Do: Keep an inventory of the items you store
Do: Put plastic or pallets on the floor of your unit to keep your items clean and to protect them in case something leaks.
Do: Put all of the items you can in boxes of uniform sizes when possible. This makes for better organisation and a neater space.
Do: Pack heavy items into smaller boxes
Do: Label the contents of your containers.
Do: Place the most heaviest and valuable items in the back of the unit, as well as the items you’ll be less likely to need first.
Do: Leave aisles or walk spaces between rows of stacked boxes for easy access.
Do: To guard against condensation damage use fabric rather than plastic to cover large items.
Do: If your unit is not climate-controlled, don’t store items that can be damaged by melting or freezing.
Do: Avoid storing food items.
Don’t: Store prohibited items such as tires, food, or flammable items. Check the storage facility’s rules or your contract for a complete list
Don’t: Store hazardous or toxic materials OR flammable liquids or gases OR foods. If you are not sure you should store something, ask our helpful management staff.
Don’t: Store any combustibles!
Don’t: Store items such as propane tanks, old paint, cleaning fluids, gasoline or other things that might create or intensify a fire.
Should be packed flat so that the spines won’t break in smaller boxes. Never pack fragile items with books.
Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly defrosted, dry and clean before storing. Always move and store your Fridge in the upright position. Laying a fridge on its side could damage it. Leave open the doors of appliances to prevent mildew. You can store lighter items such as linens inside. A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness.
Protect the shelves and structure of your furniture by emptying wardrobes, cupboards and drawers while moving. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons. Refill when in storage.
Completely drain all fuel. This will reduce the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your space. Petrol and oil left in machinery are a fire hazard. Place on a board or plastic sheet in case of leakage.
If possible, use original cartons for packing. They have been designed to protect the computer whilst in transit. Otherwise, wrap the computer in bubble wrap and place inside a strong cardboard carton. If unsure, read the manufacturers manual for advice.
Wrap framed art and mirrors in bubble wrap and stand them upright.
Individual pack all fragile items in packing paper (tissue paper) and stand all cups on their edges. Any extra space inside the carton should be filled (scrunching paper). Label the outside of the carton fragile.