Fill boxes to capacity. Partially full or bulging boxes may collapse or tip over while stored.
Label your cartons and goods. This will make accessing them later much easier.
Pack books flat to protect spines. Use small boxes to avoid cartons that are too heavy to move easily. Put heavy items on bottom.
Glass items should be individually wrapped; use blank wrapping paper for best results; "nest' cups and bowls, stand plates and platters; fill air packets with wrapping paper or foam peanuts; don't put breakables under boxes.
Pack lamp shades separately; use blank paper to wrap lamp shades and other property that may be damaged by ink stains from regular newsprint.
Wrap all glass well; store on edge, not flat.
Stand sofas and mattresses on end; disassemble beds and tables; wrap legs in wrapping paper; keep upholstery off the floor; place loose, light plastic dust covers or sheets over furniture.
Clean appliances thoroughly. Refrigerators and freezers must be defrosted and dry and washing machines completely drained. Take apart lawn mowers and snow blowers, making sure all the fuel is completely drained.
Wardrobe boxes allow you to store your clothing on hangers. Shoes can be stored in the bottom of the wardrobe boxes, while folded clothing cab be stored in boxes or dresser drawers.
Put pallets or a grid of 2 x 3's on the unit floor to give better air circulation under goods; leave walkway/aisle to the rear of the unit. Don't overpack the unit!
Wipe a few drops of oil on bicycles and tools to prevent rusting, then store these items away from furniture to avoid oil staining.
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Don't store prohibited items such as tires, food, or flammable items. Check the storage facility's rules or your contract for a complete list.
Always store your goods with a member of the Texas Self Storage Association.
Purchase insurance on your property, either through the facility or with your own agent. Remember the storage operator does NOT insure your goods.
Remember to give at least 10 days written notice before you plan to move out of your unit. This is required by the contract you sign.
Always use the best lock possible to protect your valuables.
Your property could be sold at public auction if you stop paying rent on your unit. Texas Property Code Chapter 59 dictates the states rules for self-storage operators.