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Packing and Storage Tips

The Storage Authority Self Storage family is dedicated to providing you with the best in customer service. Below are packing and storage tips

If you have any questions please feel free to contact your nearest storage facility and speak to one of our Self Storage Professionals.


We Suggest That You:

  • Determine if you need climate control or regular storage.
  • Determine the packing supplies that you need, for example: boxes, paper, bubble wrap, tape, rope, drop clothes, sheets, etc.
  • Use cylinder locks for extra protection and security of your storage unit.
  • Mirrors windows and screens should be stored on edges and not flat.
  • Metal tools and bicycles should be cleaned and wiped with a rag contain a few drops of machine oil to prevent rusting and corrosion.
  • Long handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled and tied in a bundle.
  • Place the things you are most likely to need closest to the door for easy access.
  • Wrap plates, saucers and bowls individually before placing them in a box or storage container. You should use a dish pack box with a dish pack divider for increased protection. Fill paper into the bottom, top and empty spaces in the carton.
  • Leave appliance doors slightly ajar. Moisture and mildew will damage your valuables so make sure your refrigerator or freezer is clean and dry.
  • Use valuable storage space inside appliances for small items.
  • Avoid excessive wrinkling to your clothes by using wardrobe boxes.
  • Use free standing shelves to help organise your unit.
  • Place drop cloths over your items. This helps protect them from dust.
  • Create an aisle down the middle of your space for easy access to all your items.
  • Come to your storage unit on a nice, breezy day and leave the door open for a while to help with air circulation.
  • Give your wood furniture a good coating of polish before storing it.
  • Fill boxes completely to avoid them collapsing. Seal boxes completely with tape to keep dust out.
  • We recommend mattress covers for all bedding. Mattress covers, boxes and assorted moving supplies are available at office store.
  • Place more valuable items in the back of your space and have your furniture to the front. If you are storing for a long period, especially during seasonal changes, remember to place items you might need, where you can get them.
  • Inventory your valuable items prior to storing and keep a copy of the inventory with you. If you have valuable antiques, you may want to photograph the items being stored.
  • When placing upholstered items or bedding in your space, use pallets or pieces of wood to avoid contact with concrete or metal.

We suggest that you don't:

  • Never use boxes that once contained food, cosmetics or liquor. They have an odor and can attract rodents.
  • Never store any food items. Food attracts pests.
  • Don't use printed newspaper. The ink may smudge onto your belongings.
  • Don't pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry.
  • Don't assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belonging while in storage. Self-storage facilities do not insure your stuff.
  • Don't give out your gate code or any information to anyone that is not listed as having "Access" to your self-storage unit.
  • Don't forget to clean your appliances before you place them into storage.
  • Don't store any toxins or flammables, such as paint, oil or gasoline.
  • Unless you are renting a climate controlled storage unit, it is recommended that you avoid storing items such as candles during the hot weather - as they could melt and also avoid storing items such as water filled globes during winter - as they may freeze.
  • Make sure your keep your vehicle insurance current when in storage.