Follow these Great Checklists and Tips to Ensure Easy, Affordable, Secure and Stress-free Storage
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Packing up your beloved valuables and moving them into storage can be a stressful experience. So, we’ve created this storage checklist and tips to help ensure that packing and storing your treasures is as smooth and stress-free as possible. It is packed with furniture storage tips, storage packing tips, and even advice on finding the perfect storage facility.
Based on our 70 year history as leading removals and secure storage experts, this checklist guides you through the entire storage process, from sourcing storage quotes, to packing your belongings, and maximising the space in your storage unit.
General Moving and Storage Tips
- Make an inventory. Create a comprehensive list of all of your belongings, note the items that need to be stored and the items that can be disposed of. This step is essential in knowing how much you need to store, and finding the perfect storage solution for your needs
- Storage facility tips. Once you have an understanding of the volume of the items you need to place into storage, you can start researching storage companies. A few tips on finding the perfect storage facility:
- Ensure that they have the capacity to store all of your belongings
- Ensure they can cater to your specific needs. For example, you may need 24-hour access to your storage unit
- Ensure that they are security monitored 24/7.
- Types of storage. After creating a list of your belongings and doing some research, it’s time to decide on the type of storage unit you will require. Containerised storage units will protect your belongings from the elements and also reduce the handling of your belongings, lessening the chance of damage. Self storage units and shared units are also available (Kent Secure Storage is more secure and up to 50% cheaper than self storage options)
- Source storage quotes. You should only source quotes from professional removal companies or long-standing providers of storage; smaller providers often use third parties for their storage options. Ensure that all quotes are coming from providers of high-security storage solutions that provide the services you require, such as professional packing, storage boxes, and packing supplies
- Compare like with like. It’s important that you are comparing similar companies and services. In particular, ask about storage conditions and options like minimum lease and access
- Added extras. Check what extras the company can include free of charge (Kent have many free offers, including professional moving blankets to protect your furniture)
- Book-in storage. If you are happy with the storage unit, you should make a booking based on the volume you require (this can be calculated during a free, no obligation Kent in-home visit)
- Book a removalist. If you are moving house and a removalist has already be arranged, give them a list of the items that will be moved into storage. If you require storage only, organise a professional removal and storage company to take care of everything (Kent provides pick-up and delivery with storage bookings).
Moving into Storage Checklist: Storage Packing Tips
- Check what can be stored. Liaise with your storage provider to check if any items are prohibited from being stored. Usually foodstuffs and dangerous goods are not accepted and the storage of these items may invalidate your insurance. See our Moving House Do’s and Don’ts for more information
- Packing tips for storage. Use our comprehensive Packing Tips, to prepare your belongings for storage. Double wrap any special items susceptible to extreme heat or cold, such as old photos and books, and vinyl records
- Protect your furniture. Despite best efforts, airflow can be limited in your storage unit so you need to treat your wooden and leather furniture to protect it from mould, mildew and damage from humidity
- Moving and storage tips for your whitegoods. Ensure that all whitegoods have been disconnected, defrosted and thoroughly washed. It’s a good idea to leave the doors slightly ajar to prevent smells from building up and to stop rubber seals from weakening during storage
- Storage tips for your electrical goods. Preferably, all electrical goods should be returned to their original packaging. If this isn’t possible, use an appropriate moving box with plenty of quality packing material inside. Check all batteries have been removed from electrical goods
- Use protective wrap. Use removal wrap for all of your furniture and industrial wrap for all other belongings. This will protect your valuables from dust and pests during storage (Kent secure storage includes free packing blankets and heavy-duty plastic covers)
- Keep your clothing clean and wrinkle free. Kent’s custom designed Fashion Pak allows you to store your clothes on hangers. You can even utilise the extra space at the bottom to store your shoes
- Remove batteries. Remove batteries out of toys, remotes and other items to avoid damage caused by the battery acid leaking
- Check machinery. If you have any machinery, such as lawn mowers and whipper snippers, drain all fuel and oil.
Storage Unit Packing Tips
- Maximise your space. The space inside your storage unit is precious; make the most of it. Do this by packing all the way to the roof and using plywood over several boxes to create stable layers. Any longer items such as mattresses should be placed on their edges along the storage units walls
- Use pallets. By laying pallets across the floor, you can keep all of your belongings and furniture off the ground. This will be a lifesaver in heavy rain or in the event of a spill
- Use labels. You should have all of your boxes labelled and then have an inventory, listing what is contained in each box. It’s a good idea to keep a copy of this inventory in your storage unit and another copy somewhere safe. The Kent Moving House Checklist colour code system is a fantastic way to keep track of your belongings
- Protect the space. Protect your unit from damage, especially in self storage units where penalties can be charged for any damage caused. Use plastic wrap to protect the unit from any spills, dampness or other damage that your belongings may cause
- Invest in a lock. If you opt for a self storage unit, invest in an all-weather short-arm lock. Short arm locks can’t be broken open with bolt-cutters, giving you another level of protection.
Our storage tips have been created on the back of our 70 years of experience in moving and storing the treasures of over a million Australians. Trust Kent for a secure, safe and affordable storage solution.