Helpful Storage Tips
We recommend that renters...
- Consider renting a slightly larger unit then needed, especially if renting for a longer period. It is our experience people occasionally need to access items "in the back" of the unit and have to unpack much of the unit to access in the rear.
- Put down a vapor barrier (sheet of plastic or a tarp) as protection against moisture from the concrete floor. Cardboard boxes set directly on concrete will draw moisture, even if the floor is perfectly dry. Use 2 x4s or pallets to raise items off floor.
- Leave an airspace between items and the walls for ventilation.
- Place items on pallets to allow ventilation beneath them as well as protection against water damage in the unlikely case that water should infiltrate the unit.
- Place items you may need near the front.
- Be aware that humidity within the the unit will fluctuate and items such as books, paper, leather and fabrics could pick up a musty odor or mildew if not stored properly.
- Wedge appliance doors open. (Clean refrigerators and stoves before storing.)
- Set traps or bait in the unit to deter rodents. There is no guarantee that a small mouse can't gain access.
- Prop mattresses so they stand straight to prevent distortion.
- Bring a shovel in the winter. Driveways are plowed but doors to each unit are not. There will likely be an accumulation of snow in front of the door to the unit.
- Keep an inventory of stored items, either written, photos or video.
- Items will probably collect a film of dust so should be covered. Plastic drop cloths or moving blankets work well.
- Wipe exposed metal surfaces with a light coat of oil to prevent rust.
- Cover mattresses, box springs and upholstered furniture and keep off the floor.
- Use a high quality lock for security.
- Consider renter's insurance. We do not insure the contents and are not responsible for any type of loss.
What NOT to Store
- Food, firearms, equipment that currently contains gasoline (lawnmowers, generators, etc. - Tanks must be drained) gas tanks.
- Combustible dust: Anything that may spontaneously combust or explode (shavings, sawdust, sulfur, etc.)
- Explosive Gasses: Ether, acetylene, oxygen, ethyl chloride, etc.
- Flammable and Combustible Solids: Asphalt, coal tar, pitch, waste paper, rags, straw, hemp, excelsior, oils, fats, greases, etc.
- Poisonous, Corrosive or Fume Hazard Substances: Acids such as hydrochloric, nitric, sulfuric, etc. Corrosive, toxic or noxious alkalies, cyanides, chlorine, ammonia, phosgene, etc.
- Any other items prohibited by law.