Thursday, August 17, 2017

Step By Step Self Storage Tips

Woman Packing Boxes for Self Storage Unit
Woman Packing Boxes for Self Storage Unit

If you’re new to the self storage realm, it’s important to know the tried and true ways to make the most of your self storage experience before you get started. We’ve been in the game for a long while (The Lock Up started in 1976), and we’ve learned a thing or two in that time that we’d like to impart to any of you just starting on your self storage journey. Let’s start with how to choose the self storage solution that’s best for you.


Location, location, location

This is a key choice in your self storage experience. You don’t want to have to drive out into the middle of nowhere for your stored items when you need them. The Lock Up has strategically placed facilities in centrally located hubs of metropolitan activity. This allows our tenants to be able to include accessing their stored belongings into their daily routine. Drop kids off at school, pick up dry cleaning, drop off the box of summer clothes at The Lock Up, go to the market. This is how we contribute to an easy daily errand life flow. Visit the Locations section of our website to find The Lock Up’s facility that’s nearest to you.

Choose Wisely

Once you’ve found the right facility for you, the next decisions are what type of unit you need and what size should it be.

Depending on the facility, The Lock Up has a few choices when it comes to the type of unit you can select. There are drive up units, units inside the facilities and some locations have mezzanine units or even wine storage. What you need to store will dictate this choice.

You must also consider what size unit will suit your needs. We offer a handy online guide to show you how much stuff can fit into our available sizes. You will see all these options and easily be able to secure your storage unit directly on our website, simply select the location you’re interested in and it’s all laid out for you.

One of the biggest concerns a new tenant may have is whether or not to secure a climate controlled unit. We say yes! For that reason, all Lock Up Self Storage facilities have expertly tuned climate controlled units that provide the perfect storage environment free of fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels. Yes, there are some facilities that have options that are not fully climate controlled, but often even those have, at the bare minimum, enough heat throughout a winter to provide protection to your belongings.

When making these choices, we highly recommend that you think into the future. Consider what might be going on in your life 6 months, a year, two years down the line. If you are planning on growing your family, if you are planning on downsizing, you might end up needing more space than you currently do, or needing a fully climate controlled unit to protect your sensitive belongings in the future. It’s best to secure a unit that will suit your needs now and into the future. Remember, with such affordable rental rates, you can save yourself the hassle of having to move all of your belongings from one unit to another in the midst of a big life change.


Box It Up

When prepping all your belongings that you want to move into your unit, we cannot stress enough how important it is to pack items properly.

Boxes are the best method for containing your belongings. It doesn’t matter whether you use cardboard boxes or plastic bins, you just want to be sure that you have boxes that can be carried easily and are sturdy enough to be stacked on top of each other. This will keep your unit organized and accessible. Clear plastic bins are helpful because they allow you to see what’s inside, however you should never rely on that alone. Be sure to clearly label any and all boxes that you intend on storing. Use some masking tape and a permanent marker on the outside of every box and write the contents on it.

If you are in need of specialized boxes for items such as mirrors or glassware, you can visit your Lock Up facility and find all your packing needs. Boxes, bubble wrap, tape, you need it…we have it.

When packing your boxes, you want to place heavier items on the bottom, lighter items on top. Fill boxes fairly snugly so that items don’t jostle about during transportation. And be sure to add padding to the top before sealing up a box, especially when it comes to cardboard boxes. This will prevent boxes from caving in when you stack them. If you have lots of books, be sure to pack them flat in smaller boxes so that the boxes aren’t too heavy to lift.

As with most things, there are exceptions to the rule: sometimes boxes aren’t the perfect solution. For example, if you’re storing fluffy winter bedding, you’d be wasting space if you put that into a box. Instead, opt for a vacuum sealed storage bag. These will compress items such as pillows, comforters, and winter sweaters into flat, compact units that you can stack on top of one another.

Take Stock

Before you load everything into your storage unit, it’s a wise idea to make a list of every single thing that you’ll be storing. While although all of our facilities boast top notch security systems with 24 hour video monitoring and electronic coded access, nobody can prevent natural disasters from occurring. And if a disaster should hit the facility where your belongings are stored, you will need some documentation of what was in your storage unit for insurance reasons.

