Storage & Packing Tips

Storage Tips

We are here to make your move easy! If you feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start, use our Moving Guide to help with the steps. And to ensure your items are packed efficiently, we have Packing Tips for ideas on the best way to pack items.

  • Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.
  • Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front. Allow for walk-ways.
  • Make an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
  • CAUTION: Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)
  • Use smaller boxes* for books and heavy items.
  • Do not pack boxes too heavy.
  • List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape*.
  • Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
  • Dishes and glasses should be packed in dishpack boxes*. Stack them on top.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard*, marked "fragile" and stacked on end.
  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.
  • Larger appliances make excellent "packing cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and cloths.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be broken down to save space.
  • Tables having removable legs should be broken down to save space.
  • Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space with cushions stacked on top. Always place in a protective cover* to protect from dust.
  • Place mattresses in a protective cover* and if you stand them on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
  • Place upholstered furniture in a protective cover* and do not place heavy or sharp objects on top.
  • Use a good quality lock on your door.
  • Food or food items should not be stored to prevent bug infestation and rodents.
  • Place TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
  • Contact your insurance agency and add the storage unit to your policy. We also offer storage rental insurance* at the facility.

* We sell boxes, locks, tape, specialty boxes, furniture and mattress protective bags, markers, gloves, rope, insurance and other packaging items at the manager's office.

Moving Guide

Stor-All Nevada would like to help make your move go smoothly so we’ve put together this handy, week-by-week moving guide. With a little preparation and some careful organization, your move will be virtually stress-free.

6-8 Weeks Before Moving

This is a great time to plan the details of your move.

  1. Make a list of items that you plan to move to your new home and items you wish to put in storage. From that list, identify which items are to be handled by the mover and those you will handle yourself. Donate or dispose of anything that you do not need and consider a garage sale if you have time.
  2. Research and get estimates from several moving companies. After selecting your mover, discuss costs, packing, timing and other necessary details.
  3. Start a file with important moving related information. Since many moving related expenses are tax deductible you'll want to save moving related receipts in this file as well.
  4. If you're moving to a new community, contact the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor's Bureau to learn about the schools, parks, recreation and community programs.
  5. Contact your insurance agent to update your medical, property, fire and auto policies.
  6. Place all your medical records and other important documents in a safe place. Don’t forget prescriptions, vaccination records and other important information.
4-5 Weeks Before Moving

  1. If you’re planning to do some or all of the packing yourself, start collecting moving and packing supplies. Our office sells tape, packing materials and a wide variety of boxes.
  2. Contact the post office and fill out a change of address form. This is also a good time to update your address with banks and financial institutions, clubs, local government agencies and any utility companies.
  3. Arrange to have your utilities, electricity, gas, phone and others, disconnected after your scheduled move out. And, call ahead to have utilities connected at your new home.
  4. Register your children at their new schools. If possible, arrange for them to meet their new teacher(s) and take a tour of the school. To further involve them in the moving process, have them pack their toys and other belongings as appropriate.
  5. If you have pets make arrangements for their transportation. Find out if there are specific requirements for pet ownership in your new township. Also, obtain their veterinarian records.
2-4 Weeks Before Moving

  1. If you have young children, you might want to arrange for a baby-sitter on moving day to ensure they stay safe during the loading process.
  2. Remember to return library books and anything you have borrowed. Gather any items you may have loaned out to friends and neighbors.
  3. For your piece of mind, consider bringing valuables with you rather than on board the moving van.
  4. Some state laws do not allow moving house plants. If you’re unable to bring them with you consider giving them to friends or a local community organization.
  5. If you’re going to travel by car, you may want to have it serviced prior to your departure.
  6. Start packing items you don't currently need. If renting a storage unit, refer to your lists to determine which items go to storage and which items go to your new home.
  7. Do a sweep of basements, attics, and closets to ensure you haven't forgotten anything. Don't forget about clearing out safety deposit boxes.
  8. Back up important files then disassemble your computer. Ensure it’s packed in a place where it won't be exposed to extreme temperatures.
  9. Properly dispose of flammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous items.
1 Week Before Moving

  1. Make sure your items are labeled: “fragile,” “load first,” “load last,” and “do not load.” This is important to ensure the safety of your items.
  2. Ensure that your moving company has the correct address and phone number for your new home and, if possible, an address and phone number where you can be reached until you arrive. Provide driving directions if the address is difficult to locate or there are clearance issues that might pose an issue for the moving van.
  3. It’s important to empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least a day before moving.
  4. Build some flexibility into your plans and make arrangements in case of delays. Confirm travel arrangements and keep items you will need while the rest of your belongings are in transit.
  5. Pack a separate box with the things you will need immediately upon arriving at your new home. For example: snacks, disposable plates and cups, bathroom items and trash bags.
Moving Out Day

  1. Someone must be present to direct the movers, so stick around and make yourself available throughout the loading process.
  2. Thoroughly check your closets, drawers, shelves, attic, and garage once more to make sure nothing gets left behind.
  3. Once loading is complete the driver must have, in writing, your name and phone number. Also remember to take destination agent's name, address and contact number.
  4. Sign the bill of lading and double check that your new address and phone number are correct.
  5. Turn off all switches and lock all doors and windows.
  6. Be patient if you reach your new home before your mover.
Move-In Day and After

  1. As you or your movers unload make sure none of your belongings are damaged or missing.
  2. Ensure all utilities are connected.
  3. Carry cash/traveler’s checks for quick, on-the-spot payments to movers or other service providers.
  4. Plan out the placement of furniture, artwork and large items in your new home.
  5. If you’re moving to a new state, you’ll need to update your driver's license & vehicle registration and possibly revise your will and other legal papers.
  6. Locate the hospitals, police stations, and fire stations near your new home.
TIP #1 Plan ahead

Make packing easier by planning ahead. Gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers.

TIP #2 Tightly sealed boxes

Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering.

TIP #3 Use protective bubble wrap and covers

Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers. Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly later. Place covers or plastic bags on mattresses to keep them clean during storage.

Tip #4 Label boxes

Label boxes on all sides for easy identification. Keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference. Mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items.Make sure fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier, less delicate boxes.

TIP #5 All space is vaulable

Use valuable space inside dresser drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, to store small items such as towels, linens and small, fragile items. Secure items in drawer by filling empty spaces with towels or packing paper. We also recommend you lightly oil your wood furniture.

TIP #6 Use same size boxes

Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes. Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither overpack nor underpack. (Bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse). Use wadded up newsprint, bubblewrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill in empty spaces. For maximum protection seal cartons with tape.

TIP #7 Limit boxes to 30lbs.

Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes. For easier handling limit the weight of all cartons, regardless of size, to 30lbs. or less.

TIP #8 Clean appliances

Clean and dry appliances before storing. Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage.

TIP #9 Protect books

Pack books flat to protect their spines. Line cartons with plastic and fill empty spaces with packing paper.

TIP #10 Packing dishes and glassware

Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of cartons. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge.

 

Packing Tips

 

TIP #11 Use wardrobe boxes

Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes.

TIP #12 Packing lamps

Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes. Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.

TIP #13 Pack mirrors and paintings

Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes; mark boxes.