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Tips to help you move

These hints are designed to help you with a smooth, low cost move…
The use of Packing accessories such as Boxes, Wardrobe Boxes, Paper, Tape, Bubble wrap and Plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. A variety of packing accessories are usually available for purchase at the Self Storage Facility office. Fill cartons to capacity, partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small cartons so they are easy to handle. Books should be packed flat, not on their spine. Packing and labeling cartons room by room makes the unpacking much easier, and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea in which carton to begin looking.
Fridges, Freezers, Washers, Dryers, and other items should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing, Whilst in storage the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodorizer placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Don’t place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.
Protect your furniture with drop sheets or similar. Empty the contents of drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure boxes with some mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition. Where possible, remove the legs from items of furniture e.g. Bed bases, tables etc to avoid damage and save space.
Dishes and 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 (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edge. Fill any gaps in the boxes with packing e.g.: scrunch paper or linen. This will keeps your fragile items well protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit. Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.
Mirrors, windows, screens and paintings
These items should be protected by packing material e.g.: bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edge in an upright position (not laying flat).
Metal items
Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.
Stereos and televisions
Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. The original boxes are ideal to repack with, however wrapping items individually in bubble-wrap, packing them in cartons, and sealing the top will offer protection for your electrical items. Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons.
Battery operated toys
We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.
Computers like your other electrical items need special care. The original boxes are highly recommended for packing, however bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons will do the job. Remember use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of cartons, this provides extra protection to the contents, and pack out any gaps. Most modern computers have “self parking heads” if you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer. Masking tape is a great tool for labeling the ports. Make a note of your “SYSTEM DATA” which you will find in the CMOS records, Back-up hard disc before storing and keep back up off site.
Mowers and other machinery
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.
What not to store…
Any goods that are illegal, inflammable, explosive, hazardous, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person.
Planning your storage space and move
As a general rule firstly place large heavy items that you can stack upon in your space at the rear of the unit. Then work forwards and upwards with lighter fragile items. Place those items that you may need to access often in 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 storing and unpacking easier and safer, saving you time and worry. Professional packing and storage accessories will provide your goods with the preparation they need for storage and maintain their condition for the term of storage.
Moving checklist
  • Arrange disconnection and reconnecting of services e.g.: Power, Gas, Phone..
  • Cancel any deliveries e.g.: papers, milk, soft drinks.
  • Your local Post office will assist you with mail redirection.
  • Important Authorities and Business Houses to Notify of your change of address:- Electoral Office, Motor Vehicle Registration and Licence Authority, Taxation Office, Banks and Financial Advisers, Insurance Companies, Educational Institutions, Department of Social Security (re Pension payments, Family Payments etc), Medicare, Club Membership, Subscriptions.