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Self storage packing tips

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  •  Make a list or take photos of all of the items in the unlikely event that something happens to them whilst in storage and you need to make an insurance claim.  The list will also be good for reference if you need to remember if  you put something into the unit or not.

  • Pack as much of your belongings in strong same sized boxes as this will make stacking them easier allowing you to make the most of the vertical space.

  • Once you arrive at the storage facility unload your goods into the loading bay, using the available trolleys and sack barrows to transport your goods to your unit. Be careful not to overload the trolley or stack them unsafely!
  • Start by covering the ground space with a dust sheet to protect your goods.
  • Identify your heaviest or fullest boxes, and put these with your bulky items into the unit first.  Set anything aside that you will need regular access to.
  • Position any items that you will need regular access to at the front of the unit.  If you’re going to need regular access to most of the items in the unit you may want to leave an aisle.
  • Clearly identify fragile goods, and make sure the labels can be easily seen.
  • Storing sofas and mattresses on end, and stacking chairs pad-to-pad, will help you to minimise the amount of space you need.
  • Stack your boxes, maximising your space, from the back of the unit and fill your space methodically towards the front – don’t forget to use single items for filling gaps as you go.
  • If possible raise boxes/items off the floor with wooden pallets.
  • Self storage packing tips, say make the most of hollow spaces.  Don’t leave wardrobes, chest of drawers, laundry baskets or suitcases empty.  Fill those spaces with things such as clothing, linen or pillows.
  • Take care to safely pack sharp edges or garden tools to avoid accidents.
  • Outside equipment should be cleaned before storage, and lawnmower blades or cutting tools should be lightly oiled and emptied of any fuel, (at least 2 days before).
  • When all your items are in, cover with a dust sheet to keep them clean and protected.
  • Secure your unit with a padlock.

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