This is where The Lock Up Self Storage app shines. Our app that’s available on iTunes and Google Play for free, has a unique feature that allows you to use your phone to snap a photo of an item and take notes about it as well. This is an incredibly easy and efficient way to keep all of the documentation of your stored items in one location that’s literally at your fingertips. Other perks of our app are that it allows you to manage your bills, and even store your access codes to the facilities where your items live…which sure beats trying to find that little slip of paper that you wrote them on! If you want to learn more about the app, read this post.

Pack Right

Now that you’ve got all the logistics of your unit figured out and your stuff is boxed up and documented, it’s time to move it into your climate controlled storage unit. This is where the real fun begins…well, that’s what we think anyway…moving and storage is kind of our thing.

Just like the proper technique of packing up a moving truck, packing a self storage unit requires a plan that promises to make things easier and safer for you.

There’s an easy system to remember: large in back, small in front; heavy on bottom, light on top. You’ll want to move the largest and tallest items like mattresses, sofas, or dressers into your unit first and place them at the back. Furniture sliders placed underneath heavy items can really help you move things around in your unit.

If you have tables or other furniture that can be disassembled, take them apart and store them together (be sure to bag up screws and tape them to the item so you can reassemble them later). This will help maximize your storage area.  Another good idea is to use all available storage areas like drawers in dressers. Just be sure to note where things are in your storage documentation. Place all your small items like lamps and boxes at the front of your unit.

Leave a Walkway

As you move items into your storage unit, you’ll want to be sure to leave an aisle down the center. No, this walkway is not wasted space…it’s invaluable. You’ll find it so much easier to be able to walk right into your unit and access the items in the back. Also, it provides a way for you to be able to see what’s in your unit on either side. If you placed an aisle on the side of your unit, you’d be wasting valuable storage space against a stable wall, not to mention that you’d have limited access to the items that are stored within the width of your unit. Providing a clear path in the center of your storage area will prevent a dangerous situation of having to climb over objects to get what you want, or worse, having to remove the contents of half your storage unit to get to them.

We at The Lock Up hope that these tips and tricks help those of you who are just starting to investigate what it takes to have a positive self storage experience. We know that it can be daunting to face all of the options available, so we wanted to break the process down into bite sized pieces that demystify the process. And we know that everyone relies heavily on technology these days, so we’ve made sure that both our website and our mobile app are designed to help you at every step of the way.

Whether you’re just starting to search for a good storage solution, or if you’ve already secured your Lock Up lease, don’t forget that we have incredible teams of people at each of our facilities that are there to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

See you soon!

Staging Your Home to Sell for Top Dollar

Staging Home for Top Dollar

Stage and Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

Moving can be stressful. From packing and transporting your entire life to the process of selling and buying a new house, there’s a lot to be done. However, there’s one thing that you should prioritize in this process – staging your home. Staging your home simply means using creativity and mindfulness in order to transform your home into something that is attractive to a wide variety of different buyers. It helps houses sell faster and often for more money than when homeowners choose not to stage.

In fact, almost all realtors admit that home staging has an impact on prospective buyers and even buyers say that it helps them visualize themselves living there in the future.

Whether or not you want to hire a professional is up to you, but it is absolutely a strong investment. This is due to the fact that it is hard for homeowners to look at their space objectively after living there for so many years. Professionals provide a fresh pair of eyes and are well trained in knowing how to view things from the buyer’s perspective. Professional home stagers are also commonly well versed in marketing as well as interior photography, so they provide a complete package for optimal results.

Regardless of whether or not you decide to hire a professional to stage your home, the following tips for selling your home for top dollar can help you get a better understanding of what you need to do. Here is our list on how to stage your home to sell for top dollar:

1. First Impressions
The first thing to consider is working on a strong first impression. After you stage your home, take pictures and create a strong listing, people will begin showing interest. Oftentimes, listings lead to buyers wanting to know more about the community and wanting to get a quick feel of the home.

That’s why many families usually follow up their interest after viewing the listing by driving past the house to get a better feel for it. This is their first impression of the house in person, so you want to make sure that it is well taken care of.

