5 Tips to Prepare Your Belongings for Storage
Storage Chula Vista, or anywhere across the country, can be an incredibly convenient way to make sure your belongings are safe and secure while you make a move. More often than not, moving companies offer both storage and moving transportation options, so you can form a relationship and build up trust for even more peace of mind. But, whether you use out of state movers to store your belongings, or keep them in another storage facility, there are several tips you can keep in mind to make sure your items stay safe and don’t get damaged.
1. Stackable Boxes
If you can afford to spend a bit of extra money on your boxes, go for smaller, stackable boxes. They’re easier to carry, and easier to cleanly place in a storage facility, because you don’t have to play ‘Tetris’ to find a spot for them. If they can safely stack on top of each other, you’ll save space, and you’ll be able to store more things!
2. Provide Cushioning
If you’re storing glassware, dishes, or other items that are fragile, taking a few extra steps to make sure they’re cushioned can make all the difference in the world. Every glass item you pack should be individually wrapped. No two glass items should ever be able to ‘bang’ against each other. In addition, you may want to provide extra cushioning or padding to the bottom of the boxes that contain fragile items. If they get dropped, or find themselves at the bottom of a stack of boxes, that extra bit of padding can keep the fragile items from breaking under an excessive amount of weight or force.
3. Break it Down
Break down as much as possible when you’re storing items. If furniture can be disassembled, take the time to do it. This is especially helpful with things like bed frames. Electronics should also be disassembled for both space and safety.
4. Use Your Own Packing Materials
One unique trick is to cut costs on packing materials by using what you already have on hand. Towels, old t-shirts, etc., can be used to wrap up fragile items and keep things safely stored. Plus, you’re packing those materials in an efficient manner, so you can save additional space by avoiding a separate box to put them in.
5. Make Sure It’s Full
It’s important to fill every box you use when you’re putting them in storage. Stackable boxes are great, and efficient (as stated above). But, if you start stacking boxes, and some of them are only half full, they could collapse on themselves. The extra space inside a box is never good, and it instantly allows the contents of the box to become fragile. It’s important not to overfill, but packing each box to capacity will make it stronger, and more durable when it comes to storage.
There are dozens of additional tips and tricks you can use to prepare your belongings for safety. But, by making sure you’ve got these tips covered, you’ll be in good shape wherever you choose to keep your things while you settle into a new place.