Packing & Storing Tips

If you follow these handy hints and tips you’ll be sure to make the most of your self-storage unit.

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Top Packing Tips

Pack everything in boxes – Do not have loose items. Tape the boxes along the bottom and bottom edges to make them more secure.
Label or number your boxes – keeping an inventory of your items for easy reference.
Boxes should be filled to capacity to avoid them tipping or collapsing – use the bubble wrap to fill gaps. Use smaller boxes for heavy items so that they are easy to lift Make sure that no sharp edges stick out.
Individually wrap crockery, glasses and fragile items in bubble wrap before packing.
Wrap pictures and mirrors individually in bubble wrap. Mark them as fragile and stack them on end.
Pack books flat and do not overload the boxes. Pack the top of the box with lighter items.
Drain freezers, washing machines and refrigerators prior to storage. Make sure you store these items with the door wedged open. Empty your vacuum cleaner. Check all appliances to secure unattached parts e.g. glass turntable in microwave.
Bicycles and Garden equipment should be cleaned – wipe metal surfaces with WD40 or similar and drain petrol and diesel from machinery before storing. Take batteries out of lights.
Remove legs from tables, wrap the top in blankets and stand on end, wrapping the legs in paper or bubble wrap. Or lay them on blankets top down with legs pointing up.
Disassemble beds. Stack chairs seat to seat. Pack things in drawers.

Top Storage Tips:

Lay dust sheets on the floor of the unit for protection of your goods and soft furnishings.
Put bulky or heavy items in first; stand sofas and mattresses on end, leaving an air gap between items and do not stack or lean anything against walls.
Maximise available space by stacking similar sized boxes together, items that you will need frequently should be stored close to the door for easy access.
Don’t forget! We have a full range of packaging materials and we will be delighted to help solve your storage problems.

Why Self Storage?

Perhaps you are moving house or emigrating? You might want to free up some more space in your home or office, or you could be planning a sale of some of the items you’ve accumulated over the years.

Maybe you need somewhere to store important documents or office equipment, or you own a store and need somewhere to keep surplus or seasonal stock.

Whatever your reasons, if you need more space, then a self-storage unit could be the answer to all your problems. If that sounds like you, then call Fort Locks Self Storage today, 01295 277 477

