1) Decide what size you need. You can go to the Reserve Tab to see examples of what each size storage unit can hold.
2) Prepare your storage unit. The floors in our storage units are concrete; therefore they can get some condensation especially during extreme changes in the temperature and humidity. We recommend putting something on the floor such as plastic, a tarp, or wood pallets. Even plastic spray can lids can be used for lighter boxed items.
3) Rubber tubs are recommended over cardboard for most items. They are better at keeping moisture out, also easier to stack. Label each container with contents on all four sides.
4) We recommend using mattress covers to help protect them and store as flat as possible.
5) Place heavy items such as books in smaller boxes so they aren’t too heavy to move.
6) Dishes and glassware should be wrapped carefully with paper in between each item for cushion. They should also be packed tight in a box to prevent items from moving around and breaking. Store on top of heavy items make sure to mark containers as “FRAGILE”.
7) Place dryer sheets in with towels, linens and clothing to help keep them smelling fresh.
8) Do Not Store anything Flammable.
9) Put heavy items you aren’t going to be using such as appliances or furniture on the bottom start in the back.
10) Put the items you will need to have access to in the very front.
Spacemaker has a contract for snow removal at our facilities. This means that after a snowfall of approximately 4” the driveway and aisles will be cleared of snow. We are not able to clear each individual doorway. So, if you need regular access to your unit, you will need to keep snow cleared from the doorway to prevent snow & ice freezing into the door.
Following are some tips for dealing with cold weather storage at our facilities:
1) Bring a shovel to remove snow away from door and to keep from accumulation and freezing onto the door. Be sure all snow or ice is cleared from under door when closing in order to latch properly.
2) Placing the pull rope inside when closing the door will prevent the rope from freezing into the snow or ice.
3) Turning padlocks so key is in down position will help prevent snow and moisture getting into the lock.
4) Lubricating locks with a lock lubricant or WD 40 will help prevent locks from freezing.
5) Use a lock de-icier to thaw a frozen lock.