Common Storage Mistakes When Choosing and Using Storage Units

June 23, 2016 3 Comments

Common Storage Mistakes when packing boxes for Self StorageIt seems easy enough, doesn’t it? You move your belongings from your home to a great storage facility in Cedar City. Like Cedar Storage, for instance! But here are a few uh-oh’s to be aware of as you move or prepare to move your stuff.

Storage Mistake #1: Using newspaper to wrap your belongings

You have the best of intentions to cushion your belongings, but the ink on newspaper can smudge and bleed all over your stuff. Cedar Storage does have cooler roofs thanks to protective shielding, but the units might still get a little toasty. Then you find yourself unpacking dirty items, perhaps some of them irreparably damaged or tarnished. It’s better to use bubble wrap or ink-free paper — even buying an inexpensive roll of butcher’s paper will save you from the ink smudges.

Storage Mistake #2: Storing food

Storing anything edible, even if just dry goods, can attract pests. Be realistic about what you’re putting in storage: will you really want that bag of rice after it sat there for six months or more? Probably not. Find someone else who will appreciate it, and save yourself from the potential invasion of bugs or, even worse, mice.

Storage Mistake #3: Not labeling your boxes

Navigating a self-storage unit filled with unlabeled boxes is like diving into a murky pool. You don’t know WHAT’S in there! Even if you intend to return and fully unpack your storage unit, you and your moving company will appreciate if you know where each box should go as you unpack. Or conversely, if you find you only need a few items removed from storage, it’s best to avoid rifling through every box to find what you need. Be sure to label each box clearly, and if you want to get really organized, keep a detailed inventory of each box elsewhere that corresponds with your more generalized labeling system. Another great way to track what is in your unit is to make a floor-plan of what boxes are in which corners and tape it to the wall inside where you can readily find it each time you enter.

Storage Mistake #4: Focusing only on the price

It can be tempting to go for the cheapest storage unit you can find, but is that really the best option for what you need? A more secure facility is also worth paying a little bit more for your own peace of mind. Remember, Cedar Storage offers a 3 step security system and we’ll match any price of competitors. Everyone makes mistakes. Just don’t make the mistake of choosing the wrong storage company!

Store Your Stuff and Pack It Right

March 8, 2016 Leave a reply

When you Store Your Stuff use a Carboard Carton to properly organize and protect itPack It Right Before You Store

Once you’ve made the decision to clear clutter and follow through on your organizational goals by using storage, pat yourself on the back. And once you’ve decided to use CEDAR Storage, well, we’d like to say, “Bravo!” But don’t just toss your beloved items in that unit. Here are some tips to make sure your possessions stay pristine when you store your stuff!

  1. Pack your belongings in boxes that are tough, water resistant, and are pretty much of uniform size. It sounds counter-intuitive, but stack heavier things at the bottom followed by lighter ones, and put fragile breakables near the top.
  2. If you are opting for a large unit then you can leave space between the furniture and boxes so that accessibility is maintained.
  3. To properly store your stuff use old sheets, towels and newspapers as cushions and fill all boxes to the brim. When boxes are half or three quarters full they will collapse when other boxes are placed on them, but nothing will break thanks to the cushioning.
  4. Treat all metal objects with rust protectors. Use boric powder or tobacco leaves to protect books from insect attack. Look up preservation of books and follow the instructions.
  5. Don’t stuff everything in there without some breathing room. Allow for air to circulate inside the locker. Lay down plastic sheeting on the floor of the unit and places the boxes on a wooden pallet this will keep boxes from suffering water related damage.
  6. Leave the doors of all appliances such as microwaves and fridges ajar to prevent fungal growth. And how about this: use the space in appliances to store small things. Smart!
  7. Refrain from storing any flammable materials in the unit. (Check with us at the front office if you have any questions.)
  8. Make a treasure map! Well, sort of. Maintain a diary and record which boxes are placed where and what each box contains. Stick labels on each box with a coding that matches your list. Never mark the contents on the label. And never say “priceless Babe Ruth baseball card,” on top of a box; that’s just asking for trouble.
  9. Time to lock it up! Be sure to choose a quality padlock that’s easy for you to operate and hard for others to open with a hair clip.
  10. Contact us at Cedar Storage and let us set you up with a storage solution that does more than give your belongings a safe place to live temporarily, it allows you make a fresh start!

Heads up for Condensation!

February 12, 2014 Leave a reply

These nasty little drops are no big deal… except in storage!

Today I’m writing about the very common, and surprising destructive effects of condensation in Cedar City Utah.  Here we have a very aggressive freeze-thaw cycle which generates large amounts of condensation on anything exposed to the air. Especially on glass or metal… and storage units have very large metal roofs.  These key, fast, tricks will help you manage any issue that may arise.
condensation

Usually condensation will only generate a drop or maybe two in any given spot. But that is a drop or two almost every day in the winter, which adds up!  But it often gathers on the underside of the metal giving it access to any exposed belongings.  Cardboard boxes, wooden tables, or TV’s not protected have a chance of getting the occasional drip!

