A-1 Pack and Stack proudly offers self-storage solutions for residential and commercial customers throughout the Flint, Genesee, Davison and surrounding areas. Whether you need long-term storage for household items or inventory, or short-term storage during a move or while remodeling, self-storage can give you the extra space you need at your home or office.
Keeping your items off the floor is essential. It might sound silly, but there’s no way to promise that the melting snow won’t come under the door or the adjacent unit won’t have a spill that soaks its way into your heirloom sofa.
Using industrial plastic wrap is a great way to know that belongings are sealed up tight and won’t collect dust or creepy crawlies while in storage. Buy a large roll and wrap as much as you can!
Even though you know exactly what you are putting in your storage unit right now, that doesn’t mean that in 6 months when you need something you won’t be digging around for ages and opening random boxes until you find what you’re after. Label everything – including the hidden and the obvious. You can even go as far as to make a diagram detailing your items and locations (back right corner under desk – box of cameras to sell on eBay).
There are things that don’t like the cold or the heat and should be double-wrapped, well insulated or not stored at all. Electronics, vinyl records, old photos (if humid), and things of that nature all come out a little less awesome when not stored properly.
While you are concerned about protecting what you put in the unit, protecting the unit itself is also important – there can be heavy fines for scarring or damaging the unit during your tenancy.
Even the smallest storage unit can hold a great deal. Make sure you use the space wisely, which means packing all the way to the ceiling. Bringing in plywood to lay across several boxes can help stabilize layers as you’re stacking up, up and up! It will help take the pressure off of the tops of your boxes and help keep things safe.
Storing food attracts bugs and rodents. These pests can end up in your other items and could also spread throughout the storage facility, resulting in extermination charges.
While using a typical padlock might seem like an economical way to secure your unit, those locks are easily defeated with a simple bolt cutter. Disc locks give you an added measure of security as they can not be easily cut open.
If your belongings are valuable enough to store, they should be insured. Most facilities will offer insurance for a nominal fee or you can use your own home owners or renters insurance. In almost all cases, the facility is not responsible for damages to your belongings – protect them yourself!