Packing, Moving and Storing Tips
- Take a few precautions to help prevent damage and make
it easier to find things later.
- Add bay leaves to boxes to ward off most insects and
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors slightly ajar and
clean before storing. Use the space inside for storing other kitchen
- If storing your fridge or freezer empty, place several
charcoal briquettes in a pair of pantyhose to absorb any odors. Be sure to
prop the door open and secure it with tape.
- Don't pack items into sealed plastic bags, as humidity
can cause mildew to form.
- Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture
spray before storing it in the facility to give it some added protection.
- Plan to use furniture drawers as an extra box (they are
especially good for fragile items) and you can use the inside of wardrobes
to store boxes. Kitchen appliances such as stove and fridges can also be
used in this way.
- It is against the law in Idaho to store materials that
are hazardous or combustible such as gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint,
etc. Drain all gasoline from lawnmowers, power tools, boats and
snowmobiles. Only empty propane tanks are allowed. Do not forget the tank
on your grill.
- Store mattresses and box springs on long edges.
Purchase storage bags in office that are made specifically for mattresses
so that they can breathe to prevent mildew from forming.
- Do not use newspaper to pack with. The ink may leave
smudges on certain items.
- Do not fill boxes too full. This may cause them to
- Store framed mirrors, photographs and artwork
vertically rather than flat.
- Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them
from stains, tears, scratches or moisture.
- Place least used items at the rear of the moving van so
they can easily be placed first in the back of your unit. Now you can
place frequently accessed items towards the front of your unit.
- Do not store food in open containers or any item which
could attract rodents or pests. Why risk your possessions just to keep a
few cents worth of leftovers?
Finding a Mover
Moving a home or an office into storage
requires a lot of planning. To find a reliable mover a good place to start is
by talking to your friends and relatives for feedback on a company that they
have used. You may refer to local directories and browse online sites. You will
need to decide if you need a full-service moving company, a pack-only moving
company, a drive-only moving company, or a trailer rental for you to pack and
drive your own belongings to one of our convenient self storage facilities.
It's best to do a bit of research first and to get multiple quotes in order to
compare prices and services offered. Check for customer service reviews on the
moving companies that interest you.
Finding a good moving company gives you peace
of mind and allows for a more enjoyable storage experience whether it is an
office, home furniture, or household items.
- When choosing a storage unit, factor in a little more
room than your belongings take up in order to allow everything to fit.
There is nothing worse than finding your unit is too small.
- Purchase a secure, high quality lock. One of the most
highly recommended is the disc lock, which is available for purchase in
the Advanced storage centers office.
- Any type of vehicle may be stored in the unit to free
up space in your garage. Please provide a copy of registration or title to
- Be Safe—only bad things can happen when you're tempted
to over-reach. Keep a folding stepstool inside your storage unit for accessing
items stored above your head.
- For easier access, try to leave an aisle down the
center of the unit.
- Number your boxes on several sides and keep an
inventory of the contents of each box, listed by number, in a separate
binder. Store the binder in a safe place at home should you ever need it.
- Think creatively and you'll make the most of your