Tips & FAQs

Guidelines to keep in mind as you pack:

  • To aid in stacking, use same-size boxes when possible.
  • Avoid storing items in plastic bags as they are less sturdy and could trap moisture.
  • Fill each box completely to prevent the top or sides from crushing. If your box is filled with odd-shaped or loose items like glassware or toys, fill the open spaces with crumpled paper, bubble wrap or other packing material.
  • Don’t fill boxes too full. This may cause them to burst.
  • Don’t make boxes too heavy to move. Use larger boxes for things that don’t weigh much and smaller ones for the heavy stuff.
  • Use the right type of box or packing crate. For instance, use a heavy-duty box for your books as this is less likely to break than a standard box. You still need to be careful not to overfill it, though. Cell kits may work best for stemware or knick-knacks. Wardrobe boxes allow you to hang up clothing and fabrics while in storage.
  • Stack books; don’t stand them on end as this could damage the spines.
  • Stack plates on end. Wrap dishes individually and place like-sized items together. Nest individually wrapped cups together.
  • Wrap framed art in bubble wrap. Look for protective cardboard or plastic corners at your packing supply store.
  • Criss-cross masking tape across the face of mirrors or glass-covered art.
  • Store framed mirrors, photographs and artwork vertically rather than flat.
  • Label boxes clearly and on more than one side. Consider providing a general description like ‘kitchen goods’ and then providing a short inventory such as ‘potholders, towels, aprons, silverware’ so that no one opens this kitchen box when they need the pots and pans. Be sure to mark boxes full of breakables as ‘fragile.’
  • Clean items like clothing, blankets, drapery or furniture before packing them to prevent germs and dirt from being transported to a new location and odors from spreading throughout your storage unit.
  • Polish wood before you pack to provide a little extra protection from the elements.
  • Treat leather items with a specially made conditioner before placing them in storage.
  • Wipe metal objects with machine oil or another type of rust preventative.
  • Take apart items like bed frames and tables, and remove lampshades from lamps. This will help protect them from breaking and make them easier to move.
  • Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them from stains, tears and scratches.
  • Place heavy items in the back of your self-storage unit.
  • Place least used items behind other items in your self-storage unit.
  • Place valuable items like your television behind other items so that they will be more difficult to see and to steal.
  • Place boxes of fragile items on top of other boxes. (Light items on top of heavy items).
  • When choosing a storage unit, factor in a little more room than your belongings take up in order to allow space for you to walk between stacks of items. This will help you to find what you need after you store it. Leave a little room between the walls and the stored goods to improve ventilation.
  • Take a little time to plan and organize as you pack. This should make it easier to finds things in the future and less likely that anything will get damaged during a move or while in storage.


  • I’m moving. What size unit do I need?
    • Depending on the size of the house, the answer to this question is always different. First, figure out what you’re keeping and what you’re taking with you when you move. For example, if you currently live in a 4 bedroom home and you’re moving into a 2 bedroom, you would need either a 10x15 or a 10x20 storage unit.
  • Are your units gated? What about security?
    • The units are not gated, but we have designed our buildings to be seen from the road with no obstructed views. With the buildings being within the city limits of Newaygo, we have the amenity of the city police patrolling the area during overnight hours. We also have on-site management that checks the buildings several times per day. We also have security lighting.
  • I want to store my boat inside. What size unit do I need?
    • Measure the boat on the trailer and be sure to include the tongue of the trailer and the boats motor in your measurement to ensure correct size in length and also measure the width. Note that our doors are 8.5 x 8.5 and 9x9 foot.
  • How are you different from your competitors?
    • At RiverValley Storage, we have all wood construction which eliminates the condensation and rust stains you may get in an all-metal building. We also have 10 ft ceilings, which increases the cubic space inside the unit. We have raised floors, which do not allow water/ice to get under the doors; thus, eliminates the need for putting belongings on pallets. We have on-site management to help you personally with any questions/concerns, make payments to, and also check the area for security. No more leaving payments in a drop box. We clean each empty unit and spray for bugs inside. We also spray outside our units monthly.
  • Can I store my car or RV?
    • Absolutely! Note that most garage stalls are 22 ft in length. We would recommend either or 10x20 or a 10x25 for a vehicle. We also recommend disconnecting your battery and placing a large piece of cardboard underneath your car to catch any drips. For RV’s, we offer our 14x40 unit that comes with a 12 ft door. Or, we have a brand new fenced in facility with security lighting available.
  • What are prices? Is there a deposit? Is it refundable?
    • Yes, there is a deposit. It is refundable, providing there isn’t any rent owing, damages to the unit, or trash that we have to take care of. On our smallest unit, the deposit is $35. On all other units, the deposit is $50. Sizes/prices: 5x10--$35 10x10--$50 10x15--$60 10x20--$70 10x25--$80 10x30--$90 14x40--$120 Outside storage $1.50 per foot
  • How much would I need to start?
    • We prorate from the day you sign up. For example, if you rented on the 9th day of the month and rented a 5x10, you would be charged rent for the remaining days, plus the deposit. In this example, the prorated amount would be $25 + $35 for deposit=$60.
  • Am I locked into a long term contract?
    • No. Here at RiverValley Storage, we rent month-to-month. You can stay for as little or as long as you would like.
  • What about bugs/spiders/mice?
    • We spray the outside of the doors monthly from spring to fall for bugs and spiders. We also spray inside empty units to help rid the area of bugs/spiders/bees. We have not had an issue with mice. If you wish, you may place D-Con inside the unit. We also recommend dryer sheets be placed on all your soft surfaces (couches, cushions, etc) and inside any boxes/totes/bags that may contain clothing, bedding, etc.

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