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Tips for Storage  

While we take utmost care to keep your goods safe with us, we recommend you follow certain dos and don’ts when you choose to rent a storage unit. Let us begin with what precautions you must take:

  • Don’t cover you belongings in plastic because it retains moisture
  • Do not store food items
  • Do not pack boxes, especially books, that are too heavy to carry
  • Check with your policy holder if the insurance will cover your belongings when in storage
  • Do not wrap items using printed newspaper
  • Clean your appliances before you store them
  • Do not store flammable items or toxins
Major self storage

Here Is What You Should Do

Major Self Storage in Saint John’s strives to make your storage experience a hassle-free one. In addition to our efforts, we encourage you to undertake the following steps for safety of your belongings:

  • Keep your items off the floor of the unit using pallets, 2x4’s, or plywood
  • Make a plan and utilize all the space in your unit - this will help you avoid rearranging your unit Leave an aisle, preferably in the centre, to reach the back of the unit; we recommend using freestanding shelves
  • Make a list of the items you are storing and label the boxes on all sides - this will help you find your items easily
  • Keep your boxes light enough to carry and always stack the light boxes on the heavier ones to prevent them from being crushed
  • Keep your boxes off the floor
  • Use the front of the storage unit for frequently used items
  • Use moving pads, sheets, or light blankets to protect your items
  • Check your unit once in a month
  • To save space, disassemble items such as bed frames and tables and remember to wrap and label every piece for ease of reassembling when required
  • Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags appropriately
  • In case of disassembling electronics, such as stereos and computers, colour-match the cord with stickers; we recommend you use the original boxes of your electronic items
  • Clean all appliances and leave them ajar to prevent mildew
  • Store couches towards the end of the unit and stack chairs seat-to-seat, but remember to use paper pads while stacking furniture
  • You can use the inside of drawers and appliances to store smaller items
  • Wrap mattresses and box springs, and store them on long edges. Make sure to elevate off the floor. Use two or three 2 x 4’s cut to 1 foot long.
  • For metal tools, bicycles, and equipment, rub a small amount of machine oil to prevent rusting
  • Clean all debris from equipment, especially lawnmowers
  • Group breakables together and mark these boxes separately; tape these after wrapping to prevent mistaking them for excess paper
  • You can use bubble wrap or unprinted paper for wrapping fragile items
  • Use wardrobe boxes or hangers for clothing and drapery - this helps retain their original shape
  • Use Rubbermaid type containers because they stack easily and have tight-fitting lids
  • Keep valuable items towards the rear end of the unit so that they are not easily visible
  • Keep out-of-season clothes accessible as you may have your belongings in your storage for a longer period than you expect
  • Stay aware of your surroundings when you are in your unit; in case of a potential problem or suspicious activity, make sure to alert our office
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