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Chapter 9:

Storing Your Items the Right Way

Whether you're looking for extra space in your apartment, or you need to protect the items you have in your basement from a flooded basement, or where, when or for how long you are planning to store your belongings, you want them to be safe and well protected. In order to store your items correctly there are couple of things you should know.

The tips below will give you information on how to pack your items correctly, how to place your items in the storage, what items not to store, and many other ideas that you might find helpful:

1.     Protecting your stored items

2.     Choosing a storage facility

3.     Fitting it all in

4.     Do not store requirements

5.     Insurance

Protecting your stored items  

Here are some tips on how to protect the items you are storing:

Furniture: It is good idea to place plastic cover or blankets between the furniture and on the floor of your storage unit. Some storages sell tarps and plastic covers for your convenience, however it is better to have it ready before move-in day.

Small Items: The best way to store your small and medium size items is to put everything in boxes. You can use carton or plastic boxes of different sizes for your clothes, kitchen staff, tools or any other items.

Rugs: Have your rugs and draperies cleaned and store them wrapped as they are returned from the cleaners.

Itemization: Keep a list of your items in storage. Remember to include all items on your list, with a description of each item.

Storage Walls: It is good to leave some air space between the goods stored and the storage unit walls.

Dust: Protect your large items from dust buildup. Cover your mattresses, sofas, and chairs with a light plastic cover.

Rust: When storing your bikes and tools use rust protector.

Moisture: Moisture will cause damage to your refrigerator and freezer, make sure they are dry and clean.

Lock: Use a good lock on your storage unit door. You can usually buy it from the storage personnel.

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Choosing a storage facility  

Location: Before choosing a storage check how far it is from where you live. If you need to pick up or drop off your items on a regular basis, it is better to choose a storage facility close to your house.

Facility: It is necessary to determine whether storage facility has smoke alarms, sprinklers, and security devices installed.

Extra Services: When storing, you might need additional services for moving bulky items, such as hot tubs, large-screen TV's, or exercise equipment. Check if the storage facility provides those services.

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Fitting it all in  

Here are some tips on how to fit everything in your storage unit:

  • Disassemble all items that can be disassembled.

  • Store tables that can't be disassembled top down with the legs pointing toward the ceiling.

  • Stack chairs seat-to-seat.

  • Put smaller items and boxes inside any of your belongings and furniture.

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    Do not store requirements  

    Flammables: Do not store flammables such as matches, fireworks, cleaning fluids, chemistry sets, acids, aerosol cans, and ammunition.

    Hazardous Materials: Do not store any of hazardous, pressurized, or toxic materials, including liquids and aerosols.

    Fuel: Make certain all fuel is drained from gasoline powered equipment.

    Used Cans: Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, or other substances that might leak.

    Food: Do not store items like food, perishables or any other items which could attract rodents or pests

    Sharp Objects: Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.

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    You should insure your goods while in storage. Check with your insurance agent to see if your renter's or homeowner's insurance will cover your items in storage.

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