Hi all, here are some great storage packing tips if you are planning on storing your household items, these tips will maximise your space and prevent damage to your belongings.
A lot of these tips are used by the Smooth Mover as standard practices and also from personal experience of storing household items.
- Make sure that all your white linen, clothes etc are washed before storing. After a period of time any trace of sweat or grease will turn your whites yellow.
- Use sturdy boxes so they can be stacked on top of each to maximise the height of the storage unit.
- If you are storing wine, check out storage facilities that offer climate control.
- Make sure that you number all your boxes and keep an inventory of what is in those boxes, you may need to find something whilst everything is in storage. When you move to your new place an inventory will help in telling our guys where each box needs to go.
- Don’t cover furniture with plastic, this can lead to condensation and mildew issues.
- Remove petrol from lawnmowers and clean all your garden implements.
- If able pack all your electronic equipment such as computers, tv, stereo’s in their original packing.
- Roll your rugs rather than fold, folding may cause permanent damage to the pile.
- You can not store food, pot plans and hazardous materials in storage lockers for obvious reasons.
- Hazardous materials include: Gas bottles, paint thinners, petrol and cleaning fluids.
- Leave your fridge doors open, if closed you will have mold issues.
- Disassemble furniture to save space.
Above all remember “If it fits in a box, put it in a box”
If you are stuck on where to start for your storage needs please contact us via our website or phone 09 415 4222 for our unit sizes and prices.
Packing Tips – Moving House
Our packing tips – moving house can save you hours in preparing your household items for your upcoming move. We will be adding to this list regularly so stay posted!
- Use good quality, strong boxes which can be stacked without crushing. Stationery shops sell boxes, but he quality is typically poor, with a ‘single wall’ which easily collapse. We can sell you good quality boxes and other materials, we also offer a buy back scheme once you are finished.
- Be wary of boxes obtained from the supermarket – they are typically not very strong, and of varying sizes (which makes packing the truck more difficult and can take more time) Having said that, banana boxes are great – very strong, and with a lid can be stacked easily.
- Make sure your boxes are not too heavy (should be readily lifted by one man). Pack books and heavy items in small boxes, and linen and lighter items in larger boxes.
- Always tape boxes closed bottom and top. Never ‘criss-cross’ boxes – especially on the bottom!
- Pack heavier items on the bottom of boxes
- Fill boxes, but without over-filling/bulging. Space left in boxes allows movement of contents and possible resulting damage.
- Wrap all fragile items in paper. Butchers paper (unprinted newspaper) is ideal as newspaper ink can mark/stain your possessions. You are able to purchase this from us if required.
- Make sure all boxes can closed properly and are sealed so the tops are flat. If you over-pack a box, you risk damaging your own property.
- Label all boxes with a permanent marker pen. Labels should include the room in which you want the box to end up, and a rough description of contents (including Fragile, if relevant) for example: Kitchen / crockery & plastics / Fragile, or Master bedroom / clothing.
- If using second hand boxes, ensure all previous labels are clearly crossed out to avoid confusion.
- Liquids (bottles/jars etc) must be kept upright – and clearly labelled with arrows upwards and “This End Up”
- Keep clothing in dresser drawers. Remove any fragile or heavy items
- Linen/clothing can be packed in STRONG rubbish bags
- We recommend boxing computer and stereo equipment, consider taking your monitor with you in the front seat of your car.
- Organise a chilly bin for your fridge items on the day of the move.
- Start packing early. Its a lengthy process. The more prepared you are, the quicker and more efficient your move will be – ultimately saving you money!