STORAGE GUIDE

Large or Small, We Have The Size That’s Just Right!
Storage Guide
*Size
Storage Units
Examples of what will fit**
5 x 5 Small furniture, a chest of drawers, boxes and small items.
5 x 10 Furnishings from a studio or a small one-bedroom apartment; mattress set, sofa, dining room set and boxes.
10 x 10 Furnishings from a one or two-bedroom apartment; refrigerator, washer-dryer, patio furniture, many boxes, and other items.
10 x 15 Furnishings from a two or three-bedroom apartment or house; appliances, patio furniture, many boxes or a vehicle or small boat.
10 x 20 Furnishings from a three or four-bedroom apartment or house; appliances, patio furniture, many boxes or a vehicle or small boat.
10 x 25 Furnishings from a three or four-bedroom apartment or house; appliances, patio furniture, many boxes or a vehicle or small boat.
* All sizes are approximate. Unit size does not refer to net interior nor clear usable space. Please inspect your unit to assure your space fits your needs.
** Amount will vary based upon the size of your contents and belongings.

CHECKLIST

•    Review your relocation package if you have one, and determine what expenses will be paid by your company.
•    Start a log of moving expense receipts (some may be tax deductible).

•    Get written estimates from moving companies, including their written commitment of pickup and delivery dates.  Get references.  Check the limits of insurance they offer, and if it covers replacement cost.  Purchase additional insurance if necessary.
•    Arrange for storage facility, if you plan to store any contents.  Again, check insurance.
•    Arrange transport service for pets or automobiles if needed.
•    Contact your bank and arrange transfer of your accounts; order checks with new address; clean out your safety deposit box.
•    Submit change-of-address forms to the post office; mail postcards to friends & creditors.
•    Give day care center proper notice of withdrawal.
•    Contact schools and arrange for transfer of student records.
•    Contact your doctors for medical records and possible referrals to new physicians.
•    Change your insurance policies on property, auto and medical.
•    Organize all important documents in a fire-safe box.  Some things you want to include are school records, home purchase/sale papers, will, marriage/divorce papers, pet documents, financial records, stock certificates, social security cards, birth certificates, and passports.
•    Give notice of resignation to any clubs, organizations or volunteer activities you belong to.
•    Cancel newspaper subscriptions.
•    Arrange for hotels, rental cars or temporary housing as needed.

2 Weeks Before the Move

•    Take a ruthless walk-through to determine what you really want to take.
•    Tag the rest of it and hold a garage sale; or call a charity for pick-up.
•    Clean out club, gym and school lockers; pick up all dry cleaning.
•    Arrange for the disconnection or changeover of utilities.
•    Have measurements taken of the rooms in your new residence and use floorplans to determine where everything will go.
•    Begin packing less-used items.  Number and label each box, and keep an inventory.  For more valuable information, see our packing tips.
•    Retrieve and return all borrowed items from neighbors & friends; return library books.
•    Clean out the cupboards & plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don’t need, and don’t buy any more perishables than you have to.

1 Week Before the Move

•    Make an inventory list of all items going with you personally.   Keep valuable and irreplaceable items such as jewelry and heirlooms with you, not movers.
•    Confirm arrangements and dates with moving & storage companies.
•    Confirm arrangements with auto & pet transportation companies.
•    Confirm hotel, rental car or temporary housing accommodations.
•    Clean out and defrost the deep freezer.
•    Disassemble furniture or others items.
•    Be sure to check yard and sheds for all items to pack.
•    Inform all friends & relatives of your forwarding address.   If your phone service won’t be instantaneous, arrange for a temporary voice mailbox; some long distance providers such as Sprint and MCI offer 1-800 voice mail numbers.
•    Take pictures of furniture or get fabric samples for anything you will want to reference for color or decorating before your goods are delivered to your new home.
•    Set aside a box of cleaning supplies and the vaccuum cleaner.
•    Begin making a “Survival Box” for the move.  This should include paper, pens, stamps, envelopes, cellophane & heavy duty tape, scissors, tape measure, paper cups, ziplock bags, paper plates & towels, plastic utensils, facial & toilet tissue, instant coffee or tea, cream/sugar, soap, moist towelettes, aspirin, bandaids, can opener, bottled water, travel alarm, flashlight, small tools kit, trash bags, snacks or drinks, children’s games, address book, spare car keys, phone books for the city you are leaving and your destination.

1-2 Days Before the Move

•    Clean and defrost refrigerator and freezer.
•    Purchase traveler’s checks for trip expenses.
•    Reconcile and close bank accounts, unless you will be using another branch of the same bank.
•    Conclude financial matters relating to the sale or lease of your home.
•    Movers or your family should complete packing of all household goods for the move.  Make sure are boxes are clearly marked.

