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Very Important Tips

  • DO NOT store valuable items that are subject to damage in non temperature controlled storage (ie: Items such as furniture with delicate material like leather, wood, fabric, electronics)

  • Store all items in plastic totes when using non temperature controlled storage.

  • Wrap all furniture with packing blankets and secure with plastic wrap & tape

  • Remove legs from furniture when appropriate - wrap individually with packing blankets and secure with plastic wrap & tape

  • Do not store directly on the concrete - use a barrier or pallet 

  • Wrap all mattresses and box springs in a mattress cover and store flat

  • Do not move your contents into storage when its raining or snowing to prevent your belongings from getting wet

  • Do not move your contents into storage knowing your belongings are wet because they will be damaged.

Simple Tips for Storing

  • We suggest packing all belongings in plastic containers to prevent damage from dust, moisture, rodents, etc.

  • If you use boxes, be sure they are tightly sealed with packing tape to prevent dust from entering.

  • Label boxes on all sides for easy identification.  Keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference. Mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items. Make sure fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier, less delicate boxes.

  • Clean and dry appliances before storing. Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage.

  • Pack books flat to protect their spines. Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.

  • Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge.

  • Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.

  • Always use climate control for humidity sensitive items.

  • Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.

  • Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes, secure well with plastic wrap & tape

  • Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes. Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.

  • Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes

  • Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.

  • When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.

  • Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.

  • Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines. - DO NOT STORE GAS IN LOCKERS

  • Common sense and state law determines what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space therefore never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.

  • Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.

  • Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.

  • When storing metal items, to retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

  • When storing electronics in temperature controlled storage, store them in the back of the unit

DISCLAIMER - Self Storage is not a leave and forget it situation. Items such as electronics and furniture with delicate material like leather, wood, & fabric are all subject to damage due to extreme heat and cold in self storage. ​If any damage happens to the items that are not properly stored or packed, the facility has no responsibility for it.

It is always important to have your contents properly insured. Laing Self Storage offers tenant protection against wind damage, rodents & vermin, water damage (excluding flood), fire & smoke, etc.
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