Storage Tips

Two people in boxes
  • 1. Plan ahead! Go online at www.muddymanstorage.com or call our Muddy Man Storage offices to see our available units. Then RENT or RESERVE! You can reserve a unit up to 7 days in advance.
  • 2. Figure out what you are storing. Make sure of what you can and can’t put into storage. Call our friendly and helpful staff if you are unsure.
  • 3. Pick the correct size storage unit. Try our Muddy Man Storage size tool here to see just what will fit.
  • 4. Identify the amenities you need. (Not sure what climate control means? We break it all down here.)
  • 5. Do you offer Insurance? YES we do! At Muddy Man Storage we want your things to be secure. However, we know that stuff happens. As a convenience to you, Muddy Man Storage offers a low cost, no deductible storage insurance policy that can be paid for with your rent each month. If you do not choose to use our insurance program, we ask you to provide us proof of insurance through your own provider.
  • 6. Read your Storage Lease Agreement! Remember the old adage, “Knowledge is power”? Many of the questions you have are addressed in your lease agreement. If you don’t understand something give us a call. We would be more than happy to help you.
  • 7. Pack up your stuff. Be sure to have plenty of moving supplies on hand. You can purchase all of your moving supplies in our Muddy Man Storage office in Rockaway Beach. Here is a handy checklist of the items you will be needing:
    • Boxes Tip: (for an average 3 bedroom house you will need 45 medium boxes, 31 large boxes, and 13 extra-large boxes)
    • Plastic tubs Tip: (put your plastic tubs on the bottom to keep moisture away from your items, but beware, stacking of either boxes or tubs too tall will weaken the bottom most boxes)
    • Clear plastic bags for things like pillows, towels & sheets Tip: (you can see what is in storage if you use clear plastic bags for softer items)
    • Plastic Mattress and couch covers
    • 3 Large rolls of Packing Tape and packing tape dispenser
    • Sharpie Markers and 2 sets of colored markers & labels Tip: (give each room a color)
    • Box cutter & scissors
    • 14 lbs. of packing paper Tip: (use sheets and towels to pack in between delicate items to save on wrapping paper)
    • 90 ft. of bubble wrap
    • Ratchet straps, rope and bungee cords for tying everything down
    • Moving blankets Tip: (old bedspreads can be bought at local thrift stores)
    • Designated boxes for things that are going to charity
    • Change of address notifications from the Post office
    • Stretch wrap can be a handy way to keep drawers closed in dresser
  • 8. Remember that your storage needs to breathe. It is always a good idea to put some strips of wood or pallets underneath of your items to make sure that they don’t touch the concrete. Even a layer of plastic on the concrete will help with moisture. And don’t pack your unit so full that there is no walking room. There is no worse feeling than knowing Aunt Judy is coming and the treasured vase she gave you is packed away in the back of your storage unit!
  • 9. Protect yourself against pests! We don’t like it but occasionally pests do get into storage units. Muddy Man Storage actively takes steps between each customer’s move out to eliminate pests by spraying and baiting and we have a monthly maintenance schedule as well. That being said, we recommend that you take the additional step of occasionally spraying or baiting your own unit as extra protection.
  • 10. Visit your unit once a month! We recommend opening your unit at least once every 30 days to make sure there is nothing wrong. Muddy Man Storage does a daily drive through to visually inspect the outside of each unit and parking space to make sure that there are no problems on site. However, if you see something out of the ordinary please contact our offices and we will take whatever steps necessary to remedy the situation. We appreciate input from our customers.
  • 11. Pay your storage rent on time! Rent is always due the 1st of the month and if paid by the 5th there are no late fees. We have many convenient payment options for you. Here are a few:
    • We take cash, check, money order, credit or debit cards (sorry no chickens or pigs in trade)
    • Pay online at www.muddymanstorage.com
    • Mail your payment to: PO Box 1060, Rockaway Beach, MO 65740
    • Sign up for our convenient Auto Pay with a credit or debit card (we can auto debit your card any day from the 1st thru the 5th)
    • Or… We love seeing you in person. Drop into our office at 3807 State Hwy 176, Rockaway Beach, MO.
    • We also have an outside drop box at the Rockaway Beach office for after hours payment.