If you’re in the process of building a house, storage is a great way to keep your belongings safe while you’re waiting for the completion date. However, to get the most out of storage, and to ensure your valuables remain in good order, you need to know the secrets behind packing for storage.
We’ve made learning these packing secrets as easy as can be, with this packing for storage checklist.
Over-Arching Tips An inventory is your best friend while you’re packing for storage; creating one should be the first thing you do. It also gives you a chance to do a bit of a spring clean and decide what exactly needs to be stored. You need to remember that you pay for how much you store so don’t be too sentimental during this process, if it’s not really important to you sell it, dispose of it or donate it.
If you’ve completed your inventory, then it’s time to start packing.
Secrets to Packing for Storage
- You need to be aware that even sophisticated secure storage units are subject to harsher environmental conditions than storage spaces inside houses. Delicate items such as books, important files and photos need to be double wrapped and wooden or leather furniture needs to be treated so it isn’t affected by mildew, humidity and mould.
- If you’re storing whitegoods these need to be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and left open in order to prevent unpleasant smells from building up. Keeping the door and lids open will also help to prevent rubber seals from degrading.
- It’s best to store electrical appliances in their original packaging if you have kept them. If not find an appropriate sized box and fill it with plenty of bubble wrap. Make sure that all batteries have been removed as leaked battery acid will ruin appliances and can even present a significant safety hazard.
Secrets to Effectively Packing Your Storage Unit
- The first thing you need to focus on is packing all the way to the top of your packing space. The easiest and safest way to do this is to use plywood to create layers between your boxes. Don’t waste a single inch of space inside your storage unit; you’re paying for every bit of it.
- Remember that your storage unit can be affected by damp, so lay some wooden pallets across the floor to keep all of your treasures safe from moisture.
- Investing some time in the creation of a good labeling system will save you a lot of time later. Correspond the labeling system with your inventory and keep a copy of this in your storage unit.
- Get yourself a good quality lock. An all-weather, short arm lock is the best type for your storage unit because it can’t be prized open with bolt cutters.
Don’t forget to download your complete storage checklist. It contains even more tips, tricks and secrets that will help you to get the most out of your storage space and avoid some of the common problems that people face.