SELECTING A STORAGE SPACE
Self Storage is a convenient, safe, and inexpensive way to store your belongings. Ask the storage consultant to help you choose a space size that fits your needs because rental of a storage space is determined by the total size of the items being stored. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space, well organized (racks and file boxes), may be more convenient.
STORAGE SPACE RENTAL AGREEMENT
For your protection, a storage facility provides a written agreement. Read it thoroughly and ask the storage consultant to answer your questions. Also, find out how and when your security deposit is refunded or forfeited upon termination of the agreement. If you change your address or phone number, be sure to notify in writing.
INSURE YOUR GOODS IN STORAGE
The goods you place in self storage spaces are the sole responsibility of you, their owner. Goods are not insured by the storage facility. Your SSA storage consultant may be able to give you the name of insurers who provide low-cost insurance coverage for your goods. If information is not included in your storage information packet, just ask!
PROHIBITED STORAGE GOODS
Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space; therefore, never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment. Remember to drain the fuel from gasoline engines before storage.
SPECIFIC STORAGE TIPS
A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stove, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.
BICYCLES AND OTHER METAL ITEMS:
To retard rust, wipe all metal surface with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS:
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.
BEDDING, CLOTHING, CURTAINS, DRAPES AND LINENS:
Clothing, curtains, and drapes should be stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and storage in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and lines. Some facilities sell wardrobe style, cardboard cartons, which help protect your clothes. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage and avoid storing anything that may attract pests.
DISHES AND GLASSWARE:
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware. All glass items should be individually wrapped: nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers, and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing. Label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.
Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on tables, which cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a light cotton (eg. a bedsheet) dust cover on your furniture. Some facilities sell covers for your convenience.