Some ways to do this are by planting flowers, keeping your lawn mowed and your shrubbery trimmed, as well as weeding and making sure your yard is leaf-free. You should also consider repainting your front door and replacing any tarnished finishing. If your mailbox has seen better days, replace that as well.

Since you want to make your prospective buyers feel at home the second they walk in the door, you need to make each and every room count. If you are moving forward and staging your home without a professional, consider attending a few different model homes or open houses in order to get a good feel about what a professionally staged home looks like.

2. De-clutter
The next aspect in staging your home is de-cluttering. As a rule of thumb, try to eliminate 50% of the clutter that you have throughout the house. It makes your home seem smaller and more unorganized, which can have negative effects on prospective buyers. Remove your knickknacks, area rugs, throw blankets, personal toiletries, and refrigerator magnets/pictures. The one benefit of this is that you are able to break up the packing process!

You’ll also want to remove enough clothing from your closet so that when you hang a garment it does not touch another one. It will make your closet space look larger, more sophisticated and way more appealing. The same idea goes for your kitchen counters and cabinets. Remove all appliances and only keep appealing designer décor visible. Pack up all of your dishes except for one matching set. Again, the less cluttered, the more spacious and inviting things look.

3. Clean
This step cannot be stressed enough. Your home needs to be cleaner than it’s ever been in order for the best possible reactions. If you’ve never hired a professional cleaning service, this is the one time to splurge. It is a strong investment, as they are professionals in getting out stains and cleaning those overlooked areas. It is also a strong idea to consider getting your windows, inside and outside, professional cleaned. If a buyer feels like your home is not clean, chances are they won’t make an offer. No one wants to purchase a home that they will have to deep clean before moving their stuff in! Believe us when we tell you that a clean home sells faster and for more money than a dirty one.

Another thing to consider is your carpet. If it’s beyond the point of no return and is full of stains, then you might want to consider replacing it before putting your home on the market. People have a hard time picturing what a room would look like if something were different. That’s why it is much more successful to replace stained carpets than offering a “re-carpeting fee.”

Also, avoid cooking anything that will leave a strong lingering odor in your home before staging. Baking cookies, however, is a great way to create that “homey” smell that welcomes everyone.

4. Repairs
Another important aspect of staging your home to sell for top dollar is to actually repair things that are broken. Getting things fixed prior to putting your house on the market is the best way to convey a positive message to buyers. If buyers come in during staging and notice that there is a long list of repairs that need to be made, they will focus on what needs to be fixed and how much it would cost rather than picturing a future there.

If a buyer does move forward on making an offer and there is a long list of repairs, they are going to try and lower the asking price considerably. Other buyers might communicate that they will only make an offer once the repairs are done, which means you’ll need to do them anyway. It’s best to get them taken care of ahead of time so that everyone can focus on the positive aspects of your home.

5. De-personalize
This is another crucial aspect of staging your home. You need to completely de-personalize everything so that the buyer can look at the blank canvas and visualize what their life will look like in the open space. As contradicting as it sounds, when you de-personalize your home, it actually fosters a stronger “at home” feeling for the buyer.

Remove anything that potential buyers might not identify with, which means do not keep anything religious, political or overly personal in your home. You need to create an emotional connection with the buyers and if you display your opinions it will eliminate a large group of people who might not identify with you.

6. Modernize
Make sure that your home’s style isn’t stuck in the 80’s. Reflecting the current market trends is a great way to appeal to buyers. Focus on clean lines, scale, rhythm and form in order to create a wow factor that has people yearning to move in1.

An easy way to do this is to go for symmetry in your home. It is pleasing to the eye and, for some reason, calms people down and makes them feel more at home.

7. Pay Attention to Lighting
The lighting of a home can be a huge selling point. In fact, it has been known that brighter rooms tend to have a higher response rate from prospective buyers1. It makes a room feel warmer and more inviting than a room that is dark and dreary. Professional home stagers recommend keeping all of the lights in your house on during staging. It helps to give people an uplifting feel, which is why all professional open houses and models are always so bright.

8. Neutrality
Finally, focus on neutral colors. If you have any crazy colors painted on the walls, people might not be able to visualize living there. Neutral colors, on the other hand, are inviting and are shown to help houses sell faster.

