Here are some other handy tips:
- Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be dry and clean before storing.
- Whilst in storage, the door should be secured slightly ajar.
- To maintain freshness place a deodoriser inside fridges or freezers.
- Don’t place items inside fridges or freezers as linings can be damaged.
- Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards.
- Remove the legs from furniture to avoid damage and save space.
- Disassemble items such as bed frames and tables.
- Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.
Dishes and Glassware
- Place a layer of packing at the top and bottom of cartons containing breakables.
- Wrap fragile items individually in packing paper.
- Nest cups and bowls, and stand plates, sauce platters and casseroles on their edges.
- Fill any gaps in the carton with packing to prevent movement.
- Label all cartons with fragile items.
- Avoid storing heavy items on top of fragile cartons.
Computers and Electrical Items
- Where possible, pack electrical goods in their original packing.
- Wrap items individually using bubble wrap and pack in cartons.
- Line the top and bottom of cartons with packing.
- Seal cartons securely and fill gaps with packing.
- If you are storing a computer for more than six months, refer to the manufacturers manual or consult your retailer for packing instructions.
Planning Your Storage Space
- Inspect your storage unit and make a list of the packing materials you might need. Common items include: wrapping paper, bubble wrap, tape, rope, drop cloths, polyurethane sheeting, mattress and furniture covers, pallets, skids and cartons. Many of these items are available from our Self Storage centre office.
- Pack your goods in professional storage cartons for security and easy unpacking.
- As a general rule, place your large, heavy items at the rear of your storage space.
- Work forwards and upwards with lighter, fragile items.
- Place items that you need to access at the front of your space.
- You might consider creating walkways for ease of access.
- Arrange to disconnect and reconnect services, such as power, gas and phone
- Cancel any deliveries (your local Post Office can assist with mail direction)
- Notify the following authorities and businesses of your change of address:
- Electoral office
- Licensing Department
- Taxation office
- Banks and financial institutions
- Insurance companies
- Education institutions
- Centrelink (pension payments, family payments etc.)
- Club memberships and subscriptions