Storage Tips

Capacity Guide

Packing for storage

  • Have blankets, draperies, and out-of-season clothing clean and ready to be packed. Also if you can vacuum seal anything do it.
  • Pack books flat, not standing on end (which may cause damage to the spines). Books are extremely heavy, so don’t pack too many in one box.
  • Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
  • Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
  • Don’t over pack boxes. Overfilled boxes will rupture and topple when stacked.
  • Clean and dry your appliances. Keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar and use the space inside for additional storage. Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, table clothes, and clothes.
  • Disassemble beds and mark pieces so they are easy to put back together. Tie bed rails together with rope or tape. Protect matters with sheets and/or mattress covers.
  • Always wrap fragile items in bubble wrap!
  • Smaller appliances should go in factory boxes and original packing when possible. Like size boxes and news paper as cushion will work just fine.
  • Always, Always, Always break down and disassemble anything you can. It takes time but saves space.

Fill your storage space

  • Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
  • Organize and keep your unit clean! The less time you spend moving items around and looking for items the better.
  • Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit.
  • If you’re storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and disassemble to conserve storage space.
  • Use shelving to take full advantage of the storage space.
  • Store couches on end (except sofa beds).
  • When packing your storage room, create a center aisle for access to all items.
  • Store items you’ll need most often at the front of the unit.

FAQ

  • Q: How much space will I need for my item(s)?
  • A: There is a calculator on our website (the link is posted below) that will give you the item’s size in cubic feet. We also have a capacity guide that will give you a general idea of the amount of space you will need. You may also make an appointment with me to come see the size of the unit.  Storage Calculator
  • Q: When can I access my unit?
  • A: Once you are signed in and receive a personal PIN, you will have access to the facility 24/7.
  • Q: What type of security do you have?
  • A: We have a state of the art security system, which includes: 32 security cameras, gated access with pin code entry, and individual door alarms.
  • Q: What is the difference between climate control and non-climate control?
  • A: Some of our storage units are climate-controlled, meaning they heat up to 55 degrees in the winter and they keep below 80 degrees in the summer. The humidity is also kept between 35%-45%. Some items that should be kept in climate-controlled units are the following: paintings, photos, electronics with LDC, furniture (depending on the material), some antiques, and paper documents that need to last longer than 7 years.
  • Q: Do the units come with insurance?
  • A: Insurance is a requirement in the contract. We do offer Storsmart insurance with the unit or you can provide your own.
  • Q: Is there a minimum stay?
  • A: Depending on availability, we have a minimum of 1 month. However, from time to time, exceptions can be made.
  • Q: How do I go about renting a unit?
  • A: First, there is a rental agreement you will need to fill out. The first month’s rent is due at this time. We currently have no other fees, but depending on when you sign up you may need to pay the prorate amount for the rest of the month. This means anything after the 15th of the month.
  • Q: How do I reserve a unit?
  • A: We do not take reservations. You must come into the office to fill out a contract (this can also be done via email). I will call when our last unit (of your size) is available. At that time, you will need to rent the unit. If not, it may be given to the next available customer.
  • Q: Do you have a waitlist? When can I expect a unit to open up?
  • A: There is a waitlist. I can take your name and number and let you know when the next storage unit is available. Unfortunately, because our contracts are month to month, it is difficult to tell when something will become available. Openings typically occur around the 1st of each month.