- Put plastic inside cardboard boxes with books, photos, papers and other things that might absorb moisture. (Even trashcan liners will work.) Minimize dust damage to electronics and furniture by placing them in dry bags, linen sheets or paper. DO NOT put plastic sheeting on top of furniture or electronics plastic as moisture can build up and damage.
- Pack heavy books and CD’s in smaller boxes for easier lifting.
- Don’t put cardboard boxes directly on concrete. A couple of short sections of 2×4 wood or a wood pallet is perfect to keep boxes off the ground and dry.
- Stack heavier items on bottom and lighter boxes and items on top.
- Wrap breakables in bubble wrap, or any kind of cushioning material and don’t pack the box too high and dense.
- MARK contents of each box on 2 sides and the top for easy identification later. Use heavy, black felt tip pen.
- Tape boxes shut with packing tape.
- Metal items are best covered with an old sheet or cloth and spray the cloth with a light coat of WD40 or spray oil to prevent rust. Wipe bare metal surfaces with oil cloth directly.
- DO NOT store anything with gasoline in it. Not only will it ruin the engine, but it is illegal to store gas or any other flammable substance.
- DO NOT store any perishable items such as food, plants or animals. Do not store hazardous liquids, explosives, ammunition, liquids that may freeze and break container, or any illegal or stolen property.
- If you must store valuables, store in the rear of the unit, under heavy boxes and behind furniture. Don’t label the box as containing valuables.
- Make a LIST of everything you store and keep a copy inside. Add or delete items as they are added and removed from your storage unit. This could be very important in the unlikely event of an insurance claim.
Insuring your stored items
Whether you are planning to store business or personal belongings; it’s important to insure them since items in self storage aren’t generally covered by other policies such as homeowner or rental insurance.