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Packing and Storage Tips

  • 1. Inventory

    Make an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.

  • 2. Prepare

    Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods to guard against dampness. For example, plastic sheeting, 2 x 4 boards or pallets. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.

  • 3. CAUTION

    Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (i.e., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.). For safety reasons, and per your lease, combustible items are not allowed. No foodstuffs or water are allowed.

  • 4. Strong Boxes

    Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25 lbs. to 30 lbs. To avoid over packing your boxes, we recommend putting heavier items in smaller boxes and lightweight items in larger boxes. Discuss your needs with our storage advisor when making your plans.

  • 5. List Contents

    List contents of boxes on all four sides; inventory the number of boxes and seal them with tape.

  • 6. Stack

    Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.

  • 7. Wrap It Up

    Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.

  • 8. Fragile

    Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked "FRAGILE" and stacked on end.

  • 9. Extra Space

    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.

  • 10. Appliances

    Larger appliances make excellent "packing cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.

  • 11. Stored Together

    Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.

  • 12. Removable Legs

    Tables having removable legs should be "broken down" to save space.

  • 13. Sofas and Love Seats

    Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective cover under the item on the concrete. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.

  • 14. Stuffed Furniture

    Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

  • 15. Mattresses

    If you stand mattresses on their side, "prop" them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy. Wrap all mattresses in plastic to protect from dust.

  • 16. Sharp or Heavy Objects

    Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.

  • 17. Lock Quality

    Use a good quality lock on your door, such as our hardened steel disk lock. Cheap locks rust and do not provide good security.

  • 18. Rodents

    To prevent bug infestation and rodents, no food or food items or anything organic should be stored.

  • 19. Electronics

    Put TV’s, electronics and other valuable items in the rear of your unit.

FAQs

  • Do you offer services for both the household and business customer?

    Top Notch Storage has services for both the household and business customer.

  • What does "on-site" manager mean?

    "On-site" manager means that an employee is at the location during normal business hours. Please check with the manager for a list of days and time of operation.

  • Do you have moving carts available?

    Yes. Contact the Store Manager to provide you with a moving cart to assist your move-in, free of charge.

  • Do you have video cameras?

    Top Notch Storage uses video cameras as a security measure. Cameras are generally located at the point of entry and exit and other areas around the facility.

  • Can anybody drive onto this property or do you need a PIN number?

    Our facility has an electronic gate system which can only be opened by a security code that is assigned to each individual tenant. The code allows us to monitor who is entering and exiting the facility.

  • What is temperature control?

    Temperature control is a feature that we offer. Our temperature controlled units maintain a temperature of 50 to 85 degrees. This feature helps protect your stored belongings from the extreme temperatures.

  • Do I get a lock when I rent a unit?

    We only allow disc locks which are purchased when renting a unit.

  • What is a drive-up unit?

    A drive-up unit is an outside unit, located on the first floor of a facility that gives you the ability to load your belongings directly from a vehicle or truck.

  • What's the difference between office hours and gate hours?

    The office hours are the hours of operation for the property. During these hours the Store Manager will be available to assist you with your storage needs or moving and packing supplies. The gate hours are the hours of the property, and when your unit can be accessed. Gate access is available from 6:00 AM to 11:30 PM, 7 days a week.

  • How far in advance can I book a reservation?

    We give you the flexibility to book a reservation up to 30 days in advance to help you plan ahead.

  • What kind of security do you have?

    Top Notch Storage takes great pride in protecting your belongings and strives to provide state-of-the-art security. We feature electronic gate with coded access, monitored video surveillance, fenced and well-lit facilities, PIN # access to all temperature controlled areas, and personal locks available for purchase.

  • What are the payment terms?

    Top Notch Storage strives to make your storage experience as hassle free as possible, including paying your bill. Typically, our leases are month-to-month but we also offer the flexibility of long-term leases. We can automatically charge your Mastercard® , Visa®, or American Express each month.

  • Can I pay my bills online?

    Yes, paying your bill online is available through the account login.

  • What sizes are available and how do I pick my size?

    We offer a wide range of sizes to accommodate your needs. Sizes range from 5x10 to 10x30. Determining the right size is easy with the help of our "choose your size" estimator and the help of our Store Manager who is trained to assist you in this process.