Things to do before storing:
- Make a list of all the packing supplies you will need. Such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, marking pens, rope, pallets, etc. Contact the Meathead Concierge for help.
- Visit our facility and your storage unit. It's best to lease your unit before you show up with a full moving truck, this way you know where it is, have your gate access code and can start moving right in. We'd be happy to show you sample storage unit sizes, and have a full line of moving supplies available.
- Schedule Meathead Movers about one month in advance.
Things to do:
- Utilize all the space in your unit. Make a plan as to how you are going to arrange your items. A good plan will save you the time of having to rearrange your unit. You can leave an aisle in the center of your unit so that you have a walk way to the back of the unit. Or if you won't need to access your items, pack from wall to wall floor to ceiling to maximize your cubic footage. Our storage units have very high ceiling to help accommodate this. Meathead Movers are experts at packing storage units and would love to help.
- Use freestanding shelves to help organize your unit. This helps utilize the high ceilings within the units, and are available to purchase in our Meathead Store.
- Stack boxes label out and keep a list for easy reference. This will save you time if you have to look for something in particular. When packing boxes fill them without making them too heavy to lift, unless you're having a Meathead help you. Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom and the lighter ones on top. This will prevent boxed from being crushed. For more packing tips click here.
- Store frequently used items at the front of your unit to avoid having to search or rearrange your unit.
- To protect your items cover them with moving pads, paper pads or plastic bag and covers.
- Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. (This will save space.) Wrap and label all pieces for an easier time when you have to reassemble them. Put all hard ware in bags and mark the bags accordingly. When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos, things that have numerous cords, place small colored stickers on the cord and the same color sticker where the cord goes. This will save you the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where when it comes time to reassemble your electronics. If possible, use the original boxes to store your electronics and other items.
- Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing them. Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew.
- Store couches on end when possible. Stack chairs seat to seat. Use the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items. When stacking furniture use paper pads in between the items to avoid scratching.
- Store mirrors and paintings on end, not flat.
- To prevent rusting rub a small amount of machine oil on metal tools, bicycles, and equipment. Drain and clean all debris from all equipment before you store them.
- Clothing and draperies should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes.
- Purchase the insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring. Ask the Meathead Concierge for details.
- When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This should avoid mistaking them for excess paper to fill the box. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables. Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly.
- Rubbermaid containers are great to store your items. They have tight fitting lids and stack easily. Keep the more valuable items in the rear of the unit. This will prevent others from seeing them when you are in your unit.
- Keep out of season clothes accessible, you may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.
Things you should NOT do:
- Do not store any food items. This will prevent any unwanted guests
- Do not pack your boxes too heavy to carry them. Which is easy to do when you are packing books.
- Do not assume that your homeowners or renters insurance will cover your belongings while in storage. Purchase the insurance.
- Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to any one that is not listed as having "Access".
- Do not use printed newspaper. The ink may smudge and get on your items. Available at the Meathead Store is blank newsprint.
- Do not store any toxins or flammables. Such as paint, oil, or gasoline.
- Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.