Policies

Storage Policies

THE FOLLOWING ARE GUIDELINES FOR MINI-STORAGE USE. THEY ARE BASED ON STATE AND LOCAL REGULATIONS. BEFORE YOU MAY MOVE IN, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT TO FOLLOW POLICIES. THIS WRITTEN AGREEMENT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

SITE RULES

  • Smoking and the use of alcohol is prohibited at the storage facility.
  • Firearms are prohibited at the storage facility.
  • Occupant shall own the lock used to secure the storage space
  • Owner may limit hours of operation, require verification of Occupant’s identity, and inspect vehicles that enter the premises.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Living things
  • Used tires
  • Firearms
  • Explosives
  • Flammables of any kind (gas, diesel, kerosene, oil, paint, etc.)
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Hazardous items of any kind
  • Hazardous or toxic waste material of any kind
  • Items that produce odors of any kind
  • Any item deemed inappropriate by the manager or staff of the facility
  • Any item which detrimentally affects other tenants or the facility

PROHIBITED USES

  • Playing of any type of musical instruments
  • Working in the unit. This includes working on: cars, motorcycles, hobbies, crafting, etc
  • Any illegal use of any kind
  • Any use deemed inappropriate by the manager or staff of the facility

THE FOLLOWING MAY BE ALLOWED BY WRITTEN PERMISSION ONLY:

  • Garage sales, auctions, flea market sales or other public sales
  • Use of Electrical appliances or equipment in the leased space or on the premises
  • Items valued over $5,000
  • Assign or sublease of any portion of the space
  • Alter the premises including painting, cutting or drilling
  • Other uses as approved by the management of the facility

SITE RULES

  • Smoking and the use of alcohol is prohibited at the storage facility.
  • Firearms are prohibited at the storage facility.
  • Occupant shall own the lock used to secure the storage space
  • Owner may limit hours of operation, require verification of Occupant’s identity, and inspect vehicles that enter the premises.

PACKING IN BOXES

Box up everything that you can. Anything left unboxed in a self-storage facility can get dusty.

Fill boxes to capacity. The contents in half-empty boxes can shift during transport or lifting. Corners and sides can collapse if there’s nothing to support them. Foam peanuts are handy for filling in the gaps in boxes.

Distribute the weight in packed boxes evenly. Make sure they are not too heavy for you and others who may be lifting them.

Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc. separately. Pack these items tightly into strong or reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Mark “Fragile” on any boxes containing breakable items.

Clearly label all boxes on more than one side so you can easily identify the contents.

Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines.

PACKING OTHER ITEMS

If you plan to store clothes, think about investing in a wardrobe box with a built-in hanging rod. These are available for purchase at most storage and moving facilities.

LARGE APPLIANCES MUST BE PREPARED CORRECTLY FOR PROPER STORAGE:
Defrost refrigerators and freezers thoroughly to avoid water damage and mildew growth. Tie down the appliance doors during transport, but leave them slightly ajar once in storage.
Drain washing machines, and tie down hoses and cords before storing them.
It’s a good idea to wipe down the inside of appliances with baking soda before you store them to keep them dry.
Wrap mirrors and pictures in protective covering such as bubble wrap and mark them as “Fragile.” Cardboard corners can be purchased to protect the sharpest, weakest areas of frames.

If storing photographs, consider a climate controlled unit where temperature fluctuations will not damage your photos. If you do store loose photographs, place them between pieces of clean cardboard and consider taping them together to avoid curling.

Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection.

If you’re storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas, consider investing in covers, bags or sheeting for additional protection.

Storage and moving facilities often sell large heavy-duty bags for this purpose.

Vacuum-sealed bags work really well for draperies, bedding, and clothing.

Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos, and computers should be packed in their original boxes whenever possible. If using other boxes, choose ones that are as close in size to the original as possible, and fill all gaps with paper. Make sure you secure the player arm of a record player and turntable.

Disassemble furniture such as beds and tables before you store them. Wrap and cover the separate sections, clearly mark them and keep them together. Keep assembly components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic bag, mark them clearly, and tape the bag to the appropriate piece of furniture. (Use tape that is safe for use on furniture, or tape the bag to an inconspicuous place on the piece.) Cover chair legs with bubble wrap or rags for extra protection.

Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture polish before storing it to give it some added protection.

Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them.

Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing them to avoid rust formation that can occur when the tools are not used regularly.

When storing a vacuum cleaner, clean out the bag or canister first; bacteria, mold and vermin can accumulate otherwise.

When storing an oven as well as a refrigerator, enclose the exposed back area of the appliances to prevent vermin.

Consider having awkward or heavy pieces such as exercise equipment packed professionally. Talk to your storage facility manager or local pack-and-ship store about options.

As you go, keep an inventory of every item you’ve packed. Ideally, include an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store. Consider taking pictures of valuable items. These steps will help you make accurate insurance claims in case of unforeseen damage or loss.

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