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Storage Tips

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General Storage Tips

After choosing the right storage facility that fits your needs, it is essential that you pack your belongings in the storage unit correctly.  Here are some tips to consider for preventing damage:

  • Determine whether the goods you are storing will be better protected by placing them in boxes, totes, or other containers.  You may need to purchase specialized boxes and other packing supplies to protect your items during the move and while they are stowed away.
  • Thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry refrigerators, freezers, stoves and other appliances. Appliances with doors can be stored with the door slightly open, and some can be stacked on top of each other.
  • Be sure to clean and dry all electrical equipment before storing in your unit.
  • Prevent rust by wiping down all types of metal surfaces before storing. Use a few drops of machine oil to lightly coat these items for preventing rust and possible deterioration in the storage unit.
  • Store clothing on hangers before folding them into cartons. Make sure all drapes, curtains, linens and clothing items are washed and dry, or dry cleaned to avoid attracting pests.
  • Use bubble wrap and other packing materials when storing dishes and glassware. Pack similar items in the same box and fill empty spaces with packing peanuts, bubble wrap or newspaper.
  • Stack lightweight chairs “seat to seat”, but avoid stacking other types of furniture on top of each other. Cover all upholstery with light cotton dust covers.
  • Disassemble furniture and place pieces on a corrugated cardboard mat or plastic sheet before placing on a pallet.
  • Pack all books, files, and documents flat, and use bubble wrap or newspaper to fill any empty spaces in the boxes or totes.
  • Wrap lamp bases in padding and store the lamp shade and base separately.
  • Holiday decorations can be stored in their original cartons. Wrap glass orSmartLocknt and other delicate items in bubble wrap or newspaper before storing in boxes or totes.
  • CDs, tapes, records and other music items can be stored in boxes or airtight cartons to prevent damage.
  • Cover computer screens and large televisions screens with dust covers and wrap in bubble wrap if you are storing these items next to furniture and other equipment.

Climate-Controlled vs. Traditional Self-Storage

One of the decisions to be made when considering a self-storage unit is whether to rent a climate-controlled unit versus a traditional unit. Climate-controlled self-storage units are recommended for a variety of reasons to include: an added level of protection for your valuables, temperature regulation, humidity regulation and better peace of mind.

Climate-controlled storage at SmartLock Self-Storage is without a doubt the highest level of protection that can be offered for your most prized possessions. With climate-controlled storage, your fragile valuables are protected from extreme temperatures at all times. Here at SmartLock Self-Storage, we keep our climate-controlled units regulated below 80 degrees in the summer and above 60 degrees in the winter. We pride ourselves in offering some of the top climate-controlled units to our residents of Radford, Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the surrounding area.

When looking at traditional storage units versus climate controlled storage units, ask yourself if you would feel comfortable placing your valuables in a garage. If the answer is yes, then a traditional storage would suit well. However, if you do not feel comfortable storing your belongings in a garage-type environment, then climate-controlled storage is the best option for you.