How to prepare for a move when your things will be in storage

There are various reasons why you might choose to store your belongings during a move, whether because of a long trip abroad, a separation or a new residence that’s not yet ready for occupancy.

There’s no shortage of choices on the market. Countless companies offer mini-storage or self-service storage units. Although it’s easy to find a suitable place to store your belongings, it’s still important to apply effective strategies to ensure that your things aren’t damaged while they’re in storage.

Storage: finding the right place

When planning your move, it’s essential to choose a suitable storage facility. To help you make a choice that will truly satisfy your needs, here are a few criteria to examine:

  • Is the storage space accessible at all times?
  • What are the dimensions of the space (including the width of the doors)?
  • Is the facility heated, air-conditioned and lit?
  • Are the premises clean and well-maintained?
  • Is the site secure?
  • Is there a loading dock or freight elevator if needed?

Have you found the perfect place to store your belongings? Excellent! Now you’re ready to start packing up your things.

Storage: helpful hints for packing

Packing up your personal belongings for storage requires more precautions than a typical move. You need to put more effort into reinforcing the security of your things to ensure that they’re well-protected. There are also some supplemental costs to consider: additional packing material (especially for fragile objects), the possible need to store some items on pallets, etc. You also have to think about making the boxes more compact for easier handling.

How to pack up furniture

Cleaning before storing

It’s best to clean your furniture before packing it up. That way, you’ll prevent dust and other residue from sticking to the surface, which could lead to rust or other damage during storage. Also make sure to dry everything thoroughly to prevent condensation and mildew.

Optimizing your storage space

If possible, dismantle your furniture, as it will be easier to store and won’t take up as much space in your storage unit. Practical tip: you can leave your dressers and chests assembled so you can store things in the drawers and save even more space!

Protecting your furniture

Use drop cloths or slipcovers to protect your furniture. However, never use plastic, as it will retain moisture. The corners of your furniture can be protected with bubble wrap or cardboard corner pieces.

How to pack up appliances

If necessary, defrost your refrigerator, clean it and dry it thoroughly. The doors should be propped open slightly to allow the air to circulate. Your oven and other cooking appliances should also be cleaned before you store them. Food residue and bread crumbs can attract insects and rodents!

Labelling your boxes

A well-organized move also implies well-labelled boxes. Label them on all sides and be precise in your descriptions. You should also keep a reference list. The use of transparent boxes is another good idea that will help you find your things more easily.

What not to store

There are certain items that should never be left in a storage unit. These include products that are flammable or harmful to the environment, paint, explosives and perishable food items. If you need to store your lawnmower or other equipment, make sure you empty out the fuel and oil tanks first to minimize the risk of fire and damage.

Martineau Movers offers you access to secure storage facilities that are under constant surveillance. Whether you need short-term or long-term storage, with us, your belongings are in good hands!