Packing, Removal & Storage Tips

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Before you pack

  • Get rid of anything that you don’t think you will need in your new house rather than self storing and transporting it.
  • Make a list of the supplies you’ll need
  • Create a packing plan – decide what will be packed into what.
  • Write an inventory list of the major items, and groups of smaller items, that you are packing
  • Pack as many things into boxes as possible before your storage unit arrives to streamline the process.

Preparing furniture and appliances

  • You should consult the owner’s manual for moving advice for your specific electrics and electronics
  • Appliances such as washing machines, fridges, and dishwashers must be completely drained and dry
  • Freezers and fridges must be empty!
  • Wrap up electrical cords and tape them to the side of the appliance
  • Tape any doors shut
  • Turn off the gas and disconnect lines to gas appliances
  • Take toner and ink cartridges and removable media out of your electronics
  • Mark which cords go into which ports on your TV, DVD player, computer, etc
  • Make sure any packing materials used for your electronics are anti-static
  • Use moving pads or wrap your wooden furniture in blankets to avoid scratches and dents. Tape the blankets down or cover the entire item with shrink wrap for optimal protection.
  • Empty the drawers and shelving inside furniture such as desks, wardrobes, dressers, etc
  • Spray any wooden furniture with a good quality furniture oil and wipe off any excess, to help prevent drying and cracking while in storage

Boxing items

  • Clearly label every box with its enclosed items as you finish, for your own reference
  • Wrap any breakables securely in bubble wrap or newspaper
  • Work from the largest and heaviest items up to the smallest and lightest items in a box
  • Double-tape the bottom of all boxes to make sure the bottom doesn’t fall out when you lift it
  • Ensure you don’t overload boxes – if you purchase proper moving boxes, check the weight rating.
  • If you are using Supercheap Storage containers it isn’t strictly necessary to mark cartons as Fragile – you are the only one that will see them! If you want to remind yourself not to be too rough with a carton at the other end, feel free to mark it for yourself.
  • Avoid sealing plastic bags with items inside, as humidity can cause mould and mildew to develop

Miscellaneous tips

  • Breakables such as pictures and mirrors are safest stored on their end, rather than flat
  • Breakables such as glasses and plates are best stored on their end within their box, also
  • Lamps are best stored with the base and shade separated and wrapped
  • Drain the fuel out of any power tools, mowers and motorbikes
  • Sprinkle some bi-carb soda in with books and clothing to help prevent odours forming while they’re in storage
  • Pack a single room at a time
  • If you know you will need to access any items while they are in storage, pack them last (close to the door of the module)
  • Do NOT pack your passport or important documents deep into your module!

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