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When it comes to making use of self-storage facilities to keep hold of possessions you want to move with you but don’t realistically have space for to fit on your home right now, it can be a little daunting and puzzling, seeing as it’s not exactly something you do every day! So it is worth making note of recommendations and helpful tips, or even asking around to get sound advice from others you know who have made use of this service previously.
Making a list of the items you intend to store can be really useful. It can act as a checklist to check that you have everything with you on the move day and haven’t left anything behind, accidentally or otherwise. Next up is a good approach to packing. Fill your boxes well but don’t pack them up so much that they bulge out. You can’t really allow for this to happen as not only can they be difficult to lift and carry back and forth from the storage area, but can also collapse with the weight being borne, leaving you with no box and everything falling out over you! It can therefore be useful to pack significantly heavier items in smaller boxes; this means they are easy to lift and carry.
When packing fragile items like mirrors and picture frames, protect them using bubble wrap. Tape the box with fragile tape to help remind yourself that they are in fact the boxes with the fragile items in (not too easy to tell on returning to the storage unit which is which, so labeling to mark them out will really help!)! Cover soft furnishings, like any mattresses you have or sofas, and other pieces of furniture with protective covers to keep them looked after during storage. When filling up the storage space, focus on priority; place items you won’t need regular access to at the back, with items of further importance at the front.
When filling up the container unit, the first boxes you want to place in (potentially starting at the back of the container/unit space) are the heaviest. Doing so will help to create a firm and secure base to stack everything else up on and around. A sneaky and useful tip is to make use of your items you are going to store within the storage space, to store further items within! If you have any cupboards or a chest of drawers, then be sure to sensibly store up further items within them. Not only does this save on further space to free up room for more boxes, but can be handy for the move.
If you are storing fridges or freezers, then you firstly need to make sure that they are properly defrosted beforehand. For washing machines or dishwashers, you need to ensure they are completely drained of water. This will stop any leaks spilling out and causing unimaginable damage to everything stacked around it in the container. Also make sure to leave the doors open to allow for ventilation. If you want to store machinery via self-storage, then you need to make sure that all fuel and oil have similarly been properly drained. Petrol and oil are both fire hazards; having them left unattended leaking out could be disastrous. So think smart and be sensible! Storage companies obviously aren’t going to allow the storing of dangerous, unsuitable or categorically illegal items so do make sure there’s nothing of concern amongst your belongings. You can ask for details from the storage firm just to check and make sure there’s nothing untoward in your intended contents of the container unit!