Self Storage Tips

Ocean Storage and Bay Storage: Self Storage Tips

Need some self storage tips to get you started on the right foot? Ocean Storage and Bay Storage are your first choice for affordable storage units in the greater Virginia area, and we’ve compiled a list of our top packing and storage tips to help you make the most of the space you are renting. Start your storage journey with Ocean Storage and Bay Storage today!

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Self Storage Tips for Finding Space & Packing

Storage Tips

Choose Your Storage Unit 

You have many self storage options in the Virginia area. So how do you choose a storage facility—and more specifically storage units—to house your belongings? Start by searching for self storage close to your home, work, business, or regular commutes. You are looking for convenience as much as you are looking for product and service.  

Another thing to consider is your unique storage needs. Different storage options come with benefits and drawbacks, which must be evaluated in light of your specific circumstances. Drive-up storage containers make it much easier to load and unload items from the automobile. Indoor storage units, on the other hand, provide temperature control, allowing for better protection of your belongings against changing humidity and weather conditions.

Visit Ocean Storage or Bay Storage in Virginia to start getting your items organized today. With 9 convenient locations in and around the Virginia area, Ocean Storage and Bay Storage is your first stop for affordable self storage! Read more about our storage facility’s specific features, and use our storage calculator to figure out what size storage unit you should rent.  

Packing and Moving

Packing Tips for Your Boxes 

1. Prep Before Packing

To obtain the greatest possible outcome when storing your stuff, take care of them as you’re packing them away. Items that are delicate will need more padding to keep them safe throughout transport. Pick up packing and moving supplies at our Ocean Storage or Bay Storage office today! And while you are there, talk with our storage experts to clear up any additional questions you may have before you start renting storage—also check our Self Storage FAQ to see if your question can be answered instantly! It is important to understand the rules and expectations before renting storage.

2. General Packing Rule: Heavy on the Bottom, Light on Top

Keep these words in mind as you pack your boxes and storage container. As a starting point, use heavy, huge objects as a foundation and add lighter ones on top. This will prevent your containers from collapsing under the pressure within and around them.

3. Clean & Cover

To ensure that your products are in great shape when you return them, clean and preserve them ahead of time. Cover things like appliances, tools, and electronics before storing them for a long time to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating. Clean away germs and water droplets beforehand to minimize damage or bad smells over time.

4. Pack Air-Tight to Keep Out Moisture & Pests

Another way to ward off damage is to pack with air-tight containers. Deter bugs and moisture-related damage from step one. Some items that would especially benefit from being packed in airtight containers include antiques, clothing, electronics, and documents.

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Packing Tips for Your Storage Unit 

1. Create an Organized Layout

Organizing your life with storage assistance doesn’t have to be a headache. Here’s a step-by-step approach to make packing your rental easy. Leave space down the center of your storage container so you can access items in all corners more easily. Then, as part of a plan to find similar goods faster later, store similar items together, such as seasonal clothing or kitchen equipment. For quick retrieval, keep your most essential items close to the entryway.

2. Utilize Your Entire Storage Space

You are paying for your storage rental, so make the most of the space. If you are storing a lot of items, you may want to consider using shelving for organization and to stack higher in the space. 

3. Don’t Store Perishables

So what can’t you store? Perishables like food will go bad quickly, and when they do, they will begin to attract pests. It is best to avoid this altogether by storing these items in your everyday storage space in your home or business. You also cannot store dangerous, flammable items or money. Check out a more complete list from Move.org. 

Car in Garage

Vehicle Storage Tips 

Long-term storage of a vehicle can save you a lot of space on your property, but it is not as simple as dropping it off and leaving it. Vehicles of all sizes require additional care to give it a better chance of running as smoothly as possible when you need it again. Get its oil changed if you are storing long-term, top off the gas tank to prevent moisture build-up, and add a fuel stabilizer. Then, clean it inside and out—any dirt there will only accumulate over time. Follow more of Edmund’s vehicle storage tips.  



Ocean Storage and Bay Storage in Virginia

Now that you have learned some helpful self storage tips, look to Ocean Storage and Bay Storage in Virginia for all of your storage needs. We provide our customers with self storage solutions that are modern, secure, and competitively priced. Our number one priority is making it easy for you to do business with us, and our friendly experts will work closely with you to tailor a solution that meets your individual needs. So whether you’re an individual or a business customer, we’ve got you covered. Come see us today at any of our key locations in the Coastal Virginia market, including Virginia Beach VA and Yorktown VA!

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