REAL TESTIMONIALS

Recent Reviews
From Our Customers

Fort Locks Self Storage
4.8
Based on 76 reviews
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Gary Liversage
Gary Liversage
20:10 14 Jul 21
Really impressed with the service from Nick and his team. Site is clean and tidy and was happy to leave my contents... there whilst we moved in to our new property. Thank you. 👍read more
Emma Read
Emma Read
07:32 06 Jul 21
A clean, secure and easily accessible unit and a very friendly and helpful team. The process to take on the unit was... extremely easy to set up and just as straight forward to give notice to vacate. Fort Locks was the only part of our move which was stress free! Thanks again!read more
Colin Houston
Colin Houston
09:31 03 Jul 21
Jeff and the team have always been helpful and efficient. The units are clean and dry and easily accessible. We will... recommend them to anyone who needs storage in the futureread more
steven gregory
steven gregory
21:21 01 Jul 21
Would give 6 stars if possible!! The team are outstanding especially at the time when we were desperate for storage... space and had no where to go, in my time of need and only 1 hours notice they pulled out all the stops to help us and went above and beyond. They are friendly and supportive from day 1 and still the same the day we left. Would definitely use them again without doubt.read more
Lee Rogers
Lee Rogers
20:26 19 May 21
Great service and very friendly, helpful and professional staff.Made the whole process smooth and easy.Would... definitely use these services again.Highly recommend!read more
Simon Biggart
Simon Biggart
14:26 12 May 21
My business has rented a storage pod at Fort Locks for many years. The owners and their staff are very efficient and... helpful. The site is convenient and well maintained and the prices reasonable. 5 stars from me! Thank you. Simonread more
Julian Ash
Julian Ash
11:46 06 May 21
Best storage facility in Oxfordshire - professional, flexible & friendly service.Highly recommended
Lisa Honess
Lisa Honess
15:02 05 May 21
So friendly and helpful. Units are clean and well maintained as well as being insulated. Site is tidy and secure. 24... hour access at no extra cost. Really good value and great service.read more
Joe Gates
Joe Gates
12:28 07 Apr 21
Fantastic service, good prices, clean and convenient units, would highly recommend.
Chris King
Chris King
12:28 18 Dec 20
Just won a Christmas treat organised by Fort Locks. Great to see a local business supporting Banbury BID. Looking... forward to some Christmas shopping in Banburyread more
Steve Davies
Steve Davies
15:47 16 Nov 20
We have used Fort Locks for over 2 years and will not go anywhere else should we need secure storage in the future. A... massive thank you to all the staff who have given great service, always with a smile and a cup of coffee (pre covid of course). A very secure and tidy facility with 24 hour access. Having left the padlock off of our unit, Jeff phoned me within a few minutes to let me know - fantastic! Needless to say we would strongly recommend using Fort Locks.read more
Footsoft Updates
Footsoft Updates
08:02 21 Oct 20
An exceptionally friendly service, with an ultra helpful team, the level of care and attention was second-to-none. ... After wanting some storage at short notice, the offer seemed good, so we took it, but the actual experience blew us away. For anyone needing domestic storage I'd say there's no need to look anywhere else. For any business needing commercial storage, I would recommend using this facility even if just to experience and learn from the customer service levels! If only more businesses trreated their customers like this. We all have a lot to learn. 24/7 access and a clean and tidy provision only add to the reasons why we wouldn't look anywhere else next time. So refreshing to meet a team with a 'can-do' attitude, rather than be presented with a list of 'can't dos' which is what we experienced when considering other options.read more
Nick Whitehead
Nick Whitehead
09:58 27 Aug 20
I have used Fort Locks for over 2 years now. The staff are always very friendly and accommodating. The site is very... secure and well maintained. 24-hour access was a must for me and at Fort locks this is very easy while still maintaining the high security. The prices are very good, and I would recommend them to anyone. 5 Star Serviceread more
Maurice Lyte
Maurice Lyte
09:57 21 Aug 20
Very clean, neat and tidy. Jeff explained everything perfectly and very professional.
Nikkie Pearce
Nikkie Pearce
12:10 07 Aug 20
What a wonderful company! Such friendly and helpful staff. Great value for money. I used Fort Locks when moving house... and I was 100% confident that my stuff was safe and secure while in their facility. They even let the removal company in and out so that I didn't need to attend the site.I have no hesitation what so ever in highly recommending Fort Locks. Thank you Annie and Nick for all your help, you made moving a little less stressful.read more
Don Hawkins
Don Hawkins
20:35 30 May 20
A really helpful, efficient and professional service. Everyone we dealt with was very friendly and couldn't do enough... to help. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Fort Locks.read more
Sophia Malik
Sophia Malik
10:59 07 Apr 20
I have tried 2 local storage places before coming here and this one exceeds them all. Welcoming, friendly and efficient... service. I would highly recommend fort locks for your storage solution. The units are clean, and easily accessible and the staff are just great. I will definitely return in the future if I require storage again. I highly recommend to others.read more
chris stagg
chris stagg
22:36 17 Mar 20
Great company, always made me welcome when I popped to the unit, tea, coffee or water. Kind helpful team on site,... thanks I will use you again!!read more
bernie b
bernie b
09:08 14 Feb 20
Friendly staff, great customer service
Jacqui Brooks
Jacqui Brooks
20:46 25 Jan 20
I haven’t used the storage facility but go there regularly to purchase strong packing boxes and the best ever packing... tape! Look out for the air balloon.read more
Mike Newton Ninja
Mike Newton Ninja
10:19 25 Dec 19
these guys were really good, helping me out loads when I needed it. thoroughly recommended. Geoff especially - top... bloke, cheers mate.read more
janet friday
janet friday
13:24 30 Sep 19
Excellent storage facility. Good weather proof units. Very helpful and cheerful staff. You only pay for the days you... use the unit and the refund for days you haven't used is paid very promptly.read more
Peter Beard
Peter Beard
22:05 21 Jun 19
Went to book a storage unit and found the staff who i spoke to were friendly and down to earth and took the time to... listen to what size of unit i was looking for and what i was wanting to store.The way i was treated was as though i was family not just another customer coming through the gates and not just wanting to take the money, all in all they made me feel relaxed and felt like familyread more
Martin Pauco
Martin Pauco
14:05 08 May 19
AffordableSafeAccessibleKind staffI would store with them again.They were very helpful and flexible when i was... renting a biggest storage unit. Hassle free, I like the free bottled water touch and tea and coffee. 5 stars!!!read more
Sarah to old to care
Sarah to old to care
11:23 22 Sep 18
Very good very friendly very helpful.
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