If you’ve got belongings in a storage unit, you’ve also probably got them wrapped up, elevated, and stacked in such a way as to totally protect them from anything you can think of. There’s lots of information about how to prepare your belongings for storage, but what about getting them out of storage? It’s not just a matter of grabbing things from the unit and putting them into a moving truck. Take a few minutes to go through some simple steps to ensure you don’t bring any problems home with you.
When you start removing things from the storage unit, you’ll quickly reach those items that have been buried under stacks of other boxes, or those items that have been sitting in corners. Do not reach in blindly and grab edges of the boxes. If those boxes have been sitting for a while, there’s the chance bugs might have made a home behind them. Even the cleanest storage units can sometimes find that bugs have gotten in by hitching a ride on other people’s stuff, or by simply being good climbers.
Don’t risk a bite. Grab a visible portion of the box and inch it out toward you enough so that you can rotate it to see more of the box’s surface area. Grab only those parts of the box that you can see. Wear gloves, too.
Before placing the box into your car or moving truck, look over each side for new holes. If vermin have somehow gotten into the unit — and again, this can happen if another storage unit renter brings them in — they could chew a hole in one of your boxes and make a home inside. This is not very common in good storage facilities, but it is a risk anywhere you go. Isolate those boxes that seem to have some damage. Remember that holes and tears can form as you move the boxes, too, so don’t panic just yet.
Open the damaged boxes outside and in an area where you have room to jump away if you need to. You might also want to get one of the workers in the storage facility office as the facility might have its own procedure for dealing with potential pests.
Even if the boxes all seem fine, there may be some dust on them, especially if the boxes have been in storage for a while. Take magnetic dust cloths with you and quickly wipe off each box; if you wrapped them in plastic before putting them in storage, you might want to remove the plastic before bringing the boxes into your new home.
If you want more pointers on how to remove items from storage without creating more problems, contact storage facilities in your area. They’ve seen it all, and good facilities will be able to give you tips on keeping everything safe and sound.