FAQ

USEFUL TIPS

Packing tips

  • Start by putting together a ‘Portable Packing Kit’, with a marker pen, parcel tape, labels and scissors
  • Make sure you have the right number of boxes to hand, in a variety of sizes
  • Use protective wrap on your delicate belongings – it’s the best way to stop scratches, dents or breakages
  • Stack plates on their sides and use acid-free tissue paper to wrap them individually
  • Drain freezers, washing machines and refrigerators 2 days before storage – store these items with the doors wedged open
  • Always pack bedding or clothes in boxes to prevent moisture damage from ‘sweating’ that can sometimes build up in plastic bags. You can put a ‘moisture absorber’ into your box, for greater peace of mind.
  • Chair legs and furniture corners are easy to protect but expensive to repair – wrap them in corrugated card for best protection
  • Using a wardrobe box will help your clothes retain their shape
  • Clean all outside tools and equipment thoroughly before putting them into storage
  • Make sure you don’t pack away the essentials, like the loo roll, mugs, milk, tea, the coffee and the kettle!

Storing tips

  • Store items you'll need most often at the front of the unit.
  • When you pack your storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.
  • Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors, but use pallets or skids to allow air flow around and under items.
  • If you're storing tables and other furniture, remove legs and store tabletops and sofas on end, to save space.
  • Old photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place them between two pieces of cardboard and tape them together.
  • Drain petrol and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
  • Common sense and regional law determines what may be stored. You alone control access to your storage space therefore never store firearms, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic materials, or other items that need a controlled environment.
  • Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
  • Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces
  • Always use high quality locks on your unit. Locks are available for sale-just ask your site manager for a recommendation.
  • Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.