Staging your home is an important part of the selling process. It allows buyers to visualize themselves and their futures in your home, thus increasing the price and speed of the sale. In addition to more money with faster selling times, homeowners who stage their homes tend to feel more relaxed, as the amount of interested buyers is usually much higher!

When you’re in the process of de-cluttering, consider using The Lockup’s services to store your extra stuff. You can always rent a self storage unit at




The Lock Up: Remodeler’s Assistant

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When the weather is nice, it’s time to make home renovations that you simply cannot do during winter. For example, nobody wants to open all the windows to let a freshly painted room air out…and many remodeling jobs require use of adhesives or caulking that cannot cure in cold temperatures. Due to the possibility of damage to furniture, wall hangings, and clothing from activities like scraping, sanding and painting, the best option is to move everything out so that you don’t have to worry about workers wreaking havoc on your belongings. But then you suffer the headache of dealing with a constant game of juggling items throughout the home when one room is being worked on. And what if you have a number of rooms you want to fix? Well, we have the solution: a Lock Up Self Storage unit.

The Lock Up is the perfect assistant to your remodeling jobs. We have storage units that are climate controlled, which means that your belongings will be stored in the perfect conditions (even for delicate items or electronics!). Our facilities are secure and use 24 hour security monitoring to ensure that your items are safe while staying with us.

If you are having items sent to you, such as new window dressings or custom built pieces, you can arrange to have them shipped to your Lock Up location instead of your home. This will bring peace of mind that your new items are not sitting unattended on your porch all day while you’re at work. Just be sure to let the manager of your location know to expect a delivery and you’re good to go.

No matter how large or small your project is, we have a storage unit that will fit your belongings. Also, no matter how long you plan on your remodeling job taking, we can accommodate your stay. New leases are month to month, so start with a unit that’s big enough to store all the items in the room you want to work on first. If you decide to go ahead and re-do another room, simply extend your Lock Up lease! We are here to help you!

Visit today to find and secure your perfect remodeling assistant self storage unit. We often have great deals available only online, and you can even complete the whole transaction online!

Spotlight: The Lock Up Self Storage, Bonita Springs, Florida


The Lock Up Self Storage is proud of the growing family of locations in Florida. With seven facilities, and one more on the horizon, we strive to serve the residents and businesses of Florida with clean, safe, and secure self storage units. Today, let’s take a closer look at the facility located at 27661 South Tamiami Trail, in Bonita Springs.

This facility was constructed with the true Floridian and snowbirds in mind. Basically, anyone who loves the beach and RV lifestyle will be thrilled to know that this facility provides a unique solution for tenants that enjoy the water. The Bonita Springs facility is located next to the Imperial River and there is a public boat launch right next door, so all tenants have to do is stop into their unit, grab their gear and head out for a great day on the river. With ceilings that are 10’ high, tenants can store fishing gear, canoes, kayaks and paddles with ease.

And of course, you can expect all the other benefits of a Lock Up Self Storage such as great security, climate controlled units, and helpful, friendly staff.


  • Special building that can house RV’s and boats
  • Carpeted Hallways and Secure Self Storage Units
  • Climate Controlled Storage Units
  • Electronic Coded Access
  • Full Size Passenger Elevator
  • Motion Sensitive Lighting
  • Security Camera Monitoring

Areas Served:

  • Fort Meyers Beach
  • San Carlos Park
  • Estero
  • Vineyards


  • 5 Stars: “We’ve been with Lock Up Self Storage in Bonita Springs for three years now. They have been fantastic. We chose them because of their new, clean, well run facility and their competitive pricing — especially for a climate controlled unit.” Joan Vander, Google reviewer
  • 5 Stars: “This facility surpassed our expectations.  Carpeting throughout the storage areas, climate controlled, very clean. Carts for moving things moved easily.  Staff very accomodating and pleasant both on the phone and in person.  We were quite pleased.” Sally Mobley, Google reviewer
  • 5 Stars: “Fantastic, clean and the people working there are very professional….” Ronald S., Yelp reviewer

Virtual Tour

To “look” around within the tour: click and drag on images below; on mobile devices, use your finger. To “walk” through the space, double click on the white arrows.