Moving Day

•    Confirm delivery address, directions and delivery date with the movers.
•    Carefully supervise the move.  Make sure boxes are clearly marked and your instructions are understood.
•    Clean the home and check entire grounds before leaving.
•    Check thermostat and make sure temperature is set appropriately.  Make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked, and all appliances are turned off.  Leave forwarding address, garage door openers and any keys, if agreed to, for the new owners or renters.
•    If your home is going to be vacant when you leave, make sure a relative, neighbor or real estate agent has the keys and how to contact you.  Also, notify your insurance agent and police department that the home will be empty.

Arrival Day

•    Check to make sure all utilities are on and working properly.
•    Let family members or friends know you have arrived safely.  Check in with your employer and real estate agent to confirm itineraries.
•    Supervise moving crew on location of furniture and boxes.  Begin unpacking necessary basics first – basic kitchen utensils, bath toiletries, etc.
•    Give the kids a job to do – let them start on their rooms.  Usually, the kitchen and the kids rooms are the best to set up first, as it helps them feel at home.
•    Go over the Bill of Lading from the moving company very carefully before signing; check for damaged items first, as this is usually binding once signed.

Now relax, order dinner out, and take a long hot bath….you deserve it!

SUPPLIES

A-Zinn Storage has all the moving supplies you’ll need; from boxes to tape and padlocks. If we don’t have it, you don’t need it. We’ve got prices that make our competition just look greedy.

• Small Box 16-3/8″ x 12″ x 12-5/8″ (1.5 c.f.) —- $1.75
• Medium Box 18″ x 18″ x 16.5″ (3.1 c.f.) —- $2.75
• Large Box 24″ x 18″ x 18″ (4.5 c.f.) —- $3.25
• X-Large Box 24″ x 18″ x 24″ (6.0 c.f.) —- $3.75
• 2″ x 55yd. Clear Poly —- $1.85
• Economy Tape Dispenser —- $3.40
• Tape/Cutter Combo (3 Rolls) —- $8.95
• Disc Lock —- $10.00
• Laminated Steel Padlock (2″ Shackle) —- $5.00

TIPS

Here are some helpful suggestions to keep your valuables and keepsakes stored safely. For more suggestions and storage supplies, please see the on-site manager and your storage location.

•    Plan your storage space. Place those items that you need to get to often in the front. Allow for walkways.
•    Completely fill each box with your heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
•    Try to keep your boxes in uniform sizes. They are much easier to stack that way.
•    Drain all gas and oil from engines in lawnmowers, tillers, etc.
•    Label ALL boxes for easy identification.
•    Leave a small space between the wall and your storage items to allow for ventilation.
•    Pack your boxes and other items as close together as possible to avoid moisture accumulating between them.
•    Use a HIGH QUALITY lock, preferably a “disc lock”, for your unit. They are much harder to break or cut keeping your valuables as safe as possible.
•    Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
•    Use uniform size boxes for easy stacking. BE SURE they’re strong enough to hold 25-30 lbs. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
•    List contents of boxes on all four sides, number the boxes, seal with masking tape or glued paper tape.
•    Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
•    Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in packing paper and placed in dish pack boxes. Stack those on top.
•    Place your storage items on 2″ x 4″ boards or VisiQueen to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
•    CAUTION: It is against the law to store materials that are HAZARDOUS or COMBUSTIBLE such as gasoline, solvents, paint, etc. Drain our all remaining gasoline from lawn mowers, power tools, boats, snowmobiles, etc.
•    Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror crates marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
•    Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for knickknacks, china, silverware and small items. Wrap in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
•    Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
•    Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.
•    Tables with removable legs should be “broken down” to save space.
•    Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective waterproof cover under the end on the floor. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.
•    Cover stuffed furniture with dust cover to protect against dust.
•    If you stand mattresses on end, be sure to “prop” them up to stand straight or they may bend out of shape and become lumpy.

ABOUT US

A-Zinn Storage is a state-of-the-art storage facility located in Kemah TX. Featuring a wide variety of storage solutions.

• Climate Control—-Protect your goods from the changes in daily temperatures and high humidity.
• Clean Units—-So you can move your goods right in.
• Pest Control—-To protect your belongings.
• Car and Boat Parking—-Large units to accommodate vehicles and boats.
• Wide driveways, doors, hallways and loading carts ensure easy access.
• Variety of Sizes—-Use our Storage Guide to estimate the size you will need.
• Gated Access—-Restricts access to tenants only.
• Computerized record keeping.
• Convenient Office Hours to serve you better.
• Packing and Storage Material.
• Insurance Information Available.

 Hours of Operation

• Mon-Fri:  10am – 6pm

• Sat:  10am – 1pm

• Sun: Closed

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