Not sure how to prepare your belongings for storage? Here are some tips from Makhzny Storage.
When storing small household appliances, e.g. toasters and coffee makers, it is a good idea to store them in their original boxes or if not a box of similar size. Using paper to fill empty spaces is also recommended. When storing larger items such as fridge, freezers, dryers and washers it is good practise to clean inside and out. Take a day or two to let the appliance dry so as there is no mould or grime build up while in storage. Don’t forget to tape any doors closed and wrapped in a protective cover, this will help ensure no dents or scratches while moving.
Small & Large Sized Furniture
Packing furniture can be a nightmare. But if you follow these simple tips, it will ensure your furniture is packed right and could add years to its life. Any furniture that can be dismantled, should be. Take any screws, bolts etc. into a small labelled bag for safe keeping. Wrapping furniture while in storage will help keep it dust and moisture free. Moving glass or mirrors obviously requires some extra precautions. You can’t go wrong wrapping with packing paper and added bubble wrap.
Dishes & Glassware
While packing and during transit, dishes and glassware can be easily damaged so it is essential to prepare and pack them to an adequate standard to prevent damage. Using bubble wrap to individually wrap and filling any gaps with packing paper to reduce the movement when transporting.
Hi-Fi, TVs & Audio
As with most items that go into storage, cleaning is top of the list. Dust and electronics do not mix in the long run. TVs are a very delicate product that require care and attention when packing to be moved into storage. Keeping hold of the box is a massive win when nowadays moving items such as 50” TV is so much more convenient in the box. TVs are also susceptible to temperature, so make sure they’re kept in a stable temperature that is not too hot and not too cold. A climate-controlled storage unit is often the best way to go.
Garage & Shed Items
When storing garage and shed items such as tools and machinery, make sure you brush off any dirt or plant matter that may have built up on them over time. Ensure all grass catchers have been fully emptied to prevent organic matter from rotting while in storage and remember to drain all fuel from tanks as this is a potential fire hazard.
Books, Files or other archives
Place books, important documents and other paper-based goods into airtight containers such as plastic storage tubs before putting them into storage. This will keep them safe from the elements and prevent moisture from damaging the material. For soft, paperback books, place a piece of tissue paper in between them to ensure the covers don’t stick together.