To stop this there are two key things you can do:

  1. Use plastic bins: Big plastic bins are fabulous for combating dust, mice, and condensation.  For non-replaceables plastic is the way to go
  2. Cover large objects: There are cheap plastic drop cloths that can easily and cheaply cover furniture, or a large amount of cardboard boxes.
  3. We sell them in the office for $1.50 – cheap, easy, and fast

That is it!  If you’re storing in Cedar City this advice will save you so much time, money, and emotional sanity that you might want to even tell a friend about our blog!

Thanks for reading!
David Crowther – Cedar Storage Rentals

Why Rental Insurance is Essential for Your Self Storage Unit

July 24, 2011 Leave a reply

graphic of self storage riskAlthough we have a state-of-the-art security system for our Cedar City storage units, we highly recommend rental insurance.

Self-storage is a store-at-your-own-risk proposition.

No matter how professional the facility, theft or damage are still possibilities, however unlikely.

No location is completely immune from natural disaster.

Insuring the valuables in your self storage space in Cedar City is simple, inexpensive, and smart — even if you’re just storing for a short time.

Homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies usually don’t cover valuables you’ve removed from your home to store in another location.

Insurance Options

When choosing a rental insurance policy, make sure it covers loss due to fire, flood, weather, theft, and other events beyond your control.

There are three self-storage insurance options:

  1. Insurance purchased directly from your self-storage facility
  2. Insurance though an independent self-storage insurance agency
  3. Insurance through a private insurance agency

How Much Does Self-Storage Rental Insurance Cost?

The cost of self storage insurance depends on the company and coverage you choose.

Most insurance policies for Cedar City self-storage units are relatively cheap.

They usually cost about 50 cents to $2 for every $100 value amount of storage. Deductibles can range from $100-$500.

On average, coverage starts at $1,000 for $6 per month and ends at $15,000 for $24 per month.

Save Money By Adding Rental Insurance to Your Existing Policy

If you already have renter’s or homeowner’s insurance, you may be able to add storage insurance to your current policy.

Your rates will be much lower than if you were to insure with a specialty storage insurance company and you may even qualify for a multiple-line discount.

We want to make sure your valuables are safe and protected in your Cedar City storage unit.

Please contact us for additional information regarding self-storage rental insurance.

How to Save Space & Protect Your Belongings When Packing for Your Storage Unit

July 22, 2011 Leave a reply

Follow these simple packing tips to save you trouble, avoid damaging your belongings, and maximize your storage unit space.

1. Begin packing a couple of days before you move. Careful packing pays by preventing breakage and loss of small and fragile items. And moving time is a great time to weed out old, unwanted or unneeded possessions. They only take up storage space.

2. Secure packing materials. You’ll want plenty of sturdy corrugated boxes, packing paper, sealing tape, and a magic marker-type pen.

3. Prepare your appliances: Tape all appliance doors shut when moving. Wedge doors open in storage. Secure all moveable parts with paper or wedge. Wrap a paper pad around each item for protection.

Freezer, refrigerator, washer and dryer make excellent packing cartons for bedding, towels and clothing. Always clean your stove before moving and give utility companies a few days’ notice to disconnect appliances.

4. Prepare your beds: Lash bed rails together with rope or plastic tape. As you take beds apart, mark all pieces so you know which goes with which headboard, etc. Place covers on mattresses to keep them clean during moving and storage.

5. Pack books in small boxes. Books get heavy in bunches. Pack them in small cartons, holding weight to under 30 pounds for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper. (Garbage bags work well as a liner).

6. Use dresser space wisely. Make your bureau/dresser drawers earn their passage as extra packing boxes. Fill them with a few small and fragile items. Sweaters, blankets, and towels make excellent padding.

7. Go easy on your back. Hold weight of all packing boxes under 30 pounds. With a marking pen, list contents of each carton on the side. For load sizing, multiply length x width x height of each carton if that information is not already on the carton.

8. Protect your chairs. Protect all chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.

9. Pack your clothing properly. Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe box.

10. Pack your dishes safely. Take your time when packing dishes. Wrap each one with packing tissue and cushion them in the carton with crumpled packing paper. Keep dish pack cartons under 30 pounds for easy handling and safe riding.

11. Pack glasses carefully. Wrap with tissue and pad with crumpled packing paper just like dishes.

12. Pack lamp shades in individual boxes with plenty of paper for padding. Lamp bases ride securely in bureau drawers, freezers and washing machines. For safety, pad them well with towels and blankets.

13. Do Not Store Combustibles or Perishables! such as old paint, cleaning fluids, gasoline, etc. Make certain all fuel is drained or burned out of gasoline powered equipment. Throw away anything that could possibly cause fire.

Do not store food in open containers or any item which could attract rodents or pests. Why risk your possessions just to keep a few cents’ worth of leftovers?

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