Here are some helpful suggestions to keep your valuables and keepsakes safe during moving or storing. Should you require more information or useful suggestions, please contact Extra Storage today in Medicine Hat. Our experienced team will be happy to help and offer advice.
1. If you plan to use your space frequently, do not over-pack, as it can make it more difficult to access or find things. Plan ahead and decide your main storage needs. Often, a larger space may be much more convenient than a smaller one packed to capacity.
2. Upon booking your storage space with us, we provide you with a written agreement. This is done for your protection. Please read it thoroughly and be sure to ask any questions that you may have. Please make note of your payment date. You will also be asked to provide us with a phone number and an address for contact purposes. Please notify us in writing if any changes are made.
3. Plan ahead. Any items that will be accessed frequently should be placed in the front of your storage area. Allow for walkways.
4. Completely fill each box, always placing the heavier items on the bottom and the lighter items on the top.
5. Try to keep uniform box sizes as they are much easier to stack this way.
6. Be sure to read your contract regarding what items are prohibited from being stored in our facility. There are certain items that are prohibited in any storage facilities. Common sense and provincial laws determine what may be stored.
7. Label all boxes for easy identification.
8. Leave a small space between the wall and your items to allow for ventilation.
9. Pack your boxes and other items as close together as possible to avoid moisture accumulating between them.
10. Always use a high-quality lock, preferably a disc lock, for your unit. They are much harder to break or cut, ensuring the safety of your items as much as possible.
11. Always keep an inventory list of your stored items and keep it in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box.
12. List the contents of your boxes on all 4 sides and be sure to seal them completely using masking tape or glued paper tape.
13. Dishes and glasses should always be packed using packing paper and placed in dish pack boxes. We do supply these boxes should you require them. All glass items should be individually wrapped to protect them from breakage. Nest cups and bowls. Stand all plates and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be placed near or at the top of boxes. Be sure to fill all pockets with packing material. Label all boxes containing glassware and be sure to stack these boxes on the top.
14. Concrete floors in any storage facility may become cold and damp. For this reason, always place your storage items on 2"x4" boards or pallets to guard against damage due to dampness.
15. Clothing, curtains and other fabrics in storage should be stored on hangers. If hanging cartons are not available, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar lined chests with other blankets and linens. Food crumbs and stains should be removed before storing such items to avoid anything that may attract pests. Should you require wardrobe boxes, we do carry these in stock.
16. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror crates, marked “fragile” and stacked on end.
17. Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for such things as knick-knacks, china, silverware and small items. Wrap these in tablecloths, towels, blankets or linens to prevent breakage. Tie or tape drawers to prevent them from falling out.
18. A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dried and stored with its doors slightly ajar. Larger appliances also make excellent packing cases for blankets, towels, linens and clothing. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored. Garden equipment such as hoses, hoes and rakes can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack additional cans inside one another.
19. Bicycles and other metal items may rust after time if they are not properly protected. To prevent rusting, wipe down all metal surfaces using a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
20. Books should be packed lying flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes containing such items directly on the floor; rather, place them on on skids or 2"x4" boards to protect them from moisture. Use packing materials to fill the pockets. Do not overload the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box as books.
21. Items such as tables that have removable parts such as legs should be taken apart to save space.
22. Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Be sure to cover these items in plastic, and place a waterproof cover on the end on the floor. It’s also not a bad idea to place these items on a skid or pallet. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
23. Cover stuffed furniture with dust covers.
24. If you stand mattresses on end, be sure to prop them up to prevent them from falling over and damaging other items close by.