- Make a list of items you plan on moving to your new home and items you wish to take to storage. Make a list of items to be handled by the mover and those you will handle yourself. Dispose of the items that you do not need and consider a garage sale if you have time.
- Get estimates from several moving companies.
- Research and select a professional moving company. After selecting your mover, discuss costs, packing, timing and other necessary details.
- Many moving expenses are tax deductible, so maintain a file with important information and receipts for moving related expenses.
- If moving to a new community, find out about the schools, parks, recreation, and community programs from the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor's Bureau.
- Transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance through your insurance agent.
- Place all your medical records in a safe place. Do not forget prescriptions, vaccination records and other important information.
Mini Storage Depot Storage Guide
Our storage guide was created to assist you in making your self-storage experience hassle free. Organizing and preparing ahead will save you time and trouble and help you get the most from your self-storage space. Our storage professionals can help you choose the right packing materials, moving supplies and a space that best fits your needs.
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Storage Unit Packing Tips
- Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
- When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
- Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.
- If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.
- Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
- Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
- Common sense and state law determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space therefore never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
- Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
- Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
- Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
- When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
- Pack blankets, draperies, and dress clothes on the hanger in a wardrobe box.
- Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.
- Always use climate control for humidity sensitive items.
- When possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.
Mini Storage Depot would like to help make your move less stressful. Here is a moving guide to help with your move. Organizing and preparing weeks ahead of your move will lessen your stress and will decrease your chances of overlooking important items.
Mini Storage Depot FAQ's
We are committed to making your storage experience informative and hassle-free. Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked self-storage questions. If you can’t find the answer you need, our Self Storage Professionals will be happy to help you; just call the location nearest you for further details.