TV Storage Tips

TV Storage Tips

TV Storage TipsThe best case scenario for storing a TV is to place it back in the original packaging, surrounded by styrofoam and all, and store it sitting upright. This ideal case, however, is the most unlikely for most people. The following are tips for storing your TV if you don’t have the original packaging.

First things first, you’ll want at least a temperature controlled self storage unit, although ideally you’d store the TV in a climate controlled unit, for a few reasons: (1) electronics are especially sensitive to moisture, the levels of which change with temperature and humidity; (2) extreme temperature changes can cause the thin hardware components of the TV to warp, affecting the screen, circuitry, and even basic functionality. So it is imperative that you first ensure you’ll store your TV in the optimal environment.

Per packaging, most Infinite Self Storage locations carry television-specific boxes. Older, boxed TVs could fit in a regular moving box, but you’ll want to make sure you store your flat screen in a TV specific box as these are specifically designed to ensure maximum protection for flat screens. Before placing your TV in the appropriate box, you’ll want to wrap it in a dust cover to protect it from any accumulating dust and to protect your screen from scratches. The dust cover also will allow some more separation between the box and the television screen. You can use a blanket for this task, but you’ll want to ensure no hard materials, like zippers, make contact with the screen.

As an added measure of protection, visit your local electronics store to pick up some desiccant pouches. These are the pouches of silica beads you find in typical electronic packaging. They absorb moisture to create an extra dry environment and an added layer of protection against shifting humidity levels. Lastly, remove any detachable cables and stand from the television. Store it upright, with separation from other items to allow for airflow.

Following these tips should ensure optimal storage conditions for your TV. Please stop by an Infinite Storage location should you have any questions and our storage professional will make sure you have everything you need!

Tips for Storing Financial Documents

Tips for Storing Financial Documents

Tips for Storing Financial Documents

The task of storing financial documents can seem daunting at first, not only because some documents might be relevant in the foreseeable future while others virtually useless, but because typically financial documents include sensitive personal information. On top of a good organization system, storing financial documents requires a certain level of security not usually demanded of other kinds of storage. Read the following tips to get on you on the right track.

First thing’s first, for documents you don’t want to keep, destroy them: do not simply recycle or toss them in the trash. Because these documents contain sensitive information, the only safe way to dispose of these is through a shredder or incineration. If you don’t have a shredder, and don’t care about incineration, just visit Office Depot, or other office supply stores, to shred documents, as these businesses usually offer shredding services.

Physical Storage

For financial documents you won’t need access to, but should still keep in storage, just place them in filing boxes. To keep it simple and easy for the future, you might name boxes by category. For  security, a filing cabinet with a lock is the best direction to go, or even a locker where you can stack the boxes on top of each other.

On the other hand, if you want certain financial documents accessible, there are a few things you can do. Of course a filing cabinet is optimal, and then categorizing financial document types by file color. Also breaking down categories by date needed or date received could be useful.

Other, long-term financial-relevant documents you might need, like birth certificates, you can store at a safe deposit at your local bank, or purchase a safe for their keeping to protect it from possible future damages.

Digital Storage

A good way to keep your financial documents accessible while also adding an element of security is to purchase a small external hard drive. You probably won’t need more than 5 or 10 GBs, given how little space documents themselves take up, when compared to pictures and videos. With an external hard drive you can add a password protection. Another advantage is you won’t have your financial documents directly on the computer designated for everyday use. This will keep your sensitive files out of the hands of hackers and, maybe, your children. You won’t have to worry about accidentally sending the files or deleting them, as they’ll always be on the external hard drive, which you can disconnect from all devices when you don’t need access to the files stored there.

Another easy way to store sensitive documents is through the cloud, which will enable you to have access to these documents on any network-connected device. A free option is Google Drive, but there are other services like iCloud that provide similar services. You might also just want to look into getting a sensitive document storage program.

Whatever you do, remember to balance security and accessibility.

How to Avoid 3 Common Moving Scams

How to Avoid 3 Common Moving Scams

How to Avoid 3 Common Moving ScamsThe three most common moving scams all involve money. Before you continue to read about the common scams of moving companies, just know that all can be avoided, quite simply, if you sign a contract before you officially decide to hire or use moving services.

  1. Inflating Prices after Packing All Your Belongings

One thing you want to watch out for is hiring a moving company without having a contract with an established, agreed upon price for the move. If you don’t have a contract, some rogue moving companies will pack all your belongings and then require that you pay a fee two or three times larger than estimate or refuse to unpack your stuff. This is a terrible situation: avoid it at all costs!

