Gather up plenty of sturdy plastic or cardboard boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, masking tape, markers and furniture covers. For your convenience, all these necessary packing supplies are available for purchase at all Gizmo Storage locations.

Half-filled boxes tend to collapse. Use wadded up newspaper, bubble wrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection, seal boxes with tape.

For easier handling, limit the weight of all boxes to 30 pounds or less.

Clearly label boxes so you know their contents. Number the boxes on all four sides, seal with masking tape, and keep a list of their contents at your home or office for reference. Clearly mark “fragile” on all boxes containing breakable items.

Place those items that you need to get to often in the front of the unit. Allow a path to access the rear of your storage unit.

Stack light boxes on top of heavier boxes.

Place your belongings on pallets, 2x4s, or Visqueen plastic to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become damp under certain weather conditions.

During transport, tape all doors shut and secure movable parts. While storing, keep refrigerator and freezer doors slightly open. Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.

Secure items in drawers by filling empty spaces with towels, tablecloths, or blankets to prevent breakage.

Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers. Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective waterproof cover under the end on the floor. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.

Add mothballs or cedar chips for extra protection.

Place a layer of newspaper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled newspaper. Plates are best stacked on edge.

Drain all remaining gasoline from lawn mowers, power tools, boats, motorcycles, etc.

Do not store food items (including pet food) which could attract rodents or pests.

If you stand mattresses on end, be sure to prop them up to stand straight or they may bend out of shape.

Do not assume that your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. You may need to purchase extra insurance coverage. Contact your insurance agent to verify your coverage. If you do not have insurance coverage, affordable storage protection is available through the SafeStor tenant insurance program. It can be paid with your rent, and is available in various levels of coverage at all Gizmo Storage locations. Ask your Property Manager for more information.

James WebsterStorage Tips