Electing to use storage units to store your items may seem like a relatively straightforward task, but there is a lot that can go wrong if you do not know how best to go about the packing process. Some people may think that all they need to do is buy some boxes to put their items in, but this is not even a fraction of the preparation that you will have to do.
Without the appropriate prep, you increase the risk of your valuables becoming damaged exponentially, which will make your storage costs an unnecessary expense in the end. Fortunately, preparing your belongings for self storage does not have to be rocket science. The following are essential packing considerations that you should adhere to before your goods go into self storage.
Minimise the chance of movement in the storage boxes
The first thing to pay close attention to when packing your items for self storage is limiting the amount of movement that the belongings will be exposed to once they are in their assigned boxes. Although the boxes may be stationary once they get to the self-storage unit, they will be exposed to a significant amount of jostling while in transit.
From being picked up by your removalists to being packed into the vehicle and even bumps on the road while being transported, it is critical to make certain that the items are secured, or they could break before they arrive at their destination. A few examples of materials that you could use to restrict movement inside the boxes are packing peanuts, old t-shirts and even crumpled-up newspaper.
Indicate the weight of items on the boxes
An advantage of utilising packing boxes when putting your items in storage is the stackability that they offer. Having boxes that are identical in shape and size can go a long way in maximising the floor space of your unit. Nonetheless, once your items are packed, it can be challenging to discern the weight of each individual box when they are all arranged on the floor.
It is this inability to know how heavy a box is that puts you at risk of stacking incorrectly and subsequently having heavy boxes cause damage to other boxes. Always indicate what items are contained in each box and a rough estimate of their weight so you can ensure that when the boxes go into storage, the lightweight ones will always be stacked on top of the heavier ones.