  1. Inflating Prices after Giving an Estimate

Some dubious movers will just glance at all your belongings and give a “rough” estimate of how much moving fees and services will cost. Do not trust this, and do not base your final decision on the estimate being true. Rather, if you receive an estimate or not, do not agree to use the services of a moving company without signing a contract with an agreed upon price.

  1. Deposit Required before Moving

Lastly, unscrupulous moving companies might require a deposit before showing up to move your stuff. Never do this. This is the sure sign of a scam. Scammers will just take your deposit money and never show up. Then you’ll be out of both movers and out of money.

Signing a contract is the best way to avoid the scams listed above. But there is also more you can do to protect yourself. First of all, never give a deposit. The only time this might be necessary is if you move on a holiday, but otherwise virtually no reputable moving company will require one of you. Another thing you can do is ensure the moving company is licensed by the Department of Transportation. Simply visit their website and do some research on your movers. Additionally, the Department provides a checklist brochure so you’ll never be in the dark about whether your movers are legitimate or not. Lastly, you can always check online reviews. Chances are, if they’re scammers, other people have already reported them.

Prepare Your Motorcycle for Storage

Now that the roads are wet and icy, and a clear, warm sunlit day is as unlikely as a year-long summer season, it’s time to prepare your motorcycle for storage.


Whether you have a motorcycle that you just bought and it needs a lot of work, or a motorcycle with a new chrome finish, the most important thing you can do at the outset is clean your bike. Dirt traps moisture, and moisture causes rust. This is the number one reason that unless your bike is clean it probably isn’t ready for storage. As an extra preventative measure, once you wipe your bike clean, lightly cover all exposed metal surfaces with an oil like WD-40. As oil is hydrophobic, it will protect the surfaces most vulnerable to rust from water.

Fuel System, Engine Prep, and Tires

As with anything that runs on gas, either draining the tank of gas or supplementing the gas with a fuel additive is a necessity if you want to prevent the gas tank from rust erosion. Storing gas in the tank without running your bike all winter might cause condensation in the tank; this is one thing the fuel additive protects against.

Another preventative measure you’ll want to take is changing the oil. With old oil in your engine, gunk could build up over time as the motorcycle is stationary. Changing the oil and running your motorcycle for a few minutes so it cycles through the system will help prevent buildup in the engine. Likewise, don’t forget to double check your antifreeze, which will protect against freezing, which causes condensation, which causes erosion.

Lastly, whether you are in a climate controlled unit or a regular unit, it is difficult to raise the temperature of concrete slabs that are poured into the ground above ground temperature. When the ground freezes, as a result, the floor temperature of your unit could drop below freezing. As a result, many motorcycle enthusiasts either use center stands, which suspends their bikes in air, or roll their motorcycles onto cardboard or wood. Using a cycle stand is certainly the most ideal, given that it not only protects the tire rubber against below freezing temperatures, reducing cracks, the motorcycle stand also protects against lumps in the tires. If you cannot get a cycle stand, however, you should at least get a cardboard box, as below freezing temperature could cause your motorcycle tires to crack.

Storage Unit

For maximum protection from the elements, it is recommended that you reserve either a climate controlled or temperature controlled unit. The difference is that climate controlled units not only control temperature but also control humidity, whereas temperature controlled units just control the temperature of the unit. However, if you just have a new fixer-upper motorcycle that needs a lot of work, a regular storage unit will probably serve you well.


Prevent Bugs and Pests in Your Storage Unit

Prevent Bugs and Pests in Your Storage Unit

Prevent Bugs and Pests in Your Storage UnitThe number one fear of storage unit customers is that their prized belongings will be taken over by pests. This fear, though warranted in some areas, is preventable if you take a few crucial steps.

First Things First: Facility Measures

The first thing you want to do is know the policy of your self storage facility. Many facilities have pest control come out on a regular basis to spray the premises. Not only is this preventative measure effective at repelling pests from outside the premises entering into storage units, but regular pest control preventative measures also reduces the chances that if any given unit has a pest problem it will spread to neighboring units.

Secondly, look around the self storage facility to determine if the staff keeps the grounds in good shape. Is there trash everywhere, or are trash cans and dumpsters closed and well kept? A trash problem on facility grounds could be a huge source of attraction for pests.

