Storage & Packing Tips

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Storage & Packing Tips

Some helpful tips for you

  • Make a list of what you intend to store, especially larger or unusual shaped items. Note items that can fold down or be taken apart to make more space i.e. beds. This will help you get the best possible quote and enough packing materials.
  • Calculate the value of what you have to store and arrange insurance cover. This can be done in store.
  • Label all boxes clearly to help when retrieving goods from your unit and unpacking.
  • Allow large and heavy items to form the base of the storage room with lighter items at the top.
  • Use chest of drawers and wardrobes to store boxes and paper work giving you extra room. Position items that you will need frequent access to at the front of the unit.
  • Cover all furniture with dust sheets and remember to wrap table and chair legs to avoid scratching.
  • Store heavy items in smaller boxes to make for easy lifting. Store china and breakables in stronger cardboard and plastic boxes packing with bubble wrap or tissue paper.
  • Make sure that fridges and freezers are fully defrosted to prevent water damage and where possible leave the doors open to allow ventilation.
  • Clean all garden furniture before storing and make sure that your lawnmower is drained of petrol.
  • Purchase a padlock to secure your unit (available in store). If there will be more than one person accessing the unit (store will need notification of this) consider a combination padlock.

    I'm moving house, what tips can you give me?

    One month to go
    • Ring around for quotes from removal firms and appoint one. Make sure they’re properly insured and establish exactly what they’re prepared to do. We can recommend reputable local removal whom our customers regularly use and trust
    • Order your packing materials. Remember, if you buy a storage pack from us, we’ll deliver it to you free of charge.
    • Start packing any non-essential items such as out-of-season clothing, together with your best china, glassware and ornaments. Mark the contents clearly.
    • Clear out the loft. Pack as many items as you can from your garage and shed.
    • Let everyone know that you’re changing address.
    • Arrange to have post re-directed to your new address – there’s always someone you’ll overlook when you send out your change-of-address notes!
    • Keep all correspondence from your Estate Agent, your Solicitor and the removals company safely together for easy reference.
    • Contact your insurance company to arrange transfer of your home and contents insurance on the move day. Your buildings insurance should already be in place on the day you move in.
    Two weeks to go
    • Start running down food stocks in your freezer.
    • Continue to pack any items you won’t need before the move.
    • Arrange for someone to look after your children and pets during the move.
    • Contact the gas, electric, telephone and water companies to inform them of the impending move.
    The day before
    • Prepare your moving day ‘survival kit’ containing a kettle, mugs, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, teaspoons, sandwiches, snacks, biscuits, crisps, fruit, washing-up liquid, tea towels and a hand towel (not forgetting the all important toilet roll!).
    • Pack all your valuables such as jewellery together and carry them securely with you./li>
    • Keep the file containing all valuable documents relating to the move with you at all times in case you need to refer to them.
    • Advise the telephone company of the time you want your telephone disconnecting (or the number transferring, if you’re keeping it).
    • Defrost the freezer and fridge (if you intend to transport the freezer and its contents intact, put it on fast-freeze overnight).
    • Make a list of useful telephone numbers for the new occupiers of your home, plus instructions for operating any appliances, central heating, etc.
    • Make sure you have cash available for the unforeseen circumstances and for tipping your removal men.
    • Telephone your insurance company to double-check that your new contents cover will be in force on the morning of the move.