- Take pictures or video record everything for insurance purposes in the event of a claim.
- Inventory all of your goods and keep the list in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
- Drain all washers and garden hoses
- Clean and cover charcoal grills
- Storing a cooler? Be sure to open all drain plugs.
- Vacuum out sofas and chairs; this can help keep out insects and rodents.
- Do not store anything that is labeled COMBUSTIBLE such as gasoline, paint, paint thinners, etc.
- Mark “Fragile” on boxes containing breakables.
- Pack in same size boxes when possible, for easy stacking.
- Pack clothes in boxes, cedar scented paper garment bags or on hangers in wardrobe boxes.
- Wrap each piece of glassware and dishes with newsprint to avoid breakage.
- Put baking soda or unused coffee grounds in refrigerators, freezers, stoves and coolers to absorb odors.
- Use trash cans to store garden tools such as shovels, rakes, hoses, etc.
- Remember, moth balls add an additional layer of protection against bugs and rodents.
- Store pictures and mirrors on end. Wrap in cardboard and mark “Fragile”.
- Store frequently used items near the front of your unit and allow room for walking.
- Store seasonal clothing in separate boxes near the front of your unit for easy access when needed.
- Stack boxes containing lighter items and breakables on top of those containing books or other heavy items.
- Use pallets, 2×4’s, or other slats to keep goods from direct contact with concrete floors and block walls.
- Remove table legs when possible to save space and stand table top on end.
- Store refrigerators and freezers with door ajar or removed. Use the shelves to store other light boxes or bags.
- Store sofas and love seats standing on end and on pallets, if possible, to save space.
- Remember, the lock on your unit provides the last line of defense against an intruder. The better the lock, the better your defense.