960 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320

Storage Tips

Why choose New London Self Storage?

  • Our facility has put adequate security measures into place. We have you covered with security gate, perimeter fencing, and state-of-the-art video surveillance.
  • You can access your self-storage unit when needed. We offer 24/7 accessibility.
  • We have 320 climate controlled units in a variety of sizes to meet nearly every need.
  • We offer units that will suit the goods you want to store. For example, if you’re storing valuable items, you will want an enclosed unit with concealing walls so that nobody can see what’s inside.
  • Climate control, like offered here at New London Self-Storage, is more than adequate to meet all your needs. This is particularly important if you are looking to store upholstered items, business goods or archive documents, as a few months in a damp self-storage environment will do untold damage.
  • Our storage units are tidy and well-maintained.
  • Pest control will never be an issue at New London Self-Storage. We will be happy to tell you what types of measures we take.

Things to Do Before Storing

  • Make a list of all the packing supplies you will need, such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, marking pens, damp rid, rope, and pallets.
  • Invest in good quality sturdy boxes and packing materials (box strength degrades with use). If you buy boxes of similar sizes it’ll be easier to stack them securely, and will allow you to maximize the area within your storage space.
  • Please visit our facility! Bring a list of what you are going to be storing, so that we can help you determine the correct unit size for your needs.
  • Review your lease before signing it. Make sure you are aware of our company policies on moving out, paying the rent, and other important information. Feel free to ask questions regarding your lease.
  • There are prohibited storage goods that every storage facility will NOT allow. Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. Please inquire about any items that you are unsure of.
  • If you are using a moving company, find out what size truck they will be using. This is valuable, in determining if your unit will be accessible to that truck. Most moving companies charge more, the farther they have to carry your things. We also have our own moving truck at your service.

When Packing Up Your Self-Storage Unit

  • Utilize all the space in your unit. Make a plan as to how you are going to arrange your items. A good plan will save you the time of having to rearrange your unit. Leave an aisle in the center of your unit, so that you have a walk- way to the back of it.
  • Label the boxes on all six sides, and keep a list for easy reference. This will save you time, if you have to look for something in particular. When packing boxes, fill them without making them too heavy to lift. Always put the heavier boxes on the bottom, and the lighter ones on top of the heavier ones. This will prevent boxes from being crushed. Keep the boxes off the floor.
  • Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them.
  • Use free-standing shelves to help organize your unit.
  • Leave small walk-ways between the boxes and furniture in your storage unit, so you can easily get to the items you want without having to move anything around.
  • If you’re storing a lot of packing boxes in your unit, try to fill them to the top, even if it’s just with padding and old, crumpled newspapers. Boxes that are only half-filled tend to collapse, if anything’s placed on them.
  • When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This should avoid mistaking them for excess paper to fill the box. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables. Group similar items together, and mark the boxes, accordingly.
  • If you’re putting any metal objects into storage – like bicycles or file cabinets – it’s best to treat them with rust protector first, or at least wipe them down with an oily rag.
  • When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos, things that have numerous cords, place small colored stickers on the cord, and the same color sticker where the cord goes. This will save you the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where, when it comes time to reassemble your electronics. If possible, use the original boxes to store your electronics and other items.
  • If it is possible, store couches on end. Stack chairs seat-to-seat. Use the inside of appliances and drawers to store smaller items. When stacking furniture, use paper pads in between the items to avoid scratching.
  • Leaving a space between your stuff and the unit’s wall, allows for air to circulate within the unit. Laying plastic sheeting on the floor and stacking boxes on top of wooden pallets can prevent condensation damage, so can using old linens or other fabrics, instead of plastic, to protect your stuff from dust.
  • Disassemble items such as tables, bed frames, etc. (This will save space.) Wrap and label all pieces for an easier time when you have to reassemble them. Put all hardware in bags and mark the bags, accordingly.
  • Large appliances need care before placing in storage. Make sure you defrost refrigerators and freezers thoroughly before storing them, otherwise you’ll be leaving yourself open to water damage. Tie doors up for the move, although you should leave them slightly ajar once in storage, to stop condensation and mold from forming. Drain washing machines before storing them and tie down hoses etc. Appliances should be clean and dry. It’ll be worthwhile wiping the insides over with bicarbonate of soda before you store them.
  • Wrap all fragile items and breakables, such as dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc. separately. Paper will do, but bubble wrap is a good investment. Pack them tightly into strong boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Try to avoid putting heavy items on top of fragile ones in your storage unit.
  • If you’re going to be storing clothes, think about buying wardrobe or clothes boxes – you’ll then be able to simply hang the clothes in them and they’ll keep their shape.
  • For the best protection for mirrors and pictures in a self-storage facility, wrap them in a protective covering, such as bubble wrap and stack them on their ends. Mirrors and pictures should never be stored flat. Mark them as, ‘Fragile’.
  • Separate lamp bases and lampshades, and wrap them for protection.
  • You can tie tools and long-handled items in bundles. Don’t store a brush, resting on the bristles.
  • Don’t store vacuum cleaners with the bag in – throw it away, before you store them in the facility.
  • Under no circumstances should you keep anything flammable or combustible in your storage building. This means no gasoline, oil, cleaning fluids or paint thinner. If you’re storing any machinery that runs on gas, drain the tank before you store it.
  • Purchase the insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring.

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