Look into purchasing insurance for your belongings in storage. Do not assume that your homeowner or renter insurance will cover them.
Use packing materials such as cartons, paper, bubble wrap, plastic covers, towels, blankets and packing tape to protect your goods whilst in storage. Fill each box to capacity to prevent collapse. Seal with strong packing tape, label with a description and number cartons on two sides.
Clean and ensure freezers, fridges and other whitegoods are completely dry before storing. Secure doors so they are slightly ajar with a deodoriser placed inside to maintain freshness.
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Wrap items individually in paper and pack carefully in cartons. Never pack fragile and heavy items together. Fill any gaps in the carton with paper to prevent movement, especially whilst in transit. Make sure to label cartons “FRAGILE” and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.
Place the items you will be accessing most frequently closer to the front of the storage unit. Heavier boxes with heavier items go on the bottom. Lighter boxes with fragile items get stored on top.
Batteries Not Included
Remove batteries from toys, appliances and remote controls to avoid possible damage from leakage.
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 a recognised fire hazard.
What not to Store
Any goods that are illegal, flammable, explosive, hazardous or perishable; or other items that need a controlled environment which may include paint, oil, or gasoline.