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The Ultimate Moving Checklist for Settling Into Your Storage Unit

As you prepare to move your items into a new self storage rental, there are steps you can take to make the process easier on you and your movers. ProSafe Storage has laid out our complete moving checklist, so you can make sure you are prepared to move and set up your space as efficiently as possible. Let us help you through life’s different transitional periods with our secure storage space and expert advice!

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The Complete Moving Checklist for an Easy Storage Experience

Before You Move

Planning Ahead of Time

  • Create an Inventory: List all items that will be stored. Include details like size, quantity, and any special considerations each item may require.
  • Select the Right Storage Unit: Based on your inventory, choose an appropriately sized unit. Consider temperature control if storing sensitive items.
  • Purchase Packing Supplies: Stock up on boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, and labels.
  • Schedule Your Move: Pick a date and time for the move. If hiring professional movers, book their services in advance.
  • Plan Your Transport: Ensure you have access to a suitable vehicle for transporting your items.
  • Check Storage Facility Rules: Confirm any specific rules or requirements of the storage facility.

Please refer to our FAQ to clarify ProSafe Storage-specific questions or contact our office.

Packing & Preparing Items

  • Start Early: Begin packing non-essential items well in advance of your move date.
  • Pack Smart: Use sturdy boxes and ensure they are not too heavy. Protect fragile items with bubble wrap or packing paper.
  • Label Everything: Clearly label each box on all sides with its contents and which way is up.
  • Disassemble Furniture: Take apart any large furniture pieces and securely wrap and label each component.
  • Prepare Appliances: If storing appliances, ensure they are clean and dry. Leave doors slightly open to prevent mold.
  • Create an Organizational System: Plan how you will organize your items within the storage unit.

See more self storage tips from our professionals to pack your boxes and storage unit!

Moving Your Items

To ease the physical strain of moving, particularly with heavy and bulky items, look for moving carts around the ProSafe Storage facility. If you are moving items in and out of storage frequently, you might consider an investment in your own dollie, which can be invaluable for transporting items from your home or office to the storage unit. On your move-in date, enlist the help of friends or family members to distribute the workload. Here are a few more tasks to handle during the big move:

  • Pack an Essentials Box: Include anything you might need immediate access to once at the storage unit.
  • Load Strategically: Load heavier items first and distribute weight evenly across the vehicle.
  • Secure Your Items: Use straps or ropes to secure items during transport.
  • Take Your Time: Don’t rush the loading and unloading process. Take care to prevent damage to your belongings.

Once You Move In

Setting Up Your Storage Unit

  • Clean the Unit: Before placing items inside, give the unit a quick clean.
  • Create a Layout: Position items strategically. Place larger, heavier items at the back and sides. Keep items you may need access to near the front.
  • Use Vertical Space: Stack boxes carefully, ensuring heavier boxes are at the bottom.
  • Leave Aisles: Ensure there is a clear pathway to access items at the back of the unit.
  • Cover Items: Use dust covers to protect your belongings.
  • Lock Up Securely: Use a high-quality lock to secure your unit.

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Final Checks

  • Review Your Inventory: Double-check that all listed items are now in the storage unit.
  • Take Photos: Snap some pictures of the inside of your unit for future reference.
  • Leave Contact Information: Ensure the storage facility has your current contact information.
  • Set a Reminder: Set a reminder for any upcoming payments or check-in dates.

Have Questions About Storing? ProSafe Storage Experts Can Help!

Not sure how to start preparing for your storage rental? If you are are still questioning any parts of your upcoming rental, please contact our storage office to walk through your situation with a professional. They can assist you in choosing proper amenities and sizes, as well as clarify any confusion about the rental and moving processes. See how ProSafe Storage simplifies self storage for our tenants!

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Katie Mest

About the Author: Katie Mest is a Content Marketing Specialist at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She specializes in writing about the self storage industry, including storage tips and helpful resources. Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors and snuggling in with a crochet project and her cat, Billie.