Packing and Storing tips

Looking to Move? Make it easy!

Moving can be super exciting but can also be a very stressful time and a lot of work. Hills Self Storage gives you these useful tips to make packing and storing your goods easy!
  • Get plenty of boxes early and start packing them as soon as you can. So when moving day comes you'll be fully prepared as delays on moving day can be costly and very stressful. Try to use boxes that are a uniform size, they’re easier to stack.
  •  If you’re storing a lot of packing boxes in your unit, try to fill them to the top, even if it’s just with padding and old, crumpled newspapers. Boxes that are only half-filled tend to collapse if anything’s placed on them.
  • Books should be packed flat so that the spines won't break in smaller boxes. Never pack fragile items with books.
  • List all the items that go into each box in a duplicate invoice book, and then number each box with their invoice number on all sides. Packing and labeling cartons room by room makes the unpacking much easier. The full list of contents is conveniently indexed in the book, which should be stored by the unit door for easy reference. No matter how each box is stored, you will know its contents by sighting its number. A set of duplicate copies should be placed in your storage folder at home.
  • Seal boxes completely with packing tape to keep out dust and to strengthen.
  • Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a port-a-robe carton.
  • If you’re putting any metal objects into storage – like lawnmowers or file cabinets – it’s best to treat them with rust protector first, or at least wipe them down with an oily rag.
  • If you’re storing a refrigerator in your unit leave the door ajar. This will prevent mold from growing inside.
  • Under no circumstances should you keep anything flammable or combustible in your storage building. This means no fuel, oil, cleaning fluids or paint thinner. If you’re storing any machinery that runs on gas, drain the tank before you store it.
  • Put soft furnishings – i.e. - lounges and bed mattresses in plastic covers.
  • Great care should be given to avoid storing anything that could attract vermin. Food of any description must not be stored - this includes wheat bags, dried flowers, etc.
  • Drain your washing machine thoroughly. Put each hose-end in a plastic sandwich bag, then seal the bag tightly around the hose-end with a rubber band so that leftover water doesn't leak out into your unit and damage your goods.