Tips for using storage units during your move

There are a lot of reasons why you might need to put some of your belongings in temporary storage during your move. Whatever your reasons, these tips will help you make the most out of your storage unit and keep your belongings safe.

Check the floor

A good storage unit will have an elevated floor to provide a barrier between your items and the moisture of the ground. Check the floor before putting any of your items on it. Look for cracks, dirt, or signs of moisture (wet spots or mold). To play it safe, you might want to put pallets on the ground before putting your boxes in the storage unit.

Label everything

When you come back to your storage unit to get that one thing you need, you don't want to have to open every single box just to find it. Label all your boxes, or use an inventory app with printable QR codes to keep track of your belongings.

Wrap boxes and furniture in plastic wrap

Think that your items are safe because they are in a box? Not so! In storage units, your belongings could get damaged by dripping water, dust, or even invading cockroaches. To protect your belongings, wrap them in plastic wrap. Especially make sure to wrap upholstered furniture as these are especially susceptible to damage.

Stack items in rows

Most people make the mistake of stacking all their boxes against the back wall. This makes it virtually impossible to find anything in the storage unit later on. If you have the space, stack the boxes in 3 rows: 1 row starting against the left wall, another row against the right wall, and a row in the middle. This method will allow you to read the labels you carefully wrote on the sides of each box.

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