Tips to make the most of your space.
- Before you start, make a list of all your items that you are going to store and approximate sizes to help you in determining the packing supplies that you need. (E.g. boxes, packing tape, marker, etc.)
- Make a list of packing supplies you will need to make the job easier and to ensure that your belongings do not get damaged. We have all types of boxes and packing materials available.
- Create a "portable packing kit" with a marker, packing tape, labels, scissors and tape measure. Carry it with you as you go around packing your contents.
- Before you begin packing, weed out everything that you no longer need, wear or want. Have a garage sale or donate these items to charity. If you plan to dispose of items, do so prior to your move.
Prior to packing:
- Purchase your packing supplies.
- Wash clothing, bedding, towels, etc.
- Coat fine wood furnishings with was to protect against scratches.
- Clean and dry appliances at least 24 hours prior to storing. Tape all doors shut but remember to wedge them open for ventilation. Remove broiler pan and racks from your oven. Tape burners or coil elements to the top of your stove and tape down all knobs.
- Disconnect and empty all washing machine hoses and store them inside the machine. Immobilize the tub with a brace or by placing towels between the tub and sidewall.
- Tape electrical cords to each appliance.
- Clean and dry all outside tools and equipment before packing.
- Drain all gasoline and oil from lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws and other equipment. Disconnect all batteries.
- Empty propane tanks from barbeque grill and properly purge hose. Clean your barbeque grill. Secure lit and immobilize moving parts.
Packing your boxes:
- Use good quality boxes or containers that can be secured tightly.
- Tape the bottom of your boxes to prevent the contents from spilling out.
- Boxes should be filled to capacity to avoid collapse and tipping when stacking.
- Use smaller boxes for heavier items so that they are easier to lift.
- Have an "essentials" box or two and fill it with items such as: Kettle, mugs, cups, toilet paper, hand towel, dish towel, dish soap, hand soap, etc.
- Use a wardrobe box for clothing, curtains, drapes and linens. Add mothballs or cedar chips for extra protection.
- Place a fabric softener sheet in your boxes containing, bedding, towels, etc. to keep the smelling fresh.
- You should use bubble wrap for your delicate items such as crystal.
- Fine silver should be wrapped in cloth or silver paper.
- Always stack plates upright on their sides and wrap them individually with foam wrap or newsprint. If you find the contents are loose in the box you can use "fill" to keep them in place. Mark as fragile.
- Immobilize moving parts and remove all detachable cables and wires from your T.V., stereo, VCR, DVD and computer. Colour code or label wiring for easier reinstallation. Tape of tie cables and wires. Bubble wrap your electrical items. Mark as fragile.
- Take legs of tables off. Tape bubble wrap or packing paper to the legs of your table and chairs to protect them from damage.
- Tape or tie bed rails together. Mark the pieces for easier assembly.
- Cover items such as mattresses, sofas and chairs with dust proof covers.
- Wrap pictures and mirrors individually in bubble wrap and mark as fragile. Stack on end.
- Pack lamps and lamp shades in individual boxes. Use clean paper, bubble wrap or towels for padding.
- Pack books flat to protect their spines. Fill empty spaces with packing paper.
- Wrap your delicate Christmas ornaments in bubble wrap. Wrap string lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in box. If you find the contents are loose in the box you can use "fill" to keep them in place. Mark as fragile.
- Close the box and seal shut with tape to prevent damage, to make stacking easier and to prevent dust.
- Each time you pack a box, use your marker to label contents and where they are to be unloaded.
Storing your contents:
- Stack similar boxes together to maximize space.
- Plan the storage of your contents. Remember, if you load it last it will be unloaded first.
- Try to leave frequently used goods to the front of the unit.
- Store lightweight small items around the back of the locker and move large heavy items into storage last.
- Heavier boxes should be placed on the bottom and lighter ones on the top.
- Stand sofas and mattress on end. Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture.
- Don?t forget to leave a walkway so you can get to the rear of the unit.
- Place tall items against the walls and corners to make room for bulkier items.
- Use a good quality lock on your locker door.
- If you are moving yourself, make sure you don?t lift too much. If you need to move heavy appliances or furniture, it can be a good idea to get a friend to help or hire a local mover. We can recommend a local mover to you.
- We have several carts and dollies, free of charge, for your use to avoid back strain.
- We have a colouring desk and children?s play centre to keep kids busy while you move.
What you cannot store:
- Flammable Liquids or Fuels (e.g. paints, paint thinner, liquid bleach, matches, candles, aerosol cans.
- Firearms or Ammunition
- Perishable Food Products
- Toxic Materials
- Live Animals
- Anything for Illegal Purposes
- NEVER give your pin pad number to anyone. Your valuable such as jewelry are your responsibility. Move them yourself and keep them with you at all times.
Disclaimer: This information is provided to hopefully help you with your packing, moving and self-storage needs. It is offered "as is" and no warranty of any kind, express or implied is offered. The entire risk as to the results and performance of the tips is assumed by the user. No oral or written information or adviden given by Storage Spot, it?s agents or employees shall create a warranty and you may not rely on any such information or advice.