We have posted a few helpful videos below (courtesy of YouTube and various contributors) that may help you to understand the importance of organizing your belongings in advance, to ensure the safe transportation and storing of your possessions and to make the whole process as easy and cost effective as possible for you.
WHITE GOODS: (Fridges, freezers, washers and dryers)
Safely store your white goods
Always thoroughly clean all your white goods to help reduce dust, dirt and bad odours contaminating your other possessions.
Always store refrigerators and freezers with doors securely kept ajar to prevent mould and bad odours (vanilla essence or even tea bags are also a good deodorizer).
It is not advisable to store other furniture items inside your white goods, as excessive weight and sharp edges can cause damage to the lining.
Never use brown plastic scotch tape on any of your white goods or any of your furniture as it can be difficult to remove, and can damage painted or lacquered surfaces.
When packing fragile items such as kitchenware, always start by making a layer of scrunched up balls of paper about 10 cms deep on the bottom of the box.
Wrap all items individually with sheets of paper, starting with the heaviest items on the bottom and work your way up the box with lighter and lighter items.
Always store plates and other flat items on their edge. Store cups, mugs and other glassware or pottery upside-down on the rim.
Always fill the box out completely, and fill out and gaps with scrunched up paper.
Do not overload the box in weight, this may cause damage to the other furniture you may stack them on and/or injury to yourself when lifting.
On all of your boxes always write a brief list of the content, as this helps when locating items you may need later.
It is also a good practice to do a complete inventory of all your belongings to be stored, (you will be surprised how quickly you will forget what you’ve got).
LOADING TAPE DISPENSERS:
GARDEN AND OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT:
A good practice for storing any outdoor equipment and furniture, petrol driven equipment included, is to thoroughly clean and empty all fuels and oils as it will damage fuel lines.
This also helps reduce the risk of importing unwanted pests into the storage environment. ALL gas bottles must be stored empty.
STORING YOUR VEHICLES
Please give your car or bike a bath before you bring it into storage, as leaving dirt and contaminants on the paint can permanently damage the paint work on your vehicle.
All vehicles MUST be stored with a full tank of fuel
Also make sure windows are closed and battery terminals are removed.
PLEASE NOTE: When storing vehicles, other conditions apply.
LOADING YOUR STORAGE UNIT:
Loading your storage unit is very simple. You have learnt the steps already in the process of packing your boxes.
Start with the heaviest, largest, and squarest items at the back of your unit, loading upward with lighter and lighter items.
TIP: Don’t use all of your good strong, square based furniture too quickly (such a strong desks or tables).
If you run out of this, it can become more difficult to load up high with too many fragile items.
WHAT CANNOT BE STORED:
- Opened packaging and containers of foods and consumable items (to avoid enticing ants and other pests to enter your unit)
- Live animals.
- Any solvents, enamels, paints or petrol (excluding petrol in your vehicle’s tank), or flammable liquids.
- Ammunition or any other explosive fire hazards.
- Illicit and illegal drugs, firearms or any other illegal products or weapons.
- The lessee of the storage unit must be the rightful owner of vehicles and possessions that are stored at UD Self Storage.