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Self Storage Tips

4 Storage 4 You: Self Storage Tips

Need some self storage tips to get you started on the right foot? 4 Storage 4 You is your first choice for affordable storage units in the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey area, and we’ve compiled a list of our top packing and storage tips to help you make the most of the space you are renting. Start your storage journey with 4 Storage 4 You today!

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Self Storage Tips for Finding Space & Packing

Storage Tips

Choose Your Storage Unit 

You have many self storage options in the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey area. So how do you choose a storage facility—and more specifically storage units—to house your belongings? Start by searching for self storage close to your home, work, business, or regular commutes. You are looking for convenience as much as you are looking for product and service.  

Weighing the pros and cons of different storage solutions is crucial to finding what works best for you. Drive-up storage containers, for example, make it easier to load items from your car. Indoor units protect belongings from extreme weather conditions. And don’t forget that based on what exactly you need, you might have to upgrade or downgrade in size. Be sure to research all of your options prior to picking out your storage unit.

Visit 4 Storage 4 You in New Jersey and Philadelphia to start getting your items organized today. 4 Storage 4 You has four convenient storage facilities located in Bristol, PA, Philadelphia, PA, Montgomery, PA, and Ocean Township, NJ. Read more about our storage facility’s specific features, and use our storage calculator to figure out what size storage unit you should rent.

Packing and Moving

Packing Tips for Your Boxes 

1. Prep Before Packing

To ensure that your items stay protected while in storage, take care of them as you’re packing them away. Items that are delicate will need more padding to keep them safe throughout transport. Pick up packing and moving supplies at any of our 4 Storage 4 You offices today! And while you are there, talk with our storage experts to clear up any additional questions you may have before you start renting storage—also check our Self Storage FAQ to see if your question can be answered instantly! It is important to understand the rules and expectations before renting storage.

2. General Packing Rule: Heavy on the Bottom, Light on Top

Start by packing your heavier belongings at the bottom of each box or storage container, then fill in the gaps with lighter items. This will stop your containers from caving in under the weight and pressure.

3. Clean & Cover

Take some preventative steps to make sure your returned items remain in good condition by washing them before storing them. Get ahead of any potential dust, water damage, or bad smells by covering appliances and electronics with a cloth or protective covering.

4. Pack Air-Tight to Keep Out Moisture & Pests

Packing airtight not only prevents damage, but it’s also a great way to keep pests and moisture at bay. Before storing anything of importance, it’s key to learn how to pack each item correctly so that they will be well-protected. A few examples of items that would do well in airtight storage containers are antiques, clothing articles, tech devices, and papers.

Organizing Garage

Packing Tips for Your Storage Unit 

1. Create an Organized Layout

The purpose of a storage unit is to make your life more comfortable, not serve as another source of stress. To properly pack your storage unit so it is organized and easy to use, begin by leaving space down the center aisle of your container. This will give you room to access items stored in all corners. Then begin grouping similar items together. For example, store seasonal clothing or kitchen appliances in the same area. Organizing things this way will enable you to find what you need quickly and easily without having to search through everything. Finally, keep your most essential items near the entrance for easy retrieval should you need them while everything else is packed away.

2. Utilize Your Entire Storage Space

Use all the space you’re paying for by stacking items high. Also, consider installing shelving units if your storage facility allows it.

3. Don’t Store Perishables

So what can’t you store? Perishables like food will go bad quickly, and when they do, they will begin to attract pests. It is best to avoid this altogether by storing these items in your everyday storage space in your home or business. You also cannot store dangerous, flammable items or money. Check out a more complete list from Move.org. 

Car in Garage

Vehicle Storage Tips 

Long-term storage of a vehicle can save you a lot of space on your property, but it is not as simple as dropping it off and leaving it. Vehicles of all sizes require additional care to give it a better chance of running as smoothly as possible when you need it again. Get its oil changed if you are storing long-term, top off the gas tank to prevent moisture build-up, and add a fuel stabilizer. Then, clean it inside and out—any dirt there will only accumulate over time. Follow more of Edmund’s vehicle storage tips.  

Find safe and secure vehicle storage at 4 Storage 4 You in Bristol, PA! Call or email the storage facility today to learn more information.

4 Storage 4 You in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Now that you have learned some helpful self storage tips, look to 4 Storage 4 You in New Jersey and Philadelphia for all of your storage needs. Have extra stuff lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Bring it to 4 Storage! We have four locations across the state that offer different types of storage units, from indoor and outdoor to vehicle storage. And if you’re not sure how renting a storage unit works, no problem! Our office staff would be more than happy to walk you through the process or answer any questions you might have. You can even rent a storage unit online effortlessly. So why wait? Contact us today and get started on decluttering your home worry-free!

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