Moving and Storage Tips

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GENERAL STORAGE TIPS

Here are a variety of storage suggestions that we think you’ll find helpful. Properly stored items will hold up much better in storage than items not stored properly.

Books

Pack books flat, not standing on end. This will protect the spines which will bend and warp over time if stood upright. Books are very heavy, so pack them in small boxes and don't put them in boxes with other, more fragile, items.

Lawn Mowers

Drain gasoline and oil from all small engines. This precaution will protect both your stored property and the property of others from the dangers of fire and explosion.

Mattresses

Place mattresses in plastic covers to protect them from dirt while moving and from dust and moisture in storage. Do not place mattress up on top of other items that may damage or bend mattress.

Leather Items

Treat leather items (couches, clothes, etc.) with a leather conditioner prior to storing them. Keep furniture items off the floor by placing them on pallets.

Blankets, Draperies and Clothing

Have blankets, draperies and clothing cleaned, then pack them on hangers in wardrobe boxes or enclosed plastic covers. Cedar chips and silicone packets help keep them fresh and dry.

Mirrors and Pictures

Store mirrors and pictures inside similarly sized knocked down boxes. This affords them protection from scratches and dust. Do not store these items flat. Keep them upright, and mark them as fragile.

Furniture and Tables

Place blankets over furniture to protect from scratches and dust. Use pallets or boards to raise the floor of the unit to protect against flooding; make sure no fabric from furniture or covers is touching the floor. Bags to protect mattresses, sofas and chairs can be purchased at the Fox Farm Storage office, along with other packing materials. Disassemble beds and tables, and wrap table legs in moving blankets or bubble wrap. Use bubble wrap or cardboard to protect corners and edges. On mirrors and framed artwork, use cardboard corner protectors.

Photos

Photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place between pieces of cardboard and tape them together. Do not store irreplaceable photos. Photos and negatives take up very little space. Try to keep these items with you.

Dishes and Glassware

Wrap breakable items inside bubble wrap and store with linens. Store these items in specially made boxes called dishpacks.

Appliances

Clean and dry all appliances prior to storage. Do not leave anything inside of appliances to be stored. Store all appliances upright with doors ajar to allow ventilation.

Do NOT store the following items:

Furs, jewelry and other expensive items, irreplaceable items, any living thing, used tires, firearms, explosives, flammables of any kind (gas, diesel, oil, paint, etc.), drugs or drug paraphernalia, stolen items, any type of hazardous items, perishable items of any kind, hazardous waste materials of any kind, items that produce odors or any item that will in any way impose upon other tenants.
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RV STORAGE

The following steps can be taken to protect your RV while in storage. Additionally, specific procedures recommended by the RV or boat manufacturer, chassis manufacturer and appliance producers should be closely considered.
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