Helpful ideas to save you money
The use of Packing accessories such as Cartons, Acid Free Paper, Tape, Bubble-wrap and Plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods.
All whiteware like fridges and freezers should be thoroughly CLEAN AND DRY before storing. Leave a fridge/ freezer door slightly ajar.
Don't place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.
Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items.
Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons with mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition.
To save space and avoid damage remove the legs from items of furniture e.g.. bed bases, tables etc.
Dishes & Glassware
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (acid free paper is best) or bubble wrap.
Cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles should be nested on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing e.g.: scrunched paper or linen. This will keep your fragile items well protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit. Mark cartons containing fragile items with FRAGILE and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.
Mirrors, Windows, Screens & Paintings
Protect these items with packing material e.g ; bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position and not lying flat.
Wrapping silver in Acid Free paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.
Stereos, Televisions and Videos
Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care.
Wrap items individually in bubble-wrap, pack them in cartons, and seal the top to offer protection for your electrical items.
Pack out any gaps in the cartons.
Battery operated appliances & toys
Remove batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.
Computers, like your other electrical items, need special care. Wrap items individually in bubble-wrap, pack them in cartons, and seal the top to offer protection for your computer.
If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer's manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for longer than six months.
Drain fuel and oil from all machinery. This reduces the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your space. Petrol and oil left in machinery are also a fire hazard.
Planning Your Storage Space
It helps to place large, heavy items that you can stack other goods upon at the rear of the unit.
Work forwards and upwards with lighter, fragile items.
Items that you may need to access often should be placed at the front of the unit. Depending on the goods you have stored, you may need to allow for walk ways. Packing in professional storage cartons will make the stowing and unpacking safer and easier.
What You Cannot Store
Goods that are illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, hazardous, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person. e.g. Chlorine, acid, paint and petrol.