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Rental Truck and Storage

Before your items can reach our easily accessible location, you’ll first need to find a way to haul them there.That’s where our convenient rental truck service comes in. We understand the difficulty of transporting your belongings without the risk of damaging them. 

Abby’s Mini Storage

We can help meet your storage needs.

Preparing Your Items
for Storage

Before you can start transporting your things, it’s important to neatly pack all of your items to avoid losing anything during the move. You can begin by placing all your things inside boxes to make it easier to organize everything, especially if you need to unpack anything once you reach the storage location.

To make things easier, don’t forget to label all your boxes so you can account for everything after the move. Mark any box with breakables with a “Fragile” label.

You can also choose to disassemble any large furniture like beds or closets for easier transport. Just make sure to organize all the respective items’ parts together to make it easier to reassemble in the future. Don’t forget to place all items like screws and other detachable parts in one plastic bag and label them properly.

Also, choosing a sturdy box with the appropriate packing materials can help secure your items much better since prolonged transport can degrade box strength and might compromise the boxed items during the trip. It will also be useful to get boxes of similar sizes since it will make it easier to stack them securely inside the truck.

Moving and Storage Tips

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Packing for self-storage is an art, and you’ll need to put some thought into it before you begin. After all, one of the primary advantages of using a self-storage facility is the fact that you can continue to access your items even in storage.

The first thing to remember, therefore, is to pack your things in such a way that you can find any item at a later date quickly and without unloading absolutely everything you’ve put away. Make an inventory of what you’ve packed and where it is as you go along.

Box Everything

Organization starts with being able to categorize and label all your belongings in a neat and efficient manner. Investing in good quality and sturdy boxes can help organize everything while maximizing the space of your self-storage unit.

Fill boxes to capacity wherever possible to avoid breakages but avoid making them too heavy – remember that you still have to be able to lift them. You can use materials such as paper or towels or can buy special packing to fill spaces if necessary. Depending on the space you opt to rent from you might be stacking boxes on top of each other and the lower levels need to be sturdy enough to take the strain. Boxes that are only partly filled may tip over or collapse.

Don’t be tempted to fill large boxes with heavy items such as books, as they’ll quickly become impossible to carry and may break. You can buy small book boxes from your self-storage facility that will do the job just as well. If you do pack heavy items in a large box, put in just a few and then fill the box up with lighter items.

Finally, make sure to label all boxes clearly so you can identify the contents and keep an inventory. Label them on more than one side so you can see what’s what quickly. Mark “Fragile” on any boxes containing breakable items.

Packing Furniture and Appliances

You’ll save space if you can dismantle furniture such as beds and tables before you store it in a self-storage facility. Make sure you keep hold of all the bits, so you can put it all back together again. Wrap and cover furniture sections and keep them together for quick retrieval. You can put components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic bag, mark them clearly and tape to the relevant piece of furniture. A good tip is to store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space in the facility.

Large appliances need care before placing in storage. Be sure you defrost fridges and freezers thoroughly before storing them otherwise you’ll be leaving yourself open to water damage. Tie doors up for the move, although you should leave them slightly ajar once in storage to stop condensation from forming and help ward off bad odors. Drain washing machines before storing them and tie down hoses etc. Appliances should be clean and dry and it’ll be worthwhile wiping the insides over with bicarbonate of soda before you store them.

If you’re storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas in a self-storage facility, it might be a good idea to invest in covers, bags or sheeting to give them some additional protection. Stand sofas and mattresses on end wherever possible to save space and don’t stack too much on top of soft furnishings. Mattresses are best stored on the long end and should be ideally raised above floor level or laid on protective sheeting.

Other Helpful Tips
  • Don’t pack items into sealed plastic bags, as humidity can cause mildew.
  • Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines.
  • Don’t store wet items in storage as they can cause water damage, mold and mildew.
  • Wrap all fragile items and breakables separately in bubble wrap, if possible. Pack them tightly into strong boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Try to avoid putting heavy items on top of fragile ones in a self-storage facility.
  • If you’re going to be storing clothes, think about buying wardrobe or clothes boxes – you’ll then be able to simply hang the clothes in them and they’ll keep their shape. It’s not wise to simply put your clothes in bin liners in a self-storage facility as moisture can get trapped inside when they’re sealed and your clothes could be ruined.
  • If you’re storing items with fuel tanks, such as lawn mowers and cars, expect to be asked to drain the tanks before you put them in storage. Fuel is one of the few things that you cannot store in a self-storage facility.
  • Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing to avoid rust formation.
  • Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them. Be sure to put a little open container of water to help maintain the condition of the leather.
  • Think hard about whether you really want to store photographs in a self-storage facility. If you do store loose photographs, place them between pieces of clean cardboard and tape them together to avoid curling. Photographs can suffer temperature damage so you might want to keep them out of storage to avoid losing them.

Thinking creatively can help you organize your belongings and save a lot of space in the long run. As a final tip, make an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store to help with accurate insurance policies and in case of unforeseen damage in the self-storage facility.

Abby’s Mini Storage is located in Bakersfield, California and provides convenient self-storage units to fulfill your needs.

Organizing Your Self-Storage Unit

It is worthwhile to take some time to plan exactly how to pack your items into the unit. Our unit sizes are determined by price, so you can save money here by assessing what you have to store and planning to pack it in efficiently – a smaller and well-packed unit will be cheaper than a larger one that is badly organized.

There are two key things to remember when organizing your self-storage unit. Firstly, you need to make sure that you can easily access the items you’ve stored in the facility when you want them. Secondly, you must take care when storing your items. These are your belongings, and there are measures you can take, apart from careful packing, that will help protect them during their time in the facility.

Other worthwhile tips to keep in mind include:

  • If you’re storing heavy items or boxes ask to rent our hand truck. 

  • In all but the smallest units, try to create an aisle and leave enough room to be able to get round the back.

  • Store your largest items first.

  • If you’re stacking your unit high with boxes, always make sure to put the heaviest boxes at the bottom to avoid damage.

  • Stack boxes and similarly sized items together to save space.

  • Try not to lean furniture against outside walls.

  • If you’re storing metal objects avoid resting them against items susceptible to damage.

  • Try to assess what you’ll need to access frequently and keep it at the front of your unit.

  • Fill anything that’s hollow – i.e. wardrobes, drawers, washing machines and fridges with small boxes and other items to maximize your available space.

  • Make sure to stack boxes and containers so that you can see the labels you put on them.

  • Wedge the doors of all kitchen appliances whilst in the facility open to avoid bad odors and mildew etc., building up.

  • Don’t store anything in the facility that you’re not sure is sturdy vertically – if it seems wobbly store it horizontally.

Storing your belongings in the right manner can increase space efficiency and keep everything well-organized. Don’t underestimate the value of keeping things neat and tidy. You’ll be surprised with how much you can save by choosing an appropriately sized unit that can fit all your things by maximizing the available space that it has.

Abby’s Mini Storage is located in Bakersfield, California. If you need help storing your belongings, we’re the name to remember.