When moving from one home to the next, new home buyers may need storage space on which they can rely.
The storage space needs to be one that is safe, secure, clean, free from damp, mould and pests, and be manned by a friendly, expert team. With peace of mind all your belongings are safe and sound, you can then focus on the job at hand – building your dream home.
However, it doesn’t matter how safe or secure your storage space is, if your belongings aren’t packed properly they could suffer damage. Not only do you need to know how to pack moving boxes, you also need to understand how to pack the storage space itself so that you can maximise your investment and protect all your household treasures.
Our simple checklist will help you get the most out of your storage space and ensure your goods are in tip top condition when it comes time to move into your brand new Hotondo Home.
Before you even think about storage, we suggest you undertake a thorough spring clean. After all, you pay for both storage and removal services based on the volume of your goods. There’s no point in paying to store items you don’t use or are unlikely to need in the future. Go through your belongings with a fine toothcomb and sort the ‘must-haves’ from the ‘can live withouts’.
Compile an Inventory
Once you’ve decided exactly which items you’re going to keep, make an inventory of everything that’s going into storage. It’s a good idea to have a few copies of this on-hand, including one to leave inside your storage unit once it’s all packed.
Source Storage Quotes
Armed with your inventory, you will be able to contact multiple storage providers to source quotes. Make sure you know exactly what is included in your quote so that you’re comparing apples with apples. Does the quote include pick-up and delivery costs? Does it include insurance? Are there extra charges when it comes to accessing your belongings?
Prepare Whitegoods Properly
All whitegoods (including fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers) must be completely drained and then cleaned, disinfected and thoroughly dried before they are placed in storage. You should also leave all doors ajar to prevent odor build-up.
Damp or dirty whitegoods are a breeding ground for mould and mildew, so if you want to use your fridge again you really need to make sure know how to store a refrigerator.
Take Note of Items That Can’t Be Stored
There are certain things that just don’t belong in a storage space such as corrosive, poisonous and toxic substances. In addition, anything containing fuel or oil (like lawn mowers), and items like batteries, scuba tanks, aerosol cans, or any kind of pressurised vessels should never be placed in storage.
Pack Your Storage Boxes Like A Pro
Packing moving boxes for storage is an art form. To ensure your treasures survive, we suggest you keep a few essential packing tips in mind.
- Delicate items (such as photos, books, artwork and wooden and leather furniture) need to be protected against the elements to which spaces are susceptible. They should always be packed in moving boxes designed specifically for this purpose, and protected in plastic wrap where necessary.
- Furniture should be treated with the appropriate leather or wood application, and then wrapped in heavy duty mover’s blankets. All these measures will help protect your belongings from humidity, damp, pests and dust.
- Above all, never over-fill your moving boxes, particularly if you are planning for long-term storage. Keep in mind your moving boxes will be stacked on top of one another, and they are only made of cardboard. The last thing you want to find is that an overfilled box has collapsed, potentially destroying your belongings in the process.
- You’ve paid for your little block of space, so to make you get the most out of it. Use every inch of space by packing it to the roof. The safest way to do this is to use sheets of plywood to create levels between your boxes and keep the stack secure.
- Even the most professional of storage spaces are susceptible to a little bit of moisture. This moisture tends to collect around the floor. So, keep your boxes off the floor by lining the floor with wooden pallets. This way, your boxes are kept high and dry.
- Double wrap any items that contain liquid. You can’t monitor your space at all times and even the smallest leak can cause enormous damage.
Check out Kent’s Storage Checklist & Tips for even more tips and tricks.