Are you new to renting a self-storage unit? Then you might be looking for some tips or hints on the best way to go about storing your items. Here are some ideas for you first time renters to help with getting the most out of your self-storage unit from your local Richmond Hill movers.
Pack Fragile Things Properly
Whether you are looking to store your things short term until you have a new place for them or long term because of lack of space, you want to make sure to pack your things properly to avoid damage.
- Dishes and glasses should be packed like you would pack them when you are moving them. Make sure to individually wrap each one in some kind of paper or bubble wrap and clearly mark the box that they are in as fragile.
- Pictures and picture frames should be wrapped in paper at least or purchase some of the special bubble wrap sleeves made just for that purpose.
- Mirrors can be protected by putting cardboard over the glass surface and stored upright. Remember to mark these fragile as well, the same way your local Richmond Hill movers would.
Use the Inside
No, not the inside of the storage unit. Of course you are going to use that. Use the inside of any large items you might be putting in the unit to store things inside. The inside of any wardrobes or bedroom furniture can be used to store clothing, blankets, pillows or sheets. If you are going to store these kinds of items you should put them in clothing storage bags to keep them safe.
Use the insides of washing machines or dryers for the same purpose. No need to take up extra space with boxes of items that will fit perfectly well inside of your appliances. Make sure not to overload appliances like this, as they could get damaged with that much weight over time.
Break Down Furniture
If you are storing furniture, there are some tricks that you can use to save space.
- Remove the legs from tables and stack them on their end. This will save a large amount of space. Wrap the legs and the table surface with blankets or pads that will prevent them from getting scratched.
- Store couches and loveseats on the end instead of flat on the legs. If they have removable legs, take them off and tape them together, then store them inside the couch.
- Mattresses and box springs can be stored on their end or on their side. Remember to use mattress bags in order to protect them while they are in storage.
- Protect your upholstered or leather furniture by covering it up with blankets cardboard or loose plastic. This helps protect against dust and dirt staining your furniture.
Use a Good Lock
Make sure that you purchase a sturdy padlock for your self-storage unit. This will help to keep your items safe.
If you are looking for a self-storage unit to keep your things in for a period of time, contact Bradford Moving and Storage to see the options available from your Richmond Hill movers!