Storage Tips

Tips to Make Your Move Easier:

  • If you are relocating and using a moving company, be sure to show them everything to be moved. Get a written estimate before the move and make sure your movers are properly licensed
  • If you are moving on your own and using a rental truck, be sure to get a reservation prior to the move. Make sure you have the appropriate moving equipment such as a hand truck, rolling flatbed cart, etc. You will also need protective gear such as gloves and back supports
  • Use new, uniformly sized boxes which will maximize your space and stack more efficiently
  • Begin with more boxes than you think you need. Most people underestimate their actual box needs
  • Use the appropriate special purpose boxes such as dish packs and wardrobe
  • Use small boxes for heavy items and larger ones for light things. Avoid packing fragile and heavy items together
  • Fill each box completely to prevent collapse
  • Use plenty of packing material to protect your possessions. Seal all boxes completely with strong packing tape
  • Number your boxes and mark contents and/or the room on side
  • Store only clean and dry things to prevent moth and mildew damage
  • When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage in order to avoid corrosive damage
  • Cover mattresses and store them flat on level surfaces
  • Be careful not to store anything combustible (such as paint and chemicals)

Making the most of your Household Storage Space:

  • Place frequently needed items near the door to make it easier for you to get to
  • You may want to create a diagram for where your boxes are to be placed
  • Leave a small space between every item for ventilation
  • Place heavy items on the bottom and light or odd-shaped items on top
  • Pack your boxes with the labels facing out for easy visibility