How to Pick a Unit Size
If your Belongings fit in this Vehicle...
They Will Fit in this size Storage Unit
4' x 8' Trailer
1 Pick Up Truck Load
2 Pick Up Truck Loads or a 12'-14' Truck
18' - 24' Truck
24' - 28' Truck
5' x 5' Holds 3 - 60 Boxes
5' x 10' Holds 1 - 2 Rooms
5' x 15' Holds 1/4 of One-Car Garage
10' x 10' Holds 1/2 of One-Car Garage
10' x 15' Holds 3/4 of One-Car Garage
10' x 20' One Car Garage
Make the Most of your Storage Space
Prepare your storage space by placing a drop cloth or pallet on the floor under your goods.
Use uniform sizes of boxes and stack them shoulder high to maximize your total storage space.
Leave an airspace around the unit's perimeter to aid in ventilation.
Place frequently used items near the door and leave a walkway to the rear of the space.
Wedge appliance doors open. Freezer, refrigerator, washer and dryer cartons are excellent for packing bedding, towels and clothing. Always clean your stove before storing.
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on floor, consider a pallet. Books are heavy in bunches, pack in smaller cartons for easy lifting. Tape the boxes closed.
Store mirrors, windows and screens on edge, not flat. Crate them in a mirror pack if possible or package them individually with strong cardboard. Mark them so they won't accidentally be bumped or broken.
Take time when packing dishes and glasses. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Plates and glasses should be wrapped individually. It's best to stack plates on edge.
Wipe the surface of bicycles, tools and other metal items with a slightly oily rag to prevent rusting.
Protect furniture and mattresses with cloth covers. Place a pallet or cardboard underneath. Stand sofas and mattresses on end.
Make a complete list of all goods stored including brand names, product features and serial numbers. Keep the list in a safe place away from the storage area.
To prove ownership, keep proof of purchase documentation, like receipts, owner's manuals or warranties. Or make a photo or videotape record of your stored goods. Keep this material in a place away from the storage space.