Homeowners will need a storages solution at some point in their lives. Whether you are undertaking a home renovation or moving to a new location soon, you will need a safe place to keep some of your belongings. And this is where a reliable storage unit comes in handy.
After finding the best onsite storage company in Dubai that is convenient and cost-effective, the next thing you’ll need to do is prepare your items properly for storage.
How? Here are six helpful tips you can follow.
1. Be aware of any storage restrictions
You need to know what items can and can’t be stored inside your storage unit. Storage rental companies will typically provide you with a list of their restricted items; otherwise, you will need to ask for their rules and regulations so you can be sure to choose the right items and comply with the facility’s requirements.
Generally, items you must not put in storage include dangerous materials like paint, explosives, fireworks, fertilizers, gasoline, propane tanks, and narcotics. Anything that is flammable is a no-no inside a storage unit.
What else is forbidden? Living things and perishable goods are also refused at storage facilities.
2. Clean all items thoroughly
You don’t want to retrieve stinky and musty items from your storage unit, so make sure to clean them thoroughly before putting them inside the unit.
For instance, clean couches properly by brushing off dirt and applying a soap-based leather cleaner. Wipe down all surfaces of furnishings with cleaning spray. Empty, clean and dry all appliances (especially the refrigerator). Vacuum all chair and couch cushions. This will help prevent mildew and moisture from damaging your valuables.
3. Disassemble pieces whenever possible
Before placing huge items like dining tables, cabinets, and beds in storage, you must detach everything that could be possibly be taken apart. By taking out removable legs and drawers, you will not just save space but also better protect your furnishings from possible wear and tear.
4. Pick packaging supplies carefully
After determining which of your items should be stored for the short or long term, make sure to purchase high-quality packaging supplies. These include packing tapes, tissue paper, plastic wraps, bubble wraps, and storage boxes. These packaging supplies will help make the storage process a lot easier and stress-free.
5. Pack smart
The right packing techniques will greatly depend on the items you want to store.
For documents and books, you should pack them flat into book cartons or archive boxes. Make sure though not to overfill the cartons so they won’t be too heavy to stack and lift.
● Fragile items
For glassware, crockery and other fragile items, consider wrapping them in packing paper or bubble wrap for extra protection. You can also add more packing peanuts on top, in the bottom, and in the spaces within the boxes for added protection.
Don’t forget to label the box with “Fragile” or perhaps use fragile packaging tape. Most importantly, make sure that these boxes aren’t stacked under bulky and heavy items.
Mirrors and artworks must be wrapped in corrugated cardboard and packing paper – same with plates, bowls, saucers, and jars. This way, they won’t break or get damaged.
After your furniture has dried after being cleaned thoroughly, use blankets and plastic wrap to protect them. For soft cushions and furnishings, you can place them in a storage box. For mattresses, cover these with plastic wrap and have them stand on one end to maximize space.
Keep the screws and bolts from disassembled furnishings in zip lock bags. Consider taping them to the appliance or furniture they came from to make reassembling later a lot easier.
When storing soft linens and clothing, consider using vacuum bags. These will not just protect your apparel, but will also save up space.
All your electronics must be clean and dry before you put them in storage. For sensitive electronic equipment, it is best to store them in their original packaging.
6. Store strategically
When placing your belongings into the storage unit, you must be strategic when it comes to where and how to store them. Heavy items must be placed at the bottom with the lighter ones above them. Avoid placing cushions and mattresses below large items because these will put pressure on the springs and padding, leading to damage.
Also take into account the items you plan to retrieve first or those you will need often, and place them accordingly.
A reliable storage unit is indeed your best solution if you need to keep some of your items in a safe place, but it is crucial for you to know how to properly prepare them so they remain clean and damage-free until the time you retrieve them.
By working with a reputable storage rental company, you won’t just be getting a safe and secure storage unit – you can also ask them for more great storage preparation tips.
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services & storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000sqft of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.