Use the following storage tips to better prepare yourself for a successful storage experience. The FAQ that follow answer many commonly asked questions, but if you have any others, please feel free to contact us.
Items You Can’t Store
Your Rental Agreement will give you specific rules for storage, but common sense will generally tell you what is not allowed for the protection of your belongings and those of your neighbors. If you have a question about a specific item, check your local laws or ask your Alamo Mini-Storage Resident Manager. Items you should never store in a self-service storage facility include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Live animals
- Explosives or toxic materials
- Combustible liquids and fuels (fuel must be drained from all gasoline-powered tools and vehicles before storing)
- Perishables or food items can attract rodents and pests
- Any continuously connected electrical appliance or extension cord. Electricity may be cut off after hours.
Other Prohibited Uses?
Storage space may not be rented for the following uses:
- Use as a shop facility – for example sanding, spray painting, welding, vehicle repair
- Practice rooms for musical groups
- Lodging or sleeping facilities for animals or humans
Insurance is the responsibility of the customer. Storage facilities are not responsible for the contents of your unit. It is always a good idea to insure the goods you are intending to store. Before you buy insurance from the storage facility, check with your own agent, because sometimes your homeowner’s or renter’s policy will cover you for no extra cost. If not, the Resident Manager should provide you with an application for insurance at the time you rent your unit.
Protect Your Belongings in Storage
- USE A QUALITY LOCK TO SECURE YOUR STORAGE SPACE. Alamo Mini-Storage provides video surveillance at our locations and computer-controlled access. Our managers make regular rounds of the property, but the best protection for your belongings is still a high-quality lock.
- Alamo Mini-Storage offers a variety of locks, boxes, tape and packing supplies for purchase for your convenience.
- Consider a climate-controlled storage unit for anything that might be sensitive to extremes in temperature or humidity.
- Avoid moving in or out during rainy weather.
- We recommend that items not be stored in sealed plastic bags, as the humidity may damage your goods.
- Alamo Mini-Storage takes pride in the maintenance and cleanliness of our facilities, but pests can sometimes pose a problem just as they do in many homes and businesses. We take preventative measures for insects and rodents, but if you see any signs of their activity, please report it to us immediately.
- Concrete floors can be porous and moisture may penetrate. Keep all items off the floor with plastic sheeting or pallets to allow air circulation.
- Fill boxes to capacity to prevent tipping and collapse.
- Seal boxes with tape for better protection.
- Wrap glasses and dishes individually, and use bubble wrap or foam peanuts to fill in any extra space in a box.
- Use bubble wrap, foam peanuts and paper when packing any other glass items such as mirrors and lamps.
- Make sure lighter, fragile boxes are placed on top of bigger, heavier ones.
- Place cedar chips or mothballs in storage with any woolen items.
- Refrigerators and freezers should be thoroughly defrosted and stored with doors slightly open. Place an open box of baking soda inside to retard odors.
- Thoroughly clean stoves and cooking equipment before storage.
- Cover your furniture with plastic dust covers or sheets.
- Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation.
- Visit your storage space occasionally to check the condition of your belongings. Report any problems immediately.
Maximize Your Storage Space
- Break down large items such as bed frames and tables to save space. Keep all parts (such as screws and small hardware) together by placing them in a plastic bag and taping them to the item.
- To save space, fill interiors of appliances with lightweight items such as linens, clothes and stuffed toys.
- Boxes can be stacked on top of refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers and dryers.
- Stand mattresses and sofas on end (except for sofa beds).
- Store lightweight, miscellaneous items in dresser drawers.
- Use blankets, sweaters and towels as padding for fragile items.
- Only the tenant is legally allowed to enter the storage space unless other arrangements have been made with the self-storage facility. If you want friends or family to have access to your space, you must notify the storage facility in writing. Contact your Resident Manager with any questions.
- Label boxes for easy reference.
- Make an inventory of the items you store.
- Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small boxes so they are easy to lift.
- Place frequently used goods near the door.
- Leave a center aisle for easy access to all items.
- When moving out, please give at least ten days written notice, and be sure we have the correct address for mailing your deposit refund (if any). Take everything, and don’t leave any trash. Don’t forget to remove your lock and take it with you.