After choosing the right storage unit that fits your needs, it is essential that you pack your belongings in the storage unit correctly. Here are some tips to consider for preventing damage.
Source: Self Storage Association (SSA)
Thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry refrigerators, freezers, stoves and other appliances. Appliances with doors can be stored with the door slightly open, and some can be stacked on top of each other.
Retard rust by wiping down all types of metal surfaces before storing. Use a few drops of machine oil to lightly coat these items for preventing rust and possible deterioration in the storage unit.
Disassemble furniture and place pieces on a corrugated cardboard mat before placing on a pallet. Stack lightweight chairs “seat to seat”, but avoid stacking other types of furniture on top of each other. Cover all upholstery with light cotton dust covers.
CDs, DVDS, tapes, records and other music items can be stored in boxes or airtight cartons to prevent damage. Cover computer screens and large televisions screens with dust covers and wrap in bubble wrap if you are storing these items next to furniture and other equipment.
Pack all books, files, and documents flat, and use bubble wrap or newspaper to fill any empty spaces in the boxes or totes. Store clothing on hangers before folding them into cartons. Make sure all drapes, curtains, linens and clothing items are washed and dried, or dry cleaned to avoid attracting pests.
Flammable liquids and fuels
Any items that need to be in a controlled environment