Whether you are relocating, downsizing your home or making more space in your current home, packing for long term storage rental entails some thought and planning to protect your items.
Here are 6 suggestions and tips from our professional consultants to prepare for long term self-storage.
- Give yourself time to pack properly
Packing boxes and planning a move is never an easy process. Last minute packing can leave you with unorganized boxes, broken possessions and damaged clothing. Make a plan and stay organized.
- Plan your space
With proper organization you will be able to get the most out of your storage space for the most cost effective use. A detailed inventory can be a life saver in helping you decide on the size of storage unit you should rent. This will save you money by choosing a unit that fits your needs. (link to Tip on taking inventory when using a storage unit)
- Maximize your space
Don’t wait till you have moved your contents to the storage unit to decide on how you can make the space work for you. Make a floor plan before you move. Place lighter and well packed items in drawers. Consider disassembling furniture that can be easily reassembled and use some linens like sheets and towels as packing material. Use boxes of similar sizes to make stacking easier.
- Invest in good packing materials
Do not scrimp on packing materials. Remember, you are packing your worldly possessions. Buy quality boxes and use new whenever possible. Boxes can degrade over time and boxes from unknown sources can harbour insects and mold that could be detrimental to your items. Newsprint can leave permanent marks on china and the chemicals in coloured newsprint can degrade finishes on wood and porcelain. Quality packing paper is inexpensive and keeps your items clean and ink free for years. (link to Some Essential Packing Supply Tips You Didn’t Know About)
- Prepare appliances properly
If storing any appliances make certain they are thoroughly cleaned. Refrigerator doors should be removed to prevent mold buildup. Washing machines and dishwashers should be thoroughly drained to avoid any standing water.
The Total Storage team of self-storage consultants have the answers to all your self-storage questions. Call us today 204-832-8181