Helpful hints for better storage

Fill cartons to capacity, particularly full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Packing and labelling cartons room by room makes unpacking easier. Use all the space available, including the height. Packing in professional storage cartons will make the storing and unpacking easier and safer.

Keep items off the floor for long term storage to improve air flow. Bring card board with you to cover the concrete floor or feel free to enquire at the office.

Planning your storage space

As a general rule, place large and heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear of the space.  Then work forwards and upwards with lighter items.  Those items that you may need to access often should be placed at the front of the space.  Depending on the goods you have stored, you may need to allow for walkways.

Mowers and other machinery

Drain fuel and oil from all machinery. This reduces the risk of any leakage, spillage or damage to other goods in your space. Petrol and oil are also a fire hazard.

Computer, stereo & TV equipment

Computer, stereos, TV, videos and electrical equipment need special care. The original boxes are highly recommended for packaging. However bubble wrap and good quality cartons will do the job. Pack out the gaps. If you are unsure, refer to the manufacturer's manual or consult your retailer.

Electrical appliances

All electrical equipment should be handled with care.  The original boxes are ideal to use to repack.  Pack out any gaps in the cartons.  Pack records or similar items on their edges to prevent warping. We recommend that you remove batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.

Whiteware appliances

Defrost, dry and clean refrigerators and freezers before storing and leave doors slightly open.  A deodoriser placed inside is also a good idea to maintain freshness.  Don't place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.  Drain water from washing hoses and tape them to the back of the machine.  Mark hoses "hot" or "cold" if not indicated on the hoses. 

Furniture & windows

Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items.  Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons with mothballs to protect and maintain their condition.  Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture, e.g. Bed bases, tables etc, to avoid damage and save space.  Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.  Wrap mattresses, bed bases and lounge suites with cloth or plastic covers.  Glass windows should be protected by packing material e.g. bubble wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them in an upright position.