Moving your items into storage is a good reason to have a great sort through those unwanted or no longer needed items in your home. Take an objective look through each room, draw, and cupboard in your home.
the use of packing accessories such as cardboard boxes, paper, bubble wrap and tape will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. Ask us about your packaging needs. Make sure to fill cartons/boxes to full capacity and not partially pack them as they may collapse or tip. Heavy items just as books/wine bottles should be pack in smaller boxes so they are easier to move and shuffle. Also books should be packed flat, not on their spine. Label each box clearly and place boxes that need to accessed lots during storage period have them positioned close to the door.
Protect your furniture with drop sheets or something similar. If possible remove the legs from items of furniture for example dinner tables, bed bases to avoid damage and also save space.
Place into a strong secure cartons with some mothballs or something similar product to protect and maintain their condition.
Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing. Whilst in storage insure the door is slightly ajar. Don’t place any items into fridges or freezer that may it damage or mark the shelves and linings.
Like your other electrical appliances they need special care. Original boxes are highly recommended for packing. However bubble wrap and good quality packing cartons with do the job. Try in place extra lining/packaging in the bottom and top of cartons to provide extra protection to the contents.
Stereos, TV’s And Video
Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive therefore requires lots of special care. The original boxes are ideal to repack in however wrapping items individually in bubble wrap and or wrapping paper into cartons and sealing the top will offer protection to your electrical items. Also remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons!
Mowers and Machinery
Make sure to drain any fuel and oil from all machinery. This will reduce risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your unit. Petrol and oil left in mowers are also fire hazard.
Planning Storage Space & General Tips
- Place large, heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear of the unit.
- Work forwards and upwards with lighter, fragile items.
- Place items that you may need to access often at the front of the unit.
- Clearly label all cartons on the side and top to make accessing items easier.
- Store mattresses, mirrors and paintings on long edges rather than flat to protect them and safe space.
- Use good quality cartons to avoid bottoms collapsing when you are moving to lifting them. Reinforce the bottom of the cartons by criss-cross the packaging tape.
- Avoid unwanted guests by not storing food items.
- Pack smaller boxes to utilize full unit space.
- When able to do so, disassemble items such as tables and bed frames to save space.
- Inspect unit regularly to check you valuable items.