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Stuck holding the box? Store your personal belongings with us!

Life has a way of throwing curve balls, and when greeted with an unexpected event, we want to help you adjust. When you find you’ve run out of space for your belongings, need to keep valuable items secure or are in a transition period with your family, self storage might be the answer.

SmartStop® Self Storage offers personal storage solutions that are convenient for residents throughout the United States and Canada. Whether you’re relocating, renovating, or reorganizing, we provide a secure way to store your personal belongings. Plus, with $1 move-in specials, you can store your items without breaking the bank.


Need more reasons to store?

I hear your home is on the market. Self storage is a great option for homeowners about to sell their house. Storage rentals can be used to de-clutter a living space and make it appear large and open. Ample space is a big hit with potential buyers and could result in getting you a higher sale price. When you remove the clutter from your home, you keep your buyer focused on the beauty and potential of your house.

Is your new home still being finalized? You might be in the process of building your new home. If you are like most people, you’d prefer not to burden your friends and relatives with all of your personal items. The flexibility of renting storage units month-to-month makes us a great option when unexpected issues mess with your move-in date.

Do you love to getaway? If you have a passion for traveling or spend a lot of time out of town for work, you may feel uncomfortable leaving your house unoccupied for a long period of time. Without a trusted buddy to check in on your home, you can secure your treasured belongings in a self storage unit until you get back.

Do your hobbies and interests require lots of space? Are you into sports with bulky equipment like camping gear, kayaking, snowboarding or mountain biking? Are you a master quilter with bolts of unique fabric? A secure, climate controlled storage unit is the perfect room away from home for people whose hobbies are bigger than their homes can fit. Or maybe for those families with small children who might touch or break your items, keeping them out of reach is the way to go.


Personal Storage Checklist Guide

We also offer storage locks, boxes and storage supplies to make your move more convenient. Our moving checklist is a great tool to keep you on track.

Moving Checklist

6 weeks before move day 

Schedule connection of utility services at your new apartment or home (if applicable), including:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Sewage
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Trash disposal
  • Other

Schedule the disconnection of utility services at your old apartment or home.

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Sewage
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Trash disposal
  • Other

File a change of address with the Post Office and learn about Mail Forwarding at your local Post Office or at the US/Canada Post website.

Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, carpet and drapes if you’re moving from an apartment. (Let’s get back as much of your security deposit as possible.)

Arrange for cleaning and home repairs you are required to do if you’re selling your home.

Prepare to set aside time daily to pack your boxes between now and move day. Remember to label them by contents and what room they belong in.

Donate, sell or throw out anything you don’t want to move.

Begin eating any stored food in your pantry. The more you can clear that out, the less you have to move.

Moving your belongings to a self storage unit temporarily or as an addition to your home. 

Make any preparations to store your belongings. reserve self storage unit (we recommend moving into your unit one week before your big move if you are using a self storage in addition to moving into your home.)

  • Reserve movers or a moving truck
  • Start collecting moving and storage boxes
  • Buy lock / tape / packing supplies

Moving to directly to your new apartment or home.

Make any preparations for your move.

  • Reserve movers or a moving truck
  • Start collecting moving boxes
  • Buy tape / packing supplies

4 weeks before move day

Gather important personal records including medical and dental, school records, legal and financial documents, birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.

Continue to pack your boxes between now and move day. Remember to label them by contents and what room they belong in. If you find more items to donate, sell or throw out. Now is the time to do it.

Get your car tuned-up and ready for the drive.

Continue eating up any stored food in your pantry. The more you can clear that out, the less you have to move.

Request time off from work for move day.

If it’s feasible to plan where your furniture will go into your new place. Now is a good time to start the plan. Moving your furniture directly into the room where they will need to be in helps you get settled in faster.

2 weeks before move day

Return any borrowed items and retrieve items borrowed from you.

Print maps and directions for you and your movers.

Prepare auto registrations for transfer if you are moving to another state.

 Notify auto insurance 

Notify renter’s insurance

Pack out-of-season clothing and anything you won’t need for a while.

Coordinate any child care or pet care schedules for move day. 

Notify credit card company if you are moving far away.

Confirm movers and other reservations. 

Schedule the cancellation of any services for your old home.

  • Newspaper delivery
  • Gardener
  • House cleaner
  • Pool maintenance
  • Other regular deliveries
  • Other

1 week before move day

Send out change-of-address notifications to anyone that needs to contact you at your new address. Including magazine subscriptions financial institutions and other organizations.

Assemble a backpack with your checkbook, credit cards, reservation/confirmation numbers, identification, flashlight, keys, mobile phone charger, snacks and bottled water. (These will stay with you while traveling in your car.) 

Disassemble furniture as needed. Remember to put hardware in labeled bags or tupperware. Keep them with the furniture parts if possible.

Moving your belongings to a self storage unit temporarily or as an addition to your home.

Move your items to be stored in a self storage unit into it’s temporary home. (Don’t worry, they will be safe, and waiting for you when you come for them. Your move is in a week, so now that these are out of the way, you can focus on moving the rest.)

If you’re storing a refrigerator, empty, defrost and clean it 24 hours before it goes into storage. (Save on storage space and use the space inside the refrigerator too)

Moving to directly to your new apartment or home.

Pack up anything you won’t need for the coming week. Make sure to label your boxes so you can find what you need once all of your things are at your new place. Remember to label the contents and the room they go into. 

1 day before move day

Have an adequate amount of cash for any travel expenses you cannot pay for with a credit card. 

Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator and freezer at least 24 hours before moving day. 

Disconnect and prepare major appliances. Separate anything that will travel in your car. 

Pack a box of items that you will need right away at your new home or apartment and label this box “load last”.

Check every room one last time before deciding everything is loaded. 

Charge mobile phones and other devices you will be traveling with.

Disassemble the last of the furniture as needed. Remember to put hardware in labeled bags or tupperware. Keep them with the furniture parts if possible.

Get plenty of sleep. 

MOVE DAY!

Pick up the moving truck (if you rented one).

Take your movers or helpers through the house to go over the game plan. 

Walk through the empty space to make sure nothing was left behind. Look behind every door, cabinet and drawer.

Turn off all lights and lock up windows and doors before you leave.

Fill your stomach and your gas tank to full. (Drive safely.)

Moving to directly to your new apartment or home. 

Direct your movers or helpers on where to put everything.

Check utilities and do a quick visual inspection if you haven’t done so before move day. 

Assemble the furniture you need right away.

Start Unpacking

ALL MOVED IN! 

It’ll take some time to settle in and get a feel for your new home or apartment and your surrounding neighborhood. But it will be fun! Enjoy your new home or apartment. 

There are so many reasons self storage is right for you. When you’re ready to store, think of SmartStop® Self Storage. We have great prices, and a location near you.

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