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Helpful Storage Tips

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 that fits your needs. 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. If you frequently use the space, 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. Make note of your payment date to see if the agreement covers prorated rental periods. 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 the storage facility 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 storage consultant may be able to give you the names of insurers who provide low-cost insurance coverage for your foods. If a policy is not included in your storage information packet, just ask.

Prohibited storage goods.

Common sense and provincial 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.

Specific Storage tips for home owners

Appliances

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 stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored.

Bicycles and other metals

To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces 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 pace 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 stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and linens. 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: next cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers, and platters on edge. Wrapped glasses should be paced 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.

Furniture

Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and 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 drawers 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 (e.g. a bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture.

**Business Owners - see our Guide to Expanding your Business Through Self Storage for more information.