Front Desk
Notice all of the helpful moving accoutrement available to you!

Freight Elevators and Handcarts
We are set up for an easy move!

Covered Loading Area
You’re protected from rain and sun while you move!

Special Storage for RVs & Boats
Ten foot high ceilings for your fun toys!

Visit the Bonita Springs, FL page on our site to secure your self storage unit today!

A “Shout Out” to Bob Soudan, Lock Up Co-Founder


The Lock Up Self Storage is a family owned business that was founded in 1976 in Glenview, Illinois. We are proud to serve the residents and businesses of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, and thrilled that we have grown to be able to provide our services to several additional states as well.

The Chicago Tribune recently featured our co-founder, Bob Soudan, in a segment called “Shout Out” that introduces their readers to their fellow community members. Soudan, a long time resident of Glencoe, talked about the moment that led him to begin developing self storage facilities for those in need of extra space here in Illinois, what people store in their units, and what a pleasure it has been to grow the business into the 40 Lock Up locations now operating across the country.

You can read the full interview here.

We at The Lock Up are very proud of what Bob Soudan’s efforts have created and we strive to continue to grow in ways that help and support the communities that we have the honor of serving. Whether it’s helping a small business grow by housing extra inventory, a family in the midst of a big move, or by hosting a events such as the “Safe Communities” events in Florida that introduce the local community to the law enforcement that serves them, The Lock Up is dedicated to having a positive impact. Each Lock Up location is a member of our larger family and together we hope to make a difference in people’s lives.

If you are in need of a self storage unit, be sure to visit our website,  to find the perfect location and storage unit for your needs.

Lock Up Self Storage Spotlight: Naples, Florida


The Lock Up Self Storage has seven facilities in Florida. Today, we’re going to focus on one of the locations in Naples, Florida. This location is conveniently situated near the Waterside Shops on arguably one of the busiest streets in Naples. The address is 1200 Pine Ridge Road. Easily accessible for nearly any car or truck, this state-of-the-art facility is fully air conditioned, carpeted and climate control. Not only does it boast climate controlled and drive up units, it truly caters to Naples’ residents by providing wine storage as well. Plus…free move in truck with every new lease!


  • Carpeted Hallways and Secure Self Storage Units
  • Climate Controlled Storage Units
  • Electronic Coded Access
  • Full Size Passenger Elevator
  • Motion Sensitive Lighting
  • Security Camera Monitoring
  • Wine Storage – learn more about our wine storage methods here.

Areas Served:

  • Pine Ridge
  • Pelican Bay
  • Park Shore
  • Vineyards


  • 5 Stars: “This location has great customer service! Super clean!!! I feel really safe here when I need access after hours. The manager and office team  is extremely attentive and answer my questions promptly. I highly recommend to anyone seeking storage in Naples area, plus they offer wine storage (just in case)!” – Jennifer A., Yelp reviewer
  • 5 Stars: “I have had the BEST experience at pine ridge road lock up!  Ryan and Les have been most accommodating and answered any and all questions that I had. I have two storage units at the lock up and never had a problem using my code after hours. Les and Ryan keep the facility in top shape (carpets clean, carts lined up, dollys available).  I really appreciate the care and effort they put into their jobs. I will be a long term customer!” – M Couret, Google reviewer
  • 5 Stars: “I have been a customer for five years. This is an exemplary facility. Very clean, safe, climate controlled, well maintained. Friendly, competent management.” – Paul Johansen, Google reviewer

Virtual Tour

Front Desk

Wine Storage Area

Gardening 101

We at the Lock Up love helping people who are in the midst of moving. Whether it’s moving extra stuff out of a home or office or making a big move into a new space, our staff are at the ready with their knowledge about the moving and storing questions you may have. Our goal is to make these things easier on you. But we don’t draw the line at self storage or moving items into your self storage unit. Our on site staff often get to know people who are moving into new homes while they visit their self storage units, and we know that storage tips at the home can really help sometimes. So we’ve gathered a few tips for new home gardeners on how to build and store their gardening tool arsenal.

