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Anytime Advice

Each unit is cleaned and treated and serviced after each customer. But there are steps you should take to preserve your stored items as well as possible. Here is some advice. 


How much or what size storage do you need?  U-Haul Storage Size Guide


Preparing your items for storage

  • Check your current insurance. If it doesn’t cover your stored items, purchase renter’s insurance. Safestor insurance can be added to your monthly rent or you may purchase through any other provider. Check with your Homeowners or Renters insurance.
  • When deciding on your unit size, allow for ventilation space between the walls and ceiling.
  • Protect your furniture with a good polish.
  • Clean all appliances.
  • Drain, clean, and grease outdoor equipment,tools, etc.
  • Pack all breakables in bubble wrap or packing paper.
  • Use crumpled newspaper or plastic bags to fill in spaces in boxes.
  • Pack boxes tightly to minimize shifting of their contents.
  • Label each box and keep an inventory of its contents.


  • Use unattached shelving for organization.
  • Use wooden pallets to keep items off the floor.
  • Use blankets, sheets, bags or moving pads to protect items.
  • Place items in closed tubs or boxes.
  • Place items that you will need to access frequently toward the front.
  • If space allows, store couches on end and stack chairs seat to seat.
  • Store appliances with their doors slightly open.
  • Store lightweight items inside appliances.
  • Store paintings and mirrors on end.

Following up

  • Check on your unit frequently.
  • Report any:
    • Suspicious activity
    • Malfunctioning equipment
    • Damage
    • Signs of pests

at the Anytime Storage Kiosk or send us an email at

Leaving the state or country

  • Name one or more emergency and/or trusted contacts.
  • Give your key and the gate code to a trusted contact.
  • Ask your trusted contact(s) to check your unit frequently.
  • Update your lease agreement with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of your trusted contacts.

What not to store

  • Flammable liquids, gasoline, compressed gases, propane cylinders
  • Liquid cleaning supplies, toiletries, Rxs: The plastic containers and the products will break down over time and can break or leak, damaging your items.
  • Electronics: small or inexpensive electronics are better just replaced when needed than stored for a long time. Plastics will break down and the technology may become obsolete.
  • Furs and leather goods, unless properly prepared and placed in climate control.
  • Paint or other home repair supplies. These items degrade over time. They just take up space you are paying for.
  • Most artwork and photos unless stored in climate control.

These are just some advice and suggestions, not requirements, nor is this information meant to be complete.

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