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7 Tips For Using Rental Storage Units




  1. Keep Dry: Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp. 
  2. Wrap What You Can: Stretch wrap sofas, loveseats, chairs and mattresses. Wrap cushions in plastic or put them in trash bags and place them on top of the load. 
  3. Use Plastic Containers: Boxes will break down over time and are not as climate proof. Sturdy plastic containers can stack better and are mostly insect proof.
  4. Moving Blankets: Blankets keep things from getting damaged.  Buy or rent some heavy-duty blankets to be used on the tops of wood furniture. Also, use them to wrap pictures and mirrors. For long term storage, buy them on Amazon.com because the rental fee can add up over a period of time. 
  5. Appliances: Clean thoroughly prior to handling. Placing a spacer to keep the door ajar and then taping around it can provide ventilation and prevent mildew from building up inside a refrigerator or freezer. With washing machines, leave the top or front open to ensure that the inside has ample time to dry for a few days before the move. 
  6. Use Professional Movers: Movers know how to optimize space. They know how to arrange everything in a way that makes the most use of every bit of space inside. Your Tetris skills may not translate on move day when you are dead tired.  Plus, you will avoid injury and save valuable time. 
  7. Use a Strong Lock: Find an all-weather pad lock that has a short arm to ensure a bolt cutter can't be easily used to slice open. 

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