Q. What size storage unit should I rent?
- 5 x 5 (25 sq. ft.) Hall closet, small bedroom or office – Boxes, clothing, small furniture, toys, or about 50 file boxes
- 5 x 10 (50 sq. ft.) Walk-in closet – Mattress set, sofa, chest of drawers, dining room set
- 10 x 10 (100 sq. ft.) Average size bedroom – Furnishings of a one-bedroom apartment
- 10 x 12 (120 sq. ft.) Average size bedroom and a closet – Furnishings of a large one-bedroom apartment
- 10 x 15 (150 sq. ft.) Large bedroom – Furnishings from a two-bedroom apartment or small house
- 10 x 20 (200 sq. ft.) One car garage – Furnishings from a 3 or 4 bedroom house with appliances, boxes, etc.
- 10 x 25 (250 sq. ft.) Extra large garage – Furnishings from a 4 or 5 bedroom house
Q. Why rent with a member of the Texas Self Storage Association?
Using a TSSA member assures you that your interests (not just the facility owner’s) will be protected by TSSA’s nationally-recognized standardized rental contract. TSSA’s members agree to abide by a code of ethics as a condition of membership, and are typically well educated about self-storage laws and consumer rights.
Q. What are some tips for getting the most out of my storage?
- Use the best lock possible to protect your valuables.
- Purchase insurance on your property, either through the facility or with your own agent. Remember that the storage operator does not insure your goods.
- Remember to give at least 10 days written notice before you plan to move out of your unit. This is required by the contract you sign!
- Don’t store prohibited items such as tires, food, or flammable items. Check the storage facility’s rules or your contract for a complete list.
- Your property could be sold at a public auction if you stop paying rent on your unit. Texas Property Code Chapters 59 and 70 dictate the state’s rules for self-storage operators.
Q. How should I pack my items?
- Fill boxes to capacity. Partially full or bulging boxes may collapse or tip over while stored.
- Label your cartons and goods. This will make accessing items much easier.
- Books and documents: Pack books flat to protect spines; use small boxes to avoid cartons that are too heavy to move easily. Put heavy items on bottom.
- Dishes and glassware: Glass items should be individually wrapped; use blank wrapping paper for best results; “nest” cups and bowls, stand plates and platters; fill air pockets with wrapping paper or foam peanuts; don’t put breakables under other boxes.
- Mirrors, windows, screens: Wrap all glass well; store on edge, not flat.
- Lamps: Pack lamp shades separately; use blank paper to wrap lamp shades and other property that may be damaged by ink stains from regular newsprint.
- Furniture: Stand sofas and mattresses on end; disassemble beds and tables; wrap legs in wrapping paper; keep upholstery off floor; place loose, light plastic dust covers or sheets over furniture.
- Appliances and electronics: Clean appliances thoroughly. Refrigerators and freezers must be defrosted and dry and washing machines completely drained. Remove doors of appliances and store separately; desiccants (drying agents) should be used and containers checked and emptied regularly. Take apart lawn mowers and snow blowers, making sure all the fuel is completely drained.
- Bicycles: Wipe a few drops of oil on bicycles and tools to prevent rusting, then store these items away from furniture to avoid oil staining.
- Clothes: Wardrobe boxes allow you to store your clothing on hangers. Shoes can be stored in the bottom of the wardrobe boxes, while folded clothing can be stored in boxes or dresser drawers.
- Put pallets or a grid of 2’ x 3’s on the unit floor to give better air circulation under goods; leave a walkway/aisle to the rear of the unit. Don’t over pack the unit!