The Storage Resource Center: Find the Answers to All Your Self Storage Questions
We know that storing your processions somewhere other than your actual residence can be a little scary. Fortunately we’re here to answer all of your questions, to offer storage tips and tricks, and to provide reassurance that your belongings will be safe, secure, and always available when you need them.
Resource Center: Frequently Asked Questions
No, the rental agreement is month-to-month.
Your rent is due on the first day of the month. If payment is not received by the end of the day on the 10th, a late fee of $25 is assessed, and your unit will be over locked*.
*Over locking is the process of manually adding an additional lock to the unit
Monthly bills are sent to those paying by cash or check.
We accept cash, check, and major credit cards. You may mail your payment, deliver it in person, or give us your credit card number via telephone.
Yes, there are items that we do not allow to be stored for safety reasons. Flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, firearms, explosives, or illicit materials (drugs and drug paraphernalia) are not allowed. Occupying the unit as living quarters is prohibited by law and is cause for immediate eviction. Storage of live animals or other items that require a controlled environment is not allowed.
Yes, you must provide your own lock.
No, our storage facilities assume no liability. We recommend contacting your insurance agency to determine the best coverage options; adding stored goods to an existing insurance policy is usually inexpensive.
Our security cameras record video 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, but they are not constantly monitored. Management is not responsible for immediately responding to help if required.
You may allow anyone you choose to have access by accompanying them on the premises or noting their name on your rental agreement. We request that you do not give your access code to anyone not on your rental agreement.
Yes, you decide who may have access to your storage unit. The facility manager should be aware of anyone who has permission to use your gate code.
Please do not "tailgate" or allow anyone else to do so. If there are other vehicles in your party please enter the access code for the gate separately for each one and you enter last. Management is not responsible if all posted safety signs and procedures are not followed.
The tenant shall be liable for damage to the unit, any building, fixture, or other structure on the premises caused by him / her or any agents or guests. Tenant shall indemnify and hold Management harmless from any claim or cause of action arising out of the Tenant’s use of the premises or any part thereof.
There is no deposit; your origination fee is non-refundable.
It is a policy that our self-storage facility does not prorate rental payments for any partial months.
Gate access is 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at the Randolph Storage facility. Our Hampton Storage facility currently is not gated; unit access is available for tenants 24/7.
You provide the lock for your unit; therefore you hold the only key to your storage unit. However, if you should misplace your key, we have procedures in place to help you access your storage unit.
Resource Center: Packing & Storage Tips
- Plan Ahead. Gather up plenty of sturdy, corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers.
- Seal Tightly. Boxes that are tightly sealed with packing tape will prevent dust from entering.
- Protect Your Furniture. Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers. Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly later. Place covers or plastic bags on mattresses to keep them clean during storage.
- Label. Label. Label. Mark boxes on all sides for easy identification. Keep a list (as well as pictures and descriptions) at your home or office for reference. Clearly label all boxes containing fragile items. Make sure fragile boxes are placed on top of heavier, less delicate boxes.
- Maximize Space. Use valuable space inside dresser drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, to store small items like towels, linens, and knick-knacks. Secure items in drawers by filling empty spaces with towels or packing paper.
- Use Same Size Boxes. Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes – this allows for easier stacking later. Fill boxes tightly, but take care to neither over pack nor under pack – bulging cartons tip when stacked, while half full boxes tend to collapse. Use wadded newsprint, bubble wrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill empty spaces. For maximum protection seal cartons tightly with packaging tape.
- Weight Matters. Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes, making them easier to move. For easier handling limit the weight of all cartons, regardless of size, to 30 pounds or less.
- Clean and Dry. Prior to storing you should properly clean and dry appliances. Secure all movable parts with paper, or wedge and wrap a paper pad around each item for protection. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge them open for storage – this prevents
- Book Bindings. Line storage boxes with plastic, pack books flat to protect their spines, and fill empty spaces with packing paper.
- Be Careful it’s Fragile. Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware. Place a layer of packing paper inside the bottom and top of boxes. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with crumpled paper. Plates are best stacked on edge. Be sure to mark the box as fragile!
- Let Them Hang. Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes.
- Disassemble if Possible. Disassemble bed frames, tables, and lamps for better storage. Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes. Use plenty of clean paper or clothing for padding.
- Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Place them in special mirror packs, use cardboard corner protectors, mark the boxes as fragile, and store in an upright position.
So now you have your items packed into boxes, loaded on the truck or trailer, and are ready to stuff it all into your newly rented storage unit. But hold on, there are a few storage tips you should know first to help you maximize your unit's space and ensure the best storing environment possible.
- Frequently Used. Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
- Leave Some Space. When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for easier access to all items.
- Get It Off the Ground. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.
- Maximize Space. If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space. If table legs cannot be removed store tables top-to-top. Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
- Store Photos Flat. Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
- Engine Prep. Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and other items with small engines.
- Lay It Down. Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
- Prevent Rust. When storing metal items, to prevent or slow the impact of rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.
- Lock It Up. Always use high quality locks on your storage unit.
- Climate Control. Always use climate control for humidity sensitive items.
Resource Center: Boat & RV Storage
Based in southeastern Minnesota we understand the desire to take in all that Minnesota and Wisconsin have to offer — ice fishing, summer fishing, camping, road trips, and more. With that comes big "toys" — fish houses, boats, pontoons, campers, and luxury RVs — that each requires proper storage during the off-season. Operating two self-storage facilities less than 10 miles apart allows us to provide you with a wide array of storage options for your recreational investments.
An even bigger plus, both of our storage facilities are located along major Minnesota highways. This provides on-the-way access to many fishing and camping destinations for those residing in the surrounding communities of Cannon Falls, Northfield, Vermillion, Stanton, Castle Rock, and the South Metro.
Randolph Storage, just off the Highway 56 corridor, offers indoor self-storage and outdoor parking options. Our gated, well-lit, and video surveillanced facility provides secure outside parking for cars, trucks, boats, pontoons, campers, and RVs. All of our outdoor parking units reside in our fenced facility, with spaces ranging in size from 10’ x 20’ up to 10’ x 40’. Not far from the Twin Cities Metro area, we provide ideal outdoor parking storage for boats and pontoons that have been properly winterized.
For enhanced storage, we maintain large indoor units with sizes from 10’ x 20’ up to 12’ x 40’ each featuring a 9’ wide by 8’ tall overhead door with additional driveway space* for easy access.
Hampton Storage, just off the major Highway 52 corridor, offers only the best in indoor boat and camper storage. Park your classic car, boat or camper in one of our clean, dive-up 10’ x 21’ or 10’ x 24’ units to ensure safe storage from the outside elements.
Whether you’re looking to store your recreational vehicle just for the off-season or interested in year-round storage, we can deliver. With door-to-door snow removal, 24/7/365 access, and premises under constant video surveillance you can rest assured that your investment will always be available when you need it.
*Driveway space varies so contact the manager to verify that your vehicle will be able to access the unit.