You Can Prevent Pests

Mold and mildew build up in your storage unit is bad news. If you use boxes, you’ll want to elevate them off the ground. Most storage unit floors are slabs of concrete, and, of course, with no crawl space or basement, the floor temperature will parallel the fluctuating temperatures of the ground. This can cause condensation to build up on the floor and when boxes are added to the mix you might create a stew of wet paper, mold, and a crowd-pleasing environment for pests. Storing boxes on crates is ideal for pest prevention.

You will also want to use furniture wraps for major items and store clothing in containers. Any upholstery item is particularly susceptible to changes in temperature and pest infestation. Plastic containers for smaller items are perfect protection from outside pests. The key is to create separation between your items and the self storage unit floor.

And, lastly, if you are really paranoid about pests, there are multiple pest prevention products sold at general stores. But if the self storage location is relatively clean and has pest control regular visit for preventative measures, you should have nothing to worry about.

Tips for Moving with Pets

Tips for Moving with PetsWith all the boxes, fragiles, and furniture you’ll pack into the moving truck, it’s easy to lump your pet’s belongings with everything else. But your pet’s belongings are key to comforting your pet during this time of change. As you think about moving, don’t forget your pet. Below are two important pieces to making the move with your pet as smooth as possible.

The Vet

Before you move, you’ll want to make sure you have your pet’s vaccination records, especially if you’re moving to an apartment. If you schedule a check-up with your pet you can get any records your missing and, more importantly, you can check the state of your pet’s health to ensure it can handle the stress of moving, especially if the move covers a long distance. Some vets will even provide a sedative. If you haven’t yet, be sure to schedule a vet checkup before your move, so that you will have all the relevant information on your pet, including its current state of health, and any extra tools that might make the move easier.

Your Pet’s Belongings

Moving day can be as stressful for your pet as it is for you. In the rush to move everything, you might be tempted to just throw all your pet’s toys and beds into a box and move them out with everything else. This will only exacerbate your pet’s anxiety. Your pet’s belongings have its scent, and this scent is an important signal to your pet that they are in a familiar place. When things get stressful, your pet will look for familiar things and places to comfort it. Taking your pet’s belongings away at the beginning of the move will make a bad situation worse, as it will leave your pet without the comfort of familiarity. Confine most of your pet’s things to a room and leave your pet with them while you move everything. This will help ease the transition to the new place.

While comforting your pet in a time of change, your pet’s belongings will also play an important role in introducing it to its new home. Introduce your pet to its new home by furnishing a room with its belongings, which already contains it scent, so that the new environment will already contain elements of familiarity. This will reduce the shock of transition and create a welcoming environment in a new space.

Tips for Packing Boxes for Storage

Tips for Packing Boxes

Tips for Packing Boxes for StoragePacking boxes for storage is not rocket science, although without some experience doing it you might make minor mistakes that, over time, become considerable problems. The following tips will help you pack boxes to prepare for moving or long-term storage.

 Should we take our boxes from the attic or garage and place them directly in storage?

When people place things in storage around their homes, whether in the garage or in the attic, generally much thought isn’t given to the organization of the things inside the boxes or the condition of the boxes themselves. Whether you should repack boxes you have in storage around your home will depend on how long you have used these boxes and what is inside them. If your box is falling apart, you should just automatically recycle it and get a new one, because moving the box from place to place shouldn’t be an anxiety-filled affair. If the items within the boxes are delicate, you’ll want to replace the box anyway, because if the box is exposed to different levels of humidity or temperatures, the box could break down more and expose its elements to the elements. Generally you will need to repack things you have had in the storage of your garage or attic.

 Can I just use any kind of tape for these boxes?

Packing tape uses a specific adhesive that sticks especially well to boxes and paper materials. Use packing tape and not duct tape or masking tape might save you from a headache later. For instance, duct tape, if not completely sealed to any area on the box, is known to peel off over time by itself. The fine particles on boxes can cover the adhesive layer on duct tape without forming a bond, rendering the duct tape useless. The same is true for masking tape. Different adhesives are designed to bond with different kinds of materials, this is why it is best to use packing tape over any other kind of tape when you are preparing your boxes for storage.

 How much stuff should I pack in each box?

Generally it is not recommended to pack more than 30 pounds in a box. But depending on what is inside, it might be wise to aim lower than that mark. Be sure to fill spaces in between objects with paper so that the contents to do move around when the box is moved from place to place. Generally bubble wrap for fragile items works well and paper for anything else. Pack the boxes tightly, filling in spaces with packing paper.


