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Helpful tips for packing, moving and storage

Make a molehill out of a mountain

Getting started

The best way to start to pack up your goods is one room at a time.

Label your cartons well with details of the contents as well as the room name.

Place heavy items in small cartons so that they are easy to lift and move.

Pictures, paintings and mirrors, protect with bubble wrap or wrapping paper as appropriate, then pack individually in picture or flat pack cartons.

To save on time and money, prior to the Removalist arriving, strip down bed frames, bedheads, modular lounges, outdoor tables etc and anything else that can be dismantled. Keep all of the screws and brackets in a box and keep easily access for re-assembly.

Books and Documents files

Pack books flat and preferably in small removal cartons such as “Crystal” cartons as they become heavy to move. Pack documents and paper files flat into archive boxes securing the lids where necessary.

Electrical appliances

Electrical Items are best packed in the manufacturer's packaging. Other suitable cartons can be sourced from our Box Shop. Make sure electronic items are packed dry and clean.

When storing your refrigerator, ensure the condensate tray at the rear is dry, leave the door open to allow ventilation inside and use bicarbonate soda in a small tray to stop odours occurring.

Ensure the washing machine is dry and water drained from hoses, again when storing use bicarbonate soda in a tray to stop the odours occurring.

Where appropriate, smaller electrical goods should be wrapped with bubble wrap or paper to protect them. . Fill gaps in your boxes with linen or packing paper to stop them from moving around when they are in transit. Cartons should be labelled "fragile" and placed so that they will not tip or fall over.

Wrap the TV in a blanket (not bubble wrap) and place the remotes and cables in a box marked "Remote Controlls"  you will need this box the first night after the storage and move is finished!

Fragile and breakable items

Do not place your fragile goods into heavy cartons as heavy cartons are always placed on the bottom and may crush under the weight above, try to keep fragile cartons light so that they are “top stacked”.

Place bubble wrap or a protecting layer at the bottom and top of your boxes. Wrap items individually using packing paper or bubble wrap as appropriate. Fill gaps in your boxes with linen, pillows or packing paper to stop them from moving around when they are in transit. Label your box with fragile stickers. Make sure your boxes are strong and secure.

Storing your Furniture

Protect your furniture with covers, making sure that your furniture is clean and dry before covering. Cushions and other soft furnishings should be wrapped or covered with plastic. Beds and other furniture, where appropriate, should be dismantled and items wrapped individually to protect them. All mattresses should be covered with mattress protectors.

Leather Furniture and Leather Goods

Our Storage Facility is constructed to the highest standards and has excellent ventilation and cooling, but when storing  Leather goods in storage requires special attention due to it being a natural product that absorbs moisture from humidity.

Ideally, you should have your leather cleaned before placing it into storage, having dirty or dusty furniture will only assist moisture to be retained. Leather needs to Hydrate so apply leather cleaner and conditioner with a lint-free cloth before you go into storage. These products can be purchased at most hardware and furniture stores. Applying regular leather conditioner during storage will ensure the leather has ample moisture and will not want to absorb the moisture from humidity during the summer months which, if left unattended can create an opportunity for mould growth. (ask us if we can assist you with applying the leather conditioner for you)

Apply paste furniture wax to any wood components on your furniture with a soft cotton cloth.

Cover your leather with breathable furniture blankets to protect it. Never use plastic shrink wrap on your leather sofa--it will trap moisture and cause mould and mildew to form. Fully cover all surfaces using tape to hold the blanket close to all surfaces. Never let the tape stick to the leather as it will damage the surface.

Never place boxes or other items on top of your leather sofa while it is in storage. The weight can leave permanent indentations in the cushions.

Leave a 150mm space between the leather and the wall or floor of your storage unit. This will enable sufficient ventilation and air flow.

Regular Inspections and cleaning of your leather whilst in storage, including application of leather conditioner will ensure that the leather stays hydrated and in good condition when it leaves.

Timber furniture

Thoroughly clean wood furniture before putting into storage. Apply a good coat of furniture polish or timber wax to ensure that the timber will not dry out. Cover the furniture fully with furniture pads and tape tightly to the furniture so that the pad has contact to all surfaces. This will assist in keeping the moisture from humidity away from the timber surface. Do not wrap the timber with plastic or shrink wrap as this traps moisture and stops the timber from breathing and creates mould.

Leave a space between the furniture and the wall or other objects. This will enable sufficient ventilation and air flow. Be sure to keep any chemicals, paints, or any items that could result in damage away from your timber furniture.

Clothing and Bedding

Place your clothes or bedding etc. into Vacumn Sealed bags, this keeps them clean and ready to wear as soon as you come pout of storage, this also helps reduce the space required for storage.

Label your boxes well, you may need to get back into the storage space for important items at some time in the future.

Furniture Tools, Mowers and Other Machinery

Tools and machinery are generally heavy so it is important to pack them in strong small boxes with fuel removed.

For Storage

Empty all oil and petrol from machinery,

Ensure all gas bottles are emptied before storing. 

Items which should not be stored include

Petrol and Diesel fuel

Paints and thinners

Solvents, chlorine and acids

All combustible and explosive items

Any illegal or stolen items

Living and perishable items including plants and open food containers

All hazardous products and items


Tips on Packing and storing your goods into the Locker

Start packing your goods with the larger and heavy objects to the rear of the locker, such as low entertainment units, washers and dryers etc. , use protection pads  around timber furniture and give a  ventilation space . Place lighter smaller furniture, light fragile cartons and other light objects on top as high to the ceiling as possible, work your way forward creating level layers toward the ceiling as you go. You can use removal cartons to make level platforms to a height of 1.2 meters and then stand softer mattresses on their edge.

Leave space for ventilation around timber furniture and leather goods placing any leather goods to the front of the storage space for regular inspection.

Make sure you leave an access way to the items you want to access or place them towards the front, including clothes that may be needed during the storage period.

We are always happy to assist you and offer our advice to ensure your goods are stored as safe as possible. Please contact us for our assistance with lifting heavy objects or to assist