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Storage & Moving Tips

  • Moving to a new home? Try to set-up your internet, electricity and water a week or two in advance.
  • Moving to a new home? Have one box that gets unpacked first with all the essentials you will need, like;
      1. Refuse or plastic bags
      2. Hand soap
      3. Toilet paper
      4. Scissors
      5. A plate or two, or use paper plates.
      6. Your cellphone charger and a plug.
      7. A set of clean clothes, just in case you haven’t gotten to your boxes with clothes.
    • If you are using a moving company, get at least three different quotes and check their reviews or ask for recommendations.
    • Hiring movers? Prior to packing your belongings, be sure to take before photos of all fragile and valuable items. If the movers damage or break your items while moving, you may need these photos in order to file a claim and receive compensation.
    • If you want to save money and are using movers – try moving mid-week and/or mid-month. Moving on weekends and/or at the end of the month when demand is highest will be more expensive.
    • Place heavy items in small boxes. 
    • Have a designated donate box for all clothing and items that you don’t want to take with you.
    • If you have carpets, to remove the dents from the furniture left behind place ice cubes on the dents.
    • Pack items that you’ll need most immediately in a clear plastic bin, or a designated “open first” box.
    • Keep snacks with you during moving and unpacking. Snacks such as water, protein bars, chips and whatever else you would need to snack on for the day.
    • If you are storing documents, use archive boxes. They prevent paper goods from turning yellow and brittle over time. They also protect them from light, so documents won’t fade.

Self-Storage

  • If you are storing bigger items that need to be broken down, keep all the parts like screws in a small plastic bag and tape it to the item.
  • When labelling your boxes, number them and make a main list with all the content that is in the box 🙂
  • Don’t pack on moving day!!! Trying to pack and move at the same time just creates a bigger mess. Rather stay over at a hotel or a friend, so that when the mover come they can just load.
  • Make sure you have enough packaging supplies. 
  • Bicycles and other metal items will rust over time if not protected; to prevent rust, wipe all metal surfaces with proper agent
  • For your heavier items, such as books – use smaller boxes.
  • Try to sort out your things ahead of time, create a pile OR box for items you can donate.
  • Moving to a new home? Colour code your boxes by each room! So that you and the movers know where the boxes should go!
  • Have a designated spot to placed packed boxes!
  • If you plan to frequently use your storage unit, a larger unit may be more convenient than one packed to capacity.
  • Rather use enough bubble wrap to protect your belongings.
  • Pack your belongings in good quality boxes, filling all boxes to capacity, as partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse.
  • Plan how you will be using your storage unit. Heavier boxes should be stacked at the back, and lighter items should be placed in the front of the unit.
  • Number/label all boxes on all sides for easy identification.
  • Pack books flat to protect their spines

Business Storage

  • Choose storage facilities that are clean, dry, dust free and preferably cooled.
  • Ask your storage facility for shelved units, as this will help with organizing.
  • Place fragile files, photographs or blueprints into durable plastic sleeves prior to packing.
  • Organise and pack boxes according to the year and document type.
  • If boxes and files are placed on the ground, rather pack them on a wooden pallet to prevent water damage.
  • If you are storing stock/products, take proper inventory of everything being stored.
  • If you are a small business owner, such as a plumber, landscaper, etc. you can always rent a Storage unit to store your equipment and spares you might need. 

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