It’s not something we normally want to do, but sometimes using a self storage company to temporarily keep your items out of the way and secure is needed when moving house. If you are moving to a smaller property you may not be able to fit all of your items into it straight away, and perhaps once you’re less busy you will be able to sell or re-home these possessions. You might simply have a gap between leaving one property and moving into the next.
In any case, you may need to consider a few important points in order to handle your possessions correctly and make sure they are safe when you put them in storage.
Preparing your furniture
Furniture may become damaged when it’s put into storage for a long period of time. If you’re not sure how long it will be there, or even if you think it won’t be long, it pays to be prepared. Make sure you ensure any repairs or cleaning work is completed before the furniture goes into storage. Lay protective sheets down on the floor of your storage unit if possible, and use similar packing materials to wrap up items. This protects the corners and surfaces from getting scratched or torn.
Packing fragile items
Many people don’t realise there are certain ways you can (and should) pack your most fragile and valuable items to ensure they don’t break while in transit or storage.
Plates – Wrap individually in paper and lay vertically in a box rather than stacking
Glasses – Place one inside the other to form small stacks and wrap in bubble wrap
Lamps – Disassemble as much as possible and wrap the individual parts
Artwork – Cover frames with additional padding on corners and wrap separately
Ornaments – Use multiple layers of bubble wrap and appropriately sized boxes
Plan for your space and stay organised
If possible you should always think about the unpacking process and where you eventually want everything to go. You don’t need to know the specifics, but grouping items together logically based on the room they normally need to be in will help you. Make sure you label things as much as possible so even if your items are being stored for a long time, you will remember how to find things later.
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