Home Port Storage Tips

» Don't forget to use valuable space inside drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, to store small items: towels, linens, toys, etc.

» Break down large items such as bed frames, tables, and large furniture, and don't forget to keep all parts (screws and smaller items) together by taping them to the item.

» Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching.

» Label boxes on all sides for easy identification.

» Make sure fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier, less delicate boxes. Be sure not to over pack boxes as they can get heavy and dangerous.

» Place frequently accessed items towards the front of your unit. Less frequently needed items should be placed toward the rear of your unit.

» Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering.

» Use furniture covers or moving pads to keep items off the floor of the unit.

» When storing business files, leave a walkway down the center of your unit to make accessing items easier.

» Do not store anything flammable (such as paint or other chemicals) or perishable.

» Drain any fluids prior to storing snow blowers, lawnmowers, and other equipment; Do not store hazardous or combustible materials.

» Purchase a secure, high quality lock. One of the most highly recommended is the disk lock.

»For non-climate controlled units, it is a good idea to place a barrier between the concrete floor and your items (cardboard, palettes, wood) due to seasonal ambient temperature changes that cause condensation.