Moving? Here are some helpful

Self-Storage Tips

Storing your belongings can be more complicated than many people realize. An amount of planning is needed if you're to make the most of your storage space and make sure nothing gets damaged during transit and storage.

1. Make packing for storage easier on yourself by planning ahead.

Start by listing all the items you're going to store and their approximate sizes. Also, gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers or shelving you intend to use in your storage unit. We sell a large selection of moving boxes and other essentials.

2. Secure all your items in the moving truck.

We provide ropes and bungees for securing your items while in transit from your home to PayLess. Packing heavy items near the front of the truck will help keep your belongings from shifting.

3. Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes.

For easier handling, limit the weight of all cartons, regardless of size, to 30lbs or less.

4. Label all boxes.

Clearly label boxes so you know their contents. Also mark clearly all boxes containing fragile items.

5. Leave room to access your belongings if needed.

Leave small walkways between the boxes and furniture in your storage unit so you can easily get to the items you want without having to move anything around.

6. Pack books flat to protect their spines.

Use smaller sized boxes for books and fill empty spaces with packing paper.

7. Keep your boxes in your storage unit from collapsing.

If you're storing a lot of packing boxes in your unit, try to fill them to the top, even if it's just with padding and old, crumpled newspapers. Boxes that are only half-filled tend to collapse if anything's placed on them.

8. Protect chair legs by wrapping them in packing paper.

Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers.

9. PayLess provides boxes and other moving materials.

When you're looking for moving boxes, keep in mind that boxes made from corrugated cardboard are stronger than regular boxes and are better suited to handle both heavier and more delicate items.

10. Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes.

Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.

Commonly Asked Self-Storage Questions and Answers

Feeling a bit crowded out by excess personal or business items? Maybe you’ve considered making a clean sweep of your home or office and donating, recycling or throwing away a number of belongings. Sometimes you want to change up the look of a room, or maybe you finally got around to cleaning out the garage, but you don’t want to throw away those treasures you’ve accumulated. Or perhaps your business is doing so well, you need a secure place to store some additional inventory or other business-related items. Whatever your storage challenge, you can count on PayLess Self Storage to uncomplicate your life!


Take a look at our FAQ to answer many common questions. Want to know more? Call us!

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Q: What is climate-controlled storage and how does it help preserve my belongings?

A: Our climate-controlled storage facility is a temperature-regulated building that protects sensitive items such as furniture, artwork, antiques and electronics from the stresses of heat and cold.

Q: How can I reserve a moving truck?

A: At PayLess, we provide a moving truck and driver free of charge with rental of any size unit. There is no minimum stay at PayLess to be eligible for the free truck and driver and no hidden fees! Just load and unload the truck yourself and we'll move you for free! The trucks are also available for rent at a very reasonable rate if you are a current PayLess Self Storage customer.

Q: What kind of security does PayLess provide?

A: PayLess offers one of the highest security facilities in the industry with individually alarmed units, electronic gate access and surveillance video cameras throughout.

Q: Will my unit be accessible every day of the year?

A: We have standard gate access hours of 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., 365 days a year. 

Q: Is there a minimum amount of time I'm required to stay if I rent at PayLess?

A: PayLess does not require a minimum term on our rental contracts. All units are rented month to month to ensure your satisfaction.

Q: Do I need to bring my own lock and who has access to my unit?

A: We offer a multitude of storage sizes ranging from small 3x3 lockers to large 15x20 drive up units. Give us a call! We're looking forward to helping you estimate the right storage for your needs.

Q: Are there coupons and specials available?

A: Yes, we offer online discounts for new customers. You'll find our current online coupon on our specials page!

Q: Do you store vehicles at PayLess?

A: We do. We offer drive-up indoor vehicle storage for motorcycles, vintage vehicles, or any car that needs protection from the elements.

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Richmond, CA 94804 

OPEN EVERYDAY | 8:30a - 5:30p

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From our clean, well-lit facility with video surveillance, to our helpful staff and free moving trucks, we make storage simple. We are open 365 days a year from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

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