If you need somewhere secure to store your belongings, we also offer complete storage solutions. Our storage facility has 24 hour security cameras and lighting to ensures that your belongings are safe with us.
We recommend labeling your boxed items: this will save you considerable time when searching for specific items. Try at least to label boxes with the room it belongs in, so you and your movers will know where to set them down in your new home.
Place items you’ll need sooner than later towards the front of your unit, and items that you will not immediately need towards the back.
Always store heavy items on the bottom and lightweight items on top.
Disassemble furniture as much as possible: wrap the legs of tables and disassembled bed frames in foam wrap or a blanket; wrap and box small parts and label appropriately.
Place screws, bolts or any hardware into a plastic bag and label the bag. Affix the bag securely to the item, or note it on the box that it is in.
Wrap mattresses in plastic mattress bags: you can purchase these from us.
Wrap blankets or sheets around couches, and wrap foam around any wood legs that you have not removed.
Leather can be vulnerable to fluctuating temperatures. Treating leather couches, clothes, and other leather items with a leather conditioner could significantly prolong their lifespan.
Wash your dishes and wrap them in bubble wrap, tissue or wrapping paper, or foam wrap. Pack them in boxes designed for dishware (china box) and mark them as “fragile” to avoid mishandling and damage.
Do not stack heavy items on top of fragile or lightweight items in order to prevent damage.
Pack books on their back (not on their spine) in small boxes, as they are heavier items. Books can be deceiving – one or two seem light, but the weight adds up quickly as more are added. Pack them in small boxes to prevent the weight from being overly heavy for lifting. Avoid placing them in boxes with fragile items to prevent damage to the articles.
Clean inside and outside of appliances and let them dry before packing and storing them. Be sure to remove and/or firmly secure any movable parts to prevent damage.
When storing appliances, such as a refrigerator or freezer, leave the doors open to prevent moisture build-up and possible odour and/or sealant damage. This may be accomplished by putting a slim piece of cardboard between the door and the unit to create a gap, then taping the door in place like that to prevent the cardboard from shifting, the door from closure and the unit from odour and/or sealant damage.
Store mirrors in an upright position.
Photographs tend to curl over time. Keep them flat and invest in a sealed, airtight container. As irreplaceable photos tend to take up little space, it might not be a bad idea to try and keep these items with you when possible.
Drain oil and gasoline from all engines. Do not store any flammable or combustible liquids or solids (I.e., turpentine, briquettes, etc. – see side list). This will protect both your stored property and the property of others from the dangers of fire and explosion.