You’ve worked tirelessly to furnish your home, paying your hard earned money for its contents, so the last thing you want to see is those items damaged when getting a man with a van to help put into self-storage. The way to avoid this is to prepare your items appropriately for when they are not only placed into storage, but also in transit. This guide looks at what materials you will need and what steps you will need to take in order to make sure your possessions are suitably protected.

Boxes
I must start by saying that you should never use plastic bags to transport in a van removal your items into self-storage. This is because they trap moisture more than any other material and can actually cause noticeable damage to your items over time. When it comes to moving your possessions, keep it simple and stick to cardboard boxes. They may be “old school” in approach, but boxes still provide the best transportation option for those looking to move items into self-storage. If possible use boxes of a similar size to make stacking them easier, thus avoiding putting your items in precarious positions in the process.

Cleaning
Before packing anything, all the items you plan on storing should be rigorously cleaned. You would be surprised at the amount of hidden dirt household items can accumulate, and the last thing you will want to do is transport such into a storage unit. Put duvets, drapes and clothing through a high temperature anti-bacterial wash to kill off any germs and dirt, before packing items tightly into a box. Glass, wood and metal furniture should be well polished, as such are magnets for dust and dirt. Leather is probably the most time consuming to deal with, but it is as essential as the aforementioned. Treat leather based items with a specialist leather cleaning kit. Cover all furniture with specialist seat covers if possible. Once in the unit, cover all boxes and furniture with a second large sheet for additional protection.

Packing
Seemingly simple enough on paper, but actually more difficult to execute properly than most people realize. Space within a self-storage unit will always be at a premium, so it pays to make every nook and crevice count. To do this you need to make sure that you fill each box to the brim, including padding in the form of packing peanuts and bubble wrap. Always distribute weight evenly throughout each box and across all the boxes you use. You should never weigh a box down to the point it becomes unliftable and when placing boxes into a storage unit always stack heaviest to lightest.

Labelling
It can’t be stated enough, but every box you pack should be labelled appropriately to avoid confusion at a later date. It seems obvious enough, but you would be surprised at the amount of people who don’t do this and leave themselves at a loss when looking to remove items from a storage unit. If boxes contain delicate items they should be labelled as fragile to ensure increased care is taken with them during transit.

Final Thoughts
Stressful, arduous and labour intensive, are all words that have been used to describe the process of moving items into a self-storage unit. However, it shouldn’t necessarily be the case, especially when you plan appropriately. If you follow the steps in this guide, your items will be protected and you will be able to move them in a safe and organised manner. If you still have concerns about the process, speak to your storage facility or a professional mover and see how they can advise you further.