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281-354-3888
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23771 FM 1314
Porter, TX 77365

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Storage and Packing Tips

The most effective move into a storage unit starts with good preparation and a few pointers from the Pros! Here are some of the nuts and bolts:

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When loading your storage unit, make an aisle for access to all items and put commonly used items by the door.

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Fill boxes to capacity. Partially full or bulging boxes may collapse or tip over while stored.

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NEVER store combustibles such as fuel, paint and thinners, or anything else that can intensify a fire in that manner. NEVER store perishable items or hazardous waste.  Other items include:
Hazardous materials – anything that can catch fire like gasoline, propane, oil, grease, cleaners and fireworks
Paint
Illegal Substances
Ammunition
Anything toxic - biological waste, fertilizer, asbestos
Anything with a noxious smell – moth balls, etc.
Perishables – produce, meat, dairy, cereals, rice, animal products
Living Things – people, animals, plants

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Label boxes on all sides with their contents and what room they go in. Make a reference list.

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Stack heavy boxes on bottom and lighter ones on top to prevent them from being crushed.

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Dishes and Glassware should be individually wrapped. Use blank wrapping paper for best results. “Nest” cups and bowls. Stand plates and platters up; Fill air pockets with foam peanuts or wrapping paper. Mark boxes “Fragile, GLASS”.

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Mirrors, Windows, and Screens: Wrap all glass well, and store on edge not flat.

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If storing bedding, furniture or clothing it may be wiser to store in climate controlled units for a better storage environment. Make sure everything is dry to ensure there is no moisture created. Moisture is bad for anything being stored. Stand Sofas and Mattresses on end; disassemble beds and tables. Wrap legs and rails in blankets. Keep upholstery off of floor by standing up on 2’x3’ pallets to give air underneath. Place sheets over furniture.

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Thoroughly clean and dry appliances and keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar. Refrigerators and freezers must be defrosted, drained and dry. Washing machines should be drained. Use the space inside appliances to store things such as blankets and towels.

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Wardrobe boxes allow you to store your clothing upright and on hangers. Shoes can also be stored on the bottom of wardrobe boxes.

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Bicycles or tools can accumulate rust. Use a few drops of oil on these items to prevent rusting and store separately.

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Use pallets under your valuables to give better air circulation.

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Don’t overpack the unit!!

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We will sell tenant insurance and while we do not require it, we strongly urge each and every tenant to obtain coverage. Having it being the standard in our industry, and in accordance with Texas state law, as well as having it stated in our tenant leases, Freedom Self Storage assumes no liability for the contents of the units. We insure our buildings and property, and it is up to each tenant to insure their valuables. Please see our Optional Storage Insurance page for more details.

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Visit your unit on occasion just to check up on things.

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When moving out, give at least 10 days notice, either by stopping by the office or dropping the vacate notice in the drop box. Take everything and don’t leave any trash. Leave the unit in “Broom-Clean” condition. Remove your lock.

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Properly latch and lock your storage unit door before leaving every time!!! Be sure to slide the latch all the way over to ensure door locks properly.

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Climate-controlled storage units are ideal for heat-and-moisture sensitive items such as videotapes, artwork and precious wood furniture.

Freedom Self Storage in Porter, TX

23771 FM 1314, Porter, TX 77365

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