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Tips for Using Public Storage

An ideal moving experience would be to move out of your old place and into your new one all in one day. However, this is not always feasible or desired. Oftentimes, we need to store our items for a later day. All in Moving Systems has plenty of professional advice for you on how to best store your items in a public storage facility. Please take heed, the following professional opinion is based on decades of professional moving and storage experience.

Public storage is not just about unloading your items into a storage unit, locking the door, and leaving. You must consider the different factors that can have an effect on your items. Conditions such as humidity, weight of furniture pads, length of storage, fabric used to wrap, even the type of tape you use can all have an impact on your precious belongings. 

We strongly recommend not using industrial fabric blankets to wrap your items and instead urge you to use one-time-use wrapping pads available from your local moving supply store. Furniture blankets can gather dust, mites, create a haven for mice and other rodents or even birds in some cases, and the collective moisture over time can wear down the integrity of your pressed-wood items. The one-time-use furniture paper pads, if applied correctly, can prevent all of the above more effectively than properly placed cloth blankets.

In addition, the way you stack items is an important factor in the survivability of storage, especially if you plan to keep your belongings in storage for more than three weeks. Heavy items made with the sturdiest materials should be placed on the bottom. Glass should always be removed when possible and never should have items stacked on top of them. They should also be marked ‘fragile.’ Also, many people, in an effort to save money stuff their items so tightly that they end up creating a tilting effect that can lead to injury of the mover when an item fails to stay vertically stacked. To prevent lamps from being broken, beds from being permanently compressed, insects (including termites) from invading your belonging and new home, take the aforementioned steps. With this information you will better prepared for your long term storage needs. 

If you have any further questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to give All in Moving Systems a call. We’ll be glad to assist you.