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Packing Tips

Richland Storage Packing Tips

Organizing and efficiently packing your items will take time and concentration. However, the up-front effort will be well worth it when you're able to easily unload and organize your items at the storage unit. Queensgate Storage and RV has all the materials you will need to pack up your belongings in order to move or store.

Here are some tips for packing:

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Boxes

First of all, use boxes, not plastic bags. Boxes are sturdier and stack well, taking up less space. In addition, many moving companies require that goods be packed in boxes for transport. Also, sealed plastic bags can trap humidity which can cause damaging mildew.

Secondly, invest in good quality, sturdy boxes and packing materials. Boxes should be sturdy enough to hold up for years under the weight of the stack. You may be tempted to get boxes for free from supermarkets and liquor stores; however, the mismatched shapes and sizes will impede your ability to organize most effectively. You can buy standard-sized boxes and specialty boxes for items such as TVs, videotapes and pictures.

Paper and Bubble Wrap

In addition, when wrapping breakables, paper will do. However, bubble wrap can be used repeatedly, is cleaner, and because it is transparent, makes identifying contents easier.

Tape

Furthermore, most people end up needing more tape than they thought they would when packing. Your self-storage manager can help you estimate how much tape you'll need for the number of boxes you'll be packing. Some places sell tape that is pre-labeled.

PACKING OTHER ITEMS

If you plan to store clothes, think about investing in a wardrobe box with a built-in hanging rod. We have these items available for purchase at our office.

PACKING IN BOXES

We recommend boxing up everything that you can. Anything left unboxed in a self-storage facility can get dusty, especially in Richland with all of the wind.

When doing so, fill boxes to capacity. The contents in half-empty boxes can shift during transport or lifting. Consequently, corners and sides can collapse if there's nothing to support them. For this reason foam peanuts are handy for filling in the gaps in boxes.

Be sure to distribute the weight in packed boxes evenly. Make sure they are not too heavy for you and others who may be lifting them.

Packing Breakables

Also wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc. separately. You will want to pack these items tightly into strong or reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Finally, mark "Fragile" on any boxes containing breakable items.

Be sure to clearly label all boxes on more than one side so you can easily identify the contents.

Packing Books

If you are packing books, be sure to pack them flat to avoid damaging their spines.

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Queensgate Storage and RV has all the materials you will need to pack up your belongings in order to move or store.

LARGE APPLIANCES MUST BE PREPARED CORRECTLY FOR PROPER STORAGE:

  • Defrost refrigerators and freezers thoroughly to avoid water damage and mildew growth.
    Tie down the appliance doors during transport but leave them slightly ajar once in storage.
  • Drain washing machines and tie down hoses and cords before storing them.
  • It's a good idea to wipe down the inside of appliances with baking soda before you store them to keep them dry.

Packing Mirrors

Wrap mirrors and pictures in protective covering such as bubble wrap and mark them as "Fragile." Cardboard corners can be purchased to protect the sharpest, weakest areas of frames.

Storing Photographs

If storing photographs, consider a climate-controlled unit where temperature fluctuations will not damage your photos. If you do store loose photographs, place them between pieces of clean cardboard and consider taping them together to avoid curling.

Storing Lamps

Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection.

Storing Fabrics

If you're storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas, consider investing in covers, bags or sheeting for additional protection. Storage and moving facilities often sell large heavy-duty bags for this purpose. Vacuum-sealed bags work really well for draperies, bedding, and clothing.

Storing Electronics

Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos, and computers should be packed in their original boxes whenever possible. If using other boxes, choose ones that are as close in size to the original as possible, and fill all gaps with paper. Make sure you secure the player arm of a record player and turntable.

Storing Furniture

Disassemble furniture such as beds and tables before you store them. Wrap and cover the separate sections, clearly mark them and keep them together. Keep assembly components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic bag, mark them clearly, and tape the bag to the appropriate piece of furniture. (Use tape that is safe for use on furniture, or tape the bag to an inconspicuous place on the piece.) Cover chair legs with bubble wrap or rags for extra protection.

Storing Wood Furniture

Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture polish before storing it to give it some added protection.

Storing Leather

Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them.

Storing Metal

Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing them to avoid rust formation that can occur when the tools are not used regularly.

Storing Appliances

When storing a vacuum cleaner, clean out the bag or canister first; bacteria, mold and vermin can accumulate otherwise.

When storing an oven as well as a refrigerator, enclose the exposed back area of the appliances to prevent vermin.

Storing Large Items

Consider having awkward or heavy pieces such as exercise equipment packed professionally. Contact us or local pack-and-ship store about options.

Inventory and Value Items

As you go, keep an inventory of every item you've packed. Ideally, include an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store. Consider taking pictures of valuable items. These steps will help you make accurate insurance claims in case of unforeseen damage or loss.

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