Here are some helpful tips you can do to protect your belongings during the fall season.
Don’t Overpack Boxes– By overpacking, boxes can become too heavy to lift or exceed the cardboard box weight limit. For instance, a standard box has a 1.5 cubic foot capacity and can handle no more than 40 pounds. Exceeding the weight limit, you risk the box bursting. You don’t want your favorite Thanksgiving decorations to come crashing through the bottom of the box! Using small boxes for heavy items like books and china can help prevent overpacking and make moving things more manageable. Use large boxes for lightweight items like guest pillows, extra bedding, and plastic bowls.
Keep Electronics Off of The Ground– The floor in a storage unit will always be the coldest part of the storage unit. Electronics or anything with electrical components can be very sensitive to the cold, especially over long periods of time. Try storing your electronics on a shelf in your storage space or in a box that’s off the floor to help keep them protected. Lastly, remove your batteries from your electronics, this will prevent corrosion.
Pack Your Unit on a Dry Day- If you load your storage unit when it’s raining, you’re almost certain to end up with a few moist boxes and other items. This can make your unit vulnerable to mold. If possible, put off loading the storage unit a clear day. If you absolutely must pack your unit when it is raining, use a tarp to cover boxes and items as you carry them from the truck to the storage unit.
Use shelving or pallets– This will elevate your belongings a few inches off the ground and prevent any moisture from getting into your boxes from a cold, moist floor.