture like sofas and tabletops vertically
on end to save space. Whenever possible, place dressers top-to-top,
placing a protective covering between them to prevent damaging
surfaces. and to save space. Treat your wood furniture with a
good quality furniture spray before storing it.
and breakable items should be wrapped separately using bubble
wrap or packing paper. Pack these items tightly in strong boxes,
filling any gaps with paper, lines etc. Plates are best stacked
on edge. Mark all boxes containing breakable items as FRAGILE.
||Pictures and mirrors
should be wrapped in a protective covering such as bubble wrap
and stack them on end as they should never be stored flat. Label
such items as fragile.
and blankets should be stored in wardrobe boxes. Sealed plastic
bins and bags are not recommended as moisture can get trapped
inside and cause mold or mildew to form.
||Lamps and lampshades
should be packed in individual boxes. Use clothing, lines or
paper for padding. Mark boxes as fragile and store on top of
Freezers and refrigerators should be defrosted and wiped dry.
Secure all movable parts with wedges or paper. Tie the doors
up for the move but leave them slightly ajar once in storage.
Washing machines should be drained and hoses tied down. All appliances
should be clean and dry before storing.
such as computers, stereos and TVs should be packed in their
original boxes if possible, otherwise into boxes the right size,
with any gaps filled with paper, lines, towels etc.
is not recommended that you store loose photographs as they may
curl or suffer temperature damage. If you do not have a climate
controlled storage unit, it is recommended that photographs be
placed flat between two pieces of cardboard and taped together.
and tools should be wiped down with a little oil before storing
to prevent rust formation. Long handled tools such as rakes,
shovels or hoes can be stored in trashcans.
should be treated with a leather conditioner before you store
should have any inside bags discarded. Empty and clean vacuum
cleaners with non-disposable bags prior to storage.
||Lawn and garden
equipment or other small engine items should be drained of gasoline
that may no be stored: firearms, live animals, liquids, flammable
liquids and fuels, perishables, toxic materials, or other items
that need a controlled environment