Storage Tips

A little pre-planning can go a long way to making your storage experience hassle free. Check out these tips!


Appliances: Clean and dry appliances prior to storage. Keep doors slightly ajar during storage.

Electronics: Wrap small items in plenty of packing material. Do not use packing peanuts with computers, radios, etc. as the material could generate static electricity that could damage the circuit boards.

Dishes and Glassware: Wrap items individually. Cushion tops and bottoms with a layer of paper or bubble wrap.

Mirrors: Make sure to store on edge, not flat.

Holiday Decorations: Place in original container when possible. Pad with packing materials for added protection

LampsRemove lampshade and wrap cord around the base. Wrap lamp base in padding, and wrap shade and place in a separate box.

Mattresses and Box Springs
: Store on long end for firmer support. Keep covered for protection.

Blankets, Clothing and Drapery
: Have cleaned prior to storing in wardrobe boxes for protection. Mothballs or cedar chips can be used for added protection.

Books and Documents
: Pack books flat to protect their spines. 

Metal Items
: To prevent rusting, place a small amount of machine oil on metal items, such as tools, bicycles, etc.

Small Engine Items
: Drain gasoline and run the carburetor dry for items with a small engine before outdoor storage.


Moving Checklist

One Month Prior to Moving:

  • Fill out change of address form for the post office and IRS.
  • Check with your insurance agent to ensure coverage through your homeowner or renter’s policy during the move. Shop around for new coverage in your new city
  • Make arrangements with a moving company or reserve a rental truck
    Make any necessary travel arrangements {hotels, car rentals, etc.}
  • Obtain medical and dental records including x-rays and prescription histories. Ask your doctor and dentist for referrals and fill any prescriptions prior to transferring.
  • Set up a checking account in your new city
  • Research the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses, professional tests, business licenses and any other special laws that may be applicable to you.
  • Take inventory of your belongings prior to packing, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. When possible, take pictures or videotape your belongings. Record serial numbers of any electronic equipment.
  • Plan ahead for special needs of infants and make any necessary arrangements for transporting pets.
  • Start using up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil

One to Two Weeks Prior Moving:

  • Switch utility services to new address. Inform electric, garbage disposal, water, newspaper and magazine subscriptions, telephone and cable companies of your move.
  • Arrange for extra help on moving day if you are renting a truck and doing the move yourself.
  • Reserve elevators if moving to/from an apartment or condo when possible.
  • Clean carpets and clothing and wrap for moving
  • Close bank accounts and have your funds transferred to your new bank. Prior to closing your account, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven’t been processed. Collect valuables from safe-deposit box
  • Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
  • Give a relative or close friend your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed.

Moving Day, Prior to Leaving Old Residence:

  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic, basement and garage to be sure they are empty.
  • Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.

After Arriving at New Residence:
  • Renew your driver’s license, auto registration and license plates.
  • Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees
  • Locate the hospitals, police stations, fire stations and veterinarians near your new home.


Storage Tips
  • Make a list of all the packing supplies that you may need. A few of the more commonly used packing items are boxes, bubble wrap, tape, marking pens and mattress & furniture covers.
  • When packing boxes, fill them without making them too heavy to lift. Pack heavier items, such as books, in smaller boxes.
  • Unprinted paper should be used for packing to prevent ink markings from transferring to your belongings.
  • Use bubble wrap, unprinted paper or packing peanuts to cushion breakable items. Make sure to place these breakable items on top when packing.
  • Plastic storage containers are a great alternative to boxes and are easily stacked.
  • Make a list of your stored goods and label all boxes on all sides for easy future reference.
  • Be sure to utilize all space in your storage unit. It may be useful to make a plan as to how you are going to arrange your items. Freestanding shelves can be used to help organize your unit.
  • Leave a walkway to the rear, and place frequently used items in the front of your unit for better accessibility.
  • When stacking boxes, always be sure to place the heavier boxes on the bottom, with the lighter boxes on the top.
  • Never store perishables.