- Make sure all white goods (fridges, freezers etc) are empty, clean and dry before storing, and leave doors slightly ajar to prevent mold build up.
- To minimize rust in metal items such as tools, wipe the item with a few drops of oil before storing them away, and be sure to keep these items away from furniture as the oil may stain the material.
- Ensure all electronic equipment is clean and dry before storing.
- Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture to avoid damage and save space.
- Place a cover over all furniture, especially sofa’s, recliners and anything of value.
- Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials.
- Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin.
- Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap.
- For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
- Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.
- Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal.
- Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.
- Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs.
- Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides.
- Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
- Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing.
- Enlist a color-coding system.
HOW TO CHOOSE A STORAGE FACILITY
- Choose a storage facility by the level of customer service. You should leave with a good feeling and high expectations.
- You don’t want your stuff to get stolen, so make sure any facility you’re looking at has good security. A secure facility should have a gate with computerized access as well as security cameras and good lighting.
- Knowing what you’re going to store will help you determine if you need a basic indoor unit, covered outdoor storage, or a unit with advanced climate controls. Remember to think about the climate conditions in the area to which you are moving. If humidity levels will be high, choose a climate-controlled unit to preserve sensitive documents. If the area is very dry, you may need a climate-controlled unit to keep fragile furniture, clothing, and artwork from becoming too brittle.
- Choosing Facilities According to Features including location, climate control, and customer service features.
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