Storage Unit Tips
If you’re a first time renter, self-storage may seem like a daunting task, and you may want some storage advice for Boston. After nearly 45 years in the self-storage business, EZ Storage has a few self storage tips for Boston residents that will make your move more organized and efficient.
- Insure your property. The property you place inside your storage space is your responsibility. Before you move into your storage unit, contact your insurance agent or ask the location manager to provide you with information about companies who can provide insurance coverage for your property.
- Inspect your storage space. It is important to inspect the storage unit before you sign a lease. Make sure the size is adequate to fit your belongings. Look at the latch, door, light, and space to make sure there are no mechanical issues. Most storage facilities have multiple units and buildings, so inspecting your unit also helps remind you of the location and building your belongings are in.
- Purchase a high quality hardened steel or brass lock to secure your storage unit. Need a lock? Stop in and see what we have in the office.
- Place pallets or skids on the concrete floor to eliminate direct contact with the concrete.
- Determine the packing materials you need. EZ Storage carries bubble-wrap, tape, drop cloths, mattress and furniture covers, locks, a variety of boxes, and more!
- Fill all your boxes to capacity. Partially full or bulking cartons may collapse or tip during your move. Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small boxes so they are easy to lift.
- Protect your fragile goods with packing (i.e. bubble wrap), and place them near the top of your storage space.
- Label all of your boxes. Take home a list of labeled boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.
- We know your belongings are important to you so make sure you are storing your goods in a secure storage facility. See our security page for more information.
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- Pack the storage space carefully. Help protect your belongings by leaving air space around the perimeter for ventilation.
- For your protection, do not lean items against storage walls. Masonry walls tend to sweat in humid conditions. Leaning items such as wood or boxes against the storage unit wall could result in moisture transferring from the wall to your belongings. It is always best to leave airspace around the perimeter and between storage walls and the belongings you are storing.
- Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access.
- Place frequently used goods near the door. Use all the space available, including the height. EZ units have extra high ceiling clearance with a minimum height of 9 feet.
- Do not hang items from fire sprinkler pipes. Hanging belongings from sprinkler pipes could inadvertently result in damaging the pipe or setting off the sprinkler system, which could be costly to you and others.
- It is important to remember that you cannot place prohibited items in your storage unit. State laws, local laws and fire codes determine what items may be stored. Never store live animals, perishables, food, etc. Electrical appliances (heaters, refrigerators, lights, etc.) may not be connected to any service outlets.
Unfamiliar with some of the storage-related words used here and throughout the rental process? Check out our glossary for definitions of common storage terms and for more storage information.