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3 Important Safety Tips for Loading an MSU by Laing Mobile Storage

Mobile Storage Units are useful for long-term or short-term storage for residents & business owners located in Broome County, NY, Chenango County, NY, Tioga County, NY, Susquehanna County, PA or within Central, NY, or Upstate, NY. Regardless of where you live in Binghamton, NY or the surrounding towns, MSU's are a convenient way to keep your belongings safely stored right on site. They are also great if you are in need of moving your storage with you. They offer easy, ground level loading and unloading so it eliminates a lot of the risk you might otherwise have when using a steep moving truck ramp.

Still, however, there are important safety precautions you should take to ensure you and your belongings remain safe. Below are 3 Important Steps for loading an MSU properly.


When you are packing a storage container, think of it like you would a bag of groceries. You would never put a 12-pack of sodas on top of a loaf of bread. The same is true for loading a storage container. You wouldn’t load heavy books or furniture on top of a delicate box of teacups. It is always important to load your heaviest items first, on ground level. This will prevent heavier items from squishing or damaging lighter or fragile items underneath. It will also ensure that heavy items don’t topple over during transit or while loading and unloading.


Another important safety tip is to properly secure your items before and during loading. All breakables should be wrapped in bubble wrap and secured with tape before loading them into boxes. You don’t want to deal with broken glass or ceramics on the bottom of your storage container. It is also absolutely essential to make sure your items are securely strapped to make sure everything is firmly in place. Securing your belongings with straps will prevent items from shifting and falling during transport.


Finally, to reduce any hazards when loading a portable storage unit you want to make sure you are using the proper equipment. For example, you should always use a dolly to load heavy appliances and boxes. When you are moving heavy furniture, be sure there are plenty of people to help disperse the weight. You also want to wear the right protective gear such as long pants, close-toed non-slip shoes, and gloves when handling heavy items. The right gear and equipment will help prevent injury to yourself and prevent damage to your belongings.

One last thing...we offer storage totes too! These stackable and nestable bins are great for storing your content without the hassle of making boxes and taping them up for security or worrying if the box will get wet and break down. Never worry about purchasing boxes again and discarding them when you can rent storage totes from Laing Self Storage!

Plastic handheld attached lid containers or storage totes are an industry standard for storage. Protect your belongings from water damage, varmint, dust & dirt with using our Laing Self Storage Tote.

  • 27" Length x 17" Wide x 12.6" Height

  • Holds up to 100lbs

  • Recessed lid for easy stacking

  • Ergonomic handles for easy lifting

  • Easy-to-clean interiors

  • Safe to use in temperatures of -20 to 120 F

  • Traction bottom for safe transportation

  • Stackable and Nestable


For a Free Mobile Storage Quote, you can call 607-775-9776 or visit For temperature controlled storage or non temperate controlled storage call 607-775-9776 or visit

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