Packing for self-storage
Packing for self-storage is an art and you’ll need to put some thought into it before you begin. After all, one of the primary advantages of using a self-storage facility is the fact that you can continue to access your items even in storage.
The first thing to remember therefore is to pack in such a way that you can find things at a later date quickly and without unloading absolutely everything you’ve put away. Make an inventory of what you’ve packed and where it is as you go along. Other packing and storage preparation tips include:
Organizing your self-storage unit
At this stage in your self-storage process, it’s worthwhile taking some time to plan exactly how to pack your items into the unit. Unit sizes are determined by price so you can be save money here by assessing what you have to store and planning to pack it in efficiently – a smaller and well-packed unit will be cheaper than a larger one that is badly organized.
There are two key things to remember when organizing your self-storage unit. Firstly, you need to make sure that you can easily access the items you’ve stored in the facility when you want them. Secondly, you must take care when storing – these are your belongings and there are measures you can take, apart from careful packing, that will help protect them during their time in the facility.
Most people don’t frequent their storage units, giving rodents plenty of time to destruct and destroy personal items. This can put a huge burden on your checkbook when it comes to cleanup or replacement, not to mention any heirlooms that may be irreplaceable.
Storage facilities are often blamed for rodent infestations occurring on their sites, but there isn’t much they can do to prevent tenants from bringing in items that ultimately attract rodents. This is why most contracts state that the facility is not responsible for damages caused by vermin and other forces of nature.
Fortunately, you can rely on the power of prevention to stop pest problems before they begin. Natural pest control is safe, easy, and effective — especially when you plan ahead. Knowing the signs of a pest infestation will give you a head’s up if trouble begins to brew in your storage unit. Taking a few extra steps when storing your personal property will ensure that you can retrieve it in the same condition as when you left it in storage.
Clean items before storage to remove anything that rodents or insects may find attractive, like food crumbs, or pheromone trails from other pests.
Store items in airtight, chew-proof containers if possible.
Don’t store any food items, pet food, bird seed, grass seed, and items containing food products such as heating pads with rice or grains in them.
Steel wool – put in any gaps to help prevent mice from traveling from another unit. You don’t know what your neighbor may be storing.
Peppermint oil, Bounce dryer sheets may help repel mice as well as keep your items smelling fresh.
Please do not put moth balls in climate controlled buildings. The smell is obnoxious and draws into other customers belongings.
Safe Haven Storage, LLC
1935 Long Run Road
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972