Save Your Time & Money With Helpful Storing Tips
With several years of hands-on management experience in the self-storage industry, we have a sound understanding of the art and science of packing and storing. Our friendly and professional staff provides valuable storage tips and insights that help you save time and money. We guide you through every step of the process, enabling you to make informed decisions.
Refrigerators/freezers should be thoroughly dried and stored with slightly ajar doors. Some goods can be accommodated inside large appliances, while boxes can be stacked on stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Please make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before being stored.
Bicycles & Other Metal Items
All metal surfaces should be wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil. This will retard the formation of rust and preserve the quality of your belongings during storage.
Books & Documents
Books should be packed flat to protect their spines. Do not place book boxes directly on concrete floors, and please stack them up higher and use packaging materials to fill empty pockets in the boxes. Do not overload the boxes with fragile items.
Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, Drapes & Linens
Clothing, curtains, and drapes may be hung in plastic bags on storage unit beams or carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers, cedar chests, or wardrobe-style cardboard cartons along with bedding and linens. Please remove food crumbs, stains, or anything that may attract pests before storing.
Dishes & Glassware
Boxes containing dishes and glassware should have a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top. Ideally, these items should be stored in a specifically designed dish pack box. All glass items should be individually wrapped with nest cups, bowls, stand plates, saucers, and platters placed on edge.
Please remember to place the wrapped glasses near the top of the cartons. Repeat the process with the next layer and fill all pockets with packing materials. Don’t forget to label boxes containing glassware. Please refrain from placing heavy items on such boxes to prevent breakage.
Pallets, corrugated cardboard mats, or plastic sheets should be placed on the floor with standing sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. Consider putting padding on the floor and then place the table on its top with the legs pointing up if disassembling the table is not possible.
Please use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside down on tables that are not disassembled. Finally, place a piece of light cotton as a dust cover on your furniture. You can also opt to purchase a specialized dust cover for your table.
Pad all ornaments with packing paper or newsprint and save the original cartons that contain delicate ornaments. Don’t forget to wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing it in a carton lined with packing paper.
Wrap large lamps and place them in boxes carefully. Delicate lamp shades should be packed separately to avoid damage. We recommend you avoid using newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods to prevent damages caused resulting from ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamp shades. Please note that other things such as mirrors, windows, and screens should be kept on edge and not flat.
All metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust. Long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels, and hoes should be cleaned, lightly oiled, and tied in bundles.
Insure Your Goods
Please note that all the items you place in our storage space are your sole responsibility. None of your things are insured by High County Storage, and however, we offer your insurance from third-party private carriers when you sign your rental contract. Please check with your homeowner insurance carrier for additional coverage details.
List of Prohibited Goods
You have exclusive access to your storage space and are requested to refrain from storing the following items:
- Live animals
- Explosives & flammable liquids
- Fuels & Toxic materials
- Food products & organic materials
- Other items that need a controlled environment
Please remember to drain the fuel from gasoline engines before storage.
Pack & Stack Carefully
Please pack and stack carefully to minimize the amount of storage space and prevent damages to valuable items. Consider placing frequently used items near the door and valuables in the rear of the unit.
Heavy items are easier to carry when packed in small boxes. We recommend you place such boxes at the bottom of the stacks to prevent damage to your belongings. This will also help you find items quickly when you need them urgently.