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Packing & Storage Tips

Whether you’re storing your items temporarily or long term, get the most from your space by only using the size unit that’s required, and prevents damage to your possessions. Use the frequently asked questions and helpful tips below for the best storage experience:

GA400 Self Storage Entrance
Label all boxes on all sides. This will make it easier when you need to find an item later on; you can even take a picture of the items inside the containers.
Store items you will need most often near the front of your unit.
Creating a path through the center or down one side of your unit will make it easier to access all of your items.
Store heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top.
Never over pack boxes. Boxes overfilled will rupture and topple when stacked.
Use file boxes – they are the best containers for your important documents.
Wrap plates, bowls and glasses individually before placing in boxes NOTE: GA 400 Storage does NOT recommend dish boxes.
GA400 Self Storage Climate Controlled
To ensure security of valuable items such as TV’s, computers, etc. Place them farthest from the door with other items concealing them.
Do not store food items which could attract rodents or pests.
Do not store explosives or hazardous or flammable material such as gasoline, cleaning fluids or paint etc. Drain all gasoline and oil from lawnmowers, power tools etc. Before storing them.
GA400 Self Storage Supplies
Before storing any appliances make sure they are clean and dry. Defrost and empty of any water. Refrigerator and freezer doors should left open slightly to prevent odor build up. Use the space inside for extra storage. NOTE: ALWAYS STORE REFRIGERATORS STANDING UP.
Store mattresses and box springs on long ends, wrap in boxes or drape with sheets for protection. NOTE: DO NOT STORE BEDS OR BEDDING IN PLASTIC UNLESS VENTILATED.
Store sofas, love seats etc., on legs, especially sofa beds. Cover all furniture with moving blankets before shrink-wrapping or drape with sheets and drop-cloths, and disassemble if possible.
Pictures and mirrors should be stored in picture boxes or wrapped in cardboard and labeled “fragile.” Store these items standing up, never flat. Use bubble-wrap for added protection.
Wax wooden furniture. Use sheets or cotton cloths to cover furniture.
Use dresser drawers to store fragile items and use blankets, sweaters and towels for padding.
GA400 Self Storage Large Driveways
Check with your insurance company about storage insurance for your items. In most cases your homeowner’s or renter’s policy won’t cover items in a storage unit.
RV’s, boats or vehicles need to have storage insurance on them. You can do this through your auto insurance policy. You will need to provide proof of this coverage when you sign your storage rental lease.
If Renting long term, choose the smallest amount of space you will need and pack the unit full but, taper height of piles as you approach the door so boxes won’t fall over, blocking access and preventing door from opening.
Start by gathering as many boxes that you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (i.e. lock, bubble wrap, packing paper, moving blankets, etc.).
If Possible, try to use uniform size boxes or plastic totes for easy stacking.
Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box away from the unit.
Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods or place your stored items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top
Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper or [small] bubble wrap and packed in several small, sturdy boxes. Stack them on top of other things.
Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit
Yard tools, such as shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses, can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space or used as shelves that make it possible to continue stacking higher. This works well over unstackable items such as lawnmowers.
Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture
Place [standing] mattresses and boxsprings between larger furniture, such as armoires, dressers and refrigerators, to keep them from bending.
Wipe any items made of metal; bikes, metal tables, tools, etc., with machine oil to prevent rusting. NOTE: Cover items before storing to prevent oil from re-depositing on other stored items.

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