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Storage Tips – Highway 401 Self Storage

Storage Tips

Renting the Correct Storage Unit

Before deciding to rent a storage unit, take an assessment of the items you need to store. For example, if you have a 6-room house, go through each room and determine which items you want to store in the unit and which items you want to get rid of. Include in your assessment both indoor and outdoor areas. Tell us the amount of rooms you need to store and we will tell you the appropriate size unit you will need to rent. It is best to rent a unit that is a little bit bigger than the items you need to store.

Paying The Rent In Advance

It is a good idea to pay the initial fees to rent the unit and at least two months worth of rent in advance. This way you are always ahead on payments in case unexpected expenses arise. We have a cylinder locking system and we supply the lockset.

Sketch Out a Placement Layout

After you have rented your storage unit, sketch out where to place items in your unit. Divide the space into two divisions–furniture and boxes. As you are sketching, place large furniture in the back of the unit and smaller items in the front. Include at least one path for getting around the unit. Sketch an area for odd-shaped boxes and items. If you have a lot of outdoor equipment, make sure you include ample space for those items.

Labeling

If you haven’t done so already, label any boxes with the name of the contents. Use large block letters and make sure the label is visible on at least two sides. Tape all boxes securely. Also, make large signs to hang in your storage unit labeling each area. Example: “Furniture,” “Boxes” and “Misc.”

Moving Items

When you are moving items into your unit, place the furniture inside first, outdoor items next and then the boxes. Follow your sketch and remember to keep a path for walking around the unit. Stack large boxes on the bottom and move up in a “pyramid” formation. Bring along a broom and dust pan to clean up the unit after you have moved in your items. Once done, lock up your unit.

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