FAQ for our self storage units

Storage FAQ

Q: How do I select the right storage space for me?
A: American Mini Storage is a convenient, safe, and inexpensive way to store your belongings. Rental of storage space is determined by the total size of the items being stored. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use the space, a larger, well organized space with racks and file boxes may be more convenient and cost efficient. It also might be helpful for you to view our Storage Unit Size Estimator.

Q: Are there any items that I can't store?
A: Yes. State laws and common sense determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your American Mini Storage space. If you have any questions about storing a specific item, ask our American Mini Storage professionals for assistance.

Items you should never store in a public storage facility include, but are not limited to, the following items:

  • Live animals
  • Liquids
  • Explosives
  • Flammable liquids and fuels
  • Toxic materials
  • Perishables
  • Illegal drugs
  • Food items
  • Other items that need a controlled environment

Q: Can I store my gasoline powered tools and vehicles?
A: Yes. You can store gasoline powered tools and vehicles like lawn mowers, power tools, boats, snowmobiles, and cars. But since it is illegal to store gasoline you must drain all gasoline before storing.

Q: How do I prepare appliances for storage?
A: To save space, fill interiors of appliances with linens, clothes and stuffed toys.

Refrigerator:

A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar to prevent mold growth. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers.

Stoves:

Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before being stored.

Washing Machine:

Stuff towels between the washing machine and the inner tub of the washing machine to keep the tub from rotating.

Vacuums:

Remove and discard vacuum cleaner bags before storing.

Q: How do I prepare furniture for storage?
A: To prepare furniture for storage:

Sofas, Mattresses, and Beds:

Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds. Keep and leave parts in a safe place. Sofa or pullout beds should not be stored on their sides. Protect mattresses and furniture with pads and covers.

Tables:

Disassemble tables and wrap table legs in paper. Wrap and mark all pieces for easier re-assembly. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up.

Shelves:

Disassemble shelves. Wrap and mark all pieces for easier re-assembly.

Dressers:

Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small delicate items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Maximize storage space by storing miscellaneous items in dresser drawers. Dresser drawers are especially good for storing fragile items. Fill the drawers with collectibles and other fragile items and use blankets, sweaters and towels for padding.

Chairs:

Most lightweight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on tables that cannot be disassembled.

All Furniture:

Wax wood furniture before storing it. Use sheets or cotton cloth to cover furniture.

Q: How do I pack mirrors, windows, pictures, screens and other flat items?
A: To pack mirrors, windows, pictures, screens and other flat items:

  • Wrap mirrors and pictures with paper pads, cardboard, or mirror boxes. Label the items and mark them as "FRAGILE." Stand them straight up... never flat.
  • Mirrors, windows, screens, and other flat items should be stored on their sides, never flat.

Q: How do I pack containers?
A: To pack containers:

  • Fill containers to capacity. Partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse.
  • Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small boxes so they are easy to lift.
  • Protect your fragile goods with packing (e.g., bubble wrap or wrapping paper) and place them near the top of your storage space.
  • Seal boxes completely with packing tape. This will help keep out dust.

Q: How do I pack electronics?
A: To pack electronics:

  • When you disassemble electronics such as computers and stereos (items that have numerous cables), place small colored stickers on the cable and the same color sticker where the cable goes.
  • If possible, use the original packing for electronic items.

Q: How do I protect my collectible or breakable items?
A: To protect your collectible or breakable items:

  • Wrap your collectibles and pack them in a box. Fill empty spaces in the box with newspaper, bubble wrap or packing foam.
  • When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This will keep you from mistaking them for the excess paper you used to fill the box.

Q: How do I know what is in a box after I've packed it?
A: To know what is in a box after it has been packed:

  • Label your boxes on several sides for easy locating.
  • Prepare a list of the labeled boxes and their contents for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.

Q: How do I pack my storage space to best protect my belongings and for easiest access?
A: To properly pack your storage space:

  • Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation.
  • Place a pallet on concrete floors.
  • Don't lean items against the walls and doors.
  • Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access.
  • Leave a center aisle for easy access to all items.
  • Use all the space available, including height.
  • Place frequently used items near the door.

Q: Should I protect my items from pests?
A: While American Mini Storage units are among the cleanest and best maintained self storage facilities available, pests can pose a problem in storage units just as they do in many homes and businesses. To prevent damage from pests we recommend you use over-the-counter pest control products, such as ant traps.

Q: Are my belongings insured?
A: Regarding your belongings being insured:

  • American Mini Storage provides space that you can use like an annex to your home or business, but your items may or may not be covered by your homeowner insurance policy while in storage. We suggest you contact your insurance company about this.
  • Tenants are responsible for insuring their own belongings in storage.
  • Review your homeowners or renters policy to see if your items are already covered while in storage. If not, you might want to consider buying additional coverage.
  • The storage professionals at American Mini Storage can provide you with information provided by a company that specializes in self-storage insurance.

Q: How do I prepare clothes for storage?
A: To prepare clothes for storage:

  • If storing wool items, use cedar chips or mothballs to prevent moth damage.
  • Keep your out-of-season clothes accessible. You may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated.
  • Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe carton.

Q: Is there anything I need to do to prepare my unit before I move in?
A: Your American Mini Storage unit will be clean and ready for move in. But you might still want to prepare the unit by placing plastic on the floor under your goods. You might also consider placing pallets on the floor. Your American Mini Storage professional will be happy to help you.

Q: Can I pack my belongings in plastic bags?
A: Because humidity can gather in plastic bags and cause damage to your goods, we recommend that you avoid storing your belongings in plastic bags -- especially if you're in a unit that is not air conditioned.

Find the right storage unit for all your stuff at American Mini Storage