Storage Unit Packing and Self Storage Tips

Tip 1: 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 unit.
Tip 2: 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 from entering.
Tip 3: 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.
Tip 4: Ventilation is 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.
Tip 5:  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.
Tip 6: 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 of size.
Tip 7:  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.
Tip 8: Mattresses should 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
Tip 9: Furniture should 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.
Tip 10:  Fragile items 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.
Tip 11: 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.
Tip 12: Clothing, draperies 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.
Tip 13: 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 heavier boxes.
Tip 14: Large appliances. 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.
Tip 15: Electronic equipment 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.
Tip 16: Photographs: It 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.
Tip 17: Metal objects 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.
Tip 18: Leather items should be treated with a leather conditioner before you store them.
Tip 19:  Vacuum cleaners should have any inside bags discarded. Empty and clean vacuum cleaners with non-disposable bags prior to storage.
Tip 20: Lawn and garden equipment or other small engine items should be drained of gasoline and oil.
Tip 21: Unacceptable items that may no be stored: firearms, live animals, liquids, flammable liquids and fuels, perishables, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment

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