Mini Entrepot Metro Self-Storage Tips
Prior to the Move
Visit the Montreal mini storage facility with a list of the items that you would like to store, so that you can determine the correct size of self storage unit for your needs with our experts.
Schedule a Mover
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. Schedule your mover 30-45 days in advance (or more if required for July 1st).
Determine the Packaging Accessories you Will Need in Advance
Make a list of the packing supplies that you will need in advance. Items to consider, depending on what you intend on storing; Paper, bubble wrap, tape, marking pens, rope, drop cloths, sheets, furniture covers, pallets, file boxes or storage cartons. We have a wide selection of supplies available in our Mini Entrepot Moving Depot supply store, located beside our reception area.
Rubbermaid containers are great to store your items. They have tight fitting lids and stack easily.
Fill Containers and Boxes to Capacity
Partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. Use packing materials to fill empty pockets.
Fragile Goods on Top
Protect fragile goods with good packing and place them on the top of your storage space.
Label all the boxes on all six sides of the box and keep a list with you for easy reference in the future, when you need to access specific items.
Pack Your Space Carefully
Place a pallet or plywood on the concrete floors and do not lean boxes or storage items up against the wall. 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 a walkway to the rear of the storage unit for easy access. Use all the space available, including the height and place the frequently-used goods at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for them. Be sure to check your unit once a month.
Purchase insurance. If your belongings are worth storing they are worth insuring. Do not assume that your homeowners insurance will cover the goods while in storage.
Specialized Storage Tips for Commonly Stored Items
Books and Documents
Place books flat to protect their spines. Select smaller boxes for books as the weight of books and paper adds up quickly. Use packing to fill all empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items with books.
A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside larger appliances. Boxes can be stored on top of refrigerators, stoves and freezers. We recommend that the appliances, in particular stoves, be cleaned prior to being placed in storage.
Linens, Clothing and Curtains
Clothing and curtains should be stored on hangers on wardrobe style cardboard cartons. It these boxes are not available, such items should be folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chest along with bedding and linen. Keep out-of-season clothes accessible, you may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.
Dishes and Glassware
Place a layer of packing material on the bottom of the boxes. All glass items should be individually wrapped. 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. Nest cups and bowls inside one another. Stand plates and platters on edge. Fill all empty spaces with packing material. Label all boxes containing glassware as such and also mark “Fragile”. Do not store heavy items with glassware.
Place either a plastic sheet or pallet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables (this will save space) and wrap table legs to protect them. Put all hardware in bags and mark bags accordingly. If table cannot be disassembled, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Boxes can be stored on top of dressers. Stack chairs “seat to seat”. When stacking furniture use paper pads in between the items to avoid scratching. Place a moving blanket, cotton sheet or dust cover on top of all furniture.
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.
Wrap lamp bases in padding and place smaller lamps in boxes, individually wrapped. Pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap the shades as the ink will stain the shade material.
Mirrors, Paintings and Windows
These types of items should be stored on their edges.
Bicycles, Tools and Other Metal Items
We advise wiping down any metal items with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil, to retard rust. Drain and clean all dirt from all equipment before you store them. Long handled tools such as rakes and shovels should be tied in a bundle.
- Do not use plastic to cover your belongings.It retains moisture.
- Do not store any food items. This will prevent any unwanted guests.
- Do not pack your boxes so that they are too heavy to carry them, especially when you are packing books.
- Do not give out your password, gate code or any information to anyone that is not listed as having "Access".
- Do not forget to clean appliances before you store them.
- Do not store any toxins or flammables, such as paint, oil, or gasoline.