Storage Tips

gascanAlways remember that certain items cannot be stored inside of storage units. For the safety of the tenants and employees always check to see if an item is permitted or not.


These items are considered “inherently dangerous”:

Gasoline, compressed gas, propane tanks, kerosene, motor oil, acids, grease, corrosives, fertilizers, chemicals, narcotics and biological waste should not be stored at any time.

You also may not store explosives, weapons or ammunition of any kind.

Storage Authority also advises against storing any goods that amount to $15,000 or more.

This is a general rule of thumb but it is up to the tenant’s discretion.

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Make packing easier by planning ahead. Gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers.



Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers. Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly later. Place covers or plastic bag on mattresses to keep them clean during storage.



Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes. Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither over pack nor under pack. Use wadded up newsprint, bubble wrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces.



Clean and dry appliances before storing. Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage.



Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware!!! Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge.


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.



Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.



Common sense and state law determines 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 material, or other items that need a controlled environment.



Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.



When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drop of machine oil.



Always use high quality lock on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.