Three Places to Store Your Spare Keys

Improvements in technology haven’t really solved the old, eternal dilemma: where to put the spare key. Hiding it is imperative, but keeping it accessible, and in a memorable spot, is difficult. We recommend 3 easy, accessible places to hide your key in plain sight.

Car floor mat

As long as you don’t lose your car keys, your car floor mat is a great place to keep your spare key. It’s so great because, presumably, your car will be wherever you are.

Wind Chime

It may be unorthodox to hide your spare key in plain sight, but it’s perhaps a most effective method, given certain constraints. Attaching your key to a wind chime gives you accessibility and also an alarm. If anyone is attempting to take your key, you’ll hear it. On the other hand, every time your wind chime rings you might be tempted to peek outside. It’s a worthy sport for consideration, though.

Pet or Pet House

This may not just be unorthodox, but downright heresy. So long as you have the spare key on a keychain loop, you can attach it to almost anything. Consider placing the key either on the collar of a pet or in an outside pet house. That way, the spare key has a guard, and it’ll come to you when called.

Wherever you hide your spare keys, just make sure you don’t forget where they are, and keep them in accessible locations. That way, next time you get locked out, getting back into your apartment or home won’t be a nightmare.

Simple Rules for Self Storage

Simple Rules for Self Storage

Simple Rules for Self StorageWhen making the decision to use a storage unit for personal or business use, you’ll want to be aware that every storage business  prohibits the storage of certain items to protect the storage units,  staff, and other customers. If you have any questions about whether an item is permissible, ask your storage manager or someone on staff. Self storage professionals are your guide to the specifics of self storage local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Combustible, Flammable, Hazardous, or Toxic Materials

Any object that is considered inherently dangerous, like those that cause fires or explosions, are usually prohibited. These items include gasoline, paint, cleaners, compressed gas, lamp, and motor oil fertilizers, among other things.

Cars and Tires

If the self storage location has a space for vehicles, you should have no problem storing your vehicle as long as it is in safe operative conditions and is registered and insured. If you want to store tires only, be sure to check the number that you are allowed to store. Most storage units have a limit because tire disposal costs.

Perishable Food and Animal Food

Perishable food, animal food, and meats are not allowed in storage units because these foods can spoil and attract pests. Canned food goods however are allowed to be stored in the typical storage unit.

Asking a self storage professional is the best way to determine what you can and cannot store at any self storage location. If you have any questions, contact one of our self storage professionals today!

Self Storage for Beginners

Self Storage for Beginners

Self Storage for BeginnersMoving can be tough. To reduce hassle, many people choose to temporarily use self storage units to store items that won’t be put to use for a while. This is especially true if remodeling projects are on the horizon for the new home. The following quick tips will help those who don’t have experience using self-storage units.

Couches and Beds

Utilize furniture coverings to protect from dust and mildew. Larger coverings or bags can usually be purchased at storage facilities. When storing a mattress or couch, be aware of whether you’ve positioned them too close to other furniture. Over long periods of time, color transfer between items becomes a possibility.

Tables, Dressers, and Chairs

If a chair or table does not disassemble, place a moving blanket on the floor and store the chair or table with the legs in the air. If the chair or table does disassemble, wrap each part in plastic or bubble wrap to prevent damage. When moving dressers you can use the drawers for more fragile items. This is recommended only if you can lock or wrap the dresser doors closed.

Use lots of plastic and bubble wrap to protect the corners, especially your more valuable items. Use cotton and canvas tarps to avoid dust on furniture. These covering will also allow for airflow. Using pallets in the unit  to raise your furniture off the ground will prevent damage from moisture. You can also put down a tarp on the ground to collect moisture.

Lamps, TV’s, and General Storage

When moving lamps, wrap the bases in bubble wrap or a moving blanket. Place lamp covers in loose plastic, cotton, or bubble wrap and store them in boxes.

You can never be too careful with larger flat screen TVs and computer monitors. Temperature controlled units are the best option to protect these, and other electronics, from damage that may be caused by extreme temperature fluctuations.

Make sure that you properly plan for your moving or putting personal items in storage. It is vital that the proper plan is in place so that you save money as well as time. If you have any questions regarding the use of your unit, contact your friendly, professional Infinite Self Storage management team.