You may think that packing goods for storage purposes is exactly the same as packing for a move, but there are some fundamental differences. In most cases, goods that are placed into storage are packed up longer than in a house move, so a little extra care may be needed. You’ll need to ensure that the packing materials you use are built to last if you plan to leave your goods in storage for some time.
- Divide up your goods. Set aside all the belongings you are taking with you and the ones you are putting into storage so you can estimate how much packaging you need.
- Have a clear out. If space is limited, it’s only really worth storing items that are either valuable or important for sentimental reasons. If you have anything that you haven’t used for a long time and are unlikely to use again, try to get rid of it rather than storing it.
- Take things apart. Many household items such as beds and gym equipment can be taken apart, reducing storage space. Make sure you store screws and other small items carefully.
- Make a list. Keep a detailed list of the items you are putting into storage as you go along. Use this as a reference so you know exactly which belongings you have stored.
- Order your packing items. Don’t forget to include plenty of good-quality tape. If you are storing clothing it may be worth ordering wardrobe boxes so that your clothes are hung up rather than scrunched up.
- Don’t overload your boxes. If you put too many heavy items in your boxes they will be difficult to move and the boxes may break in transit. Use small boxes for heavy items such as books and equipment.
- Don’t half-fill your boxes. If you leave to much empty space your boxes they may not hold their shape, particularly if you are stacking other items on top of them. Use bulkier items such as towels and bedding to pad your boxes out.
- Label carefully. Make sure you give a good overview of what is in each box so you can find things easily when you go back to the storage unit.
- Protect fragile items. Wrap delicate items in tissue paper to avoid damage and mark which way up boxes need to be if they contain breakable items. Use packing paper to protect furniture items. Some storage firms will use their own containers to ship furniture safely.
- Don’t scrimp. You might use black plastic bags for a house move, but these will not serve you well for putting items in storage. They may get ripped and your goods will be crumpled inside.
Intransit are a Bath removal company that offers packaging supplies and packing services, so we will ensure that your goods are well protected for however long you need to store them. We provide containerised storage, which keeps your goods really well insulated and makes moving them from your home to the storage unit, and vice versa, much safer and easier. Our premises are alarmed and protected by CCTV, so your goods are really well protected. Contact Intransit today on 01225 759 200 to find out more about our storage services, or you can fill in a contact form and we will get back to you.