storage tips

Helpful Storage Tips

Organization

  • Store frequently used items at the front to avoid having to search for them.
  • Use freestanding shelves.
  • Use same size boxes as that will help with stacking and access.
  • Label boxes well and stack according to weight. List key items in each box.
  • Disassemble furniture and store sofas upright.
  • Keep a detailed inventory of what is being stored. It might be helpful to take a picture of the contents of your unit to help you remember what is stored.
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                                          Protection

                                                      • Temperature-controlled units will greatly reduce damage done by moisture. We recommend that you store antiques and collectibles, electronics, furniture, pictures, photos, or important documents items in temperature-controlled units if available.
                                                      • We recommend that you avoid placing cardboard boxes directly on the concrete floor. Feel free to use a plastic barrier or tarp to reduce the chance of moisture wicking from the floor.
                                                      • Use blankets or sheets to protect furniture from scratches. Use mattress bags or furniture covers to protect valuable fabrics.
                                                      • Feel free to use moisture absorbers, mothballs, or rodent bait.
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                                                                                      Door Function

                                                                                                          • In order to open and close some units, it may be necessary to step on the foot plate or bottom door handle when sliding the latch.
                                                                                                          • Be sure to slide the latch completely to the right before securing with your lock.
                                                                                                          • Only one lock is allowed to secure your unit. If we find two locks on your door, one will be cut.
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                                                                                                                                    Finding Your Unit

                                                                                                                                                              • Be sure to move into the correct unit. Moving into the incorrect unit could result in you losing your possessions at auction. (This has actually happened before because we had no idea whose belongings were inside the unit. If your unit size is not adequate, feel free to give us a call.)
                                                                                                                                                              • All buildings are labeled with numbers and some with letters. Look in conspicuous areas for building letters. Unit numbers are on, above, or beside each door. Call us if you have a problem locating your unit.
                                                                                                                                                              • Some units are located in hallways that may have closed doors. Look for your unit number on or above the hallway doors.
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Do Not Store

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Live animals or plants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Food or other perishable items (rice, cereals, pet food, etc.) that will attract rodents or insects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hazardous materials (gas, propane, grease, chemicals, paint, cleaners, explosives, fireworks, etc.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Illegal or stolen items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tires
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • If you are storing your vacuum, make sure it has a clean bag. Little pieces of food are heaven for pests.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Temperature-controlled Items

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Antiques and collectibles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electronics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pictures, photos, or other important documents
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