If you’re moving into a new home that has a yard, or a condo that has a nice balcony, chances are you’re going to want to exercise your green thumb. There are some essential tools you’ll need for the task. And while you’re learning, you should also know how to store them.

You should have a designated place to store your tools. Be sure to fully rinse off your tools after using them. Hand tools should be stored in a garden bag and long handled tools should be stored by hanging them on a pegboard.

Another great tip for keeping metal tools in tip top shape is to keep a bucket filled with sand that is soaked with linseed oil. After gardening, plunge your tools into the bucket to condition them and they’ll last a lot longer.

Here are the absolute must haves for every gardener. Whether you’re a window sill, balcony, or yard gardener, you will need these items. These tools should be stored in a garden bag that you bring around with you as you tend to your plants.

  • Gloves
    Yes, it can be fun to get your hands in the dirt, but after a while, you’ll realize that your hands really take a beating. Be sure to have a waterproof, durable pair of gloves in your gardening bag to protect your hands.
  • Hand Trowel
    This little tool will dig, plant bulbs, and help divide small perennials.
  • Shears
    These will help deadhead your flowering plants, trim leaves, make clippings of plants, and cut back ornamental grasses. Keep them sharp and oil the joint with an all purpose oil every so often.
  • Hand Pruners
    A good pair of pruners will clip branches that are about ¾ of an inch thick or less. Like shears, keep them sharp and oiled.
  • All purpose plant food
    If you have a bottle of this in your garden bag, you’ll have beautiful blooms all summer.
  • Hand weeder
    Along with plants, come weeds. This tool lets you get at the roots of weeds without disturbing the surrounding plants.
  • Watering Can
    The size can you need is based on the number of pots you need to water.

These items are for gardeners that have some land to deal with. This is not a full list, but they are all must haves. Set up a pegboard in your garage, basement or shed to store these.

  • Hose
    Instead of lugging an unwieldy regular hose, consider getting one of the hoses that expands when you turn on the water. They’re small when not in use, lighter, and don’t kink when they’re in use. Store it in indirect sun and be sure to bring inside during winter.
  • Long Handled Pruners
    These pruners will clip branches thicker than ¾ of an inch and will help keep your bushes in good shape and bushier when used regularly. Keep them sharp, oiled, and store them by hanging them.
  • Round Headed Shovel
    A trowel is great for planting containers, but you need a shovel for planting anything in the ground. Keep it in good shape by hanging it off the ground.
  • Leaf Rake
    A lightweight rake that will make cleaning up fall leaves a breeze.
  • Bow Rake
    This kind of rake is heavier than a leaf rake and used for spreading mulch, gravel, sand, compost, and for leveling dirt, or removing large debris.

And of course, if you’re in need of a self storage unit, visit us as today to secure the unit perfect for you!

The Lock Up Helps Families Grow

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You made it through the nine months of anticipation, the birth, and the first 12 months of sleep deprived nights. Congratulations! Having a baby can take a lot out of parents emotionally, but also financially. There are so many things that you need for the baby’s room. And before you know it, you’re out of one phase and into another.

At 12 months, all the infant clothes you had collected for baby are probably now too small. And perhaps you’re beginning to think that you need to clear stuff out to make room for the next phase of your child’s development. But, before you do that, consider what your family’s future plans are. Do you and your partner want to have another child? Are you already trying? Are you already expecting? Well, you’re going to need exactly the same things when baby #2 comes along. The Lock Up Self Storage has the perfect solution for you…a climate controlled self storage unit.

Depending on how much you’ll want to store, the Lock Up has a variety of sizes available in their climate controlled units. If it’s just infant related items like clothes, a 5′ x 5′ space would be perfect. Not only can you fit several boxes, but there should be a little extra wiggle room to add items in as you find that you or your baby no longer need them such as the bassinet or the rocking chair. A larger self storage unit may be useful if you purchase or inherit furniture that you’ll want to use in your growing child’s room.

The Lock Up’s climate controlled units are a much better solution than storing the baby’s things in a hot, muggy attic or a damp, dirty basement. We keep our units at an ideal steady temperature and humidity level which ensures that whatever you store won’t suffer a warped, cracked or mildew-y future and you’ll be able to take your items out of storage, ready to go.

