1. We recommend that all tenants place plastic over the entire cement floor. This simple step forms a vapor barrier between your items and the cement. Condensation will come up through the cement – this naturally occurs and can only be stopped with some type of non-porous barrier.

2. We recommend a “keyed” lock over a combination lock. You may choose which ever fits your needs.

3. Do not store open food in your unit. This attracts rodents and insects. You can help by not storing items that attract them. If for any reason you would like d-Con in your unit, please see the manager on duty.

4. Providing your couches do not have large rounded arms, you save storage space by putting them in the unit on end.

5. When storing appliances, please make sure you have plastic under them – they will not rust if you store them correctly. Wedge appliance doors open. Always clean your stove before storing.

6. After you have placed your items in the unit, do not cover them with plastic. If you should want to cover them to protect them from dust, use a “breathable” item such as an old sheet or blanket. Remember: anything under plastic will hold moisture under the plastic. It will make boxes soggy and promote mildew.

7. Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on the floor. Books are heavy in bunches, so pack them in smaller cartons for easy lifting.

8. Take time when packing dishes and glasses. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of the cartons. Plates and glasses should be wrapped individually. It’s best to stack plates on edge.

9. Wipe the surface of bicycles, tools and other metal items with a slightly oily rag to prevent rusting.

10. Save the boxes your delicate holiday decorations were in when you purchased them.

11. Boxes are the best protection for your goods. Use uniform sizes of boxes and stack them to maximize your storage space. Place heaviest boxes on the bottom.

12. Place frequently used items near the door and leave a walkway to the rear of the space.

13. Since you alone control access to your storage space, there are some items which should never be placed in a storage unit. Among them are: live animals, perishables, explosives and all flammable liquids and fuels.

14. If it’s worth storing, it’s worth protecting. Are your goods insured? Ask the manager about self storage insurance at reasonable rates.

15. We sell boxes, drop cloths, locks and moving supplies for your convenience. See the manager on duty.