Start by gathering everything you will need to pack(boxes, tape, markers, packing material, mattress wrappers, packing paper, stretch wrap, utility knife)
Make an inventory list of your items and keep it somewhere safe(not your storage unit). This will allow you to know what's in the unit for your own benefit but also for insurance if necessary.
List contents of boxes on all four sides. Number the boxes for your inventory
Per your rental agreement and for safety reasons, make sure there are no food or combustible items(paint, paint thinner, gasoline, solvents) in your inventory. Food will attract rats and roaches and will ruin your items.
Be sure to use quality boxes that won't break or tear when filled. Typically boxes should be strong enough to hold 25-30lbs.
Anything breakable should be wrapped in paper and packed firmly. Make sure you stack these on top in the unit.
Furniture with drawers or larger appliances can be utilized as storage places.
Anything long(shovels, hoes, rakes, hoses) can be stored in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
You can break down any furniture(such as a table with removable legs) to save space.
Avoid putting sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Cover furniture or other valuables with a dust cover to protect against dust.
Wipe any metal items with machine oil to prevent rusting.
Try to leave an aisle down the center of your unit for easier access.
Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
Stack heavier boxes on bottom and lighter boxes on top.
Store frequently used items in the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.
Be sure to check your unit once a month.
Make sure all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. Leave appliance doors slightly ajar to prevent mildew.
Store mirrors and pictures on end, not flat.
Store clothing in wardrobe boxes to protect them.
Feel free to visit our office. Take a list of what you are going to be storing and the manager can help you determine the correct unit size for your needs.
Be sure to read the lease before signing it. Make sure you are aware of company policies on moving out, paying the rent and other important information like late charges, overlocks, credit cards, etc.
If you are using a moving company, find out what size truck they will be using. This is valuable in determining if your unit will be accessible to that truck. Most moving companies charge more the farther they have to carry your things.
Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. Check your policy. Storage facilities do not insure your belongings.
Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to any one that is not listed as having "Access".