Imagine how much you can save by keeping all of your first baby’s things instead of having to buy them all over again. With The Lock Up’s affordable month to month leases, you’ll likely end up spending less to store the items than buying them again.

If you’re in need of a clean, dry, secure, climate controlled self storage unit, visit today!

Lock Up Move In Truck 101


If the prospect of having to pack and drive a moving truck makes you nervous, we’ve got some tips for you to help soothe your jangled nerves. With every new lease, The Lock Up provides a free move in truck at all of our facilities.* If you’re used to driving a little sports car, switching to a large moving truck can take some getting used to. Here are some tips on how to pack the move in truck and how to drive it.


When you get the keys to your moving truck, take time to familiarize yourself with the vehicle’s controls. Find the headlights, windshield wipers, horn, emergency brake, etc. Next, set your rearview and sideview mirrors to that you can easily see what’s behind you. A large truck needs a wider area to make turns than a regular vehicle and you need to be able to see and be aware of everything around you to ensure that you don’t damage the truck or worse, other people or vehicles around you.

A moving truck, especially a fully packed one, has much more mass than a regular vehicle which means that it takes more time to brake. For this reason, be mindful of keeping a good distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

When you park, set the emergency brake. If you park on a hill or incline, turn the wheels toward the curb when parked facing downhill, away from the curb if facing uphill.


When packing a moving truck, follow a few simple concepts and you’ll set yourself up for safety and success. You may have driven the empty truck to your home to pack up, but having a truck that’s packed correctly will make the trip to The Lock Up much easier.

Load in the heaviest items first, close to the cab. This will provide stability for items like refrigerators, ovens, etc. You also want to evenly distribute the weight across the width of the truck so that you avoid having all the weight on one side.

Next in would be longer items like sofas, bookcases and mattresses. Place these along the walls of the truck on their sides. Big heavy boxes would be next, and then your lighter items like small boxes and houseplants.

If you find that you don’t have enough stuff to fill the truck, be sure to evenly distribute your across the bed of the truck with the heavier items on the bottom. Remember, you want items to be in the most secure position possible so as to avoid the risk of them falling over and breaking. Also keep in mind that as you accelerate, your items will naturally shift toward the back door so limiting the amount your items can shift will protect them.

If you need a self storage unit (and a free move in truck!), visit and secure yours online now!

     * No move-in truck at the Branford and Cape Cod Locations

The Lock Up: Your Personal Basement

A recent study conducted by Redfin indicates that homeownership in the US is on the decline and that more people are searching out rental properties. With leases typically lasting only one year, this means that many people will find themselves in transition more often than if they owned their home. We at The Lock Up understand what it means to have your life in flux. That is exactly why we provide a safe, secure location for you to store your personal belongings. And we go the extra mile to make storing your items as easy as possible.

If your lease is up and you’re on the hunt for another apartment, you just might want to get a Lock Up Self Storage unit. It can help in ways you may not have considered.

Imagine this: you found your dream apartment. It’s close to your job, so your commute time drastically changes, it’s near great restaurants, has parking, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a private deck. In short, it’s perfect…except for one thing…it’s severely lacking in precious closet and storage space that you require. Since you’re renting and don’t have a basement or attic to throw all those things that you have to keep, but don’t necessarily need on a day to day basis, you have to have a place to keep it all. Well, don’t let the fact that your dream pad is storage deficient deter you from signing that lease. Instead, consider The Lock Up as your own personal basement.

You see, the basement serves as a fulcrum for the balancing act of a home’s stuff. It’s where things go when you can’t find space in your living areas, when you are done using them, but know you’ll need them again sometime in the future; it’s where you store your holiday decorations, your winter stuff in the summer, and your summer stuff in the winter.

But if your choice living situation does not have such an area, you must find a place that can serve this purpose. A place where you can confidently place your items and know that they’re going to be exactly where you left them and in the same condition. A Lock Up self storage unit is the perfect place. In fact, it’s even better than a damp basement or hot attic because our facilities provide climate controlled storage units which are kept at steady temperatures and humidity levels that won’t damage your belongings.

So go ahead and sign that lease for your dream pad. And then visit to secure your personal basement, ahem…self storage unit.