Storage Tips & Tools

TIPS TO SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY

The use of Packing accessories such as Cartons, Porta Robes, Paper, Tape, Bubble-wrap and Plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. A variety of packing accessories is usually available for purchase at the Self Storage Facility office. Fill cartons to capacity; partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse. Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small cartons so they are easy to handle. Books should be packed flat, not on their spines. Packing and labelling cartons room by room makes the unpacking much easier, and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea of which carton to begin looking in.

APPLIANCES

Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing. Whilst in storage the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers 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.

FURNITURE

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 some naphthalene, mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition. Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture eg. bed bases, tables etc to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.

DISHES AND GLASSWARE

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing eg: scrunched paper or linen. This will keep your fragile items well protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit. Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.

MIRRORS, WINDOWS, SCREENS AND PAINTINGS

These items should be protected by packing material eg: bubble-wrap or in a flat~pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).

METAL ITEMS

Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.

STEREOS, TELEVISIONS AND VIDEOS

Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. The original boxes are ideal to repack in. However wrapping items individually in bubble~wrap, packing them in cartons, and sealing the top will offer protection for your electrical items. Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons. Turntables and tone arms of record players should be secured to prevent damage whilst they are being moved. Pack records on their edges in cartons to prevent warping. LCD and Plasma TV’s shoild bre stored in specialsts cartons. Ask the Manager for details.

BATTERY OPERATED APPLIANCES AND TOYS

We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.

COMPUTERS

Computers, like your other electrical items, need special care. The original boxes are highly recommended for packing. However bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons will do the job. Remember to use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of cartons. This provides extra protection to the contents. Pack out any gaps. Most modern computers have “self parking heads.” If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for longer than six months. Remove Notebook and laptop batteries.

MOWERS AND OTHER MACHINERY

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

PLANNING YOUR STORAGE SPACE

As a general rule place large, heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear of the unit. Then work forwards and upwards with lighter, fragile items. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit. Depending on the goods you have stored, you may need to allow for walk ways. Packing in professional storage cartons will make the stowing and unpacking easier and safer, saving you time and worry. Professional packing and storage accessories will provide your goods with the preparation they need for storage and maintain their condition for the term of storage.

MOVING CHECKLIST

Arrange disconnection and reconnection of services eg Power, Gas, Phone. Cancel any deliveries eg papers, milk, soft drinks. Your local Post Office will assist you with mail redirection.

Important Authorities and Business Houses to notify of your change of address are: Electoral Office, Motor Vehicle Registration and Licence Authority, Taxation Office, Banks and Financial Advisers, Insurance Companies, Educational Institutions, Department of Social Security (re Pension payments, Family Payments etc), Medicare, Club Membership, Subscriptions.

THE STORAGE AGREEMENT

This important written agreement is designed for the protection of the storer and the facility owner. It is provided by the Self Storage Association of Australisia.  Be sure to read it thoroughly. If you have any questions ask the staff at the Self Storage Facility.

WHAT NOT TO STORE

Any goods that are illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, hazardous, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person. eg. Chlorine, acid, petrol.paint,

Expanding Your Business Through Self Storage

BETTER BUSINESS THOUGH SELF STORAGE

  • Self Storage is cost effective.
  • Self Storage is safe.
  • Self Storage is convenient.
  • Self Storage allows you to expand your business without expanding your premises.
  • Self Storage is flexible, allowing you to increase or decrease the amount of space to suit your specific requirements.
  • Access is convenient and easy.
  • No appointment needed for access.
  • You control the key to your space.
  • You maintain total control over who is allowed to access the space.
  • Businesses of all types, sizes and maturity can benefit by using Self Storage spaces.
  • Expanding businesses may be limited by lack of appropriate in-house storage space.
  • Self Storage provides the answer.

Self Storage allows you to:

  • Select the amount of space you need.
  • Choose the length of time you store.
  • Only pay for the space you need.

BUSINESS STORAGE USES

  • Almost anything can be stored and organised for use in Self Storage.
  • Office files.
  • Mobile equipment.
  • Seasonal decorations.
  • Theatrical scenery.
  • Campaign materials.
  • Business records.
  • Manufacturer’s samples.
  • Additional supplies.
  • Self Storage may help your travelling sales people by having stock on hand.

SELECTING A STORAGE SPACE

Ask the Facility Manager to help you choose a space that best suits your needs. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use the space, a larger space, well organised (racks and file boxes), may be more convenient. Doc U Stor carons dleiver real savings for file storage. Ask for details.

INSURE YOUR GOODS IN STORAGE

The goods you place in a Self Storage space are yours and remain your sole responsibility. You should always have them covered by insurance. Your goods are not insured by the Self Storage facility. Check with your company’s insurance provider to see if your coverage already has provision for items stored offsite – you may already be covered. If not the Facility Manager will be able to assist you with the provision of Insurance cover.

BUSINESS STORAGE TIPS

  • Use suitable archive boxes or packing cartons; this will save you space, simplify retrieval and offer the best protection for your goods or records. Doc U Stor cartons ideal for this purpose
  • Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes.
  • Clearly label all boxes to identify contents.
  • Put lighter boxes on top to prevent collapse of those underneath.