Storage & Packing Tips

Packing Tips

  • Use proper packing material and sturdy boxes. You will appreciate it in the long run.
  • Place heavy items in smaller boxes (each box should not weigh more than 40 pounds) and lighter items in larger boxes.
  • If possible use original cartons for electronic equipment i.e. stereo equipment, televisions, as well as small kitchen appliances like microwaves.
  • Write on the outside of the box (top and side) the contents of the box and what room it will go into.  Mark FRAGILE when appropriate.
  • Keep a list of boxes itemizing the boxes and their contents and where the boxes are stored.
  • Use plenty of packing paper or bubble wrap when packing fragile items.
  • Never use plastic or bubble wrap to protect wood.  Never use tape on wood.
  • Pack one room at a time.
  • Don’t overload or overstuff boxes.
  • Fill any voids with packing material to avoid items shifting.
  • Tie rakes, shovels, brooms, mops etc. together or wrap with plastic film and store in a large garbage can.
  • Don’t forget to save some boxes and packing material for those last minute items.

Storage Tips

  • Lay down cardboard or skids on the floor of your unit.
  • Create a walkway inside your unit to allow access to your items.
  • Items you will require access to should be stored at the front of your unit.
  • Stack similar sized boxes together
  • Some sofas can be placed on their end to conserve space.
  • Place mattresses and box springs on their end as well.  Use mattress covers.
  • Refrigerators should be dried completely and the door left ajar.
  • Cover furniture to prevent dust.
  • Ensure all items/appliances are emptied of liquid to avoid freezing and breaking.
  • Clean appliances well of any food residue to avoid attracting mice.
  • Remove gas and oil from lawn mowers etc. and disconnect any batteries.  Hazardous items may not be stored.
  • Always disassemble furniture and tables to conserve space.
  • Keep a list of your stored items and keep it in a safe place.

Items That Should Not Be Stored

  • Food – Never store food items.  These attract mice and other rodents and or insects and bugs.
  • Hazardous materials – items that are flammable corrosive or explosive should never be stored.
  • Plants.